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Signpost - Yorkeys Knob State School

November 2009

With acting principal Clair Kemeridis.

Where is it?
Yorkeys Knob State School is in a quiet street in the beach suburb of Yorkeys Knob about 15 kilometres north of Cairns.

When did it open?
There has been a school at Yorkeys Knob since 1957 but only at the present site since 1985.

How did the school get its name?
The school is named after the beachside suburb of Yorkeys Knob. The area was named after George Lawson, a spirited pioneer known as 'Yorkey' and the knob-like hill which he bought in the 1800s.

Yorkey, from Yorkshire in England, was a fisherman and smuggler who made and drank a fortune and lost an arm while dynamite fishing. He died in 1907, the penniless caretaker of nearby Green Island.

How many students?
We have 202 children.

How many staff?
We have 10 teaching staff based at the school with eight more ancillary staff including teacher aides, administration staff and cleaners.

How long have you been principal at the school?
I am the acting principal but have been on staff at the school for 15 years.

Best thing about your school?
This is a small school and it feels like home to a lot of people. People know you and value your input in the school and children.

Claim to fame?
A lot of new families who come to us looking for a school for their children remark that our little school is one of Cairns' best kept secrets.

What's your school motto?
Challenge yourself.