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Signpost - Rocklea State School

September 2010

With principal Dorothy Harkins.

Signpost – Rocklea State School

Where is it?

Rocklea State School is located approximately 9km from the Brisbane CBD. The area is well known for the Rocklea Markets, however the school is located close to the Rocklea railway station surrounded by Ipswich Road, Beaudesert Road and Rocklea Show Grounds.

When did it open?

Rocklea originally opened in 1885. Hence, we are to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the school on October 16 2010. What a great day that will be!

How did it get its name?

Rocklea was originally known as Rocky Water Holes. It was a campsite for drivers of bullock teams and later it became a coach stop between Brisbane and Ipswich or Beaudesert. During the Second World War, the United States Army took over the school before moving to the showgrounds. The Rocklea Show held in September was a major event in the lives of people in the district.

How many students?

Forty-seven. Our numbers fluctuate as this is a rather transient area. But as we like to say - Rocklea is big enough to challenge, small enough to care.

How many staff?

Currently, Rocklea has dropped to a two-teacher school. However, we have staff to support refugee students, students with disabilities, and students with learning needs. We continue to have LOTE, music, PE and a teacher librarian.

How long have you been principal?

I've been principal for over 12 months. I just love this school. It is amazing to think that a school with such a rural flavour can exist in the centre of Brisbane. It is a school with heart!

What is the best thing about your school?

The atmosphere. Here in the centre of Brisbane you can find a school where each student is known personally by the teachers, staff and fellow students, where students receive individual care and attention and have the opportunity to excel.

School motto?

Big enough to challenge, small enough to care.