A. Queensland state education operates as a partnership between schools and their communities. State education offers programs from preschool to Year 12. All state schools are coeducational. The school year usually runs from late January to mid-December. It is divided into two semesters, with two terms in each and vacation breaks for Easter, winter, spring and summer. Go to term dates and school holidays for more information.
A. State schools do not charge fees. The parents and citizens' associations of most schools, however, ask parents/caregivers for a financial contribution. This may be used to provide extra resources, such as art materials or sporting equipment. The amount varies from school to school.
In most schools, parents are responsible for providing such items as stationery and uniforms. Parents also bear the costs of sending their children on school excursions and extracurricular activities. The Queensland Government provides allowances to assist eligible students with school transport.
A. The Schools Directory enables access to contact details for all state schools throughout Queensland.
Please see the Preparing for School FAQs.
A. Primary school is the first stage of compulsory schooling and covers Years 1 to 7. By law, children must attend school between the ages of 6 and 15.
A: Queensland schools have one intake of students at the beginning of the school year.
From 2008 children must turn 6 by 30 June in that year to be eligible for Year 1.
A. Contact the school you want your child to attend and ask about their enrolment process. You may be asked to provide proof of birth when enrolling your child.
A: Early entry into Year 1 is a strategy for meeting the educational needs of young children. Children can be granted early entry following consideration of their aptitude and ability, social and emotional competence, physical develpment and level of knowledge and understanding.
If you are considering early entry you must contact the principal of your school to discuss the application process. Making an application does not guarantee approval for early entry. Each child's case will be considered individually.