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Curtain Set to Open on 2018 School Year

Queensland families and school staff are busy making final preparations for the start of the 2018 school year with schools set to open their doors from Monday 22 January.

More than 200 independent schools are expected to welcome back over 120,000 new and returning students. This includes more than 7,100 Prep students starting school for the first time and about 11,500 Year 7s commencing high school.

About 1,700 international students and 3,600 boarding students are also expected to enrol at Queensland independent schools in 2018.

Principals, teachers and other school staff have been hard at work preparing their education programs and classrooms ahead of the first school bell, while parents have been busy finalising books and uniforms.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson wished all schools, staff, students and parents every success for the year ahead.

“After a lengthy holiday break establishing routines and positive study habits will be a priority for schools and parents. I encourage families to talk with their independent schools about how to make this transition as smooth as possible and how they can best support their child to thrive at school.”

Mr Robertson said 2018 would see continued expansion in the diversity of education offerings in the independent schooling sector with six new schools – including three schools for disengaged youth - set to open and two existing independent schools extending into high school (see this Media Release for more detail).

“Queensland independent schools serve families and students from all backgrounds and income levels, including students from faith-based, Indigenous and overseas backgrounds, students with disability and disengaged young people.”

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden said parents had a powerful role to play in partnership with schools and teachers in the learning success of their children.

“Decades of research has shown that students perform better academically and are more socially and emotionally confident when their parents take an interest in and support their learning,” Ms Kloeden said.

“Parents can do this by setting high, but realistic, expectations for their child, reading with them, encouraging good study habits, creating a stimulating home environment and reinforcing and connecting learning in the classroom with everyday activities at home,” she said.

The majority of Queensland schools will start the new school year in the week beginning January 22. However, some independent schools may have different start dates. Parents should check commencement dates with individual schools.

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