Queensland State Schools
Primary Schools cater for Preparatory Year (Prep or PY) and Years 1 to 7 (covering students from 5 to 13 years). PY, Years 1, 2 and 3 are sometimes known as Infants. Highschools cater for Years 8 to 12. There have also been a few schools, usually in extremely remote areas, that provide Years PY to 10 (Hightop Primary Schools)
State education system
Queensland, Australia has an extensive State education system, which is free and open to all residents, administered by and funded through a Queensland State Government Department now known as Education Queensland and is also responsible for Training and the Arts.
The system consists of Primary Schools (see below), High Schools, Special Schools (catering to the needs of those with physical and intellectual handicaps severe enough to preclude mainstreaming) and the Correspondence/Remote support service.
The Queensland system of State School schools grew out of the National Schools program, the first of which in Queensland was established in 1850 in Warwick, funded by the New South Wales government. Other national schools such as that at Drayton soon followed. After Queensland was declared independent of New South Wales in 1859, it assumed responsibility for Schools. In 1870, State Schools became free, and with the Education Act of 1875, provided for free and compulsory education in State schools for all Queenslanders.
In April 2013, Queensland education minister John-Paul Langbroek announced that school principals will be given the right to send unruly students to Saturday detention, in a bid to reduce bad behaviour across Queensland's state schools.
Primary schools tend to be more numerous and smaller than High Schools in the Queensland State education system. Primary Schools rely strongly on the support and fundraising of their P&Cs (Parents and Citizens Associations).
Primary Schools in the Education Queensland system are normally named Suburb/Locality/Town/District State School. Unlike some other schooling systems, State Schools in Queensland are normally not (re)named to commemorate significant individuals or historic events.
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