Stuckey congratulates Currumbin’s first Independent Public School

18 Sep 2012 3:43 PMJann Stuckey

Jann with Minister Langbroek, Executive Principal Mr Loggie and School Captains

18th September 2012

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP today congratulated Palm Beach Currumbin State High School (PBC) on being selected as one of the first Queensland state schools to become Independent Public Schools in 2013.

“The Newman Government went to the election with a promise to lift education standards in this state by giving schools greater control over their decision making, cutting red tape and removing layers of management,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In what is to be massive step forward for these local schools, they will now have more control over decisions in order to help them shape their future and improve student outcomes.

“We believe that local school communities, parents, teachers and principals know what’s best for their children, and we want to give them the power to make those decisions without interference.

“I am confident that these changes will enable PBC Executive Principal Mr Stephen Loggie to further develop the world-class excellence programs and continue to improve education standards for the benefit of all students.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said participating schools included primary, secondary and special schools and represented both metropolitan and regional areas.

“The Department will work with the schools to ensure they were fully supported through this process,” Mr Langbroek said. 

“Independent Public Schools will have the freedom to directly recruit teachers and to build a team that is able to deliver innovative educational practices and have more autonomy to manage infrastructure and financial resources.

“We’ve done our homework and borrowed from the best examples of autonomous schools across Australia and in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, the US and the UK.”

Mr Langbroek said each school would receive $50,000 to assist with the change and an extra $50,000 in funding each year for administrative purposes.

He said the program would be extended to 120 schools over the next four years.

“The Newman Government is committed to working with Principals, teachers, parents and the wider school community to deliver the very best education for Queensland kids.”