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After a few hiccups, kids are into swing of school

FIRST-TIMERS: Lisa Gilbert and Ryan Anderson started grade one at Raceview State School yesterday.
FIRST-TIMERS: Lisa Gilbert and Ryan Anderson started grade one at Raceview State School yesterday. Sarah Harvey

RACEVIEW State School students settled into their classrooms yesterday, after weather and flooding delayed the school's start to the year.

Raceview was one of dozens of local schools that closed on Tuesday due to power outages, damage and other issues caused by flooding and wild weather.

Principal Rob Mills said yesterday seemed like any other first day.

"The students are settling in well and the year has officially started," Mr Mills said.

Fortunately, the school sustained minimal damage, he said.

"We fared pretty well - some sheeting came off the hall, but it's all safe now," Mr Mills said.

"We closed on Tuesday because we had to re-establish power, and the grounds also needed checking, but it was difficult to organise because most staff members were affected by the floods themselves."

Some schools in Ipswich and surrounds will remain closed today, the Department of Education and Training (DETE) advised.

According to DETE at 3pm yesterday, state schools that will remain closed today include:

  • Brassall State School;
  • Patrick Estate State School;
  • Mount Tarampa State School.
  • State schools that will re-open today include:
  • Ipswich East State School;
  • Warrill View State School;
  • Thornton State School.

St Mary's School in Laidley will remain closed, Brisbane Catholic Education has advised.

Ipswich Girls' Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School will re-open today.

Parents with children at other independent schools should check the status of their schools with the principal or via the school office.

An updated list of closed and recently opened schools can be accessed online at deta.qld.gov.au/natural-disasters.

People can also phone 13 74 68. Parents who need to send their children to schools in affected areas should exercise extreme caution and closely monitor road conditions, DETE advised.

The safety of students, staff and the wider community are at the key to our decision making regarding school closure, DETE stated.

Decisions to open or close schools depended on factors such as current and predicted weather conditions, river and flood levels and road and access conditions.

Parents can also access weather warnings and weather observations via the Bureau of Meteorology website at bom.gov.au/qld.

Topics:  ex-tropical cyclone oswald, raceview state school, school closures


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