School will start back after Australia Day next year
QUEENSLAND state schools will start the year on Wednesday January 27 in 2016.
Education Minister Kate Jones approved the change after parents and teachers gave feedback that they wanted a consistent start to the year.
"We had the situation where students were coming back from their summer break for only one day, then celebrating Australia Day on the Tuesday and then back to school on the Wednesday," she said.
"Parents know how important routines and consistency are - especially for Prep students beginning school for the first time.
"Monday 25 January will now be a pupil-free day with the school term to start for students on Wednesday 27 January."
"I am told initial consultation indicated unanimous support for a Wednesday 27 January start of the 2016 school year."