What a year! From Channel 7 News to the City South Quest newspaper,
Junction Park is often in the headlines. Now we are being talked about
in Parliament! On Tuesday 19 April, the Honourable Ms Jackie Trad
, Deputy Premier delivered the following speech.
Junction Park State SchoolHon. JATRAD (South Brisbane—ALP) (Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment)
(10.13 pm): ........... I rise to inform the House of a public school in
my electorate that is deeply committed to developing their students
into well-rounded individuals academically and emotionally. Junction
Park State School are conscientious about creating a strong sense of
community for their students, teachers and parents, as well as
encouraging a very exceptional academic outcome path for their students.
A recent example of this commitment to community was their incredible fundraising efforts for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. Since the event was held last month, the school’s team, the ‘Mohawks’, have raised in excess of $10,000 for leukaemia research. This is a monumental achievement by anyone’s
standards, but for those who are familiar with the Junction Park
community it will probably come as no surprise. Junction Park are
renowned locally for their commitment to social justice and their fierce
Junction Park’s commendable effort in the World’s Greatest Shave is just one example of the impact that great public schools can have on kids’ lives both within and beyond the classroom. As with many schools in my electorate, Junction Park have excellent NAPLAN scores, including being recognised last month as one of the most improved schools statewide
over the last two years. This sort of academic achievement is
especially noteworthy considering that almost 35 per cent of students
speak a language other than English at home and a proportion of students
have come to Australia and Brisbane, have resettled in our city, as
asylum seekers. These results are no coincidence, coming off the back of
two years of Gonski funding, which at Junction Park has provided around 25 per cent more funding per student over the last two years.
A great school’s contribution to their students’
growth is more than just academic, encouraging kids in sporting,
cultural, environmental and social pursuits. For schools to be able to
deliver those kinds of outcomes for kids, they need to be able to have
the resources to do so which means not being overstretched in the
classroom. When schools are underresourced, classrooms are overcrowded and teachers are overburdened and outcomes for kids suffer.
I do want to pay
particular tribute to Principal Christine Wood for all of her hard work.
I do believe that if every school in Queensland had a Christine Wood
then Queensland kids would be much better off.
That is why I was very,
very concerned when I heard the Prime Minister of this country talk
about withdrawing federal funding for state schools throughout
The full speech is on page 1195 and can be viewed here.