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Payne Road State School

Payne Road State School

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Why Choose Payne Road State School?

Payne Road State School works hand-in-hand with the community to help every student realise their potential.  Teachers are focused on helping them succeed in a wide variety of areas, and this is borne out through numerous excellence awards presented to the school in recent years.

Payne Road State School’s NAPLAN results may not reflect the school’s focus on literacy and numeracy – you may note a lot of “red” on their results panel – but it’s misleading.  Payne Road’s student demographic puts it in the most competitive category and the school’s results are compared to elite private schools across the state.  It outperforms schools across the state, especially with older children hoping to secure a place at a good high school.

The school’s vision is for students to become leaders who are respectful, creative, tolerant, resilient and brave. They become thinkers who are self-motivated and confident to believe in themselves, and be ready for high school.

There is a central focus on developing high levels of literacy and numeracy. Payne Road also focuses on providing solid foundations for early years students who take classes in a dedicated early years education precinct.

Curriculum and Extracurricular activities offered:

Payne Road School’s curriculum aligns with the Australian Curriculum.  Year 6 students learn Chinese for Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

The school has a strong science focus. There’s a specialist science facilitator who provides support for classrooms. Payne Road is also a participant in the Scientist in Schools Program (with visits from Dr Fred Meunier of the UQ Brain Institute), and is an Earth Smart Science School with a strong focus on sustainability.

Students take part in a variety of Science Week activities, including the annual Science Fair, while year 5 students are involved with Catchment Creek Kids.

The school has a Junior Science Club for Years 1-4 and a Senior Science Club for Years 5-6. There’s also an Environment Club which teaches students particle skills like vegetable gardening, as well as how to plan and care for the school and local environment. The club meets weekly and has an annual camp.

A wide range of sporting activities are on offer, including participation at district and regional competitions. Students take part in Interschool sports and swimming, including competitions in The Gap Cup.

A specialist music teachers provides tuition for Strings from Year 3, and Brass, Woodwind and Percussion instruments from Year 5.  The school has a choir and concert band, with camps for both band and strings students. Grade 6 music students can also take part in the 4-day Gap Regional Instrumental Primary Performers School (GRIPPS) camp, which features master classes, tutorials, and an opportunity to be involved in an 80-piece orchestra and massed choir.

Payne Road School also has a Drama Club, Artist-in-residence program, and Chess Club.

There’s a camping program for Years 4-6, and a number of excursions and incursions to enhance classroom learning.

Facilities at Payne Road State School:

Payne Road State School has 11 well-appointed teaching classrooms that are air-conditioned. There’s a Learning Resource Centre with internet access, a computer lab, music room and a state-of-the art hall. The school also features a multi-purpose activities building (used for Outside School Hours Care), the Rainbow Room (for Special Education) and a multi-award winning tuckshop.

The school has a picturesque natural backdrop, being surrounded by Mount Coot-tha and the leafy suburb of The Gap. There are two adventure playgrounds (one for the Prep/Early Childhood precinct), undercover eating and playing areas, Environmental Garden area, and extensive landscaped gardens. Sports facilities also include an oval, netball courts, cricket practice nets and a tennis court.

Other info about Payne Road State School:

Payne Road State School has policies and procedures in place to identify students who are gifted, excel or capable of excelling, and cater for their needs.

The school offers a Learning Support Program for Years 1-6, a Special Education Program for Prep to Year 6, and the Bright Sparks enrichment program for Years 4-6. In addition, there are extension opportunities including Young Scholars, Optiminds, STEM Convention, Art and Chinese extension, TGSHS Maths and Maths Tournaments for Year 6 students.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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