Why Must We Go Back to State SchoolsMay 22, 2014

Queensland's State Education Week, to be held from May 18 to 24, has lots to offer .

Millaa Millaa State School, for instance, will have its Back to School Day, where alumni are invited to share their experience with current students. Expect philosophy to make it extra special, as it takes place around a camp fire, with billy tea and damper. Glenala State High school, on the other hand, is aiming for something bigger, with an indigenous mentoring program designed to encourage students to follow alternative pathways in order to achieve personal success. They are also preparing a community dance performance. These, and other programs by other schools, make this year's State Education Week better than the previous happenings.

"Schools all around Queensland are getting involved by hosting their own events - from morning teas and open days, to special school parades and art shows," Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said during the 2012 festivities.

"I'm looking forward to returning to my old high school tomorrow - Sunnybank State High, where I too will be taking part in the Principal for a Day program."

Decorated figures such as Melissa Gorman took part, this affair held during the last twenty years. This is a reminder of the importance of state schools and the quality of education it provides. (Gormon, an Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer, is from Boondall State School.) This year's celebration began on a high note; Home Hill Primary CPA had a long list of activities, such as open classroom sessions, day with grandparents, and poster competition. Everyone was involved, from past students (who talked about how state school turn them into successful individuals) to local community representatives.

There are tens of activities to think of, where the past years saw students having lessons in a local park, others into tree planting, one school held a multicultural celebration day (focusing on a different country), music ensembles (by some schools) performing at a local shopping centre, and a dress up day (on a particular theme).

"As a product of the state school system myself, I am committed to supporting front line staff so they can continue to provide an excellent education to Queensland students," said Minister Langbroek.

"I congratulate our state schools for the many initiatives and opportunities they provide, and I call on the business and wider community to continue building and strengthening relationships with their local state schools."

Here is the line up of the upcoming events:

May 22

Glenala State High school

Reading program for Year 8 students with Minter Ellison lawyers

Maryborough State High School

School display to see what Junior Secondary at Maryborough State High School is all about, including a talk with some of the school's great students

Moranbah State High School

Moranbah's three schools will display about transitions from early years through to completion of Year 12

May 23

Cairns State High School

A flurry of activities await, including Principal for a Day

Goombungee State School

Class dance presentations followed by morning tea

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