The Latest from Milton State School: Updates and Insights

Milton State School takes pride in its strong bonds with the community, and the school regularly hosts a variety of events to strengthen these connections. Here are some of the recent activities that have taken place at the school in early 2023.

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Launch of Active School Travel Program

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Milton State School launched its 2023 Active School Travel Program. To kick off the program, they hosted an Active Travel Disco, celebrating students who walk, cycle, skate, scooter, park-and-stride, or carpool to school. 

The program encourages students to choose active modes of transportation, and each Wednesday, they collect data on the percentage of students actively travelling to school. The classes with the highest percentage in different areas are rewarded with a sports kit or board games.

By promoting active travel, the school hopes to reduce traffic around the school area and promote a healthier lifestyle for the students.

Containers for Change

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This March 2023, the school organised a successful Containers for Change drive. The event attracted an impressive number of participants, resulting in the collection of more than 2,500 recyclable containers in just under an hour. Michael Berkman, MP for Maiwar, was also present to show his support for the cause.

State Swimming Championships

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At the Queensland Swimming Championships, which took place on 26 March 2023, four students from the school, Rosie, Isla, Alex, and Riley, represented Metropolitan North in the competition against the top school sport athletes in Queensland. 

Rosie competed in the 50m Butterfly, Isla in the 50m Backstroke, Alex in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Freestyle, and Riley in the 50m & 100m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. Additionally, all of the students participated in relay teams during the event.

Camp at Currimundi 

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Year 5 students embarked on an exciting camping trip to Currimundi. The itinerary was jam-packed with a range of thrilling activities, including rafting, team challenges, circus skills, archery, catapult building, rock climbing, and caving. For many of the kids, the caving experience proved to be a standout favourite.

Wildlife Rangers

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Year 2 students received a visit from the Wildlife Rangers, which proved to be an engaging and informative experience for the students. The children were thrilled to meet some adorable animals and learned about their unique life cycles and identifying features that help to classify them into distinct animal groups.

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Published 12-April-2023

Is It Time to Consider Relocating Milton State School to Higher Ground?

Milton State School and five other state schools that were heavily damaged by recent severe weather events have reopened but some quarters believe these schools may need to be relocated because of the high likelihood of a similar scenario in the future.

Milton State School is one of the six state schools that were severely impacted by recent floods. Forced to close for several weeks, the school diverted its students to surrounding schools that took them in for the remainder of Term 1.

Except for the new buildings, the school’s facilities that were designed before the 2011 flood were badly damaged. The flood-damaged areas include six classrooms.

So far, the Queensland Government has spent $50 million to bring flood-damaged Milton State School, Rocklea State School, St Helens State School, One Mile State School, Milpera State High School, and Aviation State High School back up in time for Term 2. 

Prior to the schools’ reopening, the Teachers’ Professional Association of Queensland (TPAQ) suggested that instead of throwing “good money after bad”, State should instead consider permanently closing and relocating these severely impacted schools.

TPAQ said that these same schools are the ones that are constantly hit by floods. They cited Milton State School as an example of these schools that should be considered transferring to another site.

Working with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, the Education Department is currently focusing on flood mitigation proposals. These proposals would involve raising school buildings and may include other infrastructures including roads that will still allow access to schools in case of a flood event.

The Education Department said that flood mitigation efforts at these schools could cost around $200 million. Also, whilst relocation to higher ground is a possibility, this option is often difficult; however, they don’t want to rule anything in or out at this time. 

Junior Learning Centre at Milton State School On Track for Mid-2021 Completion

Construction of the new three-level Junior Learning Centre at Milton State School is on track to finish by mid-2021 and once opened, it’s expected to accommodate an additional 150 local students. 

The new school will stand at the old tennis courts facing a Haig Road entrance. It will feature six classrooms for prep students on the top level, whilst eight classrooms for general use and two outdoor learning areas with associated amenities will be set in the lower levels. 

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An elevated walkway will be built to connect the new building to the heritage-listed building. The first Milton State School block, which faces Bayswater Street, was built in 1923.

In addition to the new vertical learning site, major service upgrades will also be undertaken as a flood mitigation strategy, given that the school has had significant flooding and was under three metres of water during the 2011 floods in Brisbane. 

The tennis courts will also be transferred to the Baroona Road section, where an existing building will be taken down. 

In October, Principal Paul Zernike said that the new building’s construction will run for 12 months. Once completed, the school will still follow its existing enrolment management plan, where only students from the local area will be accepted. 

Paynters won the tender for this project.