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Sep 10 2009

Starting School in Queensland

Schooling in Queensland begins, for most children, with the Preparatory Year of school, “Prep”, which is normally 9am to 3pm, for 5 days per week.

Prep is NOT compulsory, but most children, about 97%,  do attend.

  • To attend Prep a child must be at least 4 years and 6 months old at the beginning of the year, AND, they must turn 5 years old before the 30th June of that year.  Note: Special consideration may be given to children from interstate or overseas who meet legislated criteria.

After the Prep year, children will start Year One and remain in Primary School until the end of Year Seven.

  • To attend year One in Primary school, a child must be at least 5 years and 6 months old at the beginning of the year, AND, they must turn 6 years old before the 30th June of that year.  Note: Special consideration may be given to children from interstate or overseas who meet legislated criteria.

Children born in:

  • 1996 start year 1 in 2002.
  • 1997 start year 1 in 2003.
  • 1998 start year 1 in 2004.
  • 1999 start year 1 in 2005.
  • 2000 start year 1 in 2006.
  • 2001 start year 1 in 2007.
  • between Jan 2002 – Jun 2002 : Start prep in Jan 2007 and Year 1 in Jan 2008.
  • between July 2002 – Jun 2003 : start prep in Jan 2008 and Year 1 in Jan 2009.
  • between July 2003 – Jun 2004 : start prep in Jan 2009 and Year 1 in Jan 2010.
  • between July 2004 – Jun 2005 : start prep in Jan 2010 and Year 1 in Jan 2011.
  • between July 2005 – Jun 2006 : start prep in Jan 2011 and Year 1 in Jan 2012.
  • between July 2006 – Jun 2007 : start prep in Jan 2012 and Year 1 in Jan 2013.

Notes:

  • State education in Queensland offers programs from preschool to Year 12.
  • All state schools are co-educational.
  • The school year usually runs from late January to mid-December.
  • The school year is divided into four two terms, with a holiday break between each term.
  • All students who reside within the local catchment area, and are eligible for enrolment in the State educational program, have a right to enrolment at the school.

Links


Queensland School Term Dates for State Schools

2010

  • Wednesday 27 January 2010 – Thursday 1 April 2010
  • Monday 12 April 2010 – Friday 25 June 2010
  • Monday 12 July 2010 – Friday 17 September 2010
  • Monday 4 October 2010 – Friday 10 December 2010

2011

  • Monday 24 January 2011 – Friday 15 April 2011
  • Tuesday 26 April 2011 – Friday 24 June 2011
  • Monday 11 July 2011 – Friday 16 September 2011
  • Monday 3 October 2011 – Friday 9 December 2011

2012

  • Monday 23 January 2012 – Friday 30 March 2012
  • Tuesday 10 April 2012 – Friday 22 June 2012
  • Monday 9 July 2012 – Friday 21 September 2012
  • Monday 8 October 2012 – Friday 14 December 2012

2013

  • Tuesday 29 January 2013 – Thursday 28 March 2013
  • Monday 8 April 2013 – Friday 21 June 2013
  • Monday 8 July 2013 – Friday 20 September 2013
  • Monday 7 October 2013 – Friday 13 December 2013

Chart to aid in school starting dates

Child born 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7
1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 Prep Year 1 Year 2
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 Prep Year 1
1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 Prep
2 - 1,040
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