Our Community - 2023


Welcome to our great school community!

St George State School community is made up of the staff, students and parents/carers who collectively work together to set the tone of safety, responsibility and respect for each other across the whole school campus.

The Leadership Team consists of the Principal, Mrs Carole Douglas; Deputy Principal Mrs Glenda Moloney and a Head of Special Education Services, Mrs Alison Fisher.

The Administration Staff of the office consists of the Business Manager, Mrs Debbie Kings; and our front office staff Mrs Ruth Beeson and Mrs Kate Riley.  Mrs Kate Riley is our Student Welfare Officer.

We believe in community engagement and community support. We invest in a community engagement team, consisting of Mrs Shirley Hiles, and Ms Sarah Wilson who run Sunrise Playgroup every Thursday morning. The Leadership Team engage community agencies to work within and alongside the school to support families and students; spend time in the community chatting with families and take families and students to engage with support services – such as hearing screening or vision screening.

We have 7 Classrooms from Prep - Year 6 across the campus.  In Prep we invest in full time teacher aides so that our youngest learners receive the intensive attention and support for their first year of education. Age Appropriate Pedagogies forms the foundation for our pedagogical approach to education in Prep - Year 2.

We boast fully refurbished classrooms across our whole school campus, designed to ensure students can focus and concentrate with minimal noise distraction, boast the best in acoustic conditions and technological advances for our students:

·      floors and ceilings have been insulated and high density carpet laid;

·      acoustic ceiling tiles;

·      installation of dividing walls and solid core doors between classrooms;

·      soundfield systems installed in the ceilings;

·      hearing augmentation for students with hearing aides;

·      65” interactive screens which connect to the teachers’ laptops;

·      Computer benches;

·      upgraded data cabinets with high speed internet capability;

·      Sliding windows coated with anti-glare glazing;

·      Roller blinds;

·     Crim safe security screens;

·     Crim safe security on back stairwell to prevent roof access;

·      New furniture including desks, chairs, tidy trays, teacher desks, teacher chairs and bookshelves.

Every classroom has access to ICT equipment in their own teaching space. Prep to Year 2 have a bank of 6 ipads each. Year 1/2 have 3 desktop computers.  Year 3/4 have 4 ipads and 3 desktop computers. The Year 5/6 Classrooms have a class set of laptops to share amongst their classrooms according to their need. 

We boast a purpose built fully equipped Computer Lab Facility with 30 computers and an interactive smart screen panel so that our students can access this level of technology and develop their ICT skills.

In 2021 we have launched our DigiTec Space - where STEAM occurs. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics. Our teachers are skilled in ICT and STEAM knowledge and use this to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. 

Our Resource Centre (library) was renovated over the 2020 Christmas Vacation by the P&C Association. The P&C installed new shelving in the Resource Centre so as to open up this space and make it more functional for our school community. These renovations are continuing as we furnish and establish the new Resource Centre environment. 

We have three specialist teachers:

Health and Physical Education, Mr Nathan Brock

The Arts Teacher, Mrs Sue Anderson and

​Science Teacher, Mrs Rina Bowhay. 

Every class in every year level will attend these specialist lessons.

Students in Year 4-6 also have the opportunity to access the Instrumental Music program with Miss Nia Hadenfeldt. 

Our Language Other Than English (L.O.T.E) is the indigenous languages of the local community, which is taught by our Year 5/6 teachers, with support from our indigenous community.

Our specialist support staff, the Head of Special Education Services, Special Education Teachers and the Deputy Principal work to implement intervention programs, Individual Curriculum Plans and support teachers to differentiate the curriculum in their classrooms.

Our specialist support staff also consists of a Senior Guidance Officer, Mrs Annette Woodrow and a Senior Guidance Officer, Mrs Janette Desi. They work closely with the Head of Special Education Service, Mrs Alison Fisher to ensure that all students are supported in both social emotional wellbeing and learning outcomes.

We have a regional Speech Language Pathologist who visits our school to support  students who require speech or language intervention programs. 

​Our ancillary staff consists of teacher aides who work extensively in classrooms and are trained in reading and sight word and phonemic awareness.  They have strong skills in all areas of numeracy and problem solving.  All teacher aides support intervention programs in small groups or one-to-one with students. We invest in speech therapy teacher aide time for students who require this level of support.

Our Chappy Andrew works Monday and Tuesday. He runs lunchtime clubs in the Chappy Room, runs programs for supporting students and visits classrooms to see students at work. He provides pastoral care - if any child is upset or needs support to make friends – Chappy Andrew is on the task! He can provide book packs and class supplies, uniforms, lunches, food hampers and other clothing items to support children at school or families in their homes.

We look forward to a fantastic 2023 with all families and friends of St George State School. 

St George State School, the school of choice for families in the Balonne Shire.

Last reviewed 17 May 2023
Last updated 17 May 2023