Overview of Queensland education system

Lisa Starmer1

1Principal, Calamvale Community College

This session has been designed for international delegates and provides an introduction to the Queensland education system.


Biography:

Calamvale Community College is a school of 2100 students across P-12 year levels with a growing proportion of International students (65 at present) and a very active College in the area of study tours and professional visits across all years of the College.

The College has over 150 cultures represented and over 60 languages, learning predominantly in English but offering Mandarin P-12, with Immersion Prep-Year 1 and plans for Immersion Years 7-9.  The College uses both simplified and traditional Mandarin characters in a variety of locations across the years.  The College has special programs in Science/Mathematics and Engineering, the Arts, Languages and Sport.

Calamvale Community College is about to undergo the authorisation process for International Baccalaureate Primary years Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma with plans for Middle Years Program application for 2020.

As executive principal, I work closely with the executive team, consisting of 2 principals, a business manager and 6 deputy principals.  There is a middle management team of 14 and a teaching staff of approximately 180.

I am passionate about innovative student-centred learning in a rich and diverse educational context.  I have a commitment to a culture of high performance and achieving exceptional outcomes for students within an internationally-minded framework.  Educating globally responsible young people who are independent thinkers, compassionate human-beings, committed to a collaborative solutions-based approach and their own growth is our goal at the College.

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