For the first time ever, specialist science teachers will take up positions in Queensland primary schools to reignite the passion of students for science.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said schools across the Mulgrave electorate would benefit with Gordonvale State School and Flying Fish Point State School hosting science teachers who would in turn support science programs across the region.
“This is an exciting time for our children as they are going to receive a science education with renewed focus,” Mr Pitt said.
“We want to put the spark back into science and reignite the passion for learning about this subject that we know students can have with the right teachers.”
Mr Pitt said the science teachers were experienced in classrooms and would all be in place by the end of March.
“As well as the new science teachers, schools are being supported by 15 regional science managers who will work with other Year 4-7 teachers to develop their knowledge and skills in science,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Bligh Government has delivered its election promise in this respect and I welcome the roll-out of the science teachers in my electorate.
“This is another element of a well-rounded education that we want our students to have and I hope it will become an exciting part of their day.”
The 100 full-time equivalent statewide science teachers and 15 regional science managers are a result of the Bligh Government Science Spark initiative.
“This announcement follows the Bligh Government’s commitment of $14 million to upgrade science labs in high schools statewide,” Mr Pitt said.
“Science is so important as the basis of establishing a natural curiosity about learning and the world.
“This is all part of our commitment for the future of education in Queensland, which is the focus for our government as we have released the Flying Start for Queensland Children discussion paper.”
The Flying Start paper proposes changes to school transitions, education authorities and places an emphasis on reading to children from an early age.
Members of the public are encouraged to have their say about education for the future by responding online at the Queensland Government website or by email, fax or post until the end of June this year.
There will also be a forum held nearby soon where parents and community members can have their say in person.
Other schools supported by Gordonvale and Flying Fish Point would include schools in Innisfail, Innisfail East and Aloomba clusters.