August 2018

Durack SS has been selected as a State Finalist in the Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years. Our entry ‘Project to Practice’ is a celebration of Durack’s approach to the teaching of maths.

July 2018

Lucy Ford who was the Winner of the Year 5-6 category in the ADFAS Brisbane Portrait Prize. Lucy wins $100 plus receives a medallion and certificate of acknowledgment

  June 2018

Regional Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years. This award was in response to our school’s approach to the teaching of maths that led to last year’s achievements in numeracy in NAPLAN.

June 2108

Congratulations to our P&C for winning the 2018 Child Friendly Excellence Awards in the voluntary section. Mrs Upton, Mr Mick and our two Mrs Nguyens represented the school P&C at the Parent and Child Expo where the award was announced


March 2018

Recognition by the CEO of ACARA - Improvement in numeracy of this magnitude, as measured by NAPLAN, is significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledging


November 2017

Congratulations to Aleena Slater who was invited  at The symposium which featured presentations by Northern Territory, international guest speakers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, Master of Education students and Charles Darwin University academics. Aleena presented the findings around her master study on the ‘Connection between brain models and self-regulation’. To have this work recognised internationally is a credit to Aleena.



October 2017

Our Choir was awarded a Gold Medal at the Silkstone Eisteddfod. An excellent performance!



October 2017

An outstanding performance by Vini who received Highly Commended in the Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod. Vini was the youngest student in his age category being in Y3 competing against Year 5 to 9 students.

September 2017

Congratulations to our school Principal Beth Petersen who was invited to undertake a World-Class International Study Tour alongside the Director General, and  20 principals and DET leaders from across the State,  to engage with education system leaders as they explored high-performing schools in both Shanghai and Singapore.

August 2017

The Durack team was equal first in the Inala Cluster Science Challenge. Good work!

July 2017

Miss Tara McDonald was again invited to speak at QUT's Stepping Out Conference for graduating teachers. At this unique conference, Tara  offered her insights into the real world of teaching in the hope of inspiring and better preparing future teachers to enter the teaching profession.


The wonderful work of Karen Tattersall and Debbie Ivey and other helpers in the Drag-on Inn and of Breakfast Club volunteer Lenore Evans was recognised  in MISSION AUSTRALIA'S 2017 CHILD FRIENDLY EXCELLENCE AWARDS for their contribution to families and children in the Inala to Ipswich region

Business winner  : Drag-On-Inn  - Karen Tattersall & Debbie Ivy

Volunteer winner : Lenore  Evans


Our Rookie Roboteers in Year 5 competed against school teams of all ages in the 2016 First Lego League at The Cube and were thrilled and highly encouraged when they were given the Inspiration Award Year

Glenala SHS Invitational 2016

Jason was "Best Primary Student" at the chess tournament

2016 Maths Challenge

Durack Teams achieve 1st and 2nd in the inaugural District Maths Challenge held at Durack SS

ys it was an honour and a privilege to be

Miss Tara McDonald felt honoured and privileged to speak to graduating teachers of her experiences at the beginning of her teaching career at the 2016 Stepping Out Conference at QTU.    


Queensland Day 2016

Sharon Meiklejohn, received a Queensland Day Award for Service to our P&C from Premier Palaszczuk. This was a much deserved award for Sharon who worked tirelessly at our school for many, many years


Our wonderful school band at assembly August 2014

The school band wins GOLD at the Ipswich Eisteddfod

  October 2013

Our choir wins Silver at the Ipswich Eisteddfod and our band wins Silver at the Brisbane Band Competition. Miss Salemanesa is ecstatic.


May 2013 Durack wins Regional Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership

Authors Richard Newsome and Druv Singh

November 2012  Year 6 student, Dhruv, wins the  I Became a Billionaire writing competition, The competition attracted hundreds of entries from across Australia and NZ

Dhruv’s winning story, Ghost Zero, has earned the school $1000 worth of books from a local bookshop,  and Dhruv receives $100 worth of books for his bookshelf at home.

Richard Ransome, author of the Billionaire series, reads Druv's winning story at Text Publishing or on YouTube


October 2012ber

Durack's  choir wins GOLD at the Silkstone Eisteddfod. 

Beth Petersen and Tracey Slingsby at Showcase Gala Dinner October 2012

Durack is a State Finalist in the  Showcase Awards for Excellence in Leadership in Queensland State Schools 


July 2012

Congratulations to our Principal Mrs Beth Petersen  as a nominee for the Australian Primary Principal of the Year Award for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership.

It is great to see that Education Queensland acknowledges the good work that goes on at Durack.


Beth Petersen, Principal of Durack SS




June - July 2012

Durack is again a Regional winner in the annual EQ Showcase awards

June 2011

Congratulations to all our ancillary staff and to the students  - we have been proclaimed the District's Tidiest School! This shows great care of and respect for our school environment.

(Scroll down for more celebrations)

May 2011

Durack SS receives a Regional Showcase Award.   The school's successful submission detailed  the innovative use of dragon motifs and themes in implementing a School Wide Positive  Behaviour Support program and will now be considered for short-listing for the State Showcase finals. 





(Read about Durack Dragons - Safe Respectful Learners)

  February 2011

The efforts of three of our school leaders  late last year in producing a photo book for a competition run by Yarra Media and the makers of the movie "How to Train a Dragon" were fruitful when their book  won for the school a netbook!  Congratulations Loi, Lisa and Daniel!

  October 2010

Grand Opening of the State Schools of Tomorrow project at Durack


May 2010

Durack SS Principal, Beth  Petersen attends gathering of select group of "Innovative Principals" with  Minister for Education, Geoff Wilson,  and Premier, Anna Bligh


  June 2009

David Pritchard shone in the Qld Primary Schools Rugby League Championships in Cairns.  Playing at Centre for the Metropolitan West side, David contributed points every game of the team's unbeaten series and was Man of the Match in the Final.


November 2008

Durack State School is Winner of the 2008 Queensland Multicultural Award !

School Category - Primary School

Durack State School has employed staff whose cultures complement the student population and who are committed to developing cultural awareness and delivering inclusive education.




  Terri-Ann Cain starred at the 2009 Pacific Schools Games

She completed the 100m sprint in a time of 12.20 breaking the 12 years girls Australian and Pacific School record that had been in place since 1984. In the 200m she broke the record from 1982 running a time of 25.15.


August 2008

In the Brisbane Green and Healthy Schools Awards - 2008 Durack has won the Regional awards for Partnerships and Health and Nutrition.

See our partnerships


Terri-Ann Cain selected in Qld Girls Touch Football team to play national finals in Tasmania.  GO Terri-Ann!  

September 2007

Durack wins three Brisbane regional awards in Keep Australia Beautiful's Green and Healthy Schools program. 

We are the Brisbane winner of the Greenest and Healthiest School for 2007.

Durack also won the 2007 Spirit Award (Brisbane Region) for our Breakfast Club, assistance to North Qld children after Cyclone Larry, Muscular Dystrophy and the orphanage at the  Ky Quang 2 Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mrs Vivian Bonner received the Individual Outstanding Accomplishment Award (Brisbane Region).

  February 2007

Charlie Fetoai makes debut in Super 12 Rugby for the Queensland Reds.  Charlie won the Sporting Award in Year 7 in 1999.


August 2006

Regional awards are announced in the Keep Australia Beautiful Green and Healthy Schools program

Amongst the Brisbane awards, Durack teacher, Vim Pillay,  receives an Individual Outstanding Accomplishment Award for his contributions to the establishment and running of our Breakfast Club




October 2005 .....Ros Ryan was named Regional Tuck Shop Volunteer of the Year in the annual awards presented by  the Qld Association of School Tuckshops and Queensland Health.




October 2005

Thinh  used the knowledge gained from Year 7 SOSE lessons and visits from the Brisbane City Council WaterWise Program to encourage his family to save water.  The Brisbane City Council named his family one of Brisbane's Top 10 Water Conscious families - and best in the South West Region of the city.




Brisbane City Council News


July 2005

Durack Kids participate in the first Qld School Spectacular at Boondall Entertainment centre, with one Yr 7 student, Tofu, appearing as one of only two primary school soloist singers.



July 2005
Albert Holt, our School Elder, is honoured as Australian Elder of the Year (Male). Uncle Albert was our Principal for a Day in Education Week in May 2005.
Southside Education Centre Talking Together Project - Albert Holt

October 2004

The Watersense Family in the Brisbane Watersense Challenge. is the Lupton family of Durack who saved 10,984 litres of water in one week. Councillor Newman said the Lupton family saved the most by significantly reducing garden irrigation. School student, Sarah Lupton, convinced her family to put into practice several water saving behaviours her class had discussed at Durack SS.


October 2004
Durack is named a

Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Education

The Principal, Jill Hole, is announced by EQ  as a
High Achieving Principal, Indigenous Education

Later... Locally trained ATAS Tutor Matthew Thinee (pictured right) receives Pearl Duncan Scholarship to pursue tertiary studies in Education

  In August  2004, Durack was awarded the

The Media Monitors Showcase Award for  Excellence in Inclusive Education


  May 2003

MRS KIM THUY LA  (front left) received a QLD Naitional Excellence in teaching Award  for her work with Year 1 and in other activities in the school


Cool School Website

The Durack SS  website was named a "Cool School Website" in Education Queensland's monthly awards in 2003.