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"National Game"

Classes have been participating in the "National Game" this year, each each class representing an Australian town. At the end of term the classes set up displays featuring their town and other classwork. Here is a small sample.  More images will be on our Events page soon.



May 1st: Our annual commemoration of ANZAC Day was held last week and you can read about the ceremony in today's newsletter.  In the foyer, there was also a wonderful display of student work commemorating Queensland's Indigenous Diggers in World War 1. 




District  Spelling Bee  

A number of our Durack dragons have proved to be Spelling Wizards in disguise.

Urged by Mrs Harling to "Be Brave" and to "Participate to progress", a group of Year 4, 5, and 6 students competed in the District Spelling Bee held at Glenala State High School and performed brilliantly. Every student did very well, with Angela taking 1st place in Year 4, Louretta and Rellick coming  1st and 2nd respectively in Year 5, and Anthony winning 1st place in Year 6. 

 "Blue Wail"

      From Mrs K......

As part of World Science Festival Brisbane, Year 5/6 K participated in Hatchery Crusaders Art
Competition hosted by The Queensland Museum.  Our class had submitted 2 pieces of artwork and one of our entries, BLUE WAIL was selected as one of the finalists. This artwork was about plastic pollution in the ocean and the impact it has on our marine life. The students collected plastic from our school and created a Blue Whale.

On Wednesday, 20th of March 2019, our artwork reached second place and received a silver trophy. This artwork will be displayed in the Hatchery Crusaders display area on Level 2, Queensland Museum during World Science Festival Brisbane (20-24 March).


We read newspaper articles about plastics found inside marine animals and watched videos about the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"  Year 5s decided to use the whale as an inspiration for our Marine Plastic Pollution Art Competition entry.  The body our our Blue Whale was covered in plastics found in the Year 5 eating area.  We glues plastics on a picture of a breaching whale to raise awaremess of the effect of plastics on marine creatures

The Dragon theme for 2019 is :Dragons Sign Up for Learning" relating to, of course, Durack Dragons being Safe Respectful Learners, but also to our first full year of learning AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language).

Newsletters (2019):
You can have a link to the fortnightly newsletter emailed to you if you register your email address with our Office Staff.

Semester 1


 BOOK LISTS FOR 2019 can be downloaded 


Qld State Schools Calendar 2019

Future school holidays and term dates



Volunteers are always warmly welcomed

If you have time to help in the classroom, library, tuckshop, at Breakfast Club, at special events, please come and let us know.



 Wednesday mornings


 9am to 11am.

  This playgroup is run by our Chaplain, Ruth, and is  open to all families.


Contact our office at 3714 2666  for more information.



Free Microsoft Office 2016 for students and school staff

All Queensland state school staff and students can now download multiple free copies of the latest Microsoft Office to their personal home computers and mobile devices.

Instructions are on the Learning Place

Students will have to sign in with their email address.  This is their User name for school computers followed by

Prep and Year 1-2 students and will not know their user name and you can obtain this from The Office or Mr Ray Poultney, our Teacher-Librarian.  Year 3 students are just starting to use their own personal user names.   Their teachers will also have a list.


Qld Handwriting  Fonts available free to parents

Parents can download free software and printable resources for Handwriting from the Learning Place.

You can print from your home PC or MAC in the same style as Queensland  school students learn to write, the same style as the teachers use on the whiteboards and worksheets.  There are also handwriting practice sheets and books you can print and use.
Download resources







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