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.
Our Choir was awarded a Gold Medal at the Silkstone Eisteddfod. An excellent performance!
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.
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.
The Durack team was equal first in the Inala Cluster Science Challenge. Good work!
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: Jason was "Best Primary Student" at the chess tournament.
Maths Challenge: Durack Teams achieve 1st and 2nd in the inaugural District Maths Challenge held at Durack SS.
Stepping Out conference: 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: 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.
The school band wins GOLD at the Ipswich Eisteddfod.
Our choir wins Silver at the Ipswich Eisteddfod and our band wins Silver at the Brisbane Band Competition. Miss Salemanesa is ecstatic.
Durack wins Regional Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership.
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.
Durack's choir wins GOLD at the Silkstone Eisteddfod.
Durack is a State Finalist in the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Leadership in Queensland State Schools.
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.
June - July
Durack is again a Regional winner in the annual EQ Showcase awards.
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.
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 went on to become a State Showcase finalist.
Read more about Durack Dragons - Safe Respectful Learners
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!
Grand Opening of the State Schools of Tomorrow project at Durack.
Durack SS Principal, Beth Petersen attends gathering of select group of "Innovative Principals" with Minister for Education, Geoff Wilson, and Premier, Anna Bligh.
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.
Terri-Ann Cain selected in Qld Girls Touch Football team to play national finals in Tasmania. GO Terri-Ann!
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.
In the Brisbane Green and Healthy Schools Awards - 2008 Durack has won the Regional awards for Partnerships and Health and Nutrition. See our partnerships.
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).
Charlie Fetoai makes debut in Super 12 Rugby for the Queensland Reds. Charlie won the Sporting Award in Year 7 in 1999.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Durack was awarded the The Media Monitors Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education.
Mrs Kim Thuy La (front left) received a QLD National 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.