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Springsure State School was among the earliest to be founded in Queensland, as is shown by its number 102.  On 23 June 1869, a public meeting was called for the purpose of approaching the Government with a view to the establishment of a state school.  A tender of £477 was accepted on 25 June and the building was ready for opening in January, 1870 with its actual opening day being 14 March 1870.

Springsure State School has always held a strong and cherished link within the wider community, with many of our students being either fourth or fifth generation learners at our school.  In fact, we have one current student who is the seventh generation of the family to enrol at this school.

The first head teacher was John Henry Nicholson, son of an eminent scholar, John Nicholson, who was Ludwig Leichhardt’s first English friend.  It is appropriate that the two school sporting houses are named Leichhardt (gold) and Mitchell (green); both explorers contributing significantly to the opening up of this productive area of Central Queensland.

Mr Nicholson was assisted by a pupil teacher, Jane Wagner.  The number of children enrolled on 1 January 1871 was 98 with an average daily attendance of 72.  The major changes to the school in the intervening period have been the addition of more classroom blocks, the addition of the secondary department in 1964 and a new Resource Centre which opened in 2012.

Springsure was settled in the 1850s after being explored by Ludwig Leichhardt and his favourable reports which encouraged settlers to move in. The town derived its name from the permanent springs in the creek and gullies at the time of settlement in the area. The town developed primarily from the early wagon teams camping here on their way from Rockhampton to the Gulf and Barcoo country.

Today, Springsure is a pastoral settlement serving cattle farms as well as sunflower, sorghum, wheat and chickpea plantations. In recent years, Springsure has become the hub for several coal mines such as the Minerva Mine and the Rolleston Mine. These mines are also contributing to Springsure’s economic development.

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Springsure State School's Curriculum Framework for Prep - Year 10 has been developed to reflect the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History and the Essential in Studies of Society and the Environment, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, LOTE (Japanese) and Technology; the Core skills mandated by the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework, for the end of Year 10.
Learnings in Studies of Society and the Environment, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, LOTE (Japanese) and Technology; the Core skills mandated by the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework, for the end of Year 10.

To achieve the best possible outcomes for all our students through quality learning partnerships, we believe: 

  • students have individual needs and abilities

  • learning is a lifelong process

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills underpin all learning

  • that productive learning partnerships within the school community are essential to quality learning outcomes

  • learning occurs best in a supportive, stimulating and challenging environment that encourages the development of academic, physical and social skills

  • that the learning process involves assisting students to make good behaviour choices

  • in a Junior Secondary philosophy

  • in an education approach based on the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework

Primary School

Springsure State School caters for students from Prep to Year 6 in a variety of single and multi-age classes. Students are exposed to a variety of strategies, which include whole class, small group and individual learning opportunities.

Students participate in fitness activities (Smart Moves) and a specific Fine Motor and Gross Motor program operated by specialist teachers. Students have contact with specialist teachers for Health and Physical Education, Music and Year 6 students undertake Languages other than English (Japanese) via Elluminate. Students in these year levels can also access the Manual Arts workshops, Home Economics room and Science lab to explore hands-on learning in these particular fields.

Junior Secondary - Year 7/8

 During the Middle Phase of Learning, students begin to investigate the larger world beyond home and school and need to develop as autonomous learners. Students in this phase have distinctive and diverse needs which stem from the very significant development changes in the period, as well as from a broad range of individual students' life circumstances, interests, skills and talents.

Being early adolescents, our Year 7 and 8 students are provided for in a slightly different setting at Springsure State School. This is done to ensure that these students' particular needs are met, especially when working from a secondary style timetable, being able to access traditional secondary subjects and then supporting the students in both year levels, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy.

In 2013, the Years 7 and Year 8 students will be divided into separate classes for English, Mathematics, Science and History/Studies of Society and the Environment. They will combine as a 7/8 group for some other classes including Health and Physical Education, Computer Education and the Arts. Year Seven and Year Eight students are split into separate groups for Home Economics and Manual Arts. Each student undertakes one semester of each of these subjects in Year Seven and again in Year Eight.

Year 9/10

In 2013, students in Years 9 and 10 will work in individual classes for English and Mathematics, History/Studies of Society and the Environment and Science while in Health and Physical Education, they will be in combined classes. In 2013 students will be selecting specific subjects for one semester at a time in the areas of Manual Arts (Shop A, Shop B, Industrial Design),Technology (Food Studies), Agricultural Science, Business Technology (Computer Education, Business Skills, Information and Communication Technology) and The Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Dance and Media). It is possible for students to complete four semesters of one subject and individual semesters of other subjects. Students are still required to choose two elective subjects at one time. Students in Years 9 and 10 also have the opportunity to access Distance Education subjects if a subject in which they are interested and for which they show some flair, such as Japanese or Music, is not available through the school.