Kelvin Grove State College Receives Support for Student Wellbeing Centre and Mental Health Program

Kelvin Grove State College is set to receive a $50,000 boost to help the school enhance its programs for mental health and student wellbeing for its junior, middle, and senior school students.

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The school will use the funding for two key initiatives – $10,000 to implement the “Grow Your Mind” social and emotional wellbeing program in its junior school and $40,000 to upgrade facilities at its Student Wellbeing Centre for middle and senior students.

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The school currently runs a number of programs to proactively support student health and wellbeing. Kelvin Grove State College is also a recipient of state support from a $106-million Student Wellbeing Package that places GPs, psychologists, and other wellbeing professionals in schools across the state. A psychologist provides mental health support at the school as part of that program.

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Commonwealth Minister for Education Jason Clare (Photo credit: Kelvin Grove State College/Facebook)

The $50,ooo support is part of a broader $35.8 million Commonwealth Student Wellbeing Boost, announced during a visit to the school by Commonwealth Minister for Education Jason Clare and Queensland Minister for Education Grace Grace.

The Student Wellbeing Boost will provide $35.8 million in total for Queensland’s 1,797 schools to invest in student mental health initiatives. The funding amounts for each school were developed in consultation with Catholic and independent school representatives.

Joel Buchholz, Executive Principal at Kelvin Grove State College, welcomes the new funding. “This will help us enhance skills to support mental health and wellbeing in younger students and also enhance our facilities where all students and families can confidently access our wide range of wellbeing support staff and resources,” he said.

“Good mental health and wellbeing have a significant impact on young people’s engagement with education and their learning outcomes,” said Mr Clare.

“That’s why we are boosting funding to support the wellbeing of students in Queensland and right across the country.”

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The announcement follows a broader five-year $307.18 million agreement between the Commonwealth and states/territories to deliver the National Student Wellbeing program, of which Queensland schools will receive $91.75 million.

Published 17-August-2023

Kelvin Grove State College Executive Principal Retires

After 39 years in education and eight years as Kelvin Grove State College Executive Principal, Llew Paulger has announced his retirement.

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Mr Paulger, who took a leave at the end of 2022 before officially retiring, considered it a privilege to lead the largest Prep-Year 12 state school in Queensland, for nearly a decade.

Whilst serving as the executive principal of the school, Mr Paulger witnessed the student numbers grow from 2,340 to 3,600, which is an indication of the high education standard being offered in the college.

Mr Llew Paulger (Photo credit: Kelvin Grove State College/Facebook)

Kelvin Grove State College, a merger of the previous Kelvin Grove State and Kelvin Grove State High Schools, is considered as one of the leading education providers in Brisbane. The school offers rich and diverse curricular and co-curricular opportunities for learners, preparing them to take their place in tomorrow’s world.

During Mr Paulger’s term as executive principal, the school has also partnered Queensland Ballet, offering the Queensland Ballet Academy Program, for students in Years 7 to 12. This program is conducted in the world-class $17.5 million Queensland Ballet Academy building located onsite at the school.

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Mr Paulger began teaching in 1984, in Gladstone, before serving as Principal for various schools, including Browns Plains State High School and Redbank Plains State High School.

Mr Paulger believes his retirement comes at the right time for him, for his family, and for the community. He’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife and travelling together.

Prior to his retirement, Mr Paulger received Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association  (QSPA) Lifetime Achievement Award, a recognition celebrated by the community at Kelvin Grove State College.

QSPA described Mr Paulger as a “passionate defender and advocate of public education,” someone who sees school leadership not just as a job but as an opportunity and obligation to ensure success to high quality education for all students.

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Meanwhile, the school will welcome Joel Buchholz, executive principal at Townsville’s Pimlico State High School.

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Mr Buchholz already met some members of the community and observed the end-of-year ceremonies with Mr Paulger.

Aged Care Community Receives New Electronic Pets With Student Fundraiser

Students from Kelvin State Grove College recently held a fundraiser and worked hard to raise enough funds for the purchase of three new electronic pets for the Carinity Hilltop aged care community. 

The donation was made possible by the Kelvin State Grove College Junior School’s student representative council (SRC). The students were able to raise a grand total of $700, which allowed Carinity Hilltop to purchase three new electronic companion pets. 

According to Carinity Hilltop Diversional Therapist Lois Healy, these lifelike electronic devices “…move and sound like real animals and respond to petting and hugging,” and that they provide “…great comfort and joy for older seniors.” Currently, the school is hosting a contest for students to name one of the companion pets, a dog. 

Abbie Duncan, one of the students who set up fundraisers with the help of her fellow council members, talks enthusiastically about their project. 

“Our SRC teachers asked for us to come up with some ideas for what we could fundraise for, for our free dress day that was coming up, and we wanted to support something in the local community,” says Abbie. 

Kelvin Grove State College student Abbie Duncan and Carinity Hilltop aged care resident Betty Wright with the companion pets.
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Once she finishes school, Abbie aspires to become a medical engineer who intends to design new medical equipment that could potentially be used in aged care settings. “I think it’s important to be involved and part of the community because we’re all neighbours,” says Abbie. 

Ramandeep Gill, the Carinity Hilltop Residential Manager, is grateful for the attention and support. 

“Our residents and staff thank the school students for their very generous donation. We look forward to more collaborations in the future,” he said.

Carinity Hilltop is located at 23 Rochester Terrace. For more information, visit their website here or follow the Carinity Facebook page

Concern Grows About Overcrowded Classrooms at Kelvin Grove State College

Kelvin Grove State College has exceeded its target class size for 2020. The school is one of over a hundred other schools that have gone beyond their class size and enrolment capacity, in the midst of an increasing concern about overcrowded classrooms in schools.

State schools across Queensland must ideally have a maximum of 25 students in each classroom for Prep to Year 3 and Year 11 to 12, whilst Years 4 to 10 classes must have a maximum of 28 students, per the Queensland Teachers’ Union. However, about 98 percent of state school secondary classes in Queensland have reached these maximum numbers and 94 percent are at capacity for primary state schools. 

Kelvin Grove State College exceeded its capacity by three students in a class.

Classroom overcrowding isn’t a new problem in Queensland but it has become the norm based on these target numbers. Queensland Teachers’ Union believes that extra students in one class must be applicable only in “exceptional circumstance is described as ‘rare, unusual, atypical or unexpected.'”

Overcrowding can result in poor performances in students as teachers become overstretched to facilitate person-to-person direction due to the extra work. 

According to the Education Department, the ideal class size targets are not a ceiling but a guide for the principals. Some classes might have extra students to keep all children in the same year levels together. 

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To help with the overcrowding at Kelvin Grove State College, the State Government opened Fortitude Valley State Secondary College in September 2020 to 150 students. Its population is expected to increase to 1,500 in five years, upon the completion of the senior building section and the sports centre.

This is the first new state high school to be built in the inner city in 50 years. 

“Now that Stage 1 is complete, you have two distinct and completed precincts, including the Brookes Street Precinct with a learning centre, a performing arts centre and beautiful outdoor spaces; and the recently completed St Pauls Terrace Precinct which includes a seven-storey junior learning centre with specialist and general learning areas, and a lawn,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.

“And we are all looking forward to opening Stage 2 in 2023, which will deliver a sports facility and a secondary learning precinct for Years 10 to 12. 

Science of Rockets STEM Program Rolls out to Kelvin Grove State College, 9 Other Qld Secondary Schools in 2020

Following a successful pilot in 2019, the Science of Rockets STEM program will be rolled out to ten Queensland secondary schools in Term One 2020, including  Kelvin Grove State College.

Darra-based engineering design and manufacturing company PFi will partner with Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s largest space companies, to deliver the Science of Rockets STEM program in Queensland.

The Science of Rockets STEM program will be rolled out to 10 Queensland secondary schools in Term One 2020, with more than 50 state secondary schools joining the program at the start of the school year in 2021, according to the announcement by the Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick.

The schools getting ready for the program in Term One 2020 include Ferny Grove State High School, Ormeau Woods State High School; Sheldon College, Toowoomba Grammar School, Warwick State High School, Whitsunday Anglican School, West Moreton Anglican College, Centenary State High School, Ipswich State High School, and Kelvin Grove State College.

The program features “Rocket in a Suitcase,” a rocket motor the size of a carryon suitcase which will be the first commercially developed rocket motor in Australia to be exported. 

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The STEM program, which is also the first-ever in the world, was piloted by PFI at Ormeau Woods State High School in 2019. The course involves designing, manufacturing, and testing of hybrid rocket motors. 

PFi General Manager Nick Green said that forming a course around the design, manufacture and testing of a rocket motor was a practical, hands-on and interesting way to introduce space industry into schools and universities.

Mr Dick added that many of the jobs of the future will require expertise in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and the kinds of ‘hands on’ experience provided Science of Rockets STEM program helps to bring these subjects alive by turning theory into practice.

“We want students to know that if you study science, you can build a rocket and build a career in the space industry.”

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Queensland’s space industry already contributes 2,000 full-time positions, generating $760 million to the state’s economy each year, with the capacity to employ three times as many people and generate $6 billion by 2036.

The State Government, Mr Dick said, is now finalising the Queensland Space Strategy to make Queensland the home of the Australian space sector through a partnership with the Australian Space Agency.

“We have advanced manufacturing capabilities, a healthy R&D and innovation start-up ecosystem that is becoming recognised world-wide, as evidenced by Northrop Grumman’s investment in PFi here in Darra,” he said.

“Leading edge technologies such as this will drive new jobs in advanced manufacturing, so we need to ensure we have a highly skilled and capable workforce at the ready.”

Kelvin Grove State College Gets Ready For More Students In 2020, To Spend $3M For Additional Building

Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC) will receive $3 million in funding from the State Government as part of the 2020 Ready Program, which will see the school deliver additional classrooms to accommodate new students in 2020 and beyond.

The State Government has committed to $250 million for its 2020 Ready Program, which will support more than 60 high schools across the state.

Education Minister Grace Grace said that the Palaszczuk Government is happy to bring much-needed infrastructure to bring world-class education to Kelvin Grove State College students.

Next Phase of Education Reform

Minister Grace said that the 2020 Ready program will ensure that the state schools are prepared for the future.

“The ‘2020 Ready’ program signals the next phase of Queensland’s major education reforms, which started more than a decade ago,” Minister Grace said.

“In 2007, the State Labor Government gave Queensland children a flying start with the introduction of prep, which we supported with additional, specialist classrooms for preppies.

“As you may remember, Queensland’s first intake of preppies were those whose birthdays were in the first half of the calendar year – meaning theirs has always been a much smaller cohort of students, known as the ‘half cohort’.”

By 2015, another educational reform took place in which Year 7 students were moved into high school thus establishing six years of secondary education. With this development, the need for additional facilities increases.

“With the original prep students set to graduate from high school at the end of 2019, we will have – for the very first time – six full year levels of students in Queensland secondary schools from 2020.

The $250-million funds for infrastructure will ensure that high schools in the state can accommodate an anticipated 17,000 additional students in 2020.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that this will boost the government support to students.

“Our kids are our future and, as a Government, one of the most important things we can do is give Queensland students a world-class education,” Ms Trad said.

“This investment will deliver more classrooms and learning centres to provide the best possible environment for learning.”