Flood-ravaged North Queensland experienced wild conditions at the beginning of the year, yet the community rallied together to help students return to their schools and regain a sense of routine in a supportive environment.
During the flood event, a total of 61 schools were closed, but all affected state schools have now reopened, albeit with Oonoonba State School reopening on alternative sites.
Oonoonba State School will operate on a 'school within a school basis' at 2 alternative sites – students aged Prep to Year 2 will undertake their learning at Wulguru State School and students in Years 3 to 6 will be based at William Ross State High School. Classes will remain grouped together to ensure the school still operates as 1 entity.
The Oonoonba State School site in Townsville was the hardest hit by the flood and extensive rectification works are underway. It is expected staff and students will return to the original school site at the start of Term 2 2019.