Recently, the Minister for Education, Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, announced the change to Education Queensland's school holidays and professional development days for 2018.
The Minister advised that the Easter school holiday period will be extended for 1 day for students and school will not start until Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The term dates for all BCE schools and colleges will also change for 2018.
This change is the result of transport requirements for the Commonwealth Games and subsequent bus availability for the start of Term 2, 2018.
The extension of the school holiday period for students will provide an opportunity for school staff to particpate in an additional professional development and planning (PDP) day. Monday, April 16, 2018 will be designated as an additional, fixed PDP day. This will allow schools to focus on their Excellent Learning and Teaching Moving Forward goals and for secondary schools to focus on senior schooling curriculum implementation.