School holidays and term dates for 2015

The Department of Education, Training and Employment sets the term and school holiday dates for all Queensland state schools.

Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school - check with your school for details.
Queensland term dates - 2015

Term 1 Tuesday 27 January - Thursday 2 April (10 weeks)
Term 2 Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June (10 weeks)
Term 3 Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September (10 weeks)
Term 4 Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December (10 weeks)

Staff professional development days for 2015
• Thursday 22 and Friday 23 January
• Three additional days within the Easter holiday or other negotiated flexible arrangements
• Monday 19 October

Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2015
• Year 12 - Friday 20 November
• Year 10 and 11 - Friday 27 November

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New year, new smoking bans hit Queensland

Smokers are no longer able to light up within five metres of hospital grounds and school gates thanks to new laws that commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2015

New Year’s Day also saw the start of a world-first law subjecting e-cigarettes to the same laws as traditional tobacco cigarettes in Queensland.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift commended the State Government for introducing the laws, set to save countless Queensland lives.

“These laws are an important step forward, strengthening the State’s action on tobacco control and preventing thousands of premature deaths from tobacco-related disease,” Ms Clift said.

“Banning smoking outside school gates will give parents peace of mind during school drop off and pick up, eliminating harmful exposure to second-hand smoke.

“Hospitals across the State will become healthier thanks to these new laws, giving visitors and patients a breath of fresh air during their stay.

“We are especially proud that Queensland is leading the world with its regulations on e-cigarettes – the new laws prevent them from being sold to children or used in indoor or outdoor public places, and ensure no promotion or advertisement of the products in retail outlets.

“E-cigarettes are a significant threat to public health – no e-cigarette has been tested for quality, safety or performance by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

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New Regular Feature

Welcome to 2015 and a new year with the Messenger! My name is David Kleinschmidt, I am a local North Lakes family and small businessman who for the last five years was the IT manager at the The Lakes College. I will be writing a column for you this year about Technology, and the info you need to make use of it.

Computers and most technology are actually far less complex than even the simplest human biological or behavioral systems. In fact, at a rudimentary level computers are actually designed after a human, almost as though we are trying to create electronic equivalents.

Don't get me wrong, computers have become so successful because they do certain things really well. Unlike humans computers can do the same thing over and over and over again, at a very fast rate, without complaint, a toilet break or any kind of positive reinforcement. So in many ways computers are superior to humans.

Here is some perspective that will hopefully put you in your rightful place as master of technology, I need you to know that you are the boss.

One of the most powerful known computers in the world is TITAN it occupies an entire floor of a building in Tennessee in the US, and is capable of processing absolutely ridiculous amounts of information. They measure these supercomputers by the number of operations they can perform in a given timeframe, TITAN can clock in excess of 16 quadrillion calculations per second. That's a lot. But although this beast that requires enough power to operate that could power 160,000 homes, can process one calculation much faster than a human brain, when asked to process the same number of calculations as a brain at the same time like our brains 1 million plus neurons do every second of every day, it took 1500 times longer than our humble brain does.

So you see, everyday you already operate a piece of technology far superior to any in the world, so own it, and remember that computers are tools, designed to serve us not for us to serve them.

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New Fields for Team Play at North Lakes

It’s another win for community sport and recreation in the Moreton Bay Region with the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Plus Program investing $723,000 in new playing fields at North Lakes.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Division Four councillor Julie Greer said the State Government’s contribution to Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $1.73 million upgrade of Kinsellas Playing Fields would mean construction would get under way in 2015 once North Lakes developer Stockland had completed earthworks.

“The $1.73 million Kinsellas Playing Fields have been designed to accommodate a range of sporting codes and recreational activities, and includes two irrigated senior-sized and one junior-sized multi-purpose playing fields, a clubhouse, car parking, connectivity with the region’s cycle way network and field lighting,” Cr Greer said.

“The feedback I’ve had from local sporting clubs is that growing membership is fuelling demand for additional fields with the flexibility to be used by a variety of sporting teams,” Cr Greer said.

“Kinsellas Playing Fields’ built-in adaptability means they’ll be able to host rugby league, rugby union, soccer and touch football matches, among others, all in very close proximity to the existing ovals at North Lakes State College.”

Council will fund the remaining $1.07 million construction cost of the Kinsellas Playing Fields complex as part of its $67 million investment in sport, recreation and parks in 2014/15.

The Queensland Government’s contribution to Kinsellas Playing Fields follows a recent $1 million contribution to council’s $10.5 million AFL precinct at Brendale’s South Pine Sports Complex.

“Both recognise council’s commitment to providing new sport and recreation opportunities for the residents of one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas – it’s a big win for our community,” Cr Greer said.

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Feedback Wanted on Rothwell Intersection

Feedback from local motorists is being sought on a concept layout for the Rothwell Roundabout upgrade at the juncture of Anzac Avenue and Deception Bay Road.

Member for Murrumba, Reg Gulley said that Rothwell motorists will now have their chance to provide feedback on a concept for the congestion busting Anzac Avenue and Deception Bay Road intersection upgrade project.

“Improving this intersection is a major priority of mine and I am excited that we are now one step closer with a concept for the Rothwell roundabout,” Mr Gulley said.

“This is something I have been fighting for since election in 2012 and I will not stop until this vital piece of infrastructure is delivered for the residents of Murrumba, and especially for those who need to access the roundabout on a daily basis.”

“We are a government that listens and this is a great chance for residents to view the concept layout and provide their feedback on what is a very important piece of the Rothwell road network.”

“This is another great example of how we are delivering better infrastructure and planning as part of our strong plan.

“The rapid growth in this region and the need to cater for our growing needs mean that improvements to the Rothwell roundabout will help to significantly reduce congestion as well as increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”

“The project will relieve traffic congestion by increasing the capacity and efficiency for motorists.

“Once completed, it will deliver a safer intersection for all road users and we want to know your thoughts.

“I welcome residents to come and talk to the project team at the display.”

A public display will be staffed by Rothwell intersection project members at:
•Tacoma Park, Anzac Avenue, Rothwell, on Saturday, 10 January 2015 from 9am to midday; and at
• Grace Lutheran College (Chapel Café), Mewes Road, Rothwell on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 from 4pm to 7pm.

For more information on the Rothwell Intersection Upgrade Project contact the project team on 1800 780 319.

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