After 6 weeks of holidays beginning today, Queensland state school students return to school on Monday, 23 January 2012.

More than 386,000 Queensland state school students from Prep to Year 9 will begin six weeks of holidays today, marking the end of the 2011 school year.

Education Minister Cameron Dick said the Prep to year 9 students were the last of almost 490,000 state school students to end the school year and start their annual summer break.

?I wish all our students a safe and happy holiday and thank teachers, school staff and parents for their hard work and dedication during the academic year,? Mr Dick said.

?Year 12 students finished on November 18, Year 10 and 11 students on November 25, and Prep to Year 9 students at schools in western Queensland ended their school year last week.?

Mr Dick said the Bligh Government had been working hard during 2011 to improve outcomes for all Queensland students.

?Milestones this year included the unveiling of the Flying Start reforms, which incorporate Year 7 joining high school from 2015, and greater access to kindergarten programs.

?Eight news schools and five Teacher Education Centres of Excellence have opened and we organised a $70-million recovery effort after the summer floods and cyclone.

?Schools are also benefitting from a record annual maintenance allocation of $134 million in 2011-12, the highest in the state?s history.

?The Flying Start reforms will continue in 2012, with Prep being recognised as the first year of school and the implementation of the Prep to Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics and science.

?The introduction of the Australian Curriculum from the start of next year is arguably the most significant change we have ever seen in education in Australia. It creates a consistent curriculum across the country for the very first time.

?The Australian Curriculum also sets out the core knowledge and skills that are important for all students and identifies what young people should learn as they progress through school.?

Mr Dick said Queensland?s three education sectors were well prepared for the introduction of the Australian Curriculum in January.

?I congratulate Education Queensland for developing the comprehensive curriculum planning package, Curriculum to the Classroom (C2C), which includes a sample school plan, year-level plans, unit plans, lesson overviews and assessment and marking guides for the Australian curriculum,? he said.

?I feel confident that these resources will enable our schools and teachers to hit the ground running when school goes back in January.?

Queensland state school students return to school on Monday, 23 January 2012.

Queensland state school term dates are available at www.education.qld.gov.au or by contacting the Department of Education and Training on 3237 1363.