Townsville Central State School acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to the elders both past and present.
Townsville Central State School is comprised of a dedicated and experienced staff, thoughtful and positive students and active and involved parents. The school maintains a very strong and positive community feel to it, which is valued greatly.
Townsville Central is now over 140 years old, is the oldest school in Townsville and is located on the site of the original Townsville Gaol, giving us a strong sense of history. Situated in North Ward and in walking distance to the Strand, Queens Gardens, Castle Hill, Townsville Sports Reserve (red track) and the CBD, we believe, gives us the best location for a school in Townsville.
The school population has more than doubled since 2004, and currently has approximately 270 students. Less than 50% of the students live in the school catchment area, while the rest come from other Townsville suburbs, ranging from Alligator Creek to Paluma. Many of the students who do not live in the catchment area have parents who work in the Townsville central business district or near the school. 44% of students access the outside school hours care facility, on either a regular or casual basis. On any particular day, this may number up to 20% of the student population.
At Townsville Central we have a small population of indigenous students (between 6% and 10%), approximately 6% of our student population has a language background other than English and over 10% of students are new to Australia or are first or second generation Australians.
We are very curriculum focussed, with literacy, numeracy, science and the arts featuring as key curriculum drivers on our Strategic Plan for 2011 to 2014. The school implements an Enrichment Program and we have very high expectations of our students. In 2011, over 50% of students in yr 3, 5 or 7 achieved in the top two bands on at least one area of NAPLAN.
Sustainability has, for a long time, been an embedded practice in our school. We operate a variety of recycling programs including paper and cans. Classes are also encouraged to be conscious of their electricity usage.