Dysart is situated in the coal fields of the central highlands, 244 km west of Mackay. Its location in the Queensland tropics is a wonderful blend of country life, a friendly community, modern facilities and regional support services. The town boasts an Olympic-sized pool at the centre of town, for you to cool off in the summer months. Other features of the town include a shopping mall, a nine-hole golf course, bowls club, community civic centre, and a town library that provides public internet access as well as the usual library facilities.
Dysart State School supports all students to achieve their greatest potential. The whole-school curriculum development has established expectations, consistency and continuity across the school. All students set individual goals in reading and writing every five weeks and receive feedback on these goals. As a result, staff and students are achieving great outcomes at Dysart.
Dysart State High School offers a holistic, localised curriculum that incorporates explicitly taught positive behaviour and wellbeing strategies as part of a vibrant, diverse school life that provides opportunities for all students to fully develop and express their multiple talents. The school offers an extensive range of facilities including a newly refurbished science block and Trade Training Centre – Hospitality and Industrial Arts.
Glenden is a close-knit community, 110 km south-west of Mackay. The local council operates the library, recreation centre, tennis and basketball courts, an oval and a swimming pool. Twenty-four kilometres away, you’ll find Lake Elphinstone, a natural lake that is an excellent spot for bird-watchers, anglers and campers. It’s also a popular spot for local water sports fanatics.
Glenden State School is a P-12 school that encourages students to be part of a learning society where problem-solving and critical thinking are crucial. The school supports students to engage in learning, develop judgement and a sense of responsibility, understand the past and prepare for the future. Teachers cater for the diverse range of students’ needs, capabilities and interests by modifying the curriculum, ongoing monitoring of performance and meetings between students, staff and parents.
Midldlemount is another small mining town, about one and a half hours’ drive from Emerald, or three hours drive from Rockhampton and Mackay. It might be small, but it has all the facilities of a well-maintained country town, including a shopping centre, swimming pool, golf course, hotel, sports grounds, medical centres, restaurants and cafes. The local parks and gardens (like
Blue Mountain Park) are well-maintained and have family-friendly playgrounds if you’re bringing the kids. The nearby
Bundoora Dam is great for water skiing and swimming.
Middlemount Community School is a P-12 school located in the heart of Middlemount. Students and teachers are supported by a team of support personnel, including a Support Teacher: Literacy and Numeracy, Special Needs Teacher, Guidance Officer, School-Based Youth Health Nurse and School Chaplain. The air-conditioned campus is spacious with many primary classes accommodated in double teaching spaces. Small class sizes allow for individual attention and a caring environment. Faciliites at the school include three computer rooms, a sports hall, outdoor sports shed and hard court.