At the top of the Blackbutt Range, approximately 140km north-east of Brisbane, is the country town of Blackbutt. Surrounded by tall eucalypt and hoop pine forests in the east and avocado, olive, macadamia and cattle farms in the west, it’s little wonder the town is often referred to as the Timber town. Its position means that it has a low-humidity mountain climate of cool summers and brisk winters and is a great place for folks looking for a tree-change. Locals enjoy a vibrant cultural and social lifestyle, with monthly exhibitions hosted at the art gallery by the local art group and country music socials most months of the year. They also have access to a variety of local grocery stores, medical facilities, cafes and restaurants as well as a golf club, art gallery and library. The local area is popular with bushwalkers and campers, all hoping to spot the local wildlife, while amateur and professional astronomers flock to the town for the stunning views of the stars in the night sky.
The local school,
Blackbutt State School, has a highly trained team who support students from Prep to Year 6 from the surrounding area. Teachers have a routine focus on student results and over 5-week cycles, monitor individual learning progress to adjust the support for each student. The school uses a case conference approach and a solutions-focussed mindset and works collectively with parents and carers to improve each student’s outcomes.
With 3 schools in proximity to Blackbutt, there are a range of opportunities for teachers in this area.
Blackbutt fun fact
Wildflowers bloom all year around in Blackbutt.
Cherbourg is a small Aboriginal community located approximately 170km north-west of Brisbane. It is located in Wakka Wakka tribal boundaries, near the border of Gubbi Gubbi territory. The town welcomes teachers to its community and has its own convenience store, hospital, TAFE campus, aged care hostel, arts and crafts centre, and community radio station. On your weekends, have a picnic or BBQ at the landscaped picnic areas that adjoin the tourist centre, which provide stunning views across nearby Lake Barambah. Alternatively, its proximity to Murgon, Wondai, Kilkivan and Goomeri provide a range of activities you can do and places you can explore in your downtime.
Cherbourg State School aims to create a ‘family-like’ atmosphere, recognising the need for parents and teachers to work together in partnership to support children’s holistic development in a mutually supportive and caring environment. This provides teachers with opportunity to get to know their students by exploring the diverse cultural practices, lifestyle choices, home languages, backgrounds and traditions of each child’s family structure and provides opportunities for families to share their knowledge and skills. The school has reverse cycle air conditioners fitted in all classrooms and many fitted with sound field systems. The school has 7 classroom blocks, a library, dining hall, tuckshop, covered games area, adventure playgrounds and purpose-built pre-prep education facility, including a large play area and yarning circle.
Cherbourg fun fact
Until 1986, the town was used as a settlement for Aboriginal people under a policy of segregation pursued by the Queensland Government of the time. Since then, Cherbourg has grown, with ventures in agriculture, beef cattle, dairying and joinery becoming successful ventures. Learn more about the town’s history on the
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council’s website.
There’s something about Toogoolawah that will make you nostalgic. Perhaps it’s because for more than 100 years, residents of Toogoolawah have gathered on a Saturday night in the historic picture theatre, Alexandra Hall to see the latest blockbusters. Or maybe it’s the old railway station museum, that the town is home to the historic Nestle condensed milk packing shed or the sense of camaraderie that comes with living in a close-knit community, a throwback of days gone by. Regardless, teachers will feel right at home in Toogoolawah. This quaint Somerset community is perfectly positioned, with Kingaroy, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, Gatton and Toowoomba all within an hour to an hour and a half drive away.
Toogoolawah State School is an extensively well-resourced school with the latest technology innovations to support classroom learning. The school itself features beautifully maintained grounds. Its staff are committed to improving student achievement outcomes, engaging in professional development with a focus on the alignment of curriculum and assessment.
Toogoolawah State High School is passionate about providing relevant and engaging learning pathways for all students, while maintaining a strong focus on academic achievement leading to tertiary entrance or the workplace. Staff maintain high expectations of student behaviour and learning achievement and provide a breadth of offerings across maths, English, science, HPE, technology and the arts.