Draft Strategic Plan

This plan is meant to be read in conjunction with the DRAFT Major Projects & Budget Forecast document, which will be posted later today

The P&C executive has been working with the school on a draft Strategic Plan to guide us for the next three years. It sets out what the key responsibilities of the P&C are, and the kinds of things we’d like to fundraise for and achieve for the school community.

It’s a draft at the moment and we’d love your feedback. Take a look and please email comments to burandapandc@gmail.com by Friday 30 November so we can discuss it at December’s P&C meeting (Wednesday 5 December, 6 for 6.15pm).

Roll out a 40km/h zone along Old Cleveland Road in Stones Corner!

Following is a message from Jonathan Sri, Councillor for the Gabba Ward:

Dear residents,

I’ll start with some good news. After pressure from my office and a range of community groups, we’ve had clear confirmation that council is going to roll out a 40km/h zone along Old Cleveland Road in Stones Corner!

This won’t completely address all the pedestrian safety issues in this area, but it’s certainly a positive step. I’m also continuing to push for a major redesign of the O’Keefe St roundabout intersection and other pedestrian safety solutions (e.g. an underpass). Council says their deadline for rolling this out is 31 March next year, but if they’re receiving strong positive feedback from residents, they’ll probably get it done sooner than that.

They’re currently focussed on the stretch between Montague St and the O’Keefe St roundabout (blue shaded area in above picture), but my strong advice has been that the 40km/h zone should be larger, taking in the pedestrian crossing on Logan Rd just north of Cowley St (a key crossing for pedestrians accessing Buranda train station and Buranda State School) as well as the pedestrian crossing on O’Keefe St to the west of Carl St (a major route for the bicentennial bikeway that also carries very high volumes of foot traffic). (Blue extdended line in above image).

In council’s recent ‘Move Safe’ online consultation, residents identified that this whole area is dangerous and inhospitable for pedestrians, and so it makes sense to have the broader precinct rezoned for 40km/h rather than just one short stretch.

To make sure this happens, I need your help. If you support a 40km/h zone for the entire area surrounding Buranda train station, the Woolloongabba busway and the Stones Corner shops on Old Cleveland Road, please send an email to: tpo_contact@brisbane.qld.gov.au CCing chair.infrastructure@brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Tell them you’re very strongly supportive of the 40km/h trial, but that you think it should take in a larger area.

Lowering speed limits in congested inner-city areas does not have a discernible impact on motorist travel times. The congestion around the O’Keefe St roundabout has a lot more to do with the intersection itself than the maximum speed limit. However, dropping the speed should help make the area safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, which will in turn encourage more people to choose walking and public transport over driving. Please send an email saying you support this!

P&C AGM - March 2019

Although the P&C AGM meeting is scheduled for March 2019, it isn't too soon to consider whether you wish to stand for the P&C Executive.  All positions will be spilled - that is, President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, Secretary, Minutes Secretary . 

We are sure you will agree that 2019 signals an exciting time for Buranda State School, and you are encouraged to consider running for these important roles.  If you have any questions, please come along to the meeting on Wednesday night and discuss.


Our annual Swim-a-thon will be held during normal PE lessons on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 November for all children in years 1-6.

Swim-a-thon forms have been given to students last week or you can download them on the link below. The forms are to be returned by Friday 23 November. All forms and money are to be returned to the locked boxed outside the office and/or money to be deposited via Qkr! 

Julie Wain – PE teacher

Inner City School Update and Next P&C meeting Wednesday 7 November

The Department of Education is holding ‘community sessions’ to facilitate community input into design of the new Inner City South State Secondary College.

One session was held on Saturday 27 October and another is to be held on Thursday, 1 November from 6pm to 8pm at Dutton Park State School. Check the Building Future Schools website for details.

Several members of the Buranda State School community attended the session on Saturday and have indicated attendance was quite worthwhile.

It is the P&C’s understanding that the final catchment will be announced within the next four weeks. We will keep you posted with developments.

Come to next week’s P&C meeting to hear more and have your say. The meeting will be at 6pm in the library on Wednesday 7 November.

This Friday is Prep 2019 orientation morning

We are looking forward to meeting new families at the Prep Orientation this Friday. Our Uniform Shop will be open, ready for you to purchase your Prep's new uniforms!  

To make P&C payments a lot easier and stress-free for you, the P&C uses an app called Qkr!(You may have received an information sheet in your enrolment pack on how to download). 

Qkr! is available through Google Play and iTunes and it would be awesome if you could download and set it up with your debit/credit card before Friday morning. Note that your card details aren't stored on your phone and, if you prefer, you can choose to enter your card details for every transaction.

The P&C uses Qkr! for tuck shop, uniform shop, fundraising and P&C events and our parents love how easy it is to use. We send reminders about tuck shop and order deadlines; there's no more searching for loose change or cash; and you can place uniform orders at midnight! 

Of course we will have volunteers to help you on Friday, so bring your smart phone with you and we can help you through the process! 

The Qkr! app is the preferred method of payment for our uniform shop, although we do accept direct bank transfer payments too. 

Uniforms will be available to check sizing if needed, but if you know the sizes you will need for your child, you can order through the Qkr! app before Friday and the uniforms will be ready for pick up Friday morning...stress free! 

Trivia Night on 23 November — put it in your diary now!


FORGET your worries for an evening and then some. Come and join the party in the school hall with the antics and supreme FUN that is BURANDA'S 2018 TRIVIA NIGHT.

FABULOUS FOOD and BRILLIANT LIVE MUSIC starts at 6pm. Questions start at 6.40pm. 

So come along, mingle, and wash the week away. We have a new QUIZZmistress...NEW Questions...NEW fun. 

We are proud to announce yet another sustainably-driven P&C Buranda Event, with no disposable cups. So, bring your Buranda tumbler (or non-glass alternative) or pick up a new BSS Centenary stainless-steel tumbler at the reduced inclusive price in your entry.

$15 BYO tumbler (no glass please)

$20 including $8 memorial tumbler

You can also pick up a tumbler on the night for $10, which includes your first drink.

So gather your mates, pals and peeps and start organising your team. 

Don't know anyone...yet….no worries: we can team you up. See the signup sheets outside each classroom. 

Come on and let your hair down and support our kids by coming to Buranda's FIRST and LAST EVER trivia night hosted by QuizMistressFitz.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Don’t just believe us….Read what others had to say about previous years trivia nights:

Ted: I had so much fun, just watching everyone else have fun.

Sarah: I'd forgotten what it was like to get out with everyone again - without the kids.

Anna: Such joyful, witty banter at our table, a complete evening out..oh, and did I mention the great food?

Kellie: I didn't know you guys had such a great turnout and spirit for such a small school. We're coming again next year.

Mark: Loved the heads and tails section, the hilarious Burns or Trump section and the local trivia.

Geoff:  The usual cool live music Buranda Events have been come to be known for. A real highlight.

Tracey: AWESOME!!!.............PS It's my 4th year in a row.

Danni: My highlight is the table drawing. Framable works of Art.

Cathy Fitzgerald, Quiz Mistress

Tuckshop Update

I hope everyone had a great break.  You will find term 4's menu on the Tuck Shop page and also up around the school.  You can order in Qkr! anytime now. Tuck shop will commence in week 3 this term, then fortnightly after that. 

I am always looking for fresh ideas for the menu and fresh faces on Fridays to help out.  Please let me know if you are able to help prepare on Fridays or even for an hour when serving.  My email is antheaharris_67@hotmail.com

I am also looking for someone to help out on an ongoing basis with the iceblock sales on a Thursday.  You would need to be at the school from about 11am until about 1130.  I purchase the iceblocks so it is just 30mins in the tuckshop on Thursday.  Perhaps you could team up with a friend and do every 2nd week. 

Let me know if you are interested or even if you could be an emergency contact for those weeks we are really stuck.

Thank you