Sunshine Beach State School principal Jeff Geise is thrilled the school has been named one of the highest rating schools in Queensland.
Sunshine Beach State School principal Jeff Geise is thrilled the school has been named one of the highest rating schools in Queensland. Geoff Potter

Coast school one of Qld's best

SUNSHINE Beach State School has been named one of the top 18 schools in the state.

And principal Jeff Geise couldn't be more thrilled.

The school was included in the upper echelon of educational institutions after a series of audits of teaching and learning skills across 1258 schools.

Primary and secondary schools, special schools, schools of distance education and environmental education centres were all included in the audits.

Mr Geise said it was a privilege for Sunshine Beach State School to receive recognition and put the success down to teachers, parents/carers and learners all working together.

"It was great to get recognition of quality curriculum, teachers and effort put in," he said.

"But we also have an underlying belief children need to have fun while learning."

The ground-breaking audits carried out at all Queensland state schools are bringing about significant improvements in school performance.

Education Minister Cameron Dick said the results of the audits were focused on continually improving and following "world's best practice."

"The whole process is about helping, empowering principals and teachers to identify areas of strength and improvement, and then work with their school communities to develop improvement plans specific to their needs."

As part of the teaching and learning audit process, schools were rated against eight criteria: improvement agenda, data analysis, learning culture, targeted use of resources, teaching team, systematic curriculum delivery, differentiated classroom learning and effective teaching practices.

Mr Geise is in his fourth year as principal of the Coast school and looked forward to continuing there.

He insists this accolade did not mean the school could sit back and take it easy from here on out.

"We will maintain good practice, look at what is being done and continually refine," he said.

"It is about having a good reflective practice."

And also shining in the report was Beerwah State High School, which was named among the state's most improved schools.



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