Brisbane Kids Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. 2016-07-28T06:34:37Z http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/feed/atom/ WordPress Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Brisbane City Botanic Gardens]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=148045 2016-07-26T06:30:38Z 2016-07-22T03:09:05Z The City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane’s most historic public gardens, is the perfect place to come for a little outdoors time. With so many different features on offer – such as bike and walking paths, expansive lawns, a newly updated playground, countless picnicking areas, and even ornamental ponds – you’ll never be at a loss for ...

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The City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane’s most historic public gardens, is the perfect place to come for a little outdoors time. With so many different features on offer – such as bike and walking paths, expansive lawns, a newly updated playground, countless picnicking areas, and even ornamental ponds – you’ll never be at a loss for something to do. Whether you want to spend the day with the kids playing in the playground, or have a relaxing lunch picnic in the shade of a towering tree, the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens will offer a unique experience that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens in the CBD

The Botanic Gardens, unlike the rest of Brisbane’s parks, is located right in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, making access to its facilities very easy. There’s no hiking involved, and it’s only a 20 minute walk from the city centre; and no further from both Central and Roma Street railway stations. It’s also just a quick walk from the nearest bus stops and City Cat terminal, and has several different entrances for your convenience. You can access the Gardens through the Parliament House entrance off George Street, or through the entrance found at the intersection of Alice and Albert Street. However, if you want a more picturesque entry into the Gardens, you can enter by way of the Goodwill Bridge, which takes you directly from South Bank into the Botanic Gardens. This is a great way to go if you want to do a bit of exploring in both locations, and, as a walking/cycling only bridge, it’s a quick and easy (not to mention, free) way to get between the two points.

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Cycling or walking to the City Botanic Gardens from South Bank

If you decide that you want to cycle from South Bank into the City Botanic Gardens, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the nicely paved cycle and walkways that run throughout. As it is a shared space, you’ll have to keep an eye out for pedestrians, but if you visit on a quiet day, it is the perfect place to take the kids to build their confidence while riding in public and around obstacles. If you don’t want to cycle, but are instead searching for a nice nature walk, you’ll be spoilt for options. As a kid, nothing is more fun than exploring hidden pathways, surrounded by lush foliage, and in the City Botanic Gardens that’s exactly what you’ll find. For an experience that is both relaxing for you, and fun for the kids, you can also go for a walk along the boardwalk that follows the Brisbane River. The board walk winds along in the shade of the mangroves, allowing for a fantastic uninterrupted view of the river and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. While you’re walking along the river, take a few minutes to read the signs that line the boardwalk explaining the importance of the mangrove ecosystem. This is a great way to teach kids about the importance of Brisbane’s natural spaces, while still having fun and being outdoors enjoying the day.

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Brisbane City Botanic Gardens Playground

After a stroll along the Brisbane River, chances are that the kids are going to want to play in the playground. The newly updated play area in the City Botanic Gardens features an all-abilities playground which aims to allow children of all ages and ability levels to play together. With upgrades such as the rubberised flooring surrounding all of play structures, as well as features like a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round, the playground creates a truly inclusive and safe environment that allows every kid to have fun. One thing to note is that, while this is an all abilities playground, the area is not fenced, and so it’s important to keep the kids in your sights at all times. The playground has everything from a large sand pit, to swings, to musical instruments and noise makers, so your kids will have no shortage of ways to play and keep busy. Read more about this inner city playground in our review.

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The history and wildlife of the City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane

If you enter the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens through the Albert Street gate (at the intersection of Alice and Albert St), one of the first things you’ll notice on your right is the beautiful and historic ornamental ponds. Designed and created between 1958 and 1960, the lower pond was a part of the Garden’s original natural creek system. The ponds are now home to numerous different plant and animal species, and are a great place to take kids to teach them about Brisbane’s wildlife.

Whether you’re looking to spend the day relaxing while the kids play, or you’re looking for a way to get out and active as a family, the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is the place to go. With so many different things to do and see, it’s the perfect place for a family day out, and will offer you an experience unlike any other you can find in Brisbane.

You’ll find lots of ideas for seeing more of our city in our Explore Brisbane section. For more great playgounds in Brisbane, check out our Playgrounds Map.

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Recipe for a Fun Incursion | Laser Tag in a Box]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=148025 2016-07-22T04:14:58Z 2016-07-22T01:26:49Z A Turnkey Activity for Vacation Care Programs Preparation Time: 10 -15 minutes Game Time: Play as long as you like (batteries last around 16 hours, so you can literally play from dawn to dusk) Size: Suits groups of 10 or more students Difficulty: Easy Ingredients: 10+ Laser Tag Phasers from Laser Tag in a Box ...

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A Turnkey Activity for Vacation Care Programs

Preparation Time: 10 -15 minutes

Game Time: Play as long as you like (batteries last around 16 hours, so you can literally play from dawn to dusk)

Size: Suits groups of 10 or more students

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 10+ Laser Tag Phasers from Laser Tag in a Box
  • 2 x Medic Boxes
  • Great light and sound effects
  • 20 or more Brightly Coloured Wristbands (optional)
  • 1 x Game Box (optional)
  • Buckets of Fun

Method for a Fun Incursion for Primary Schools & Childcare Centres All Over Australia

Step 1 – The Playing Field:

Prepare the playing area. You can play indoor or outdoor. With Laser Tag in a Box laser tag equipment you don’t need a dark foggy maze. The laser tag phasers work just about anywhere. Get the kids to create their own maze with some painted cardboard boxes or play around the playground. You can rent some inflatables to place on the school oval or to use as more things to hide behind.

Step 2 – The Teams:

Mix the kids up into groups of 10, with 5 on the red side and 5 on the blue side. If you have more than 10 students enrolled on the laser tag incursion day, just allocate the students in sets of 10. In the standard laser tag rental package there are two teams – 5 red team phasers and 5 blue team phasers. Whether you have 6 or 66 students booked into your school holiday program, Laser Tag in a Box can work for you. Because you rent the gear all day, you can play the games in a round robin format so that everyone gets a turn.

For the round-robin, get some colourful wristbands from Officeworks to colour-code the teams. For example, you have 20 kids enrolled for that day’s activities. When the first child arrives they get a purple wristband. Then the next one arrives they get the yellow band. Then the next gets a green, and the next one gets pink. So, you have 4 team colours:

  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Pink.

Or you can divide the students up by age group. For instance, the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students can play in the morning. Then the Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 students can play in the afternoon.

Step 3:

Organise it so that everyone gets a go. Play in a round-robin format, and roster the teams on and off by team colour:

  • Yellow plays Green
  • Purple plays Pink
  • Yellow plays Pink
  • Purple plays Green
  • Yellow plays Purple
  • Green plays Pink.

school holiday incursions

Step 4 – The Games:

Play a series of fun games that will reward the students and impress the parents. When you rent from Laser Tag in a Box, the kids can play laser tag games right on your campus. No need to book a bus. No mess. No need have unknown people coming onto your campus, because the games are easy to run by the Carers. As well as being simple to use, Laser Tag in a Box laser tag equipment is eye-safe. It uses infrared just like a TV remote. These laser tag games will keep the kids on the go this vacation, with an action-packed, exciting activities that are value for money. The gear works indoors or outdoors, in rain or sunshine.

  • Elimination Game. This is where you get to blast away to your heart’s content. All gamers get 5 hit points. When you’ve been tagged 5 times, your phaser automatically deactivates and you run back to your “base camp” to get a reactivation. The game is timed. Teams start at opposite ends of the playing area. Each team gets unlimited reactivations from their base (where they started from). Run up to the medic box to get a reactivation. The computer inside the medic box will count the number of reactivations. The winning team is the one with least number of reactivations.
  • Electronic Capture the Flag with a “Game Box”. Place the Game Box somewhere in the middle of the playground. Teams should start at least 20ft (10m) — or, if space permits, more—away from the Game Box and ideally out of sight of each other. Both teams should be roughly equal-distance from the objective. The two teams go head-to-head, each trying to “capture” the Game Box. Each team has a medic box in their home base. These shouldn’t be moved. The game is timed. Phasers are usually pre-set for you to run 10 minute rounds. Teams start at opposite ends of the playing area. Be sure to tell the players that the Game Box is not be moved. The computer inside the Game Box times how long each team has it in control. When the red team tags the box it will flash red. When the blue team tags the box it flashes blue. The box counts every second it is flashing blue or red. At the end of the game, the team that has been in control for the longest is announced victorious. Think of it like “one second = one point.” At the end of the 10 minutes, say the Blue team had it in control for 7 minutes, then the box itself will flash blue and it has a cool sound effect with says “Blue Team Is Victorious!” So every minute counts! At the end of the game everyone know that which Team has won.

These games are super easy to set up and run. The best part is that they are easy to understand and intuitive for the students. Both games are great for school holiday activities where you want to cycle through the players quickly. With Laser Tag in a Box, your vacation care program will stand out from the crowd with a fun incursion that will keep the kids coming back for more.

Book your Laser Tag Incursion Today & Quote ‘BNEKIDS16’ for a Bonus Camo Net Rental!

To book a rental from Laser Tag in a Box for your vacation care program please call 1800 266 587 (1800 Book Us), email fun@lasertag.com.au.

For more information regarding some “ready, aim… fun!” with Laser Tag in a Box, please visit www.lasertag.com.au

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Paula Johnson <![CDATA[Boys’ Birthday Parties in Brisbane]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=137064 2016-07-22T02:24:34Z 2016-07-20T23:56:42Z When it comes to kids’ birthday parties, we want to make them special and memorable for our little ones but there’s so much to think about, from the venue and decorations to the food and entertainment, that the idea of planning and organising a party can be quite daunting. If your little boy has a ...

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When it comes to kids’ birthday parties, we want to make them special and memorable for our little ones but there’s so much to think about, from the venue and decorations to the food and entertainment, that the idea of planning and organising a party can be quite daunting. If your little boy has a birthday coming up, here’s the good news — we’ve pulled together all the resources you need to create really special boys’ birthday parties in Brisbane!

Party inspiration

If you need some inspiration for an upcoming party, you can check out this directory of Party Ideas. If your little boy has a favourite TV show or film, a favourite character or something he’s really into, basing his party around that theme can be a great way to find lots of party inspiration and can make the day even more exciting for him. We’ve compiled awesome ideas for themed birthday parties that include everything from food and decorations to games and free printable items. Some of our most popular boys’ birthday party themes are:

Boys' birthday parties in Brisbane

Party venues for Boys’ Birthday Parties in Brisbane

For a range of party venue ideas, check out the Best Kids’ Party Venues in Brisbane. This includes ideas for parks (visit our Playgrounds Map to find the best parks and playgrounds closest to you), indoor play centres, laser, bowling and racing, train parties, horse riding parties, skating parties and pool parties.

Here are some other popular places for boys’ birthday parties:

See our Party Venues and Themed Entertainment here for more ideas.

Boys’ Birthday Party Supplies

For kids’ party supplies, check out our directory of Party Supplies. Suppliers in Brisbane include:

Boys' Birthday Parties in Brisbane

Party food

If you’re making your own party food, check out our Low Stress & Healthier Sweet Party Food Ideas and Low Stress & Healthier Sweet Party Food Ideas.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for food suppliers, check out our Caterers and Cake Makers. Party food in Brisbane is available from:

Party games and activities

For boys’ birthday parties, activities can include dressing up, face painting, crafts, dancing, karaoke, sports, or whatever your little one is most into. For games ideas, check these out:

Boys' Birthday Parties in Brisbane

Party organisers and entertainers for boys’ birthday parties in Brisbane

If you have the venue, food and supplies sorted and you would like some help with the entertainment, there are many choices available for organisers and entertainers for boys’ parties. See our Party Entertainers directory here. Popular options for boys’ entertainment include:

We hope our ideas will help to make your little boy’s party really magical. If you know of any other awesome party venues, suppliers or entertainers, let us know in the comments!

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Paula Johnson <![CDATA[The iRobot Roomba 980 (Robotic Vacuum Cleaner) — The Review]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=146820 2016-07-20T10:22:03Z 2016-07-20T10:22:03Z In our busy lives and households, there’s always so much going on that finding the time to clean is never easy. If you could take one of the main household chores off that list, wouldn’t it be great? That’s exactly what the iRobot Roomba 980 is designed to do. It’s an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner ...

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In our busy lives and households, there’s always so much going on that finding the time to clean is never easy. If you could take one of the main household chores off that list, wouldn’t it be great? That’s exactly what the iRobot Roomba 980 is designed to do. It’s an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner that can vacuum clean your entire house without you having to do a thing or even be there. It may sound too good to be true, or you may have some doubts about how well it can work like I did. So I put it to the test and here’s how it went.

The In-depth Review

Before trying the Roomba 980, I had some pretty major questions (and even doubts) about how well the robot would work and whether it would really do the best job of cleaning my home. Here’s what I wanted to find out.

Will it miss areas of my home?

I don’t know why, but I always had this idea in the back of my mind that a robot vacuum cleaner would miss big areas of my home and leave patches uncleaned — that it would head off in a few random directions, bash repeatedly into some walls/corners/furniture, then head back to it’s base as if the job is done, while most of the room remains untouched. (Much like most teenagers do when tidying their rooms!)

Maybe very early models of automated vacuum cleaners were like this? Or maybe it’s just a common misconception. So what about the Roomba 980?

This is when you realise just how far technology has come! The Roomba 980 uses a high-efficiency cleaning pattern to ensure it covers all areas of a room in the most efficient way. It also uses visual localisation, using many sensors (not just at floor level but the entire level of your home), so that it can map any room to be able to adapt to its surroundings and even REMEMBER where it is and where it’s been so it doesn’t miss anywhere! The cleaner is also incredibly slimline, so it can easily fit under most furniture so that it even gets the dirt you don’t usually see (or clean for that matter!). It even has cliff-detection sensors so that it won’t fall down stairs!

In short, it manages to navigate around all areas of a room and also between rooms to cover an entire level of your house.

Will it clean as well as a normal vacuum cleaner?

Prior to trying out a Roomba, I was also a little sceptical about whether it could really do as good a job as a normal vacuum cleaner. Would it be powerful? How would it cope with tough patches of dirt?

Again, I was very pleasantly surprised with the Roomba 980. Here’s why:

  • It has a spinning side brush so it even gets into the area right up against walls.
  • It uses the AeroForce three-stage cleaning system of agitation (where rotating extractors loosen deep down dirt and even breakdown the dirt before picking it up); brushing (to lift dirt particles away); and suction (to pull the dirt into the machine).
  • It has a high-efficiency filter that traps up to 99% of dust, dirt and allergens, so you have a cleaner, healthier home. AND
  • It uses optical and acoustic sensors so that it knows when it comes across an area with lots of dirt or dust or pet hair, and then it does focussed cleaning in that area!

Is it suitable for different floor types?

With a range of carpet, tiles, wooden floors and some rugs in my home, it’s hard to find a cleaner that’s suitable to work on all surfaces or that does the job as well on different surfaces. However, the Roomba 980 has a cleaning head that automatically adjusts to each different surface. It even automatically increases air power by up to ten times on carpets or rugs so that it can reach the dirt that gets trapped down in the fibres.

Will the technology be difficult to use?

Okay, here’s the best part. You just press the button that says ‘Clean’ and the Roomba starts cleaning. You can sit back and relax, get on with some work or go out and the Roomba will take care of itself. It also has Recharge and Resume so it cleans for two hours then automatically docks and recharges itself before going back to work. It even lets you know when it’s full and needs emptying.

There’s also an easy to use app for controlling your Roomba from anywhere. With the iRobot HOME App I could connect to the Roomba even when I was out of the house, so I could control the cleaning from my phone, tablet or computer. Again, you just press ‘Clean’ to start the Roomba working. I also used the scheduling feature so that I could set when I wanted the Roomba to clean. It was simple and easy to use and it was quite nice knowing that I didn’t just have to leave it running all day and that I could set it to clean when I wanted it to. The App also gives extra help through tips, ticks and support.

Features at a glance

Here are the main features of the iRobot Roomba 980:

  • Self-charging
  • Multi-room navigation
  • Entire level cleaning
  • Recharge and resume
  • Scheduling
  • Tangle-free debris extractors
  • iRobot HOME App
  • High efficiency filter
  • AeroForce 3-stage cleaning system
  • AeroForce high-efficiency filter
  • Carpet boost

To find out more about the iRobot Roomba 980, visit irobot.com.au. An iRobot was gifted to me for the purposes of the review. All opinions, thoughts and conclusions remain my own.

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Paula Johnson <![CDATA[Girls’ Birthday Parties in Brisbane]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=137007 2016-07-21T00:40:22Z 2016-07-20T08:42:58Z If there’s one thing that kids love, it’s a party! For them, it’s a really exciting way to celebrate their birthday. They get to spend time with family and friends, have fun and play games, enjoy treats and cake, and feel very special on their special day. For parents, however, birthday parties can be daunting. ...

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If there’s one thing that kids love, it’s a party! For them, it’s a really exciting way to celebrate their birthday. They get to spend time with family and friends, have fun and play games, enjoy treats and cake, and feel very special on their special day. For parents, however, birthday parties can be daunting. We want to make them special and memorable for our little ones but there’s so much to think about, from the venue and decorations to the food and entertainment. If your little girl has a birthday coming up, fear not — we’ve pulled together all the resources you need for amazing, easy and stress free girls’ birthday parties in Brisbane!

Party inspiration

If you need some inspiration for an upcoming party, you can check out this directory of Party Ideas. If your little girl has a favourite TV show or film, a favourite character or something she’s really into, basing her party around that theme can be a great way to find lots of party inspiration and can make the day even more exciting for her. We’ve compiled awesome ideas for themed birthday parties that include everything from food and decorations to games and free printable items. Some of our most popular girls’ birthday party themes are:

Girls' birthday party

Party venues for girls’ birthday parties in Brisbane

For a range of party venue ideas, check out the Best Kids’ Party Venues in Brisbane. This includes ideas for parks (visit our Playgrounds Map to find the best parks and playgrounds closest to you), indoor play centres, laser, bowling and racing, train parties, horse riding parties, skating parties and pool parties.

Here are some other popular places for girls’ birthday parties:

See our Party Venues and Themed Entertainment here for more ideas.

Girls’ Birthday Party supplies

For kids’ party supplies, check out our directory of Party Supplies. Suppliers in Brisbane include:

Girls' birthday party

Party food

If you’re making your own party food, check out our Low Stress & Healthier Sweet Party Food Ideas and Low Stress & Healthier Sweet Party Food Ideas.

If you’re looking for food suppliers, check out our Caterers and Cake Makers. Party food in Brisbane is available from:

Party games and activities

For a girl’s birthday party, activities can include dressing up, face painting, mini makeovers, crafts, jewellery making, dancing, karaoke or whatever your little one is most into. For games ideas, check our 20 Fun Party Games for Toddlers and 10 Best Balloon Games with Kids.

Girls' birthday party

Party organisers and entertainers for girls’ birthday parties in Brisbane

If you have the venue, food and supplies sorted and you would like some help with the entertainment, there are many choices available for organisers and entertainers for girls’ parties. See our Party Entertainers directory here. Popular options for girls’ birthday party entertainment include:

We hope our ideas will help to make your little girl’s birthday party really magical. If you know of any other awesome party venues, suppliers or entertainers, let us know in the comments!

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Paula Johnson <![CDATA[10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do in Brisbane with Kids]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=145541 2016-07-20T08:29:11Z 2016-07-20T08:29:11Z Brisbane is an awesome place in which to raise kids for the sheer amount of family friendly activities there are to do in and around the city. But, when you’ve checked out all the local parks, picnic spots and play centres, you may find yourself wanting something different and exciting to experience with your family. ...

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Brisbane is an awesome place in which to raise kids for the sheer amount of family friendly activities there are to do in and around the city. But, when you’ve checked out all the local parks, picnic spots and play centres, you may find yourself wanting something different and exciting to experience with your family. Well, fear not, because we’ve found 10 amazing and unique things you can do in Brisbane with kids!

Kids skydiving in Brisbane

1. Go skydiving

Believe it or not, kids over the age of 12 are legally allowed to skydive! (Whether you would want to accompany them or not is another matter!!) In fact, there are several operators around Brisbane that offer skydiving for thrill-seeking kids and their families. Kids can take part in tandem skydiving jumps with professional instructors, and can either go with their parents as part of a unique family experience or even on their own. See here for where to go Skydiving for Kids near Brisbane!

Giant games

Image courtesy of GIANT GAMES

2. Play GIANT games

We all know kids love games, so just imagine how much they will love GIANT games!! Did you know you can play giant games for FREE in the city? Games Night is a monthly fun night for families where you can play GIANT games like giant chess, giant scrabble, giant solitaire, giant checkers and more (and also normal-sized games because they’re fun too)! Help on the last Thursday of the month at venues like Post Office Square, Brunswick Street Mall and Chinatown Mall, Games Night is a really unique activity for families to enjoy. Check out Games Night at Brisbane City on Facebook for details of upcoming events.

3. Go on a chocolate tour

I don’t know any child (or adult for that matter) that would not be jumping up and down to go on a chocolate tour around Brisbane! With so many child-friendly chocolate shops and cafes in our city, this is the best and tastiest tour to experience with your kids. From chocolatiers and dessert places to custom chocolates and chocolate high teas, the Brisbane Kids’ Chocolate Tour of Brisbane has everything a budding or experience chocaholic could ever dream of! Enjoy!

Kids Picking Fruit

4. Forage for free food

Feeling peckish? Short on cash? No worries! You can find free food in Brisbane simply by knowing where to forage! Going fruit picking is an awesome activity to enjoy with kids, and you can find out where to forage for mulberries and so much more here.

Community Gardens are also very popular in Brisbane. They’re great places to visit with kids to see how real food is grown and to learn about growing and nurturing plants and to meet other people in your community. Click here to find your nearest community garden!

If you grow any of your own fruits, veggies, herbs, or even make your own breads, sweet treats or preserves, you can also check out Food Swaps in and around Brisbane for great community events where you can find amazing produce without paying a cent!

5. Escape from jail

Ever wanted to be locked in a room with your kids with no idea how to get out? Yes, it sounds crazy, but escapism is the new craze taking Brisbane by storm! Escape Room challenges are springing up all over the city, where teams of family and friends can work together to uncover the clues, face the challenges and beat the clock to escape to freedom. Check out Escape Rooms in Brisbane for more information on this crazy new family challenge!

Aikido for kids in Brisbane

6. Take up an unusual sport

Do your kids love sport? Are they (or you) getting bored of the everyday activities on offer, or do they want to try something new and exciting? Well, there are actually quite a lot of unusual sports available in Brisbane that you may not have heard about before! Check out Unusual Sports for Kids in Brisbane for all sorts of fun ideas from archery to Aikido!

7. Go ghost hunting

If your kids are into supernatural entertainment, there are actually a surprising number of ghost tours in Brisbane to learn about history with a spooky twist! There’s South Brisbane Ghost Tours at Dutton Park Cemetery, Toowong Cemetery Kids Ghost Tours and Brisbane Ghost Tours that offer a walking city ghost tour or even an insiders look into Boggo Road Gaol (just in case you need more of a chill thrill!). So grab your proton packs and get ghostbusting!

Boy in the snow

8. See snow

No, no tricks, you could actually see snowfall in Brisbane! We all love our Sunshine State, but there’s no denying how fun it would be for the kids to experience real snow! Records show that it is possible, with snow observed in Brisbane itself in 1927, 1932, 1958 and 1984. Looks like we’re overdue another little flurry by now!

If you’re prepared for a little road trip, you could be find a good settling of the white stuff even closer than you think. Check out where to find the closest snow to Brisbane here!

And if it’s not quite breaking the zero degrees barrier for some real life snowfall, never fear! There are still plenty of changes to see snow in Brisbane! Every year, for three magical weeks in June/July, the Winter Festival comes to Brisbane and transforms King George Square into an enchanting winter wonderland, where Brisbane Kids can enjoy ice skating, snowman building, snowball fights and more! Plus, there’s also the annual Snow4Kids for winter school holiday fun, where you can experience snowfall, toboganning, snowman building and shows.

9. Walk to an island

Yes, you can actually WALK TO AN ISLAND from Brisbane! We love to visit the Moreton Bay islands, but if taking a ferry is a bit too much hassle, why not drive to Wellington Point and walk over to King Island? The beautiful conservation park is the perfect spot for playing on a beach, having a picnic and spotting sea life and wildlife. The walk is just a two-kilometre roundtrip, but make sure you check the tide times carefully before you leave as access to and from the island is only possible at low tide.

How to get to Fort Lytton

10. Explore a real fortress

Thought you’d need to travel to Europe to see a historic military fort? Think again! Brisbane has its very own coastal fortress, Fort Lytton! It is situated on the Brisbane River, and has everything from ramparts and underground passages to a water-filled moat and canons you can actually see being fired! So much to see, do and learn at this amazing landmark — read all about it here!

For more unique places to visit in Brisbane, check out Secret Brisbane here.

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Melanie Birkbeck <![CDATA[Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Review]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=145283 2016-07-22T01:47:04Z 2016-07-20T02:53:21Z Opened in January 2007, Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus (QACI) is one of Queensland Academies co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. QACI was created to bridge high school and tertiary study using an innovative educational program that maximises high achieving students potential while focusing on their preferred academic pathway. Subjects at QACI ...

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Opened in January 2007, Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus (QACI) is one of Queensland Academies co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. QACI was created to bridge high school and tertiary study using an innovative educational program that maximises high achieving students potential while focusing on their preferred academic pathway. Subjects at QACI are dedicated to the creative arts and include Music, Film, Theatre, Design Technology and Visual Arts. Students at QACI study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), a highly respected internationally recognised pre-university qualification that prepares students not only for university but life beyond the classroom.

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Philosophy and Values

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Vision:

To be the World Class learning environment of choice for the aspirational creative generation.” (Source Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus)

Queensland Academies Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to empowering Queensland’s brightest students in a collaborative, supportive educational environment to realise their potential through a world class curriculum and facilities.” (Source: Queensland Academies)

International Baccalaureate® Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” (Source: International Baccalaureate®)

Facilities at Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus

Located in a modern seven storey building in the heart of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village Precinct, QACI’s state-of-the-art facilities include galleries, auditorium, refectory, visual art and media rooms, theatre spaces, public spaces and the Information Research Centre (IRC). The campus is operates the ICT platform, which enables students 24/7 access to lesson content and specialised interactive tools giving them the ability to control their learning. Academy students also benefit from “Associate Borrower” access at QUT Library.

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Co-Curricula Activities and Other Programs

The aim of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is “to enable students to become globally engaged and develop their thinking, communication, self-management, teamwork and research skills.” (Source: Queensland Academies) The accelerated academic subjects and the format in which IBDP curriculum is delivered better prepares students for university study.

Part of the IBDP philosophy is the holistic education of individuals by fostering compassionate and active global citizens. To support this philosophy, Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is mandatory part of the IB Diploma. By participating in CAS activities, students have opportunities to work cooperatively with others and gain self-awareness. Programs available include art, theatre, dance, music, debating and mooting as well as community focused activities and various individual and team sports. Through the CAS program, students gain a Certificate II in Active Volunteering giving them access to Gap year Volunteering projects.

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Enrolment at Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus

Being a selective entry school, QACI’s admissions process is a personalised service that ensures students are prepared for the rewarding challenges that lie ahead. Students applying to QACI are required to submit an application form, sit an entrance exam, and take part in an interview. Theatre and Music applicants will also need to audition while Film, Design Technology and Visual Arts applicants will need to submit a portfolio. An information pack detailing the admissions process is available and applications can be submitted online via the Queensland Academies website.

QACI offers a number of scholarships for students entering Year 10. Scholarships are valid for three years and cover 100% of the annual International Baccalaureate fee as well as the student resource scheme, providing the student upholds the terms of the scholarship. To learn more about QACI and tour the campus you can join the Open Day in July. Members of the Admissions team will be there to guide future students through the admission process.

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus at a Glance

  • Address: 61 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, QLD Australia 4059
  • Phone: 07 3552 9333
  • Enrolment capacity: 450 students in Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Years 10 – 12
  • Co-educational
  • Open Day: July
  • Creative arts subjects:
    • Music
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts
    • Design Technology
    • Film
  • Students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
  • Flexible curriculum allowing accelerated studies
  • Range of entry processes offered to IB graduates at Universities including: full scholarships, second year entry credit for IB subjects studied and automatic entry
  • Technology-rich facilities
  • Language programs: French, Mandarin, Spanish and German
  • School-based youth health nurse
  • Guidance officer
  • Chaplain
  • Mentor program
  • Certificate III Active Volunteering
  • Homestay program
  • Co-curricular activities:
    • School-based creativity, action and service (CAS) activities
    • Arts
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Debating
    • Music
    • Community focused activities
    • Individual and team sports

Why Choose Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus

High achieving students with a passion for the creative arts will thrive at Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus. QACI Students benefit from studying an arts program where like-minded students learn together in a non-competitive environment that nurtures creativity. Teachers and support stuff work closely with students to ensure they thrive as members of the school community.

The IB curriculum along with QACI’s unique partnership with QUT prepares students for university. Gradating students are socially responsible, creative thinkers with an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and lifelong learning. The recognition of IBDP at Universities both in Australia and overseas gives graduates the opportunity to study at some the world’s most prestigious universities.

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus is located at 61 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove. For further information about QACI, please visit www.qaci.eq.edu.au or call 07 3377 9366.

To learn more about Queensland Academies, and the other Queensland Academies Campuses you can read our reviews here:

Queensland Academies Review

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Review

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Review

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Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus (QASMT) is one of three Queensland Academies co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12.  Established to bridge high school and tertiary study, QASMT allows students with an interest in fields related to Science, Mathematics and Technology to develop their skills through an innovative educational program. Students at QASMT study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), a highly respected internationally recognised pre-university qualification that prepares students not only for university but life beyond the classroom. Non core subjects at QASMT include Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Mathematical studies.

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Philosophy and Values

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Vision:

QASMT is committed to providing world-class education that nurtures excellence, fosters innovation and celebrates diversity.” (Source Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus)

Queensland Academies Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to empowering Queensland’s brightest students in a collaborative, supportive educational environment to realise their potential through a world class curriculum and facilities.” (Source: Queensland Academies)

International Baccalaureate® Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” (Source: International Baccalaureate®)

Facilities at Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus

QASMT is located in Toowong and the campus features state-of-the-art facilities include university-standard science laboratories, sporting facilities, lecture theatre, music room, observatory, auditorium and modern library. The campus is wireless and operates the ICT platform which enables students 24/7 access to lesson content and specialised interactive tools giving them the ability to control their learning.

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Co-Curricular Activities and Other Programs

The aim of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is “to enable students to become globally engaged and develop their thinking, communication, self-management, teamwork and research skills.” (Source: Queensland Academies). The accelerated academic subjects and the format in which IBDP curriculum is delivered has been developed to better prepares students for university study.

Part of the IBDP philosophy is the holistic education of individuals by fostering compassionate and active global citizens. To support this philosophy, Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is mandatory part of the IB Diploma. By participating in CAS activities, students have opportunities to work cooperatively with others and gain self-awareness. Programs available include art, theatre, dance, music, debating and mooting as well as community focused activities and various individual and team sports. Through the CAS program, students gain a Certificate II in Active Volunteering giving them access to Gap year Volunteering projects.

To assists student with the academically challenging curriculum, QASMT has implemented the INSTEP Coach Programme. Each student is assigned an INSTEP coach to ensure they achieve their potential by developing a range of strategies to support their learning.

Through QASMT’s partnership with the University of Queensland, students are able to take part in the Engagement Program and Enhanced Studies Program. Open to Year 9 students, the Engagement Program delivers on campus activates such talks by UQ academics and physics experiments. At the end of the year students can attend the Engagement Camp where they will experience university life first hand. The Enhanced Studies Program (ESP) allows Year 12 students to extend their IB Diploma by completing an additional university subject via UQ’s Enhanced Studies Program. By successfully completing the program students are eligible to receive one bonus point towards their university entry rank through UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme.

Enrolment at Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus

QASMT is a selective entry school and the admissions process ensures students are prepared for the rewarding challenges that lie ahead. Students applying to QASMT are required to submit an application form, sit an entrance exam, and take part in an interview. An information pack detailing the admissions process is available and applications can be submitted online via the Queensland Academies website.

QASMT offers a number of scholarships for students entering Year 10. Scholarships are valid for three years and cover 100% of the annual International Baccalaureate fee as well as the student resource scheme, providing the student upholds the terms of the scholarship. To learn more about QASMT and tour the campus you can join the Open Day in July. Members of the Admissions team will be there to guide future students through the admission process.

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus at a Glance

  • Address: 78 Bywong Street, Toowong, QLD Australia 4066
  • Phone: 07 3377 9333
  • Enrolment capacity: 711 students in Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Years 10 – 12
  • Co-educational
  • Open Day: July
  • Science, Mathematics and Technology subjects:
    • Business & Management
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics & Mathematical studies
  • Students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
  • Flexible curriculum allowing accelerated studies
  • INSTEP Coach Programme
  • Range of entry processes offered to IB graduates at Universities including: full scholarships, second year entry credit for IB subjects studied and automatic entry
  • Technology-rich facilities
  • Language programs: French, Mandarin, Spanish and German
  • School-based youth health nurse
  • Guidance officer
  • Engagement Program
  • Leadership development
  • UQ’s Enhanced Studies Program
  • Homestay program
  • Co-curricular activities:
    • School-based creativity, action and service (CAS) activities
    • Arts
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Debating
    • Music
    • Community focused activities
    • Individual and team sports

Why Choose Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus

With an impressive academic record, Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus is one of the most successful selective entry state high schools in Australia. QASMT students have access to cutting edge technologies and exceptional teaching staff. Teachers and support stuff work closely with students to ensure they thrive as members of the school community. Graduates can go on to pursue further study and careers in fields such as health, engineering, biotechnology, chemical sciences, robotics and neuroscience. The IB curriculum along with QASMT’s unique partnership with the University of Queensland has resulted in all graduating students gaining a tertiary offer either at UQ or other universities. The recognition of IBDP at Universities both in Australia and overseas gives graduates the opportunity to study aboard at some the world’s most prestigious universities.

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus is located at 78 Bywong Street, Toowong. For further information about QASMT, please visit www.qasmt.eq.edu.au or call 07 3377 9333.

To learn more about Queensland Academies, and the other Queensland Academies Campuses you can read our reviews here:

Queensland Academies Review

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Review

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Review

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Melanie Birkbeck <![CDATA[Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Review]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=145296 2016-07-22T01:12:29Z 2016-07-20T02:53:11Z Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus (QAHS) is one of Queensland Academies co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. QAHS aims is to bridge high school and tertiary study allowing students with an interest in fields related to Health Sciences to develop their skills through an innovative educational program. Students at QAHS study ...

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Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus (QAHS) is one of Queensland Academies co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. QAHS aims is to bridge high school and tertiary study allowing students with an interest in fields related to Health Sciences to develop their skills through an innovative educational program. Students at QAHS study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), a highly respected internationally recognised pre-university qualification that prepares students not only for university but life beyond the classroom. Subjects outside of the core curriculum are dedicated to Health Sciences and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Philosophy and Values

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Mission:

We are dedicated to empowering Queensland’s brightest students in a collaborative, high expectation and supportive educational environment to realise their potential through a world class curriculum, with outstanding educators and excellent facilities.” (Source Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus)

Queensland Academies Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to empowering Queensland’s brightest students in a collaborative, supportive educational environment to realise their potential through a world class curriculum and facilities.” (Source: Queensland Academies)

International Baccalaureate® Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” (Source: International Baccalaureate®)

Facilities at Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus

Located in Southport, QAHS’s state-of-the-art facilities include university-standard science laboratories, lecture theatre, flexible learning areas, refectory, Information Service Centre(ISC)/Library, and sporting facilities. The campus is wireless and operates the ICT platform, which enables student’s 24/7 access to lesson content and specialised interactive tools giving them the ability to control their learning. QAHS students also have access to the Griffith University Library with tutorials provided to assist student with their research skills.

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Co-Curricula Activities and Other Programs

The aim of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is “to enable students to become globally engaged and develop their thinking, communication, self-management, teamwork and research skills.” (Source: Queensland Academies) The accelerated academic subjects and the format in which IBDP curriculum is delivered better prepares students for university study.

Part of the IBDP philosophy is the holistic education of individuals by fostering compassionate and active global citizens. To support this philosophy, Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is mandatory part of the IB Diploma. By participating in CAS activities, students have opportunities to work cooperatively with others and gain self-awareness. Programs available include art, theatre, dance, music, debating and mooting as well as community focused activities and various individual and team sports. Through the CAS program, students gain a Certificate II in Active Volunteering giving them access to Gap year Volunteering projects.

To assists student with the academically challenging curriculum, QAHS has implemented the Mentor Learning Community. Each student is assigned a mentor to ensure they achieve their potential by developing a range of strategies to support their learning. Through QAHS’s partnership with Griffith University students are able to gain credit for approved IB courses that can be applied to the Griffith Health Foundation Year courses.

Enrolment at Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus

Being a selective entry school, QAHS’s admissions process is a personalised service that ensures students are prepared for the rewarding challenges that lie ahead. Students applying to QAHS are required to submit an application form, sit an entrance exam, and take part in an interview. An information pack detailing the admissions process is available and applications can be submitted online via the Queensland Academies website.

QAHS offers a number of scholarships for students entering Year 10. Scholarships are valid for three years and cover 100% of the annual International Baccalaureate fee as well as the student resource scheme, providing the student upholds the terms of the scholarship. To learn more about QAHS and tour the campus you can join the Open Day in July. Members of the Admissions team will be there to guide future students through the admission process.

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus at a Glance

  • Address: 102 Edmund Rice Drive, Southport, QLD Australia 4215
  • Phone: 07 5510 1100
  • Enrolment capacity: 711 students in Years 10, 11 and 12
  • Years 10 – 12
  • Co-educational
  • Open Day: July
  • Health Sciences subjects:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
  • Students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
  • Flexible curriculum allowing accelerated studies
  • INSTEP Coach Programme
  • Range of entry processes offered to IB graduates at Universities including: full scholarships, second year entry credit for IB subjects studied and automatic entry
  • Technology-rich facilities
  • Language programs: French, Mandarin, Spanish and German
  • Certificate III Laboratory Techniques qualification available for Year 10 students
  • Certificate III Active Volunteering
  • Mentor program
  • Homestay program
  • Co-curricular activities:
    • School-based creativity, action and service (CAS) activities
    • Arts
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Debating
    • Music
    • Community focused activities
    • Individual and team sports

Why Choose Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus boasts an impressive academic record. QAHS student have access to cutting edge technologies, exceptional teaching staff and a broad range of enrichment activities that allow graduates to pursue careers in the health sciences, research, science and academia. Teachers and support stuff work closely with students to ensure they thrive as members of the school community. The IB curriculum along with QAHS’s unique partnership with Griffith University Queensland has resulted in all graduating students gaining a tertiary offer. The recognition of IBDP at Universities both in Australia and overseas gives graduates the opportunity to study at some the world’s most prestigious universities.

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus is located at 102 Edmund Rice Drive, Southport. For further information about QAHS, please visit www.qahs.eq.edu.au or call 07 5510 1100.

To learn more about Queensland Academies, and the other Queensland Academies Campuses you can read our reviews here:

Queensland Academies Review

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Review

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Review

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Melanie Birkbeck <![CDATA[Queensland Academies Review]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=145281 2016-07-20T02:54:08Z 2016-07-20T02:51:34Z Queensland Academies (QA) are co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. Launched in 2007, this innovative educational program bridges high school and tertiary study while maximising high achieving students potential. There are three Queensland Academies campuses, each specialising in a different field. The Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus is located in Toowong ...

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Queensland Academies (QA) are co-educational selective entry independent state schools for Years 10 to 12. Launched in 2007, this innovative educational program bridges high school and tertiary study while maximising high achieving students potential. There are three Queensland Academies campuses, each specialising in a different field. The Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus is located in Toowong and focuses on non-core subjects in Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Mathematical studies. The Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus in Kelvin Grove is dedicated to the creative arts including Music, Film, Theatre, Design Technology and Visual Arts. The Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus in Southport focuses on Health Sciences subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Students at Queensland Academies study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) – a highly respected, internationally recognised pre-university qualification that prepares students not only for university but life beyond the classroom.

Queensland Academies Philosophy and Values

Queensland Academies Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to empowering Queensland’s brightest students in a collaborative, supportive educational environment to realise their potential through a world class curriculum and facilities.” (Source: Queensland Academies)

International Baccalaureate® Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” (Source: International Baccalaureate®)

Facilities at Queensland Academies

With state-of-the-art facilities, Queensland Academies deliver world-class education to students across three campuses. To enhance the specialised learning offered, each QA campus has specific resources and facilities that include lecture theatres, science laboratories, studios, galleries and performance theatres. Queensland Academies benefit from strong partnerships with universities that provide access to additional resources and facilities. All campuses are wireless with modern libraries and outdoor spaces. Queensland Academies operates the ICT platform, which enables students 24/7 access to lesson content and specialised interactive tools that give them the ability to control their learning.

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Queensland Academies Co-Curricula Activities and Other Programs

The aim of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is “to enable students to become globally engaged and develop their thinking, communication, self-management, teamwork and research skills.” (Source: Queensland Academies) The accelerated academic subjects and the format in which IBDP curriculum is delivered better prepares students for university study.

Part of the IBDP philosophy is the holistic education of individuals by fostering compassionate and active global citizens. To support this philosophy, Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is a mandatory part of the IB Diploma. By participating in CAS activities, students have opportunities to work cooperatively with others and gain self-awareness. Programs available include art, theatre, dance, music, debating and mooting as well as community focused activities and various individual and team sports. Through the CAS program, students gain a Certificate II in Active Volunteering giving them access to Gap year Volunteering projects.

Brilliant Futures program:

Open to talented Year 5 and 6 students, the Queensland Academies Brilliant Futures Program offers a pathway into the Queensland Academies campuses in Year 10. This program has a rigorous selective entry process and once accepted, students participate in an ambitious preparation program where they will build a portfolio through online courses and face-to-face workshops. The Brilliant Futures program prepares students for the academically demanding IB Diploma course.

Young Scholars program:

The Young Scholars Program provides highly capable Years 5 to 9 students with challenging learning opportunities outside of their regular schooling. The workshop and online program provide students with the chance to be involved in a variety of enriching learning experiences across a diverse range of subjects.

Enrolment at Queensland Academies Campus

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus is a selective entry school where acceptance is based on academic merit; therefore entry is not automatic or based on a catchment area. The admissions process at Queensland Academies is a personalised service that ensures students are prepared for the rewarding challenges that lie ahead. Students applying to one of the Queensland Academies are required to submit an application form, sit an entrance exam, and take part in an interview. An information pack detailing the admissions process is available and applications can be submitted online via the Queensland Academies website.

Each of the Academies offers a number of scholarships for students entering Year 10. Scholarships are valid for three years and cover 100% of the annual International Baccalaureate fee as well as the student resource scheme, providing the student upholds the terms of the scholarship. To learn more about Queensland Academies and tour the individual campuses you can join one of the Open Days in July. Members of the Admissions team will be there to guide future students through the admission process.

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Image courtesy of Queensland Academies

Queensland Academies at a Glance

  • Address: Education House, Level 18, 30 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD Australia 4000
  • Phone: 07 3377 9366
  • Enrolment capacity:
    • Creative Industries Campus – 450 students in Years 10, 11 and 12
    • Health Sciences Campus – 450 students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
    • Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus – 711 students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Years 10 – 12
  • Co-educational
  • Open Day: Each campus hosts an open day in July
  • Three Specialised campuses: Creative Industries, Health Sciences and Science, Mathematics and Technology.
  • Students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
  • Flexible curriculum allowing accelerated studies
  • Range of entry processes offered to IB graduates at Universities including: full scholarships, second year entry credit for IB subjects studied and automatic entry
  • Technology-rich facilities
  • Language programs: French, Mandarin, Spanish and German
  • Mentor program
  • Homestay program
  • Co-curricular activities:
    • School-based creativity, action and service (CAS) activities
    • Arts
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Debating
    • Music
    • Community focused activities
    • Individual and team sports
  • Brilliant Futures Program for students in Year 5 and 6
  • Young Scholars Program for students in Year 5 and 9

Why Choose Queensland Academies

If your child is a high achiever in need of an engaging and challenging school environment, then Queensland Academies could be the right fit. With three specialised campuses, students can focus on their preferred professional pathway before they commence university. Students are supported by teachers and support staff who work closely with small groups of students to develop one on one mentoring roles that ensure students thrive as members of the Queensland Academies community.

The accelerated academic subjects and the format in which IB curriculum is delivered along with unique University partnerships prepare students for university study. This style of learning also encourages students to be socially responsible, critically thinking leaders with an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and lifelong learning. The recognition of IBDP at Universities both in Australia and overseas gives graduates the opportunity to study at some the world’s most prestigious universities.

For further information about Queensland Academies, please visit www.qa.eq.edu.au or call 07 3377 9366.

To learn more about each Queensland Academies Campus, you can read our reviews here:

Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus Review

Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus Review

Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Review

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