Venomous Snake Sends The Gap State High School on Short Lockdown

The Gap State High School briefly went on lockdown after a dangerous and venomous snake was seen on the grounds. 

On Tuesday, 28th of February 2023, at around 10:55 a.m., the students were asked to stay put inside instead of going out on their first break to ensure their safety as a school staffer saw a slithering Eastern Brown Snake.

Professional snake handlers from Snake Out Brisbane Snake Catchers were then called to remove on the courtyard just outside of the classrooms. 

Fortunately, no one was harmed during the incident as the students and staff waited and watched while the pros got to work. Their lunch break, however, was cut short because of the 30 minute lockdown.

The Eastern Brown Snake is deemed as the second most venomous snake in the world but they are effective for pest control at farmlands. 

“Because the Eastern Brown Snake can cope and even thrive in areas of human disturbance, and its natural range happens to include some of the most populated parts of the country, this species is probably encountered more than any other type of snake” per the Australian Museum.

“Being an alert, nervous species they often react defensively if surprised or cornered, putting on a fierce display and striking with little hesitation. However, if approached over a distance, they will usually choose to flee or else remain stationary, hoping to avoid detection.”

Experts say that the snake’s bites are easy to disregard because it might just feel like a scratch. These snakes have short but fine fangs that don’t actually hurt. However, within minutes of the bite, a victim could feel nauseous and vomit or collapse before bleeding to death. 

The Gap SHS Student Among 2022 Creative Generation Excellence Award in Visual Art Recipients

The winners of the 2022 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art which includes The Gap State High School’s very own, Angela Bevis, have just been announced.

A total of 30 budding artists have been crowned with the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Awards, as announced by Education Minister Grace Grace last 2 December 2022. 

The Gap State High School’s Angela Bevis was among the recipients via her entry titled “Dear Diary”. The artwork utilised textile and paper patchwork for the projection base and 17 digitally composed illustrations using ink, collage, acrylic paint on leaves, tape-sealed insects, and found natural objects as a basis.

The illustrations display personal diary entries and varying combinations of picture and abstract text that were combined to create a Powerpoint video clip and projected onto the hung-up white base

The winners of the 2022 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art includes The Gap State High School’s very own, Angela Bevis,
Angela Bevis | Photo credit:  Queensland Government /

Artist Statement

“Cast your own shadows upon my past, as that is what you inevitably do. For better or worse every second that passes and every action you take will always ripple around to every other soul on this Earth. For however frightening the concept of our own physicality is, please, sit and watch one person’s memories. Watch them project onto and stain a clean slate, turning the invisible into physical, manifested illustrations before fading into one another. Imagine they are your own, because now they are. You have experienced my experiences and we are but a second closer to each other.”

“Dear Diary”, visual art by Angela Bevis |
“Dear Diary”, visual art by Angela Bevis | Photo credit:  Queensland Government /

“The Excellence Awards recognise the incredible talent and dedication shown by Queensland art students,” Ms Grace said.

“This wonderful competition has shone a spotlight on the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools since 1990, and the standard of entries this year has been fantastic.

“Congratulations to all students who entered, I hope you are encouraged to continue creating and exploring visual art in life after school.

The 2022 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art winners by region are as follows:

First NameSurnameSchoolEducation Region
SaphireBanksLourdes Hill College (Hawthorne)Metropolitan
CooperBellIpswich Grammar SchoolMetropolitan
AngelaBevisThe Gap State High SchoolMetropolitan
PaigeEdwardsSt Aidan’s Anglican Girls School (Corinda)Metropolitan
DashEnfieldQueensland Academy for Creative IndustriesMetropolitan
MitchellFerreriaSt Laurence’s College (South Brisbane)Metropolitan
TahliaHoldenAlbany Creek State High SchoolMetropolitan
XuanxuanKeKelvin Grove State CollegeMetropolitan
DindiLoboMary MacKillop College (Nundah)Metropolitan
CrystalLuongGlenala State High SchoolMetropolitan
IslaMcWilliamSt Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (Ascot)Metropolitan
AvaMurdochSt Peters Lutheran College (Indooroopilly)Metropolitan
AlanaMurphyQueensland Academy for Creative IndustriesMetropolitan
EllaRinonIndooroopilly State High SchoolMetropolitan
CheyenneRoweEverton Park State High SchoolMetropolitan
SaskiaBillsonSt Hilda’s School (Southport)South East
EloiseGilbertRedlands College (Wellington Point)South East
IsabelleHaconSt Hilda’s School (Southport)South East
MarieMassonCleveland District State High SchoolSouth East
MadelineMilesCleveland District State High SchoolSouth East
MikaylahParkerRedlands College (Wellington Point)South East
ZoeKamarinosImmanuel Lutheran College (Buderim)North Coast
SummerMooreChancellor State CollegeNorth Coast
ThomasChenTrinity Anglican School (White Rock)Far North
SkyKomakiTrinity Bay State High SchoolFar North
EmmaRawson-HarrisTrinity Bay State High SchoolFar North
CarliKiteGilroy Santa Maria College (Ingham)North Queensland
AbigailKoulakisSt Patrick’s College (Townsville)North Queensland
AlexandraCliffordWhitsunday Anglican School (Beaconsfield)Central Queensland
DianaMwizeroToowoomba State High SchoolDarling Downs South West

The winners of the 2022 Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art will have their artwork exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) at South Bank in Brisbane from 22 April 2023.
View the digital exhibition here.

The Gap State High School Finalist at 2022 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools

The Gap State High School ranked among the state finalists for the 2022 QSuper Showcase Award for Excellence in Secondary Years, receiving recognition for its “whole school pedagogical change” program.

The citation said that the school’s innovative program combines rigorous research, teacher consultation, and student voice which resulted in the development of a locally contextualized educational framework at The Gap State High School. 

“The school has been delivering the Australian curriculum with precision using effective teaching approaches as the foundation. Teaching teams participate in highly structured intentional collaboration sessions every Monday and Friday morning,” the citation said. 

“These sessions focus on pre-moderation of curriculum and teaching together with a collaborative assessment of student work and review. The unique approach demonstrates the value of teamwork and shared goals, and the results have been encouraging.”

“Data collected using action research methodologies has shown that implementation of the new teaching for innovative learning and engagement framework has led to quantifiable improvements in student engagement and levels of achievement. This fulfils the school’s core purpose to create a community of learners who flourish,” the citation concluded.

Urangan State High School, CAPIP took home the award for their “Time for the right work”.

The 10 award category winners are:

  • The Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years
    • North Coast Cluster (Moreton Downs State School, Burpengary State School, Caboolture East State School, Elimbah State School, Jinibara State School, Mango Hill State School and Narangba Valley State School), Critical friends network
  • The QSuper Showcase Award for Excellence in the Secondary Years
    • Urangan State High School, CAPIP – time for the right work
  • The TUH Health Fund Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education
    • Tinana State School, Everyone’s welcome in the room – whatever it takes
  • The RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement
    • Pine Rivers South Primary Cluster (Lawnton State School, Bray Park State School, Strathpine State School and Strathpine West State School), Engagement and attendance matters – The more you go the more you know
  • The Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement
    • Whites Hill State College Cluster (Indooroopilly State High School, Kelvin Grove State College, Sunnybank State High School, Coolum State High School, Mount Gravatt State High School, Centenary Heights State High School, North Lakes State College and Springfield Central State High School), Blended/hybrid virtual high school preparation
  • The Queensland Teachers’ Union Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
    • Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre, Building cultural understanding and capabilities on Quandamooka Country
  • The Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education
    • Happy Valley State School, Leading from the classroom: a model of distributive leadership
  • The QUT Showcase Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Brett Dascombe, Wavell State High School
  • The Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Excellence in School Leadership
    • Tracy Egan, Mango Hill State School
  • The Bevan Brennan Every Child Needs a Champion Award
    • Lawnton State School, We grow leaders

The 2022 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools ceremony was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last 11 October 2022. It had 86 submissions representing 220 state schools.

Each state award group category winner will receive $10,000 development grants with two individuals to each receive a $5,000 development grant.

“Educators have benefitted from a total of $166,000 in grant support from this year’s Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, including regional winners who received $1,000 each and regional commendations receiving $500 each,” Ms Grace said.

The Gap State High School Cuts Supervision of Students Catching Buses After School

The Gap State High School, one of the largest student communities in Brisbane, will no longer be supervising students at the bus stops after school when classes resume for Term 2.

Before the Easter holidays, school officials informed parents that the standard practice of supervising students at public transportation sites when they go home will no longer follow due to “industrial direction.” 

Per the Queensland Teachers Union, school staff workers are expected to look out for the children for at least 30 minutes but only for school bus riders. However, The Gap High School is on the busy Waterworks Road and for some time, the school has been coming up with ways to manage and ensure the safety of the number of students taking the public buses.

GSHS principal Anne McLauchlan said that they have coordinated with local officials, as well as councillors, over concerns about the flow of traffic on Waterworks Road versus the flow of students at the end of the school day. 

During Term 1, the school has trialled different school exits, with school workers initially guiding the students, to manage the foot traffic. According to an Education Department spokesperson, the trial proved to be a success and eased the crowding of kids on the roadside during peak hours.

Meanwhile, The Gap State High School will keep conducting sessions with the students on safe travels on the road. Parents will also be given constant reminders to guide their children as well and talk about proper behaviour, especially when taking public transport after school. 

In March 2022, You Choose Youth Road Safety held a road safety session at the school, which was attended by 250 kids. 

The Gap State High School to Have a GP On-Site in Pilot Program

Beginning May 2022, The Gap State High School will be one of 50 Queensland schools that will have a GP on-site, as part of a pilot program launched in aid of students may who need consultations for their health and wellbeing.

A budget of $100 million has been allocated for this program that will see GP clinics up and running within the 50 school campuses. These clinics are meant to provide timely healthcare that bears no cost to the student’s families. 

The Education Department was supposed to have only 20 state secondary schools in the pilot but after asking schools to register their interest to participate, Minister Grace Grace said they were inundated with requests and so they decided to expand coverage to 50 schools. 

“[This] will have a positive impact on students’ health, mental health, and their readiness and ability to engage at school, and we want to ensure as many students as possible can benefit,” Ms Grace said. 

The 50 schools included in the pilot program are:

  • Alexandra Hills State High School
  • Beaudesert State High School
  • Beenleigh State High School
  • Benowa State High School
  • Bracken Ridge State High School
  • Bremer State High School
  • Brisbane South State Secondary College
  • Brisbane State High School
  • Bundaberg North State High School
  • Burnside State High School
  • Charleville State High School
  • Cunnamulla P-12 State School
  • Currumbin Community Special School (P-12)
  • Dakabin State High School
  • Deception Bay State High School
  • Everton Park State High School
  • Gladstone State High School
  • Goodna Special School (P-12)
  • Gordonvale State High School
  • Harristown State High School
  • Heatley Secondary College
  • Helensvale State High School
  • Ipswich State High School
  • Kilkivan State School (P-10)
  • Loganlea State High School
  • Mabel Park State High School
  • Marsden State High School
  • Maryborough State High School
  • Merrimac State High School
  • Milpera State High School
  • Morayfield State High School
  • Murgon State High School
  • Nambour State College (P-12)
  • North Rockhampton State High School
  • Park Ridge State High School
  • Pine Rivers State High School
  • Ravenshoe P-12 State School
  • Redcliffe State High School
  • Ripley Valley State Secondary College
  • Sarina State High School
  • Shailer Park State High School
  • Spinifex State College
  • St George State High School
  • Tara Shire State College (P-12)
  • The Gap State High School
  • Trinity Bay State High School
  • Varsity College (P-12)
  • Wellington Point State High School
  • Western Cape College (P-12)
  • Woodridge State High School

However, Australian Medical Association Queensland president Chris Perry said whilst they welcome more access to primary healthcare, he hopes that this initiative will not impact and further overwhelm the “under-resourced” and exacerbate GP shortage problems across Queensland.

Photo Credit: Julio Ceasar Mejia/Pixabay

The move encompasses an election promise from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said that there must be a wellness program for every student of the state.

“Every Queenslander deserves to be able to book a doctor’s appointment when they need one. But for many young people, getting in to see a GP is often difficult and expensive,” Palaszczuk said. 

“We know that one of the greatest barriers for many young people is the difficulty in finding a GP that bulk bills.

“This will make a difference for thousands of students throughout the state.

“The last 18 months have affected us all. Our students, in particular, have had to overcome great challenges throughout the pandemic. This has undoubtedly had an impact on their health and wellbeing.

“This is an important investment. Delivering quality healthcare and education for all Queenslanders is what good Labor governments do best,” she said.

The Gap State High School Cuts Maths & Science Classes

Despite the school administration’s best efforts, one of the largest high schools in Brisbane, The Gap State High School, had to cut its maths and sciences classes due to a shortage of teachers. 

Parents of the students of the school on Waterworks Road were informed in late May 2021 that their children could attend before or after school tutorials in place of actual classes in maths and sciences as they’ve been experiencing an overwhelming number of teachers with “unforeseen medical and health conditions.” 

In 2021 alone, at least six science teachers took charge of the classes at The Gap State High School, which has been an unusual turnover. 

Principal Anne McLauchlan also informed the parents that they are “struggling to recruit suitable staff,” a problem that of late has not been unique to the school.

According to Queensland Teachers’ Union president Cresta Richardson, there has been a shortage of maths, science and specialised STEM teachers across the regional schools, especially for educational institutions with a large student body such as The Gap SHS.

Ms Richardson also explained that whilst school officials carefully carry out the planning, teaching and assessments every term, the schools will still need to be resourced appropriately. Sontract teachers are another challenge altogether, however, especially if they have to go on leaves because of a medical issue.

To help address the shortage, the State Government has launched paid internship program called Turn to Teaching. The program is open to professionals who want to change careers and consider getting their teaching qualifications. The program hopes to bring in 300 people, who could become permanently employed as teachers.  

The Gap State High School Celebrates New Cutting-Edge STEM Building

The Gap State High School is celebrating the completion and opening of its new cutting-edge STEM Building, which houses seven classrooms, four science laboratories, two robotics labs, three flexible learning areas, amenities, staff rooms and associated spaces.

On 19 June 2019, Labor MP for Cooper, Kate Jones officially opened the three-storey STEM structure to cater to Years 10 to 12 and junior classes taking STEM subjects.

Photo Credit: The State of Queensland (Department of Education) 2019 /

The construction of the $10.7-million STEM building was made possible through the State Government’s 2020 Ready Program — which targets to deliver additional school infrastructure at 61 schools across the state.

Photo Credit: Wiley /

Apart from providing state-of-the-art learning spaces, the new building will also ensure that TGSHS will have enough classrooms to accommodate its growing enrollment, which is expected to grow to about 1,770 in 2020 from this year’s 1,550 students.

Photo Credit: Wiley /

In 2002, The Gap State High School’s Leadership Training Centre was opened which features 22 adventure courses such as indoor rock climbing. The school also has a state-of-the-art performance hall which has a seating capacity of 750, an auditorium that can accommodate up to 15 students, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, and storage areas.

Photo Credit: The State of Queensland (Department of Education) 2019 /

The school’s sporting facilities, on the other hand, boasts of four basketball courts, turf cricket pitch, a concrete cricket pitch, and two full size soccer fields.

The Gap State High School opened its new $5-million sports hall in 2014, which is one of the largest indoor school sporting facilities and features 4 volleyball courts, storerooms, mezzanine level for weights, cardio rooms, and a large spectator area.

Other school facilities include an independent learning centre; film and television editing suites; industrial technology facility; and a trade training centre for electrotechnology, renewable energy and engineering.

Updated Education Department Policy Puts to Rest The Gap State High Uniform Issue

With the Department of Education updating the Student Dress Code procedure, issues around uniforms at The Gap State High School (GSHS) could finally be put to rest.

Earlier this year, GSHS encountered an issue with their uniform policy following parents’ uproar upon learning that over 100 students were sent to detention for not abiding by the proper uniform rules, specifically the shoes’ heel requirement.

Read: The Gap State High School Caught In A Uniform Frenzy, Next P&C Meeting Might Be A Full House
Read: Uniform Working Group To Review The Gap State High School’s Uniform And Dress Code Policy

To resolve such issues, the Department of Education has made changes on the Student Dress Code process. Education Minister Grace Grace announced that all Queensland state schools must provide more uniform choices for girls by 2019.

Ms Grace mentioned that at the beginning of this year, she heard from students, parents, and carers that a change in the policy is needed. She asked the Department to make necessary changes to the policy to ensure that all state schools are offering a full range of uniform options that include pants and shorts for girls.

In fact, when the uniform issue in GSHS happened, Ms Grace already showed support in making changes to the uniforms.

“I support The Gap State High School principal and the school community’s actions in enforcing the uniform policy and urge all parties to take a common sense approach and work together to resolve this issue at the school level,” Ms Grace said.

She also wants to see students, especially girls, comfortable in doing any physical activities at their respective schools.

“All Queensland girls should be able to engage in active play and classroom activities or ride their bikes to and from school without being restricted by what they’re wearing,” she said.

The New Uniform Policy Procedure

The department is leaving the choice to schools to select a design, colour, and style of uniforms but they must consult the community.

In accordance with section 360 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (QLD), principals may develop a student dress code that will apply when students are attending or representing the school.

In doing so, the dress codes must:

  • be developed in consultation with the school community
  • be consistent with health and safety considerations
  • comply with anti-discrimination legislation
  • consider affordability, functionality, and durability of uniform items
  • provide uniform options, such as shorts and pants, in all uniform categories for all students regardless of gender

For their part, parents must support the dress code as part of the enrolment agreement. They are expected to provide support to students to abide by the dress code and request short or long-term modifications of exemptions to the dress code in writing with reasons for the request. Parents should also work with the school to resolve issues when it comes to student compliance with the school’s dress code, and engage in the consultation process.

To know more about the procedure, click here.

The Gap State High School Caught In a Uniform Frenzy, Next P&C Meeting Might Be a Full House

The Gap State High School students and parents are in an uproar over uniform policy issues as a growing number of students were given detention for not complying with the rules on wearing the proper uniform, specifically footwear.

Photo credit: The Educator / Twitter

Recently, a student, who was suspended for three days, posted a short video on Facebook, which was taken down, showing students getting uniform passes. The uniform passes are issued by the school to students who are not wearing the proper uniform. Another post on The Gap Grapevine showed that 80 students received detention that day, a figure which was later updated to 460 children. It has turned out that 460 is an exaggeration and the Queensland Teachers Union has confirmed that the actual number is 103.

One of the details being discussed is the heel requirement of the students’ shoes, which must be black leather lace up school shoes, with a heel that is not greater than 20 millimetres and not lower than 5 millimetres. The school also released photos of the type of shoes along with a retailer that sells that particular footwear.

Photo credit: The Gap State High School

Parents have expressed mixed reactions to the uniform policy. In general, the concern expressed by most parents is that their children have “acceptable footwear” from previous years, or some that had just been bought, and many would rather not go through the expense of buying another pair based on the recently released guidelines.

While initially, the school refused to comment, Education Minister Grace Grace said that the school has offered to help families in financial difficulty so they can comply with the shoes rule. “It’s up to the principal with the school community to set the school uniform policy and to implement it and I support them 100%,” Grace said.

Also, an Education Queensland spokesperson said that the uniform policy of the school has been there since 2004. The policy was formulated by the school community and was approved by the Parents and Citizens’ Association and is supported by the P&C and the community of The Gap SHS.

“Student dress codes reflect community standards and balance the rights of individual students with the best interests of the whole school community,” a Department of Education spokesman said.

There will be a P&C meeting on 12 February and parents are advised to attend to voice their concerns regarding the uniform policy.