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Welcome to Lockhart State School

Lockhart State School is a very remote school situated in the community of Lockhart River on the Eastern Coast of Cape York Peninsula. The population in the local area is approximately 700 people. The community is comprised of five coastal and inland diverse language groups. Lockhart students are fluent speakers of Lockhart creole which an emergent language that includes words from all 5 local languages,  English and languages of the Torres Straits. Standard Australian English a second langauge for the students at Lockhart State School.

The term 'Sandbeach' or Pama Malnkana, means 'people of the sand beach' which gives common identity to the inhabitants of this region. The area is one of pristine beauty with the mountains of the 'Iron Range' sweeping down to the golden sand of Quintel Beach from where the locals launch their fishing boats. The population is very friendly and warmly welcomes new teaching staff into their community. Many of the teachers are beginning teachers who have committed themselves to the challenge of living in a very remote community for 2 years. Our NAPLAN data indicates room for improvement in literacy and numeracy. The school is developing an attendance strategy that promotes "everyday counts".

Lockhart River was formerly a mission established in 1924 at 'Old Site' before moving to the present location in 1971, with the formation of the Lockhart River Council in 1987. The community is presently under an Alcohol Management Plan with zero alcohol permitted. The Lockhart River Art Gang is a sustainable enterprise which involves artists working in the local community. The students of the school are keen learners with considerable sporting and athletic abilities. Hearing impairments and or fluctuating hearing loss impacts significantly on learning for many students. The school has adopted a strong behavioural philosophy, based on respect for self, others and the environment.




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  • Great attendance

    Great attendance

    22 Jan 2018

    A great start to 2018 at Lockhart State School.

  • QSchools app

    QSchools app

    02 Feb 2014

    Download the QSchools app to receive the latest news, events and newsletters from our school.

  • Every day counts

    Every day counts

    01 Feb 2014

    Parents are reminded of the importance of sending children to school every day.

  • School watch

    School watch

    01 Feb 2013

    Keep our school safe.