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The Esk area was explored by the ill-fated Captain Patrick Logan in 1830, but German migrant-driven settlement didn’t begin until the 1840s. Esk is a showplace for the area’s thriving craft industry. A stroll down the heritage trail will take visitors down memory lane to the life and times of the pioneering pastoralists, loggers, dairy farmers and grape-growers.

Apart from harbouring the recreational outlets of Somerset and Atkinson Dams and Lake Wivenhoe, the Brisbane Valley is also the domain of the descendants of a small herd of deer presented to Queensland by Queen Victoria in 1873. While Lake Wivenhoe is a major link in the Brisbane region's water supply system it is also a popular weekend haunt for recreational fishing, competition rowing and sailing. Its shoreline is liberally sprinkled with picnic and BBQ areas.

The Esk State School was opened on November 1, 1875. This was the same year the Education Act was passed; meaning for the first time education was free, compulsory and not linked to any churches. The school building was an 'L' shaped building with a porch between. The school consisted of three large rooms. In 1946 the new school was built and in 1974 the preschool centre was added. By 1975 the school consisted of one main building divided into five rooms catering for 100 students and four teachers. Now the school has seven buildings housing classrooms, preschool, library, music, staff room, principal's office, teacher aides, administration office, visiting specialist teachers and a large hall. Our grounds include two ovals - one to accommodate sports such as cricket, soccer, softball and athletics, the other is a general play area. We also have a covered multipurpose area and a swimming pool. The Esk State School offers a curriculum program ranging from Preparatory to Year 7.

A range of specialists including Cultural Studies, Physical Education, Classroom Music, Instrumental Music, Choir, Teacher Librarian and Learning Support Teacher (Special Needs) support the classroom teachers. The teaching staff at Esk State School reflect a range of experience in terms of length of service and areas of expertise and interest. Wherever possible teachers are supported and encouraged to embrace a cooperative planning and teaching model so that students benefit from the experience and ideas of all staff. Ongoing professional development and training of staff is encouraged. We also have many volunteers who work in the classrooms and other related areas within the school.

A philosophy of shared, collaborative decision making, involving staff, students and parents underpins the work of the school leadership team. This philosophy is reflected in the work of the active Student Council, in teachers' leadership of key curriculum decision making committees, in the partnership with the highly supportive and active Parents' & Citizens' Association and in the encouragement given to parents to participate in the life of the school. If at any time you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s education or any aspect of the school, we are only too happy to make the time to see you.

Your involvement in your child's education and our school generally can only enhance their future.

A more detailed history is available upon request.