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The student population draws from a catchment area that includes over 60 suburbs. The majority of these students come from the local suburbs of Shailer Park, Daisy Hill, Loganholme, Tanah Merah and Cornubia. The school has established a very strong reputation for excellence and achievement that attracts many families to seek places for their children.

Our school commenced operation in January 1985 and began as a completely multi-age school structure. It has retained this organisational strategy and has grown from an initial enrolment of 147 to a current enrolment of around 900.

The school operates a multi-age structure implemented through teaching teams. Each teaching team is made up of two classroom teachers operating within a dual teaching space, specialist physical education, music, dance and LOTE (Language Other than English) teachers.

Class time is divided into three blocks spaced by short recesses with a longer playtime at the end of the day just prior to dismissal. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are scheduled after the second break on each day to maximise focused learning time and time on task for students.

The school's performance in academic, cultural and sporting competitions is outstanding. Students are involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities that include: Robotics, Maths Teams' Challenge, School Musicals, Dance, School Band, Choirs, Eisteddfod Performances, Interest groups and Sports.

It is strongly believed that not all learning takes place in the classroom and that the opportunities offered by these programs benefit a wide range of students. Our school attracts people who like to work in Innovative programs. Teaching at Kimberley Park State School is intellectually, physically and emotionally demanding but also provides great professional satisfaction. Teachers use a diverse repertoire of direct, indirect and collaborative teaching tactic with the whole group, small groups and individuals. The need to attend deliberately to developing higher order thinking skills is recognised.

A large number of students have been referred to the school for varying reasons. Some parents view the school as one that provides opportunities for academically able and/or talented children. Others seek out the school for its ability to cater for children who have learning and/or behavioural difficulties. Many of these students are well supported at the classroom level through the effective implementation of a multi-age structure. The Learning Support Program further responds to the needs of those students identified with moderate to severe learning difficulties or impairments.

The Parent body of KPSS is strongly supportive of the school's philosophy and curriculum planning. The cohesive and cooperative nature of the Kimberley Park State School Community provides a supportive environment for all students as the community strives to prepare children for life in the year 2010 and beyond.

Parents contribute as members of the Parents and Citizen's Association, as parent contact officers or as volunteers in our classrooms. Parents provide tremendous support to our class programs and can be seen working across the school as volunteers in classrooms or as supporters of our dance, choral and instrumental programs.

The school is established on a sloping site bordered by housing development, Kimberley Park Child Care Centre and the Kimberley Park Community Centre. School buildings occupy five terraces. Each terrace consists of two double teaching areas or four classrooms. Two amenities blocks exist on separate levels. Nine double space modular buildings have been added to provide for enrolment increases over time. An Outside School Hours Care facility that provides before, after and vacation care has also been established.

The grounds are heavily planted with native trees and shrubs. Each classroom has its own courtyard where children sit for lunch breaks and engage in outdoor learning. In addition to this there are a number of covered areas that provide for students who work within modular buildings.

The school is terraced and has a large outdoor multi-purpose court, retained grassy and paved learning areas, and a large oval for field events and sports. The school also has the benefit of a spectacular Performing Arts and Indoor Sports' Hall, know as KPAC (Kimberley Park Activity Centre).