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A brief history of Blackbutt

The school is situated at the top of the Blackbutt Range - one of nature's truly astounding creations. Blackbutt is known affectionately as one of the twin timber towns. The other timber town being Benarkin about five minutes drive from Blackbutt. Tradition has it that in years gone by the top of the range was a favourite dwelling place for Aboriginal tribes that roamed the area. Blackbutt was named after the Eucalyptus Piluralis trees that surround the area. Benarkin is the Aboriginal word for Blackbutt.

The original residents of the Blackbutt Benarkin area were the Aboriginal tribe known as the Dalla people. They ranged across the country that extended from Esk to Nanango, East to Nambour, south to the mountains near Brisbane and north to the Mary River.

The first settlers took up residence in the area in 1842 with Simon Scott establishing Taromeo Station. Timber harvesting was the main industry in Blackbutt. Farm selectors came into the district in the early 1890s. The Blackbutt Primary School now known as Blackbutt State School opened in 1896.

About our school

There are about 170 happy children at our school and each child enjoys learning.

Every child at Blackbutt State School identifies targeted learning goals that they achieve. By providing individualised learning support through closely monitored personal learning plans aligned to the Australian National Curriculum, our children show learning progress and learning growth.

Our highly trained work team support each child to improve their learning. Our staff has a repeated and routine focus on student results and over five week cycles, monitor individual learning progress to adjust the support for each child. By using a case conference approach, and a solutions focussed mind-set, Blackbutt State School staff work collectively with parents and carers to improve the learning ability of every child.

The Kidsmatter Program is used from Prep to Year 6 and includes a unique rewards program known as our Buzz Buttons program. By accumulating Buzz Buttons, our children trade in their accumulated amount of Buzz Buttons each term and select an end of term reward such as a special lunch with a staff member of their choice, donating to a selected charity, playing handball with a member of staff and many other options. Quite outstanding!