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Our school

Kelso State School is situated near Ross River Dam on the lands of the Wulgurukaba and Bindal peoples. The suburb is named for the couple Agnes and James Kelso who had large land holdings in the area from 1878. The land was used for farming and cattle grazing until in 1968 when a housing development was established at Condon.

The population in the Kelso area increased until it was decided that a school was needed for the suburb of Kelso. Construction began in 1985 and on the 28 January 1986, Kelso State School opened for classes.

Today Kelso State School is a well resourced school with a modern library, science lab, computer lab and multipurpose hall. The spacious grounds are well maintained with shaded areas, trees and play equipment  for all year levels.

Kelso State School is enrolment managed. A map of the catchment area is available on DET's EdMap Website.

School hours

Office Hours: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Classroom Operational Hours: 8.50 am – 2.50 pm  

​Bell times Activity​
8.50 am - 10.50 am​ Session one ​
10.50 am - 11.30 am​ First break​
11.30 am - 1.00 pm ​ Session two ​
1.00 pm - 1.30 pm ​ Second break​
1.30 pm - 2.50 pm​
Session three
Due to the heat and UV levels we experience living in tropical north Queensland, our main meal and play break is the first break of the day. 

Before school 

Children who arrive at school before 8.30 am must sit quietly under the main covered area.  Children are supervised in this area between 8.00 am and 8.30 am when they are released to allow them to disperse to sit outside their classrooms. Breakfast Club operates during this time with fresh toast offered to students waiting in the covered area.

After school

Prep students should be collected from their classrooms by their parents or caregivers. The last school bell for the day rings at 3.10 pm. Children who are still at school when the 3.10 pm bell rings must come to the office to be supervised. 

School assembly

A whole school assembly is held at 9.00 am each Tuesday morning. The assembly is led by our elected Student Leaders. There are a range of regular presentations at each assembly: Student of the Week and Gotcha Awards presented to every class, news about Big Buddies, Attendance and Litterbusters, and performances by the school band. Often we have other presentations by the choirs, class performances and special guests. Parents are welcome and are encouraged to attend.