Originally published on The Queensland Times

Collaboration between state and private schools in this progressive region has resulted in a week of showcase events to celebrate education.

The inaugural Greater Springfield Festival of Learning will be held next week, with more than 50 events across six days showcasing the best of what the Learning City has to offer.

The festival will offer Greater Springfield students the chance to participate in events and workshops across the city’s schools, on topics as diverse as Lego, drones and technology, literacy, song and dance.

Key community events include an Embedding Indigenous Knowledges workshop, entrepreneur pitching competition, a Mount Kent Observatory presentation and night-sky viewing, and a Rising Stars talent show.

The Festival is a significant undertaking for the newly formed Greater Springfield Learning Coalition which consists of 11 schools and the Springfield City Group.

Coalition chairman and Springfield City Group EGM, Dr Richard Eden, said the event would highlight what could be achieved when schools collaborated for the benefit of all students.

“The concept of public and private schools working together to host a festival of this magnitude is new and will demonstrate how Greater Springfield truly is a Learning City with a focus on lifelong learning,” Dr Eden said.

“We are going to have a fabulous week showcasing, celebrating and engaging in learning, meeting new people, seeing new things, while showing how it feels to truly belong to a Learning City.”

Greater Springfield prides itself on providing world-class education from kindergarten to university. The city’s 11 schools service more than a quarter of the 40,000-plus population across six suburbs.

With epic future growth predicted for the region, initiatives such as the Learning Coalition are part of the city’s plan to support and accommodate demand for top education facilities long into the future.