School Terms and 40 Zones


Posted by Motorama in Motoring Tips

School’s back for another year, so that means 40 zones are in effect in the morning and afternoons.

From 7am – 9am, and from 2pm – 4pm you cannot exceed 40km/h in a school zone. Some schools that have more than one campus will have all-day school zones to keep kids safe.

Whether you’re doing the school run, or just driving through – make sure you stay even more alert around schools and pay attention to the lollipop ladies (and gentlemen).

Term 1: January 27 – April 1

Term 1 runs for 10 weeks from Wednesday 27 January until Thursday 1 April. The Easter Holidays start on Good Friday (2 April) and run for two weeks.

Term 2: April 19 – June 25

Term 2 goes from Monday 19 April until Friday 25 June for the winter holidays. The only state-wide public holidays in second term will be Anzac Day (25 April, observed Monday 26 April).

Term 3: July 12 – September 17

Term 3 picks up on Monday 12 July and runs until Friday 17 September.

There are no state legislated public holidays, but the bulk of annual shows run around this time so check what dates you need to clear space in the back of the car for the show bags.

In case you were wondering, the Ekka’s People’s Day is on again (Wednesday 11 August), while the Gold Coast Show holiday is on Friday 27 August.

Term 4: October 5 – December 10

Term 4 starts on Tuesday 5 October after the Labour Day long weekend and runs until Friday 10 December to break for Christmas holidays. The only public holidays to plan for is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend on Monday 4 October.

Keep your wits about you and look out around schools at all times, in order to keep everyone safe on the roads.