Schools in Kenmore Catchment Among Those Affected by Sequel Books & Stationery Collapse

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Kenmore State High School, Brookfield State School, Fig Tree Pocket State School and over 50 other Queensland schools have been directly impacted by the closure of Sequel Books & Stationery, amidst a struggle that has seen the company end up in liquidation, with $5 million in debt. 

The shock closure has cast a shadow over the company’s long-standing contribution to Queensland’s education sector, impacting staff, students, and parents who have depended on Sequel’s services for nearly three decades. 

A Legacy Unravelled

Originating 102 years ago as Bakers Bookstore and undergoing several name changes, including BCF (Barker, Conlan, and Ferrett), Sequel Books & Stationery had become an integral part of Queensland’s educational supply chain. 

With a history of trading under its current name for nearly 30 years, its sudden move into liquidation on 18th of March 2024, signified the end of an era for a company that once carried the book and stationery lists for 55 schools across Queensland.

The Struggle Leading to Liquidation

Before its liquidation, Sequel Books & Stationery was overwhelmed with challenges, notably failing to fulfil outstanding orders in time for the school year’s start. This led to an inundation of customer complaints, culminating in over 1700 emails and the disabling of comments on its Facebook page due to severe customer backlash.

Bowing to the inevitable, the decision to undergo voluntary liquidation was made, with Christopher Baskerville of Jirsch Sutherland appointed to manage the liquidation process.

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Impact and Reaction

The liquidation of Sequel Books & Stationery has sent shockwaves through the educational community. In a heartfelt statement, executive director Anna Henderson voiced her deep regret , attributing the closure to insurmountable economic challenges and commending her team’s dedication through tough times. 

As the liquidation process unfolds, efforts are concentrated on securing the best possible outcome for creditors, including suppliers who are owed $2.3 million. The investigation into the full extent of the owed amounts and the number of creditors is ongoing.

Sequel Books & Stationery Kenmore State High School
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Here are the 55 schools impacted by the collapse: 

All Saints Anglican School
Aspley State School
Aquinas College
Bellbird Park State Secondary
Belmont State School
Berrinba East State School
Brisbane Grammar School
Brookfield State School
Burleigh Heads State School
Canungra State School
Manly West State School
Mount Alvernia College
Mount Kilcoy State School
Mt Saint Michael’s College
Northside Christian College
Our Lady College Annerley
Padua College
Parklands Christian College
Queensland Academy of Science Mathematics and Technology
Citipointe Christian College
Centenary State High School
Clairvaux MacKillop College
Fig Tree Pocket State School
Grovely State School
Hilder Road State School
Hillcrest Christian College
Hills College
Holland Park State School
Jamboree Heights State School
Jindalee State School
San Damiano College
San Sisto College
Seton College
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls Schools
St Francis Xavier Primary School Goodna
St Joseph’s Catholic School Corinda
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
St Mary’s College
St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly
St Philomena School
The Lakes College
John Paul College
Kenmore State High School
Kilcoy State Primary School
Longreach School of Distance Education
Marist College Ashgrove
Marsden State High School
Mitchelton State School
Walloon State School
West Moreton Anglican College
Westside Christian College
Wisdom College
Wondall Heights State School
Yeronga State School

Published 21-March-2024