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Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:54 PM

This is a mail I recieived written by a teacher in Brisbane is seemed too important not to shear on the forum.

I believe strongly that a good student with supportive parents can succeed at just about any school, even the ones I personally wouldn’t go anywhere near. So in some ways, where they live will have a big impact. A school that is convenient to where they live has big advantages.

If they were going to be out the growth corridor of Moreton Shire like your colleague at Morayfield then there are schools that are new and seem to be pretty well resourced. Schools like Narangba Valley State High and North Lakes College seem to be positive, but that’s only based on subjective, anecdotal evidence. Some of the older ones, whilst I keep in mind what I said in my first statement, they tend to be more tired, less maintained and sometimes stretched for resources. These include Morayfield, Dakabin, Caboolture and Tullawong.

There are also 2 excellent Catholic Education schools out at Burpengary and Caboolture, St Eugene (www.steugene.qld.edu.au) and St Columban’s (www.stc.qld.edu.au). Whilst Cath Ed schools are fee paying, they are much more affordable than the independent schools and definitely worth a look.

If either your colleague or their friends in Sth Africa use an iPhone, there is a pretty handy app for looking at Queensland State Schools. They might like to search through themselves.


Failing that, I’ve listed the schools on the northside of Brisbane, or close to town with websites so they can search through. I’ve put this down the bottom of this message.

In terms of recommendations, if dad is going to be working at Sth Brisbane and they think they’re likely to use public transport, then they might consider Brisbane State High School. A very diverse school, and quite a big one, but has a strong academic reputation and also has some niche programs like music that they do quite well in. They were the first State school in Queensland and therefore get strong support from the department. Also economies of scale mean they can resource programs better than most. It does help that I don’t think they struggle for enrolments, meaning they have fairly steady budgets, staffing levels etc. It is different from the other State schools in that the requirement for being in the geographic catchment doesn’t apply as much and instead students need to demonstrate their abilities to enter. If their daughter is into sport, they tend to much stronger in sport than most state schools. However, if there is a particular sport she wants to excel in, there are some state schools that stand out with Schools of Excellence programs in some areas, e.g. volleyball at Craigslea. There are others.


A fairly recent strategy by the government has been to develop three flagship schools they call the Queensland Academies. These schools are meant to be for excellent students who want to focus on particular areas. They operate under the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Here in Australia and particularly in Brisbane I think the jury is still out as to whether IB is any better than the curriculum taught at a well resourced regular school. Whatever stats there are would tend to be skewed by the calibre of student they are enrolling to begin with and that they are academically selective. But, having said that, they are definitely worth a look, because if they suit then they could definitely be worthwhile. I’m not sure though whether they are as ‘free’ as the ‘free’ education provided at other state schools.

There are three Queensland Academies.

Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology allows high achieving students to develop their skills through leading-edge curriculum and links with The University of Queensland. It is situated at Bywong Street, Toowong. www.qasmt.eq.edu.au

Queensland Academy for Creative Industries has been developed in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for students wishing to pursue a career in Design and Technology, Media, Film, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, or one of the emerging creative professions in Business or Industry. It is located at 61 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove (in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village). http://qaci.eq.edu.au

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences is partnered with Griffith University. It provides students with opportunities to pursue clinical professions including medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, optometry, as well as careers in public health, education and medical research. It is located at Edmund Rice Drive at Southport on the Gold Coast. http://qahs.eq.edu.au

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Albany Creek State High School
Aspley State High School
Aviation High
Balmoral State High School
Bracken Ridge State High School
Bremer State High School
Brisbane Bayside State College
Brisbane State High School
Brisbane Youth Education and Training Centre
Bundamba State Secondary College
Calamvale Community College
Cavendish Road State High School
Centenary State High School
Coorparoo Secondary College
Corinda State High School
Craigslea State High School
Earnshaw State College
Everton Park State High School
Ferny Grove State High School
Forest Lake State High School
Glenala State High School
Holland Park State High School
Indooroopilly State High School
Ipswich State High School
Kedron State High School
Kelvin Grove State College
Kenmore State High School
Lowood State High School
MacGregor State High School
Mansfield State High School
Milpera State High School
Mitchelton State High School
Mount Gravatt State High School
Nyanda State High School
Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology
Redbank Plains State High School
Rochedale State High School
Rosewood State High School
Runcorn State High School
Sandgate District State High School
Springfield Central State High School
Stretton State College
Sunnybank State High School
The Gap State High School
Wavell State High School
Whites Hill State College
Woodcrest State College
Wynnum State High School
Yeronga State High School

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

Very good of you to share it. An excellent post.

I might just add that while Brisbane State High takes entry from all over based on performance/entrance exams a house in the catchment in highly prized by some as a way to get their child entry. Brisbane State High is the only state high school that plays sport in the independent schools sporting association (GPS), maintains its own rowing sheds etc etc - in some ways is regarded as a state school in the private system.

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