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Principal's welcome

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W​elcome to Elanora State High School, the school that is a community, for our community. We focus on educating and supporting the whole child to ensure every student thrives, flourishes, succeeds and graduates as a confident, resilient global citizen.    

Through our focus on Positive Culture we have grown a school environment that is supportive, caring and safe. Diversity is valued and celebrated and our emphasis on positive relationships ensures that students have a multitude of opportunities to immerse themselves in school life and have a sense of belonging.

We pride ourselves on being the school for the whole community. Students are valued and celebrated regardless of whether their strength is academics, sports, the arts, technology or community. We provide endless extra-curricular opportunities and celebrations to ensure every student is valued for their personal contribution to the school and broader community.

Our high expectations culture of school pride, engagement and growth provides the foundation for the learning environment in the classrooms and sets the tone for our students in the playground and while representing Elanora in the community. We are one of the few schools who have a complete ban on mobile phone use by students whenever on school grounds, or representing the school. This strong step has led to focussed classrooms and a schoolground buzzing with conversation, special-interest clubs and physical activity. As a result of this we have expanded our outdoor areas to include additional hand ball courts and an outdoor gym.

Our curriculum offerings are as diverse as our students and range from academic excellence and STEM programs to a variety of vocational offerings including our on-site mini hospital for students studying health certificates, a building and construction shed and state-of-the-art science, fitness and arts facilities. Our students can study a Business Diploma on site, obtain their drone licence through the Cert III in Aviation, become a qualified Childcare Educator or even a Teacher Aide and have a personalised study pathway planned for them and their individual future. Our flexible and tailored study options also extend to include the Cooee GC surfing program, our Kayaking program in addition to Dance Excellence, Sports Academy and ACE. 

Equally as important as our curriculum offerings, are our weekly Positive Culture lessons which are inspired by Positive Psychology, exploring social emotional skills like resilience, growth mindset, kindness and perseverance. ​

Our school culture is built on the foundation of the four houses; Coolangatta, Duranbah, Bilinga and Kirra. Our house culture extends far beyond sports and is part of all aspects of school life. Our home groups are aligned to houses, rather than year levels and our support structures also reflect this. There is great rivalry between the houses, some good healthy competition and passion all year round and lunch times are always filled with house challenges or our famous lunch time Wellbeing Picnic where students come together under the fig trees and share a picnic lunch while the oval is pumping with music and even more games and challenges led by our Student Mentors, House Captains and Heads of House.

Students also have an array of leadership opportunities including our Student Mentor program, Leo Club, Elanora Environmentalists, the Umbrella Club as well as Junior and Senior School Captain and the chance to represent the school on the Gold Coast City Junior Council.

Our partnerships with local business, registered training organisations and universities ensure all of our students are prepared and ready for their industries of choice when they graduate. A large group of committed community members form our Elanora Community Connect and work together to support our students and the school achieve our vision.

Ensure to follow the Elanora SHS social media pages for current information and school events.

I look forward to partnering with you in your child's secondary education journey. 

Jessica Keavney, Principal

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Last reviewed 04 February 2022
Last updated 04 February 2022