Gympie State High School has a proud tradition of academic, cultural, sporting and community excellence which has grown since the school’s foundation in 1912. High expecations of behaviour, achievement and attendance underpin the school’s approach to success for all students.
This long history of excellence continues today as Gympie High provides the broadest range of specialised curriculum offerings in the region. Students at Gympie High receive a tailored curriculum that is suited to individual skills, abilities and interests. The school is future-focused to enable graduates to transition into the community with the skills, knowledge and capability to make a positive contribution.
Beyond the opportunities provided through a diverse curriculum, Gympie High is a school where students are encouraged to thrive as individuals; the school’s philosophy is that the education provided extends beyond the classroom to develop the whole child. The school places an emphasis on seeing the importance of social and emotional development and the impact it has on learning.
Subjects/Electives Years 7 to 10: Core subjects – English, Health & Physical Education (HPE), Rugby League or Soccer Programs, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (History and Geography). Elective subjects – Dance, Drama, Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Manual Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Agricultural Mechanics, Animal Husbandry, Business Essentials, Art, Music, Graphics, Digital Media, Youth Action Program, Industrial Technology A/B, German, and Japanese. Challenge courses – English, Mathematics, History, and Science.
Subjects/Electives Years 11 and 12: The year 11 and 12 Curriculum provides a number of different pathways for students to pursue their goals. Students must select English and at least one Mathematics subject and then may choose four elective subjects. A large number of Academic and Vocational subjects are available to support student pathways and success. Gympie SHS also offers a range of tertiary options and a wide selection of school-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities.
Sport: On enrolment students are allocated a Mini School. Their sporting house is the same as their Mini School – Hanger (Red), Tozer (Green), and Fisher (Blue).
Extracurricular activities: Instrumental Music Program, ANZAC Day celebrations, performances at Gympie Special School.
Welfare and personal development: Chaplain, Guidance & Counselling Services, Indigenous, Support Unit, school-based Youth Health Nurse, Special Education Programs, Youth Support Co-ordinator, Head of Year for each Year level,
Special features: The school’s diverse demographic comprises a large agricultural community, which is reflected in its provision of Agriculture subjects including Senior Certificate courses. Gympie is also home to the annual Gympie Music Muster. The school reflects this community interest through its recognition as a Country Music School of Excellence (CMSOE) and as such, offers a comprehensive range of Music subjects, including Certificate III in Music for senior students. Gympie High also caters for an increasing number of Indigenous students, with links to programs such as the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
The Excel Academy is designed to extend gifted and talented Junior Secondary students across core subjects with an integrated and challenging curriculum.