Brisbane State High School
|Brisbane State High School|
Latin: Scientia est Potestas
Knowledge is Power
|Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Type||Public, Selective, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school|
|Established||1913, 1921 (official)|
|Campus||Urban (South Brisbane)|
|Colour(s)||Cerise and Navy Blue|
|Website||www.statehigh.com.au or www.brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au|
Brisbane State High School (BSHS or often commonly State High) is a partially selective, co-educational, state secondary school, located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is a member of the Great Public Schools' Association of Queensland, and the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association. With an average year level cohort of slightly over 400 students. It was the first state secondary school established in Brisbane, as well as the first academic state high school to be founded in Queensland. The school employs a variety of selection criteria for prospective students, maintaining a quota for local area enrolments, however also using academic, sporting, cultural and artistic talents as means of determining the annual intake.
T. Max Hawkins, historian and author of "The Queensland Great Public Schools - A History", wrote of the origins of Brisbane State High School, that:
"The school developed from the School of Arts in Ann Street, and later from the old Normal School which was built by convict labour on the site where the State Government Insurance building now stands...The year 1913 is generally taken as the start of the Brisbane State High School, a co-educational school which, by 1964, had expanded to accommodate 1310 students, 891 of them boys."
Further light on the origins of the schools is shed in Philip Walker Davidson's work, "Great Public Schools : an investigation into G.P.S. secondary schooling in Queensland, its relationship with and the problem it poses architecture, and an appraisal of the factors governing the future establishment of such a school", where he wrote:
"Headmasters of various metropolitan state schools were asked to nominate 76 boys and girls for admission to the new school, and a further 70 paying students made up the first year's enrolment. Classrooms were provided in the Technical College buildings, Ann Street, until 1914 when the school moved to lower George Street.
...in 1921 the school was to occupy the well known Normal School buildings on the corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets...At about this stage it was separated from the control of the Central Technical College and combined with the Junior High School which had been operating as a secondary department at the Normal School. The name Brisbane State High School was then first applied."
Although the school's beginning is taken as having been 1913, it was relocated to its current campus next to Musgrave Park at South Brisbane in 1925. The laying of the foundation stone of the "Red Brick Building", later designated A Block, took place in 1923 in the attendance of Queensland Education Minister John Huxham, and William Forgan Smith, then Queensland Minister for Public Works and later Premier.
Mr Isaac Waddle, the Brisbane State High School's first Principal, served for 24 years and devised the school's motto "Scientia est Potestas" (Knowledge is Power) whilst overseeing the establishment of the house system in the patriotic days of the Second World War. Waddle's successor, Mr Barnes, served for scarcely a year before dying in office, and between 1947 and 1960 the post was held by a further three relatively short term Principals: Dr Watkin; Mr Copeman and Mr Cafferky. During the ensuing "Lockie Years" the school underwent massive expansions, growing from 1091 students in 1961 to 2183 in 1967, as well as consolidating its reputation as being highly competitive amongst the private school institutions of South-East Queensland. The headmastership of David Sutton (1998–2008) witnessed a revival in ceremony and tradition coupled with continual academic improvement. For the 6 years from 2003–2008, the OP results consistently climbed, with 86% of students receiving an OP of 1-15 in 2008. Sutton's successor, Richard Morrison, reformed the selection process for academic-merit entrants, introduced the 'Aspire' program and led the rebranding of the school. Under his leadership, merit enrolment applications significantly increased. Mr Morrison was promoted to the position of Executive Director. Mr Wade Haynes, a former Acting Principal of the school commenced in 2011. In 2012, the school bettered its past academic results when 94.8% of the graduating students achieved an OP 1-15, 39 of whom received an OP 1.
BSHS has been a member of the Great Public Schools Association of Queensland Inc (GPS) since 1930, and of the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA) since 1921.
Headmasters and Headmistresses
The following headmasters and mistresses have led the school since it was opened:
- Mea. Bryden; 1913-1915
- Unspecified position from 1916–1919
- Isaac Waddle; 1920–1945
- J.A. Barnes; 1945–1946
- Herbert G. Watkin; 1947-1951 )
- A.B. Copeman; 1952–1957
- F.H.R. Cafferky; 1958–1960
- George W. Lockie; 1961–1971
- Raymond F. Fitzgerald; 1972–1981
- Colin R. Mason; 1981–1997
- David F. Sutton; 1998–2008
- Richard C. Morrison; 2009–2011
- Wade Haynes; 2011–present
Brisbane State High School offers a diverse selection of disciplines for study to its students, with mandated and prerequisite courses comprising the majority of the curriculum before senior subjects are nominated by the students individually for the duration of their grade 10 to 12 studies.
The school offers one of the widest selections of subjects among schools in Queensland and Australia, seen through the website's certification that Accounting, Aerospace Studies, Ancient History, Art, Biology, Business Communication and Technologies, Business Organisation and Management, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, English Extension (year 12), Film Television and New Media, French, Geography, German, Graphics, Health Education, Information Processing and Technology, Italian, Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Mathematics C, Modern Greek, Modern History, Multi-Strand Science, Music, Music Extension (year 12), Philosophy and Reason, Physical Education, Physics and Senior Engineering Technology are the available Authority (OP eligible subjects). Several Authority-Registered subjects (non-OP eligible) are also offered:Building and Construction, Creative Arts (in music, performing arts and visual art), English Communication, Furnishing Studies, Prevocational Mathematics, Recreation Studies, Recreation Studies specialising in rugby and Tourism.
The school has fourteen computer labs ranging in size from 25-45, as well as computers and digital overhead projectors situated in virtually all classrooms. There are sections of the library designated specifically for group study in the courtyard. A current affairs section directly underneath the mahogany honour board displaying the names of past students who died in the First and Second World Wars, displays recent as well as older newspapers and magazines for students to browse.
Rankings and Recent Academic Achievements
In the 2009 National Assessments Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), Brisbane State High School outperformed seven of the other eight member schools of the Great Public Schools Association of Queensland Inc., and eight of the other nine schools in the QGSSSA. The rankings of the nation's top schools compiled by The Australian in May 2010 saw Brisbane State High as the only Queensland state school placed in the top 100. The school consistently performs best for year 12 results out of all the state schools in the Brisbane metropolitan area, and with 35% of students receiving an OP of 1-5 in 2009, the school has cemented its strong reputation. 91% of students were within the 1-15 OP bands in 2009.
Brisbane State High School joined the Great Public Schools' Association of Queensland in 1930, and consequently the school is able to enter competitions against other GPS schools in South East Queensland. Due to its coeducational system, it is the only GPS school in which it is possible for females to compete.
Students participate in the B1, B2, A and Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Strings, as well as the Wind Ensemble, Wind Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensembles 1 and 2, Stage Band, Big Band and other chamber groups. The Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and Big Band also attend annual band camps with various workshops, sectionals and rehearsals. The Junior and Senior Dance Troupes are also offered. Regular school musicals and drama nights provide the opportunity for drama students to showcase their talents. The school consistently performs exceedingly well in these fields, with the Symphony Orchestra coming first in Australia in Fanfare 2005 held in Melbourne, and first in Queensland in 2007. In 2008 and 2010, the Symphonic Band, conducted by Mr Bradley Ruben, was one of only 5 musical groups across all genres in Queensland to perform at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for Fanfare 2008 and 2010 In 2010, this particular ensemble was awarded a platinum award for the fifth year in a row at Musicfest. In 2012, the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Meg Robson, and the Symphonic Band, conducted by Brad Ruben, were two out of five state finalists in the statewide Fnafare competition. The Symphonic Band then went out to win the state title.Students regularly go on musical exchanges domestically and to Europe. Students have also participated in prestigious music programs such as MOST and Creative Generation. Many students go on to study music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and elsewhere.
Sport and Cultural
A wide range of sporting and other similar activities are offered in the Great Public Schools and Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools' Sports Association competitions, including Australian Rules Football, athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, cricket, cross country, debating, rowing, rugby union, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics, field hockey, netball, softball, touch football, waterpolo, triathlon and fencing.
The school is very competitive with the private members of the GPS. Its Open teams often win premierships in both GPS and QGSSSA events.
Past students have achieved well at the Olympics, with the Queensland Olympic Committee certifying 28 Olympians from Brisbane State High, receiving 20 medals including 4 gold and 4 silver since 1956.
In 2009, the BSHS first XV rugby union team went undefeated in the season. The team broke the GPS record when the school beat Brisbane Grammar School 103-0. The match was soon abandoned when the referee called the game off with 7 minutes permitted to play. This First XV has been regarded by many as the best GPS rugby team in Australia from this decade. With 6 players representing the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Side (Jordan Tupou, Paul Alo-Emile, Joe O'Regan, Matt Ika, Rohan Saifoloi and 15 year old Chris Sautia). 2 other players are representing the Australian A School boys team (Matt Garland and 15 year old student Curtis Browing). This equaled the feats of the class of 2007, when Matt To'omua and Brent Hamlin represented the Australian schoolboys Rugby Union team while Will Tupou and Dave Feao represented Australia A. Along with these players, Andrew McCullough and Ryan Hansen represented the Australian schoolboys Rugby League team.
As of 2008 Brisbane State High School has the second most Australian Schoolboy Rugby caps in Queensland at 47.
In 2009, the boys basketball open team became back to back champions at the Boys State Championships held at the end of the year. This cemented Brisbane State High School's reputation as the premier boys basketball school in Queensland. This was the 5th time they had won the tournament.
Two main campuses possessing a variety of architectural styles dominate the school's layout. The Upper Campus is the site of the school's original building and central administrative block constructed in 1920s brick architecture. The upper quadrangle extends out from this building with the library and the two storey computer block forming frontal wings. In addition, the Upper Campus houses the mathematics rooms, the science laboratories, the manual arts complex, sports facility, tennis courts and oval. An overpass walkway connects the Upper and Lower Campuses. H Block in the Lower Campus was constructed in 1864 as part of the South Brisbane Primary School and is a heritage-listed school building. J Block is predominantly used by the humanities department and the languages department, and M Block serves as a secondary administrative block, whilst the neighbouring K Block (demolished October 2009) was home to the performing arts. The space upon which it once stood is in the process of being converted into a formal entrance and car park. In 2008/09, massive redevelopment projects totaling $20.5 million saw the performing arts block moved to a new and larger facility at the other end of the Lower Campus.
Fursden Road Playing Fields
Brisbane State High maintains additional sporting facilities, with theirs located at Carina, about 7 km from the Brisbane CBD. 5 playing fields as well as change rooms and a canteen comprise the campus. Cricket, Rugby and soccer are large users of the facilities, with games taking place on weekends and on various afternoons.
West End Rowing Sheds
The school maintains rowing sheds on the West End Reach of the Brisbane River, within close proximity of the rowing sheds of other GPS and BSRA (Brisbane SchoolGirls Rowing Association) member schools. Rowing boats, dingies and other necessary equipment are stored at the sheds and it is on that and other reaches of the river that training for the annual Head of the River rowing competition takes place.
Rather than being named after past students, the Houses are named in honour of army generals from the First World War.
- Allenby House - Blue - Named after Viscount Edmund Allenby (1861–1936). British field marshal notable for commanding the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the conquest of Palestine and Syria during the First World War.
- Birdwood House - Red - Named after Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood (1865–1951). British soldier who served in the Boer War and was known later on for providing overall command of the "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps" (ANZAC) throughout the battles of the Gallipoli Peninsula in the First World War.
- Glasgow House - Gold - Named after Major-General Sir William Glasgow (1876–1955), a senior Australian officer at Gallipoli in 1915 who went on to command the First A.I.F Division with distinction in battles on the Somme as well as the final offensive of August 1918.
Holders of the office of School Captain are elected as Prefects before being appointed by the Principal. As the most senior representatives of the student and Prefect bodies, School Captains fulfill a range of leadership roles both within the school and in the wider community. School Captains meet regularly with the Principal and Deputies of Brisbane State High and other schools, as well as attend the annual meeting of the Great Public Schools Association of Queensland (GPS).
Usually ranging in size from between 15-30, the Prefect Body assists the School Captains in representation and leadership. Prefects are easily distinguishable by gold coloured wreaths around the school crest on their blazers. Their diverse responsibilities range from taking an active interest in all school activities, to mentoring and welcoming first year students and welcoming guests to the school at ceremonial functions. Many manage enrolments for inter-house activities at swimming and athletics carnivals and organise events delegated them by the Captains. They are directly elected by the students and faculty.
Student Representative Council
The Council provides a voice for students irrespective of other leadership positions. Student Representative Council leaders are not elected by the students at large, but instead are selected through a system of meritocracy and seniority. They meet monthly with the Principal to coordinate activities, fundraisers and charities for the school.
Past Students' Association
The Brisbane State High School Past Students' Association was formed in 1921, originally in two discrete entities as the Old Boys' and Old Girls' Associations. It now operates as an amalgamated body. The association's newsletter, "Amicus", is mailed four times annually to all financial members. Contributions to projects geared towards promoting the tradition and spirit of the school are some of its primary functions. The current Patron of the Association is the school's eleventh Principal, Mr Wade Haynes.
Founded in 1996 as a gift from that year's departing seniors, the museum contains documents, photographs and other memorabilia charting the school from its inception to its recent past. School badges and blazers from the 1920s and 1930s as well as originals of every school magazine are housed in the museum.
- Education Phone Directory
- Year 8 Enrolment[dead link]
- [Hawkins, T. Max (1965). The Queensland Great Public Schools - A History. Jacaranda Press. p. 231. ]
- Davidson, Philip Walker (1964). An investigation into G.P.S. secondary schooling in Queensland, its relationship with and the problem it poses architecture, and an appraisal of the factors governing the future establishment of such a school. University of Queensland - School of Geography, Planning and Architecture -- Thesis. pp. 62-63.
- State High in the 20s[dead link]
- Principals[dead link]
- Lockie, George William
- Public vs private: school report card
- Brisbane State High School[dead link]
- Principals of Brisbane State High School[dead link]
- Hawkins, T. Max (1965). The Queensland Great Public Schools - A History. Jacaranda Press. p. 232.
- Watkin, Sir Herbert George
- Years 11 and 12 Academic Program[dead link]
- "Top 100 High Schools". The Australian. 1 May 2010.
- OP rankings revealed
- Fact Sheet: Sporting Merit[dead link]
- Brisbane State High School Magazine 2009 Performing Arts]
- Brisbane State High School Magazine 2008 Performing Arts]
- Activities[dead link]
- GPS and QGSSSA Results
- Past Student Olympians[dead link]
- State High take premiers
- "SOUTH BRISBANE PRIMARY SCHOOL.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 16 February 1865. p. 5. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Brisbane State High School, Block H (entry CHIMS15986)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.
- Brisbane State High School Magazine 2009 Redevelopment
- Who's Who - Sir Edmund Allenby
- Who's who in Australian Military History
- Glasgow, Sir Thomas William
- Monash, Sir John
- [dead link]
- Museum[dead link]