Helensvale State High School

Helensvale High School is a public secondary school located in the suburb of Helensvale on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is situated on the corner of Discovery Drive and Helensvale Road. The school first opened in 1990 with Rod Cassidy as the foundation principal. The School motto is One student, one community, many futures .

Helensvale State High School

Coordinates27°53′49.837″S 153°19′42.546″E / 27.89717694°S 153.32848500°E / -27.89717694; 153.32848500Coordinates: 27°53′49.837″S 153°19′42.546″E / 27.89717694°S 153.32848500°E / -27.89717694; 153.32848500
TypeState secondary school
MottoOne student, one community, many futures
PrincipalKaren Lindsay
GradesYear 7 to 12

Helensvale High caters for a large catchment of students, with nearly 2,600 enrolments,[1] making it one of the largest high schools in the Gold Coast region.


Helensvale High commenced in 1990 with barely 200 students and a small staff, numbering 12, led by the inaugural principal, Rod Cassidy. Students came from a wide feeder area, as far north as Jacob's Well, west to Mount Tamborine and south to Gaven, as well as the rapidly growing Helensvale area. Helensvale was the only high school in the area other than Coombabah State High School.

During 1990 all students studied a core of subjects at the year 8 level in the block that is now the Home Economics Block. During this year, staff, students and parents planned the style of school they wished to develop, choosing subjects, planning teaching and learning styles, planning sporting activities as well as performance projects.

During the first five years specialist buildings, including the SAC (Student Activity Centre), which was a state-of-the-art building for education facilities in Queensland and the Performing Arts Centre, the Resource Centre and the Manual Arts Building were planned.

The school was involved in a case which was "believed to be the first Queensland case involving a former student suing over alleged bullying by teachers over mobile phone use".[2] Since this case, Nine News have reported on the same topic of bullying and had created major backlash.[vague][citation needed]


Sports supported include Australian rules football, basketball, netball, touch football, soccer and track and field.

Performing artsEdit

Helensvale offers its students a variety of arts subjects including music, dance and drama. All students are encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities such as the Gold Coast Drama Festival, Estiedfords and School Musicals.

Helensvale offers its students an array of opportunities in the performing arts. This include the Gold Coast Drama Festival, Rock Eisteddfod, Gold Coast Eisteddfod, school musicals, Dance Ed in the Spotlight, cheerleadering competitions.

Notable alumniEdit

Name Sport Top level team/affiliation
Andrew Boston[3] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Connor Budarick[4] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Dee Heslop[5] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Kalinda Howarth Australian rules football Gold Coast
Michael Osborne Australian rules football Hawthorn
Luke Russell[6] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Rory Thompson[7] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Serene Watson[8] Australian rules football Gold Coast
Lynsey Clarke Lawn bowls Australia
Sally Pearson[9] Hurdling Australia
Sam Stosur[10] Tennis Australia
Michael Shelley[11] Marathon Australia


  1. ^ "Full Gold Coast school capacity information". Goldcoast.com.au. News Limited. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  2. ^ Dibben, Kay (7 November 2009). "Student 'harassed' for using mobile phone to call sick dad". Courier Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Boston named for SUNS debut". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Helensvale claim state title". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Dee Heslop puts case forward for spot on Gold Coast Suns AFLW list with strong showing at national championships". Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Tasmanian Talent Join Gold Coast Football Club". Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Brisbane Lions Cup, important cog in Queensland footy". Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Serene Watson opens up about becoming the Gold Coast Suns first AFLW draft pick". Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  9. ^ "London 2012 - Sally Pearson Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Sam Stosur doesn't want for much but still believes there's plenty to achieve". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  11. ^ "London 2012 - Michael Shelley Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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