Kelvin Grove State College

Kelvin Grove State College is a government primary secondary school in Kelvin Grove, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, three kilometres from Brisbane’s central business district and adjacent the Kelvin Grove campus of Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Some of the school's buildings are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[1]

Kelvin Grove State College
MottoWith All Thy Might
PrincipalJoel Buchholz
Enrolment~3000 (2018)
Colour(s)Red, white and green



It was formed in 2002 with the amalgamation of Kelvin Grove State High School and Kelvin Grove State School and is one of the largest government educational institutions in Australia.[2]

The amalgamation was an initiative of the Government of Queensland's Smart State initiative. The name was voted upon by students, staff and administration in 2001 from a selection of choices. Thus, the school became a P–12 (prep to year twelve) school for state enrolments. The amalgamation also created 3 sub schools; 'The Junior School' catering for grades prep to 5, 'The Middle School' catering for grades 6 to 9 and 'The Senior School' catering for grades 10 to 12.[3]

Schools of excellence


As of 2021, the College has a number of schools of excellence, which students can choose to extend their learning choices in a particular field. They are:[citation needed] (Year Levels available to)

  • Engineering Technology School of Excellence (11–12)
  • Queensland Aviation School of Excellence (10–12)
  • Queensland Dance School of Excellence (7–9)
  • Queensland Golf School of Excellence (4–12)
  • Queensland Football School of Excellence (6–12)
  • Queensland Tennis School of Excellence (5–12)
  • Queensland Volleyball School of Excellence (6–12)
  • Art and Design School of Excellence (11–12)
  • Music School of Excellence (3–12)
  • Queensland Senior Ballet Program (10–12)

Some limitations do apply to entry and an audition process is usually required to gain entry. All these schools of excellence are an extra cost to the free education provided by a state school. Limited scholarships are available to some applicants.[citation needed]

Isaka Cernak & Adam Sarota who play for Brisbane Roar as well as Robbie Kruse who plays for Melbourne Victory and Scott Higgins who is signed for Gold Coast United in the A-league are former students with KGSC's Football Excellence.[citation needed]

David Williams (footballer) is another former student of the Football Excellence. Williams now plays for The Wellington Phoenix has two caps for the Socceroos (Australian National Team).[citation needed]



The Performing Arts Department offers courses in drama, dance and music with links to QUT’s "Creative Industries" program. Students can also expand their performing arts studies with the following specialised programs:[citation needed]

  • Queensland Senior Ballet Program (QBSP) in partnership with Queensland Ballet (Years 10–12) QBSP is a comprehensive, part-time program which consists of four hours of dance training in the mornings and three hours of academic classes each weekday afternoon, with a further five hours of dance training on Saturdays.

Sporting houses


There are four sporting houses at KGSC which were also the sporting houses of KGSHS:[citation needed]

  1. Herbert
  2. Lutwyche
  3. Petrie
  4. Bowen

The houses were originally based on the first letter surname, however, to even out the numbers in each house this has become less obvious. In previous years, members of Schools of Excellence were all placed in the same sporting house, however this was unfair on other houses and the policy was scrapped. The names of the houses are all derived from important persons in the development of Queensland. Many suburbs near the school are also named after these people, and so many students have come to believe that the houses are named after the suburbs.[citation needed]

The primary school used to have its own separate houses before amalgamation. They were Long (yellow), Bancroft (red) and Walker (Blue). Long and Walker were both long serving principals from the early years of KGSS, while Bancroft was a local person of importance.[citation needed]

Notable alumni


Notable staff



  1. ^ "Kelvin Grove State College (entry 650080)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Kelvin Grove SC". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Presenters". QSPA. Retrieved 12 May 2024.