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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to the Gordonvale State High School website.   The website provides general information about our school, our contact details, enrolment information, the school responsible behaviour plan and statement of standards (our policies), the school annual report and the school newsletter.  

Our vision is Personal Excellence, Successful Futures.

Gordonvale State High School is a co-educational secondary school located 23 kilometres south of the city of Cairns and provides all students with quality facilities and teaching programs to enhance their learning. The expansive grounds and well maintained learning spaces ensure our students are afforded opportunities to access what they require to graduate as successful, confident individuals.

Our school is first and foremost a place of quality teaching and learning.   Our key drivers to quality teaching and learning, effective curriculum delivery and improved student outcomes are:

  • High expectations
  • Personalised learning and productive relationships
  • Explicit instruction and consistency in pedagogical approach
  • Collective efficacy and teachers ‘accountability
  • Reflective culture.

Our school values of Respect, Quality, Safety and Honesty together with our Givens ensure high standards of expectation regarding:

  • Student application to learning
  • Student compliance with the school’s responsible behaviour plan, assessment policy, bookwork policy,
    attendance policy and the endorsed uniform policy
  • Tolerance for others and active participation in the life of the school and our community

Our teachers have a very strong focus on refining classroom practices to ensure our students are fully engaged in their learning programs.  We work across the whole school developing a consistent approach to lesson delivery and structure, so that our students own their learning and are driven to remain focused on their own personal excellence.   We offer innovative strategies such as our elearning program, our level of achievement monitoring ladders, our goal setting and attainment tracking, our senior and junior secondary mentoring programs and our career education programs together with our social and emotional development programs.

I am proud to be the Principal of Gordonvale State High School and I enjoy supporting staff as they contribute to the future success of our local young people.  Let us work together as a school community to live out our Vision and ensure that every student achieves their Personal Excellence for a Successful Future.



Sondra Barry

Acting Principal