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Our school

Stanthorpe State High School is a school of some 730 students from years 7-12 situated in Stanthorpe, on the Granite Belt.

The school has always combined a respect for tradition with innovation and community involvement. The house teams, named after local identities Withers, Wright, Langan and Finch and the school motto, Altiora Petentes (striving for higher things) have been with the school since 1962 and represent its traditions.

The school community espouses conservative values, and these are reflected in the traditions, values and rules of the school. The school has a well developed behaviour management plan (PDF, 607 KB) which has clearly defined expectations and consequences. The plan includes a strong emphasis on the wearing of school uniform.

The school has a strong reputation for innovative and progressive programs and is a leader in a variety of fields, including agriculture, vocational education, Italian immersion and student welfare.

Complementing the comprehensive academic program, the school offers a rich and diverse array of extra-curricular programs, including a strong emphasis on activities that develop student leadership.

The local community

The Granite Belt is predominantly a farming community with a population of approximately 11,000. In recent years there has been significant advancement in the wine and tourism industries. The nature of primary industry is predominantly horticulture – deciduous fruit and vegetables, with pastoral industries making up a smaller part.

Stanthorpe has a large, well integrated Italian population which has been added to, particularly in the last decade, with increasing numbers of families and individuals from the full range of cultural groups.

The area has a low socio-economic index by Queensland standards. In comparison with larger centres there are few support services available locally.

Learning support

Literacy support program - Year 7, 8 and 9

Learning support program - Year 7, 8, 9 and 10

Maths tutoring program - Year 9 and 10

Lunchtime tutorial program - Year 11 and 12

Work education program - Year 10 - 12

Special education support program - Year 7 - 12

Instrumental music program - Year 7 - 12


  • 250 computers in 7 computer labs and 350 laptops

  • Computer to student ratio of approx. 1:1

  • Fully networked through fibre optics, including internet connection

  • Supported by school-based technician

Investing for Success

Under this agreement this school will further enhance and progress our culture of "High Achievement in a Framework of High Expectations", support our annual implementation plan and focus on improvement strategies in our junior secondary school on reading, writing and numeracy. Further information about our agreement is included in Investing for Success - DDSW - Stanthorpe State High School (PDF, 231 KB).