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Mr Raymond Johnston (Principal)

65 Coronation Drive Tannum Sands 4680

(07) 4979 9777

(07) 4979 9700



DET Geographic Region:
Central Queensland


Year levels:
08 - 12


School overview:
Tannum Sands State High's motto, 'Creating Our Futures', encapsulates our belief that learning is a creative act. With an award-winning gifted and talented program, we have high academic expectations and results. We have an emphasis on self-discipline, pride in uniform and firm behaviour management underpinned by support and care. Our school values are: respect, responsibility and excellence. We value home-school partnerships, open communication and quality reporting to parents. Tannum Sands was established in 1998, services beach and rural areas and has an enrolment of around 950.
the arts, English, health and physical education, languages other than English (LOTE), mathematics, science, studies of society and environment technology
Special programs:
Gifted and talented programs, marine and aquatic studies, hospitality and tourism, debating, drama, music, performing and visual arts, creative arts
Other programs offered:
Our award-winning gifted and talented program, BSL-Zenith, has been established for more than a decade and has seen many students accessing international forums in locations such as Canada and London. This program includes content compaction, subject acceleration, grade skipping and early university enrolment. We have national award-winning 'off-site campuses' as part of a suite of senior schooling pathways which include school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, part-time study at TAFE or university and a wide variety of work experience opportunities. We offer 30 senior subjects with emphasis on middle phase learning, computers and basics. We also offer special education services.
Language immersion or other languages:
We have a sister school in Saiki City, Japan, with whom we take turns to host an annual homestay exchange. Our modern history students also enjoy a biennial excursion to Vietnam. Fee-paying international students from countries such as Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, USA and Philippines enrich our school community.
Information technology, home economics, science and computer laboratories, industrial design & technology, drama, music & performing arts, special education, resource centre/library, multi purpose courts, assembly halls, indoor sports centre, specialist dance studio, hospitality kitchens, visual arts, trade training centre
Other facilities:
We have a large, high-quality oval on which students play four codes of football and a variety of other sports. Students represent the school, district, region or state in dozens of sports. We have a four-court outdoor complex and a large performance centre housing a four-sports basketball-size indoor hall, together with a large dance and drama space. All classrooms are fully air-conditioned. Our canteen serves healthy food and drink five days a week. Almost all classrooms have either an interactive whiteboard or data projector. We are rolling out a student 'Laptops for Learning' program with the aim of ensuring each Year 10-12 student has a laptop available for 24/7 learning.
Special education programs:
Hearing impairment, visual impairment, intellectual impairment, autism spectrum disorder, speech-language impairment, physical impairment
Extra curricula activities:
Beach to city, beach to bush, interstate, overseas Our schools believes in authentic, off-site learning and runs many camps, excursions and field trips. One of our most popular camps is to North West Island where students conduct field work, practise boating and learn to snorkel on an uninhabited Great Barrier Reef island. We also have: the Year 8 Carnarvon Gorge camp, Canberra trip, ski trip and overseas excursions. Students can join an instrumental band, strings orchestra, choir, debating, musicals or eisteddfod and participate in a wide range of sport, camps and community learning, including school-based traineeships.
Two former students are studying medicine at Monash and a former Indigenous student is about to graduate as a doctor. Our academic outcomes are consistently high. Our graduates are studying in prestigious courses and gaining high-value tertiary scholarships. We also have outstanding success with our students in applying for local apprenticeships.
Other information:
Our school has a chaplain, school nurse and a guidance officer as a core part of our welfare program. Our focus is on care for students, especially those in crisis or suffering bereavement, family breakdown or mental health issues. Our pastoral care groups are mini-families, consisting of approximately five students from each year level, with students staying in the same group for their five-year enrolment. Our key focus for the 2011-2014 period is further strengthening the quality of classroom teaching.


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