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Noosa District State High School is a student-centred learning community which fosters care and compassion. We aspire to be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, and acknowledge and enjoy the rights and privileges of Australian Citizenship. These aspirations are underpinned by our three core values: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be an Active Learner.

Today’s students, increasingly face societal challenges and our school endeavours to teach each student the skills and disposition needed to be successful today and in to the future. As a unique three campus High School, our aim therefore, is to provide a supportive learning environment that empowers our students to Connect, Succeed and Thrive through our diversity.    

Academic Excellence

Excellence in teaching and learning is one of our four key priorities at Noosa District State High School and the promotion of academic excellence is underpinned by one of our core values, Be an Active Learner. We provide diverse opportunities for students to achieve their individual academic excellence, and by placing emphasis on effort and reflection, we believe that every student can achieve their personal best. At Noosa District State High School, we also aim to develop the disposition and skills students need for social, economic and cultural success in the 21st Century.  In order to meet the needs of new and emerging industries, face changing technologies, engage with entrepreneurship and innovation, we believe our students will be prepared for our increasingly globalised world and their futures through:

  • Evidence and Research based teaching practices (Effective Pedagogy)
  • New Pedagogies for Deep Learning – A Global Partnership
  • Signature programs in Writing, STEM, Design and Innovation, Sport
  • Gateway partnership school for Aerospace Studies, Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Access to Moodle – a platform for providing a 24/7 Virtual Library and gateway to effective teaching, learning and resources

Cultural Excellence

At Noosa District State High School, we aspire to be aware of others and their cultures whilst celebrating those aspects and rituals that unite people. In a variety of ways we continue to develop Cultural excellence at Noosa District State High School through:

  • Reconciliation Week recognition
  • Harmony Day
  • Biannual Whole School Musicals
  • Creative Excellence Showcase Events
  • Cooroy Fusion Festival
  • Cooroy Butterfactory and local gallery events
  • International Schools Tour and Homestay program
  • Ski Trip and International excursion events
  • Opti-minds
  • Instrumental music program
  • Culturally themed restaurant events
  • NOSCARS – celebrating student film presentations
  • Heart of Gold Film Festival
  • Cattle handling and shows
  • Participation in agricultural shows in the
  • Noosa region, Sunshine Coast and the
  • Royal Brisbane Exhibition

Sporting Excellence

Noosa District SHS has a proud tradition of sporting excellence where students have the opportunity to shine both as individuals and as part of a team.  All students belong to one of four houses – Eerwah, Cooroora, Pinbarren and Tinbeerwah (our local mountains), where they have the opportunity to participate in both friendly and competitive sporting carnivals and events throughout the year and earn valuable points towards individual Age Championships and overall House Champion each year:

  • Interschool Sport Years 7-9
  • District, Regional, State and National Representative Sport
  • Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country Carnivals
  • Aquathlon Carnival
  • Enduro Age Championships
  • Interhouse Competitions
  • Various State and National Sporting Competitions eg. Vicky Wilson Netball and Broncos Challenge Rugby league
  • Interhouse Junior and Senior Lunch time competitions in Basketball, Touch, and Cross
  • fit championships
  • Touch Program including participation in the Queensland All School Cup
  • Community weekend basketball fixtures
  • Queensland Schools Basketball Championship

Leadership and Civic Excellence

The promotion of student leadership is a significant feature of successful education communities.  Noosa District State High School actively provides opportunites for leadership in each and every year level.  We offer a Junior Secondary and Senor Secondary leadership structure in which students are selected to the following positions:

  • School Captains and Vice Captains
  • Cultural and Sports Captains
  • Interact Club President and Club Secretary
  • Student Council President, Secretary and Treasurer
  • House Leaders
  • Our student leaders work tirelessly to:
  • Contribute to and maintain the positive culture in our school
  • Communicate student issues and be the voice of the student body in decision making
  • Develop projects, organise fundraising  and connect the school with our local community
  • Develop links and sustainable partnerships with our community organisations to support a variety of community and charity groups
  • Demonstrate excellent citizenship through involvement in a variety of civic events

Community Engagement

Our broader community plays a significant role in contributing to and supporting our school. We take pride in our community relationships by engaging in collaborative partnerships to enhance outcomes through:

  • School Council
  • Parents and Citizenship Association
  • Parent ‘Meet & Greet’ information events
  • Junior Campus Showcase events
  • Australian Business Week – community network and partnerships
  • Work Experience and structured work placements
  • School VET Industry partners
  • Celebration of Excellence sponsorship and partnerships
  • Gateway school partnerships – Aviation and Rural Operations
  • Mimburi cultural partnerships
  • Cooroy Butterfactory partnership
  • Homestay partnerships for International students
  • CNS – Coolum, Noosa Sunshine Beach State High Schools Cluster   
Last updated 07 November 2018
Last reviewed  07 November 2018

Last reviewed 18 May 2020
Last updated 18 May 2020