Students, you are joining a young and vibrant school. We have established a reputation for quality and we intend to keep it that way. We know you will assist in doing this. You come here to attend, behave, work and participate. There’s so much to do at our school to make your time here fun and productive. At the same time, your key job is to set yourself up for life beyond secondary schooling. Our motto says it all – Creating Our Futures.
Parents, welcome to you, too! Your son’s or daughter’s enrolment begins an important relationship. Together, we will watch your child grow into adulthood. Your home, of course, is the strongest educator and influence upon your teenager. We wish to build on that foundation to provide quality secondary education for your child, whether she or he is headed to work, university or further training. The high expectations we have in curriculum, learning and teaching, dress, behaviour and involvement can only be met, realistically, when we support each other. Please volunteer, ring our teachers, encourage your child to solve problems positively and, above all, please read our weekly newsletters – they are a great starting point for our home-school partnership.
New staff, welcome to TSSHS! We hope that you find lots to explore on our website. When you arrive to join our team, we believe you’ll find our school a positive place to work, with clear directions and a consistent focus. We look forward to your contributions over coming months and years!
Key School Values
Lots of values are inherent in every school! At our school, we particularly emphasise three Key Values. There are: showing Respect, demonstrating Responsibility and seeking Excellence. These values are for all members of our school community – students, staff and parents.
We refer to our school motto all the time. This is because it encapsulates our school philosophy. Creating Our Futuressays that it is each student’s job, with the help of parents and teachers, to set up himself or herself for life beyond high school.
Learning is an active, not passive, pursuit – it does not happen to a student, it is something that he or she actively decides to do
Teachers, parents and the school can help to provide the right learning environment
Ultimately, however, the student must choose to learn
In a school, we learn together as a community: students, teachers and parents
We need to help each other to learn, never taking away the right of others to learn
School prepares us for, not one, but a variety of futures: employment, further study, relationships, parenthood, civic roles, recreation, cultural enjoyment and so on
Students can widen and vary the futures that they have depending on how well they decide to create futures
Statement of Purpose
We strive to provide, in partnership with the whole community, a quality learning environment where students can maximise their potential to create positive futures.
At Tannum Sands State High School, you will find our students welcoming and you will make friends quickly. Our school community has welcomed international students since 2006. You add something special to our school. Our students learn from you, and you learn from us.
Here, you will experience the “true” Australian way of life. Our township is 10 000 people, with our next city, Gladstone (30 000), only 20 minutes’ drive away. You can access the cinemas, the beach, sporting facilities and many clubs. Our families will look after you well and show you the “Aussie” way of life e.g. BBQ’s, a relaxed lifestyle, love of nature and wonderful, sunny days. Perhaps you will even visit the Great Barrier Reef or the Gold Coast! You are certain to see kangaroos in their natural habitat.
Our school is well-disciplined and successful, with a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular activities. We have support staff here specially designated to look after you, as an international student.
Our school is fully accredited with Education Queensland International, our state government body that provides quality assurance and rigorous checks. (CRICOS Number )
Here are some photos to enjoy – please visit also the photo galleries in the News, Views and Events section elsewhere on our website.