Centenary Heights State High School
|Centenary Heights High School|
|Toowoomba, QLD, Australia|
|Motto||Latin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
(Through Work to the Top)
|Established||13 February 1968|
|Chairman||Dr. Ken Ronald|
|Years offered||Centenary Heights: Year 8–Year 12
Toowoomba Flexischool: Year 10-Year 12
|Enrolment||Centenary Heights: 1408
Toowoomba Flexischool: 203
Centenary Heights State High School is a State High School located in the suburb of Centenary Heights in Toowoomba, Queensland, with an enrolment of over 1300 students. The school is one of several schools in Toowoomba, including two other state high schools, Toowoomba State High School and Harristown State High School.
Centenary Heights State High School was founded in 1968, as a coeducational institution, with an initial enrolment of 168 students. The construction for the main building was commenced in 1967 and completed in 1968.
In 2008, the school began a A$5 million project to upgrade the library into a multi-resource centre for the students and the community, and this was completed in 2009. The facility consists of a study hall with computer facilities, thousands of books, and six rooms where students or the community can study or meet.
The school's principal from 2003 was Maryanne Walsh. She had previously been the principal of Toowoomba High School from 2000 to 2003. In 2010 she appeared on the Channel 7 breakfast show Sunrise in relation to the Toowoomba Flexi School program.
As of 2010 the school's facilities were as follows:
- twenty-seven general classrooms;
- special education unit and classroom;
- six computer rooms;
- six science rooms;
- home economics block;
- manual arts/ITD block;
- music block;
- art block;
- film and television editing room;
- drama room;
- sporting facilities, including tennis courts, hall, ovals, gym, basketball courts, and a 25-metre indoor swimming pool.
- LOTE block
The school offers students many subject choices. Students from Year 8 to Year 10 undertake core studies in Mathematics, English, Science, and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), as well a variety of other subjects from the arts, languages other than English, business studies, Information and communications technology, and practical areas.
Year 11 and 12 Subjects are more diverse and allow students a greater choice in electives. Most of these subjects are Overall Position (OP) eligible, but some are OP Ineligible and SATS subjects. Students in Year 12 also are required to undertake Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS) practice and the QCS (Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)). This helps determine the student's OP and the school's progress.
Community and clubs
Centenary offers many extracurricular activities and clubs. These include Student council, Rotary Interact, Peer support, Peer Mediation, debating, Eco-action, Harmony Week and Day, ski trip, Relay For Life, Book Trailer Club and Toastmasters.
The student council consists of two representatives from every age group, a secretary, treasurer, vice president and president. Their purpose is to raise money for projects throughout the school, including bubblers, bins, and furniture. The Rotary Interact Club is supported by the Toowoomba South Rotary International Club, and raises money for community organisations and charities, including Lifeline and Jeans for Genes day.
Centenary Heights State High School offers students a diverse range of sports. The Australian Rules Football team, the Centenary Tigers have won Queensland High School League championships in the past. The school also has very successful basketball teams. Both the boys and the girls won overall champions in the All-Schools Toowoomba Competition in 2013. Notable players who made the prestigious Basketball All-Star team in 2013 were Kirby Lennan and Emily Dirkson in the girls division and in the boys Cody Sutton, Brandon Wilkinson, Luke Bradford and Ben Willis. The school also offers sports such as baseball, softball, cricket, basketball, netball, tennis, squash, hockey, volleyball, badminton, soccer, rugby, touch, athletics, swimming, cross country running, water polo, martial arts, cheerleading and boxing.
The Toowoomba Flexi School is an alternative to mainstream schooling, and operates as an annexe of Centenary Heights State High School. This allows for students to study, participate in a band, and undertake work experience.
- Rachael Grinham - professional squash player; World Open winner, and former World No. 1
- Nikki Hudson - former Australian representative hockey player; Olympic, Commonwealth and World Cup gold medallist
- Robbie O'Davis - former Newcastle Knights, Queensland, and Australian representative rugby league player
- Kosta Theodosis - Drummer for the band Amy Meredith
- Andrew McCabe - Australian representative to the 2012 Olympics in Athletics