Glenunga International High School

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Glenunga International High School
Glenunga IHS Logo 300.png
Labor Omnia Vincit (Latin for Work Conquers All)
99 L'Estrange St
Glenunga, SA 5064

Coordinates 34°56′57″S 138°38′06″E / 34.9493°S 138.6351°E / -34.9493; 138.6351Coordinates: 34°56′57″S 138°38′06″E / 34.9493°S 138.6351°E / -34.9493; 138.6351
Type Public
Established 1903 (as the Preparatory School for the SA School of Mines and Industries) [1]
Principal Wendy Johnson
Faculty approx 150
Enrolment 1345 [2]
Colour(s) Blue and Gold         
Information +61 8 8379 5629

Glenunga International High School (informally known as Glenunga or GIHS) is a publicly funded school in Adelaide, South Australia. It is located approximately four km south-east of the Adelaide city centre in the suburb of Glenunga, between L'Estrange St and Conyngham St, adjoining the major thoroughfare Glen Osmond Road. In terms of academic performance, it is one of the top schools in the state, performing exceptionally in the NAPLAN, SACE, and International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school serves the surrounding suburbs of the cities of Unley, Burnside and the Adelaide Hills. It was the first public school in South Australia to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


The current principal is Wendy Johnson, who commenced her term at the beginning of 2008. She was previously the principal of Victor Harbor High School and has experience as a teacher, administrator and district director.

Robert Knight, who started at the school in 1992, retired as principal at the end of 2007. He helped improve the standing of the school with features such as a large international student program (under the Intensive Secondary English Course) involving many students from China, Japan and a variety of south-east Asian nations; a selective program for gifted students entering high school (Ignite Programme, initiated as the SHIP program in 1998) and the adoption of both the local SACE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs. Knight's term saw enrolment increase by 700 students to 1400 (many of whom are from areas outside the school's zone, or from overseas), after it came close to being closed by the State Government in the mid-1990s due to falling enrolments.


The school was established in 1903 (planning began in 1898) as the Preparatory School for the South Australian School of Mines and Industries. It was renamed the Junior Technical School in 1914 and then Adelaide Technical High School in 1918.[1] Nevertheless, the school and the Old Scholars Association marked 1998 as the cententary year.

It was located at the School of Mines building (which houses Brookman Hall - named for benefactor George Brookman) on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road, now part of the City East campus of the University of South Australia. The school population outgrew the campus, so in 1964 it was relocated to its current location in Glenunga, and was renamed Glenunga High School in 1974. It adopted its current name upon the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in 1990-91, a development which was instigated to help save the school from closure due to dwindling student numbers. With enrolments rising, GIHS has subsequently attracted substantial government funding and construction projects, most notably the technology and science wing extensions, a new administration block and a performing arts centre; since 2005 there have been various additional changes to the facilities, such as extra rooms. While facilities have been improving, the school campus has now come to a point where, as a result of the expansion in enrolments, it is suffering similar space issues to its predecessor.

Recent[when?] changes include:

  • The gymnasium now houses three extra classrooms, which are used for Physical Education classes and a weights/training area.
  • Gradual upgrading of all computer systems within the school as well as the usage of Bess content-control software to help prevent access to non-curriculum-based internet content.
  • SMARTboards have been installed in various classrooms within the school.
  • A new building has been constructed, finished in the end of 2013. It now houses the library, the office, staff rooms and a year 11 and 12 'international' area with kitchen.

International focus[edit]

Glenunga has a history of academic achievement in the IB Diploma Programme, with students often achieving scores in the highest range.[citation needed] Glenunga has several sister schools in countries as wide-ranging as China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, Malaysia and Fiji.[citation needed] GIHS helps organise regular student exchanges and school tours both to and from these schools.

GIHS offers second language courses including English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Mandarin, French, and Japanese. Other languages are available off-campus through various programmes, such as the Ethnic Schools Association and the South Australian School of Languages.[citation needed] It has achieved accreditation from the European Council of International Schools.[citation needed]

Student life[edit]

Glenunga International High School hosts an array of extracurricular groups, many of which are student-run. These include the Student Forum, musical theatre and other interest clubs, a variety of community service organisations, International and Environment Clubs, as well as various sporting teams. The Amnesty International Club and the Student Activist Alliance are two student-led groups which seek to raise international and political awareness within the school as well as in the wider community. To actively encourage the creation and expansion of these groups, GIHS maintains a Student Life Coordinator on its staff. The current[when?] coordinator is Xena Habel, who is currently on leave.

Glenunga International High School is home to an active student voice organisation which underwent a number of changes in 2006-2007. These included the composition of a new constitution for the Student Forum and the introduction of the Prefect system.

Notable alumni[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kohler, Bryce (18 April 1998). "Adelaide Tech (Letters to the Editor)". The Advertiser. 
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  3. ^ "London 2012 - Leanne Choo Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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