Indooroopilly State High School

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Indooroopilly State High School
Indooroopilly State High School's Logo. Source: (Indooroopilly SHS website)
Brisbane, Queensland
Coordinates 27°30′03″S 152°59′06″E / 27.5009°S 152.9851°E / -27.5009; 152.9851Coordinates: 27°30′03″S 152°59′06″E / 27.5009°S 152.9851°E / -27.5009; 152.9851
Type Public
Motto Non sine pulvere palma
(No Reward Without Effort)
Established 1954
Principal Ms Lois O'Reilly
Enrolment 1623 (2016)[1]
Campus Indooroopilly

Indooroopilly State High School, or "Indro State High" as it is often referred to, is situated in the south-western suburbs of Brisbane, Australia after its opening in 1954. It is a co-educational, secondary state school. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 1623 students.[2] It is accredited by the Council of International Schools and offers the International Baccalaureate program.

Unlike most schools in Queensland and Australia, Indooroopilly does not have a uniform, but the students do have a dress code. Indooroopilly offers some programs not available under normal curriculum, namely a pilot's course, a Spanish immersion program and a Chinese and math acceleration program. It is also a school that focuses heavily on the arts. In particular film, television, new media studies, and visual art.

Arts at Indro[edit]

Many graduates of the school have found membership in the local, national and international arts communities. Film, television and new media studies, visual art, drama, dance and music are well established areas of intellectual, artistic and creative pursuit at Indoorooopilly. The school's reputation for specializing in the arts has attracted many students wishing to pursue future careers in the arts industries. Many past students have involved themselves heavily in the visual arts industries. Many drama, dance and music graduates of the school have continued to pursue careers at industry level.


Cultural practice is a central part of the curriculum at Indooroopilly. The school celebrates many specific festivals and celebrations throughout the school year; biennial school musical, visual art exhibitions and drama, dance and music productions and concerts. These, and similar activities, have cemented the school's position as one of the most culturally active international high schools in Brisbane. One particular festival that is held every year is United Nations Day when Indooroopilly celebrates the cultural diversity of its student body. Indooroopilly has a strong multicultural community with approximately 43% of the school's population being international students.[3]


Indooroopilly's focus on values establishes it as being a unique school compared to other public secondary schools. Its four core values are: Each person's dignity, Our community's diversity, Open communication and Quality learning.[4] School Principal Lois O'Reilly states that the school's values of teaching students to take responsibility for their own behaviour is part of its success.[5]

Weekend programmes[edit]

The Japanese Language Supplementary School of Queensland Japanese School of Brisbane (ブリスベン校 Burisuben Kō), a weekend Japanese school, holds its classes at Indooroopilly State High. The school offices are in Taringa.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Past students who have had very successful careers or have been in the media:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home - My School". Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Home - My School". Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Home - My School". Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Indooroopilly State High". Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "平成 26(2014)年度" (Archive). The Japanese Language Supplementary School of Queensland. Retrieved on April 1, 2015. p. 4. "借用校舎:インドロピリー州立高校(Indooroopilly State High School) Ward Street, Indooroopilly, QLD4068, AUSTRALIA 事務所:The Japanese Club of Brisbane/The Japanese School of Brisbane Suite 17, Taringa Professional Centre, 180 Moggill Road, Taringa, QLD4068"
  7. ^ "Dane Bird-Smith". Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Facebook meeting allegedly led to artist's death". The Courier Mail. News Corp. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2016.