Kenmore State High School

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Kenmore State High School
Kenmore State High School.JPG
Entrance in Mabb Street
Coordinates27°30′30″S 152°55′46″E / 27.5082°S 152.9294°E / -27.5082; 152.9294Coordinates: 27°30′30″S 152°55′46″E / 27.5082°S 152.9294°E / -27.5082; 152.9294
TypePublic school
MottoEducation For Life
PrincipalPaul Robertson[1]
Staff120 teaching and non-teaching staff, four deputy principals, and twelve heads of department [2]
Enrolment1,950 (2017)[2]
Color(s)Green and gold

Kenmore State High School, is a secondary education institution in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, with 1,950 students from grades 7 through to 12 in 2017. The school was opened in 1972, and has offered many school activities in that time, such as scuba diving and horse back riding. There is also a geography club, which travels to Canada annually.[3] and had its 40th anniversary in 2012.[2] In 2015, a grade seven cohort was added.

Current boy's day uniform
Current girl's day uniform

Kenmore State High School has been accredited by the Council of International Schools (Australia).[4]


Kenmore's logo is made up of five items: the Munich Emblem, the castle, the trees, the birds and the book. The Munich Emblem is a reminder of the school's foundation year - the year of the Munich Olympics. The castle reminds of Kenmore Castle in Scotland; the home of some of the original settlers of Kenmore. The birds and the trees are a symbol of the environmental focus of the school, and the book symbolises learning.[3]

Sporting houses[edit]

Kenmore State High School has eight sporting houses, each with a name taken from the Aboriginal language. The sporting houses are:

  • Bimbi - meaning "place of many birds".
  • Carrawah - meaning "plenty of birds come to rest here".
  • Tarcoola - meaning "a river bend".
  • Wyuna - meaning "clear water".
  • Allunga - meaning "beautiful place".
  • Jarrah - meaning "Eucalyptus tree".
  • Kinta - meaning "laughter".
  • Alkira - meaning "the sky".[3]


There is a multi-gender sport uniform consisting of a green, grey, and yellow polo shirt and basketball shorts. Formal uniform differs for male and female students, with the male uniform consisting of a white shirt and grey trousers, and the female uniform consisting of a grey skirt and white shirt. There are winter variations available for the uniforms. Schools ties are optional for senior students. Ties are also available for junior students. The school enforces a strict uniform policy, and failure to adhere to the policy can result in a detention for the offending student.

Students in Year 12 receive a Jersey, with their choice of First or Last name on the back, alongside a two digit number representing the year of graduation.[5]

The Information Communication Extension Program[edit]

Information Communication Extension (ICE) is a three-year program running from Years 7-9 oriented towards the use of technology in studies. It is arguably the least intensive out of Kenmore's extension programs, as it only contains one semester's worth of extra-curricular content. Students of the ICE program are by default equipped with more powerful laptops than their peers, as they rely on these extensively during and after their time in the program.[6] Students of this program are required to take an additional specialised subject known as 'ICX' (Information Communication Extension) as one of their electives for one semester in Year 9. In this subject, students are tasked with investigating and solving current problems within the local community, obviously with the aid of technology.[7]

The German Immersion Program[edit]

Kenmore State High is well known for its exchange programs, particularly the German Immersion Program (GIP). The students enrolled in the program have four years of intensive German, during which the students have mathematics, science, health and physical education, SOSE, geography and history in German. English and their elective subject are taught in English. At the conclusion of the fourth year, the students have the option to participate in an eight-week exchange with Engelsburg-Gymnasium in Kassel, Germany. The students stay for six weeks with a host family, and ten days touring Germany. The students' German exchange partners stay with the students in Brisbane the following year. Also at the beginning of their junior years, German immersion students go on camps together to build relationships with classmates. In the last few years of school at Kenmore State High School, the students will not have the classes above (mathematics, Science etc.) in German, but they will still have after school sessions. After the conclusion of the program, students have the option to continue German studies in their senior year. Year 12 German is completed in year 11, and the program German Extension (GEX) is completed in year 12. Both of these subjects are OP eligible, allowing students to have a wider range of subjects to choose from, improving their OP.

The Music Extension Program[edit]

Music Extension (MEX) is a two-year program specifically designed to extend students who have already developed sound music reading and performing skills throughout the primary years of education. The program allows students to develop advanced skills in practical musicianship and theory alongside like-minded peers in a challenging environment. After two years, the program becomes optional, and in Grade 11 and 12 students are able to continue their musical studies with the option of taking Core Music as a subject. In Grade 12, Music Extension (MUX) is offered as a 7th subject, providing students with an opportunity to further extend their skills in their chosen area of either Performance or Composition, as well as an investigative Musicology essay alongside.[8] This subject is OP eligible, and allows a wider range of subjects to choose from for OP selection and ranking.

The Zenith Program[edit]

Kenmore State High School offers a program for high performing academic students called The Zenith Program. Students must complete an ACER aptitude test as well as meeting other criteria to be considered as an entrant in the program. The Zenith Program enables students to participate in the Future Problem Solving Competition. Past teams of Kenmore State High School have successfully progressed to the next stage of competition, having competed nationally in Perth and Melbourne.[9]


On 23 December 2017, revelations emerged of the political indoctrination of Year 7 students within the school.[10] A local grandmother alleged that her grandson was exposed to multiple politicised assignments in his English class. Ms Tomes claims that her grandson was forced to complete an essay encouraging the alteration of the Australian Flag, in addition to an assignment about the effect of Climate Change on glacial melting in Antarctica. She went on to claim that her granddaughter was assigned to write an essay responding to US President Donald Trump's proposal of a southern border wall. Students were warned that "anyone who says a good word about Donald Trump won’t get a good mark". The Queensland Education Department responded to the allegations, claiming the essays were "in line with the curriculum".

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School Website: Principal's Welcome". Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Our School". Department of Education, Training and Employment. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "School Website: History". Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Council of Internationally Accredited Schools (Australia) Website". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  5. ^ "School policy: school uniform" (PDF). Kenmore State High School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Information Communication Extension (ICE) program". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. ^ Kenmore State High School (2018). ICE Booklet 2018.
  8. ^ "Music Extension". Kenmore State High School. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Zenith". Kenmore State High School. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  10. ^ Law, James. "Brisbane school accused of politicising classroom". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Joyous return for homegrown star Jacinda Barrett". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  12. ^ Clark, Laine (21 December 2008). "Revelling in the chlorine". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 18 December 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Cycling Australia Profile: Michael Hepburn". Cycling Australia. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  14. ^ "Porn star Monica Mayhem on a rampage". The Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Tiaras traded for TV spot". The Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Josh the Comedy Kid came out and knocked 'em dead ... with the brutal truth". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.