Mansfield State High School
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|Mansfield State High School|
|Type||Independent Public, co-educational, Secondary|
|Colour(s)||Teal, Navy Blue and White|
Mansfield State High School is an independent public, co-educational secondary school of approximately 2800 students located in Mansfield, a suburb in Brisbane, Australia. The school established and opened in 1974. In recent years, the school has become prominent in the south side region for its academic performance, as well as its specific programs including the french immersion, Music and Information Technology programs.
The school has a sole campus in Mansfield, adjacent to neighbouring Mansfield Primary School.
A new building, C Block, was constructed in late 2014 to accommodate the introduction of 300 Year 7 students, who have joined the secondary school in a statewide effort to bring Queensland's education system in line with other Australian states. The new building features over 40 new classrooms, including computer labs, graphics classrooms and science laboratories.
In 1990, six students received the lowest possible Tertiary Entrance (TE) score possible – 109. Before that the highest number of students gaining 990 in one year, was four, which had occurred twice. In 2007, 20 people received high distinctions for the English Competition.
In 2013, fifteen Year 12 students at Mansfield State High School attained an OP 1.
In 2015, the school produced an average NAPLAN score of 602, the highest in the southside patch, outperforming the Anglican Church Grammar School (598) and the Brisbane Boys' College (591). 31% of graduates in 2015 received an OP 1–5.
Mansfield's curriculum includes a range of disciplines including: Music; Mathematics; Film, Television and New Media; Science; English; Computer Technologies/Studies; Manual Arts; Health and Physical Education; LOTE (either French or Japanese); Business Enterprise; Art; Home Economics and SOSE (Study Of Society and Environment).
The school's premier ensemble, Concert Band, has won the Queensland Music Festival for several years and in 2006 made it to the Grand Final of Fanfare (a Queensland music competition). In the past the band has been requested for performances such as the Commonwealth Games Torch Relay, Anzac Day ceremonies as well as private events. In 2013, under the direction of choral conductor Margaret Long, the school's Chorale performed in the biannual Education Queensland Choral Fanfare Gala Concert (representing the Queensland Metropolitan Region) In 2015 the Senior Choir Chorale participated in the Creative Generation State Schools on stage production as a feature choir ensemble.
The school produces a musical biannually.
The previous principal, Murray Kay, joined the school in 1990, the same year that the school's French Immersion program commenced.
In 2011, James Sloman became the principal after Kay retired in 2010. In 2014, Sloman oversaw the school's transition to an Independent Public School, before leaving.
In 2015, Karen Tanks became the principal after occupying the same role at Rochedale State High School for the previous five years. In 2018, she controversially oversaw a "clean shaven" policy for school photographs.
Many Mansfield sport teams have competed in Metropolitan Finals and the school has also produced students and graduates who represented Australia in international events – one Mansfield alumni student was gold medal Olympic diver, Matthew Mitcham.
Mansfield students and teaching staff are allocated a House in which they remain for their entire enrolment period at the school. This allocation is organised by the first letter of their family name. The four houses are named after people renowned for their work in peace:
- Hammarskjöld (Gold, family names A-D),
- Gandhi (Blue, E-K),
- Schweitzer (Green, L-P), and
- U Thant (Red, Q-Z).
The members of successful band The Jungle Giants attended Mansfield State High School.
Mansfield has also had four divers go through the school, now all representing Australia at an international level, Loudy Wiggins (Bronze Medalist at Sydney), Matthew Mitcham, Sharleen Stratton (Gold Medalist) and Scott Robertson.
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