The Gap State High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Gap State High School
Tgshs logo.png
The Gap, Brisbane, Queensland
Coordinates 27°26′45.4″S 152°56′58.74″E / 27.445944°S 152.9496500°E / -27.445944; 152.9496500Coordinates: 27°26′45.4″S 152°56′58.74″E / 27.445944°S 152.9496500°E / -27.445944; 152.9496500
Type State Secondary High School
Motto "Ours The Future"
Established July 1959
Principal Russell Pollock
Enrolment 1220 (2015)
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Green, grey and white

The Gap State High School is located in the suburb of The Gap in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, with a student population of 1220 in 2015.[1] The Gap State High School is an Education Queensland Secondary High School.

The school, which is known for both its sporting and academic excellence,[2] has the school's slogan "Educating the whole person in a supportive, local community".

History of school[edit]

The Gap State High School was opened on 25 January 1960, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010.[3]

In 2009 the school gained the attention of the media following the suspected stabbing of a student.[4]


The Gap State High School's Leadership Training Centre opened in August 2002 and features 22 adventure courses including indoor rock climbing and bouldering walls used to develop leadership and communication skills as part of The Gap Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Studies (GOALS) program, which is compulsory for all students. The Leadership Training Centre is open to other schools and the community, and has been used by professional athletes and by the Australian Army for cadet training. The original teachers working at the centre were trained by a past student of the Gap State High School.[5]

The performing arts centre has an auditorium that can house up to 150 students.

Sporting facilities include one turf cricket pitch, one concrete cricket pitch, two full size soccer fields, four basketball courts, and a new sports hall that houses 4 volleyball courts with digital signage for each court controlled by iPads. This new sporting facility was opened on 21 February 2014 by Premier Campbell Newman.

School facts[edit]

  • The motto is "Ours The Future" which translates to "Creating Futures" or "Forging Future Leaders" referring to the Leadership, Outdoor and Personal Development Programme.
  • The uniform and colours are green, white and grey.
  • The Leadership Training Centre (LTC) is the only one in Queensland, and incorporates instruction in the activity of rock-climbing into the GOALS programme, which is for students in years 7-11.
  • The Assembly Hall, the J A Robertson Hall, is named after the Principal from 1968 to 1982.
  • The school offers Chinese as a language other than English in years 7-12, year 7 being the mandatory year: in years 8-12 a second language is optional.
  • The Gap won back-to-back-to-back District Swimming titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.


  • Mr. Petty (1959–1963)
  • Tom Brady (1964–1967)
  • Jack Robertson (1968–1982)
  • S. Rasmussen (1983–1988)
  • Bob Guthrie (1989–1999)
  • Regan Neumann (2000 - 2006 first semester)
  • Russell Pollock (2006 second semester - present)

Former students[edit]


  1. ^ "2015 School Annual Report" (PDF). The Gap State High School. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sunday Sun", 7 October 1990
  3. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Student injured in suspected school stabbing". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Martin Worth
  6. ^ Gary Foley of the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Learning the ropes at school, Westside News (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), 12 June 2002, pg. 7.
  • The Gap State High celebrates 40 years of memories, 2000

External links[edit]