Toowoomba State High School

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Toowoomba State High School
Toowoomba, Queensland
Type Public, co-educational, secondary day school
Motto Latin: Labore et Honore
("Work and Honour")
Established 12th May 1919
Principal Tony Kennedy, (4 October 2016 – present)
Enrolment 800+ (7–12)
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Red, white and navy blue

Toowoomba State High School (TSHS) is a co-educational State High School located in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.[1] TSHS was established in 1919.[2]


From 1998 to 2016 Toowoomba State High School consisted of two campuses, the Mount Lofty campus, and the Wilsonton campus.[3] In 2017, they became two separate State High Schools. The incumbent Queensland Education Minister (Kate Jones) decided that as of Term 1, 2017 the two campuses would become two 'Band 10' schools.

A new $5 million hall was also announced for the Wilsonton Campus.

In August, 2016, a public survey was conducted in order to determine Wilsonton Campus' new name, uniform as well as sports logo for 2017 onwards. After the survey was conducted, it was decided that Wilsonton Campus would be renamed 'Wilsonton State High School'. The sports polo shirt would be black, purple and green with a white trim and the sports logo would be a Pegasus.[3]

Toowoomba State High School[edit]

Images of Mount Lofty Campus, 2006

Toowoomba State High School is located in the suburb of Mt Lofty which is in the north-east corner of Toowoomba, Queensland. The school relocated there from Margaret Street over a period of two years in 1961 and 1962.[4] The school caters for approximately 900 students (2015)[5] in years seven to twelve.

Wilsonton Campus[edit]

The Wilsonton campus of Toowoomba State High School was located in the suburb of Wilsonton Heights which is in the north-west corner of Toowoomba. It was opened in 1998 as the fourth secondary campus for Toowoomba's youth.[6] The school catered for approximately 840 students (2015)[7] in years seven to twelve.

On 9 August 2016, Education Minister Kate Jones announced that the Wilsonton campus would be separated from the Toowoomba State High School. The new Wilsonton State High School opened on the first school day in 2017 (23 January 2017). The new name for the school was decided through a community consultation process which has been mentioned previously in this article.[8]


In 2012 T.S.H.S became the first school in Australia to use Vivo to recognise the work and progress of students. Vivo is an online reward scheme for responsible behaviour where teachers give students Vivo points. And then at the end of the semester or school year, the students could redeem their Vivo points to spend on the online Vivo store for rewards and vouchers to school events.[9]

The arts[edit]

T.S.H.S is well known for their excellence in The Arts. The school has bands, choirs and dance troupes. One of the well known choirs at the school is the "Lofty Glee Choir". The choirs and bands perform at many school and public events.[10][11][12]


T.S.H.S. is also keen on excellence in the sporting arena. Each year the school has their Swimming Carnival, Athletics Carnival and Cross Country.[13][14][15]

Former students[edit]

  • John Alexander "Jack" French, V.C. [Local Hero][16]
  • Glynis Nunn (née Saunders[17]) [Heptathlete][18]
  • Greg Ritchie [Australian Cricketer][19]
  • Derek Volker, senior public servant[20]
  • Thomas Meadowcroft (Freelance composer and musician)[21][22]
  • Gary Spence (Qld State President of the Liberal National Party; Managing Director of Brown Consulting)[23][24][25]
  • Peter Campbell (Qantas pilot; Royal Australian Air Force flight officer stationed at 34 Squadron, the VIP unit in Canberra; mechanical engineer)[26]
  • Lawrence Scanlon (winemaker, chicken schnitzel enthusiast)[27]
  • Travis Passier (born 26 April 1989) is an Australian volleyball player. He competed for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] Passier is a 6’9" middle blocker for the Australia men's national volleyball team.

Travis Passier was born in Brisbane, Australia on 26 April 1989. He got his primary education at Fairview Heights State School in Queensland, and then attended Toowoomba State High School and Lake Ginninderra College for his secondary education. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Canberra.[2] In addition to volleyball, Passier played basketball and was a talented swimmer; "making numerous trips to the Queensland swimming titles."[3]

Passier began playing volleyball “when he was 12 in Toowoomba through his brother and his brother’s high school team needing an extra player, and he was there to watch so (the team) asked him to play."[2] He played his very first game of volleyball “as a Grade 6 Fairview Heights Primary School boy, playing for the Year 8 Mt Lofty side against Harristown High."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Toowoomba State High School". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "History". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Enrolments". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Grayson". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Toowoomba State High School Newsletter". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wilsonton Campus: A newspaper history". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Toowoomba State High School Newsletter". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  8. ^ ElouiseQuinlivan. "Toowoomba school gets $5 million hall in campus split". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Vivo". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Students fine tune acts for stage". Toowoomba Chronicle. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Going from high school band to world's largest orchestra". Toowoomba Chronicle. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Toowoomba State High School". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Captains to unite school". Toowoomba Chronicle. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Nick Toleman run eclipses long-held Toowoomba record". Toowoomba Chronicle. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Students embrace every opportunity in final year". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  16. ^ Angela Crawley. "John Alexander French, V.C. - Local Hero". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nunn, Glynis - Woman - The Australian Women's Register". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Museum". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Ist XI Cricket". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Coyle, Kerry (18 August 1985). "Derek Volker: doesn't worry about trifles". The Canberra Times. p. 24. 
  21. ^ Münchner Kammerspiele - Presse & Öffentlichkeistarbeit. "Münchner Kammerspiele - Thomas Meadowcroft". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Toowoomba State High School Newsletter". Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Toowoomba man named state LNP president". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "Downs contributes to new party". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  25. ^
  26. ^ Lyne, Amy. "Twice in 40 years: Pilot's historic flight to Wellcamp". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  27. ^ "Dirty Black Denim Heathcote Sangiovese Novello 2016 - The Wine Front". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 

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Coordinates: 27°32′31.44″S 151°57′55.3″E / 27.5420667°S 151.965361°E / -27.5420667; 151.965361