Calliope State High School in 2020

Calliope State High School in 2020

Since students first entered Calliope State High School on January 28 in their crisp, brand new uniforms, the Gladstone district’s youngest school has covered much in its foundation year. With 175 students across Year 7 and Year 8, the school has ploughed through the year that will be forever remembered for the global COVID-19 pandemic in resilient style, breaking ground along the way. 

Principal Mr Pete Stansfield is unashamedly proud of how the school is quickly becoming a valued part of the Calliope community. Over the past ten months, Calliope State High School has focused on delivering high quality learning experiences for its students in an inclusive environment. A recent school review confirmed that students at Calliope State High School know and value that the staff in the school genuinely care about them and their learning.

In addition to delivering the Australian Curriculum in state-of-the-art facilities, Calliope State High School has begun work in 2020 on establishing its Programs of Excellence. The school is dedicated to providing students a range of STEAM-specific opportunities – STEAM standing for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics’. STEAM investigates the same concepts as STEM, but equally emphasises inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in creative processes, consequently better equipping students with the skills they will need in the future. Some STEAM-specific opportunities offered to students in 2020 included the use of a Makerspace during lunch breaks, Drone Club, participation in the QMEA and QGC Drone Challenge, Science Week activities – including an imploding watermelon experiment, and First LEGO League robotics competition.

After a COVID-19 related delay, it was with much delight that the school could kick off their Rugby League program in Term 3 with the support of the local NRL Game Development Officer. The school looks forward to seeing this program go from strength to strength in the years to come. 

The partnership formed with the Calliope Rotary Club to charter an Interact Club at the school was another highlight. With currently only two year levels in attendance, this was a great achievement. The students have already capitalised on this leadership and service opportunity, evidenced through their fundraising efforts for both Daffodil Day and Bandanna Day. 

Indeed, for a year that saw schooling interrupted mid-year in an unprecedented way, 2020 will forever hold fond memories for Calliope State High School.

Sights are now set on the expansion of the school, with next intake of Year 7 students in motion and construction of Stage 2 set to begin in 2021. No doubt, Calliope State High School is set to be a leader in high quality education and a school to watch in the years to come. 

2020 Highlights

  • First Day of School on January 28
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • Rugby League Program
  • Cross Country
  • Science Week 
  • Daffodil Day and our wall of HOPE (August)
  • Student Council run Intra-school Touch Football competition (August)
  • QMEA and QGC Drone Competition (August)
  • Athletics Carnival (September)
  • Swimming Carnival (October)
  • Queensland Mental Health Week (October)
  • Bandanna Day (October)
  • First LEGO League (October)
  • Interact Club charted in November 
  • NAIDOC Week (November)
  • Remembrance Day service (November)
  • Orientation Days for 2021 Year 7 students (November)

Message from the P&C

The land at 55 Don Cameron Drive was designated for the future build of a high school for many years. When the land was proposed to be auctioned, the community took a stand to stop the sale and marched for the build of the new high school. The commitment of the community, working together, finally saw their blood, sweat and tears paid off as construction officially began on 22nd January, 2018. Since then, the community has seen their dream of a local high school come to fruition with our students entering into a kind, resilient and inclusive environment. Though the year has seen unprecedented challenges across all walks of life, the school and the community continue to work tirelessly together to give our children the best opportunities moving forward. We are so extremely proud of the culture being developed at Calliope State High School.