Fact Sheet – 1980's

1980: Notes from SSHS Magazine

  • Principal – Mr. Proctor; Deputy – Mr. K. T. Bowden; Senior Mistress – Miss A. Hansford;
  • Principal draws attention to LONG list of VARIED activities (including Garden and Grounds   Development amidst extra-curricular hobbies) available at SSHS – countering excuses of misbehaving students who claim there is "Nothing to do";
  • Introduction of Year 8 Block and team of teachers especially interested in this grade;
  • Home Economics preparation of table spread for Grade 12 Formal Dinner – Creme of Mushroom Soup, Lemon Chicken, Champagne Sorbet;
  • School Orchestra played at parade and a Premier performance, led by Ron Carr;
  • Stamp Club celebrated National Stamp Week with display attracting keen interest;
  • Ongoing annual Geography Trips and visits by Exchange Students;
  • Commonwealth Games Project: With Gold Coast one of principle dormitory areas for 1982 Brisbane games, SSHS Grade 12 Geography students investigated G C Highway from Helensvale to Loders Creek and submitted recommendations , to the Commonwealth Games Foundation, for beautification of buildings, landscape, roads and signs;
  • Greg Stolz (11A2) "My Brilliant Career" essay winner ; comedic-puppeteer Peter Reitenback (9A2) made four televisions appearances – Wombat, Stairway to the Stars, The Have-a-go Show, Safeway New Faces;
  • Student Council effected building and grounds improvements, annual achievement book in library, designed alternate girls' winter uniform;
  • Re-introduction of Sport House System: Bribie, Karragarra, Moreton, Stradbroke;
  • Tuckshop Convenor: Barb Ward;
  • Mothers' Help Reading Scheme, introduced into Year 8 level;
  • Agriculture part of school's life

1981 Principal – Mr. R.W. Proctor -Highlights - SHSS Magazine

  • Growth to 1250 students expected for 1981 (despite building 5 other high schools on the Gold Coast) – influx of interstate and overseas immigrants;
  • 11 secondary schools in total on the Gold Coast, mostly large in enrolment;
  • Staff and students saddened by death of English Teacher, Mrs Ann Jackson; park at Paradise Point named in her honour;
  • New holiday scheme;
  • Senior badges to all Year 12 students;
  • Monday evening school news radio broadcasts on Radio 2MW (97.2), Tweed Radio/Murwillumbah;
  • Radio 4SH, on SSHS campus, 4 days weekly, during lunch hours; Brian Morpeth (9A2), Rodney Schmidt (11A4);
  • Chess competitions;
  • Swimming Carnival at Southport Olympic Pool – 27 new school records set!
  • Annual Surf Carnival at Main Beach, student judges;
  • Work Experience: 170 students from Years 10,11,12, participated in one of largest work-experience programmes conducted in Qld. secondary schools; Co-ordinated by Deputy Principal Mr Bowden;
  • Year 8 Camp – Neranwood;
  • Southport High's Rugby Union team earned a premiership flag in Saturday competition;
  • 9 SSHS students gained "Distinctions" in Australian Mathematics Competition;
  • Year 12 student Terry Poole won state-wide art contest;
  • P&C purchased 1981 School Captains' blazers;
  • Fun Run Format for Cross Country; first time results calculated on school computers;
  • International Year of Disabled Persons: student-written play "Breaking Down the Barriers" performed during GC Secondary Schools Drama Festival;
  • Student Social Committee fundraised - Deluxe Home Gym (athletes, swimmers, footballers) and subsidizing sporting representatives and towards computers - general school use;
  • 3rd Annual Miss Southport High – Over $5000 raised toward computers and "games of strategy and reasoning" for students in the library;
  • Drama; Debating; Film Making;
  • P&C contributed over $7000 toward computers and establishing SSHS computer centre;
  • Annual Athletics Carnival
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1982: Highlights - SSHS Magazine

  • Mr Proctor suffered a heart attack during summer break; subsequently, he entered retirement
  • New Principal: Mr. A. Evans
  • Broad range of sports on offer at SSHS;
  • "Combined Schools Big Band" (SSHS students and band members from surrounding schools), played popular tunes and show tunes, e.g. "Theme from Mash" and "Peter Gunn";
  • P&C:  Applied pressure on Govt. Dept's and politicians for facilities, plus Fundraised (via fete, Miss Southport, tuckshop) toward upgrading playing fields, 2 video recorders, a port-a-pack camera,  8 computers AND completed last Assembly Hall repayment!
  • Annual Musical – Pinke Zinke

1983: Principal's Report Mr A.M Evans – IBIS

  • Renaming of annual school magazine to IBIS –" IBIS 1983 .....The ibis now seem an integral part of the school and provides us with a catchy and easily remembered name..."
  • Principal: Mr A. M. Evans – comments on tension for education being expected to cover "widening social skills" and/or  maintain strong coverage of the "3 r's";
  • Science Staff's Report in IBIS:

                                                    Our aims are purely academic

                                                    Our methods are sure and sound

                                                    And when it comes to exam time

                                                    It's noses to the 'ground'!

  •  In Agriculture, introduction of Agricultural Mechanics Course;
  • Library – shift from traditional use to that of a Resource Centre;
  • Exchange student from Japan;
  • Year 12 Leadership Camp at Maroon Dam;
  • Transitional Education Programme established for Year 10's not undertaking formal academic studies in Year 11 but wishing enrich themselves in career-orientated school curriculum while awaiting employment;
  • Student literary and artistic contributions featured in annual school magazine;
  • Participation in – National Chemistry Quiz; Australian Law Society Public Speaking Contest;  Drug Arm Poster contest in King George Square, Brisbane; Tropicarnival Festival; Gold Coast Modern Language Poetry Speaking;  and ............... ;
  • Combined Schools Big Band weeklong camp at Shannon Memorial Park, near Toowoomba, including a concert for Centenary Heights High School;
  •  I. S. C. F. (Inter-school Christian Fellowship) group on campus;
  • Southport High Personality of the Year – First opportunity for boys to enter the quest as contestants;
  • Open Day: Minister for Mines and Energy, Mr Ivan Gibbs, presented awards to two senior students for outstanding contributions to school;
  • Speech Night – The Mrs Ann Jackson Memorial Prize (communication) awarded to Donna Matulis and the Rose Wilkinson Music Award won by Denis Roche and Donna Matulis.

1984: Principal – Mr A. Evans - IBIS

  • Growth – enrolment approaching 600; new facilities in Manual Arts and Music; extensive curriculum development;
  • Introduction of Agriculture, Keyboard Skills and Computer Awareness to Year 8;
  • Involvement of senior school with TAFE;
  • SSHS Band – 6 day tour of outback Queensland;
  • School Musical – "Music Rules OK";
  • P&C: Thoughts toward building a pool in near future;  Providing  $700+ for all students to be covered by Ambulance Scheme during school hours

1985: Highlights - IBIS

  • Principal Mr. Evans; Deputies Mr. Dux and Mr. Hodgkinson; Senior Mistress Mrs. Dawson;
  • Dance Department;
  • Commencement construction of SSHS swimming pool – 8 lane, 25 metre – hoped to be completed by New Year;
  • Swing Choir added to school's musical activities;
  • School Musical – "Sheik, Rattle and Roll";
  • Very active P& C including Parents' Social Club meeting monthly;
  • Kombumerri Karnival held - part Tropicarnival Gold Coast Festival

1986: Principal's Report Mr A.Evans - IBIS

  • Student population dropped to more manageable level...relieving pressure on facilities and staff...allowing us to concentrate more on the caring aspects of education....";
  • P&C: Completion of swimming pool complex( swimming club established, meeting each Friday afternoon); Updating Assembly Hall – new sound system, replacement of stage and window curtains; Fitting of up-to date Intercom System throughout school; landscaping around pool, including outdoor stage area outside Music Block; purchase groundsman's tractor/mower; Friday night "Southport High Carnival '86" led by Mr Gary Doornbos;
  • Teacher Bella Meagher initiated SSHS tours to China;
  • Swimming Carnival still held at Southport Olympic Pool at this stage

1987: Principal's Report – Mr A.Evans - IBIS

  • February 28, "christening" of SSHS pool when "first swimming carnival was held in our own pool";
  • Completion of Marine Studies Project facility;
  • First ET (Eight-Twelves) Programme for SSHS, to help Year 8s adjust to high school system;
  • SSHS students won 1st prize Gold Coast Secondary Schools poetry competition with booklet "Tambaroora";
  • School Musical "Grease";
  • Gary Doornbos led "Tambaroora Carnival", October '87;
  • Sports Night – "We are the Champions" – Eight premierships won by SSHS this winter; "Coming of age of Southport High as a force in high school sport on the Gold Coast"
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1988: Acting Principal Mr J.A. Corbett - IBIS

  • Extended absence of Mr. Evans, Acting Inspector of Schools in '88;
  • Marine Studies Course introduced; Official Opening Marine Studies Unit, October '88;
  • Year 12 students raised funds via a "Bi-Centennial Bash" dance to commemorate 1988 and support a Bicentennial Time Capsule Project;
  • Opening of Expo 88 - big event for our Big Band Orchestra, in addition to annual tour, "We Had – The Time of our Lives";
  • Year 12 common room acquired;
  • Cultural Exchange Trip to Japan and Inami High - by 27 SSHS students, led by Principal Coombabah High Mr Bowden and his wife/SSHS teacher Mrs Bowden;
  • Resource Centre reported: "This year we moved into the Electronic Age! ...... an electronic Encyclopedia ....students now have use of a President Turbo Computer with CD-Rom and the Grolia Electronic Encyclopedia, together with the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology."
  • Teachers Steve Harriot and Peter Hannon propose 3 stage re-development of lower oval into first class athletic facility;
  • P&C President Barry Lang acknowledges support of local MP Tom Hynd MLA , following excellent work previously extended to SSHS by late Doug Jennings MLA; Mr Laing also cautioned against reliance on Government funding and urged parents to get in and help;
  • School Musical: The Wiz;
  • Senior Formal to be held at "The Centre";
  • Teacher Mr Hannan – Queensland Coach of the Year Award

 1989: Principal's Message – Mr Terry Callaghan – IBIS

  • New Principal – Mr Terry Callaghan - encouraged students to value their uniqueness and with it, contribute to society at local, national or international level;
  • Deputy –John Corbett; Senior Mistress Olive Dawson; P&C President – Barry Laing;
  • Enrolment 975 students;
  • "The environment" topical with young people – centre pages of the 1989 IBIS printed on recycled paper  - and SSHS students involved in a Rain Forest plot and other landscaping projects;
  • 1989 educators and students profoundly affected by the movie "Dead Poets Society" and the concept of "Seize the Day";
  • School Development Plan Committee – working on detailed plan of school objectives for the next 3 years;
  • Teacher of German, Mrs Chris Wheldon offered a Goethe Institute Scholarship;
  • Information Processing and Technology (IPT) introduced as a Board Subject Course; Education Department provided 6 'AT' style computers ( each with 20MB hard drives), software, printer and a Datashow which projects computer screen through an Overhead Projector);
  • Human Relationships Education Course to be introduced into Year 11, Semester One, 1990
  • Committee formed of school administration, teachers, students, parents, community members and representatives from the church to prepare a programme suiting needs of students at Southport High;
  • Class of four SSHS Year 11 German Language students (along with students from Benowa and Merrimac State High Schools) trialling Telelearning; use of headphones, computers, facsimilie machines and overhead projectors, allowing teacher at one school to teach students at another school;
  • Girl Captain Lara Flanagan won Queensland "Plain English Speaking Contest"; Year 12 Master, Ron C Pearson, added "The address given by Lara at the inauguration of Prefects Ceremony was the best speech I have ever heard delivered at any level";
  • Mr Pearson, who guided a cohort of Year 8's right through to their Year 12, prepared for his own retirement and their graduation with these parting words: "To all Year 12's may I ask that you remember, and do a couple of things: (i) Never do your second or third best; (ii) S.B. and S.L.; (iii) S.B. and S.W. and S.L.; 'Don't Worry – Be Happy.'"
  • School Musical – "Bye Bye Birdie";
  • Student Teachers on campus

Last reviewed 02 June 2020
Last updated 02 June 2020