Fact Sheet – 1990's

Principal T.M. Callaghan Message – IBIS

  • 1990 -75 years July 1916-1991- 25 students enrolled initially sited on grounds of Southport State School -Scarborough Street. Between 1916 – January 1955 when moved to present site - 994 students – peak reaching 1746 February 1985 (before Coombabah and Nerang Highs relieved pressure)
  • Considered 'first' Secondary School on Coast rather than "oldest" - Over years upheld traditional academic values but ready to develop new subjects –Marine & Computer Studies, Dance, Catering, Senior Manual Arts, Receptionist & Office Practices, Agriculture and Languages by Tele-learning enriching the curriculum
  • P-10 Curriculum introduced New Social Education and provision core PE for all students
  • Implementing Senior Schooling principles with introduction mini-courses and increasing TAFE accredited subjects. Sweeping changes in structure of EQ, reclassification schools and of teachers and new Viviani system of Tertiary Entrance (TE score)
  • Amicable and successful P&C group – Barry Lang President continually raising funds –Spellathon $8,500; Personality Quest $7,000; Assembly Hall weekly Friday night rental for Bingo -$8,500  Tuckshop major income earner thanks to efforts of Convenor Barbara Ward and parent volunteers
  • Talent Quest Finals and Great Market Day – other fund-raising events
  • P & C raised $30,000 –proposed construction 4 Netball Courts on hold – still waiting Government subsidy 50% of project – engineering plans approved
  • Students honoured for Debating, at Drama Festival, Fashion, Fun Run, Art, Music, Personality Quest, Qld Mapping Competition, Top Fundraising Class –Spellathon, Sports, Track and Field (South Coast Regionals), National Chemistry Quiz and Australian Maths Competition
  • Year 12 camp – 4 days -Maroon Dam
  • Musical – "Half a Sixpence"
  • Annual Band Tour –' Outback 90'
  • Sydney - Canberra Trip –  new Parliament House, War Memorial and most impressive Science and Technology building
  • Sydney Theatre Trip – 42nd Street
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Principal T.M.Callaghan Message - IBIS

  • 1991     Celebrated 75th – 26 student names - 1916 Admission Register – since then 18 000 students passed through school many holding prominent positions in political, public and educational life
  • Enrolment numbers 850 students enjoy facilities previous generations dreamed about – Landscaped Grounds, Swimming Pool, Theatre, Dance Studio, Computer Rooms, Laboratories, Marine Education Centre plus Library - collection envy of most other schools in state
  • Extra-Curricular activities Choir, Band, Debating, Drama, Public Speaking Sport Academic Competitions, School Clubs and Community Service make today's students more articulate, knowledgeable, caring and independent
  • P & C – continues raising thousands of $ - paying down Pool Loan and upgrading Assembly Hall (overhauled lighting system)        Market Day part 75th Celebrations
  • Mentioned in 1991 -1989 Senior Japanese exchange student Helen McPhail – 1 year in Yokohama – Won National Finals "Foreigners Japanese Speaking Competition" Tanya Bowden (completing senior 1990) went to Inami High on exchange 1991
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Principal T.M. Callaghan Report – IBIS

  • 1992     Year of many "highs" –Bands playing Parliament House, Canberra. Brad Lambert wins 200m backstroke Australian Age Swimming Titles, Jodi Redding wins 400m hurdles Pan-Pacific Games at Darwin; Year 9 Debating runners-up State Apex Finals at Rockhampton and success academic competitions in Mathematics, Science, Economics, Fashion and Keyboarding. Plus superb showcases student talent Personality Quest and Smart Arts Festival
  • Worst "low" tragic deaths visiting Japanese student Masahiro Toyokawa and 2 other students, Stuart Matthews and Elizabeth McNaughton –numbed and united in grief – outpour community/other schools support helped strengthened all
  • New Student Discipline code – Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Another change – increasing number mature-age and adult students enrolments
  • 1992/93 Transition years –New Uniform – Juniors and Seniors - out with light blue dress in with royal blue skirt/shorts (option PE) and blue/yellow stripe blouse with wide waist band and yellow sSs on pocket (girls) shorts and shirts same for boys  (shirts worn outside shorts)
  • Increase Special School students being integrated into mainstream classes
  • P & C and Tuckshop money purchased and set-up envied Computer facility, Hall lighting, Library purchases, Tractor Mower, 40m run-ups long and triple jump pits and security fencing around Bike Racks –facilities equal any other State High School
  • Sadly Barry Laing P & C President stepping down from 7 years involvement (5 years as President)

Principal Terry Callaghan – Principal's Page – IBIS

  • 1993     Many students continue to enrich traditions and achievements S.S.H.S. Enhancing public image and School Spirit
  • New P & C President - Bob Panter, Barry Laing/Kay Weathered Vice-Presidents
  • On teaching staff - Terry O'Connell – Guidance Officer
  • Teachers' active campaign against funding cuts in education budget
  • P & C supported teachers for class sizes to be maintained at current levels and education budget increased
  • Selling all school uniform items from the school – proceeds support improvements School facilities
  • Established behavioural withdrawal centre and increased counselling resources
  • Fund-raising activities - Personality Quest and Art Union raffle providing shade area in pool area
  • Music Camp – started Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Centre with Benowa and Keebra bands, well-known composer, conductor and Q.U.T. lecturer Mr Ralph Hultgren as tutor, finishing with performance at Australia Fair. Stand Band (Mr Bill Buchanan) and Concert Band (Mr Craig Davidson) achieved 2nd place Tropicarnival Eisteddfod at Art Centre.  Qld Festival of Music Brisbane – Concert Band 1st in heat - 2nd overall in Qld
  • Home Economics – Mary Bowden –First time Year 10, 11 &12 students entered some cooking and textile items Gold Coast Show claiming 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in Craft section – will be annual event in school's calendar
  • Deputy Principal John Corbett, a valuable member teaching staff and administration –sadly missed when takes on new role Principal of Dalby High
  • Annual Sports Night – eagerly awaited - recognition best sporting talent – Full Blue (State/National rep) Half Blues (South Coast reps); Overall Champion House; Junior Sportswoman; Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year and Sportsman of the Year
  • Work Experience Programme – valuable adjunct to curriculum –very successful
  • Ski Trip – Thredbo Snowy Mountains – September holidays – so successful looking at New Zealand for 1994

Principal's Report T.M. Callaghan - IBIS

  • 1994     "In the news" acclaiming successful 1993 OPs – among the best performance from state schools in Qld plus favourable publicity "radical" early-start (8am) for Seniors in 1994
  • Retirements/transfers Mrs Dawson (Deputy Principal) Mr Cotman, Mr Gallagher, Mrs Wilson and Mr Bangay
  • President Bob Panter P&C Annual Report –- Swimming pool loan fully paid
  • With Pool and Assembly Hall - best facilities of any state school – Gold Coast region
  • Proud of facilities – school strength is quality and commitment teaching staff and students' dedication
  • Active Students' and Social Committees provided funds for purchase 8 steel tables and chairs for Tuckshop
  • Brad Lambert represented Australia at Commonwealth Games, Victoria Canada
  • School Musical "Grease" so good included in Tropicarnival Festival - Also included Concert Band (conductor Mr Davidson) Stage Band (Mr Buchanan) followed by performance Qld Festival of Music
  • String Orchestra, led by Concert Mistress, Chantal Cabale represented music programme at biannual FanFare State Competition
  • 29 enthusiastic skiers signed up in February for September holidays Ski Trip to New Zealand –Annabel Walden "an experience remembered forever"

Principal's Message T.M. Callaghan – IBIS

  • 1995     Mr Terry Callaghan took early retirement
  • P & C new President – Karen Fechner Bob Panter Vice-President
  • 22 students, 3 teachers flew to Sydney to see musical 'Miss Saigon" 
  • 1995 School Musical – "Bats"
  • 1994 students - Charisa Purja studying tertiary dance institution in Brisbane and Chris Cherry accepted David Atkins School of Dance Sydney but accepted offer Griffith University in performance
  • Annual Ski Trip –September holidays - Perisher-Blue

IBIS Acting Principal, Semester 1 – Carolyn Hooper - Deputy Principal Noel Roach – Acting Deputy Kym Dickinson

  • 1996     Admin team off to flying start – maintain momentum
  • Highlight – School musical "Sheik Rattle and Roll" directed by Trevor Love – A.P. Carolyn Hooper's quote -"fantastic"

Principal's Message – Brian Streatfeild – Semester 2

  • 1996     Very honoured to be part of SSHS future – met many very proud of school and say so
  • New Guidance Officer/School Counsellor – Greg Cheshire
  • P & C in partnership teachers Mary Bowden and Tracey Peters held enjoyable fund-raiser - Cent Auction plus continued Tuckshop Convenor Barb Ward support meet goal of $26000
  • $30,000 Hall refurbishment – new sound system, Athletic track, new Boat Shed and new computers
  • Janelle Cross Uniform Co-ordinator ensures students in correct attire – uniform sales approximately $31 500 and growing each year
  • Athletic Carnival won by Bridie House – House Captains Michelle Karagelinian and Matt Barlow
  • Sports Captains Karen Dacre and Luke Beveridge - accepted trophy - Margaret Tonge House Co-ordinator
  • Morning Tea International Teachers' Day – 25th October 1996 – Speech Joanne Eddie P & C Representative gave many "Thanks for care, energy and dedication extended to our kids"
  • Dance students attended workshops with Expressions Dance Company and performances by Queensland Ballet and Expressions plus special performance of "Mystique" starring ex-student Nathan Clarke
  • Hinze Dam Fun Run – Maxi Run 6km (Girls & Boys age groups) Mini Run 3.5km (Girls & Boys age groups) –very good participation
  • Year 11 Camp – new venue – Midginhil Hill plus 8.8km climb up Mt Warning
  • Year 11 and 12 H.P.E., Biology and Marine Studies students "Reef Trip" to Heron Island
  • Student Exchange – Karolina Vartiainen –Finnish Rotary Exchange 1995-1996

1997 YEAR BOOK - Dawn Crichlow GCCC Member for Division 6 – Proudly endorsed 1997 Yearbook

Principal's Report B R Streatfeild

  • 1997 Plenty of rejuvenation during year – Library, building outdoor construction site, beautification quadrangle (student council) 2 new car parks, computer network, internet classroom, remodelled dual workshop Manual Arts and upgrading computers to teach Computer Assisted Design
  • Student learning outcomes is focus –high achievements need to be common place in results. Need to strengthen integrity of actions, respect our self and others and develop higher levels cooperation as a school community
  • P & C New President Brenda Bryant - Applied Gaming Industry Grant $10,000 – sunshades over pool and various places throughout grounds
  • Tuckshop (economically captained by Barbara Ward) still majority source funds together with clothing pool and uniform shop (efficiently manned by Janelle Cross)
  • Hall refurbishment loan half paid off
  • 1997 Kym Dickson DP- Key concepts respect, pride, responsibility, growth and development – Respect members school community – behaviour, language and decisions; Great pride in school, students and staff  - emphasises uniform and neatness; Take Responsibility for your actions and decisions; Growth and Development – learn new things
  • 1997  Noel Roach DP – Culture of school – wider range of possibilities for completing schooling – proposal 1998 Traditional 9am-3pm no longer at S.S.H.S - Seniors – possible 6.45am until 4.30pm - some finish 12pm others later start; some students TAFE course; career related work experience in lieu of subject; open learning or even university study. Students make sensible decisions - stick at it - reach goals
  • Art Department – won High School Division Variety Club-Indy "Art on Wheels" competition
  • Mike Veivers Member for Southport – Minister for Emergency Services & Minister for Sport – congratulates school on another outstanding year of academic achievement
  • Hon. Kathy Sullivan MP Member for Moncrief - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs- extends congratulations on outstanding Yearbook – tradition of excellence reflected in proud achievements entire school community
  • 1998 YEARBOOK - Cr. Dawn Crichlow, Member for Division 6 – delighted to endorse Yearbook – entrenched tradition preparing young adults with academic and life skills - high calibre and strong community spirit

Principal's Report – B R Streatfeild

  • 1998     Enrolments 686 – in 1997 conscious decision not to encourage mature age enrolments – past years more than 20. Year 8 intake increased – survey –safe environment. Year 12 final results – two OP1s – 25% cohort OP10s or better – 80% received C or better
  • Formation School Council – drafted 3 year plan - direction of development – identified major goals – every student using information technology to some degree each subject; disruption free classrooms; curriculum to meet needs of students; improved communication links with home and community; improvement work ethic, presentation and attitude of students
  • Highlight – school musical "Godspell" – standing ovation
  • "Low point" – Mary Bowden Head of Department in Home Economics/Senior Schooling fights cancer
  • Change to Senior Uniform – Boy's Shirt/Girl's Blouse now white with blue trim on sleeves and yellow sSs on pocket; Junior uniform remained same as introduced 1992/93
  • Mrs Meagher - History – Darryn Swaby and Kate Davis attended United Nations Youth Conference
  • Successful Italian and Japanese Immersion Trips
  • Combination Year 11 and 12 Home Economics classes
  • Manual Arts annual Gold Coast Show skill successes
  • Music Camp – Koonjawarre
  • Computing – top 6 students undertook TAFE course – PC Hardware Maintenance
  • Science – 4 students obtained High Distinctions – Australian National Chemistry Quiz
  • Agriculture – 2 steers entered Brisbane RNA – Animal nursery in operation – local school Fetes
  • Marine Studies – introduction Aquaculture
  • Drama – The Year of 'Godspell" – New Film and TV syllabus for Year 11s –Mr Raftos retired – great loss FTV
  • Maths – steady development use computers G2 & G7 Adam Brown (Yr.10) topped school Austn Maths Comp
  • Phys.ED – Yr.12 students received Bronze Cross Lifesaving Award
  • Dance – involvement successful musical "Godspell" – performed rock 'n' roll item "Smart Arts"
  • Business – Jasmynne Davis won Typewriting Section of BEAQ held St. Hilda
  • Alan Maybury -16 – competed at 5 major Scottish Highland championships -won 16 years and under British Overseas Championship. Made finals World Championship held over 2 days –placed 5th overall in 15 years on 1st day, with 1st place (gold medal) plus 5th & 6th placing. Finals World Juvenile finished 9th overall. Performed in front of Queen and Queen Mother at Royal Highland Games – won medal Most Successful Overseas Dancer
  • 1999     IBIS - School Community acknowledges financial support given to students from Southport Apex; Australian Order of Old Bastards; Southport Rotary; The Reuben Pelerman and Benevolent Foundation

Principal's Report Brian Streatfeild

  • 1999 - Enrolment numbers growing 740 - increase of 54 - Focused on 1998 school council set 3 major areas of development – Learning and Teaching; Information Technology and School Cultural.
  • Reviewed reports –Assessment Policy -focus on quality and completion assessment work by students; work habits required change from staff and students – on-going process
  • Effective Learning and Teaching Reviews –staff faculty groups – look at new curriculum framework –junior students implemented next 2 years – more flexibility and choice in electives & undertake recovery programs areas where more time needed. Different pathways from Year 10 -incorporating implementation new science and HPE syllabuses
  • Introduction Award scheme
  • School Council undertook feasibility study – setting up Past Students Alumni
  • School Council endorsed - Focus PD for staff – student free days –information technology in classrooms – proposed network F block; Manual Arts and Art blocks. Approved spending $88,000 - upgrade computers -6 in Library; 27 in G2; 8 laptops mobile classroom use; addition to computer use CAD, 2 scanners and staff computers
  • Highlights – end semester 1 Year 11 only 40% getting SA or better – by October in Year 12 - 87%; Carly Synnott- received a Ministerial Art Award; Students Film and Television class won "This Fantastic Century Competition" in two categories; 4 distinctions & 14 credits Year 12 AMP Economics Competition; Year 8 Mathematics Team came 5th from 24 private and state schools on Gold Coast; Lore Jane Year 12 completed 3 degree subjects at Bond University with excellent results; Rebecca Franco top 10% in state- Italian competition; Ian Hornabrook 2nd place Australian Cross Country Titles in Darwin and ran 4minute 1500m race at State Titles to gain 1st
  • Students' skill development –practical ways - internal modifications to pool change rooms & outdoor BBQ back of hall. Three years ago 1 subject in Year 12 above state average now 9
  • Departures - Mr Joseph sports coordinator -transfer; Chris Richards (retiring after 27 leadership camps) Craig Davidson (instrumental music program after 14 years) and sadly passing of Mrs Mary Bowden (Home Economics) who lost her battle with cancer


Last reviewed 02 June 2020
Last updated 02 June 2020