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Principal’s welcome

Welcome to the Yeronga State High School learning community. My name is Terry Heath, and I am the current Principal of this wonderful school. I was appointed Principal in July 2007 and feel very fortunate and privileged to be the “custodian” of Yeronga State High School.

Our school is well staffed with a Principal, two Deputy Principals, Head of Special Education Services and eight Heads of Department catering for an enrolment of approximately 700 students. Including administration staff, teachers and support staff, there are over 100 full-time and part-time staff who are employed to provide the highest quality of education, as well as educational and administrative support for students. Specilaist staff include those catering for Instrumental Music, English as an additional language or dialect, a Guidance Officer, a school Councellor/Psychologist, a Community Liaison Officer, a school Nurse and Learning Suppor and Special Needs teachers.

Yeronga State High School is a “student focussed” medium sized school promoting a very safe and dynamic learning community, only restricted by imagination and effort. Classroom activities have a focus on enjoyment, engagement and success and foster a healthy relationship of mutual respect between student and teacher. Learning must go beyond the classroom into later life with consideration given to the global and future prospects of our students.

Through explicit teaching and learning, experienced and committed teachers, flexible timetabling, the assistance of technology, and well supported individualised programs, our students can achieve their ambitions.  “Quality Pathways to Success” is our school vision and this drives our efforts. In 2015, 99% of our graduates who applied for Tertiary Studies received a Tertiary Course Offer. We have also received national recognition for our school-wide literacy “Accelerate” program and have won the Premier’s Multicultural award twice. Yeronga State High School was awarded the State Showcase for Excellence Award in 2013 and was a finalist in 2015.
Our school offers school based traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as an extended Year 10 - 12 Core Skills Support program that enhances the pathways for our students. There is a focus on rights and responsibilities carrying equal weight, and guided choices allow students to take responsibility for their learning, which in turn develops maturity and the desire to do well. 


Our school has excellent facilities and is very well resourced. In fact, Yeronga State High School's resources and facilities are better than many other schools where student numbers are significantly larger. I have worked in a number of large metropolitan schools and am a “Council of International Schools” visiting team accreditation member. In this capacity I have visited a number of local, interstate and international schools, and I believe Yeronga SHS and has the potential to be recognised as a quality school on the world stage.  

We communicate to the community via a quality newsletter which is also available on our website. It is distributed 3 times a term in an attempt to keep open the lines of communication with the community.
I welcome you to the Yeronga State High School community and look forward to working with you in the future as a partner in this important enterprise, that being your child’s education.

Terry Heath