Wavell State High School

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Wavell State High School
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Coordinates 27°23′55.5″S153°02′15.4″E / 27.398750°S 153.037611°E / -27.398750; 153.037611 Coordinates: 27°23′55.5″S153°02′15.4″E / 27.398750°S 153.037611°E / -27.398750; 153.037611
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Type Public, secondary
MottoEsse Quam Videri (To be rather than to seem to be) [1]
Established1959
PrincipalJeff Major
Grades7-12
Enrolment1570 (2017) [2]
Colour(s)Maroon     , navy blue      and royal blue     
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Wavell State High School is a coeducational independent public secondary school based in Wavell Heights, Queensland, Australia, a suburb of Brisbane. The school has a total enrolment of more than 1500 students from years 7-12, with an official count of 1570 students in 2017. Since 2006, the current role of the Principal of the School has been held by Jeff Major.

Wavell Heights, Queensland Suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Wavell Heights is a suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Wavell Heights had a population of 9,684 people.

Queensland North-east state of Australia

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History

Wavell State High School opened on 27 January 1959 under the leadership of the founding Principal, C.E. Anstey. As the suburb of the school, Wavell Heights, which was named in 1942, Wavell State High School was named after Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (5 May 1883 – 24 May 1950), a Commander-in-Chief of British and Dominion Forces in the Middle East from July 1939 to July 1941. Many Australians served under his command during the early period of World War II; mostly in North Africa, Greece, Crete and Syria. [3]

In 2018 many of the original buildings received State Government Heritage Listing due to their cultural and historical significance. [4]

Sporting houses

Wavell State High School's four sporting houses, Alamein, Burma, Keren and Tobruk, are named in reference to places and battles associated with Earl Wavell:

Second Battle of El Alamein major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War

The Second Battle of El Alamein was a battle of the Second World War that took place near the Egyptian railway halt of El Alamein. The First Battle of El Alamein and the Battle of Alam el Halfa had prevented the Axis from advancing further into Egypt.

Japanese conquest of Burma

The Japanese conquest of Burma was the opening chapter of the Burma Campaign in the South-East Asian Theatre of World War II, which took place over four years from 1942 to 1945. During the first year of the campaign, the Japanese Army drove British Empire and Chinese forces out of Burma, then began the Japanese occupation of Burma and formed a nominally independent Burmese administrative government.

Siege of Tobruk Military Confrontation in North Africa During the Second World War

The Siege of Tobruk lasted for 241 days in 1941, after Axis forces advanced through Cyrenaica from El Agheila in Operation Sonnenblume against Allied forces in Libya, during the Western Desert Campaign (1940–1943) of the Second World War. In late 1940, the Allies had defeated the Italian 10th Army during Operation Compass (9 December 1940 – 9 February 1941) and trapped the remnants at Beda Fomm. During early 1941, much of the Western Desert Force (WDF) was sent to the Greek and Syrian campaigns. As German troops and Italian reinforcements reached Libya, only a skeleton Allied force remained, short of equipment and supplies.

Curriculum

Schools of Excellence

Wavell State High School includes Schools of Excellence in the fields of Netball, Rugby League, Dance, Drama and Music:

Junior secondary (Years 7 & 8)

Years 7 and 8 students at Wavell State High School participate in the following subjects:

  • English
    • Extension
    • Core
    • Foundation
  • Mathematics
    • Extension
    • Core
    • Foundation
  • Science
  • Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
  • Social Science
    • History
    • Geography
  • Technology
    • Business and Computing
    • Home Economics
    • Industrial Technology
    • Media Studies
  • The Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Media Studies
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Music
  • Health & Physical Education [1]

Middle secondary (Years 9 & 10)

Years 9 and 10 students at Wavell State High School undertake the following subjects as apart of their curriculum:

  • English
    • Extension
    • Core
    • Foundation
  • Mathematics
    • Extension
    • Core
    • Foundation
  • Health & Physical Education
    • General
    • Health & Movement
    • Rugby League
    • Netball
  • Social Science
    • History
    • Geography
  • Science
  • Wavell Development Program/Assembly
  • Sport [1]

All Year 9 students at Wavell State High School undertake three of the following Elective Subjects:

In Year 10, the three electives plus HPE are condensed into two elective subjects.

Senior secondary (Years 11 & 12)

Wavell State High School offers Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) General Subjects, Applied Subjects and Vocational Education & Training (VET) subjects to Years 11 and 12 students.

QCAA General Subjects

  • Accounting
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Digital Solutions
  • Drama
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • English & Literature Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French
  • General Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphics
  • Health
  • Japanese
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Modern History
  • Music
  • Music Extension – Composition (Excellence Program; Year 12 only)
  • Music Extension – Musicology (Excellence Program; Year 12 only)
  • Music Extension – Performance (Excellence Program; Year 12 only)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Visual Art [1]

Applied Subjects

  • Dance in Practice (Excellence Program)
  • Drama in Practice (Excellence Program)
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Essential English
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Fashion
  • Furnishing Skills
  • Hospitality Practices
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Information & Community Studies
  • Media Arts in Practice
  • Social and Community Studies
  • Sport & Recreation (Rugby League Excellence Strand)
  • Visual Arts in Practice [1]

VET Subjects

  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate III in Business
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Technical (CAD)
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation – (General Strand)
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation – (Netball Excellence Program)
  • Certificate IV in Justice Studies [1]

Notable alumni

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