Welcome to Ormeau Woods State High School.
The settlement of the Ormeau region dates from the 1860s with the land used mainly for sugar plantations and farming. Ormeau is a French name meaning ‘young elm’. It came from Ormeau House, the estate of Major A. J. Boyd, a sugar planter of the 1860s. Major Boyd took the name in turn from the birthplace of his wife, Isabella Dawson, Ormeau Road, a district on the outskirts of Belfast, Ireland.
In the 1970’s the neighboring suburb of Yatala developed as a commercial and light industrial area. In more recent years there has been rapid urban expansion taking place with a number of new housing estates opening on both sides of the motorway.
Located on the eastern side of the M1, on the corner of Goldmine Road and Minka Lane, Ormeau Woods State High opened in January 2009. The school caters to students from Years 7 – 12 and draws its students from the main primary feeder schools of Ormeau, Norfolk Village and Woongoolba State Schools.
The school is a ‘state of the art’ facility and technology rich environment that is conscientiously progressing towards a ‘paperless’ learning environment. Widely recognized for its library ‘with no books’ and a curriculum that is substantially delivered through a digital pedagogy, the school was an ‘early adopter’ of the BYOD program where students have access to their own learning device. Staff have demonstrated their willingness to adopt practices which involve developing flexible classroom landscapes and cultures that support modern digital learners.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality teaching and learning experiences to enable all students to fulfil their aspirations. Ormeau Woods SHS offers comprehensive and innovative programs which attract both tertiary bound students and those who value vocational qualifications.