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Welcome to Ormeau Woods State High School.
 
Located on the corner of Goldmine Road and Minka Lane, Ormeau Woods State High opened in January 2009 with 250 students in Years 8 and 9. In 2012 the first cohort of Year 12 students graduated. In 2015 Year 7's moved into the school as part of the 'Flying Start' initiative. The school accommodates students in Years 7 – 12 and draws most all of its students from the local feeder schools: Norfolk Village, Ormeau and Woongoolba State Schools.
Ormeau Woods State High School is developing new and innovative approaches to education. There is extensive use of modern technologies and the latest in software applications. Our ambition is to be a leading Queensland school where students can excel in; academic studies, cultural and creative fields, sporting pursuits and community service. These are referred to in the school as our 'Four Pillars'.
 

Staff have demonstrated their willingness to adopt practices which involve developing flexible classroom landscapes and cultures that support modern learners. Ormeau Woods SHS offers comprehensive and innovative programs which attract both tertiary bound students and those who value vocational qualifications We are also committed to vocational education and workplace learning. . We have forged strong partnerships with local universities, TAFE’s and Training Organizations. Students have the opportunity to combine paid work with schooling by applying for School - Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships coordinated by school staff. The number of students studying a TAFE subject as part of their Senior course has increased significantly. The school offers a diverse range excellence programs including; Dance, Art, Design Technology, Sports Science and Junior Secondary Academic Extension (XL). 

Our commitment to Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) creates effective learning environments. The program emphasises the use of preventative teaching and reinforcement-based strategies to achieve meaningful and durable behaviour and lifestyle outcomes. Students are accountable for their own actions, resolving differences in constructive, peaceful ways, contributing to the overall school community and becoming empowered to take responsibility for their learning. Our guiding principles, expressed in our Responsible Behaviour Plan are; Respect for Teaching and Learning, Respect for Self and Others and Respect for Property.

The recent School Improvement Unit Report concluded that ... 'The culture of the school is built upon positive behaviour and engaged learning. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is fundamental to the drive for and establishment of positive behaviour standards and a learning culture in the school. A clearly documented whole school plan for curriculum delivery is being implemented effectively throughout the school. A strong alignment exists between the overall curriculum delivery plan, term and unit plans, classroom teaching and the regular assessment of student progress in relation to curriculum expectations. There is also strong 'vertical' alignment of the curriculum and which is substantially delivered through digital pedagogy. There is an extensive range of partnerships in place to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for students.'

Our students are part of a unique 'new school' experience which provides them with personal challenges and rewards in shaping our history and future direction.