Established in 1963, Proserpine State High School services a diverse range of communities and offers excellent holistic educational opportunities for young adolescents of the Whitsunday Region of Queensland. The majority of students are drawn from the communities of Airlie Beach/ Cannonvale, Whitsunday Islands, Proserpine and its surrounding farming/grazing areas. Given that Proserpine State High School students come from such a large geographical area, the majority of students utilise a well-developed school bus and boat network - Proserpine State High School currently has a student population of over 900 students.
This varied cultural backdrop enriches the learning environment, and underpins the wide range of curriculum offerings available. A wide range of both academic and vocational subjects is available - Senior students have a choice of 35 subjects while Junior students have 20 -30 subjects from which to choose, depending upon the year level.
As the only state high school in our area we provide a wide variety of pathways to further learning and future employment. We enjoy a proud academic reputation, with a large proportion of our students progressing to university and extraordinary careers. Our vocational focus is also varied, with many school based apprenticeships and traineeships arranged every year, thanks to a highly supportive community.
In 2010, Proserpine State High School became part of the inaugural Microsoft Innovative Schools Australia Program, selected as a Leading School, and this was followed in 2011 with its announcement as a Microsoft Worldwide Pathfinder School. The 1:1 eLearning laptop take home program allows every student the opportunity to be effective digital learners who will become confident, creative and productive in a digital world.
Today, entering its 51st year, the school boasts, among other things, a contemporary Resource Centre, four well-appointed computer rooms, Literacy and Numeracy Centre, Special Education Program, school farm, innovative kitchen facilities, Performing Arts Centre, Multi-purpose Hall, excellent sporting facilities including a covered games area, and several well-appointed covered eating areas for students. In 2010 a lecture theatre and first class Science/Language Centre were built when the school became a Regional Asian Language Centre. And the latest acquisition is the federally funded Whitsunday Trade Training Centre, delivering current industry specific training to students.
A vibrant instrumental music program, a biennial musical production, annual ski trips, a wide range of sporting opportunities, award winning camps and a vast range of excursions are just some of the other enrichment opportunities our enthusiastic staff offer students at Proserpine State High School.
Proserpine State High School aspires to produce mature, well-balanced, thinking, caring young people who are able to take part in the community and to contribute significantly to it. We deliberately encourage student leadership as a whole school focus, nurturing individual growth. Our Pastoral Care program, highly regarded Transition programs (year 7 into 8 and year 12 school leavers) and the Behaviour Incentive Scheme contribute to the development of well-rounded individuals, who are supported by a Guidance Officer, School-based Youth Health Nurse and a range of other student support personnel. Our mission statement - "To help, encourage and challenge the individual to strive to fulfil his/her potential in all facets of life” – reflects these objectives.