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Principal’s welcome

 
Welcome to Ironside State School.
  
I hope the information provided within these pages will not only inform you, but enable you to gain useful insight into the Ironside State School community for the wonderful place that it is. Our aim is to provide the finest and most well-rounded education possible for our wonderful pupils.
Since the school’s opening, on the 10th of October 1870, our school has earned a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence. The school vision states that ‘Ironside State School is a learner centred community committed to excellence in education’. All staff and students constantly work to make this vision statement a reality.
Ironside is a multicultural school, with approximately one third of pupils being born outside Australia. We are proud to have over 40 nationalities represented within the school.  At school, our pupils are surrounded by a vast range of languages, cultural and religious beliefs which permits the pupils to develop, not only tolerance and understanding, but a balanced world view.
At Ironside we foster children’s natural curiosity. We strongly advocate ‘Inquiry Learning’, whereby our staff guides the pupils towards focusing on learning by doing. The pupils are encouraged to investigate aspects of English, Mathematics and Science as well as the Social Sciences and the Arts, in order to apply their knowledge to real life situations.
The National Curriculum is what Ironside State School delivers through high quality teaching and learning. Each teacher has planned their term’s work to ensure that there is time available for pupils to investigate and explore the subject matter. Our assessment tasks are aligned to our planning and are used to inform the teachers, along with parents/carers of student achievement. This also allows staff to provide quality feedback to students so they can strive to improve. Teachers share their work in terms of Curriculum and Assessment Outlines with parents and carers on a regular basis.
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils are taught Japanese and/or Spanish. To compliment this language program, pupils are able to participate in a Study Tour to Japan. The inaugural Japanese tour was in held in 1981. This is a proud part of our school’s identity. The Japan study tour, which runs every two years, has proven overwhelmingly popular amongst staff, parents/carers and students alike. Throughout the years the program has allowed Ironside to develop a longstanding relationship with three Japanese school communities. This tour provides pupils with an excellent opportunity to utilise their language skills in everyday situations and to experience the culture of Japan on a first hand basis. As the Spanish program grows and develops, Ironside State School may look to apply the same study tour model sometime in the future.
Ironside State School offers an outstanding music program where the pupils are able to regularly participate in music competitions and showcases in Brisbane throughout the year. The program includes Class Music, the Instrumental Music and the Choral Program. We are very proud of our music pupils and their performances both within school and the wider community.
Parents and carers are the cornerstone of the volunteer network operating at Ironside. Without their tireless work and support many things would simply be unable to be achieved. Parents and carers are involved in helping within classrooms, manning the Tuckshop and Uniform Shop, attending meetings and supporting our wonderful and active School Council and P&C. Parent Class Representatives, the  Australian and Overseas Family Network along with Friends of the Arts, are other key ways parents can be and are involved in the life of Ironside State School.
The Parents and Citizens Association meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the Staff Room. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in this friendly and hard working group. I actively encourage parents and carers who are interested in assisting with fundraising for the school to attend a meeting and meet other like-minded members of our school community.
As Ironside State School has a relatively small campus there has been an Enrolment Management Plan in place since 2004. Please consult our ‘Enrolments’ page for more information.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our school.
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Damian Johnson