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.
Mr. Damian Johnson