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Principal’s welcome

Dear Readers

On behalf of the staff and students welcome to Milpera State High School!
Milpera High is a unique school where an expert staff, supported by over a hundred volunteers, meets the English language development and settlement needs of migrant and refugee students from over 60 nations and even more cultures.  Our students feel a strong sense of belonging and loyalty long after they have finished our program.

Located on major rail and bus routes at Chelmer, the school has an attractive campus with a full range of educational facilities from a state of the art science laboratory through a modern Library and E Learning Centre to a school gym. The school has wireless internet throughout and all teaching spaces are equipped for the use of digital learning technologies. All exiting class students are issued (on a short term loan basis) with internet enabled tablet or laptop computers.

The school is divided into Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary classes with students allocated to Beginner, Post-Beginner and Secondary School Preparation room groups. At times there may be a Foundation class for students with specific educational needs. Students are allocated to classes on the basis of the student’s age and English Language proficiency. The average study time for a student who enters the school at Beginner level is twelve months, to be ready for a second-stage high school or TAFE.

Highly contextualized language learning activities form the basis of our student-centred program.  Learning experiences include excursions and camps to develop recount writing skills and the study of carefully chosen novels and academic writing tasks that position students for success at their next stage.  This student-centred focus ensures that our students settle well in their new country whilst at the same time preparing them for high school or TAFE.

All staff, including a large number of bilingual teachers’ aides, operate in an inclusive and supportive manner to prepare students for future education and life in Australia. To ensure a safe and effective learning environment the school emphasises a culture of respect for adults, peers and other cultures.

Parents to our school and provide a variety of open days to clarify/enable their understanding of the Queensland Education System.  As our motto declares, Milpera State High School is truly a “meeting place of brothers and sisters”.

We welcome you to Milpera High.

Ian Miller (Principal)