31st January, 2024

Well, we are off and racing at Coolum State High School.  This year, for the first time in our history, we have crossed over 1500 students as we continue to show steady growth within a difficult market for students on the Sunshine Coast as our demographics have changed very quickly.  This means that we have more talented students in our school than ever before!

I am impressed by all our students and, within that, I am especially impressed by this year’s school captains – Chilli Lloyd and Bronte Strahan.  While last year Chilli was captain of the victorious Coolum Colts Under 16 rugby league team, Bronte was making her mark as a highly accomplished and very talented dancer.  Added to this, both Chilli and Bronte are very capable students academically, epitomising what it means to be a well-rounded, thoughtful and ambitious student of Coolum State High.

Followers of our Facebook page would know that Jessnee Ng, who received Queensland’s perfect ATAR score of 99.95, has subsequently received the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship’ at the University of Queensland.  Meanwhile, Dane Zilian who achieved a remarkable ATAR score of 99.75, has received multiple scholarships, including the University of Queensland ‘Excellence Scholarship,’ to the value of $42 000.  Students like Jessnee and Dane are powerful role models for this year’s students as they strive to reach their personal best.

Coolum State High School’s student leaders have named this as ‘The Year to Shine.’  With powerful role models, ultra-impressive brand-new buildings and facilities, a strong co-curricular program and award-winning teachers I have no doubt that this will be a year to shine for all of our students.  This begins with our swimming carnival to be held this Friday.  Everything is in motion as we begin what will be a great 2024!