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Brisbane State High School | Parent Fact Sheet

Brisbane State High School (BSHS) is a co-educational secondary school in South Bank, Brisbane. You can find the Brisbane State High School map position is between Musgrave Park and the South Bank Collective Markets in the Parklands. This parent fact sheet details the Brisbane State High catchment, fees, uniform, enrolment process and other important need-to-know items for parents looking to enrol their child in the school.

About Brisbane State High School

Brisbane State High School opened in July 1921 and has grown to become a well-appointed school catering for over 3,330 students in years 7-12. The Brisbane State High School motto is Scientia est Potestas – Knowledge is Power. The school has a high academic reputation and counts successful business, entertainment, and sporting persons amongst its alumni, including many Olympic medal winners and leading civil servants.

There is a small museum on site dedicated to school memorabilia, which displays past uniforms, photographs and magazines from the school’s inception and through the years.

Why choose Brisbane State High?

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Students are offered opportunities in academia, sport, culture, international experiences and community responsibility. The school is committed to the success of the staff and achievements of its students. Brisbane State High prides itself on its strong partnerships forged between students, staff, parents and the wider community.

Brisbane State High follows core values encouraging knowledge, learning and curiosity. The school strives for world class standards and respects integrity, humility and altruism. It also encourages the pursuit of knowledge for all students, inevitably leading them on the way to a positive career pathway.

Brisbane State High School facilities

The school has a canteen, uniform shop and library. The Performing Arts Centre has tiered seating, rehearsal spaces and adjacent car parking.  Brisbane State High School’s Indoor Sports Complex has multiple full-sized courts catering to basketball, netball and badminton and also has tiered seating and a canteen for refreshments.

For outdoor sports the school maintains playing fields, changing rooms and a canteen off-site at Carina. These are used primarily for cricket, rugby and football. The school also has rowing sheds on the West End Reach of the Brisbane River. 

Sports at Brisbane State High School

Sports are an important part of the curriculum at Brisbane State High. The school is a member of several sporting associations, including Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association, and holds interhouse competitions in swimming, cross country and athletics. Brisbane State High School rugby, cricket and football fields are at Fursden Road, Carina. 

Many non-standard sports are offered with additional costs as applicable. Students can participate in Fencing, Water Polo and Gymnastics, with Chess and Debating included for those who prefer.

Extra-Curricular activities at Brisbane State High

Students are strongly encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities in the areas of culture, sport, academia and personal development through volunteering and leadership. The school also has its own student-led magazine “The Ink Drop”, produced by students, for students.

Brisbane State High School offers language studies in German, French, Italian, Greek (Year 12 only), Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. Year 11 and 12 students can undertake Accounting, Business Communication and Technology and Business Organisation and Management.

Extra-curricular activities include badminton, dance troupes, drama club, cross country, debating, gymnastics, fencing, rowing, hockey, film club, rugby, netball, musical production, football, swimming, softball, theatre, tennis, triathlon, track & field, volleyball, lego and digital/technology activities.

The school supports participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Brisbane State High School catchment

If you want to know how do you get into Brisbane State High School, the catchment includes South Brisbane, West End, Highgate Hill and parts of Dutton Park and Woolloongabba. See the Queensland Government catchment map to see if your address is within the Brisbane State High catchment area. Note that the school has negotiated a catchment area with the government and that boundaries are subject to change from time to time.

Enrolling at BSHS

Brisbane State High is Queensland’s largest secondary school and is under an enrolment management plan. First priority for enrolments is to students who can demonstrate they live within the defined catchment boundary (see above). For children living outside the catchment, the school offers selected entry for students demonstrating merit in academics, culture or sport.

Brisbane State High School fees

As a state school, there are no fees to attend BSHS other than mandatory charges for resources, camps and excursions, and costs associated with extra-curricular activities. You can find the full guide to BSHS fees and charges here.

Students use iPads for key learning processes to assist with further knowledge exploration.s. iPads are not provided by the school. Find out more about the BYOD iPad Program here.

Brisbane State High School scholarships

As a state school, BSHS doesn’t offer financial scholarships, however it does have certain scholarships in place for extra-curricular activities, notably the Goethe Scholarship. The Goethe Scholarship is awarded to a student showing excellence in German and and provides the opportunity for the student to travel to Germany to stay and study with a host family.


The Brisbane State High School uniform is to be worn with pride.

Girls’ uniform

For girls the uniform consists of a white blouse and tie over navy blue skirt, shorts or trousers with white socks and black formal school shoes. There is a choice of two hats for girls. The jumper is navy blue and a formal blazer, navy with thin red stripes, is required by senior students (years 10, 11 & 12) for winter months.

Boys’ uniform

The boys’ uniform consists of a choice of blue short sleeved shirt (no tie) or white long-sleeved shirt (worn with tie) over grey shorts or trousers, grey socks and black formal shoes. The jumper is grey and the blazer is as above.

There is a unisex sports uniform and additional sport-specific uniforms.

Find out more about Brisbane State High

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: Cnr Cordelia & Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Phone number: (07) 3291 4111

Email: admin@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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