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Parent Fact Sheet: Manly West State School

Looking for a school in Brisbane’s bayside area? Manly West State School may be just the ticket!

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Why choose Manly West State School?

Manly West State School supports students to become creative and critical thinkers. Through the motto, ‘Active Minds, Bright Futures’, students are encouraged to develop a passion for learning and achieve their potential. The school has four key values: respect, responsibility, effort and safety, and uses different learning pathways to help prepare students to be confident global citizens who are ethical in their behaviour.

Manly West School targets literacy and numeracy through the ‘Reading to Learn’ model and integrates eLearning into everyday teaching. It also fosters the involvement of parents and families in creating a school community that supports the holistic growth of the students.

What curriculum and extra-curricular is on offer at Manly West State School?

Manly West State School teaches the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, History, Technology, the Arts, Health and Physical Education and Languages other Than English (LOTE – Japanese). The school employs specialist teachers for classroom music, health and physical education and Japanese language. There’s also an instrumental music teacher, a ‘Reading to Learn’ coach, a mentor for gifted education, a literacy and numeracy support teacher, a special education teacher and a guidance officer.

The school has extensive sporting opportunities. All students from Prep to year 6 are encouraged to take part in track and field events on the sports carnival day. Separate carnivals are held for Prep to Year 3, and Years 4-6.

Swimming lessons are available at the school’s pool and students also take part in inter house swimming carnivals at the end of the year.

Students can play a variety of games as part of the Interschool sports including netball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, rugby league, Australian rules football, touch football, Oz tag and softball. Students who perform well in these sports may be selected for district or state representation.

The school also competes in athletics, cross country and district swimming.
Manly West State School provides a range of musical opportunities for students. There’s an instrumental music program offering tuition in brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, and designated music camps for beginners and more advanced musicians.

There are a number of performance ensembles students can join including the Junior Band for Year 5 beginner students, and the Senior Ensemble for Year 6 students.
The school also has performance singing through classroom music for Prep to Year 3 students, and a choir for Years 4-6. There’s also a boys’ vocal group (BVG) for Years 4-6.
Manly West also has a dance program, cultural awareness opportunities through Harmony Day and NAIDOC Week, leadership programs, and the opportunity to take part in academic competitions and enrichment programs.

What are the facilities like at Manly West State School?

The school has state-of-the-art teaching spaces and classrooms with interactive whiteboards and wireless access. There’s a science and technology area, a resource centre incorporating a blue room for film-making and a specialist music room. The school’s Performing Arts Centre is fitted with modern sound and lighting systems, a 10m x 6m performance stage, and tiered retractable seating.

Outdoor learning spaces include a kitchen garden and undercover sporting activity areas. There are also two ovals and two playgrounds.


Address: 226 Manly Road, Manly West, Queensland Australia

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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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