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The Gap State High School: Parent Fact Sheet

The Gap State High School is an independent co-educational Years 7-12 state school in The Gap, QLD. You can find the The Gap State High School map position next to The Gap Village Shopping Centre on Waterworks Road. This parent fact sheet details The Gap State High School catchment, fees, uniform, enrolment process and other important need-to-know information for parents considering the school for their child.

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Why choose The Gap State High School?

The Gap State High has been proudly educating students within the north western suburbs since it first opened in 1960. Nestled on an attractive, sloping site at the base of Mt Coot-tha, The GSH grounds provide a pleasant natural environment for students and teachers alike, with parcels of natural bushland and rolling grassed areas bordered by shaded pathways along Enoggera Creek. The school became an independent state high school in 2014.

The Gap State High School Mission

The Gap State High aims to provide a dynamic, co-educational environment founded on sound, innovative and research based teaching practice.

In this context The Gap State High staff encourage parents to work closely with them to ensure young people in their care develop their unique potential and use their knowledge and abilities to create a better future for all.


The Gap State High School is a high performing academic school with student achievement data well above state and national benchmarks.

At The Gap State High, students enjoy the academic extensions, tutorial program and accelerated courses that are offered throughout the curriculum. The school has won state Academic Excellence Awards in 2010, Regional Award for Language Innovation 2013 and success in the State Readers Cup Finals in 2012/13 and North Brisbane Year 7 Mathematics Champions in 2013 achieving perfect scores.

Excelling artistically

The Gap State High offers an extensive program including Fine Arts, Film and Television, Media Studies, Drama and Music, incorporating classroom acceleration, extension and a large instrumental program. The Gap State High School has won awards for its accelerated AMPed: Music Theory into BEST Practice program, National Percussion Eisteddfod winners in 2008 and 2012, Fanfare Music Festival State Finalist in 2010 and 2012.


The Gap State High School Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Studies (GOALS) has been developed as a core program in Years 7 to 12, complementing the school’s academic curriculum and equipping students for the ever-changing modern world by delivering a holistic educational experience. GOALS aims to develop students’ potential for life success while developing personal and social competencies and leadership skills. This program won the Showcase Award in Leadership in 2005 and a Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Award in 2010.

The Gap SHS Extra-Curricular Activities

Students at The Gap SHS have access to a range of extra-curricular opportunities.


The school hosts its own Interhouse Carnivals in swimming, athletics and cross country. Students can qualify at these carnivals to represent their school, district and region respectively through the Metro North representative system.

In Years 7-9 students also participate in Interschool Sport, travelling to different locations each week to participate in different sports over two seasons during the year. Students compete against teams from across the North West Secondary Schools Sporting District.

Excellence Programs

The Gap State High School offers Excellence Programs in music, academics, specialist volleyball and STEAM.

Camps and excursions

Camps work with the APPs curriculum and allow students the opportunity to use the development skills they have been learning in class. Student camps are available from years 7-11 and include a New Zealand ski trip and outdoor activity camps within Queensland.

Facilities at The Gap State High School

The Gap State High curriculum program is supported by extensive facilities, including a unique Leadership Training Centre, a 2,400sqm Sports Centre, 800 seat performance hall, 150 seat auditorium, Visual and Performing Arts Precincts, modern and refurbished science laboratories, workshops and kitchens, a new multi-level teaching block, outdoor basketball courts and large athletics oval. The school has developed a distinct Junior Secondary Sub-school and precinct for Years 7 featuring a new multi-level 9 classroom teaching block.

The school also has a uniform shop, tuckshop and stationery shop on site. The stationery shop provides book list packs for students entering years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The tuckshop is open daily for snacks and meals and has an online ordering system.

The Gap State High School uniform

The Gap State High form uniform can be purchased from the uniform shop, which is open from 7am-9am every school day. Different shirts and blouses are used to denote Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12) students.

Boys’ Uniform

The boys’ uniform consists of a white shirt (seniors have a choice of long- or short-sleeved; juniors’ shirt has a green collar), grey shorts or trousers and long grey socks. A tie is worn in senior years.

Girls’ Uniform

The girls’ uniform consists of a white blouse (juniors’ blouse has a green collar), worn over grey shorts, long grey pants, green skorts or green skirt, and short white socks. A tie is worn in senior years.

Unisex Uniform

The sports uniform has a green-over-white polo shirt worn with green shorts. A woollen jumper and/or green fleece jacket is available to be worn  on colder days.

There is a separate uniform to be worn for musical performances.

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Enrolling at The Gap State High School

The school prioritises enrolments for students residing within the catchment area. Enrolments from out of catchment are considered on a case-by-case basis. Families wishing to enrol are required to complete the enrolment application, which can be found on the college website. 

The Gap State High School catchment

If you want to know how do you get into The Gap State High School, the catchment includes The Gap and Mount Nebo, and areas of Ashgrove and Bardon. See the Queensland Government catchment map to see if your address is within the The Gap State High School catchment map area.

The Gap State High School fees

As a state school, there are no fees to attend SSC other than mandatory charges for resources, camps and excursions, and costs associated with extra-curricular activities.

Find out more about The Gap SHS

Families are encouraged to visit the school on open day or to make an appointment to join a school tour held once each month, in order to appreciate the benefits and vibrancy of their learning community, and how they can best serve the educational needs of your child.

Phone: (07) 3511 3888
Email: admin@thegapshs.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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