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Why choose our school?

Why Harristown?

The outstanding breadth of our curriculum and the myriad of opportunities made available to our students, not only enrich their experiences, but also unlock the doors to many exciting career prospects in the future. 

As a previous School Captain once said of the plethora of opportunities at our school, “Whatever your passion in life, you will find it here at Harristown State High School.  If you can dream it, you can do it.” 

As Principal of this great school with a very proud history, an extremely promising future and a vibrant and engaging present, I invite your family  to join our Harristown State High School family as we support your children to realise their dreams.

Mr Kenneth Green


Our invitation to you ...  Engage  Achieve  Excel


Our positive learning environment is an essential key to success for Harristown State High students. Each student has an academic coach who oversees his/her academic progress. Enjoyment of learning is equally important for us, and our students consistently rate the school highly in the Department's School Opinion Surveys.

Learning at Harristown State High School is designed to be flexible and exciting. Students, together with parents/carers, are encouraged to take responsibility for their pathways of learning.


Looking for personal success in Academics and a fantastic preparation for life after school?

  • dedicated teachers supporting you through a rigorous learning program
  • extensive range of core and elective subjects, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • extra-curricular opportunities: debating, public speaking, chess, Shakespeare Festival, Local Community Day, Science Challenge and national academic competitions
  • Accelerated Academic Academy enabling eligible students to extend their learning through access to a range of university course units
  • digitally-friendly learning environments
  • modern facilities: Languages and Cultures Community Centre and library with high tech functionality, updated Science laboratories and Year 7 precinct



Dreaming to achieve glorious heights in sports?

  • highly specialised teachers to coach and train
  • specialisation programs through the Football (soccer), Volleyball, Basketball and Rugby League Academies
  • past students: signed with Broncos, Adelaide United, Olympic and Para-Olympic medallists and on sports scholarship to U.S. University
  • local, state, national sporting competitions and international travel opportunities
  • state of the art sporting facilities: 25 metre heated pool; 4 gymnasiums for basketball and volleyball; cricket practice nets and pitch; extensive outdoor fields for track and field, soccer, hockey, rugby league and tennis courts



Waiting to unleash your creative spirit or to develop your skills in the performing and creative arts?

  • talented teachers who maintain their currency in their distinctive fields
  • a full range of Arts programs offered: film, television and new media, music, visual art, drama and dance
  • an emphasis on performance, exhibition and extra-curricular opportunities through school drama and musical productions and a whole school Arts Day, various instrumental and vocal ensembles, Creative Generation State Schools on Stage and Toowoomba Eisteddfod and instrumental tuition
  • specialised facilities: creative technology centre with an auditorium for 1500 people and a 330-seat tiered multimedia theatre, editing suites and dance studios


Wanting to feel absorbed in the creative process bringing your own creations to life?

  • VET qualified and industry-current trainers
  • emphasis on real life opportunities including catering for school and district events, designing and building projects for community organisations and selling to the general public
  • access to work experience, school-based traineeships and apprenticeships
  • first class facilities: a Trade Training Centre, industrial kitchen, several computer laboratories with hi-tech functionality, ICT pods, a business centre, drafting and sewing rooms
  • certificate qualifications available in Construction, Engineering, Furnishing, Hospitality, Business, Information, Digital Media and Technology, IT Essentials, Fitness, Children’s Services and Land Management