A Message from the Principal

Bardon State School is a vibrant community focussed on ‘knowing each student and knowing their next challenge’. We seek to maximize each child’s potential in a supportive, challenging and community focussed environment. Our curriculum is not only building the literacy and numeracy skills of our future citizens but embeds inquiry learning to develop curious thinkers and innovative problem solvers.  We want to foster the artists, academics, musicians, sportspeople, digital whizzes and scientists of the future.

Since 1948 Bardon State School has established itself as a leader and innovator in the educational arena, a tradition we are proud of and continue to build upon. It is one of the highest performing schools in Queensland and though we celebrate this success, student and staff well-being and developing the whole child, are key priorities embedded in our Explicit Improvement Agenda.  As a small school (enrolment 320), we create an environment that engages parents and students in the learning journey. We are community focussed, striving to build powerful partnerships within and beyond the school community.

Our facilities include a resource centre with a Digi-Tech Lab, indoor multi-purpose arena, tennis court, upper and lower sports ovals, senior, junior and middle year’s playgrounds, tuckshop and open air stage with Creative Arts studio attached. Our distinct extra-curricular activities include an instrumental music and visual arts program, school choirs, chess club, interschool sport, coding and Bardon Lunch Clubs, and specialists in Science, Digi Tech, Dance, Drama and Japanese.

The School Review

In 2016, Bardon State School engaged in a full school review as part of the Quadrennial School Review Process.  This review provided an evaluation of the school’s performance against the nine domains of the National School Improvement Tool.  It also recommended improvement strategies for our school to consider in consultation with our staff, students, parents and wider school community.  After the review we spent a considerable amount of time gaining feedback from our staff, student and parent community to develop a shared vision and identified our core values.  We explored our ideas, innovations and visions for the future through student video feedback (vox pops) and surveys, on-line parent survey, multiple staff feedback sessions and a final Parent Vision 2020 night facilitated by an educational consultant.  We also reflected and aligned our vision to the State Schooling Strategic Direction and the School Improvement Hierarchy.  This comprehensive eight month  process ensured all stakeholders had full engagement and agency throughout the entire process.

The following strategic plan outlines our vision, values and key priorities for Bardon’s 2020 Vision.  This will frame the innovative work we do for all learners at Bardon State School and will continue to inspire our school community with a shared purpose and clear direction for an exciting future.

Mrs Sharni Tomkins
Principal