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School Philosophy

Our philosophy

Cleveland District State High School is an established school with a caring staff devoted to the creation of a safe, supportive environment where all students are valued, individual differences are respected and international students are welcomed.  We aim to build positive, meaningful relationships within our school and the wider community.

Our school is committed to the development of active, compassionate, lifelong learners who have the confidence and abilities necessary to face the challenges of our rapidly changing society.  Our teaching staff are dedicated to the delivery of an engaging curriculum that ensures intellectual discipline and academic rigour.  There is a culture of continuous improvement (Kaizen).

Cleveland District State High School prepares students to meet the future by promoting the all-round development of each student through the equitable provision of a wide range of academic, vocational, cultural, sporting and citizenship opportunities.  Students have access to flexible pathways and are encouraged to pursue every opportunity available to them to develop as young people. 

The school inspires students to become independent, knowledgeable, reflective thinkers and communicators and fosters:


  • International mindedness
  • Intercultural understanding and respect for diversity
  • Knowledge of and respect for Australia’s heritage
  • Honesty, integrity and respect for self, others and the environment
  • A love of learning through inquiry, creativity, research and a sense of fun (Neotony).

 Cleveland District State High School encourages students to strive for personal excellence and be “always worthy” in an inclusive environment where we actively care for the well-being of others (Ubuntu).