About Wavell State High School

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Wavell State High School, which opened in 1959, is a large and highly regarded State Secondary school (years 7 – 12) in the Inner Northern suburbs of Brisbane. The school name honours the memory of Field Marshal Earl Wavell, Commander-in-Chief of British and Dominion Forces in the Middle East from July 1939 to July 1941.


The school has developed programs to nurture excellence in academic achievement through an 'Advanced Academic Learners' program in the Junior School to ensure our brightest students reach their full potential. Core subjects in Junior Secondary are taught at extension, core and foundation levels to enhance the success of each student. Our Senior curriculum includes a very wide range of high level academic and vocational subjects. Schools of Excellence for Music, Drama, Dance, Rugby League and Netball in the senior school build on, and showcase, the high quality programs offered in these areas.
The school motto – 'esse quam videri' highlights what all of our students are encouraged to do – 'It is better to be, rather than to just seem'.

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