Pioneer State High School, Andergrove Mackay
Name: Pioneer State High School
Type: Secondary School
Address: Bedford Road
Town: Andergrove Mackay
Phone: (07) 4955 9222
Fax: (07) 4955 9200
Pioneer State High School was established in 1986 to provide "A Quality Education in a Positive Caring Environment" for all students from the surrounding communities, including Andergrove, Beaconsfield, Slade Point and the Northern Beaches suburbs of Mackay.
The school adopted a nautical theme, which permeates its traditions - like four 'islands' as sporting groups, the names of the school magazine, newsletter and other symbols and the nautical references in school presentations and speeches.
The school site of 35 acres is quite flat, and includes a complex of single storey buildings connected by covered walkways, as well as multi-purpose courts, two excellent ovals, and an environmental study area complete with lake and various vegetation communities.
The school buildings have a full range of facilities, including a theatrette, 4 computer rooms, practical areas for technology subjects as well as the visual and performing arts, and a well-appointed library. Specialist facilities for instrumental music, marine studies and film and television are also well resourced. An electronic security system protects the school buildings out of hours.
The school has a current enrolment around 900 students, with 60 teachers, plus support staff. A special needs support group operates especially for physically disabled and hearing impaired students, as well as for students with learning dysfunctions. Eight Heads of Department and two Deputy-Principals support the Principal in a middle management role. The separate buildings/departments lead to a strongly developed program management structure administered by the Heads of Department.