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History

Elanora State Primary School opened on 24 January 1983 with an enrolment of approximately 200 students from year 1 - 7. Eight teachers, two teacher aides, one janitor/groundsman and two cleaners were appointed for the first year under the guidance of founding principal, Mr Jim Horton, who set the path for the development of this great school.

The original school buildings were far fewer than exists today and consisted of only two classroom blocks, one single storey and one double storey, a library, an administration building, an amenities/ storeroom block, a tuckshop and a covered eating/assembly area.

No school uniform was chosen for Elanora until later in 1983 when the original brown and champagne coloured uniform was adopted. The current uniform of green was introduced in 1993 with the check fabric used in some items of the current girl's uniform being the only original feature remaining. In 2010, the P&C uniform committee commenced the process of updating the school uniform. The girl's dress and blouse are now a green check, and the polo shirt, which is worn by both boys and girls, has been modernised. The polo now has contrasting white and green panels.

Since opening in 1983, Elanora has had 3 permanent principals, with others appointed in an acting capacity at different times. Mr Jim Horton was principal from 1983 - 1987, Mr Cec Smith was appointed principal from 1989 - 1993 and our longest serving principal, Mr Michael Kelly commenced at Elanora in 1994.

In 2011 we proudly welcomed Mrs Tricia Neate as Principal of Elanora State School.

 

School Motto and Crest 

Early in 1983, a competition was held among the older children to draw a school crest and think of a motto. No individual entry was selected, but the suggestions of Tony Brown, Shaani Gough, Prue Gough and Michelle Roxburgh were combined and after several "prototypes" were considered, the current design was chosen by the principal.

·         Our school is located close to the sea and the forest, hence the sun rising over the water and the trees.

·         The rising sun indicates something beginning, an awakening. In this case- formal learning.

·         There are seven rays to the sun, each a greater length than the preceding one. These represent the seven years of primary schooling and the increasing age of the children.

·         The pine trees are symbolic of the area. Three were chosen when the school opened in 1983.

The Elanora State School motto is "Excellence and Honour".

Excellence - Our goal is to inspire our students to achieve excellence in all areas including academic, sporting and personal pursuits.

Honour - Our goal is to develop our students’ sense of pride, honesty, self-esteem, independence and respect for themselves and others.

The motto is placed in a stylised boomerang. "Elanora" is an indigenous word meaning camp by the sea, and the boomerang recognises the origin of our name.​​​

Signature Programs

Elanora State School is committed to prioritising Science as a vital key learning area and proudly took the initiative in 2012 to establish a specialised science program. This exciting program, developed by our specialist science teachers is delivered to all students from Prep to Year 6.  Over the years, it has become increasingly dynamic and is one of our school’s signature programs, with a very strong focus on sustainability and inquiry-based learning, which is filtered into all aspects of our school teaching and learning programs.

·         Science Program – Science Specialist lessons delivered by Science Specialist Teachers. The school has developed a whole school science curriculum program based on ACARA with a strong focus on investigative learning and hands on pedagogy. Science lessons are developed around a model of direct teaching followed by hands on activities where all children are able to manipulate materials, thereby reinforcing learning by putting theory into practice. Students respond to deep questioning in order to develop their higher order thinking skills, such as synthesising and hypothesising.

STEM complimenting Science Program-The use of innovative technologies and coding resources to compliment the ACARA science curriculum and embrace the use of digital technologies/ STEM to enhance learning.

·         Extra-curricular science events and activities are offered to students through the Science Teachers. e.g. Students Science Conference and Showcase; ESS Science Competition; SE Qld GU GC Science Competition; STEM Cup and Cutting Edge for Kids Conference; CSIRO Professional ion Schools; GATEWAYS program; UNSW ICAS competitions; Collaborative lessons with local high school science specialists; Technology based clubs; Gardening Clubs; Waste Warriors

·         Community engagement through Science: Elanora prides itself on its long-term partnerships with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and our local secondary schools.

Since 2012, we have conducted our own annual student-lead science conference partnering with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Students participate in a conference style educational day and are then challenged to develop an extensive investigation about a local sustainability issue, which is then showcased to our school community

Student-led annual fundraising initiatives provide acknowledgement and financial support to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Students become active, caring members of their community

·         Sustainability lead by Science: Elanora State School prides itself on its “Clean and Green” proactive whole school philosophy steered through the Science specialist teachers and committee. Outcomes from these initiative include the marked minimising of waste: 32 wheelie bins down to 8 bins weekly going to landfill; reusing and recycling are part of everyday practices; school vegetable garden; Native bees and a partnership with local apiarist. At ESS we challenge students to be leaders in sustainability and take responsibility for our environment.

The school has been recognised by the Gold Coast City Council Wipe Out Waste Team as a leading example for sustainability.

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