Established on a 4.9 hectare site in 1987, Caningeraba State School opened its doors for the very first time in the newly established suburb of Burleigh Waters, a short distance from Burleigh Heads beach. The new school was built to accommodate local population growth and alleviate pressure on the State School at Burleigh Heads. Opening with an enrolment of 130 students, Caningeraba has since grown to approximately 1000 students across preparatory to year seven where the original motto of Success through Challenge is still strongly upheld.
First and foremost, our belief is that the health and well-being of our school community is key. We are proudly a KidsMatter school and work very hard to ensure that staff, families and our students are supported to provide the very best social, emotional, physical and educational outcomes throughout our community. Our strong standing throughout the Gold Coast and wider community and excellent “word of mouth” reputation are testament to our commitment to this belief.
Our vision, “Caningeraba is a community committed to educating happy, healthy confident 21st century learners” was developed in 2013 in consultation with parents, staff and students to determine a common belief of “What are the most important skills, attitudes and qualities that our children need to survive and thrive as adults in the 21st century?” Our community believes in the importance of many 21st century skills and attitudes including self-confidence, individuality, creativity, resilience, risk taking, communication, collaboration in a team, being happy and healthy, and contributing by giving back to the community. This vision drives our strategic direction in working towards our preferred future within a culture of continuous improvement. Most importantly, a key belief is that 21st century learning requires a renewed focus on pedagogy and a movement from teaching to learning where we ‘teach the way children learn’.
A futures orientated vision has enabled our school to facilitate a ‘cutting edge’ focus in the provision of information and communication technologies to enhance student learning. Caningeraba State School supports a school-wide dense wireless Wi-Fi infrastructure incorporating a junior laboratory and laptop Technology Lounge. 258 untethered tablet devices are provisioned across the school with 6 iPad minis in each Prep to Year 3 classroom and 6 Windows 8.1 Surface RT devices deployed in each Year 4 to Year 7 classroom. A Promethean interactive whiteboard platform is provided in every classroom to allow efficient access to online curriculum resources including The Learning Place resourced by Education Queensland. In 2014, we were the first school in Queensland to trial the Microsoft Windows in the Classroom professional development training in conjunction with the Windows Surface RT technology.
Caningeraba State School is a high performing school with a strong culture that through high expectations “lives and breathes”:
Celebration of success
Our successes are well celebrated and affirmed through Outstanding and High results in all eight domains of the independent Teaching and Learning Audit conducted by Education Queensland. Further, Caningeraba has a proven record in National Assessment Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) performance, being either similar to or exceeding National averages in all areas. However, our greatest strength is our capacity to ‘value add’ to student learning outcomes in the areas of reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, writing and numeracy between Yr3-Yr5 and Yr5-Yr7 NAPLAN junctures.
Caningeraba State School delivers the Australian Curriculum which provides the platform for enabling relevant and meaningful learning experiences for our students across preparatory to Year 7 currently in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Students also study French as a Language Other Than English (LOTE) from Year 2, and Music and Health and Physical Education starting in Prep.
Caningeraba is an inclusive school, catering for a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds and individual social emotional, physical and learning needs. This is evidenced through our dedicated programs in Special Education, Learning Support, Gifted and Talented Education and Student Leadership. Explicit targeted intervention programs to support individual learning needs include Support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy staff working with small groups and individual children, the services of the Speech Language Pathologist, Project 600 web-based learning, and specialised Gifted and Talented programs. Our school Guidance Counsellor and Chaplain provide support to students and their families.
Sporting and cultural endeavours have played an important role in paving our rich history at Caningeraba. We provide a full summer and winter interschool sport program to students in Years 5, 6 and 7 and celebrate our annual swimming, cross country and athletics carnivals. Sport is deeply entrenched within Caningeraba culture with our students always participating with a competitive spirit and demonstrating great sportsmanship. An excellent instrumental music program is strongly supported by parents and showcased through our Junior and Senior Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Flute and Recorder Ensembles, and Junior and Senior Choir. Caningeraba State School boasts many prestigious awards at Fanfare and Gold Coast Eisteddfod events.
The development of student leadership is well established at the school with a broad range of opportunities provided to become a School Leader, Student Council Leader, House Leader or Music Captain. A comprehensive leadership program featuring Secret Men’s Business and Go Get’em Girls helps to promote personal growth and develop leadership potential. Y Lead Day and National Leaders’ Day provide inspiration and help our young leaders set personal goals.
Extra-curricular activities abound at our school including a range of school excursions, Tournament of Minds, Chess, Drumbeat, Year 6/7 Canberra Trip, Year 5 Camp, Lightning Carnivals, Somerset Festival of Literature, Active after School Program, Debating, Public Speaking, Surfers Paradise Festival, St Jean Baptiste Noumean Exchange Program, Special Olympics and various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural programs.
Caningeraba State School is a proud school built on high expectations. Our children wear the uniform with pride in accordance with the Uniform Dress Code endorsed by the Parents and Citizens Association (P&C). Visitors often provide feedback as to the welcoming, relaxed tone of our school and comment on the impeccable behaviour and beautiful manners of our children. ‘Being thumbs up’ and ‘treating others as you would wish to be treated’ are part of our embedded culture and are strongly reinforced at daily assemblies. Our Responsible Behaviour Plan ensures a school environment that is safe, supportive, tolerant and disciplined.
The Caningeraba P&C works closely with the principal to consult on setting the improvement agenda for our school and implementing our strategic direction over time. The P&C Executive and members work tirelessly to raise funds for our school community, providing enhanced opportunities and resources for our students. New families are always welcome to become involved in their child’s school by lending a hand and making a difference. Some 200 wonderful volunteers support our school, working with our children in programs including Support a Talker, Support a Reader, Learning Support, Religious Education and general classroom activities.