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Principal’s welcome

My name is Darrin Edwards and I am proud to be the Principal of James Nash State High School. Located on the northern side of the growing township of Gympie, James Nash State High School is a Band 11 secondary school in the Wide Bay-Burnett Region and services the communities of Cooloola, Tiaro and Kilkivan Shires.

Gympie is the administrative, heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Shire. Gympie boasts a tradition that few areas in Queensland can offer. A city of 16,000 people, Gympie has the warm hospitality of a country town with all the conveniences of a modern city. Known as the 'Town that Saved Queensland', Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall.

The school’s core purpose is to inspire learning and our goal is to be recognised as a hub of educational excellence.  The core values that underpin our operation are:  Respect, Responsibility, Honesty/Integrity, Excellence, Safety and Equity/Fairness. Our school’s Strategic Planning and Performance Reporting are referenced against six Key Planning Areas. They are:  Strategic/Leadership Planning, Curriculum Planning, Facilities Planning, ICT Planning, Workforce Planning and  Student Services Planning.

At James Nash we believe our role is to assist parents with the education of their child.  We aim to provide the highest quality educational opportunities and strive to work closely with parents and the wider community to ensure we are meeting your expectations.  The greatest factor that can affect the performance of students at school is parental involvement and it is for this reason we encourage close links between school and home.

Parents are involved in school governance through School Council, Ladies Auxiliary (meet at 7:30pm 1st Wednesday of every month), Parents and Citizenship Association (meet at 7:30pm 4th Tuesday of every month) and through representation on our Key Planning Area Groups.

We invite parents into the school to discuss their student’s progress at any time but we offer two formal occasions in the school year for parent/teacher interviews and issue written reports 3 times a year.

We maintain a vibrant school website and publish our school newsletters fortnightly and post them electronically to help provide parents with the highest levels of communication.