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Welcome to William Ross State High School
William Ross State High School is an innovative, coeducational school located in Townsville, North Queensland. The school provides an extensive range of curriculum offerings facilitating high quality learning aligned with a strong student support program.
Established in 1991, William Ross State High School has a reputation for a diverse, innovative curriculum, world-class facilities, dedicated, expert staff and a supportive environment for student learning. An extensive range of curriculum opportunities are provided for students across the Junior and Senior Secondary phases of learning.
William Ross State High School’s status as an Independent Public School enables the school community to exercise the autonomy and local decision making needed to drive innovation whilst still enjoying the benefits of being a part of the state schooling, public education system.
At William Ross our motto is “Success through Commitment”. This principle is evident in all aspects of our school. From our supportive community of parents and friends to our dedicated, expert staff, who together, with unique and talented students, build a strong academic culture focused on quality learning and outcomes. Our aim is to provide an academically rigorous education that will equip our students to be active global citizens and lifelong learners.
In addition, the school also has a proud sporting tradition, demonstrated by an excellence program that has nurtured talented athletes to achieve success at regional, state and national competitions.
You are invited to join us, to explore your own potential for success. We sincerely hope your time in our school community will be one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of your lifetime.
Specialist Facilities
Complimenting a rigorous academic curriculum, William Ross State High School provides students with on campus access to technology rich world-class facilities including:
  • Wireless networked classrooms with smart boards, desktop and laptop computers
  • Computer laboratories, BYOD capabilities
  • 3D printing and AutoCAD design capabilities
  • Commercial kitchen with café and barista facilities
  • Trade Centre with trade certified equipment providing simulated workplace experience in the construction field
  • University standard science laboratory with robotics facilities
  • Aquaponics system
  • Film and sound studio
  • Performing Arts Centre
  • Art studios with Kiln
  • Dance room with ballet bars and mirrors
  • Outdoor amphitheatre
  • Fully equipped gym with weights and cardio capabilities
  • Climbing rock wall
  • International standard cricket nets
  • Confucius classroom in partnership with Queensland University of Technology
  • Language Ambassador Centre – James Cook University
  • Student Support Services Hub
  • Learning Support Social Club