Principal’s welcome


​​​​​​At Manly West State School we live our motto: ‘Active Minds, Bright Futures’. It reflects our desire that all students achieve to their potential and put into action their own passion for learning.  In our learning community we hold firm to the belief that ‘every child can learn’.

Our school has an optimistic ‘sense’ of community and a shared focus on supporting our students to be critical and creative thinkers.  The school is situated in the family-oriented suburb of Manly West, 13 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, with stunning, panoramic views over Moreton Bay.  It features parklands, bike/walk ways, a seaside pool, and facilities for sailing, fishing and canoeing.  Many families are second-generation and proud of their school’s heritage and tradition.  Families, students and staff value varied learning pathways that cater for individualised learning. 

In recent times the school has been through significant rebuilding to create state of the art teaching spaces, a science and technology area, a specialist music room, a resource centre with blue room for film-making and a magnificent performing arts hall.  Every teaching space and classroom has an interactive whiteboard and wireless access to enable use of our many portable digital devices.  Outdoor learning spaces include two ovals, two playgrounds and undercover sporting activity areas.  A Rotary/Bunnings community project has provided our students with access to valuable learning opportunities in the kitchen garden – junior master chefs in the making!!

We believe Manly West State School is an idyllic place for children to spend their primary years and there is a strong ‘sense’ of community that supports the holistic growth of our children. We welcome every parents’ active interest in their child’s school life. Parents play a pivotal role in the education of their child. Current research has linked a high level of parental involvement in their child’s schooling with the child’s future learning success. We believe that when the key ‘people’ - the student, the parent and the educator - are working in harmony, effective and lasting learning takes place.  Working in partnership with our families and the wider community, we strive to position our students for success in an ever changing world.

The school boasts many fine educational programs and a rigorous focus on student achievement through the following:
  • the 'Reading to Learn' model - targeting literacy and numeracy learning
  • goal setting, higher order thinking and reflective learning through key subject areas of the Australian Curriculum – English, mathematics, science, history, technology, the arts, health and physical education and language – Japanese
  • early years perceptual motor program
  • eLearning opportunities integrated into everyday teaching and learning
  • performing arts through our school bands, choirs, school musical and dance program
  • cultural awareness learning opportunities through NAIDOC week and Harmony Day
  • different learning pathways through extra-curricular sporting, music, learning support and gifted education programs, and academic competitions

Through our four values of Collaborator, Learner, Meaning Maker and Bridge Builder we strive to connect learning to the real world. We look to the future in which our students will live and we offer them a world-class Australian education with multiple learning pathways to follow. Using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, we aim to prepare our students to be successful ‘Global Citizens’ who are:  critical and creative thinkers, literate and numerate, ethical in behaviour, personally and socially confident, competent with ICTs and accepting of individual differences.  The following extracurricular activities also support this learning:

  • leadership programs such as the Manly West State School student council, year 6 captains, parade leaders, ANZAC day and national leader’s day events, environmental education student leaders’ program
  • academic competitions and enrichment programs – local, state and national; eg. cluster school academic enrichment days, maths masters, writing camps, University of New South Wales (ICAS) national competitions for science, mathematics and English
  • choirs – boys vocal group (BVG), junior and senior choirs
  • instrumental music program – brass, woodwind and percussion; including designated music camps for our beginning and experienced student musicians
  • interschool and representative sports – soccer, rugby league, volleyball, netball, Australian rules football, touch football, Oz tag, softball, basketball

We have a highly skilled staff, including a principal, deputy principal, teachers and teacher aides staffing our classrooms. The following specialist teachers support our students and classroom staff: classroom music, health and physical education and Japanese teachers. A Reading to Learn coach, gifted education mentor,  instrumental music teacher,  Support Teacher - literacy & numeracy, special education teacher and a guidance officer.  Our administration officers, business services officer, janitor-groundsman and cleaners provide invaluable assistance to our students. Working alongside our school staff is a strong team of volunteer parents and community members who also support the learning of students at our school.

We are blessed with an excellent school learning environment, a first class staff, supportive parents but most importantly a fabulous bunch of students. All fine ingredients for a great school!   Please take time to explore this website and if you have any questions, email us.  If you wish to enrol your child, contact the school to arrange for a tour.  

Kind regards

Leanne Stewart (Principal)
Last reviewed 15 September 2021
Last updated 15 September 2021