William Ross State High School

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William Ross State High School

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to William Ross State High School.

Our school is an innovative academic school with an extensive range of curriculum providing high quality learning with a strong student support program.

William Ross delivers opportunities for international students to experience success and achieve productive outcomes across academic studies, cultural events and sporting activities.

Located on the south side of Townsville, our open North Queensland life-style offers students experiences and activities that extend their understanding of Australian culture and provide a unique life balance that will add to their personal development as global citizens.

School Information

Year established: 1991
Number of students: 950

At William Ross State High School we offer an environment where you can succeed through our curriculum and teaching strategies that target advanced learning and improve student outcomes.

Located close to Townsville’s Murray Sporting Complex, we are proud of our sporting tradition, and our excellence program that has developed successful athletes in regional, state and national competition.

Our study tour program creates strong relationships with schools in China and Japan.

Partnerships with James Cook University (JCU) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) enhance your learning and prepare you for tertiary study.

We also offer a range of vocational training courses including engineering and digital media, and external courses in fitness, sport and recreation, and early childhood education and care.

University or vocational pathways

  • Tertiary and industry training pathways
  • Pathway programs with JCU
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate courses, apprenticeships and work placements
  • Access to JCU and Central Queensland University
  • School facilities

  • Wireless-networked classrooms with smartboards, desktop and laptop computers
  • Computer laboratories, 3D printing and AutoCAD design capabilities
  • Commercial kitchen facilities
  • Trade centre with trade-certified equipment
  • Dance room, gym and performing-arts centre
  • Aquaponics system
  • Film and sound, and art studios
  • University standard science laboratory with robotics facilities
  • Confucius Classroom in partnership with QUT
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Science and mathematics competitions
  • School camping program including the Student Leaders Retreat and Learning Access Transition Camp
  • Years 7 and 8 Camp and Year 11 Camp
  • Sports carnivals and ski tour
  • Community performances, dance, musicals and rock eisteddfods
  • Chess club
  • Concert bands and jazz, strings and brass ensembles
  • Junior and senior debating and public-speaking
  • Junior and senior student representative council
  • Chinese speaking and writing competitions
  • Study tours to China and Japan
  • Language Perfect competition (2015 Queensland State Champions and placed 6th at the global Championships)
  • Languages

  • Chinese (Years 7 to 12)
  • Japanese (Years 7 to 10)
  • Language Ambassadors program with JCU
  • Special programs

  • Leading Learner program in mathematics, English, art, engineering, science and humanities for academically advanced students (Years 7 to 10)
  • Instrumental music programs - brass, woodwind, percussion and strings
  • Rhinos Sports Academy for elite athletes in Years 7 to 12
  • Film, television and digital photography
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
  • Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule: https://eqi.com.au/study-options/fees

    School Entry Requirements

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program

    Disclaimer: The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:
  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;
  • please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

    Last updated: 01/08/2019