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Junior secondary

Transition from Primary to High School

Links between the primary schools and Clifton State High School are important to us. This is evidenced in a Transition Program, where the high school collaborates closely with the feeder primary schools. In 2013, students from the Clifton Cluster of Schools are invited to familiarize themselves with the high school, its practices, procedures and activities. Primary students and family members are invited to our Open Day and Showcase on Friday, 25 October. Later, Year 6 and 7 students are invited to attend our Transition Day on Wednesday, 11 December where they will work in the recently refurbished Year 7 Classrooms and Science Laboratory and experience elective subjects in The Arts and Technology.

A Flying Start for Queensland students

From 2013, we are proud to be a Flying Start Pilot School where Year 7 students will move to high school. Our Junior Secondary School is committed to the six guiding principles of:
 -Distinct Identity
 -Quality Teaching
 -Student Wellbeing
 -Parent & Community Involvement
 -Local decision-making

In Junior Secondary, we aim to provide a supportive environment which is focused on learner interests and needs and where students are encouraged and challenged to excel.


All subjects are planned and co-ordinated by experienced specialist teachers to enhance literacy and ICT opportunities. The National Curriculum subjects of English, Maths, Science and History form a strong basis for success in preparation for Senior Subjects. In Year 7, students will complete Foundation Units for the subjects:
 -The Arts (Visual Art and Music)
 -LOTE - French
 -Technology and Design

Students are given opportunities to study more electives in Year 8 and then choose a particular specialisation subject for Years 9 and 10.

Extra Curricular

Students are also given access to many extra-curricular programs, including: the highly successful Show Cattle Team, Instrumental Music Program, sought after Hospitality Catering Group, a variety of sporting competitions, cultural activities (eg, NAIDOC Week and Arts Night) and excursions to the local and wider Darling Downs areas.