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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. Each year, 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 students are invited to attend our Transition Day on Wednesday, 11 December where they will work in the Year 7 Classrooms and Science Laboratory and experience elective subjects in The Arts and Technology.

A Flying Start for Queensland students

Clifton State High School is proud to have been a 2013 Flying Start Pilot School.  Our experienced teachers and Administration team contine to work towards the six guiding principles of Junior Secondary.
    - Distinct Identity
    - Quality Teaching
    - Student Wellbeing
    - Parent & Community Involvement
    - Leadership
    - 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, numeracy and ICT opportunities. The Australian Curriculum subjects of English, Maths, Science and History form a strong basis for success in preparation for Senior Subjects. In Year 7, students will also complete foundation units for the subjects:

   - The Arts (Visual Art and Music)
   Agricultural Studies
   Technology and Design
Students are given opportunities to specialise in particular electives from Year 8 before considering opportunities for careers in Years 9 and 10. 

Extra Curricular

Students are also given access to many extra-curricular programs, including: the Instrumental Music Program, a variety of sporting competitions, cultural activities (eg, NAIDOC Week and Arts Night) and interesting and educational excursions to the local and wider Darling Downs areas and beyond.