Capella State School is a coeducational school, in a rural, remote area, offering students individualised programs according to needs and interests. The school is situated along Huntley Street in the township of Capella which is located 300 kilometres west of Rockhampton just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Peak Downs area. At present there are 180 students enrolled at the school in Years Prep to 7. The majority of the children come from a farming background with a lesser number with parents working in the mining sector.
Capella State School features an interesting blend of traditional and modern school buildings in an attractive shady environment. The school site occupies one town block with additional oval area across the street from the school. A covered sports court in the senior school play area and a covered outdoor gym in the junior school play area are predominant features of the playground. All classrooms have internet connection and interactive whiteboards. The school has two computer labs with twenty-five networked work stations in each lab.
Our aim, “to provide quality education in a positive environment”, forms the foundations of all learning activities. Young, experienced and enthusiastic teachers work closely with learning support staff and educational advisers. Specialist lessons are provided in Physical Education, Music and Languages Other Than English. An Instrumental Music Program offers instruction to students in Years 4, 5, 6 & 7 in woodwind, brass and percussion.The school caters for the individual needs of students through flexible classroom programs, learning support and special needs programs and accesses the full range of visiting support personnel. Intervention programs assist those students experiencing learning difficulties and extension programs are provided in classrooms to further develop the talents of higher achieving students.
Students enthusiastically contribute to the positive social climate of the school through the peak body of ten students who make up Capella State School’s Student Council. Each term members of the Student Council conduct a significant social event for their peers as well as providing activity days throughout the term that involve students in alternate programs with a social focus.
Increasing student participation in sport and physical activity continues to remain high on the agenda of our school community. The school now fields four touch football teams who compete each week in the Emerald Junior Touch Football competition. The sporting rivalry between Capella SS and Tieri SS continues through an interschool competition and the awarding of the Capella/Tieri shield. The Shield was introduced in 2009 and sees the schools compete in a different sport (soccer, cricket, touch football and t-ball) each term. Students from Capella State School continue to be selected to represent the Central Highlands in Soccer, Rugby League, Netball, Cross Country and Athletics. Each year we proudly support several students who go from Central Highlands to represent our school at regional Capricornia titles and then onto state titles in Brisbane.
Parents are enthusiastically encouraged to be involved with their child’s education at our school. Each class requests parent help and operates rosters to foster the involvement of parents. Classes schedule culmination days at the end of work units to enable students to showcase and share their learning outcomes with parents.
Parents make valuable contributions to the growth and prosperity of the school through their involvement with the Capella State School Parents and Citizens Association. The P & C provides the necessary link between the school and parents by being the public forum for discussions affecting the school’s educational and administrative program. The P & C conducts fundraising activities throughout the year with funds raised going to support the school in many areas.