Buyers eye inner-west for Brisbane state schools

THEY say a good education is priceless so it was no surprise to see Tarragindi flagged in a Courier-Mail article about Brisbane suburbs where homebuyers are paying top dollar to live in the catchment areas of well-regarded state high schools.

The other suburbs where Brisbane families are paying about $100,000 extra for homes are very well known to Reg Strow Real Estate – West End, Mansfield, Sunnybank Hills, Mount Gravatt, Ascot, Indooroopilly, St Lucia and East Brisbane, the Courier reported.

And when you crunch the numbers you can certainly see the wisdom of the strategy.


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Take the private school Brisbane Grammar, for example, where the annual fee and technology package levy alone come to about $25,000 a student. Six years of high school adds up to  $150,000. And that’s just for one child. If you have three, you’re forking over $450,000 – which would buy a decent investment property for your retirement.

How it works is that each state school has a set area around it from which it must accept enrolments. But it’s up to the school whether it enrols a student from outside that zone. If you want to guarantee your child a spot in a highly regarded state school, you have to live in the catchment.

Luckily, we are blessed with quality state high schools in the inner-west of Brisbane, serving families in suburbs such as Tarragindi, Salisbury, Moorooka, Rocklea, Holland Park, Greenslopes, and Annerley.

Holland Park State High School

Principal: Jocelyn Roberts
Address: Bapaume Road
Holland Park West Qld 4121
Telephone: (07) 3347 0111
Facsimile: (07) 3347 0100
Email: info@hollparkshs.eq.edu.au

From the website: “We achieve excellent OP results averaging 87 per cent OP 1-15 over the past five years, including 6 OP 1.”

HPSHS has a high-performance volleyball program.

Yeronga State High School

Principal: Terry Heath
Address: 159 Villa Street
Yeronga Qld 4104
Telephone: (07) 3249 1400
Facsimile: (07) 3892 2118
Email: office@yerongashs.eq.edu.au

From the website: “In 2015, 99 per cent of our graduates who applied for tertiary studies received a tertiary course offer.”

Cavendish Road State High School

Principal: Corrine McMillan
Address: Cnr Holland and Cavendish Rds
Holland Park QLD 4121
Telephone: (07) 3394 0777
Facsimile: (07) 3394 0700
Email: admin@cavroadshs.eq.edu.au

From the website: “We are a national showpiece school with an accredited Academy of Maths and Science, Ideas (Philosophy) as well as a Jazz Music Performance Academy. Our Sporting Academies in Football, Netball and Touch Football attract students from across the state.”