Principal’s welcome


Welcome to our wonderful Independent Public School.

Tamborine Mountain State School’s objective is to promote the academic, cultural, physical and social development of each child. Students are encouraged and taught to become self-motivated learners who can work independently, co-operatively and happily to gain the skills they need to make choices about their lives, now, and in the future. At Tamborine Mountain State School, we place an emphasis on every student’s creativity and achievement. We give students many opportunities to participate in many extra-curricular activities.

Tamborine Mountain State School has a whole school focus on achievement and success in academic, sporting, arts and cultural programs.

I am extremely passionate about celebrating the successes of our young people and our staff. My expectations as principal are clear:

  • My teachers will be explicit with their teaching and I will ensure every child in every classroom feels safe and is learning every day.
  • I have an unrelenting focus on student improvement.
  • My staff and I are committed to know each student as an individual. Where they’ve come from, where they are today and where or what they want to be in the future. We pride ourselves on knowing the whole child, rather than just the student.
  • I believe every child is unique and has something to contribute to our school and community. For some students their skill or talent is immediately apparent, for others it takes a little time to be revealed. I look forward to working with staff and parents to nurture and showcase their talents.
  • Personal and professional values are extremely important to me. Tamborine Mountain State School staff acknowledge that education is as much about building character as it is about equipping students with specific skills to be a well-rounded citizen.

A values-based education can strengthen students’ self-esteem, optimism and commitment to personal fulfilment; and help students exercise ethical judgement and social responsibility. We also recognise that parents expect schools to help students understand and develop personal and social responsibilities. The set of values we will be reinforcing are:

  • Care and compassion – Care for self and others
  • Doing your best – Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, pursue excellence
  • Fair go – Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society
  • Freedom – Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others
  • Honesty and trustworthiness – Be honest, sincere and seek the truth
  • Integrity – Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct, ensure consistency between words and deeds
  • Respect – Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view. Respect the school by wearing your school uniform with pride.
  • Responsibility – Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion – Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.

I am a very visible principal who will spend a great deal of time in the classroom asking students what they’re learning and asking staff how I can better assist them in their pursuit of delivering a world class education to our young people, because after all, they are our leaders of the future.

Parental support is a vital element of any school’s identity, and we are fortunate to enjoy a strong and close working relationship with the community. Parent assistance and involvement is welcomed in many ways – ready readers program, changing reading books, support in the tuckshop, library or classroom is always appreciated. We have an active Parents & Citizens’ Association which aims to forge links between parents and the school, with consequent benefits to Tamborine Mountain State School students. All parents are urged to support the P&C.

This is our school – exceptional staff, wonderful students, dedicated parents and a supportive community.

We invite you to be a part of it.

Jason Smith

Last reviewed 26 March 2021
Last updated 26 March 2021