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Origins of Broadbeach

The South Coast area was the country of the Kombumerri people, a kinship group attached to the Yugambeh language tribal group who utilized the river systems of the Logan, Albert, Coomera, Nerang and all the adjacent creeks and streams. 

Broadbeach was used as a feasting area by the local groups, as the discovery of middens would suggest. 

Modern Broadbeach

Just prior to World War II, extensive sand mining was  conducted in the Gold Coast area.  In 1942 Southport Minerals (later Associated Minerals Pty Ltd) commenced mining the beach and frontal dunes at Broadbeach.  After mining, the dunes were reconstructed and revegetated.  Today there is no visible evidence of mining.

Early days of Broadbeach State School

Broadbeach State School opened on 16 May 1960.  On the first day 70 students - 37 boys and 33 girls - were admitted to the school.  The school was officially opened on 26 November 1960 by the then Minister for Education, Hon. Jack Pizzey MLA.  

Past Principals

  •  Mr Kenneth Johnston (acting) - 1960

  • Mr AM Stanley - Foundation Headmaster -1960-1967

  • Mr CP Low - 1967-1969

  • Mr WPD James - 1969-1977

  • Mr N Byrnes (acting) - 1977-1978

  • Mr RH Garrett - 1978-1985

  • Mrs EN Cullum (acting)

  • Mr G Hay - 1986 - 1993

  • Mrs M Wood - 1993

  • Mr K Collier - 1994

  • Dr A Bode - 1995 - 2003

  • Mrs J Acton (acting)

  • Mrs J Hallett (acting)

  • Mr M Henderson - 2004 - 2007

  • Ms S Mahony (acting)

  • Mr A Maksoud (acting)

  • Mrs R Wilton - 2008 - 2010

  • Mr M Peggram (acting)

  • Mr M Roberts - 2011-2017

  • Mr B Langes - Current

From its humble beginnings with initial enrolment of 70 students utilizing four classrooms, a library room, a staff room, a health room, an office and store-room,  Broadbeach State School has grown into a large complex and continues to strive to its potential as a substantial state-of-the-art educational facility.  Presently, there are over 850 students enrolled at the school.  

Broadbeach State School is affectionately known as 'the best little beach school'.  We are proud of our continuing successes and uphold our motto 'Onwards and Upwards' in all we strive to achieve.