As well as a quality classroom curriculum, our school offers the following opportunities.
Language other than English (LOTE) speaking competition
LOTE students have an opportunity to participate in an annual LOTE speaking competition.
Students at Isabella are able to join the school choir which practises each week in a lunch session. The choir sing on assemblies each week and have opportunities throughout the year for public performances.
Students in years 3 to 6 can elect to learn a woodwind or percussion instrument. Tuition is provided by an instrumental music teacher Mrs Eleisha Anthony every Friday with senior students playing in a school instrumental music band both at school and public performance opportunities.
Strings (e.g. violin) lessons also available. Tuition is provided by Mrs Emma Baker on Wednesdays.
Tournament of the Minds
Each year one or more school teams selected from the senior school, (years 4 to 6) take part in a local 'Tournament of the Minds' competition held at James Cook University. The students engage in creative problem solving and present their solutions to a panel of judges.
Reader's cup is a statewide competition. It is open to year 5 and 6 students who compete with other teams in a Regional quizz on 6 books they have read.
A robotics competition for years 5 and 6 students.
A woodworking Supa club is run for a small number of senior students one afternoon a week with the assistance of a manual arts teacher from a local Cairns High School.
Australian Maths Competition
Isabella students are selected each year to take part in the National maths competition so we can gauge the success of our top performing maths students against National standards.
Mt Sheridan Spelling Bee
Our top spellers from the senior years take part in a local spelling bee competition hosted by the Mt Sheridan shopping centre. In previous years teams from Isabella have won their heats and gone through to the finals.
Netball and football competitions
Staff from Isabella State School coach students in both netball and rugby league so they can participate in inter-school competitions held after school throughout the year.
Garden club is open every Wednesday afternoon after school (3 pm to 4 pm) for students in years 5 and 6. We also have a gardening group during the week on a Wednesday at second lunch break that all students in the school are invited to attend.
The Eco warriors are part of our student leadership program. Students focus on the sustainability of the school in the areas of energy, bio-diversity, water and waste. This program is run by Mrs Tracie Kersnovske in the senior school.