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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.

Instrumental music

Students in years 3 to 6 can elect to learn a woodwind or percussion instrument. Tuition is provided by an instrumental music teacher Mrs Ruth Pols every Friday with senior students playing in a school instrumental music band both at school and public performance opportunities.

Rock band

Senior students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and take part in a school 'Rock band' each year. The band is overseen by Mr Owen Sperring a former teacher at Isabella State School and our current music teacher Mr Tim Jackson. This band also has many school and public performance opportunities.

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 club

Our year 1 and 2 students have the opportunity to join Reader’s club before school three mornings a week to boost their reading skills with a senior tutor or adult tutor.

Supa club

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.

Koala Joeys

Every Friday morning, two staff members, Mrs Vanessa Lahney and Ms Debbie Humphries facilitate a Koala joeys program at the Edmonton Leisure Centre next door to the school for parents and young children who live in our catchment.

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 2015, teams in both the years 3, 4 and 5 age division and the years 6, 7 and 8 age division won their heats and went 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

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.

Eco Warriors

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.