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YMCA Vocational School

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The YMCA Vocational School offers courses and the positive environment in assisting disengaged students to achieve their full potential through positive educational studies, activities, and outcomes. At the YMCA young people will experience student centered programs dedicated to enhancing practical and personal skills, at a pace that ensures school attendance, engagement, and confidence.

Clem Jones Campus & School Administration

41-45 Mary Street, Kingston, QLD 4114
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T: 07 3440 4300

Moreton Bay Campus

Cnr Lakefield Drive and Endeavour Blvd
Northlakes QLD 4509
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T: 07 3293 6100

Our Philosophy

“We believe all young people have the right to achieve their full potential irrelevant of circumstance. That the development of the whole person is of utmost importance and we are guided in developing this through the YMCA’s own philosophy of valuing a person’s Mind, Body and Spirit. We believe that this holistic approach is best delivered through a flexible individualised learning environment to maximise positive outcomes for every individual.”

Our School

The YMCA Vocational School is a registered Non State School and designated as a Special Assistance School. The YMCA School operates under Y Care SE Qld which is the benevolent arm of the YMCA of Brisbane. The YMCA of Brisbane was Formed in 1864 and works from a base of Christian values, to provide opportunities for all people to grow in Mind, Body and Spirit. The services provided at the YMCA help young people who find it difficult to gain an education through mainstream education.

The YMCA School Clem Jones Campus is located in Mary Street, Kingston, Queensland and is the first YMCA school of its type in Australia. The school caters for 12 to 17 years covering year’s eight to twelve and provides a flexible and imaginative program providing core Curriculum studies and vocational subjects. Learning is hands on delivered at a pace students are able to cope, with the intention that all students will succeed through a holistic approach we call “ReBOOT”.

All our work is underpinned by the YMCA of Brisbane’s guidance to achieve our mission with the following Christian values:

  • The dignity and intrinsic worth of all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or belief
  • The whole person, consisting of a body, a mind, and a spirit each of which is of equal importance
  • Healthy communities based on relationships between people which are characterised by love, understanding, mutual respect and a sense of belonging
  • Equality of opportunity and justice for all people
  • The diversity of people, communities and nations
  • Acceptance of personal responsibility

Gary Smith
Head of School

Important dates

Term 1

Monday 2nd February
- Thursday 2nd April

Term 2

Monday 20th April
- Friday 26th June

Term 3

Monday 20th July
- Friday 18th September

Term 4

Tuesday 6th October
- Monday 30th November

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Personal Trainer Courses

This course is aimed at participants who would like a career in the health and fitness industry, or participants who want to improve their own health and understanding of fitness.The course gives participants units towards a Certificate III in Fitness.

Childrens Services Course

Courses comprising of units towards a complete Certificate III in Children Services. Course addresses all areas of childcare including Workplace Health and Safety, industry placement and other vital elements of the Children Services industry.

School hours and class schedule

Session 1:

9:30am - 11:00am

Morning tea:      

11:00pm - 11.20am

Session 2:

11:20am - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 1:00pm

Session 3:

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Dismissal Time:

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Breakfast is served between 9 and 9-30am, package dinners may be ordered at subsidised cost to students collected from canteen at 2.30pm.

Volunteers Wanted !!!

Volunteers are important to the YMCA providing additional support necessary for the success of Y programs.Volunteers play an integral role in the school by:

  • Mentoring students
  • Support student literacy and numeracy
  • Prepare and serve basic meals to students.
  • Supporting teachers in activities

Retired teachers, tutors, teacher aides and willing helpers are all welcome. Induction and training is provided to all volunteers.
Click here to view more information for volunteers and to download the application for

School Sponsors

The “Clem Jones Group” consists of various investment companies with interests in listed securities, residential commercial and industrial property, and business ventures in tourism, restaurant and accommodation facilities. The Group was established by the late Dr Clem Jones AO, and is managed by a board of independent directors. Profits generated by the group are forwarded to the “Clem Jones Foundation”. The Foundation and the Clem Jones Group continues to support the hard work and wishes of the late Dr Jones in supporting charities, youth and community development activities.

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