The Gilston School Community is not drawn exclusively from the immediate area of Gilston State School. In the absence of a commercial or industrial hub, for many the school is the focus for the Gilston community. Energies of all community members are therefore directed towards maintaining a high quality school education environment and in ensuring that their children enjoy a safe, secure environment. The involvement of the school community perpetuates an intimate understanding of the teaching learning process by parents. They enjoy close working relationships with the school staff and have commensurate high expectations of their students and school outcomes.
Conservative family values underpin the actions of all members of the school community and parents frequently share that this feature is a primary reason for enrolling their children at Gilston.
Gilston has a proud reputation based on the success of previous students. Historical family association and word-of-mouth promotion by those currently associated with the school are the primary sources of new enrolments.