December 2019 eNews

​From the desk of the Director: That’s a wrap – see you in 2020

Another busy year for us all and a NEW Year 2020 to look forward to!
Thank you for promoting our EQI programs during 2019 – we value your continued support of our education products.  

What a pleasure it was to meet many of you at our EQI Days in Chengdu and Zhengzhou on my recent trip to China last month. I think that we got to know each other a little better and we agreed that as partners we both have an integral role to play in helping our students and their families in making the right school choices to aid their career aspirations.

I also enjoyed meeting with parents who asked many noteworthy questions about the quality of education in Queensland Government schools. Having covered the academic questions of which there were many, I was particularly pleased at how well received the freecall 1800QSTUDY and the ‘Your Passport to Queensland’ mobile app were.

Our ‘Your Passport to Queensland’ pre-departure mobile app is now available to students and could provide a real boost to your sales tools for 2020. This new app, along with 1800QSTUDY again demonstrates that EQI leads the industry in the area of student orientation, wellbeing and safety and gives parents further reassurance knowing that we care about their son or daughter when in our care.

The prestigious Queensland Academies in Brisbane have celebrated their annual awards resulting in six EQI international students receiving awards including DUX for 2020. This is a great result and underpins the opportunities for those students looking for International Baccalaureate and elite school programs. Currently Queensland is the only state that offers IB in our EQI government schools – students have a choice of nine schools across the state.

Congratulations to the success of our international students who make Queensland home – I have highlighted three in particular from Austria, Japan and China. 
Don’t forget our Central and Fraser Coast is one of the latest of our suite of videos available on YouTube.

Remember to contact your EQI Regional Manager if you need information about any programs or activities you are interested in and as always keep up the #eqiaustralia tag because we really enjoy seeing your posts.

So thank you again for all your past efforts in 2019 and please continue the great job you do in assisting students who are keen to study in Queensland.

On behalf of our EQI accredited state schools and our EQI staff, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and a successful 2020.

Kind regards
Jack Stathis
Director, EQI - International Business



Don't forget

Our offices are closed and staff are on leave from 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 and reopening on Thursday 2 January 2020.   


Free - 'Your Passport to Queensland' app is now live

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It is exciting news that the EQI pre-travel ‘Your Passport to Queensland’ mobile app is now available for your students.

The app highlights how their study experience is supported while they are in Queensland.

Engaging and motivating, students love the easy-to-understand videos, games and activities that teach and re-emphasise safety knowledge and outline the behaviours expected of them during their time here.

For more information

Mobile App Instructions:
  1. Download the mobile app from the Google Play or Apple Store by clicking one of the links below or by searching for ‘Your Passport to Queensland’ in the app store (you must be using your mobile phone in order to install the application).
  2. After you have installed and opened the app on your mobile phone, enter the code that you recieve at the time of enrolment and click the Login button.
  3. You now have access to the app to select an Australian animal avatar, interact with fun activities, unlock and play games, watch videos, and more!
Download links:


NEW SCHOOL - Ormeau Woods State High School

Located just 30 minutes from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the newest EQI government high school is surrounded by nature reserves and walking trails.

Ormeau Woods State High School is a leading Queensland school where all students can excel in academic studies, cultural and creative fields, sporting pursuits and community service.

Students can participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities offering more than 40 elective subjects including robotics and engineering. Their school motto is 'Linking Learning with Life' and reflects their commitment to a curriculum that includes experiences outside of the classroom and where there is a strong connection between school, family and community.

Special programs on offer -
·      The Academy of Dance
·      Studio of Fine Art (SOFA)
·      TedEx (Technology, Engineering & Design)
·      DigiX (Digital Media Excellence)
·      XL (Academic Excellence)
·      Certificate II in Hospitality and Business
·      Certificate III in Fitness
·      Certificate IV in Dance
·      Touch Football Program endorsed by Touch Football Australia
·      After school tutorials

Extracurricular activities -
·      Instrumental Music Program
·      Kokoda Challenge
·      Biennial Japan Tour
·      International Study Tours
·      Annual ski trip to New Zealand
·      Student Leadership Council
·      Choir
·      STEM Club
·      LinCS Leo (Community Service)

The school facilities include -
·      Multiple computer labs
·      First-class science laboratories
·      Performing Arts theatre (including a dance studio)
·      Industrial Workshops
·      Large Indoor Gymnasium
·      Hospitality kitchens
·      Music practice rooms
·      Multimedia studio
·      Engineering and Construction
·      Workshops
·      Creative Industries studio
·      Language centre

Situated at the northern end of the Gold Coast, Ormeau Woods SHS is conveniently located close to public transport including the regular rail service to Brisbane. Ormeau Woods SHS offers a diverse range of pathway programs preparing its students for their next step be it with a Queensland university, TAFE or a vocational education and training provider.

Personalised international team and support staff are ready to assist and support your international students throughout their EQI journey at Ormeau Woods State high School.

For more information please contact your Regional Manager or the EQI Recruitment team. Contact details.


2019 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools


Congratulations to the finalists and winners from the night-of-nights where the achievements of Queensland teachers and schools were highlighted in 10 categories.

Congratulations to EQI's Merrimac State High School for a win in the Excellence in the Secondary Years category STEAMing to international success and the inspirational Chris Buswell from Mountain Creek State High School for winning  Teacher of the Year Awesome Chris Buswell.

The EQI sponsored category of Excellence in Global Engagement saw one of our own Burnside State High School (Globalising communities) as a finalist and Eatons Hill State School taking the win.

The Awards highlight Queensland state schools’ efforts in developing innovative practices that improve outcomes for students. It is important that we publicly recognise the great work our educators do every day in teaching our young Queenslanders. Award winners shared in $90,000 worth of development grants to support their innovative programs. For a full list of winners and finalists Showcase 2019.


Congratulations to our Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) student


 The annual QACI Aspire Award ceremony in October 2019 recognised and celebrated its best and brightest. The international students at QACI made their mark on the night with six out of eight students receiving awards across subject areas as well as being recipients of special awards.

The six students were from Korea, China, Singapore and Vietnam. The most prestigious award, the DUX of the school, was awarded to Carmen from Singapore who excelled and received awards for English Literature, Mandarin, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Business Management. Carmen also received special awards for Artistic Excellence for Film, Inspired Learner of the Year and Academic Student of the Year.

These phenomenal young people have proven to be trendsetters and positive role models for their peers to emulate. They are definitely creative, clever and global students who aspire to foster academic critical minds for the 21st century. They exude resilience, self-discipline and commitment to their IB educational journey here at QACI and in Australia.

The QACI students study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which aims to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The program incorporates their creative pathway, develops university research skills and enables opportunities for real life industry experience and involvement.

Queensland is the only place where the IB Diploma is offered in an Australian Government High School, so a considerable saving can be made here in Queensland.  

If you know a student who is clever, creative and thrives on working with like-minded people in areas like Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Design Technology, and Film then the Queensland Academies might be for them.


Did you know?

In 2019 our Regional Managers completed more than 15 international trips to meet with agents and completed 225 meetings/training sessions, 45 schools visits and 60 education fairs.

Australian Schools Sector

The August 2019 Australian Education International (AEI) international student enrolment data.

  • Has positioned EQI into market leader positions for a number of markets such as Germany, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, PNG and Austria.
  • EQI has made significant strategic market share gains in South Korea to now hold a 20.73% share
  • EQI has now moved to number one position for the Japan market holding more than 25% of the market share.


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The freecall 1800 QSTUDY (1800 778 839) is a support phone service for international students studying in our state high schools. By providing access to advice and assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week including emergency after-hours, the 1800 number can also be accessed from overseas by adding the Australian code +61. 

During school hours, school staff are always the main point of contact but when school is closed, students with an issue or needing urgent assistance can phone Monday to Friday before 9am and after 3pm as well as any time on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and any time during school holidays and public holidays.


Nanna from China studying at Bundaberg State High School


I always knew I was destined for further academic opportunities and with limited prospects in China, my family recognised that a Queensland government high school would be most beneficial to my long-term goals.
Making the move from Shenzhen, a large city only an hour from Hong Kong was made easy as my mum was by my side supporting me on the journey –and still is.
Upon arrival in Queensland, I completed Year 8 and 9 at Bundaberg State High School and then transferred to the Creative Academies with the help of my inspiring International Student Coordinator in Bundaberg.

The pressure for students can be overwhelming but in Queensland, the teachers encourage and nurture you to be your very best with remarkable outcomes.

Choosing a Queensland school made a lot of sense being so much closer by plane to Hong Kong. The climate is similar to China so I never had to deal with any extreme weather conditions. 
Although I was the only Chinese student in Bundaberg, I never felt different. 

The community and school embraced my mum and I as locals and I found the Queenslanders so friendly helping me with my English.

On my first day at school, I learnt to say G’day and when introduced to the class, everyone put their hand up and wanted to be my buddy. The welcome and enthusiasm to look after me was overwhelming. I quickly made friends-for-life and any concerns I had quickly vanished as my new life became the best life.  

My hobbies now include playing handball as well as knitting and crocheting which I had never experienced ever in China. 

My mum has been by my side for two years already and has been very excited by the large Chinese population here and all her favourite Chinese food and ingredients are available. I have fallen for the Aussie meat pie and sausages with onion and tomato sauce.  

Academies my career ambitions are set in motion. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a challenging program but it will provide the open doors to study around the world and then complete my medical degree back in Australia. 

My Regional Queensland experience will forever stay in my heart as the true Australian experience.

My advice for anyone thinking about studying in a Queensland state high school is to be brave and explore the world.


Max from Austria studying Year 11 at Redlynch State College in Cairns


From apple strudel, Baroque streetscapes and the coffee-house culture of Austria, my time at Redlynch State College in Cairns, Queensland, allowed me to enjoy the Aussie way of life and a different culture I’d never experienced before.

During my six-month study journey, I made many life-long friends and my experiences were unique to Queensland.

With a large range of study subjects at Redlynch, my choices were interesting, exciting, fun and supportive for my future.

I chose English, Certificate III in Outdoor Education/Recreation, Aquatic Practices, Mathematical Methods, Health and Physical Education, French and English as a second language.

Being successful in all my subjects was a highlight and in particular, my high grades in English and French. The academic part of my experiences in Queensland was significant and the most valuable toward my study goals back home in Austria. 

There were many ‘firsts’ during the six months at Redlynch State College and the activities on offer included a snorkelling excursion to the Great Barrier Reef (Norman Reef).

Snorkelling for the first time was thrilling and having an opportunity to identify many different marine species and coral provided an informative day out. We even saw brilliantly coloured tropical fish and a green turtle, which really made it a day to remember. 

I also explored the Daintree, a World Heritage rainforest in the Tropical North on a two night school camp. The Daintree Rainforest boasts the highest variety of plants and animals found in any rainforest on the planet. I had the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, plants and animals of the Daintree and how they have survived for millions of years. I even got to hold a snake - Ps my host family had an albino carpet python as well.

As part of my Outdoor Recreation studies, we camped at the Tully River where I experienced ‘swift water rescue’ training as well as enjoying white water rafting.

My French language skills increased so much that I even presented speeches in front of the class after writing my own text. I had a lot of fun in the French class and really worked hard on my French skills and learning about the French culture.

Mathematics was a lot of fun. I loved solving equations and learned to plot graphs along with some coastal navigation mathematics.

Who would have thought my life would change forever in Mr Bertram’s cooking class? In the English as a Second Language class we learnt culinary vocabulary and had cooking classes every term in the college’s commercial kitchens. These classes and lunches were spectacular - who would have thought I could cook and eat crocodile?

My English vocabulary really improved with the support I received. The International support team who organised my journey to Queensland were always on hand to answer any questions.

I had great results in English –thank you Mr Bertram.

My experience at Redlynch State College and Tropical North Queensland was amazing - I shall never forget this time.

Thank you Redlynch State College, the International Team and my Host family for the wonderful experiences I had in the six months.

I love the Australian lifestyle and I look forward to my next visit to Australia.

Thank you Max


Natsumi from Japan studying at Meridan State College

Located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Caloundra, I was so fortunate to be placed at the Meridan State College where not only did my self-confidence grow but I learnt to be more independent and love life.

Originating from the very fast paced city, Tokyo in Japan, it was my choice to experience and study English in a different and relaxing environment so I chose Queensland and am so glad that I did.

Life on the Sunshine Coast was fantastic - being surrounded by nature and beautiful beaches every day, I found the people were so kind and welcoming toward me which resulted in a very relaxing lifestyle.

Although Basketball is a favourite activity for me back in Japan, I learnt so many new skills and interests in Queensland including a passion for the environment and an understanding of climate change.

My English excelled under the guidance of all my teachers, new friends and in particular my inspiring Homestay family. 

The most important lesson I learnt while studying in Queensland was becoming independent and for that I thank my host mother. As a single mother and working full time teacher, I had to get myself to school by bike, walk or get the bus which was a great opportunity to socialise with my friends.

Once a week it was my turn to cook dinner and I also made my own lunch as well and help out with dishwashing and the laundry. These were really good experiences for me because in Japan I didn’t need to do any of this.

Our supportive International Coordinator went out of her way to make sure all the international students were happy. She was there for us when we became homesick at the start or had any issues and I wouldn’t have had this significant journey without her.

I would never have imagined in my life that I would learn to surf and discover such beautiful coastal scenery like Tangalooma Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns which were so very special. The EQI Outback Safari Tour was the once-in-a-lifetime experience where I learnt about Aboriginal culture, nature and the history of Australia. Uluru was spectacular to see and meeting up with other international students staying all over Queensland was truly amazing.

I had the opportunity to complete work experience nearby in a primary school which I really enjoyed and now have an interest to pursue a career in education.

Queensland, Australia really inspired and changed my outlook on life. I would highly recommend a Queensland state high school - there will be many adventures waiting for you.

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Last reviewed 21 February 2020
Last updated 21 February 2020