December 2018 Agent Training e-news

​Thank you to all our agents and students for choosing an EQI program in 2018.

We hope your clients enjoyed their studies and look forward to welcoming new and returning students back for Term one, beginning on Tuesday 29 January 2019. On behalf of our school and EQI staff I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and a successful New Year!

Jack Stathis
Director, International Business, Recruitment and Marketing


8 new Brisbane metro schools to choose from 

New Schools 

This year we have 8 new schools accepting secondary students within the Brisbane metropolitan area. Each of these schools offer unique benefits, facilities, programs, great locations and lifestyle options.

Watch our short videos to get a taste of what is on offer for international students or find out more by downloading our mini guide to these new Brisbane schools.

  1. Aspley State High School
  2. Burpengary State Secondary College
  3. Earnshaw State College
  4. Holland Park State High School
  5. Ipswich State High School
  6. Mabel Park State High School
  7. MacGregor State High School
  8. Murrumba State Secondary College

2019/20 EQI school profile handbook


The 2019/20 EQI school profile handbook has a fresh new look and information about each of our 91 International Student Programs schools. Contact your EQI Regional Manager to request a hardcopy or download the EQI School Handbook (PDF, 15MB).   


Welcome to our new schools in Townsville and the Cairns region


We are delighted to welcome Malanda State High School and Annandale State School to the EQI network in the stunning Cairns and Townsville regions.

Malanda State High School

Malanda State High School offers international students a unique and memorable Queensland study experience in a thriving rural farming community on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. 

Academic Study
The school offers a range of specialist subjects and experiences, including its Global Tropics Future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Embedded Technology in Agriculture programs. 

In 2017, 100% of Year 12 students eligible for an Overall Position (OP) achieved an OP of 1 to 15. 94% of students who applied to Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) received a university offer.

Extracurricular programs

Malanda State High School has an extensive extracurricular program with a variety of cultural, sports and social activities. Lunchtime and after school clubs include chess, Japanese, coding and robotics, art, cross country running, mountain biking, drama, music, school band and choir. 

International ​

Students from Malanda's sister school, Takagi Gukuen Girls' High School in Yokohama, first visited in 1990. A study tour of Malanda students now travels to Japan every second year to experience the culture, customs, language and lifestyle.


Malanda is located 76 km south-west of Cairns and 15 minutes from the town of Atherton. 

About Malanda​​

Many people call Malanda the dairy capital of northern Australia and some claim it is the source of the world's best milk! Malanda Falls and its adjacent swimming pool is one of the town's best known attractions as well as a great place for a picnic and swim where you might also spot some local wildlife.

There are guided walks through the Malanda Falls Conservation Park led by members of the Ngadjon-jii people. In town, you can follow a series of colourful mosaics that represent Malanda's history.


Annandale State School​

Annandale State School is a large school for Prep to Year 6 students, and a feeder school to William Ross State High School in tropical Townsville.

A program developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) aims to improve learning and encourage students to participate in higher-level mathematics.

In addition, the Seven Steps to Writing Success program is designed to inspire students to become creative and engaging writers.

All students have a music lesson each week; students in Years 3 to 6 can learn to play an instrument and sing in a choir.

Mandarin Chinese is taught in Years 5 and 6 and students can take part in Chinese speaking competitions against other local schools.

An inter-school sports program - 3 Seasons of Sport - runs throughout the school year and includes rugby league, hockey, netball, tennis, rugby union, soccer, touch football, Australian football league, cricket, tee-ball and basketball.


Annandale State School is located in the heart of Townsville, close to shopping, parks and sporting facilities. Along with its 13 km of coastline, Townsville has the services and amenities of a large city but is small enough that you can travel across the town in under 25 minutes. ​



2019 school calendar


Did you know there are 200 study days in the 2019 Queensland Government school year? You can keep up with all the important dates by downloading a copy of the 2019 Queensland Government school calendar (PDF, 127KB).


EQI days in Vietnam and Hong Kong


Thank you to everyone who attended our EQI Days in Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City during October.

The events gave us an opportunity to discuss key issues and provide training on EQI products and services. Topics included the forthcoming change from the Overall Position to ATAR, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and High School preparation programs.

Earnshaw State College Principal, Karen McKinnon, and Chris Buswell, International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Mountain Creek State High School, were among the EQI presenters at both events.

In Vietnam, the day was co-hosted with Study Queensland (Singapore office) and comprised of an exclusive EQI session followed by an afternoon of presentations by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University, Central Queensland University, BROWNS and Student One. Over 45 education agents attended from Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia.  

The EQI Day in Hong Kong was hosted by EQI for around 40 agents from Hong Kong, China and Thailand. Our guest presenters were from TAFE Queensland, QUT, BROWNS and Study Queensland. 

Both days were well received by agents and we plan to repeat the format so look out for details of an EQI Day coming to a country near you in 2019.


Queensland students compete on the world stage in robotics


Queensland state school students have once again demonstrated advanced skills in robotics and automation technologies at the 2018 World Robot Summit in Japan.

Teams from Merrimac State High School and Calamvale Community College competed at the event in Tokyo during October.

On their return, the Merrimac students travelled with their robot friend 'Pepper' to meet the Education Minister Grace Grace at Parliament House in Brisbane.

Ms Grace first met with the students in August before they went to Japan to defend the competition title they won in 2017.

"I am so proud to say that Queensland students are shining bright on the world stage in this field," Ms Grace said. The students and alumni should be incredibly proud of how they have represented their school, their state and their country."

The 2018 World Robot Summit was hosted by the Japanese Government with a view to building Japan's presence in the global robotics industry ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The summit drew over 10,000 visitors and was held simultaneously with Japan Robot Week and a series of robotic themed events.

Participating students had the chance to see the latest developments and trends in robotics and the leading role Queensland is taking in the development of robotics and automation technologies.

Calamvale Community College​ took part in the Junior Category of the World Robot Challenge. Working within the competition's 'Robots at Home' theme, the Calamvale team designed, built and programmed a robot to assist individuals affected by Parkinson's disease or other ailments that impair fine motor control and hand movement.

In the Global Collaboration event, the Calamvale competitors worked with university students from Thailand and Japan.

The Merrimac teams were coached and mentored by former student Melanie Hanson, a member of the winning team in Tokyo in 2017.

Melanie graduated as dux of the school and was awarded a $50,000 Sir Samuel Griffith scholarship to study computer science at Griffith University.

Both Merrimac teams received awards for the best coding and solution documentation, and one team was further recognised with an exclusive award for outstanding code from the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence.

Merrimac State High School Principal Chris Tobin said the students' success was a result of three years of hard work developing a world class STEAM program, which incorporates Arts and Enterprise into the traditional STEM disciplines.

"We are extremely proud of the work that is being undertaken both in educating our students and in sharing our coding and robotics know-how locally and globally," Mr Tobin said. "We believe our school is preparing students for the emerging technological society, and hope we can assist more schools in the future to have the same confidence and capability in robotics and STEM within their school community." 

Ms Grace said the schools' success is a testament to the Queensland Government's focus on STEM, including coding and robotics. "We are committed to teaching robotics and coding and developing digital literacy to prepare students for the jobs of the future," she said.


Queensland state schools awarded for excellence


Congratulations to all the state winners and finalists of the 2018 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools. Sunshine Beach State High School won the Education Queensland International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement for their Creating global citizens program.

The Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools are presented annually to Queensland state schools in recognition of practices that significantly improve outcomes for students.

Visit the 2018 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools to find out more about the schools and programs awarded.


Ipswich and Nerima schools mark a 25-year friendship 


Ipswich State High School and Nerima Board of Education staged a lively celebration to mark the 25th Study Tour to Queensland. 68 students and 12 escorts took part in the 2018 Nerima Board of Education Study Tour divided across five Ipswich state schools in July.

The farewell celebrations were hosted by Ipswich State High School and attended by 300 guests who enjoyed a Japanese inspired stage show with singing, martial arts demonstration and 'Sōran Bushi' traditional dance performance.

Ipswich and Nerima are sister cities and the annual Study Tour is supported by the Ipswich community, including many homestay host families who have welcomed Nerima students into their homes for many years.  The tour provides an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange with students sharing Australian and Japanese culture, customs and traditions.

Four officials from the Nerima Board of Education joined this year's tour and Mr Chiaki Shibata, Director of Curriculum and Guidance Section, Nerima Board of Education and Dr Regan Neumann, Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Rural, Remote and International, were among the guests at the farewell event.


Queensland news

Researchers suggest Queensland education could be the model for Australia

According to the Grattan Institute, Queensland school children in Years 3 and 5 are on average around two months ahead of students in other Australian States in reading, and around one month ahead in numeracy.

Townsville capitalises on new funding for international education

Three new projects to improve the experience for students in Townsville will be backed with $316,000 through the Queensland Government's International Education and Training Partnership Fund.

Discover the secrets of the Gold Coast

Olympian and four-time national triathlon champion and Gold Coast local Courtney Atkinson invites visitors to explore 'local' secrets.


New contact details for EQI Sunshine Coast office

Sunshine Coast ISP Operations
DE International (trading as Education Queensland International)

Department of Education
Level 5, Mike Ahern Building, 12 First Avenue, Maroochydore QLD
PO Box 5489, Maroochydore BC QLD 4558

Tel: 1800 411 644 (within Australia)
Tel: +617 5352 9225 (outside Australia)


Bookings open for the 2019 Holiday Adventure Program


Visit our Holiday Adventure Programs webpage to discover more about our exciting 2019 EQI adventure programs.


1800 QSTUDY available at all schools in 2019


Due to a successful roll-out of the service in Terms 3 and 4, the 1800 QSTUDY will be available to all our schools from Term 1, 2019. The service will not apply to Study Tour groups until later in 2019. For more information read the 1800 QSTUDY FAQs for agents.


In case you missed it...


Classroom in Queensland's beautiful Daintree Rainforest

James Cook University's (JCU) Daintree Rainforest Observatory must be one of the world's most spectacular classrooms. In this Classroom in the Rainforest video EQI international students conduct real-life research in this magnificent natural setting; swim with turtles on the Great Barrier Reef and float high above the ancient rainforest canopy.

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Last reviewed 10 December 2018
Last updated 10 February 2020