Benowa State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​​We are a community that encourages excellence, applauds achievement and celebrates diversity. True to this belief, our school is a community of learners driven by an excellence that encompasses academic, cultural and sporting achievement. Our student numbers include some sixty international students from Asia, Europe and the Americas, each of whom adds to our celebrated intercultural diversity.We are proudly a member of the Council of International Schools and I invite you to read more to appreciate our commitment to internationalism. Our academic programs in the middle and senior phase of learning are nationally lauded and our sporting achievements rank on both the Australian and World stage. Our links in the Pacific and France through French immersion provide an exciting curriculum in French language that attracts academic achievers to our community.I encourage you to look into our website to see and read of the exciting learning opportunities that our school provides. Indeed, we are a school of  "Many pathways - No limits".

Three reasons to choose Benowa State High School

  1. Quality education programs that provide many pathways for students  
  2. Diverse range of specialist programs including French Immersion, Music Excellence, Sport Excellence, Waldorf Education Program and science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) programs
  3. A school that values diversity and celebrates cultures

School Information

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Benowa State High School is located in the heart of Gold Coast City. It has a reputation as one of the Gold Coast’s leading co- educational high schools. Students from over 60 nations and new arrivals to the Gold Coast form a significant proportion of the student population. Teacher professionalism and a caring attitude are embedded in the daily life of the school. Benowa High is a school focused on "many pathways – no limits".


We are a community that encourages excellence, applauds achievement and celebrates diversity. In 1990, Benowa State High School pioneered Education Queensland’s international program on the Gold Coast. We are an accredited member of the Council of International Schools.

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Homestay

Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • Bond University and Griffith University (GU) – University Pathways Program
  • The University of Melbourne
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
  • Vocational education training courses

School facilities

  • Maritime training centre
  • Dance and recording studios
  • Library link to university libraries
  • Science laboratories
  • Bring your own device laptop program
  • Business education centre
  • Art facilities – kiln and darkroom
  • Sports fields and courts
  • Language centre of excellence

Extracurricular activities

  • Choirs, orchestras and bands
  • Volleyball – senior girls’ team ranked number one in Australia
  • Touch football – senior boys’ elite team
  • Reef and snow trips
  • International student excursions to Sydney and Melbourne
  • International student exchanges
  • DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue Française) exam (French-language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education)
  • School musical/eisteddfods

Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page

Languages

  • ​French
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Special programs

  • Academic French Immersion Program –  first place in World Language Perfect competition – 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Music Excellence program
  • Sports Excellence programs
  • Marine science
  • Dance Excellence program
  • Science, technology and engineering
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (Year 10 2017)
  • Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation
  • International Student Program accreditation
  • ​French language school accredited by LabelFrancÉducation

Disclaimer

The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last reviewed 02 June 2017
Last updated 02 June 2017