Benowa State School

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Principal's Welcome

​Welcome to Benowa State School on Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast.
This is an amazing school, with a rich history that reflects great pride and diversity, and a school of excellence in education that prepares pathways of opportunity for all students.
This experience in education is woven into a significantly diverse and rich tapestry of multicultural backgrounds. This diversity is mapped across the globe with over 40 different languages other than English spoken as a first language.
I am truly overwhelmed by the depth and desire of our professional team of teachers and support staff to make a significant contribution to shaping the best educational environment for our students at Benowa. This strong belief in ‘lifelong learning’ shows students that learning is everybody’s business every day.
The true beauty of our school culture rests with our commitment to the wellbeing of all people as a primary purpose to shaping our future humanity. Our commitment to wellbeing is driven by this message from the World Health Organisation:
“Wellbeing is a state in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
I look forward to welcoming you to Benowa State School.

Three reasons to choose Benowa State School

  1. ​Fast-growing multicultural primary school on the Gold Coast
  2. Thriving arts and digital technology programs
  3. Aligned pathways into Benowa State High School

School Information

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Benowa State School is located in the popular Gold Coast suburb of Benowa. The school has a diverse student population representing over 70 nationalities and cultures. Most students complete their primary schooling from Prep year, enabling them to benefit from the school’s high standards in the pursuit of academic, cultural, social and sporting excellence.

Preparation for high school begins from Grade 5 through the Raising Academic Performance (RAP) program and partnerships with local high schools and Queensland Academies.

The school’s facilities include a lab, media room and interactive science rooms. All classrooms have wi-fi and a large LCD screen, and every class has access to iPads to support a 21st Century learning culture.​

Contact details


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

School facilities

  • Two computer laboratories
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science Laboratory
  • Wi-fi in every learning space
  • School sports and Activities Hall
  • Multipurpose courts
  • International Friendship Garden

Extracurricular activities

  • School Camp (Years 4, 5 and 6)
  • Inter-school sports
  • Clubs include dance, robotics, gardening, science, sports and fitness
  • Go and Run before school running program
  • Raising Academic Performance (RAP) initiative

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



Special programs

  • Strings and brass instrumental music program
  • Choral music program
  • Sporting carnivals
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Cross-country
  • Dance program
  • Digital technologies program
  • ​Chaplaincy Program


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 11 October 2018
Last updated 11 October 2018