Burnside State High School

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Principal's Welcome

On behalf of the students, staff and parents of Burnside SHS, welcome to our school community. All aspects of our culture reflect our school motto “Smaller, Smarter, Safer”. We are an inclusive school embracing and nurturing the Education Queensland International program to help celebrate diversity and International partnerships. We actively promote international friendships and language learning in the real world through our Sister Schools Program in Japan and Indonesia.

Burnside SHS provides a breath of subjects to cater for a wide variety of needs. Our signature programs include the Volleyball Excellence program and our Horizons one:one laptop program.

We also offer subjects unique to our location being only 15minutes from the beach. This includes Marine Studies and Recreational Pursuits which includes a beach unit. Burnside SHS is ready for the challenge in providing a quality experience for our International visitors.

Three reasons to choose Burnside State High School

  1. Smaller class sizes in a smaller school setting
  2. Smarter senior options leading to outstanding results
  3. Safer, more supportive learning environment​

School Information

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​Burnside State High School is a multi-award winning school located at the foot of the Blackall Ranges on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Just 20 minutes from the coast’s beautiful beaches, Burnside is a leader in the Senior Phase of Learning and enjoys an enviable reputation for excellence in the wider school community. Burnside has among the best academic outcomes in the region, and a truly diverse and exciting curriculum. Centrally located to all of the Sunshine Coast’s major attractions, international students will have the best of both worlds –the beautiful, lush hinterland environs as well as close proximity to some of Australia’s best surf beaches. Technology, the arts, science, sports and recreation – across all endeavours, Burnside State High School is the place to be. 100% of students at Burnside State High School state it’s a good school.

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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

  • ​​University links with University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and TAFE Queensland East Coast​

School facilities

  • Music recording studio
  • Indoor sports facility
  • Marine studies – power and canoes
  • ​Gymnasium/weights room
  • Rugby and soccer fields
  • 2 x double tennis/basketball courts
  • ​Burnside Professional Learning Centre​

Extracurricular activities

  • Senior marine studies – Heron Island snorkelling 
  • Boating
  • Surfing 
  • Choir
  • Musical
  • Dance
  • Gym
  • Biology camp
  • Broncos rugby league games
  • Arts expo

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


  • Japanese
  • Indonesian 
  • Japanese and Indonesian speaking staff
  • English as an Additional Dialect/Language (EAD/L) trained staff​

Special programs

  • Volleyball Excellence Program
  • Senior recreational studies (surfing, rock climbing, outdoor activities)
  • TREK Program
  • HORIZONS 1:1 Laptop Program
  • Trade Training Centre – Hospitality
  • Instrumental Music and Music Industry Programs
  • Head Start and Tertiary Prep Programs via University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
  • International Students Orientation Program
  • International Students Ambassador Program
  • Beacon Leadership Program Year 10
  • 1:1 Laptop Program for senior students
  • Interschool sport​


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 26 August 2016
Last updated 12 April 2017