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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At Burnside State High School, we are a multi awardwinning school located at the base of the Blackall Ranges in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

We are 20 minutes from beautiful beaches and located near major tourist attractions so you can enjoy both the beautiful hinterland environment and some of the best surfing beaches in Australia.

As a leader in the senior phase of learning, we enjoy a reputation for excellence in the community.

Choose from our diverse and exciting curriculum including technology, the arts, science, sports and recreation.

We nurture a culture of respect, friendliness and passion for life and our community welcomes international students.

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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
  • Links to private providers for VET (Vocational Educational and Training) certificates

School facilities

  • Music recording studio
  • Indoor sports facility
  • Marine studies – power boats and canoes
  • Gymnasium including weights
  • Rugby and soccer fields
  • Covered tennis and basketball courts
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/International Building
  • Burnside Professional Learning Centre

Extracurricular activities

  • Student Representative Council
  • Junior and senior marine studies – snorkelling and boating
  • Surfing
  • Choir
  • Musical
  • Dance
  • School gym
  • Excursions to local areas and Brisbane
  • 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 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 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. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


  • Japanese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese, Indonesian and German speaking staff
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) trained staf

Special programs

  • Volleyball Excellence Program (Years 7–10)
  • Senior recreational studies – surfing, rock climbing and other outdoor activities (Years 11–12)
  • Trade Training Centre – hospitality (Years 9–12)
  • Instrumental music and music industry programs (Years 7–12)
  • Dance company (Years 7–12)
  • Headstart and Tertiary Preparation Programs with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) (Years 11–12)
  • International Students Orientation program
  • International Students Buddy program
  • International Cultural Immersion program
  • Beacon Leadership Program (Year 10)
  • 1:1 iPad program for senior students
  • Inter-school sport (Years 7–12)
  • Certificate III in Aviation Remote Pilot


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 updated 28 April 2022