Caloundra State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​ Welcome to Caloundra State High School. We take special care so your time with us is one to remember. You will receive a world class education from our experienced teachers studying subjects like Marine Science, Tourism, Hospitality, Mathematics and English. Outside of class, you can join sporting teams and do other activities like gym, Arts (Dance, Drama, Music) Surf Lifesaving and surfing lessons at the 6 local beaches you can walk to. To help you settle into school, you will have a buddy, access to the International Student room, staff to support you and a host family who will welcome you into their home.

While you are at our school, we will make sure that you experience some of Australia so will organise trips to places like Australia Zoo and Sydney. Our International students enjoy their time with us and you will too! I look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Three reasons to choose Caloundra State High School

  1. Experienced staff delivering a broad curriculum that caters for academic and vocational pathways
  2. A positive school culture, with an atmosphere of tradition and high achievement
  3. Programs to nurture excellence in academic, cultural and sporting achievement to ensure students reach their full potential

School Information

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Caloundra State High School is located near the southern border of the Sunshine Coast, within walking distance to six beaches.

You can see the ocean from our school and access adjacent natural bushland.

We have a targeted curriculum for each of our junior, middle and senior secondary schools.

Our broad curriculum has options to suit your interests, and we provide direct pathways to employment, training or further education after Year 12.

Our extracurricular activities are extensive exposing our students to a range of experiences tailored to their individual needs.

We value diversity and, through our international student program, all of our students have opportunities to expand their knowledge about each other’s cultures.

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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

  • First year university subjects through University of Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland University
  • Access to local training providers to undertake certificate/diploma level courses (User Pays)
  • Direct entry programs to local universities

School facilities

  • Performing arts centre
  • Film, TV and new media green room
  • Extensive sporting fields
  • Indoor sporting centre
  • Commercial hospitality kitchens
  • Engineering and construction workshops
  • Technical Trade Training Centre
  • International student room

Extracurricular activities

  •  Performance groups – string ensemble, concert band, vocal ensemble, rock band, instrumental music and dance troupes'
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Senior, Middle and Junior student leadership programs
  • Inter-school sport, sporting gala days and association with local sporting clubs
  • Community Ambassador Z club (International Zonta Student Club)
  • International student excursions
  • Beginner surfing lessons

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.


  • Italian (Year 7–9)

Special programs

  • Academic Excellence programs
  • Sporting Excellence programs – Volleyball (Years 7–10), Rugby League (Years 7–12) and Surfing (Years 7–12)
  • Arts Extension programs – Dance and Music (Years 7–10)
  • High Performing Athletes program (Years 10–12)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths programs (Year 9)
  • Aerial Technology (Year 10)
  • Marine Science (Years 11–12)


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 20 June 2022