Cavendish Road State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​​​Welcome to one of the most innovative schools in Queensland! Cavendish Road State High School has a proud tradition of being one of the first public high schools established in Brisbane with many past students moving into prominent positions globally after graduating.

Cavendish Road SHS is recognised as a school of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Philosophy with students studying advanced courses at Griffith University and the University of Queensland which lead to direct entry.

We are Australia’s leading schools in Football, with strong relationships with Queensland Roar (Australian A-League team).

Our Jazz and Instrumental Music programs offer students opportunities in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and voice.

Most importantly, we are a school that values personal excellence, innovation and inclusivity. We are confident that you will find our school an exciting place to study while in Australia.

Three reasons to choose Cavendish Road State High School

  1. ​University subjects taught in school
  2. Programs for gifted students, including science, mathematics, music extension, English extension and philosophy
  3. Academies for Football Excellence, with partners in Australia’s A-League.

School Information

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​Cavendish Road State High School embodies the proud traditions of one of Brisbane’s first public high schools and enjoys a strong reputation for high quality education. Students enjoy an extensive range of subjects, including exclusive accelerated academic and sporting excellence programs. Situated in the leafy inner southern suburbs, the school is close to universities, Brisbane’s central business district and major shopping centres. Public transport is readily available, with students enrolling from across the southern and bayside suburbs.

Cavendish Road’s motto, "Nil Sine Pulvere, Nil Praeter Optima" "Nothing Without Effort, Nothing But the Best", is reflected in our core values of courtesy, cooperation, consideration, commitment and challenge. Our vision is to achieve and celebrate success through a commitment to individual excellence.

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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

  • Specialised academic pathways to university, delivered at school
  • The University of Queensland (UQ) credit recognition program in mathematics
  • Griffith University (GU) guaranteed entry programs in mathematics and science, including biomedical science (pre-medical degree)
  • Study at university programs offered by local universities

School facilities

  • ​Kinesiology and bioscience facility
  • Specialist music rooms
  • Fully-equipped gymnasium
  • Only Australian secondary school to have nationally-accredited Academy program in touch football
  • Football teachers accredited with Asia A & B coaching licence

Extracurricular activities

  • ​Drum line
  • Kokoda Challenge
  • Opti-Minds
  • Variety of musical bands
  • Ski trip
  • World Challenge

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


  • ​German
  • Japanese

Special programs

  • Academy of Ideas (Philosophy)
  • Academy of Accelerated Mathematics - offering university credit on completion
  • Academy of Science – offering direct entry to some Griffith University (GU) courses
  • Jazz Music Academy 
  • English extension
  • Music extension program
  • ​Certificate III in Fitness


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 31 July 2018
Last updated 31 July 2018