Earnshaw State College

Three reasons to choose us

  1. Proven academic success with 100% of senior students gaining a Queensland Certificate of Education
  2. Highly dedicated team of international student support staff, including a Master teacher, Japanese language support, English as a Second Language/Dialect (EAL/D) and TESOL-trained teachers
  3. Close relationships with local universities enabling senior students to begin university subjects in Years 11 and 12
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Principal's welcome

​​It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Earnshaw State College, an independent public school just 20 minutes from Brisbane city and 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast.

At Earnshaw, we focus on providing a seamless education pathway from Prep–​Year 12 and beyond, facilitated by our strong partnerships with universities and vocational training organisations.

Strong academic success, coupled with dedicated and friendly staff, ensures that each and every student achieves their potential. Earnshaw State College has a large and spacious campus environment enabling students to participate in a range of sporting and extracurricular pursuits.

We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful college to become part of the Earnshaw community.

School overview

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At Earnshaw State College, we are small, specialised and community-based. We provide Prep–​Year 12 education in Banyo—​a vibrant and growing district north of Brisbane.

Our college is just a 5-minute walk from a train station and a 20-minute train journey to the centre of Brisbane.

Nudgee Beach, and one of Brisbane’s most significant Aboriginal sites, is a short walk away. The wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are less than 1 hour by car.

We provide many opportunities for you to engage in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits, and our college staff build strong relationships with students to develop a thorough understanding of you and your aspirations.

At Earnshaw State College, we encourage you to be engaged and motivated to learn in a healthy, happy college culture that achieves results and builds your confidence and skills for the future.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad
Primary School

Special programs

  • Baseball Academy (Years 4–12)
  • Performing Arts Academy (Prep–12)
  • Strings instrumental music program (Years 2–5​)
  • Da Vinci’s Workshop Creative Makerspace – all students
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), robotics and coding from Prep
  • Diploma in Business (Years 11–12)
  • Certificate courses in Entrepreneurship (Cert III), Sports and Recreation (Certs II and III), Information Technology (Cert III)
  • International ambassador program linking international students with peers
  • Mentoring program and transitioning program for new students
  • Online digital classrooms for every subject, giving direct access to curriculum, assessments and homework

Extracurricular activities

  • Drama, art, dance and music (instrumental, bands and vocal groups) (Prep–12)
  • Book and writing clubs
  • STEM including Young Engineers programs
  • A range of sports including swimming, football, baseball, triathlon and competition skipping
  • School excursions to Japan, Canberra (Australia) and a skiing trip
  • Sister school friendship with Showa High School, Nagoya, Japan
  • Nominated school – exchange program between Education Queensland and Kobe Board of Education
  • Study and homework clubs – general and in specific curriculum areas with specialists

School facilities

  • International student support and resource centre
  • Baseball batting cage and baseball bullpen
  • STEM workshop with 3D printers, lasers, robotics, drones and virtual reality
  • Specialised facilities for industrial technology and visual arts with pottery kiln
  • Hospitality and barista facilities
  • Science laboratories and computer laboratories
  • Tennis, basketball and netball courts
  • Performing arts theatre with full lighting and sound facilities – learning space
  • Sports hall, large playing fields and 25m swimming pool
  • Library, bookshop and cafe
  • Outside school-hours care

Tertiary pathways

  • ​Network of support for career planning and tertiary options, including strong links to universities, TAFE and local employers
  • 'Uni Step-Up' program with Australian Catholic University (ACU) (3-minute walk from school)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) early start university courses (Years 11 and 12) – Start QUT


  • Japanese (Prep–​12)
  • Spanish (Years 4–8)
  • Gupshup conversation club​
  • Other languages supported through distance education​​​

Homestay and accommodation

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.

Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities.

Read more about homestay and accommodation options.

Holiday adventure programs

Holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified teachers and staff to ensure student safety.

Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.

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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.

Last updated 29 May 2023