Earnshaw State College

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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 to 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.

Three reasons to choose Earnshaw State College

  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

School Information

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​Earnshaw State College provides Prep to Year 12 education in Banyo, a vibrant and growing district north of Brisbane. The College is just five minutes’ walk from the train station and a 20 minute train journey to the city. Nudgee Beach and one of Brisbane’s most significant Aboriginal sites are a short walk away, while the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are less than an hour by car.
A large range of sporting activities, music and the arts are an integral part of college life. Our business program achieves outstanding results nationally and internationally. Students can access extension programs, including coding and robotics, design thinking and individual pursuit learning programs, and have the opportunity to study Japanese from Prep to Year 12.
We enjoy a close relationship with our local universities and exploration of vocational and career pathways begins comprehensively from Year 10.
We are a small college making it easy to build strong relationships with both students and staff. Our teachers develop a thorough understanding of your learning and aspirations to engage you to strive to achieve your dreams. Earnshaw loves opening its doors to the world so when you join us you will be welcomed with friendship.   

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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

  • ​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 (3-minute walk from school)  
  • QUT early start university courses (Years 11 and 12)

School facilities

  • Air-conditioned classrooms
  • Campus-wide wireless internet access
  • Beautiful shaded grounds
  • International student resource centre
  • Creative technology workshop with 3D printers, drones and virtual reality equipment
  • Specialised facilities for industrial and visual arts, hospitality and science
  • Tennis, basketball and netball courts, sports hall and fields, 25m swimming pool
  • Library resource centre, bookshop and cafe
  • After hours school care

Extracurricular activities

  • Drama, art, dance and music (instrumental, bands and vocal groups) Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) including Young Engineers’ programs
  • Sports, including swimming, football, triathlon and skipping club  
  • School excursions to Japan and Canberra (Australia), skiing trip and a community project in Borneo
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Program (International Bronze award)
  • French conversation club
  • Study and homework clubs
  • Business boot camp

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 language from Prep to Year 12
  • Friendship with Showa High School, Nagoya, Japan

Special programs

  • Gender-based education to cater for different learning needs
  • Da Vinci's Workshop creative maker space
  • Coding (from Prep) 
  • Diploma course in Business (Year 11)
  • Certificate courses in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Hospitality
  • International ambassador program to link you with peers who become instant friends
  • Earnshaw Learning Online: 24-hour access to assessments, homework and lessons 


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 22 May 2018
Last updated 22 May 2018