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

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At Earnshaw State College, we provide Prep to Year 12 education in Banyo, a vibrant and growing district north of Brisbane.

Our college is just a five-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 are a short walk away, while the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are less than one 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.

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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 (three-minute walk from school)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) early start university courses (Years 11 and 12) – Start QUT

School facilities

  • International student support and resource centre
  • Baseball batting cage and baseball bullpen
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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

Extracurricular activities

  • Drama, art, dance and music (instrumental, bands and vocal groups)
  • Book and writing clubs
  • STEM including Young Engineers programs
  • A range of sports including swimming, football, triathlon and competition skipping
  • School excursions to Japan and Canberra (Australia), skiing trip and a community project in Borneo
  • 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

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 (other languages through Distance Education)
  • Spanish and Mandarin conversation club

Special programs

  • Baseball Academy (Years 4–12)
  • Performing Arts Academy (Secondary)
  • Year 2 strings instrumental music program – whole cohort
  • Da Vinci’s Workshop Creative Makerspace - all students
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), robotics and coding from Prep
  • Diploma course in Business (Year 11)
  • Certificate courses in Micro business – Cert III, Sports and Recreation – Cert III and Information, Digital Media and Technology – Cert III
  • International ambassador program linking international students with peers
  • 24/7 online access to highly effective digital classrooms, assessments and homework


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