Harristown State High School

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Principal's Welcome

At Harristown you will find a great many learning opportunities and life experiences. These are strengthened even further by community involvement and our diverse population of students from more than 32 different cultural backgrounds

Not only do we excel in academics, but we also tear up the sporting field, shine on the stage, build and design with creativity. We reach out to the world in search of experience and open our arms to share and celebrate with all cultures including our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. No matter what your passion, we have a program here at Harristown that will fulfil your needs and allow you to do well and perhaps exceed your own expectations.

I warmly invite you to join our Harristown State High School family.

We welcome you whole-heartedly to join with us, become a Harristown Hawk and take part in what could be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime.

Three reasons to choose Harristown State High School

  1. Extensive curriculum choice

  2. Skilled and caring teachers with expertise in their fields

  3. World-class faciliti​es

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​Harristown State High School is a co-educational school rich in talent across a wide range of areas – academic, sport, cultural and community service – with an impressive list of achievements. Curriculum is supplemented widely by real-life and lifelike experiences through excursions and invited speakers. The school has unique ties with the University of Southern Queensland. It offers a comprehensive range of subjects, and is extremely well resourced with world-class facilities. Dedicated, caring staff provide for students’ needs. The school values participation, relationships, integrity, diligence and enthusiasm.

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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

  • ​​Students can integrate university study with the senior curriculum through several high profile Queensland universities​

School facilities

  • Languages and cultures community centre

  • Sporting complex, featuring an indoor 25-metre swimming pool and gymnasiums with basketball and volleyball courts (multipurpose)

  • Modern classrooms, many with interactive learning technologies

  • Creative technology centre with 330-seat theatre

  • Trade Training Centre

  • Clontarf Academy rooms​

Extracurricular activities

  • Bard Stars for followers of Shakespeare

  • Debating 

  • Vocal and instrumental ensembles 

  • Harmony and NAIDOC weeks

  • World Challenge real-world education tour

  • Annual ski trip

  • Cultural and Indigenous captains

  • School cultural ambassador program

  • National competitions in science, business, mathematics and information technology​

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


  • ​Indonesian
  • German

Special programs

  • Academic Academy

  • Sport academies in soccer, volleyball, basketball and Rugby league, with students representing the school at regional, state and national level, with some overseas exchange travel

  • Dance, drama, film, television and new media

  • Agricultural science

  • Instrumental music and music extension programs

  • Industrial Skills Academy

  • English extension program

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies

  • Clontarf Academy for Indigenous boys

  • Vocational education programs

  • Annual school musical or drama production

  • Creative Generation – State Schools on State (CGEN) involvement

  • Arts day 

  • Local community day

  • Regional history conferences hosted​


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 12 April 2017
Last updated 12 April 2017