Helensvale State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​​Small international program personalised for individual student’s needs and EAL/D support
  2. Academic Excellence EXCITE in four core areas – English, SOSE, mathematics and science
  3. Extensive sports excellence programs including track and field, volleyball, soccer, AFL, netball ​and rugby.

Principal's welcome

​Welcome to Helensvale State High School, which is a dynamic and academic school that strives to put the interests of students first in all we do by providing a personal learning experience for each and every student.

We are now the academic school of choice on the Northern Gold Coast with over 2,​500 students attending our school. We have a highly sought after International Student Program that accepts a maximum of 25 international students each year.

The international students experience the best of care and support and a world of opportunities to engage in academics, the Arts, sport, marine studies and 1 ​​of the widest range of subjects and activities within any school in Queensland. Helensvale High school is the place to maximise your academic learning in an exciting mix of opportunities, community, family and personalised care and support.

School overview

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Welcome to Helensvale State High School.

Our learning mission ensures that each student engages personally in our school and achieves to their full potential.

We have an innovative learning community that prepares our students for the future.

Helensvale State High School has a vibrant culture of achievement and opportunity, enriched by enthusiastic and talented students, professional staff and a supportive and nurturing school community.

Our Learning Vision: ‘One Student, One Community, Many Futures’.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Diploma of Business
  • Cert IV Justice Studies
  • Cert III Business, Screen and Media, Dance, Visual Arts (Photography)
  • Cert III and II Fitness, Sport and Recreation
  • Cert II Workplace Skills Horticulture, Creative Industries, Digital Media and Technology, Kitchen Operations, Tourism
  • Academies: EXCITE (academic), Japanese, sport (AFL, netball, soccer), Arts and education for entrepreneurs
  • Laptop program 1–​1
  • Tertiary pathways – Griffith, Bond and Southern Cross Universities and TAFE Queensland
  • Honours program for academic Students

Extracurricular activities

  • Great Barrier Reef trip
  • Day trips – local themeparks, Byron Bay, Gold Coast beaches
  • Study GC international student hub
  • Dance and performing arts showcases
  • Australian Business Week – Northern Collegiate
  • Music ensembles and bands

School facilities

  • State-of-the-art commercial kitchen and restaurant
  • International student social and study space
  • Performing arts centre
  • Dance studio
  • Indoor gymnasium and sports activity centre
  • Outdoor football fields
  • Local swimming pool access
  • Photography darkroom
  • Industrial technology and design (ITD) workshops
  • Marine studies – Aquatics program

Tertiary pathways

  • Local – Griffith, Bond and Southern Cross Universities
  • Brisbane – Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland
  • TAFE Queensland and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)​


  • ​Japanese
  • Distance e​​ducation (other languages)​

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.

Contact details


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