Helensvale State High School

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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 2500 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 one 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.

Three reasons to choose Helensvale State High School

  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.

School Information

Year established:
Number of students:

Welcome to Helensvale State High.

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 has a vibrant culture of achievement and opportunity.

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

Contact details


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

  • Griffith University (GU) and Bond University
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland Gold Coast​
  • Partnership with Griffith University (GU) in biology, chemistry, business education, information technology, engineering and health
  • Students can start a university course while still at school 
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships

School facilities

  • ​Photography darkroom
  • Indoor sports arena
  • Restaurant and professional standard kitchens
  • Performing arts centre
  • Dance studio
  • Laptop Bring Your Own Device Program
  • International Student Amenities

Extracurricular activities

  • Dance troupes
  • Music ensembles and band
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Range of academic competitions
  • Japan trip
  • Ski trip
  • Northern Collegiate Australian Business Week

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

Special programs

  • Certificate II in Live Production Theatre and Events, Horticulture, Fashion, Hospitality, Dance, Tourism and Information Technology
  • Certificate III in Media, Business, Sport and Recreation and Children’s Services
  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Events
  • Certificate IV in Justice Studies
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)​
  • ​Marine & aquatic studies


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 06 November 2018