James Nash State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​​My name is Darrin Edwards and I am proud to be the Principal of James Nash State High School. Located on the northern side of the growing township of Gympie, James Nash State High School is a large secondary school (1270 students) in Education Queensland’s North Coast Region and services the communities of the Gympie Regional Council. Gympie is the administrative, heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Coast area. Gympie boasts a tradition and heritage that few areas in Queensland can offer. A city of 16,000 people, Gympie has the warm hospitality of a country town with all the conveniences of a modern city. Known as the 'Town that Saved Queensland', Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. James Nash has a strong history with the International Student Study Program and is an Independent Public School.

Three reasons to choose James Nash State High School

  1. ​We are recognised as a hub of educational excellence
  2. Excellence pathways in English
  3. Learning partnerships with regional Universities and TAFE colleges

School Information

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At James Nash State High School we are located in Gympie, a medium-sized Australian town surrounded by farms and national parks.

Gympie is north of Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane and is a short drive from the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

At our large coeducational school we offer you a quintessential Queensland country town experience.

We also give you a more broad Australian experience with visits to other locations, including regular weekend trips to the world-famous seaside resort town of Noosa.

Our school provides a safe, calm learning environment where you can succeed.

We welcome international students so our students can broaden their learning and make new friends.

We hope you enjoy being part of our school and experiencing Australian life.​

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

  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) link courses in English and engineering provide university credit and an opportunity for direct entry into university for successful students

School facilities

  • Library with computer access
  • Information technology building
  • Performing arts theatre
  • Industrial technology and design centre
  • Hospitality kitchens
  • 3 sports ovals
  • Tennis courts
  • Music block
  • Multipurpose sporting facilities
  • International language centre

Extracurricular activities

  • School Rugby union
  • Instrumental music program
  • School performance groups such as our vocal group
  • Gifted and talented programs
  • School musicians and physical theatre troupe
  • Chess club
  • Futsal
  • Junior regional council
  • Golf
  • Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge and robotics

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


  • ​German

Special programs

  • Year 12 English extension literature
  • Extension excellence programs
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) link programs in English and engineering
  • Student Representative Council
  • Volunteering and fundraising opportunities
  • Drama and instrumental music
  • Vocational education and training programs
  • Year 11 leadership development camp
  • Road-craft driver education
  • ​USC offers Middle School of Excellence courses in creative writing and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics)


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 11 October 2018
Last updated 11 October 2018