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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:
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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