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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​James Nash State High School is a large rural, coeducational secondary school located in the town of Gympie. The school is situated just north of the internationally listed biosphere of Noosa. Gympie is nestled between Fraser Island and Brisbane. James Nash provides students with a quintessential Queensland country town experience, while being in close proximity to the attractions of Queensland's tourism treasures.

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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

  • ​University of the Sunshine Coast link courses in English and engineering, providing University credit and potential direct university entry for successful students
  • University of the Sunshine Coast also conducts Middle School of Excellence courses in creative writing, mathematics and science.

School facilities

  • ​Library
  • Information Technology Building
  • Performing Arts Theatre
  • Industrial Design Centre
  • Hospitality Kitchens
  • Three Sporting Ovals
  • Music Block
  • Multipurpose Sporting Facilities
  • International Language Centre

Extracurricular activities

  • ​School rugby union
  • Touch football
  • Book club
  • Makerspace club (robotics and computer programming)
  • Instrumental music program
  • School performance groups
  • Gifted and talented programs/ Opti-MINDS
  • School musicians/physical theatre troupe
  • Chess Club
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Formula One model racing

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 link programs in English and engineering
  • Drama/instrumental music
  • Vocational education training programs
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Road craft driver education


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 31 July 2018
Last updated 31 July 2018