Kawana Waters State College

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​Quality education in a safe, healthy and unique location
  2. Highly successf​ul tertiary and post-school pathways for all students
  3. 21st century learning.​​

Principal's welcome

​Hello, my name is Colin Allen-Waters and I am the proud College Principal of Kawana Waters State College.

Kawana Waters State College is a co-educational Queensland Government State School offering education from Prep to Year 12 on 2 adjoining campuses. The total current student population is 1530.

Our College is situated on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, approximately 100km north of Brisbane. Located between Mooloolaba and Caloundra, our College is unique because it is not only close the Pacific Ocean, but also to the world class sports and rowing precincts of Stockland Park and Lake Kawana. Because of this unique location, we have built valuable partnerships that have played an important role in our Programs of Excellence in football and aquatics. We also offer Programs of Excellence in academia and the Arts as part of our diverse and engaging curriculum.

International friendships, international study tours and a global perspective projected through our curriculum are the results of a very successful and internationally celebrated international program that hosts hundreds of international students from Asia, Europe, the Americas and Great Britain annually. The culture of our College is positively shaped by this exciting program. Kawana Waters P–12 State College is internationally accredited through the Council of International Schools.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

​We are centrally located on the Sunshine Coast, about 1 hour north of Brisbane. Positioned between the ocean and lakes, we offer students a unique Australian education experience.​​

Our highly skilled staff provide a quality education from Prep​ to Year 12 in a caring and safe environment.

Our vision is to develop lifelong learners who make a positive contribution to our global society. We have been welcoming students to our International Study Program since 1997.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad
Primary School

Special programs

  • Aquatics Excellence program
  • Arts Excellence program
  • Football School of Excellence
  • Academic Curriculum Excellence program
  • Programs of distinction in the Arts: drama, dance, visual arts and music
  • Vocational education and training in marine, tourism, computing, arts, hospitality and construction
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Tutorial programs
  • Gifted and talented program

Extracurricular activities

  • Surfing camps
  • School camps/excursions
  • Leadership development
  • Musical dance and drama performances and excursions
  • International student excursions
  • Writers workshops and competitions
  • Football
  • Swimming carnival
  • Athletics carnival
  • School Sport Representative program

School facilities

  • Aquatics centre, Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Extensive sports facilities
  • Performing arts centre
  • Hospitality and catering rooms
  • International student centre

Tertiary pathways

  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Head-start program and Health Gateway program
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast specialist course entry program
  • Sunshine Coast Trade Training Centre
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital (Allied Health)


  • ​Japanese (face​-to-face)

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.

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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