Kawana Waters State College

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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 two adjoining campuses. The total current student population is 1530.

Our College is situated on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, approximately 100 km 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, engaging curriculum.

International friendships, International Study Tours and a global perspective projected through our curriculum are the result of a very successful and internationally celebrated International Program that hosts hundreds of International students from Asia, Europe, The Americas and 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.

Three reasons to choose Kawana Waters State College

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

School Information

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Number of students:

We are centrally located on the Sunshine Coast, about one 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.

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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 (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)

School facilities

  • Aquatics centre, Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Extensive sports facilities
  • Performing arts centre
  • Marine aquaculture, marine studies and boating equipment
  • International student centre

Extracurricular activities

  • Surfing camp
  • Senior marine science studies excursions
  • Leadership development
  • Musical dance and drama performances and excursions
  • International student excursions
  • Writers workshops and competitions

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 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 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. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


  • ​Japanese

Special programs

  • Aquatics Excellence program
  • Arts Excellence program
  • Football School of Excellence
  • Academic Curriculum Excellence program
  • Marine science
  • 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


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 20 June 2022