Ormeau Woods State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​Diverse range of specialist programs, including Dance (Academy of Dance), Art (School of Fine Art – SoFA), Technology (TedEx), Digital Media (DigiX) and Academic Excellence (XL).
  2. A leading Queensland school where all students can excel in: academic studies, cultural and creative fields, sporting pursuits and community service.
  3. Personalised international team and support staff to assist and support our international students throughout their journey at Ormeau Woods.
Students in dance performance Student with robot Student painting a mural School sign

Principal's welcome

​Welcome to our International Student Program.

Ormeau Woods State High School (SHS) values our newly developed international student programs.

Since celebrating our 10th anniversary, our students have accomplished outstanding feats and development in academic, sporting, culture, arts and social areas.

We look forward to welcoming students from overseas destinations on both short- and long-term programs. Our school community already embraces families from different cultures and we value the cultural heritage of other nations. Ormeau Woods SHS is motivated to nurturing our students to becoming global citizens and passionate in encouraging global networks of friendship, education and business.

Our international programs prepare students with the knowledge, skills and attributes required in a globalised world which includes cultural understanding and personal development for our visitors and for our school community.

We are excited that you have chosen Ormeau Woods SHS for your education journey and our teachers and support staff are here to guide you throughout your stay.

With the spectacular Gold Coast region on our doorstep, there are many adventures and activities to explore.

We know that you will enjoy your educational experience at Ormeau Woods SHS.

School overview

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Ormeau Woods SHS is located just 30 minutes from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. We are surrounded by nature reserves and walking trails, with kangaroos often seen hopping around.

Our school prides itself on the four pillars: academic, sporting, community and cultural. Students can participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and we offer more than 40 elective subjects including robotics and engineering. Our motto, ‘Linking Learning with Life’ reflects our commitment to a curriculum that includes experiences outside the classroom and where there is a strong connection between school, family and community.

We have excellent facilities, technology and equipment to provide you with a quality education, and our staff, students and families work together as a team to achieve quality learning outcomes for all. Respect for self, each other, our school and the wider community are Ormeau Woods SHS’s guiding principles.

EQI programs offered

High School

Special programs

  • The Academy of Dance (Years 7–12)
  • Studio of Fine Art (SOFA) (Years 7–12)
  • DigiX (Digital Media Excellence) (Years 7–11)
  • XL (Academic Excellence) (Years 7–9)
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Dance
  • Touch Football Program endorsed by Touch Football Australia
  • After school tutorials
  • International study tours
  • Annual ski trip to New Zealand
  • Student leadership council
  • Choir
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) elective
  • LinCS Leo (community service)

Extracurricular activities

  • ​Instrumental music program
  • Kokoda Challenge
  • Biennial Japan tour​

School facilities

  • ​Multiple computer labs
  • First-class science laboratories
  • Performing arts theatre (including dance studio)
  • Industrial workshops
  • Large indoor gymnasium
  • Hospitality kitchens
  • Music practice rooms
  • Multimedia studio
  • Engineering and construction workshops
  • Creative industries studio

Tertiary pathways

  • ​Academic monitoring and tertiary guidance
  • Located within 40km of four leading Queensland universities
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE)


  • ​Japanese​

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.

Contact details


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