Palm Beach Currumbin State High

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Principal's Welcome

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all International students wishing to study at Palm Beach Currumbin State High. I am very proud of our International Program and the special opportunities it provides to students. We aim to assist every student to achieve their full potential and our mission is reflected in our school’s motto of "Nil Sed Optima" – "Nothing but the Best". We do this by providing an extensive choice of subjects including Academic, Sporting and Creative Arts Excellence programs which add to the richness of the educational experience. Our dedicated staff are there to support you in all aspects of the program. You will find our staff and students friendly, approachable, they share a love of our school. I would like to invite you to experience the wonderful culture of PBC and look forward to the honour of welcoming you to our community soon.

Three reasons to choose Palm Beach Currumbin State High

  1. Exceptional educational facilities and the best location on the Gold Coast
  2. Programs that develop every student’s unique talents and enhance their education
  3. An outstanding international program that has been running for many years

School Information

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​Palm Beach Currumbin State High (PBC) is located on the beautiful Gold Coast in South East Queensland, Australia.

Imagine 35 acres of extraordinary land on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean, bordered by a river, and within easy walking distance to one of the world’s best surfing beaches. It is little wonder that the unmatched setting of PBC has made it one of the most popular international schools in Queensland.

As a large school, we have the distinct advantage of offering a wide range of diverse programs and opportunities, delivered by highly trained and experienced teachers, and using state-of-the-art technology, including the internet, multimedia equipment, aquaculture centre and laboratories.

At PBC, we believe in recognition and celebration of hard work, effort and high achievement in all areas of schooling. We offer students a wide range of activities and experiences not available at any other Gold Coast school.

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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

  • ​Griffith University (GU) Partnerships
  • Bond University Student for a Semester program

School facilities

  • Aquaculture centre
  • Auditorium
  • Boatshed
  • Dance studios
  • Drama theatre 
  • Engineering workshops
  • Gymnasium 
  • Middle school precinct
  • Multimedia conference theatre
  • Recording studio
  • Science laboratories
  • Tennis courts
  • Trade Training Centre
  • Gymnasium
  • Adjacent swimming pool access

Extracurricular activities

  • Instrumental music
  • School musical
  • Debating
  • Interschool team and individual sports competitions
  • Dance and drama
  • Sports 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 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


  • ​Japanese
  • Spanish

Special programs

  • Academic Excellence
  • Creative Arts Excellence
  • Sports Excellence
  • Nationally acclaimed sports excellence program in 10 sports
  • Unique marine studies and aquatic practices programs, featuring over 100 watercraft
  • Dance, drama and music extension


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 11 July 2016
Last updated 24 March 2017