Burnside State High School

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Sunshine Coast

Burnside State High School

Principal's Welcome

On behalf of the students, staff and parents of Burnside SHS, welcome to our school community. All aspects of our culture reflect our school motto “Smaller, Smarter, Safer”. We are an inclusive school embracing and nurturing the Education Queensland International program to help celebrate diversity and International partnerships. We actively promote international friendships and language learning in the real world through our Sister Schools Program in Japan and Indonesia.

Burnside SHS provides a breath of subjects to cater for a wide variety of needs. Our signature programs include the Volleyball Excellence program and our Horizons one:one laptop program.

We also offer subjects unique to our location being only 15minutes from the beach. This includes Marine Studies and Recreational Pursuits which includes a beach unit. Burnside SHS is ready for the challenge in providing a quality experience for our International visitors.

School Information

Year established: 1979
Number of students: 808

At Burnside State High School we are a multi award-winning school located at the base of the Blackall Ranges in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

We are 20 minutes from beautiful beaches and located near major tourist attractions so you can enjoy both the beautiful Hinterland environment and some of the best surfing beaches in Australia.

As a leader in the senior phase of learning we enjoy a reputation for excellence in the community.

Choose from our diverse and exciting curriculum including technology, the arts, science, sports and recreation.

We nurture a culture of respect, friendliness and passion for life and our community welcomes International students.

University or vocational pathways

  • University links with University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and TAFE Queensland
  • School facilities

  • Music recording studio
  • Indoor sports facility
  • Marine studies - power boats and canoes
  • Gymnasium including weights
  • Rugby and soccer fields
  • Covered tennis and basketball courts
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/International Building
  • Burnside Professional Learning Centre
  • University links with USC and TAFE Queensland East Coast
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Junior and senior marine studies - snorkelling and boating
  • Surfing
  • Choir
  • Musical
  • Dance
  • School gym
  • Excursions to local areas and Brisbane
  • Biology camp
  • Broncos Rugby league games
  • Arts expo
  • Languages

  • Japanese
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese, Indonesian and German speaking staff
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) trained staff
  • Special programs

  • Volleyball Excellence Program
  • Senior recreational studies - surfing, rock climbing and other outdoor activities
  • Trade Training Centre – hospitality
  • Instrumental music and music industry programs
  • Dance company
  • Head-Start and Tertiary Preparation Programs with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
  • International Students Orientation program
  • International Students Buddy program
  • International Cultural Immersion program
  • Beacon Leadership Program Year 10
  • 1:1 IPad program for senior students
  • Interschool sport
  • Certificate III in Aviation Remote Pilot
  • Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
  • Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule: https://eqi.com.au/study-options/fees

    School Entry Requirements

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program

    Disclaimer: 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: 01/08/2019