Our school is:
Inclusive – Diversity is valued and students have opportunities to practice respectful, intercultural communication.
Global education – with curriculum practices that encourage communication with schools and students from all around the world
Challenging – Students have the opportunity to confront ethical and  cultural issues connected with the role of being an international student.
The International Team
Ms Suanne McGreachan Ms Sharon Forbes

Ms Suanne McGreachan

Head of Department

Ms Sharon Forbes

International Liaison Officer

The international program

GlobeOur International Program is not only about the International students who come to us for varying amounts of time throughout the year but also includes the many students we have that are involved in the Study Tour Programs with Japan, the Italian Exchange to Bologna Italy, the Italian Immersion Program in Cividale Italy as well as our Sister School in China.

In 2018 Sunshine Beach State High school won the State Award - Showcase Award for Excellence in Schools - Global Education.

Our school profile

Sunshine Beach High is situated in the heart of the United Nation’s recognised Biosphere Reserve therefore perfectly equipped to provide a unique opportunity for Environmental and Marine Studies.
The school is surrounded by lakes, rivers, forests, beaches and ocean with nearby National Parks and natural reserve unique in the world.

The school grounds are green and lush with lots of shady trees.  the school buildings are all on one level until 2020, when we move into a new two storey building.

International students are able to experience high levels of exposure to ICT for content delivery and study. These skills will be very valuable when returning to their home country.

We have the Noosa Aquatic Centre (swimming pools) and Noosa Tennis Club right next door for students to use.

On our path to the future, we will not forget our identity and where we came from. We respectfully acknowledge this land and its traditional owners
(Gubbi-Gubbi tribe).  

What we study at Sunshine Beach State High School?

Our geographical position has some relevance to whArial view of schoolat and how we study at Sunshine Beach State High School.
The proximity to the water contributes to the development of unique marine studies courses with ‘hands on’ experience in Marine Science research tasks on Heron island which is part of the Great Barrier Reef. 
We also have access to many of "The Arts" areas such as Art, Photography, Dance, Drama and Music.
Our "Languages" area has Italian but students an also access other languages by Distance Education such as Japanese, Spanish, German, Indonesian & French.
In the "Technology" area, we have Industrial Design, Graphics, Furnishing, Fashion, Hospital and Childhood Studies.
Our "Science" faculty covers a wide range of sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Marine Science and Aquatic Practices.
Our "English" faculty offers English and Literature whilst "Humanities" covers Geography, History, Economics, Legal Studies and Psychology.
There are also many other subjects that are in the VET area for studies staying longer in Business, Engineering and Aviation, however students would have to be enrolled for a two year program.
The Senior Course Guide (PDF, 1558KB) will give you more detail about each subject we offer.

What do you experience at Sunshine Beach High?

  • Surf safety
  • Surf lesson from a world champion
  • Visit the largest sand island in the world 'Fraser Island'
  • Enjoy feeding the dolphins and snorkelling around the wrecks on Tangalooma Island
  • Visit Melbourne and Sydney and see the sights
  • Visit the theme parks on the Gold Coast
  • Participate in the many EQI adventure tours during school holidays to the Red Centre or North Queensland

Quality assurance checklist         

  • Successful International ProgramInternational student
  • Accredited School
  • Manageable group for the program
  • School organises everything
  • High academic expectations
  • Hands on activity and interaction
  • On site and off site learning
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Study support
  • ESL support
  • Registered and qualified staff on and off campus
  • Accredited and experienced host familiesSand dunes
  • Airport reception and transfers
  • Farewell functions - certificates & gifts to all students
  • Very supportive staff to assist students throughout their stay.


Important reminder for enrolments, 2019/2020

  • International students enrolled in Mathematics Methods (Maths B) or Specialist Mathematics (Maths C) MUST bring a graphics calculator (Texas Instruments T1-4 or TI-84 Plus CE) - this is a syllabus requirement.
  • Students are required to bring their own laptop to school to be interfaced with the school network.  A connection fee of $60 is required for this to happen.  It is a once off fee.

Contact details

Suanne McGreachan : Head of Department

International and Languages

Telephone: (07) 5440 4221
Fax: (07) 5440 4200

Last reviewed 04 June 2019
Last updated 04 June 2019