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Airport Transfers


The Homestay Coordinator or International Student Coordinator will ensure students are greeted at either the Sunshine Coast Airport or the Brisbane Airport. They will then be driven straight to the student's homestay accommodation.

Ongoing Student Support Services


Ms Leila Atkinson, the International Student Coordinator is on hand to assist any students with subject changes, timetables, assignment and exam support as well as general personal concerns. For concerns about homestay students should contact Mrs Brenda Orr, the Homestay Coordinator. Ongoing assistance is given in the following areas:
  • Academic support if required
  • Regular student meetings
  • Regular social gatherings
  • Homestay support
  • Guidance and counselling support
  • Attendance monitoring
  • Travel advice and documentation
  • Correspondence with parents/agents.
The school also offers the services of a School-based Nurse, two Guidance Officers, a Chaplain and a School-based Police Officer who can offer assistance and guidance in a number of areas.

English as Another Language or Dialect Support (EAL/D)

All International students are expected to participate in a 70 minute EAL/D lesson. During this time the students will be given support with homework and assignments as well as having structured English lessons that will help to improve both their spoken and written English.


Maroochydore State High School offers a wide range of subjects which cater for international students. Some of the more popular subjects chosen by our overseas students are:
  • Marine Studies which offers sailing, power boating, snorkeling and a four-night Heron Island camp
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Geography
  • Hospitality – Restaurant and Bar Courses
  • Tourism – Gateway School Queensland College of Wine Tourism
  • Engineering Manufacturing – Industrial Technology and Design
  • Music
  • Art
  • Health and Recreation eg. Surfing and Excellence in Cricket
  • Aquatic Practices
  • Sport and Extra-Curricular Activities
Maroochydore State High School offers International students an opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities. Some of these activities involve sports played within the school, whilst others may participate in competitions against other schools. Some of the sports include: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Surfing, Australian Football, Cricket, Touch Football, Cheer-leading, Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming.
The school also offers a range of other activities for International students. Some of these may include trips to Sydney or Melbourne, The Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Whale Watching and a Brisbane Broncos rugby league game are normally organised for each semester, depending on demand.
All international students are required to complete a two day Surf Awareness Course run in conjunction with Maroochydore Surf School to help ensure they will be safe during their stay in Australia at the beach. The school can organise private surfing lessons for any students who are interested if they do not choose surfing as a school subject. We also organise BBQ's for International students and host families on a regular basis.