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Staff and Students



Barry Dittman


​Leila Atkinson

ISP Coordinator +61 7 54 097 357


Leila is the International Student Coordinator, one of the EAL/D support teachers and also teaches in the Life Technology and Health and Physical Education Faculty. She will offer support to all the International students throughout their stay at our school.

Michele Kirkland

Deputy Principal and Manager of the ISP Program

Michele is the Manager of the International Student Program at Maroochydore State High School and takes a keen interest in the welfare and progress of each international student.  

Brenda Orr

Homestay Coordinator

Phone: +61 7 5409 7309


Brenda is the International Student Homestay Coordinator and spends many hours interviewing homestay families to ensure our international students are placed with suitable families. She enjoys working with the International students and endeavour to ensure all students are happy in their homestay and have a very positive experience whilst in Australia. 

The Students

Maroochydore State High School started the International program in 2006 with only a small number of students. This has increased and now we have over 40 students enrolled at the school. Our international students integrate very well with the Australian students. These students come from countries like Germany, Brazil, Italy, China, Japan, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina and have chosen our school because of its location close to beautiful beaches, major shopping centres and the local international airport.