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The James Nash SHS community welcomes international students to our campus. When local and international students meet at our school, through EQI’s regional program, all students broaden their learning experiences and make new friends.  We are part of the Regional Program which sees up to ten students homestaying in our area. This supports the school’s goal of pursuing educational excellence for all learners.

Our past and present international students have travelled from Norway or Germany to spend from one to four terms with us. They enjoy the experience of a genuine Australian country town. Gympie is a medium-sized Aussie town, surrounded by rural properties and national parks, and is an hour’s drive to beaches and a two hour’s drive to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city.  The beach-side resort of Noosa is around 85kms to the south of Gympie and Fraser Island World Heritage Area is within reach for day trips. Gympie was founded as a result of the discovery of gold in 1867. As a result, the town centre has historical buildings located close to old alluvial diggings which are now a lovely park.

James Nash State High School is a large co-educational secondary school located on the north side of Gympie.

We welcome you to our school and look forward to your interest and support in all school activities.

Visit the James Nash SHS section of the Education Queensland Website for information about our school’s activities. We are listed under the Fraser coast heading.

To find out more about Gympie visit the Gympie Regional Council for further information.

Please go to the EQI website and download the student application form. If you require assistance, you can contact an agent within your country.

During semester holidays breaks there are a number of exciting activities you can experience whilst in Australia. Please visit the EQI Holiday Adventure Program for details. 


Please view the James Nash 2017 International Student Handbook (PDF 989KB)


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When international students join us at James Nash SHS, they also join a local family. Our Homestay Co-ordinator welcomes students and works with the students, their natural family and their homestay family to ensure that everyone has a happy experience.

James Nash State High School has several continuing and new homestay families. They live in various locations – in town, out in the country, or in smaller towns in the nearby region.

Each family is personally visited and inspected by school personnel, checked by the Police and issued with a special card by the Queensland Government Children’s Commissioner.

In addition, families are regularly in-serviced to ensure that they are skilled in dealing with international students.

Homestay facilities provide a separate room for each student, 3 meals per day and assist in transport to and from school where possible. Sometimes, students are required to pay for the bus if their homestay lives out of town.

Students from overseas are encouraged to become part of our families and learn about Australian life.

Transport infrastructure is not as developed in the Australian countryside as it would be in similar areas near the cities or, indeed, in many part of Europe. This is all part of the Australian regional experience. There are strict rules about driving with other students and family members who may have Provisional licences (P Plate licences).


Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
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