The Department of Education trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A.

Principal's Welcome

My name is Jackson Dodd and I am proud to be the Principal of James Nash State High School located in the picturesque rural landscape of north Gympie. James Nash State High School is a large and welcoming secondary school campus set in native bushland, with over 1200 students from ages 11 to 18. As an international school, we welcome new students from across the world each year to experience authentic Australian education and culture.

Our school's location in south-east Queensland gives visiting students the opportunity to make the most of white sandy beach and country landscapes; both of which are right on our doorstep. Our town has a rich gold mining history (dubbed 'the town that saved Queensland' when gold was discovered in 1867) with many heritage buildings still standing today. International students visiting James Nash will have the opportunity to experience everything from the bush to the beach. I am personally very proud to live in and represent such a diverse corner of the world.

James Nash is a place where we welcome new visitors and friends. Our school recognises that a quality education is a significant ingredient in a successful life and we invest heavily in the quality of our teaching. This, coupled with a diverse curriculum, extensive extra-curricular activities and a strong value set continues to prepare well-rounded young adults for the next phase of their lives.

Join us on the learning journey as we engage, empower and excel.

Three reasons to choose James Nash State High School

  1. A range of extra-curricular opportunities; including participation in the award-winning Programs of Excellence (competitive rugby union and Academy of Creative Arts), after school and weekend sport, competitive chess, local arts and culture competitions, as well as opportunities to volunteer and participate in renowned events such as the Gympie Music Muster.
  2. A location in beautiful south-east Queensland – 40 minutes from world-class Noosa, a short ferry to World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and 2 hours' drive north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane.
  3. A diverse and technology-integrated curriculum where students are given the opportunity to study according to their interests and skillset; including advanced, independent and 'flipped' learning.

School Information

Year established: 1977

Number of students: 1280

The James Nash campus is set nearby to the town city centre, in native Australian bushland with views of Gympie's scenic mountain ranges to the west. The school campus is purpose-built to cater for a large student population and has three multipurpose ovals for ball sports and athletics, full-size tennis courts, junior school campus (built in 2017), senior student centre (built in 2019), commercial-grade student kitchens, industrial design centre, library, canteen and computer labs. The school is abundant in green open spaces, shady native gardens and areas for students to study, learn and make new friends in a peaceful, safe environment.

The school is also in cross proximity to Gympie's state of the art Aquatic Centre, local rugby union, netball, squash, golf and tennis grounds, as well as the town's CBD, shopping, café and historical precinct, including the Mary Valley Rattler train station and café.

Like much of Queensland, Gympie experiences warm, sunny weather for much of the calendar year and mild cooler temperatures in the winter season. Regardless of the season, students will be able to experience warm swimming temperatures, green landscapes, and plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, country to coast.

Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practice their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families. Many of our international students return to visit and holiday with their host family and friends long after they have finished their schooling.

·         Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities

·         Host families are carefully selected from within the school and local community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Students and their families are well supported by the school's Homestay Coordinator. Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

University or vocational pathways

·       James Nash has strong partnerships with the University of the Sunshine Coast and TAFE East Coast to provide students a range of opportunities to transition into tertiary or vocational study in senior schooling and after Year 12.

School facilities

·       Library and computer labs

·       Information technology building

·       Performing arts theatre

·       Industrial technology and design centre

·       Hospitality kitchens

·       3 sports ovals

·       Tennis courts

·       Music centre

·       Multipurpose sporting facilities

·       International language centre

·       Junior School-specific building and lunch time area

·       Senior School-specific building and lunch time area

Extracurricular activities

·       Rugby union (female and male)

·       Instrumental music program (strings, stage band, rock band)

·       Academy of Creative Arts Vocal Group

·       Gifted and talented programs

·       School musicals (bi-annually)

·       Chess club

·       School Representative Council

·       Netball

·       Volleyball

·       Touch Football

·       Golf

·       Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge

·       Robotics (lunch time and competitive) and programming

·       Fashion and art competitions

Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page


·       German

·       Mandarin

·       Japanese

Special programs

·       Year 12 English and Literature

·       University of the Sunshine Coast Creative Writing course (Years 7-9)

·       Student Representative Council

·       Volunteering and fundraising opportunities

·       Vocational education and training programs

·       Year 11 leadership development camp

·       Road Craft Driver Education

·       STEAM Middle School Excellence Program


"Hosting an international student was a first for our family. When we were approached to consider the opportunity of accommodating a young French student, it didn’t take long before we were all in as a family. What’s to lose? To be honest, upon Clarisse’s arrival, we were thrilled to welcome her into our home. A sleepy little angel for the first few days, then an enthusiastic, bright & courteous young lady. Clarisse seamlessly fitted into our family as she observed our patterns and inquisitively asked questions to help navigate her way. It wasn’t long before we stepped out on a few adventures. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Clarisse learn new things and experience new places. Clarisse developed close bonds with our children that without doubt will continue to grow over time. James Nash's Homestay Coordinator, Deb, was honestly the most amazing coordinator and without a doubt made the experience all the better for her thoughtful, extensive background work.

Hosting an international student was a positive experience for our family and I will jump at the opportunity if presented to host another student," 

- R. Kennedy, homestay host 2019. 

Last reviewed 02 August 2019
Last updated 02 August 2019