James Nash State High School

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James Nash State High School

Principal's Welcome

My name is Darrin Edwards and I am proud to be the Principal of James Nash State High School. Located on the northern side of the growing township of Gympie, James Nash State High School is a large secondary school (1270 students) in Education Queensland’s North Coast Region and services the communities of the Gympie Regional Council. Gympie is the administrative, heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Coast area. Gympie boasts a tradition and heritage that few areas in Queensland can offer. A city of 16,000 people, Gympie has the warm hospitality of a country town with all the conveniences of a modern city. Known as the 'Town that Saved Queensland', Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. James Nash has a strong history with the International Student Study Program and is an Independent Public School.

School Information

Year established: 1977
Number of students: 1280

At James Nash State High School we are located in Gympie, a medium-sized Australian town surrounded by farms and national parks.

Gympie is north of Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane and is a short drive from the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

At our large coeducational school we offer you a quintessential Queensland country town experience.

We also give you a more broad Australian experience with visits to other locations, including regular weekend trips to the world-famous seaside resort town of Noosa.

Our school provides a safe, calm learning environment where you can succeed.

We welcome international students so our students can broaden their learning and make new friends.

We hope you enjoy being part of our school and experiencing Australian life.

University or vocational pathways

  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) link courses in English and engineering provide university credit and an opportunity for direct entry into university for successful students
  • School facilities

  • Library with computer access
  • Information technology building
  • Performing arts theatre
  • Industrial technology and design centre
  • Hospitality kitchens
  • 3 sports ovals
  • Tennis courts
  • Music block
  • Multipurpose sporting facilities
  • International language centre
  • Extracurricular activities

  • School Rugby union
  • Instrumental music program
  • School performance groups such as our vocal group
  • Gifted and talented programs
  • School musicians and physical theatre troupe
  • Chess club
  • Futsal
  • Junior regional council
  • Golf
  • Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge and robotics
  • Languages

  • German
  • Special programs

  • Year 12 English extension literature
  • Extension excellence programs
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) link programs in English and engineering
  • Student Representative Council
  • Volunteering and fundraising opportunities
  • Drama and instrumental music
  • Vocational education and training programs
  • Year 11 leadership development camp
  • Road-craft driver education
  • USC offers Middle School of Excellence courses in creative writing and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics)
  • Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
  • Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule: https://eqi.com.au/study-options/fees

    School Entry Requirements

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program

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    Last updated: 01/08/2019