Gold Coast 5 Inter-School Sport

Benowa State High School students will participate in five (5) full day cluster sport days in Term 1, 2 and 3.  They have the opportunity to participate in the Gold Coast 5 (GC5) Interschool competition competing against Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, Robina SHS, Elanora SHS and St Michaels College.  All information for GC5 will be disseminated via the newsletter, parent email and student letters.  When participating in these activities, students will be representing the school and as such, they are expected to adhere to the school’s behaviour management plan and standards. 

Cluster Dates - 2021

​Wednesday 10 March  (Term 1, Week 7)
​Wednesday 28 April (Term 2, Week 2)
​Wednesday 2 June (Term 2, Week 7)
​Wednesday 14 July (Term 3, Week 1)
​Wednesday 4 August  (Term 3, Week 4)​
​​Finals (dependent on team results)
​*Wet Weather Day: ​Wednesday 18 August  (Term 3, Week 6)

Please note senior students (Years 11 and 12) will not be participating in the first Cluster Day as this is their Exam block.

What to wear and what to bring?

Students will be required to wear their full sports uniform including the school hat and have lunch and a water bottle for the duration of the day.  

Equipment for Sport; Students require the following equipment depending on the sport that they are participating in.

BasketballA minimum dedicated sport shoe as per the Benowa SHS uniform policy.

We recommend that students participating in cricket bring their own gear if they are part of regular, organised cricket. Please see below a list of equipment required. However, if your child is not part of regular organised cricket, the school will have shared equipment (that will be cleaned in compliance with Department of Education COVID-19 procedures) to use on cluster days. For hygiene reasons, students cannot share a protector/box – this will need to be supplied by the student.

Wicketkeepers: a protector/box, wicketkeeping gloves and leg guards and properly fitting helmet with a face guard that complies with the Australian Standard  (BS 7928:2013 Specification for head protectors for cricketers).

Batters: a bat with taping or grip and free of damage, protective leg pads, protector/box, batting gloves, and a properly fitting cricket helmet with face guard that complies with the Australian Standard (BS 7928:2013 Specification for head protectors for cricketers).


Moulded boots are recommended to be worn – no screw in studded footwear. Shin pads must be worn for all players, covered entirely by long socks.


A minimum dedicated sport shoe as per the Benowa SHS uniform policy.


Moulded boots are recommended to be worn. Shin pad must be worn for all players, that are correctly sized and fastened shin guards, covered entirely by long socks.

Touch Football

A minimum dedicated sport shoe as per the Benowa SHS uniform policy. Touch boots are optional.


A minimum dedicated sport shoe as per the Benowa SHS uniform policy.


No equipment required

Venues for Sport

The venues have been confirmed as per below.

Boys Touch Football

Mallawa Sports Complex
Girls Touch FootballOwen Park
Boys Soccer Year 7-8
Coplick Family Sports Park
​Boys Soccer Year 9-12
​Alabaster Sports Complex
Girls FutsalGoals Australia, Carrara
Boys Junior Volleyball (Year 7-9)Elanora SHS
Boys Senior Volleyball (Year 10-12)St Michael's College
Girls Junior Volleyball (Year 7-8)Palm Beach Currumbin School
​Girls Junior Volleyball (Year 9)
​​Runaway Bay Sports Precinct
Girls Netball 
Mallawa Sports complex
Girls Basketball

Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre

Boys Basketball
Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre
Elanora SHS
Cricket T20 (Year 7-8)Sir Bruce Small Park
*Some games played at Runaway Bay Sports Precinct West

What is the cost to participate?

Students who wish to participate in the GC5 will need to have their fees up to date as per the terms of their SRS agreement.  At this stage, we are awaiting final costings to be confirmed however it is anticipated the price will be in the range of $100 to $120 per participant.  This information will be confirmed ASAP. Please be aware there are NO REFUNDS for students who are absent on these days as bookings have been secured to finalise numbers.  The GC5 Transport Permission and Medical Form is included below. Please return this form to school ASAP to ensure your child is able to participate in the upcoming training times thus securing their spot on the team.

Training Times

Students will have the opportunity to train with their teacher-coach in their specific sports to organise teams during their regular timetabled PPD lessons in week 4 (Wednesday 17 February), week 5 (Wednesday 24 February) and week 6 (Wednesday 3 March). Students in Basketball, Cricket and Netball will be leaving the school to attend alternative venues for their training times and will be transported to and from school via bus.

Homestead Carnivals

Three Carnivals for Homestead swimming, athletics and cross-country are scheduled for the dates below during the year. 

The school does not have insurance to cover injury sustained to students during school activities. Parents are advised to take out their own cover if they wish.

Please note; these dates are subject to changing weather conditions. Where changes occur you will be advised ASAP.

Swimming – Wednesday, 3 February, 2021 at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Cross Country – Wednesday, 17 March, 2021 at Bruce Small Park

Athletics – Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 at Griffith University Athletics Track

Permission for Participation in Benowa SHS Sports Events & Associated Transport Form

In readiness for 2021 Sport, we are asking parents/guardians to complete and return their 2021 Permission for Participation in Benowa SHS Sports Events and Associated Transport form. This is a ‘once-off’ form that will give permission to allow for the participation of your child in sports activities for the year and transport to and from school.

What this permission form includes:
  • Homestead Carnivals and associated transport:
    • Swimming
    • Cross Country
    • Track & Field
  • HPE lessons conducted offsite at venues within walking distance (e.g. Sir Bruce Small Park, Rosser Park)
​​What this permission form DOES NOT include:
  • ​​High Risk activities undertaken as part of the HPE Program
    • A separate notification for these activities will be provided as identified by the Department of Education risk assessment process
  • Sports that sit outside of the Homestead Carnivals and HPE program (e.g. Co-Curriculum programs such as Volleyball and Touch Football)
  • Interschool/School sport

Electronic forms can be downloaded under Related Links (right hand side of this page). Please return your forms via email to or via the Student Services window. 

Broadwater Regional Sport

Benowa SHS is part of the Broadwater district. Students must trial at Broadwater if they wish to be considered at the South Coast trial. They must register with the Director of Sport prior to the nomination date listed on the Student Notices. Sports are advertised to students using the Sports Noticeboard (outside the sports hall), the Student notices (electronic) and the website (see right for Broadwater Calendar).  If they are unable to attend the Broadwater trial, students can apply for an exemption. Please refer to the Broadwater Selection Policy below;

In order for students to be selected in a Broadwater District team, they must be in attendance at the District Trials. The only exception to this is where:

*Students are away at a sporting event of a higher level (in one of the sports approved by Qld School Sport). The District Trial Convenor must be notified of this prior to the start of the Trial.

**Students have a medical certificate that is supplied to the Convenor prior to the start of the trials, covering the regional trial date.

Where there is no district trial (paper nominations), students must still nominate so they can be forwarded to relevant regional convenor

South Coast Regional Sport

Following the Broadwater trial, successful students will be provided with South Coast trial information. It is imperative that students and parents follow the below process to ensure their place at the trial.

  • Parents/Students will need to fill out the South Coast online booklet, print and bring it to the Director of Sport ASAP in order to have it approved (this booklet will then be returned to the student)
  • You will need to ensure that you pay online prior to the trial (No payment = no trial). Payment details will be distributed at the Broadwater trial.
  • On the day of the trial, you must;
    • Organise your own transport to and from the trial
    • Ensure that your child has the completed booklet (No booklet = no trial)
    • Advise Student Absences using the details below to confirm your child is attending the trial
Trials cancelled or postponed due to weather or unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the South Coast Facebook page usually by 7:00am the day of the trial.

Further Queries?

Please contact the Director of Sport, Ashley Passmore on

Student Accolades Outside the School Sport Pathway

Here at Benowa SHS we are spoiled for athletic talent and often, this talent falls outside of the school sport pathway. We would love to hear about out students achievements in whatever sport they participate in. Please email your child’s achievements to the Director of Sport ( so we can celebrate their accomplishments.

Accident insurance cover for students

Some school activities and physical education, particularly contact sports, carry inherent risks of injury.

Parents are advised that the department does not have Student Accident Insurance cover for students.

If your child is injured at school as a result of an accident or incident, all costs associated with the injury, including medical costs, are the responsibility of the child, parent or caregiver.

Some incidental medical costs may be covered by Medicare. If parents have private health insurance, some costs may also be covered through the private health insurance. Any other costs would be borne by the parents.

Student Accident Insurance is an insurance policy that pays certain benefits in certain circumstances should your child have an accident.

It is a personal decision for parents as to the types and levels of private insurance they arrange to cover their child for any accidental injury that may occur.

Parents should contact their insurer or an approved Australian insurance broker for more information about student personal accident insurance cover for their child.

Last reviewed 17 June 2021
Last updated 17 June 2021