Benowa State High School is located in the heart of the Gold Coast, three kilometres west of the Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach tourist centre. Since opening in 1980 the school has worked in partnership with its community to build a reputation as one of the Gold Coast’s leading broad comprehensive schools, providing compulsory and post-compulsory programs to over 2000 students. The 18ha campus is set on a gentle hillside bordering Benowa and Ashmore Roads and Mediterranean Drive. The school draws its students from suburbs with diverse socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Students from 50 nationalities and new arrivals to the Coast form a significant proportion of the student population. In 1990 Benowa State High School pioneered Education Queensland’s International Student Program.
The school offers an extensive range of Authority, Authority Registered (Study Area Specifications and TAFE/VET) for students. Special programs in marine studies, instrumental music, media, physical education and The Arts earn Benowa State High School recognition for it's unique curriculum. The careers centre places dozens of young people in school based apprenticeships, traineeships and work placements in the open pathways program.
Each year the school enters Australia wide competitions in English, Maths and Science to promote academic achievement. Numerous opportunities exist for students to be involved in sport, practical and performing arts, debating, language and public speaking competitions. The school climate is positive and students are encouraged to develop self-discipline and self-management. The school motto of `Striving and Caring’ is seen in the attitude of the total school community.
In 1985 the school pioneered Queensland’s French Immersion teaching program in years 8-10 with extension into advanced language studies in years 11-12. A diploma of media program operates with the school having links to the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, as well direct articulation links with Griffith University. In 1997 Benowa State High School won Queensland Government recognition as a `School of Achievement’ in the Arts and in 2007, Benowa State High School was accredited by the Council of International Schools.
The school’s Access program caters for students experiencing difficulty with mainstream education programs and gifted and talented students benefit from individual education plans that recognise their strengths. Individual tutoring is offered by community volunteers literacy and numeracy.
Staff and students offer advice to the Principal through a number of parent and student forums and a range of collaborative decision-making processes. An active P&C provides a forum for parent involvement as well as operating the canteen and uniform shop. The local community strongly supports the school, its philosophy and its achievements. The school’s 190 staff is an experienced and well qualified team.
In the school, people live and breathe a relentless commitment to excellence, a culture of achievement. A professional autonomy that has encouraged innovation and real teacher professionalism blends with a caring attitude embedded in the daily life of the school. Symbolically the spirit of Benowa State High School is reflected in our school vision statement and charter.