Palm Beach Currumbin State High
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Thrower Drive
Palm Beach QLD 4221

Phone: 07 5525 9333
Fax: 07 5525 9300

20 June 2022

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20 June 2022

Dear Parents, Caregivers,

Capra_Chris.jpgI would like to thank the past and present PBCSHS community members who contributed to making our 50th Anniversary celebrations such a success.  The displays showed just how much the school has changed and evolved over the past five decades.  Many of the items on display were loaned / donated to the school and they brought back many memories for the former students and staff.  The performing Arts students were their usual high standard on the afternoon into the evening. The feedback we received on the Sunset Soiree was positive as over 200 former PBC staff and students caught up, in some cases, for the first time in 45 years. Visit our Facebook page for the full photo album of these celebrations. Coming up on Saturday 3 September, we have 'Reminisce' Celebrating 50 years of the Performing Arts at PBC Night. Finally, the blue and red 50th jackets that some of the students are wearing are being made available to the public. You will find the link to order here:

Year 10 and 12 students have their exams this week with all other students working on existing or new units of work. School holidays commence at 3:05pm Friday 24 June with school re-commencing on Monday 11 July.

We have been advised by GCCC that work will be undertaken on the Board Walk that runs behind our southern boundary over the holidays. In addition, there are substantial maintenance works happening on the school grounds over the holidays and the school will be closed (with the exception of the Saturday markets).

Chris Capra
Executive Principal

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

OPTIMA CODE - Be a Learner

Every day counts… a day here or here doesn’t seem like much, but did you know that if you miss just one day each fortnight it is equal to 20 days per year, which is 4 weeks per year, and therefore, from Prep to Year 12 that is nearly 1 ½ years of school that is missed. This means that the best your child can achieve is equal to finishing Year 11.

Being at school and being ready to learn is vital in student academic achievement, effort and behaviour. When we speak about being ‘Ready to Learn’ we are talking about having the right equipment, such as, textbook, pencil case, calculator and a charged laptop, so that we can be fully engaged with classroom activities and tasks. Being ‘Ready to Learn’ is also about our mental health, ensuring that we are eating healthy, exercising, limiting our technology and getting enough sleep at night.

By ‘Being a Learner’ and following the Optima Code, students can receive Optima slips and Optima postcards, which can earn Optima credits, and then exchange these credits for rewards. Please refer to the Optima Credit Menu for prizes.


In week 10, we will hold our End of Term Pizza Lunch and End of Semester Surprise Activity. If your child has enough credits for these rewards please have them register at D block Student Services.

To support our Junior Secondary students there is student tutoring available every Monday Period 4 (Creekview room) and Thursday 3.25pm – 4pm in IDT rooms. 

Staff emails are available on the PBC website and we encourage parent/caregivers to email your child’s academic teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Your child’s academic Semester 1 report will be available at the end of Term 2.

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On behalf of our teaching staff and our Senior School Team we wish all of our students the very best in their end of Semester exams and assessment, and a safe and restful mid-year break. Term 3 will welcome a raft of opportunities for students to perform and excel within their chosen fields, we look forward to celebrating every success.

A reminder that this week Year 10 exams will run each day for the duration of the week, with Year 12 shutdown exams commencing on Wednesday 22 June. All Year 11 students are required to attend classes for the duration of the final week. Exam timetables can be accessed here:

We look forward to welcoming back all year levels for Term 3 on Monday 11 July.

Mid-Year OPTIMA Awards

Our mid-year OPTIMA Awards acknowledging outstanding academic, cultural, sporting and community achievements across the first Semester will be held on Tuesday 2 August in the PBC Hall. This event is invite-only for award recipients and their families. We expect invitations for Year 11 and 12 recipients to be sent home in Week 1 of Term 3, with Year 10 students invited in Week 3 after the release of Semester 1 reports. We look forward to celebrating the success of these students in this revised format for the first time this year!

Whole-School Athletics Carnival

Our school Athletics Carnival is due to be held on Friday Week 3 of Term 3, 29 July. This is a whole-school event, with attendance encouraged for all students wishing to participate in the raft of competitive and fun events held. Students will also be able to pre-register for throwing events, to be held the day prior during Period 1 and 2 via the Sports Office. Please be aware that on this day, students will not be able to sign out during the day unless the appointment is approved prior, students are required to attend the full day event.


Useful Study Techniques

The link below is an academic paper on improving study techniques amongst students, which may be useful when parents are discussing the best way to prepare for external exams. Note late night cramming whilst listening to music has been proven not to be effective:


VET News

Students are asked to please see Mr Poirrier in G Block Staffroom if they are interested in any of the VET certificate courses mentioned below.


Congratulations to Kieran (Cert I Construction) and Ky (Cert II Electrotechnology) who both recently completed their VET certificates with Gold Coast Trades College.

Courses commencing in Term 3 2022

Gold Coast Trades College, TAFE, and other providers, have a number of Term 3 openings for Year 11 students who have not yet used their VETis funding.

Gold Coast Trades College

  • Certificate I Construction

  • Certificate II Electrotechnology

  • Certificate II Automotive

  • Certificate II Plumbing (Term 4 start)


  • Cert II Engineering Pathways

  • Cert II Plumbing

  • Cert II Salon Assistant

  • Cert II Animal Care

  • Cert II Hospitality

  • Cert II Kitchen Operations

French Beauty Academy (Robina)

  • Cert II Retail Cosmetics


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Congratulations to PBC's Ciarne and Jake!

Ciarne completed a Cert 3 Business traineeship with Prestige Services hosted at The Original Bakery Tugun.

Jake completed a Cert 3 Business traineeship with Captain Hook Seafood Tugun.

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Over the past two weeks Year 10 Food Technology students have held a Marketta as part of their assessment. Students were allocated a country where they had to design, price and produce their dish to sell to students of PBC during lunch break. The event was very successful with all stalls selling out. The dishes ranged from Nutella churros, Italian pizza, hot dogs, American burgers, Japanese Teriyaki beef rice bowls, German cookies, Mexican nachos and much more.

Next term Year 10 Food Technology students will be moving on to Herbs and spices unit of work where their focus will be exploring different herbs and spices in order to create their own dish.

Year 9’s unit of work will be Indigenous Foods/Bush tucker where students will investigate native Australian ingredients and learn how they can incorporate them into their cooking.

Year 11 Hospitality students are working towards planning and implementing a café event where the students will sell a variety of Toasties and beverages to staff members while the Year 12 Hospitality students will focus on topics related to working in the hospitality industry in preparation for their final exam.

Lastly, students in the Certificate II Kitchen Operation and Certificate III Hospitality have continued to run the morning coffee shop and junior tuckshop Tuesday – Thursday and successfully served a delicious breakfast for their second Alliance Breakfast function of the year.

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show visit

Recently the Year 12 Aquatic Practices students attended the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to explore the world of boating and marine careers associated with the marine industry. Students enjoyed the awesome display of boats from tinnies up to multimillion-dollar super yachts. We were given a demonstration of how cook and eat chilli oysters from local fishing/weather expert Paul Burt which many of the students tried for the first time with mixed reactions. Students took time to engage with many experts in the marine industry about a possible career in the industry when they complete school. All students agreed that the day was an awesome experience.

Warren Potter
Aquatic Practices  Coordinator

The Hot Potato Band are a national big band treasure. With instruments ranging from the sousaphone to a microphone-alternate megaphone, the band has performed at various venues and festivals across the country. On Monday 6 June, PBC was lucky enough to receive a visit from the band. Their flash-mob style entrance into the Q block Theatre didn’t fail to impress, and perhaps inspired some of us to incorporate it into future performances. Stage Band 1 and 2 members participated in a workshop with the crew, virtually sight-reading their original song ‘Mystery Man’. We then performed this alongside the band, in front of Instrumental Music and Music Excellence students and staff. Not only were we inspired to bust a few ‘hot potato’ moves, but 10 students practiced their improvising skills, soloing in front of our own peers.

Two weeks later, we had another performance opportunity for the Gala Day and the Sunset Soiree here at PBC. A group of selected Music Excellence musicians acted as buskers for Open Day, our string players did a fabulous job welcoming the guests to the evening event, and the woodwind quartet continued the music whilst alumni students were reuniting with their peers.

Overall, our experiences this term have almost entirely made up for the two interrupted years of no performances.

Lucy Callaghan & Claire Seaton
2022 IM Band Captains

Vicki Wilson Netball

The PBC Netball Excellence girls formed 1 senior team to compete in the Vicki Wilson Cup qualifier and 2 junior teams to compete in the Vicki Wilson Shield qualifiers. This competition was a fierce battle between many talented netballing schools in the southeast region of the Gold Coast.

The senior girls all came prepared and put on a good showing throughout the day. In the main we showed some clever circle attack, smothering defence and brilliant feeds. We were competitive in all matches except at times during the Somerset game who are the benchmark and current champions of the entire VWC competition.

The highlight of the day was our nailbiting one-goal win against All Saints, in which we remained composed and absorbed the immense pressure put on during their late comeback.

We finished tied 2nd place in our pool, missing out on playing in the finals by a count back. With a number of selected players unable to play that day, the ladies stepped up and achieved some good wins.  

All Netball X players contributed on and off the court, with special mention to Jacinta Lee and Lily O’Donnell who assisted on the day with coaching and managing our junior development side to the Grand Final in their division.

The Junior White team competed in the development division and made it to the Grand Final, unfortunately going down. The girls played tough netball and showed courage and resilience through the whole day especially considering this, for many, was their first time representing PBC.

The Junior Red team was playing at high stakes for an opportunity to move to the Vicki Wilson Shield finals that will be held at Nissan Arena later in the year. In previous years, these girls missed out on this opportunity, which pushed them even harder to qualify this year. The girls came up against Southport State High School in their last game to decide who will proceed to the finals. The girls displayed great composure during the dying minutes of the game and came up on top by 3 points.

Overall, the Vicki Wilson qualifiers were a great learning experience for the Palm Beach Currumbin Netball Excellence students.

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Junior Secondary Guidance Officer – Anna Willis

Podcast: Join Andrew Fuller and guest Dr Michael Nagel talk on the neuroscience behind educating and raising young boys.

  • Improving learning approaches for boys
  • Should schools be organising classes based on development rather than chronological age?
  • The importance of kindness and good role models

Listen now:

Host: Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist, Speaker and Founder of My Learning Strengths

Guest: Dr Michael Nagel, Researcher and Author; Educator, University of Sunshine Coast

Total time: 17 mins


Senior Secondary Guidance Officer

Read the attached article for the latest information targeted to senior students of careers and pathway information.


School Based Youth Health Nurse

  • School Based Youth Health Nurse-

Hilary Wilson (Mon, Tues)

Vanessa Bradley (Tues, Wed)

School Nurse appointments

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We encourage parents/caregivers to email your student’s excellent recent achievements to us. These achievements can be in The Arts, sporting, academic or community service. We would love to hear from you! Please email us at with details of your student’s achievement and include at least one photo, and/or any links to media articles that we can share.



Congratulations to PBC Surfer Rico who has won the U16 Qld State Championship for the 4th consecutive year.  Rico will be joined by fellow PBC surfers Tom, Riley, Bodhi, Charlie and Jai in the Qld team competing for an Australian Title on North Stradbroke Island at the end of November.


AFL State Championships

Congratulations to Zac, Maddox, Jai, Sam, Ethan, Riley, Dylan, Kai, Jack, Bailey who

represented South Coast at the U15 State AFL Carnival at Hervey Bay.

Sth Coast had a win and Dylan, Ethan, Sam, Jack, Jai (Sth Coast Captain), Kai, Zac all got selected in the QLD State team (2022 U15 reds QLD reps).

Amazing effort boys!


Congratulations to  River, Hunter, Noah and Harry who all travelled to Sunshine Coast to Compete in the 10-12 Boys AFL State Championships. River and Hunter played for the South Cost white team. Noah and Harry played South Coast Aqua. Noah and Harry’s team won the State Champs in a close Grand Final. The score was 25-26. Well done Reds!!



Congratulations also to Mia and Lily who were chosen to represent South Coast 10-12 in the Girls State Champs. The team were undefeated the entire tournament and took the Grand Final by a huge margin 13-26. Lily has also been selected to represent Queensland at the first ever 10-12 Girls National Championship in Adelaide. Great job Reds!!

State Touch Championships

Congratulations to Mikayla, Krystal, Oceiana, Lacey and Evie who travelled to Cairns to represent South Coast in the Under 15 South Coast Touch team. The team won the State Comp. Evie and Oceiana were named in the Queensland Touch Team, with Evie being award player of the final. Awesome effort Reds!!



Congratulations also to Angela, Year 7, who represented South Coast in the U12 Touch Football team and the State Championships. After 4 days of intense competition, the South Coast U12 girls Touch Football team remained undefeated and ultimately won Gold in the finals. Angela has also been selected to represent Queensland at the Nationals Champs at Wagga NSW later in the year. Fantastic result Angela!!


Rugby League - training

The PBC REDS Open Rugby League Team had the honour of doing and opposed session against the Queensland Police Service Rugby League Team Monday 6 July. It was a great hit out for both teams, with the REDS facing Redcliffe the following day and the QLDPSRL facing the NSWPSRL before State of Origin 1 in Sydney. Whilst the QLDPSRL were very impressed with the REDS skills, the REDS were equally impressed with the talent and experience in the QLDPSRL side. Special thank you to Jason Klimis (former PBC RED) who is the manager of the QLDPSRL Team for providing the REDS with the opportunity to train with the QLDPSRL Team and enhance the Student/Police relationship in our community. PBC will now look to make this session an annual event.


Creative Generation Visual Arts

PBC has three works from last year’s cohort hanging in the Gallery of Modern Art. Congratulations to Ryan Thwaite, Allie Baldwin and Gabriella Kilgariff! Congratulations also to Allie who won the Sponsor’s Choice award at the official opening of the Creative Generation in Visual Art Awards Central Exhibition. Allie’s piece entitled ‘Constrained by Discomfort’, was selected from the 37 excellence award winning artworks currently on display at the Gallery of Modern Art, through to 21 August 2022. Well done Allie!


Rugby League

Congratulations to PBC alumni Tom Weaver, Oskar Bryant, and Jaylan De Groot who have been named in the U19s NSW State of Origin side. Are all currently play in the Tweed Seagulls U21 side. 




Congratulations also to PBC Red alumni, Tom Dearden who has been called up to be part of the extended QLD Maroon Team for the State of Origin. What a fantastic achievement!




Congratulations to PBC alumni Kye Rowles who has become the 6th PBC graduate to become a football international. Kye put in a great performance against UAE and helped get the Socceroos one step closer to the 2022 World Cup. Incredible!

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Female Rugby League Sports Excellence Program 2023


PBC are excited to propose a Female Rugby League Sports Excellence Program for 2023.

With the recent success of the NRLW and the growth in participation numbers of females playing Rugby League, PBC is excited announce that we are conducting trials for a proposed Female Rugby League program commencing in 2023. In the rich tradition of the REDS sports excellence program this new program aims to provide an elite training and coaching program developed for gifted and talented sporting students that empowers them to pursue their sporting dreams.

Trial Details:

  • Who: Yr 7 -10 students (in 2023)

  • Date: Wednesday 3 August

  • Time: 1:30-3:00pm

  • Venue: PBC SHS’s RL oval

Visit our website for application requirements

Applications close 15 July 2022.


PBC P&C Meeting - Tuesday 21 June

To be held at the Spirit Den, Currumbin RSL - 6:30pm


PBC 50 Years Celebrations!


PBC 50th Anniversary Optima

The 50 Years Optima magazine has arrived and is for sale from our Uniform Shop for $30. Above is a sneak peak of some pages are here. There are 140 pages of PBC history all in one place and definitely a great keep sake for every RED! Huge thank you to PBC alumni Tahlia Moana and Michelle Hardwick plus PBC teacher Courtney Underwood for all their help getting this Optima together Thanks also to all the amazing PBC alumni, staff, ex-staff and community supporters that all contributed photos and memories.

Also for sale in the Uniform Shop is the following PBC Merchandise:

PBC Golf Umbrella - $25
50 Years Reds Tell Keep Cup - $15
50 Years Reds Coffee Mug - $10
PBC Notebook - $5.50
50 Years Stubby Cooler - $5
PBC Pen - $2
PBC Mobile Phone Reds card pocket - $1


Calling all PBC Arts loving alumni!

We are busy planning our 50 Years Arts event for September and need your help! If you can spare 5 mins to answer our quick survey, we would really appreciate it (link below). Keep an eye out for the Arts event details as they come. 


The Dental Van is at PBC


Regular check-ups are important for maintaining good oral health. Book your child's FREE dental check: 1300 300 850. The Gold Coast Oral Health Dental Van is at Palm Beach Currumbin State High for eligible children and adolescents. Their friendly staff will help you make an appointment at a time convenient to you.


International Homestay Families Needed

Got a spare room? Ever thought of being a Homestay host? Homestay families come in all shapes and sizes... they are married couples with or without kids, singles, singles with kids and grandparents too. Everyone has an opportunity to play a part in sharing their life, home and provide memories and cultural experiences to an international high school student.

Get paid more than $320 a week caring for one of our International high school students in your home.

PBC is due to welcome International students back on campus later this year and we are looking for Homestay families. Please contact Corinne Vanput at PBC for more information at Find out more


PBC Tennis Courts – Available to hire


Love tennis!

PBC's tennis courts are now open to the public to book. Our new lights make it a great venue for a night game. Local, inexpensive and convenient.

How To:


Pre-order your 2022 PBC Optima Yearbook

Here is your chance to pre-order your 2022 Optima Yearbook for each of your students!! This is a fantastic keepsake for all Reds. With our school year back to normal with events and activities this year's yearbook is sure to be a great one! Also, celebrating 50 years throughout 2022 makes this year's yearbook all the more special. All students feature in the yearbook in their cohorts. There are also hundreds of action shots taken through the year and replicated in the yearbook. Faculties, house leaders, students and excellence program HODs all write articles. 

To secure your copy complete the attached form and hand in to the Finance office. The Yearbook is just $30 and will be available for collection from 18 November 2022.

The 2021 Optima Yearbook is still available and can be purchased from the Finance Window Tue-Thu 8am – 1pm for just $30. This year there is 138 pages of fun and colourful content! Messages from student leaders, house leaders and key staff. Photos, photos, photos and more photos of as many students as we could fit in. Stories for all departments. Excellence Program reports, major events highlights, Champion House news and a Farewell to Year 12 gallery. The magazine covers all faculties, all year levels and all programs. 


Follow PBC on Social Media

Our social media accounts are the best way to stay connected with the daily happenings of our school. We will upload any important messages, reminders, student achievements and general action. With posts every day this a great way to celebrate our awesome school. If you have any news about your student that you would like to share please message us via Direct Message on Instagram, Messenger on Facebook or email to

Instagram @PBCSHS

Facebook @PalmBeachCurrumbinStateHigh and @PBCAlliance


Dates to Remember

Tue 21 June P&C Meeting - 6:30pm Currumbin RSL
Fri 24 June Last day of Term 2
Mon 21 July First day of Term 3
Wed 13 July NAIDOC Assembly and Awards
Wed 20 July GC5 Cluster Day
Fri 29 July Whole School Track & Field Carnival

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PBC Productions!

We are excited to announce a fantastic new education program for our students! PBC Productions is the establishment of a program that will allow students to learn the fundamentals of live broadcasting and multi-camera filming, sound production and editing. This program will facilitate students to produce content for the promotion of PBC, while providing students with training that will help them transition to work or study in the area of film, radio or TV prodution.

With thanks to the contributions of the below mentioned PBC Alliance partners we have been able to get this new program set up underway. Please support those that support our school! Head to their websites to see how they may be able to help you.


Alicia Kropkowski at Platinum Realty


Thank you!

We would like to give a huge shout out to ALL our PBC Alliance Partners and Members!

These amazing businesses are supporting PBC students with their everyday education in many different ways. This support assists many PBC programs and students directly ensuring all have the opportunity to reach their potential. Please support those that support our students.

Keep an eye on this section of the newsletter each issue for a spotlight on some of our fantastic partners.


Aurora Training Institute

Bendigo Bank Tugun Community Branch

Find Ya Feet

Gold Coast Titans

SmileStreet Coolangatta

Synergy Fitness

Tweed Sea Sports


Annabel Trends

Capital Pest Management

Prestige Services Training

Southport Sharks

Stone Style

MSP Photography


99 Bikes Burleigh

Balloonery Gold Coast

Coles The Pines

Currumbin RSL

LJ Hooker Palm Beach

Michael Hart MP, Member for Burleigh

Palm Beach Surf Club


PFD Food Distributors

The Foot and Balance Centre

Trade Glass


Burleigh Bears Rugby League Club

Dental Haus - Nash Dawson

Fraser Financial Services

Greater Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce

McDonald The Pines

Meatsmiths The Pines

PFD Food Distributors

Platinum Realty - Alicia Kropkowski

Snap Fitness Palm Beach

Stacks Law


City Venue Management

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

CVM Academy

Fight 4 Youth

Razor Edge Sharpening

VMA Promotional Products


Bond University

Griffith University

Gold Coast TAFE

Southern Cross University


PBC Alliance Business Directory – support our local businesses


PBC Alliance Business Directory

If you are looking to support our local businesses and local community when looking for a product or service look no further than the PBC Alliance Business Directory. All of our Partners and Member businesses are listed in this directory and are looking to help you whereever they can. All are supporters of our students and local so please support those that support PBC.

Would your business like to support our students? Become a Partner today. If you are interested in learning more about the PBC Alliance visit our website!

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Trading Times during Term: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am – 12:15pm

PBC is 50!

Palm Beach Currumbin State High was opened in 1972 and this year the school is celebrating 50 wonderful years of educating local teenagers. To celebrate we are offering students the opportunity to purchase a 50 Years celebration varsity jacket as a memento. Students will be able to wear this jacket as part of their school uniform for the remainder of their schooling at PBC. The current two jackets (red and navy blue) will also remain available and part of the current uniform.

The Varsity Jacket (RRP $80) is a polyester material and a unisex style. Sizing charts can be viewed via the below link online and samples are available to try on at the uniform shop. This will be the final order. Orders close Friday 15 July and delivery is expected October 2022. Payment is required at the time of ordering.

To order click this link:

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Statements will be emailed to the financial debtor (parent/caregiver) of your students account Friday 24 June. Please check your junk mail for any correspondence. Negative values on your statement represent credit/s on your account. Please contact finance 07 55259 308 or email or refer to our website


SRS Fees

SRS Fees to list the instalment dates:

  • 1st Instalment (Term 1) - Monday 24 January 2022 - OVERDUE
  • 2nd Instalment (Term 2) - Tuesday 19 April 2022 - OVERDUE
  • 3rd Instalment (Term 3) - Monday 11 July 2022

Make payments the quick and easy way using BPOINT. Visit, follow the prompts or phone BPOINT on 1300 631 073.

Parents/caregivers experiencing financial difficulty can email Finance on

Payment plan options are available including Centrepay -a service to families whereby periodic payments can be made to the school or Direct Debit via credit card (monthly). Paperwork is available from the Finance Office to activate either of these plans.



Are your Student Resource Scheme Fees (SRS) up to date? This is a friendly reminder to advise that the first & second instalment is now overdue. There are three preferred payment methods for paying your SRS.

Payment method 1:

BPOINT - This link can be found on the bottom left hand side of your invoice, please click on the link and follow instructions.

Payment method 2:

Qparents – Sign up or Log into your account. Locate your invoice and follow instructions to pay.

For more information - Qparents

Payment method 3:

Internet Banking via direct transfer into the school bank account.

School's Bank Account: Palm Beach Currumbin SHS General A/C

BSB: 064 404 

Account Number: 00090303

Reference/details: Please record the "student name &/or Invoice reference" in the reference/details section so that your payment can be recorded correctly. 

Please visit our website for further information -  Payments

If you are seeking assistance regarding your account, payments plans or experiencing financial difficulty please email


Finance Office Window Operating Hours

Over the counter payments can only be accepted between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday to Thursday. Alternatively, you can make payments via BPOINT from your invoice or statement or Direct Deposit. CLOSED Mondays & Fridays

Alternative payment options include BPOINT and Bank Transfer, details found here



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