Palm Beach Currumbin State High
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Thrower Drive
Palm Beach QLD 4221

Phone: 07 5525 9333
Fax: 07 5525 9300

21 November 2022

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21 November 2022

Dear Parents/Caregivers,


The Year 12 Graduation and Formal was a fantastic event which was well attended, in person by the local community and by the wider school community on the livestream.  The arrivals were of the usual high standard and the MC interviews by Mr Patison and Mr Johnstone were highly entertaining, and even on occasions insightful. The student engagement, attitude and behaviour at both events was impeccable and this cohort of students have a very bright future in front of them. Well done to Mr Wells as the Head of Year and the large senior secondary team that supported him. 

Friday next week will see the Care Carnival for all junior students. This free dress day is designed to celebrate the end of assessment activities and culminate the House and Care activities for the year. The following week will see many of students attend school camps and welcome our incoming Year 7s for 2023 to their Transition Day.   

Chris Capra
Executive Principal

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

Last 10 Days for Year 7-9

This year’s Last 10 days program will be similar to 2021 with specific activities for each year level in usual class based groups during Week 9 with the week culminating in the CARE carnival on Friday. School uniform is required for all days except CARE Carnival day where sun sensible free dress is allowed with enclosed shoes. Some assessments will still to be finalised on Monday and Tuesday of Week 9.

Australian Business Week (ABW) activities will also be happening all week for our Year 9 Academic excellence students.  Where staffing allows, students will have their usual teacher in their usual room but will be working on a range of practical and life based learning experiences such as career education and financial literacy. The program also allows for a review and celebration for each class. In the final week of school we are transitioning our Year 6 students into Year 7 on the Monday and Camps for Year 7-9 will be happening Monday-Wednesday. If your student is not going on camp there is an alternate program at school where students will rotate through a range of activities offered by each faculty.

The school canteen will  be closed on Thursday 8  and Friday 9 December so attending students will need to BYO lunch.

We have had a few enquiries about families requesting refunds for camp due to a change of mind. When camps are booked the school enters into a binding contract for these services and so funds have been committed to these suppliers and hefty deposits have already been paid as required by the contract. The bottom line being that these payments are non-refundable. Students are encouraged to go on camp and enjoy the experience. Some feedback has been that families are unsure how to read statements and invoices that are emailed home. If at any point you are ever unsure of what you are paying for please contact our finance team.

Transition Day Year 7 2023

Monday 5 December we will welcome 435 Year 6 students to sample a day at PBC. Parents have also been invited to join us for a brief induction and morning tea. Information has been distributed home to families via email.

NAPLAN Results finally available

The school has finally received information about how students have performed in their NAPLAN exams and teams of teachers gathered this week to review the cohort’s strengths and weaknesses so that we can plan intervention for students who need it for Literacy and Numeracy and also to review unit plans to strengthen specific areas that need it to support all learners.

Timetables for Year 9 2023

Timetables are still being finalised and staffing secured. It is anticipated that timetables will be in hard copy on day one next year. Students in Year 9 study 2 electives each semester and so if a subject is not listed on their semester one timetable it may be that they will be studying it in semester two.

CARE Carnival


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Year 10 and 11 Exams

Year 10 and 11 shutdown exams commenced on Monday 21 November and will continue until Friday 25 November. The shutdown timetable is published on the school website ( last day of school for Year 10 and 11 students is Friday 25 November.

Year 10 and Year 11 reports will be finalised and emailed home from Wednesday December 7.

Note that some Year 11 subjects e.g. Health Education and Visual Arts in Practice do not complete their first Unit 3 assessment item until early in 2023. 

A reminder that all drafts and assignments are due before 9:00am on the due date and that exams cannot be given early to students because of other commitments. The school assessment policy is also published on the same link above as shutdown exam timetables.

Please note that in the QCE students cannot be exempted from assessment in Unit 3 and 4 (term 4 Year 11 and onwards) due to medical conditions/family circumstances. Students must complete all assessment in Unit 3 and 4 to attain credit for the QCE. Students that miss assessment due to extenuating circumstances will have to provide documentation to apply for extensions/change of date for assessment. The school may then negotiate a more suitable time for assessment that meets QCAA deadlines This may mean the student completes alternate assessment at the end of the year or early in 2022.

Students that have a long-standing medical condition that affects them completing certain modes of assessment should by now have applied for an Access Arrangement and Reasonable Adjustment by the QCAA with the school Guidance Officer Mr Jones.

A reminder that in 2023 all Year 10 and 12 assessment will be scheduled for the last week of each term. Year 11s will have a different schedule for term 1 and 2 however will also have exams in the last week of school in terms 3 and 4. 

Release of year 12 results

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will release student QCEs and Senior Statements and Statements of Results through the Student Portal on the myQCE website from 9:00am on Friday 16 December 2022. Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students have been emailed and reminded on many occasions to log into this portal to check their account details but some have chosen not to do so.

Students will be able to download hard copies of their qualifications directly from the Student Portal on the myQCE website. They will not be sent hard copies from the QCAA though they will be able to request hard copies in the Student Portal.

Please note that as Year 12 results and Levels of Achievement are calculated by the QCAA, Year 12 students will not revive an Exit Statement or Report from PBC; they will only receive published results from the QCAA via the Student Portal.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

ATARs are calculated by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). All ATAR eligible students should have registered with QTAC ( to ensure that they receive their ATAR on 16 December.

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On Thursday 17 November PBC farewelled the amazing class of 2022 with their official graduation ceremony at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.  

Students arrived on the red carpet in style where they were greeted with red carpet interviews, broadcast to the Facebook live feed.

The 2500 strong crowd were entertained by the outstanding talents of the Year 12 music and music excellence students as we celebrated the success of the outgoing year 12’s.

The graduation ceremony was followed by the formal dinner where student enjoyed each other’s company as a cohort for one last time.

PBC would like to wish the class of 2022 all the best for the journey ahead.

If you would like to watch the event from the start of the red carpet arrivals till the end of the Graduation ceremony you will find the video on our YouTube channel: 


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Sports Awards Night 2022

Over three hundred people attended PBC’s 48th annual Sports Awards Night held recently at the Currumbin RSL. The crowd was enthralled by the stories that our two guest speakers Gretel Bueta (Australian Diamond) and Jackson Collins (K2 World Champion) shared with the audience.

The REDS celebrated their eight championship winning teams; AFL junior girls, AFL junior and senior Boys, U15 girls All schools touch, U16 and U19 male MR Shield, a Cross Country relay champion team and Australian U17 1km Beach relay. Congratulations to everyone involved. 

Ninety PBC students were also celebrated for their achievements in making a Queensland team or medalling at a Queensland title. Twenty four of these students went on to be selected in their respective Australian teams or medalling at Australian titles. Amazing results by one and all.

Chloe Covell was recognised for her amazing performances on the world stage in skateboarding by receiving the PBC Rising star medal. Twelve highly impressive athlete leaders (see list below) were also acknowledged with the prestigious REDS award for best representing the values and attitude

  • Rugby League – Reico Ratana
  • Surfing – Kyan Falvey
  • Surf league / Kayak – Charlotte Hart
  • AFL boys – Finn Hay
  • AFL girls – Piper Phelan
  • Soccer boys – Ky Dula
  • Soccer girls – Molly McLennan
  • Tennis – Logan Manuel-McGarry
  • Track – Eva Pietraszkiewicz
  • Touch – Romaney Berry
  • Netball – Dakota Newson
  • Basketball – Tomas Huggins

The night culminated in the announcement of our Sportsperson of the Year awards. These awards were proudly sponsored by the Community Bank Tugun Bendigo Bank.

Award winners were:

  • Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Sienna Bush (Surf league, Cross country, Track)
  • Senior Sportswoman of the Year – Charlotte Hart (Surf League, Kayak, Triathlon and Cross country)
  • Junior Sportsman of the Year – Jai Murray (AFL and Surf League)
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Keano Kini (RL)
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Dear Parents/Caregivers, 

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Palm Beach Currumbin State High School is planning a Study Tour to Spain in 2023 during the September holidays. The proposed dates are to depart Wednesday 13 September and returning Wednesday 27 September. Open for Year 9 to 12 PBC students.

Whilst the final details of the itinerary are still to be confirmed, the cities we hope to visit will include:

  • Barcelona; Girona; Cartagena; Valencia; Granada; Seville; Madrid

It is difficult to ascertain exact costing at present, but the estimated cost of the trip will be $4500 (exchange rates must be taken into consideration). This price will include:

  • Airfares and bus transfers
  • Taxes and airline levies
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Day excursions (transport, city tours, entrance fees)
  • Most breakfasts.

Please See Mr Griffin in the G Block HOD Office for an Expression of Interest form.

Mr Griffin
Head of Department Humanities

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Our year so far…. 

Please find attached our newsletter outlining some of the things we have been up to so far this year.


It’s been a very busy year in the Murri Jarjum Room and with our students so far…. 

There have been visits by Universities, Deadly Choices programs, participating in the ATSIAP Challenge, Cluster Sport Day Activities, QATSIF Applications for our current Year 10 students, QATSIF Graduation Ceremony for our departing Year 12 students, NIB Summer School, Kari Foundation Scholarships (Year 10), NRL School to Work Program, NRL School to Work Youth Summit, Strong and Deadly Futures Program, AIME Mentor Program, staff training in Youth Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid, Primary School visits, study groups as well as putting together our amazing NAIDOC Celebrations and activity day.

As well as our day to day running of the room, we have been keeping track of and encouraging attendance, supporting our Murri Jarjum’s when they require assistance, keeping an eye on their wellbeing, keeping our kitchen stocked with healthy food choices, attending meetings with our students if they request support and just generally providing support for our students to make their educational journey the best we can.

Contact details: Trish Borg: Naomi Apanui: Kylie Cox :

Thank you, The Murri Jarjum Team

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It is with great excitement that we introduce and welcome our new PBC Leo’s committee for 2023. Leo candidates presented a speech and underwent voting from the club in order to land these prestigious positions. Congratulations to all candidates for your enthusiasm and courage, and to our new committee! The new committee includes Ethan as President, Emma as Vice President, Jade as Secretary and Olivia as Treasurer. Congratulations everyone.

The Leo’s have made a number of donations recently from funds raised through their weekly sausage sizzles at Currumbin Fair IGA.

  • $550 was donated to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program at PBC. Duke of Ed do adventurous journeys and encourage students to be the best versions of themselves. The Duke of Ed is an international award program that recognises student achievements in community service, psychical activity and skills. 
  • $300 to the Boots for One All Community. Boots for One and All are a Gold Coast based family that collect pre-loved football boots, sporting gear, clothing, sanitary items, and other donations, to send to the most rural parts of Australia for the Indigenous communities.
  • On 16 November, PBC Leo’s club combined with the Palm Beach Currumbin Lion’s club, donated $1,200 to Year 10 Student, Kai who has recently been diagnosed with an extremely rare vascular condition, AVM, which has caused sudden, complex, and agressive neurological symptoms. Kai's family are very grateful and appreciate the Leos and Lions help.

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Cup Stacking 2022

In Week 6 PBC saw the return of a crowd favourite Interhouse Competition – Cup Stacking. Junior and Senior students turned out in droves for the chance to be crowned PBC’s Best Cup Stacker. Students had 15mins to compete in their houses to try and make the final 4 to represent their respective house in the Cup Stacking Final. The energy from the crowd was electric and the pressure on finalists was immense but at the end of the final rounds the Phoenicians were crowned Cup Stacking Champs! Shout out to the final 4 who were all from the mighty Phoenician House – Jake Lateo, Lilly Findlay, Marlin Miller and overall winner and 2022 Cup Stacking Champion Marley Kinman! Final placings – 1st Phoenicians, 2nd Athenians, 3rd Spartans, 4th Vikings.


Fishing Comp 2022

Last Friday we celebrated the annual Interhouse Fishing competition. Over the last month, students have ventured onto their local rivers and offshore in search of classic catches to earn points for their house. This year there were fantastic catches with more species of fish caught than ever before. Everything from Kingfish and Tailor offshore, to Bream, Bass, Flathead and Whiting in the creeks contributed to another great event. Every student who entered picked up their share in over $1000 of prizes. This competition is growing every year and is a great way for friends and family to spend some time together on the water.

Junior Secondary Guidance Officer – Anna Willis


Senior Secondary Guidance Officer – Steve Jones

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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Please email your student’s excellent achievements to us. We love celebrating students achieving in the Arts, sports, academics or community service. We would love to hear from you! Please email us at or you can message us through Instagram or Facebook with details of your student’s achievement and include at least one photo, and/or any links to media articles that we can share.

QLD Ballet


Congratulations to Claudia Molloy who is performing at BTQ (BALLET THEATRE QUEENSLAND) in the 2023 January season of Swan Lake Act 3/Graduation Ball at QPAC. It is quite difficult to gain a position in the BTQ company as the audition process is extensive and voluminous across the state. It is a substantial commitment, as it requires 40 weekend rehearsals during the year in Brisbane, on top of her 20 hours of ballet training per week and commitment to academic education at PBC. What an fantastic achievement for Claudia! We wish Claudia the best of luck for a successful season.


National School Touch Football Championships

Congratulations to PBC Touch Sports Excellence students Evie Clarkson, Oceiana Graham and Angela Sharpe who represented Queensland at the recent National School Championships held in Wagga Wagga. Angela played in the 12 years age group who went through the competition undefeated to become National Champions.

Evie and Oceiana played in the Under 15’s who were unfortunately defeated in the final by a strong NSW CHS team. At the conclusion of the championships Evie was selected in the Australian Secondary Schools Merit team. Congratulations girls.


Alumni spotlight...


Isabelle Gray (Richters) graduated PBC in 2019 with an OP1. The family were in the process of moving to WA, so Isabelle applied and received early entry to the University of Western Australia (UWA) and a Commonwealth supported Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship to enable her to fulfil her dream of studying medicine, in particular cancer research.

In 2022 Isabelle was given approval from UWA to complete her Honours research a year early, and participated in two research projects in the haematology department.

In support of her research, Isabelle received the 2022 Paul Katris Honours and Masters Scholarship from the Cancer Council WA to conduct research into improving testing and survival for children with leukaemia. 

From a young age, participating in Cancer research and treatment has always been a major goal for Isabelle. Being able to participate and contribute in this research to aid in finding better treatment for children's cancer has been momentous for her this year, and hardened her determination to make a difference in the future.

The support, opportunities and guidance she received at PBC including the amazing staff, have helped her reach these amazing achievements. Go the Reds!

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Junior Leaders Conference


Our 2023 junior student leaders attended a leadership conference called GRIP and had a great day challenging themselves and being inspired for their leadership journey and how to build connections between students. We look forward to seeing these junior leaders in action next year.


Remembrance Day

Last Friday, Year 10 Music Excellence student, Jaide Parks represented PBC as a solo vocalist during Currumbin RSL’s Remembrance Day Service. Jaide led the New Zealand national anthem during the commemorative service and joined the community choir for the Australian anthem. Jaide did an outstanding job performing in this significant event.

The Air Force Cadets students also participated in the memorial including Thomas Maclachlan.


Wildcare Australia Towel Drive


PBC Senior Student Council are holding a Towel Drive for Wildlife in support of Wildcare Australia Inc. who are in desperate need of towels and face washers.

  • Please check through your cupboards and support this great cause!
  • Bring along any spare towels and face washers to school and leave at Y or D Blocks - Student Services.
  • All donations will attract House points!
  • We will accept all donations up until the end of Week 8, Friday 25 November.

P.S. Wildcare Australia do not need any other linen besides towels and face washers. Thank you.

Lets show our Reds spirit and help the wildlife! #GOREDS!


Youth Information


The below link is an amazing tool for our youth that allows instant access to many youth contacts. Pass this website link onto your students, they can open it on their smart device then save to their homescreen for instant access, anytime. 


2022 PBC Optima Yearbook is on SALE!!

The 2022 Optima Yearbook has arrived and will be distributed this week to those that have pre-ordered! Purchase yours today for just $30 from the Uniform Shop or the Finance Office. This year there is 150 pages of fun and colourful content! Messages from key staff, student leaders and house leaders. Photos, photos, photos and more photos of as many students as we could fit in. Enjoy stories from all departments and major events. Excellence Program reports, major events highlights, Champion House news and a Farewell to Year 12 gallery, memories and messages. There is also a PBC 50th Birthday celebration section highlighting all the fun had this year celebrating PBC's 50th Anniversary. The magazine covers all faculties, all year levels and all programs. DON'T MISS OUT!! Stock is available until sold out. 


International Homestay Families Needed


Do you have a spare bedroom?

Would you like to share your love of Australian culture with students from many countries?

We are looking for homestay hosts!

Hosting international students in your home can be hugely rewarding. We offer you the opportunity to play a part in sharing your life, home, and to provide memories and cultural experiences to an international student. To form lifelong friendships. 

Increasing numbers of international students are choosing to study at Palm Beach Currumbin SHS and we are looking for local families to host these students. There are short term study tours (under two weeks) as well as long term (6mths-2years) students to accommodate. 

Host families receive remuneration for hosting students. Long term hosts will receive $328 a week. 

Contact our International Coordinator Corinne Van Put for more information and to answer any questions. Email: or Tel: 0438 191 637


Starting Dates for 2023

Once again, PBC will be implementing a staggered start to our school-wide starting dates in 2023.

The staggering of starting dates for our year levels will allow us the opportunity to effectively orientate our commencing Year 7’s into what is a vastly different educational landscape than they are used to, as well as commence Senior Curriculum work for our continuing Year 11 and Year 12 students.

Monday 23 January 2023

  • Year 7 students – report to the Hall by 9:00am
  • Year 11 students – report to CARE Class by 9:00am
  • Year 12 students - report to CARE Class by 9:00am

Tuesday 24 January 2022

  • Year 8 students – report to CARE Class by 9:00am
  • Year 9 students – report to CARE Class by 9:00am
  • Year 10 students - report to CARE Class by 9:00am

All new students to our school (excluding Year 7) are required to attend a New Student Orientation at 8:30am in the Trade Training Centre on the corresponding day to their Year Level.

All students will engage with Year Level and House Assemblies in their initial days, allowing exposure to key school messages from the outset of the year.


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:


Follow PBC on Social Media

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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




Dates to Remember

2 Dec

CARE Carnival - casual dress day

25 Nov

Year 10 and 11 students final day for 2022

5 Dec

Year 7 2023 Transition Day

5 Dec

House Camps

9 Dec

Last day of Term 4



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Partner Spotlight!


WELCOME to PBC alumni Eoghan Murphy who is a Licensed Real Estate Agent specialising in beachside property sales in Mermaid Beach and Burleigh Heads with Kollosche Real Estate. Eoghan is giving back to support our Reds Soccer Boys program for 2023 as a Platinum Partner. It is always wonderful to see a Red supporting Reds!

With a career spanning eight years and over $250,000,000 in prestige property sales, Eoghan has quickly become one of South East Queensland’s leading agents. Eoghan was listed in the 2022 REB QLD Top 50 Agents with total sales of $117,470,000, placing him among the state’s highest performing agents based on verified settled sales for the 2021 calendar year. You can connect with Eoghan at

We are thrilled to have Eoghan on board and back with the Reds supporting our soccer boys. Thank you Eoghan!



Thank you to the Gold Coast Titans who are fantastic supporters of our Rugby League Excellence program and Netball Excellence program in 2022. Our students benefit greatly for our partnership with the Titans through opportunities and training. To connect with the Titans visit: and 



Michael Hart MP is a wonderful supporter of PBC's students and school. Supporting our students through the provision of awards including the Industry Awards and the Future Leader academic awards as well as current education programs including our online wellbeing platform and girls wellbeing camps. We also appreciate Mr Hart's support of all our major schooling events including Anzac Day, Naidoc Day, PBC Alliance breakfasts, Awards nights and Graduation night. Thank you Mr Hart for all your support. To get in contact with Michael Hart: 



Thank you to Prestige Service Training for supporting our students in their school-based Business Diploma courses. Prestige Service Training have been working with our students for many years to provide excellent training to prepare them for their future careers. To find out more about Prestige Service Training visit: 


Another great supporter of our Rugby League Excellence program is alumni Mr Peter Dunn from Trade Glass. Trade Glass are local commercial glass experts. It is wonderful to see another PBC alumni giving back to the school they still love. To find out more about Trade Glass visit 

Thank you Trade Glass!


For more information on all the great businesses that support PBC Students click on their names below or visit our Business Directory here: 

These amazing businesses are supporting PBC students with their 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

Eoghan Murphy - Kollosche

Find Ya Feet

Gold Coast Titans

Grip Star Socks

SmileStreet Coolangatta

Synergy Fitness

Tweed Sea Sports


Annabel Trends

Belle Property - Rhys Wildermoth

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

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Dental Haus - Nash Dawson

Fraser Financial Services

Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce

McDonalds The Pines

Meatsmiths The Pines

PFD Food Distributors

Platinum Realty - Alicia Kropkowski

Snap Fitness Palm Beach


City Venue Management

CVM Academy

Fight 4 Youth

Razor Edge Sharpening

VMA Promotional Products

Youth Music Venture


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. 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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SRS Fees

2022 SRS Fees are now OVERDUE. Details of your outstanding invoice/s can be found on your most recent student statement email Week 10, Term 3.

2023 SRS Fees were invoiced Week 5, Term 4. Please contact to arrange a 2023 payment plan or to discuss payment options.

Please visit our website for further information on Payments.




What is QParents?

QParents is a user-friendly portal accessible via app or web browser, providing parents with secure online access to information about their child’s schooling.

What information is available in QParents?

You can access information about:

  • attendance details
  • timetables and upcoming events
  • report cards and assessments
  • invoices and payment history.

Download QParents  


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

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