International student coordinator
Our mission statement
The International Student Program is a distinctive feature of our school. We value diversity and believe that as citizens of a global community, our school is enriched by the cultural interchange offered by this program. We believe that future citizens of the world will require global understanding and this is fostered through interaction with students from differing cultural backgrounds.
Currently we have 25 International students, from: Brazil, Japan, France, China, Germany, Korea and Italy. Our academic program includes Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, English, Humanities, Business and the Arts.
Special features of our school are a partnership with Aviation Australia and Boeing through our Aerospace program, a Creative Arts Academy and a small student population which allows for individual attention for each student. Sports offered include: soccer, touch football, volleyball, basketball, netball, AFL, tennis, badminton, table tennis, softball, athletics, cross-country.
The school has a ski trip each winter and a swimming carnival each February.
Balmoral State High School is very conveniently located approximately five kilometres from the city centre. It is well serviced by rail, bus and ferry/city cat networks.
Balmoral State High School is very close to the cafe and shopping districts of Bulimba, Hawthorne and Morningside. There is also a cinema nearby, as well as a council library. The area has a number of very pleasant parks and bikeways. The suburb is a fairly middle class residential area, characterised by distinctive Queensland architecture. There are many community activities available - a broad range of sports, including hockey, football, soccer, netball, sailing; cultural and intellectual pursuits are also available.
The school is connected to the community through partnerships with local businesses and community groups. We are involved in a number of community based activities e.g. mural painting. We are strongly supported by the local councillor and the state and federal politicians. The school itself hosts some community based activities outside school hours, such as Art, Martial Arts and Music classes and rehearsals etc.
Our international students are very successful. In 2009 the Dux of the school was an International student who gained an OP1,which is the top result awarded in Queensland. Another international student also gained an OP1 while others gained very good results that enabled them to enter the universities of their choice across Australia and the world. Some of these prestigious universities include: University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Melbourne University.
Our international students are managing their studies extremely well and are contributing to and enriching the Balmoral community through their friendly manner and participation in many aspects of the curriculum such as sport, music, visual and performing arts.