Performance and achievements


2020 Successes

Outstanding school results

  • 16.4% ATAR 98.00-99.95; IB eligible students
  • 71.1% ATAR 90.00-99.95; IB eligible students
  • 91.4% ATAR 80.00-99.95; IB eligible students
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International Baccalaureate results

  • 35 QAHS mean IB Diploma score
  • 29 Global mean IB Diploma score
  • 4 x IB43 Scores
  • 3 X IB44 Scores
  • 3 x IB45 Top Scores
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University outcomes and offers

Course credits achieved by our students:

  • 755 - Griffith University
  • 443 - The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • 332 - Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
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Outstanding student achievements

  • Outstanding results in the CSIRO CREST Research Awards, Australia’s premier research awards in Science: 9 Gold, 24 Silver and 1 Bronze National Research Awards. Since the 1995 inception of the CREST program, more than a third of the National Gold Awards have been presented to QAHS students in the last ten years. A phenomenal achievement and recognition of how our students are challenging what is possible when students are supported to exceed their own expectations of themselves. This year we celebrate a Gold CREST in Sports Exercise Health Science (SEHS) as our first Year 12 cohort complete the course.
  • 100% of Year 10 students gained a Certificate II in Sample and Measurement and Certificate III in Laboratory Techniques.
  • Excellent 2020 Extended Essays also resulted in one student announced as a finalist in the 2020 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards to be held in Melbourne during February, 2021. 
  • Five Year 12 students were awarded Bond University Excellence Scholarships for studies commencing in 2021 and one student was awarded the Bond University Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship worth an estimated value of $105, 000 for studies commencing in 2021. 
  • One Year 12 student was awarded the Australian National University Advanced Computing Research and Development Female Excellence Scholarship for studies commencing in 2021.  

Queensland Academies were created by Education Queensland as an innovative, alternative educational program for highly capable high school students.  We are a selective State High School for Years 10-12.

International Baccalaureate

  • The Queensland Academies offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme which is an internationally recognised pre-university level qualification. It allows graduating students to study at Australian tertiary institutes as well as overseas universities.


  • QAHS was the winning school in the Gold Coast Science Competition (GCSC) Senior School division for the twelfth year running. Students successful in the GCSC have been entered into the STAQ Awards which resulted in QAHS students achieving 1 First Place, 1 Second Place, 1 Third Place and 1 Highly Commended.
  • A Year 12 student was selected to represent Australia in Biology at the 2020 International Science Olympiad and was recognised with a Certificate of Merit.
  • Twelve Chemistry students took part in the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) Chemistry Quiz resulting in 12 Distinctions.
  • Three QAHS teams competed in the State Finals of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) Titration Competition with all three teams placing in the top ten of the competition. 
  • Seven Year 10 students participated in the ASI Big Science Competition which resulted in 1 High Distinction and 4 Credits.
  • 46 Year 10 students participated in the Australian High Schools Cancer Competition (AHSCC).
  • Two students were accepted into the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) and will attend the annual NYSF camp in January 2021.
  • Five students joined the Virtual Design Challenge and presented to the panel which included Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, on their projects at the South East Region STEM Girls Innovation Evening held at QAHS.
  • Three Year 11 students have performed in the top 24 results within Australia in their subject areas in Science Olympiads. In 2020 a student will represent QAHS in Chemistry, Biology and Physics at the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School.
  • A 2019 Year 12 graduate was selected as a finalist in the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (ASJWP).


  • A Year 11 student performed at the Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University in the AMEB's Annual Diploma Concert.
  • A Year 11 student attended the AMEB Graduation Ceremony in March and received certificates for receiving AMusA with Distinction. 
  • QAHS held a successful outdoor Battle of the Bands Interhouse Competition in the Green Heart with Aqua House awarded overall winner.
  • Two Year 11 students participated as musicians in the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) in Brisbane.


  • Year 10 students sat the ICAS English Test with results including 1 High Distinction, 13 Distinctions, 33 Credits and 8 Merit Awards.
  • All students sat the Australian Mathematics Competition with 86% of students obtaining a proficiency level or above. For the first time in QAHS history two students were awarded Prize winners and 22 students obtained either a High Distinction or Distinction.
  • Three QAHS Debating teams took part in the Gold Coast Debating mini-competition with the Senior B team awarded 1st Place in the final.
  • Two Year 12 students took part in the AB Paterson Public Speaking Competition in August with one student awarded 1st Place in the Year 12 division.
  • Eight QAHS teams entered into the AI for Good Challenge with two teams selected as finalists in the State level competition resulting in First Place and Third Place and one team placing Second in the National Finals. 
  • A Year 12 student was selected as one of twenty students to attend the Australian Olympic Change-Maker National Summit held virtually in December.
  • Two Year 11 students have been selected by Griffith University to attend the Future Leaders Retreat from 18-20 January 2021 at its Gold Coast Campus.


  • A number of students were selected for regional and state sporting teams achieving medals at state level in triathlon, volleyball and NFL.
  • The QAHS Volleyball Team participated in the Queensland Senior Schools Volleyball Cup and placed in the top four in the Senior Division.

Creativity, activity, service (IB CAS)

  • Students were engaged in a broad range of rich co-curricular programs including: Gym and GRIT Fitness Sessions with QAHS Fitness Coordinators, QUT Future Leaders, Dragon Dancing, Interact, Model United Nations, Mooting, Duke of Edinburgh, United Nations Youth Forum, Gold Coast Junior Council, Homeless Connect, Volunteering at Ashmore PCYC and QAHS Dance Troupe.

Last reviewed 14 July 2021
Last updated 14 July 2021