Performance and achievements


​​​​​​​2022 Successes

Outstanding school results

  • 19.3% ATAR 99.00-99.95; IB eligible students
  • 69.3% ATAR 90.00-99.95; IB eligible students
  • 93.9% ATAR 80.00-99.95; IB eligible students
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International Baccalaureate results

  • 37 QAHS mean IB Diploma score
  • 32 Global mean IB Diploma score
  • 3 x IB42 Scores
  • 5 x IB43 Scores
  • 10 x IB44 Scores
  • 4 x IB45 Top Scores
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University outcomes and offers

Course credits achieved by our students:

  • 621 - Griffith University
  • 832 - The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • 313 - Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Outstanding student achievements

  • Outstanding results in the CSIRO CREST Research Awards, Australia’s premier research awards in Science: 10 Gold, 50 Silver and 2 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 14 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. 
  • ​100% of Year 10 students gained a Certificate II in Sample and Measurement and Certificate III in Laboratory Techniques.
  • One Year 12 student was awarded the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship to commence studies at Griffith University in 2023.
  • Two students were awarded the Peter Doherty Outstanding Senior STEM Student award.
  • ​​A student was the recipient of the new Griffith University - The Spark Award. 
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.


  • 13 students were awarded in the Science Teachers Awards of Queensland (STAQ) which resulted in QAHS students achieving 1 First Place, 1 Second Place, 5 Third Places and 2 Highly Commended. A special mention to the four students awarded a bursary.
  • Six students competed at the state finals of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) Titration Competition, all achieving a Distinction.
  • 55 students sat the Australian Science Innovation (ASI) Science Olympiad exams in the Junior and Senior Divisions achieving 2 High Distinctions, 18 Distinctions and 23 Credits. 
  • QAHS celebrated our first published student researcher (Class of 2021) for the publication of her Extended Essay research in Biology.
  • QAHS hosted the 2022 STEM Teacher Symposium with the theme ‘Innovative STEM education for the sustainable future’.
  • 8 students achieved Distinction or High Distinction in UNSW ICAS exams.
  • 31 students achieved a Distinction or High Distinction in the International Chemistry Quiz. 
  • 20 students achieved a Distinction or High Distinction in the 2022 Australian Science Olympiads. 
  • 3 students secured Rotary Club sponsorship to attend the 2023 National Youth Science Forum.

  • A student was selected for the State Honours Ensemble Program for Clarinet and one for State Honours Ensemble Program for Violin.
  • The Academy Awards Night featured musical entertainment by our Academy Strings group in the opening and final musical items for the evening. Music students also provided foyer music in the pre-ceremony arrivals.
  • At our Term 4 Soiree in Week 5, 40 students performed including students in our Academy Strings and Stage Band, numerous student-led ensembles, as well as many soloists and student accompanists.
  • ​​The Year 12 Valedictory Ceremony culminated in a chamber ensemble performance by four Year 10 and 11 music students. Following the ceremony there were a number of live performers outside for the reception, including a combination of student led groups, soloists, and the Academy Strings.​

  • 12 students sat the ICAS English Test with results including 2 Distinctions, 3 Credits and 3 Merit Awards. 
  • 23 students sat the ICAS Maths Test with results including 6 Distinctions, 8 Credits and 2 Merit Awards. 
  • One student was awarded 1st Place in the Year 11  A.B. Paterson Public Speaking Competition.
  • A Year 11 student won the 2022 Plan your own enterprise competition run by the Business Educators Association of Queensland.
  • The annual Year 11 Theory of Knowledge Exhibition was held in situ at QAHS and virtually on a web-based platform in TOKtober to share how they know what they know through a series of artefacts.
  • Four students were selected for the 2022 UQ Young ChangeMakers program.
  • A Year 11 student was awarded the winner of the Profit Entrepreneur section at the UQ’s Gen[In] Student Innovation Challenge.
  • A QAHS team won first prize in the Years 10-12 category of the The Office of Fair Trading - Buy Smart Competition. Their creative video focussed on ‘How consumers can identify scams and what to do when targeted by scammers.’
  • A QAHS team were national finalists in the The Bond University High Schools Mooting Competition.
  • One student was awarded the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation Young Indigenous Leadership Award.
  • We congratulate the 2022 Open A Gold Coast debating Champions. As a result of all QAHS Debaters’ efforts, the Academy was awarded the prestigious Champion School Award in the Gold Coast Debating Competition for the second year in a row.

  • Students competed in the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Speaking competition across French, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian with 7 x 1st Places awarded.


  • One student was selected as one of the 2022 Australian Olympic ChangeMakers to attend the National Summit.
  • A number of students were selected for national, state and regional sporting teams achieving awards at national level archery and  badminton and at state level in dressage, track and field, triathlon, weightlifting and championship walking. 
  • One teacher and six students received their Surf Lifesaving Bronze Medallion and ten students received their Observer’s and Radio Operators Awards at Mermaid Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • One student was invited to represent Australia in the Asian Youth Chess Championships in Bali.
  • One student concluded a 4-month program with the Gold Coast Academy of Sport​

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 25 January 2023
Last updated 25 January 2023