Performance and achievements


​​​​2021 Successes

Outstanding school results

  • 26.6% ATAR 99.00-99.95; IB eligible students
  • 74.8% ATAR 90.00-99.95; IB eligible students
  • 97.8% ATAR 80.00-99.95; IB eligible students

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International Baccalaureate results

  • 38 QAHS mean IB Diploma score
  • 29 Global mean IB Diploma score
  • 10 x IB42 Scores
  • 12 x IB43 Scores
  • 11 X IB44 Scores
  • 4 x IB45 Top Scores
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University outcomes and offers

Course credits achieved by our students:

  • 727 - Griffith University
  • 1002 - The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • 357 - 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: 8 Gold, 30 Silver and 4 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 13 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 Biology becoming our first published author in an academic research journal.
  • 100% of Year 10 students gained a Certificate II in Sample and Measurement and Certificate III in Laboratory Techniques.​
  • Nine Year 12 students were awarded Bond University Excellence Scholarships for studies commencing in 2022.
  • One Year 12 student was awarded the Australian National University Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) commencing 2022.
  • One Year 12 student was awarded the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship to commence studies at Griffith University in 2022.

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.


  • Two Year 12 students were awarded the Beverley and Jock McIlwain Award for Excellence in Science for their outstanding efforts in scientific research.
  • 13 students were awarded in the Science Teachers Awards of Queensland which resulted in QAHS students achieving 1 First Place, 1 Second Place, 3 Third Places and 2 Highly Commendeds.
  • ​​46 students have performed in the Science Olympiads. A Year 12 student was selected to represent Australia in Physics at the 2021 International Science Olympiad.
  • 13 Chemistry students received High Distinctions in the 2021 International Chemistry Quiz with one student achieving in the top 1% of students who sat the exam in Queensland.
  • 14 Year 10 students participated in the Australian Science Innovations Big Science Competition which resulted in 2 High Distinctions, 4 Distinctions and 2 Credits.
  • Six students were accepted into the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) and will attend the annual NYSF camp in January 2022.
  • ​29 students participated in the ICAS Science Competition with two students awarded Distinctions.


  • QAHS held a successful outdoor Battle of the Bands Interhouse Competition in the Green Heart with Ignis House awarded overall winner.
  • QAHS hosted the national launch of the AMEB Online Orchestra, a national collaboration featuring the music arrangement of Morning Star and Evening Star, featuring a QAHS Alumna from the Yugambeh Youth Choir.


  • 24 students sat the ICAS English Test with results including 1 High Distinction, 3 Distinctions, 7 Credits and 4 Merit Awards.
  • A team of Year 11 students were selected as one of six Queensland finalists in the University of Melbourne’s (School of Mathematics and Statistics) 2021 Research Competition.
  • QAHS was awarded the ‘Champion School’ award in the Gold Coast Debating Association Competition in 2021 honouring the collective involvement of 60 students across 12 teams. Two QAHS Debating teams were awarded 2021 Champions in the Intermediate A and Senior B Grand Finals with one student awarded ‘Speaker of the Debate’.
  • Three teams entered the Griffith University’s Law School Mooting Competition with a Year 11/12 team awarded 1st place and two students awarded Best Oralist Awards.
  • Two students took part in the AB Paterson Public Speaking Competition in August with one student awarded 1st Place in the Year 11 division and one student awarded 3rd Place in the Year 10 division.
  • Two Year 11 students have been selected by Griffith University to attend the Future Leaders Retreat in January 2022 at its Gold Coast Campus.
  • A team of Year 10 students were awarded 1st Place in the Office of Fair Trade’s Buy Smart Competition for designing a public awareness campaign regarding online scams.
  • A Year 11 student won the 2021 Plan your own enterprise competition run by the Business Educators Association of Queensland and is now eligible to enter the national competition.
  • Four student teams from Year 10 and Year 11 were selected as finalists in the Mayor’s Technology and Innovation Awards held at Bond University.
  • Year 11 students launched the Inaugural Theory of Knowledge Exhibition in situ at QAHS and virtually on a web-based platform in TOKtober to share the how they know what they know through a series of artefacts.


  • 14 students were awarded prizes in the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Speaking competition across French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish with 9 x 1st Places, 4 x 2nd Places and 1 x 3rd Place.​


  • A number of students were selected for regional and state sporting teams achieving medals at state level in triathlon, weightlifting and championship walking.

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 02 February 2022
Last updated 02 February 2022