Health Sciences Campus 2016 successes

Outstanding school results


International Baccalaureate results


University outcomes and offers


Outstanding student achievements

  • Outstanding results in the CSIRO CREST Research Awards: 16 Gold, 13 Silver and 17 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 seven 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.

  • Excellent 2016 Extended Essays also resulted in two student finalists for the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.

  • Year 11 IB Anticipated results in Psychology, Business Management and Mathematics were again particularly strong. Students can now “bank” this IB result and have more time in Year 12 for other subject work.

  • 100% of Year 10 students gained a Certificate III in Laboratory Techniques or Certificate III in Active Volunteering.
    Students have been made tertiary offers in Queensland, interstate and overseas.

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 Senior School division for the ninth year running.
    Student results included: 3 x 1st places, 4 x 2nd places, 5 x 3rd places and 2 x Highly Commended.
  • Three students were awarded bursaries and four students were awarded 1st place at the Science Teachers’ Association Queensland (STAQ) Science Competition, as well as 3 x 2nd places, 1 x 3rd place, and 2 x Highly Commendeds.
  • Year 11 students sat the University of NSW ICAS Science Test with 46% obtaining a merit or better.
  • Year 10 students entered the ASI Big Science Quiz with 37% obtaining a credit or better.
  • All Chemistry students took the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute (RACI) Chemistry Quiz with 46% of Year 10s, 67% of Year 11s and 72% of Year 12s obtaining a credit or better.
  • Three Year 12 students were accepted to participate in overseas student conferences: The 10th Asian Science Competition, Bengaluru, India; and the 58th London International Youth Science Forum.
  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student Award at the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education awarded to a Year 12 student.
  • A number of medals were won by students involved in Science Olympiads for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • We celebrated our fifth student in six years to travel to Sweden for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.


  • Success in the Language Perfect French (1-50 students category) saw students presented with Elite, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
  • Griffith University Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) French ab initio/B results for QAHS: 2x 1st Places, and 2 x Highly Commended Awards.
  • Alliance Française Song and Poetry Competition results for QAHS: 2 x 1st places, 1 x 2nd place.
  • Students participated in the Griffith University Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland Chinese Speaking Competition with students awarded 2 x 1st places and 2 x 2nd places.
  • Students participated in the Queensland University of Technology Mandarin Speaking Competition with 1 x 1st place, 1 x 2nd place, 2 x 3rd places and 2 x Merit Awards.
  • One Year 10 student was selected to participate in the 2016 Advantage Program to China.
  • One student awarded 1st place in the Chinese Study Tour Language Competition at the China University of Mining and Technology.


  • All students sat the ICAS English Test achieving well above the national mean in every facet of the testing components with results including 3 High Distinctions, 33 Distinctions, 90 Credits and 52 Merit Awards.
  • All students sat the Australian Mathematics Competition with 85% of students obtaining a proficiency level or better with one prize winner and 65 students obtaining a High Distinction or Distinction.
  • Year 11 and 12 Business Management Students participated in the University of NSW Australian School of Business Economics and Business Studies Competition with results including 1 High Distinction, 15 Distinctions and 29 Credits.
  • A Year 11 Business Management student was the state winner of the CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition with an all-expenses paid trip to Melbourne to present his marketing plan.


  • A number of students were successful in AMEB, eisteddfods, auditions and other performance events. Two students performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2016 QSO Prodigy Project.


  • A number of students were selected for regional and state sporting teams achieving medals at state level in athletics, cross country, swimming and rowing.

Creativity, Action, Service (IB CAS)

  • Students were engaged in a broad range of rich co-curricular programs including: The Kokoda Youth Challenge in Papua New Guinea, QUT Future Leaders, Interact, Model United Nations, Mooting, Duke of Edinburgh, National Constitutional Convention, United Nations Youth Forum, Gold Coast Junior Council, Homeless Connect.


Past Successes

QAHS 2015 Success
QAHS 2014 Success
QAHS 2013 Success
QAHS 2012 Success
QAHS 2011 Success
QAHS 2010 Success
QAHS 2009 Success

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