Department of Education
Trading as Education Queensland International (EQI)
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A


At Craigslea State High School, we welcome all International students and appreciate their contribution to the school, and with a sincere desire for these students to attain their goals we provide the necessary support.


The purpose of Craigslea State High School is to create a safe, tolerant and disciplined environment in which young people prepare to be active and reflective with a disposition to lifelong learning.

We contribute to student’s development so that they are able to participate in all aspects of learning, engaging confidently with other cultures at home and abroad.

International students are also encouraged to participate in all school activities –(some of which require a commitment to after school hours training/tutoring).  These include music and sport giving them a full range of experiences which contribute to their English proficiency, while at the same time broadening their knowledge and understanding to the Australian way of life.

Craigslea has an excellent reputation as a multicultural school with a genuine commitment amongst staff, students and homestay families ensuring that our International students gain a better understanding of our ‘Global Village’.


Currently we have students from over 45 different cultural backgrounds attending the school.  Each year, we have a Multicultural / Harmony Day in which local and International students work together in preparing food from their own Countries as well as demonstrating their cultural dances.

Mrs Gail Hay our International Student and Homestay Coordinator has received an Australia Day accolade for her contribution to Education.

International and Independent Student Centre

Our International students have a purpose-built learning centre where students can access computers.



There is a large undercover area with seating and tables where students can enjoy their lunch surrounded by newly laid grass and landscaped gardens. Inside, the students have access to an air-conditioned space for EAL/D classes and access to over 25 desk-top computers to work quietly. Additional tables are provided outside for conferencing their work with other students.

The international coordinator is also housed in this building and students can make contact with her when required. The building also contains a kitchen for International Program students’ use. It includes four microwaves, hot water, a sink and fridge.

External Exams by the Queensland Studies Authority

At Craigslea, we also support our Chinese students who wish to study Chinese as a language to study externally through BSDE

Year 12 University Study 

Craigslea State High School provides an opportunity for high achieving (B average) students to study a subject or two at university whilst doing Year 12.
For further details on these programs go to:  

Music Program

Craigslea SHS has a healthy and happy music program that involves over 120 students in five ensembles. These groups perform at community and school events, competitions and tour regularly. Our visiting music specialists provide Craigslea musicians with expert tuition and guidance. For more infomation, please contact the music coordinator Christine Jabs on 

Craigslea Volleyball Academy

The Craigslea Volleyball Academy began in 1980 under the guidance of Randel Robertson. As a former Australian Womens coach, Randel set high standards for the program and it soon began to produce the results to become one of the best volleyball programs in Australia.
Over the years the program has produced hundreds of great volleyball players with many going on to representative honours in Regional, State and National teams. 6 former students have represented Australia at the Olympic games and another 50 have been selected in a variety of National age teams.
Over the last few years, Craigslea has once again asserted its dominance in the sport in Queensland. Since 2009, Craigslea has won 20 of the 21 trophies on offer to school volleyball teams. This outstanding achievement was further highlighted with a 4th place at the National championships in Melbourne in December 2012.
A large number of International students have played competitive volleyball for the CVA. The vast majority of those students have made excellent contributions to the program by bringing their own experiences, skills and attitudes to the court. In recent years we have had players from Germany, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Sweden wearing the CVA uniform at state and National titles.  Because of its huge popularity in Europe and Asia, the influence of the International students is significant and is one that we at Craigslea look forward to each year.
“Freddy” Heininger….hitting the floor for Craigslea at the National titles in Melbourne


Chermside is one of Brisbane's busiest suburbs, and is home to the largest regional shopping centre in Queensland. The suburb is located on the north side of Brisbane.
Westfield Chermside is the largest shopping centre in Queensland.
Westfield Chermside consists of around 370 specialty stores and food outlets, as well as a three story Myer store, 16 screen cinema complex and a large bowling alley. The centre also contains the Chermside Bus Station. Approximately 10km from Brisbane City.
Also situated at this shopping centre is a bus interchange station for easy access to the city and surrounding areas.
Hyperbowl is a wholly owned Australian bowling centre located in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland. Located on Level 2, Westfield Shoppingtown, conveniently beside BCC Cinemas, Chermside. This is fully air conditioned with 26 bowling lanes. They also provide a Café which is open until late.

Cinemas Chermside

Movie Cinemas are also situated in this complex showing all the latest movies in air conditioned comfort.

Chemists & Medical

The Prince Charles Hospital and Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital is situated within walking distance from our school.
Amcal (07) 3139 1424
Bob & Michael's Chemworld (07) 3359 7468
Glen Kinross Dental Surgeon (07) 3359 1920
Healthyworld Pharmacy (07) 3350 4437
John McCann Dental Surgeon (07) 3359 1920
Chermside Medical Centre (07) 3350 4222
Medibank Private (07) 3247 0534

Overseas Health Cover 

(Confirmed that multi-language capability is available)

Swimming Centre

Chermside Pool is a large centre for swimming lessons and hydrotherapy. The water fun park comes alive in summer with its huge waterslide and the wading pool. The 25 metre heated outdoor  pool is open all year. There is also a 16 metre heated indoor pool. It also has a café surrounded by shaded areas.

Chermside Public Library

Public Library is also situated next to the Chermside Shopping Centre where you can access books and computers for extra study.


Chermside West

 Raven Street Reserve and the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre are two popular natural attractions in Chermside West. Children who attend Craigslea Primary and High Schools can visit the Raven Street Reserve and the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre which is within walking distance from the school. People of all ages can escape the city and get a taste of the natural environment.


Aspley is within walking distance from our school. The Bayside suburb of Sandgate is only a 10 minute drive away from Aspley and Chermside.
Brisbane's only Hypermarket has its home at Aspley and there are also a large variety of major retail shops and restaurants along Gympie Road.
Department of Education
Trading as Education Queensland International (EQI)
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A
Last reviewed 07 June 2023
Last updated 19 July 2021