About Caloundra City Private School

Caloundra City Private School is a leading co-educational, non-denominational school ideally set on 11-hectares in Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Caloundra City Private School offers the complete educational journey at one beautiful location, catering for children from early childhood right through to Year 12:

Caloundra City Private School creates opportunities and pathways for all students to excel.

Our aim is to develop students who are connected, well rounded, kind, courteous, confident, creative and engaged young people, who are ready to make a difference.

Our History

Caloundra City Private School was established in 2005, and has since established itself as a school of excellence in:

  • Academic achievement
  • Sporting and cultural achievements
  • Development of character; and
  • Traditional values of courtesy, manners and exemplary presentation

State of the Art Buildings

Our state-of-the-art buildings boast distinctively high-raked ceilings and feature spacious classroom designs that are fully air-conditioned and immaculately maintained. Our buildings are set on beautifully landscaped grounds which back on to the Pelican Waters Reserve, offering leafy outlooks from every classroom. It is a wonderful space for students to feel safe, calm and connected.

Our campus facilities include: 

  1. An award-winning Library
  2. Professor Ian Frazer Technology Building (Science, Food Technology and Art)
  3. Raelene Boyle Multi-Purpose Hall
  4. John Newcombe Tennis/Multipurpose Court
  5. Spacious playing fields

Why Caloundra City Private School?

Foundations for Success

Personalised learning opportunities for each student

Excellent Facilities

Beautiful school grounds, ideally nestled amongst 11 hectares in Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast.

Student Wellbeing

Backed by our Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum and whole-school Wellbeing@CaloundraCity program.

Tight-Knit Community

A welcoming and nurturing school community where children can thrive in their development and all students are known.


Having attended CCPS for nine years before my graduation, I can say I am proud to have grown up in the CCPS family.  I have had the opportunity to travel on exchange to Japan and Scotland, which were both truly the experience of a lifetime. I also had the chance as a House Captain to lead Mclean house to their first ever championship.

I am grateful for the small class sizes and brilliant teachers, without which I would not have been able to achieve an OP1. Thanks to the dedication of the teaching staff, I am now studying Engineering at The University of Queensland.

Cieran Kent – Graduating Student

One of the most important decisions we make as parents is the school we select for our children’s education. We know we have made the right decision sending our three children to Caloundra City Private School, which provides our children with the most up to date education practices in the country.

The teachers have outstanding commitment and show a real and genuine interest in the children. Our whole family benefits from the schools values which are instilled into our children, and above all our children love and enjoy their school life.

Natarsha Turner – School Parent

The incredible remote learning model our school leaders and teachers implemented throughout 2020 was successful and muchly appreciated. The level of tuition and engagement CCPS teachers achieved is commendable. The students in all year levels showed great maturity by participating respectfully and applying themselves to their learning – a classroom culture and work ethic not easily achieved without good foundations. 

I have heard from many parents that their child has demonstrated real learning gains and are not nearly as concerned as they were originally about their child “falling behind”. Add that testimony to the confidence that our small cohort enables each teacher the ability to really identify and fill in any gaps of learning that may have happened during this time.

Michelle Fowler – School Parent

Our sincere thanks to everyone at CCPS for the fabulous job you have done in getting our kids learning from home. The work that has gone on behind the scenes from IT gurus, all staff (principal, teachers, administration etc.) to get everything operational must have been enormous.  For teachers who have had to prepare and present a whole new way of learning – thank you.  It is a testament to everyone at CCPS how smoothly (from a parents perspective), the process has been. 

We have tried to impress upon the kids that we should take the opportunity to embrace the challenges we are facing at the moment and try to find innovative and new ways of adjusting to what is the new “normal”.  We could not have done this without CCPS doing the same.

Rob and Heather Hartigan – School Parents

I have been attending Caloundra City Private School for eight years. Over this time, this school has opened up a variety of different opportunities, from travelling to Canada for 6 weeks, a truly life changing experience, to completing various Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This school has changed my life, before I came to this school I struggled with academics now I’m proud to say that after school I plan to study Bio-medical Science, which will lead to a career in medicine.

Overall I really appreciate and thank all of the teachers that have impacted my learning and my parents for sending me to a beautiful school. I know that I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given and I believe that no other school could offer me the one-on-one learning and opportunities CCPS has.

Molly Rava – Graduating Student

I have been at CCPS since Year 3. I am grateful to the School for giving me many opportunities such as international volunteering and leadership roles. However, I am most grateful for its support of my passion for Music which has allowed me to attend CCPS and Griffith Conservatorium for Music since Year 9.

Although Music may not be the path I follow after School, it has given me a love of playing and performing that will forever be a part of my life. Thanks to the inspiring Teachers, I additionally have a passion for Maths and Science which I will most likely pursue at University. Although my path is yet unclear I am lucky to have many options as a result of attending CCPS.        

Hannah Stuart – Graduating Student

When we came to Caloundra City Private School, we had problems speaking and listening English however after spending time in Australia for a few months, our English skills started improving as well as our school results. This is thanks to the support of our host family and our school teachers at CCPS.

The study schedule and many assignments is really hard sometimes but when we remember about that later, we realised that it is a really valuable experience for our future life.  We are so glad that we have been able to meet the expectations of the teachers. We would recommend CCPS and the community to anyone seeking International schooling.

Bino and Nyui Hasegawa – Japanese Students

‘Being new to the area, we chose CCPS from online research and virtual tours with various staff. The last 5 months has shown us it has been a great decision for our kids schooling. It’s a great school with friendly staff and a strong community feel. Being a smaller school allows high level of recognition and interaction with our kids. The staff are very welcoming and the facilities and grounds are modern and promote a high standard. We are looking forward to watching our kids grow and develop at CCPS throughout their schooling years.’

Alyssia and Will

“City Stars has been amazing for our little girl. We cannot thank the staff enough for embracing her and making the big school transition such a wonderful experience.”

EJ Marsden

“Making the decision to move my children into CCPS was very easy. My children and I were invited to a tour and a trial day at the school and this just cemented that it was the correct decision. There is a beautiful, friendly feeling among the teaching staff and students. 

The teaching and admin staff are incredibly nurturing in junior school and there is a strong focus on overall well being, which is an integral part of our family values. The values of community and respect for our children are also a high focus and teaching in a practical life skills direction is something that really resonated with me as skills my children should acquire throughout their education journey. 

We have been incredibly happy with CCPS and certainly have no regrets enrolling our grade 4 and 6 children. They are very happy which speaks volumes.”

Amanda Mallabar

My name is Michael and I am the exchange student from Rundle College in Calgary, Alberta Canada. My experience here in Australia has been nothing short of amazing. Visiting the Sunshine Coast’s copious amount of perfect beaches, Caloundra has sure shown its attraction to the world. When I first got here, I was astounded by the amount of tropical forests this area has to offer. I was able to visit some of the forests near the spectacular Glass House Mountains, and was still able to see miles of beach during every moment of it.

Luka’s family was very welcoming even though they had never met me before and made my stay here in Caloundra truly special. We got to go and visit the world famous Australia Zoo and see what Steve Irwin’s legacy truly meant to him and his family. Feeding the kangaroos and holding a koala were for sure some once in a life time opportunities I will never forget. Luka’s family took me to an Island off the shore of the Gold Coast where I saw some of Australia’s sea life first hand. Sting rays swimming over our feet and crabs biting them was something I’m not sure I want to experience again.

CCPS has been astonishing, from your beautiful campus to the astounding work ethic I see in every student at the school. When I heard some history reports were 12,000 words I couldn’t believe it until I saw some of the assignments turned in by the Grade 12 class. This is an opportunity and experience that has for sure changed my life. From Calgary to Vancouver to Sydney to Brisbane to your beautiful Caloundra, the trip has been truly amazing and I am very grateful to all of those who made it so special.

Michael – Exchange Student

“Cieran returned from Scotland early this morning and has gone to school for the last couple of lessons this afternoon. The trip was a wonderful experience for Cieran. He stayed with a lovely family and enjoyed family and school life very much. He really enjoyed playing rugby for the Lathallan U16s, although his old footy boots only just survived the last match. Cieran sent an email to say he’d suffered no major injuries, which is what every rugby Mum wants to hear. It was also interesting for him to attend classes in Biology, which he doesn’t study at CCPS, and History (learning about Scottish migration from the Scottish viewpoint). News stories about African migrants trying to reach Europe have given him a different perspective on the asylum seeker ‘issue’.

Stephen and I were able to catch up with Cieran and the Foster family one evening while we were in the UK for a conference. Karen and Anderson gave us an interesting guided tour of Aberdeen (including the 500 year old university) and we enjoyed a family dinner with them. Meeting Cieran’s host family and seeing Aberdeen and Johnshaven, where Lathallan is located, will be helpful when we come to plan some different experiences for Janet Foster when she visits us in return next year.
Thank you for making this exchange possible, and for encouraging students to make the most of this opportunity.”

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