Welcome to Malanda State High School, a small school in a picturesque location that offers international students a unique and memorable Queensland study experience.
From our position in a thriving rural community on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, we focus on both academic learning and a range of specialist subjects valued by our students, many of whom live and work on dairy farms and study all aspects of the agricultural industry.
Malanda SHS is a close and supportive school where strong community support and involvement contribute to our outstanding academic success and participation in community events across our region.
We welcome the diversity and wonderful input international students bring to our school enabling all students to learn from others and enrich their educational opportunities.
Mr Gary Toshach
Year established: 1990
Number of students: 980
At Malanda State High School (SHS), we take great pride in our strong academic values and deep sense of community. Malanda is located on the naturally air conditioned Atherton Tablelands, 70km west of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and World Heritage areas, Malanda is just a short distance to Sclerophyll forests to the west and a daytrip to the Great Barrier Reef to the east.
Our small school is recognised as a 'place to excel' academically and where students also enjoy a rich and regular program of cultural, sporting and social activities.
Malanda SHS invites international students from around the world to experience our beautiful environment with its spectacular natural features, and we welcome the diversity and wonderful input you will bring to our school.
University or vocational pathways
Access to a variety of vocational courses including Certificate II Hospitality, Certificate II Engineering, Certificate II Small Engines, Certificate II Agriculture
Links to all universities in Queensland – James Cook University, The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University.
Large multi-purpose hall for sports with a stage for school performances
Large sports oval
Paddocks and pastures for cattle and goats
Agricultural Trade Training Centre with yards and handling facilities
Horticultural shade house
Hospitality kitchen and teaching facilities
Computer research rooms
Library with Distance Education centre
Gym and training centre
Industrial quality workshops
Engineering and automotive facility
Coding and robotics club
Cross-country running club
Mountain bike club
Sporting competitions (rugby league, touch football, volleyball, cricket, athletics, cross-country, swimming)
Instrumental music program
School choir and band
Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering vocational programs
Global Tropics Future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program
Embedded technology in agriculture (drones, farm bots)
Year 10 extension classes in mathematics and science
Senior community based projects to support the local community members
Tuition Fees (2020)*
Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year
* Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule:
School Entry Requirements
*HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program
Disclaimer: The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:
a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
particular school facilities;
please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.
Correct at time of publishing. Subject to change without notice. Last updated: 01/08/2019