Mackay North State High School

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Mackay North State High School

Principal's Welcome

Mackay North State High School has a proud tradition of educational excellence in the Mackay region. As a Band 11 school, we have an enrolment of over 1300 students. Our dedicated staff are committed to high quality teaching and learning across the school from Years 7 to 12.

At North we believe every student has the opportunity to succeed. We offer students a range of pathways as they progress from Junior Secondary to Senior Secondary, and we have high expectations of our students, whichever pathway they commit to follow.

Our school values of respect, resilience and confidence are embedded into all facets of school life at North High. From our school wide well-being programs to our programs of academic excellence our students are always encouraged to strive for their best.

The Mackay North State High School community is proud of the achievements of our students and our staff. Our dedicated leadership team work together to ensure that our school offers the very best education to all students.

School Information

Year established: 1964
Number of students: 400

Our school is located near the world-famous beachside community of Airlie Beach and the popular Whitsunday Islands.

Enjoy weekends with your homestay family discovering our tropical highland rainforest and more than 30 sandy beaches. See wallabies at sunrise on the beach and platypus in our rainforest rivers. Swim in crystal clear rock pools and glide through the forest canopy on a flying fox cableway.

We have a reputation for academic excellence and outstanding achievement in music, performing arts and sport. Our school is well resourced so you can choose from many subjects and extracurricular activities.

Our community is very safe and welcoming and we value our friendships with international students.

We invite you to join our International Family.

University or vocational pathways

  • CQUniversity
  • CQTafe
  • James Cook University (JCU)
  • School facilities

  • Health and physical education facilities include: a 25-metre swimming pool, extensive playing fields, a gym and a climbing wall
  • Senior centre facilities include an auditorium and senior study room
  • Junior secondary precinct provides indoor and outdoor educational and recreational areas
  • Arts facilities include an art studio, performing arts area, music practice rooms and a dance floor
  • Vocational education facilities include a commercial kitchen and training restaurant, and engineering and building workshops
  • Extracurricular activities

  • The performing arts department sponsors many extracurricular activities for all students
  • Modern dance
  • School choir
  • Bands and ensembles
  • Music and drama performance and competitions
  • The school’s signature musical ensemble is the marching band; the largest school marching band in Australia with over 140 members. This band has represented Australia at the Sydney and Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai Tourism Festival, Disneyland and the Los Angeles Independence Day Parade
  • Languages

  • Japanese
  • Special programs

  • Marine studies – including boating and field trips to local beaches, Mackay Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands
  • A strong sporting program
  • Excellence in music and art programs
  • Highly regarded instrumental music program
  • 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

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *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:
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  • 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.

    Last updated: 01/08/2019