Mackay North State High School

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Mackay North State High School is a progressive school which offers students a wide range of subjects and extracurricular opportunities. The current enrolment is approximately 1 560 students who are attracted from across the district by the strong reputation of the school.

Students are supported in their welfare and academic progress by a team of support staff and dedicated Year Coordinators. Students enjoy the opportunities to develop their skills in the many extra-curricular activities in performing arts, sport, leadership courses and competitions. Our school facilities include a well equipped Senior Centre, Assembly Hall, modern Science laboratories, and excellent sporting facilities.

Year Established 1964
Number of Students 1560

3 Reasons to Choose Mackay North State High School

  • Access to the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef and rain forest areas
  • Friendly, safe and supportive community
  • Wide range of subjects and extra-curricular activities

About Us

The total school enrolment is 1503 students from Years 8 to 12. Indigenous students comprise 9% of the total student population.


Junior School

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Physical Education

Senior School

  • Marine Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Vocational Education
  • Technology


  • Marine Studies – popular courses with both domestic and international students which provide field trips to the Mackay Harbour and to the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays.
  • A strong sporting program which includes Excellence in Golf and a Cricket Academy.
  • Excellence in Music and Art programs available


  • The Performing Arts department sponsors many extra-curricular activities for all students – modern dance, ensembles, bands and choirs, music and drama performances and competitions.


  • Japanese


  • Health and physical education facilities include – a swimming pool, extensive playing fields, gym, climbing wall
  • Senior Centre facilities include – auditorium, senior computer room, lockers and senior study rooms
  • The Arts facilities include – Art studios, Performing Arts area, music practice rooms, dance floor
  • Vocational education facilities include – commercial kitchen and training restaurant, engineering and building workshops
  • Technology facilities include – several computer laboratories, computer aided design rooms, model office

Tertiary Pathways

  • Participation in the local university Start University Now program allowing students to undertake tertiary studies in Year 12
  • Students articulate to local and metropolitan universities.


  • Modern History programs have won several awards – Heritage Program Award, Premier’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Community Event, Education Queensland’s Showcase Award
  • Hospitality program has won several awards – Prime Minister’s Award for school community partnerships, state finalist in Education Queensland’s Showcase awards
  • Individual awards include – Australian Students Award, Australian Vocational Students Awards, prize winners in the Australian Mathematics competition, University of NSW
  • Science competition, University of Queensland Dean’s Excellence Award and winners of accelerated programs in university for some graduates.


Apply Now to study at Mackay North State High School.