Mackay North State High School

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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.

Three reasons to choose Mackay North State High School

  1. ​Access to the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef and rainforest areas
  2. Friendly, safe and supportive community 
  3. Wide range of subjects and extracurricular activities with outstanding educational outcomes

School Information

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​Mackay North State High School is a well-resourced, progressive school located on the eastern coast of Central Queensland. The city of Mackay is surrounded by tropical beaches and rainforests, and is within easy reach of the internationally acclaimed Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. Mackay North SHS offers students a wide range of subjects and extracurricular activities. The school has a reputation for academic excellence, enhanced by outstanding achievements in the areas of music, performing arts and sport. Students are supported in their academic achievements and personal welfare by a stable and committed staff.

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Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • CQUniversity 
  • CQTafe
  • James Cook University (JCU)

School facilities

  • Health and physical education facilities include a 25m swimming pool, extensive playing fields, gym, climbing wall
  • Senior centre facilities include an auditorium, senior study room
  • Junior Secondary precinct providing indoor and outdoor supportive educational and recreational areas.
  • Arts facilities include an art studio, performing arts area, music practice rooms, dance floor
  • Vocational education facilities include a commercial kitchen and training restaurant, engineering and building workshops
  • Technology facility includes advanced information technology resources
  • The use of technology in the curriculum plays a very important part in preparing our students with the skills for the 21st Century. For that reason students are able to bring their own devices to assist them in their learning. Students in the Junior Secondary precinct are able to bring iPads, while students in Senior Secondary are able to bring either an iPad, a Windows laptop or a Mac laptop.​

Extracurricular activities

  • The performing arts department sponsors many extracurricular activities for all students–modern dance, ensembles, bands and choirs, music and drama performance and competitions


Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page


  • ​Japanese

Special programs

  • Academic class of excellence and extension classes in English and Mathematics
  • Marine studies – includes field trips to the Mackay Harbour and to the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays
  • A strong sporting program
  • Excellence in Music and Art programs available
  • Highly regarded instrumental music program


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.

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Last reviewed 31 July 2018
Last updated 31 July 2018