Maleny State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​​Maleny State High School is located in the Queensland Sunshine Coast Hinterland, 100km north of Brisbane and 35 minutes’ drive from the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches. The school services the communities of the Blackall Range, Upper Mary Valley, part of the rail corridor and surrounding areas. The school was established in 1987 and has a reputation for a diverse, innovative curriculum, excellent facilities and a pleasant environment for student learning.

The school offers a diverse curriculum program which recognises the importance of traditional academic subjects as preparation for tertiary entrance while at the same time offering a wide range of vocational education courses. The school aims to provide students with maximum opportunities to achieve credits towards their Queensland Certificates of Education. The school actively pursues the principle of “Learning for Living”.
Many students have extended and enriched their secondary experience by accessing subjects offered by universities, as well as Brisbane School of Distance Education.

The Middle Years (Years 7-9) Curriculum studies are based on the Australian Curriculum, emphasizing team planning and literacy.
During the Senior Phase of Learning (Years 10-12) students are provided with opportunities to extend their studies and diversify as they work towards obtaining their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). QCS Test and OP performance is usually above the State average in the higher bands. Over the last five years, an average of 24.0% of our year 12 students have been placed in the OP bands of 1-7, compared with 22.7% across Queensland. 97% of Maleny SHS students who apply for Tertiary Entrance receive a QTAC offer for a tertiary place. On average, over 60% of year 12s are OP eligible, with more than 85% of all year 12s gaining either an OP or “VET” qualifications. 25% - 30% of Senior students undertake a traineeship and nearly all of these exit year 12 with a VET certificate at AQTF level I or II.

Maleny State High School is an accredited Education Queensland International school and offers places to International students from all around the world. We also host regular International Study Tours each year, mainly from Japan.

A large number of students participate in and gain success in a range of extension and co-academic activities such as competitions and cultural events within the strong Arts fields of Drama, Music, Dance and Visual Arts, as well as a strong sporting presence. Students undertake a range of leadership roles through the Student Council, Interact Club, School Captaincy and House Sports positions.

The school grounds have an area of 15.4 hectares and include a 7 hectare Agricultural Section which regularly showcases its successful cattle handling teams and other primary industry initiatives. A large multipurpose Activities Centre and Dance Studio cater for sport, performances and assembly and are hired regularly by community groups.

Three reasons to choose Maleny State High School

  1. A hub of learning in a rich, cultural and artistic area, offering diverse subject choices that lead to multiple career pathways
  2. A very successful and dynamic agricultural studies department
  3. Unique hinterland setting close to beaches​

School Information

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​Maleny State High School is a close-knit, friendly school located in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland, set among green hills and only 35 minutes from the famous Sunshine Coast surf beaches. The school's priorities are: academic and vocational training excellence combined with a strong sense of individualised attention.

The school enjoys being a part of a richly artistic and cultural community, which strengthens the school's curriculum in the arts, drama, dance and music. The school has forged strong links with its rural community, with local business and industry, and with other educational and training institutions.

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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

  • Entry to all Queensland universities via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre
  • Students may undertake university courses at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) while still at school
  • Students may undertake some courses online​

School facilities

  • Activities centre for sports and the arts
  • Multipurpose outdoor sports complex
  • Information technology-based recording facilities
  • Computer and multimedia classrooms
  • Weights gymnasium
  • Seven hectare farm on school property
  • Virtual schooling system
  • Dance Studio

Extracurricular activities

  • Industry level sound system training and production
  • Student leadership programs 
  • Personal development programs (School Interact Club)
  • Peer skills training (Building Bridges)
  • Cattle handling and judging training at local show days
  • Sport​​

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

  • ​Dance, drama, music and visual arts
  • A working school farm (livestock and horticulture)
  • Special education unit​


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