Maryborough State High School

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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Maryborough State High School (SHS).

Since 1881, Maryborough SHS has demonstrated the very best in public school education on the Fraser Coast. With our long history, heritage-listed environment and impressive record of student success we offer you a truly unique learning experience.

As a student you have opportunities in and outside the classroom. Our high performance expectations, personalised attention and an outstanding staff contribute to students' lives through a shared vision that ensures everyone is valued, developed and empowered to achieve their very best.

Being a Maryborough State High student means something special. Past students contribute to society at the highest levels of public life, in business and the community, and tell us of their passion for the school and the opportunities it provided.

We have a passion for knowledge, learning and curiosity and our core values of 'Respect, Responsibility and Results', along with our motto 'Non Sine Pulvere Palma' (No Prize Without Effort), show our commitment to work and reward.

On behalf of all our students and staff we look forward to welcoming you to our Maryborough State High family.

Simon Done

Three reasons to choose Maryborough State High School

  1. Be part of a proud and supportive regional community close to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and within easy reach of the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane 
  2. Enjoy opportunities and professional links in sports (rowing, football, rugby and hockey) and innovation (coding, robotics and STEM)
  3. Be part of our commitment to 'Value, Develop and Empower' every student 

School Information

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​Maryborough State High School (SHS) exemplifies excellence in education with an outstanding 138-year history of developing leaders and lifelong learners.

Today, Maryborough SHS offers a flexible learning environment and opportunities to engage in a variety of academic, sporting, cultural and community programs. Individualised and flexible learning pathways ensure that all students can succeed.

Our school community strives for excellence with an outstanding staff that has contributed to the lives of our students over the years and where quality teaching is a cornerstone.

Maryborough is a vibrant part of the Fraser Coast region, steeped in history and the arts. You can explore the town's stories from the past through to the present day in its many striking examples of art, sculpture, heritage buildings, memorials and museums.  

A short drive to Hervey Bay takes you to the stepping off point to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the location of some of the world's best whale watching encounters. From the abundant farms of our hinterland to the golden beaches of the coast, this area has lots to explore during your time with us.

Thank you for choosing Maryborough State High School for your overseas schooling experience. We welcome you to our vibrant school community and invite you to share in our tradition and commitment to excellence.  

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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

  • ​Direct entry to University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) for students who complete Certificate III, IV or the Diploma of Business
  • USC Headstart program

School facilities

  • Two campuses blending tradition with innovation
  • Performing Arts block (opened in 2018)
  • Covered outdoor sports fields (due 2019/20)
  • Trade Training Centre
  • Fully air-conditioned classrooms
  • Hair and beauty training salon
  • Commercial kitchen and restaurant facilities
  • Modern classrooms
  • School museum

Extracurricular activities

  • Rowing
  • Maryborough Technology Challenge - Human Powered Vehicle 24-hour race
  • 'Fraser Pop' festival (organised and managed onsite by Diploma of Business students)
  • Hockey, soccer and rugby teams
  • Community events
  • School theatre production
  • Music and 'The Arts' showcase

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

  • Honours program for Years 7 to 9
  • Soccer academy with links to Brisbane Roar Football Club (FC) and Liverpool FC
  • Hockey and rugby academies
  • Coding as a Language
  • Diploma in Business course
  • Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) vocational courses 


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 updated 05 April 2019