Mackay North State High School is located just a few kilometers from the beach and the center of Mackay, surrounded by tropical rainforests and with direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. The good reputation of this progressive school with a diverse range of subjects and a large selection of extracurricular activities attracts students far beyond the local area. The school currently has 1,450 students who form a committed, friendly and safe community.
Mackay North State High School places particular emphasis on music and the performing arts, and offers excellence programs in these areas. There is a wide range of orchestras and ensembles, with a prominent position held by the “Marching Band”, the largest school brass band in Australia with over 140 members. This band has represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Sydney and Beijing, the Shanghai Tourism Festival, Disneyland and the Los Angeles Independence Day Parade, among others.
Within the extensive dance and theatre activities there is also an annual theatre production. Every year in August, a special, very spectacular dance evening is also held, where the participants of the different dance classes show their extraordinary skills.
Other subjects offered at Mackay North State High School include such exciting courses as engineering, IT, graphic design, tourism and hospitality. For the latter, the school has a training restaurant and a commercial standard kitchen. Marine Science / Aquatic Practices is also extremely popular, and includes many boat trips and excursions to local beaches, Mackay Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands.