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International students

At Mackay North State High School, we value the ideals of an international education. Our International Programs foster cultural understanding and personal development for our visitors and for our school community. Through our programs, we provide opportunities for students and staff to form life-long global networks. We have hosted study tours and international students for several years and our staff and students value the understanding of the culture and lifestyles of other nations. We welcome visitors from overseas and are keen to develop and maintain linkages with visiting students and to foster life-long friendships and networks.
Our school maintains a strong reputation in the local community and we are proud to share this curriculum with international students. We invite you to become part of our International Family.

Mackay Community

The school is situated in a very safe community, with very low levels of crime. There is a local school bus service, however many students walk or ride a bike to school. Our local community supports and values our school.

Climate of the Mackay Area

The Mackay area has a tropical climate. Summers are generally hot and wet, though the coast has the benefit of a regular afternoon sea breeze. Winter days are generally warm and sunny, while winter nights can be cool away from the coast.
Mackay's average annual rainfall is 1585mm. A large proportion falls in the months December through to March with the driest months being August/September.
Maximum daytime temperatures are typically 29-30 degrees during the summer/wet months and 21-25 degrees during the winter/dry months. Minimum overnight temperatures are typically around 23 degrees during the summer/wet months and 13-14 degrees during the winter/dry months.
The region lies in the trade wind belt for most of the year resulting in south to southeast winds. During the warmer months afternoon northeast sea breezes are common.


We have a homestay family base with caring people who have been involved with our school for many years. Each family is personally visited and inspected by school personnel, checked by the Police and issued a special card by the Queensland Government Children's Commissioner.
In addition, families are regularly assisted to ensure that they are skilled in dealing with international students. Homestay facilities provide a separate room for each student. The families provide three meals per day and assist in transport to and from school where appropriate. Students from overseas are encouraged to become part of our families and learn about Australian life.

Contact Us

Education Queensland International (EQI) is the Unit in the Queensland Government's Department of Education and the Arts that deals with International students within Queensland's public schools.

For furthur information:

Contact EQI to find out more information about studying in Queensland.

Postal Address

PO Box 15050
City East QLD 4002

Street Address

Level 18
Education House
30 Mary Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone +61 7 3224 6958
Fax +61 7 3224 6973
1800 316 540 (within Australia)

Email Address

Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A
  • International staff

    The following staff are specialised in all aspects of the international program.