Malanda State High School

Male & Female


Year levels:

Cairns & Atherton Tablelands

Malanda State High School

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Malanda State High School, a small school in a picturesque location that offers international students a unique and memorable Queensland study experience.
From our position in a thriving rural community on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, we focus on both academic learning and a range of specialist subjects valued by our students, many of whom live and work on dairy farms and study all aspects of the agricultural industry.

Malanda SHS is a close and supportive school where strong community support and involvement contribute to our outstanding academic success and participation in community events across our region. We welcome the diversity and wonderful input international students bring to our school enabling all students to learn from others and enrich their educational opportunities.

Mr Gary Toshach

School Information

Year established: 1990
Number of students: 980

At Malanda State High School (SHS), we take great pride in our strong academic values and deep sense of community. Malanda is located on the naturally air conditioned Atherton Tablelands, 70km west of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and World Heritage areas, Malanda is just a short distance to Sclerophyll forests to the west and a daytrip to the Great Barrier Reef to the east.

Our small school is recognised as a 'place to excel' academically and where students also enjoy a rich and regular program of cultural, sporting and social activities.

Malanda SHS invites international students from around the world to experience our beautiful environment with its spectacular natural features, and we welcome the diversity and wonderful input you will bring to our school.

University or vocational pathways

  • Access to a variety of vocational courses including Certificate II Hospitality, Certificate II Engineering, Certificate II Small Engines, Certificate II Agriculture
  • Links to all universities in Queensland – James Cook University, The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University.
  • School facilities

  • Large multi-purpose hall for sports with a stage for school performances
  • Large sports oval
  • Paddocks and pastures for cattle and goats
  • Agricultural Trade Training Centre with yards and handling facilities
  • Horticultural shade house
  • Hospitality kitchen and teaching facilities
  • Computer research rooms
  • Library with Distance Education centre
  • Tuckshop
  • Science laboratories
  • Gym and training centre
  • Industrial quality workshops
  • Engineering and automotive facility
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Japanese club
  • Chess club
  • Coding and robotics club
  • Art club
  • Cross-country running club
  • Drama club
  • Mountain bike club
  • Sporting competitions (rugby league, touch football, volleyball, cricket, athletics, cross-country, swimming)
  • Instrumental music program
  • School choir and band
  • Special programs

  • Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering vocational programs
  • Global Tropics Future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program
  • Embedded technology in agriculture (drones, farm bots)
  • Year 10 extension classes in mathematics and science
  • Senior community based projects to support the local community members
  • Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
  • Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule:

    School Entry Requirements

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program

    Disclaimer: The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:
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  • 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.

    Correct at time of publishing. Subject to change without notice. Last updated: 01/08/2019