Maroochydore State High School

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Maroochydore State High School
Coordinates 26°39′15″S 153°04′30″E / 26.6543°S 153.0750°E / -26.6543; 153.0750Coordinates: 26°39′15″S 153°04′30″E / 26.6543°S 153.0750°E / -26.6543; 153.0750
Type Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
Motto Niti et Servire
(Latin for "To Strive and to Serve")
Established 1964
Principal Barry Dittman
Staff ~100
Enrolment ~1400
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Green and Gold         


streetaddress = 160 Maroochydore Rd, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
Publication Maroochy High News

Maroochydore State High School (commonly abbreviated as 'MSHS') is a co-educational, state secondary school located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in the town of Maroochydore, approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Brisbane. It has grown from an enrolment of 200 students in its foundation year, 1964, to approximately 1400 today. Considered the central high school of Maroochydore, it is particularly noted for being a Cricket School of Excellence.[1]


Mr J Allen, Mr N Corfield, Mr R Tickle, Mr C Law, Mr C George, Ms L Anderson, Mr J McLay, Ms S Innes, Mr B Jorgensen


  • 2010 Innovation excellence award for Biotechnology-first school in the world to grow plant cells in a school laboratory
  • Regional Award 2006 - Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools
  • National Youth Science Forum Canberra 2006, 2007 and 2008 – student selected for a scientific study tour of South Africa
  • Queensland Schoolboy Cricket Champions 2007 [2]
  • TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship 2008 - student recipient
  • National Schools Constitutional Convention 2006 and 2009 - student elected as Queensland delegate [3]
  • Most Outstanding Student Ambassador Program in Australia 2009 - Beacon Foundation National Conference [4]

Special programs[edit]

Young Scientists Program, Cricket Academy, Centre for Creative Industries, Gateway School Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Beacon Foundation Career Preparation program, Marine Studies, Surfing Development Program, Rugby League Development Program, Film, Television and New Media, Instrumental Music, Student leadership and care programs, Driver education and Year 12 Docudrama, Hospitality, Restaurant and Bar Service Courses, School based traineeships and work experience program.


Humanitarian Tour to Cambodia, Cricket Academy tour to New Zealand, Languages tour of Japan and an annual Snow Trip to Perisher. There are also trips to Agnes Waters and Lady Musgrave Island for International Students, Debating, Opti Minds Gifted and Talented Program, Science Fair, Culture Fest, Concert band, stage band, rock bands and choir, Musical, concerts and socials, Cheerleading, National Academic Competitions, Environmental – Koala Corridor program, Private surfing lessons.

Sporting houses[edit]

Maroochydore High holds annual sporting carnivals including Swimming, Athletics (Track and Field) and Cross Country. The top individual performances are selected to represent the school at higher-level competitions.

The student population is split up into four sporting houses, each led by two House Captains.

House Name Named After Colour
Palmer Vance and Nettie Palmer      Red
Lavarack Lt Gen Sir John Lavarack      Blue
Hinkler Hon Sqn Ldr Bert Hinkler      Purple
Kingsford-Smith Sir Charles Kingsford Smith      Green


  • State-of-the-art IT and manual art facilities
  • Performing arts complex
  • Sports stadium and function hall
  • Rugby ovals
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Modern cafeteria
  • State of the art Lecture Theater
  • Brand new biotechnology labs for senior science
  • Most rooms equipped with laptops for every student
  • Tourism and Wine center (opening mid-2011)

Student governance[edit]

Gold Badge Holders
Gold Badge Holders is the collective name given to the body of Year 12 students who have been elected, based on various criteria including: personal achievement, service, popular vote, etc., to certain authoritative and representative positions. These positions include: Girl and Boy School Captain, Girl and Boy School Vice-Captain, President of the Student Council, Vice-President of the Student Council, Secretary of the Student Council, Treasurer of the Student Council, 2 Cultural Captains and 2 Sports Captains, and 16 sports captains and vice captains.

Green Badge Holders
A Year 12 student serving on any of Maroochydore State High School's committees is titled a 'Green Badge Holder.' These committees currently include the:

  • Formal Committee
  • Graduation Committee
  • Environment Committee
  • School Magazine Committee
  • Jersey Committee

Student Council
The Student Council is the representative body of students attending Maroochydore High. The Council convenes monthly to conduct business. Business often involves planning fundraisers, approving grants, acting as a liaison between administration and students, special projects, etc. The Council is composed of School Leaders from Grades 8, 9, 10 and 11. Two students from each class are selected by interview to be School Leaders. The council is presided over by the Student Council Executive, comprising the President of the Student Council, Vice-President of the Student Council, Secretary of the Student Council and the Treasurer of the Student Council.


The uniform detailed below is currently under review with the aim of modernising its style. The new uniform is expected to be finalised by mid-2009 with a two-year phasing in period.

Piece Girls Uniform Boys Uniform
Skirt Black dress skirt with MH emblem n/a
Shorts black with MH emblem
Socks White ankle White sports sock
Shoes plain black with black laces Jumper Plain black sweatshirt with MSHS emblem
Junior School Shirt white with green sleeves and yellow and green sides with MSHS emblem Senior School Shirt White polo with white sleeves and yellow and green sides with MSHS emblem OR white and green pinstripe formal shirt
Tights Navy, black or flesh coloured tights n/a
Physical Education Classes - Shorts Green/gold shorts Green/gold shorts
Tie green tie (worn only with formal shirt)

Awards Night[edit]

An awards night is held each year in October to reward students for academic, cultural, vocational and sporting excellence and to recognise student contribution and service. Awards include Academic Achievement Awards, Cultural Awards and Sporting Awards, each categorised into Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Special Awards
Numerous special awards are received by students on awards night to recognise outstanding achievements and contributions with the support of local organisations. These include: Suncoast Daylight Masonic Lodge Academic Bursary Award, APEX Bursary, Junior and Senior Sports Star of the Year, Citizenship Awards, Art On The Walls, School Based Trainee Of The Year, Maroochydore Returned Serviceman's League Sub Branch Bursary Awards, Cultural Ambassador Award and the All Rounder Awards.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mal Meninga AM (Aust. Rugby League).
  • Grant Kenny OAM (Aust. Ironman title. Bronze in Olympic Kayaking).
  • Jessica Watson OAM (Australian sailor).
  • Leanne Evans Commonwealth Games silver medallist


  1. ^ Maroochydore State High School (9 May 2009). Cricket Academy. (internet). Available from: [1]
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  3. ^ Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (19 July 2009). National Schools Constitutional Convention. (internet). Available from: [2].
  4. ^ Maroochydore State High School (8 May 2009). News. (internet). Available from: [3].

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