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Our school vision

"Every child is motivated to learn and improve" 

It is 99 years since Mackay North State School was opened with enrolments of 68 students on 23 March 1915. The school experienced a period of growth as the North Mackay area grew and, as further schools opened, the population has moved away, leaving a smaller community. Currently the school caters for prep to year 7 as well as a special education program and has had an enrolment of just under 400 children for many years now.

Mackay North State School prides itself on the quality education that is offered through our strong academic focus. While we offer students a full range of learning experiences we don't deviate from the fact that our number one priority is student academic growth and improvement. All children are encouraged to do their very best in all academic pursuits. Teachers set high expectations for students and willingly assist them to meet these expectations.

Sport has always played a large part at Mackay North State School and we are represented each year by a large number of children in hockey, netball and basketball. Many of our children have gone on to regional and state competitions in a variety of sports. There have even been students who have represented national teams in the past.

A strong focus on music has produced one of the few primary school recorder marching bands in the district. We have a junior and senior choir and they are encouraged to participate each year in the local eisteddfods. A recent addition to our music program are two drumming troupes. The school focuses on performing arts and has a drama group which performs in such events as Wakakirri. Our performance groups have amassed a wide trophy collection that is on display in the school foyer.

Tradition in our school is evident by the naming of the school as a Rats of Tobruk​ School because of a former teacher, Mr Kev Briggs, who was a Rat of Tobruk soldier. Students are encouraged to participate with the community in the regular Rats of Tobruk Ceremonies and student leaders are expected to assist in conducting these ceremonies. Our school presents a Spirit of Rats of Tobruk award to a year 7 student each year.

Our responsible behaviour plan for students (PDF, 1.4 MB) echoes our school motto, 'learning, caring, sharing', in that we expect students to be responsible for their actions and to accept consequences for mistakes. We have developed a community accord which outlines the shared responsibility we all have for student behaviour and it also outlines student behaviours that will not be tolerated by our entire community. All of our behaviour management structures are designed to support children in making the right choice about behaviour.

We would gladly welcome your enquiry concerning enrolment at Mackay North State School. Once you’ve become involved with our school you’ll see it lives up to its banner of  - a great place to be.


Stephen Bobby - Principal