JUST IN: National accolade for Fraser Coast high school

MARYBOROUGH State High School has received national recognition for the second year running.

Maryborough State High School Principal, Simon Done. PHOTO: Supplied.

The school announced earlier today that it received the Australian Government High School of the Year Excellence Award for 2021.

The accolade comes just weeks after the school celebrated its 140th anniversary.

Principal Simon Done said the school prides itself on being a regional institution with a world-class outlook.

“Over the past five years the school has increased in numbers from 620 students to now over 1170, a testament to the dedication and work of an outstanding educational team,” Mr Done said.

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He said the school had developed key partnerships with a number of businesses and tertiary education providers – including Central Queensland University and the University of the Sunshine Coast – that ensure students from Maryborough State High School have direct entry to university without an ATAR score.

“This commitment to education has been complimented by a high performing team of administrators and teaching staff, with a simple ideological focus of valuing, developing and empowering every student,” Mr Done continued.

The Australian Education Awards 2021 will be held in Sydney on 27 August.

Mr Done told Good News Fraser Coast that Maryborough State High School was a name to be proud of.

“Students who learn and shape their futures within the buildings are ready for the real world when their secondary education comes to an end,” he said in the build-up to the school’s 140th anniversary celebrations.

He also said having Maryborough State High School on your resume suggests to prospective employers that you have a good grounding.

“Because of the standards which are set inside the school gates, this will give students the opportunity to excel outside the school gates and into their careers.”

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Other schools to be recognised in the Secondary School of the Year – Government category include:

  • Albert Park College
  • Ashdale Secondary College
  • James Fallon High School
  • Kurri Kurri High School
  • Marsden State High School
  • Maryborough State High School
  • Southport State High Independent Public School
  • Templestowe College

For a full list of all the Excellence Awardees, click here.

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