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Enrolling at our school

​Marsden State High School is one of the largest secondary schools in Queensland.

Students can apply for enrolment at Marsden State High School (MSHS) under the following categories:

  • Local catchment area: student’s principal residence is within the defined local catchment area

  • Discipline of Academic Excellence (selective entry): selection is based on an order of merit

  • Discipline of Performing Arts – Dance and or Music Excellence (selective entry): selection is based on a audition or a folio of works that demonstrates their artistic ability.

  • Discipline of Sporting Excellence – Rugby League, Girls Rugby League & Touch Football, Basketball and Football (selective entry): selection is based on a performance trial and on the students sporting achievements.

Under the selective entry disciplines students must provide most recent school report that reflects continued excellence in academic, behaviour and effort reports.

If applying for Academic Excellence students must provide Naplan report with enrolment paperwork.

See the MSHS Enrolment Management Plan for more information.​

Families from outside the Marsden SHS catchment area are able to complete the following form EXPRESSION OF INTEREST OUT OF CATCHMENT.pdfEXPRESSION OF INTEREST OUT OF CATCHMENT.pdf.  Decisions regarding the acceptance of Out of Catchment students will be made on December 1st each year.

Decision on Enrolment​

Selective Entry – The Executive Principal is responsible for all decisions on selective entry enrolments and his decision on selection will be final. There is no internal review of the Executive Principal’s decision.

Local Catchment Area – The Executive Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments and may request any additional documentation and conduct other enquiries deemed necessary to satisfy eligibility criteria.

There is no review of the Executive Principal’s decision.​​

Before you apply, read and agree with our school policies:

Students and parents/caregivers are required to read and agree to the following policies set-out by Education Queensland and Marsden State High School before student enrolment is accepted:

Steps for enrolment Complete and sign forms 1-7

Please ensure all forms are signed by guardian and student.

  1. Application for student enrolment form (PDF, 1539KB)

  2. Enrolment agreement (PDF, 124KB)​

  3. General requirements safety (PDF, 322KB)

  4. Information Computer Technology acceptable use agreement (PDF, 362KB)​

  5. State School Consent Form.pdf​

  6. 2019 Schedule of fees 7-10.pdf 2019 Schedule of fees 11-12.pdf​

  7. Unique student identification registration form (PDF, 375KB)

Checklist: You are required to provide the following documentation with students enrolment paperwork?

  • Copy of Birth Certificate.

  • Copy of previous School report card.

  • Proof of address (e.g. drivers licence, bill, rental slip)

  • Copy​ of Legal or Custody documents if applicable.

Submitting your applicatio​n

You will be required to submit your completed enrolment pack with all relevant paperwork attached to our Administration Office, only once this has been submitted our Enrolment officer will contact you to arrange an enrolment interview. Students must attend an enrolment interview accompanied by their parents/guardian.

Enrolment interviews are generally conducted by the school’s enrolment officer. Students who are transferring because of behaviour, attendance or learning engagement difficulties will be interviewed by a Deputy Principal. Students who are enrolling after being excluded from another school will be interviewed by the Executive Principal.​​​

Transferring from another S​chool?​

Students enrolling fro​m another Queensland high school must obtain an official transfer from their previous school. We will contact your previous school for background information to help us plan for your success.​​​