Dalby State High School, which opened in 1954, is a large and highly regarded state secondary school in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. Currently the student population is 1035, including 73 boarding students, and is steadily increasing every year.

Dalby State High School is a dual campus school. The Nicholson Street Campus is situated in Dalby and the Bunya Campus 4 km along the Bunya Highway. The Bunya Campus is a 116-bed residential college and 340ha farm. It has its own sporting fields, swimming pool and other educational facilities.

Dalby State High School has an established reputation built on traditional values including high standards of discipline and pride in appearance. Outstanding achievements across academic, cultural, citizenship and sporting areas can be directly attributed to a committed, experienced, and well qualified staff. The staff make a significant contribution to the lives of students and the school believes high quality teaching is vital for high quality learning. Students are also encouraged to develop the values they are exposed to at home to ensure they leave Dalby State High School as responsible citizens.

Facilities: Dalby Great Hall, Sporting ovals and multi-purpose courts, Trade training centre, 116-bed residential college, 91-seat lecture theatre, 340ha farm, Meeting rooms, Commercial kitchen, Grain storage complex, Stables for horse agistment.

Subjects/Electives Years 7 to 10: Core Subjects – English, Maths, Health and Physical, History, Science, Studies of Society and the Environment. Elective Program – Apollo Program, Agricultural Science , Business Studies, Certificate I in Agrifood Operations, Certificate I in Sport & Recreation, Drama, Graphics.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Authority Subjects – Accounting, Agricultural Science , Ancient History, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, English, English Extension (Year 12), Geography, Graphics, Health Education, Home Economics, Information Technology Systems, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern History, Music, Music Extension (Year 12), Physical Education, Physics, Science 21, Visual Art.

Signature Programs – Agricultural Professionals, Agricultural Futures, Trade Futures, Study Area Specifications Agricultural Practices, Creative Arts (Drama), Creative Arts (Visual Art Studies), English Communication, Hospitality (Catering), Prevocational Mathematics, Recreation.

Vocational Certificate Courses – Certificate II in Agriculture, Certificate II in Business, Certificate I/II in Engineering, 57-58 Certificate I in Furnishings, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate I in Manufacturing (Pathways).

Sport: Students are also encouraged to participate in a wide range of inter-school competitions including touch football, volleyball, rugby league, netball, cricket, soccer and tennis. Students wanting to represent the school district or region can do so via Darling Downs regional teams. Most summer and winter sports are catered for.

While the school sporting facilities are modest by city standards, the synthetic multi-purpose courts provide an excellent teaching/learning space. This, along with well-maintained ovals, ensured that students are catered for well.

Extracurricular activities: The school has established an enviable reputation for its cultural pursuits and many extra-curricular activities that operate throughout the year. The annual awards night is conducted in the Great Hall during November, where academic and cultural achievements of students are formally recognised. The school also hosts a separate sporting awards night to recognise the sporting achievements of students. The school has a swimming carnival and athletics carnival.

Welfare and personal development: Heads of Student Support Junior & Senior, Guidance Officer, Chaplain, school-based Health Nurse, Community Educational Counsellor, Learning Support Teacher.

Special features: Apollo program, designed for high-achieving students, school choir, musical production, camps & excursions, Futures programs, Professionals program, STEM initiative.

School Information

  • Type: Government
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Coeducational

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: Year 7 - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Boarding only
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered:
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: No
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre:
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options:
  • Fees: Free (Government School)
  • Address:26 Nicholson Street, Dalby Qld 4405
  • Email:admin@dalbyshs.eq.edu.au
  • Phone:07 4669 0900
  • Fax:07 4662 5378

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