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Cairns State High School


Year Established: 1917 | Number of Students: 1450

Cairns State High School (PDF, 1.1 MB) has a reputation for academic excellence supplemented by outstanding achievements in the areas of music, performing arts and sport. Cairns SHS is committed to developing flexible, innovative programs which are responsive to the needs of students in a rapidly changing environment. The development of high quality vocational programs, the integration of technology into all aspects of learning, and the focus on delivering an international curriculum are current examples of this commitment.

Three reasons to choose Cairns State High School

  1. The school’s philosophy and objectives are based on traditional values and latest innovations
  2. There is a range of sensitive and responsive student services including English as a second language support
  3. The school is strongly committed to developing internationalism across the school

Special programs

  • Centre of Excellence – Choral music, dance, drama, technical theatre and visual arts
  • VET Qualification Certificates I, II and III
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Aerospace Studies
  • Marine and Aquatic Studies
  • Multimedia Studies
  • Recreational and Tourism Studies
  • Photo-imaging Studies

Extracurricular activities

  • Centre of Artistic Design fashion parade
  • Dance and drama evenings
  • Swimming and athletics carnivals
  • Instrumental music and school musicals
  • Charity events
  • Scuba diving courses (PADI certification)
  • Work experience programs
  • Central Queensland University Start Uni Now courses

School facilities

  • Performing arts centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Recording studios
  • Community hall
  • Sports complex
  • 150–seat auditorium
  • Modern refurbished library
  • Laboratories – 9 science laboratories, 14 computer laboratories, 2 multimedia laboratories

Tertiary pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Tropical North Queensland TAFE – TAFE secondary courses
  • Bond University – scholarship


  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • IB Italian
  • Italian


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School Details

Cairns State High School

+61 7 40503033

+61 7 4051 5972


Street Address
Cnr Sheridan Street and Upward Street
Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia

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Last reviewed
5 December 2013
Last updated
5 December 2013

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