Cairns State High School

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Principal's Welcome

​​Cairns State High School extends a warm welcome to our international students. Our school has a long and proud tradition of educating international students. We share a strong commitment to broadening the diversity of the student population and establishing long term relationships into the future.
We welcome and embrace the opportunity to broaden our global connections in hosting students from a diverse range of countries. I believe our school reflects and celebrates the diverse backgrounds of its community in a safe and secure environment.
Internationalism is one of the school’s priorities as evident in our International Accreditation through the Council of International Schools, the International Baccalaureate Program and our focus to internationalise the curriculum.
Our dedicated and experienced International Student Team is committed to delivering a high quality program and memorable experience. I am confident our innovative programs and extra-curricular activities will enhance your experience as a Cairns State High School student.

Three reasons to choose Cairns State High School

  1. The school values traditions and implements the latest innovations
  2. Extensive and broad subject choices across courses and disciplines, with highly qualified and experienced teaching and support staff
  3. Close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforest

School Information

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​Cairns State High School is a comprehensive high school located in the heart of Cairns. The school has an enviable reputation for academic excellence complemented by outstanding achievements in music, performing arts, visual arts and sport. As a learning community, we offer high quality, dynamic and innovative programs that encourage all students to achieve their full potential in a rapidly changing global world. These programs are underpinned by the school’s traditional values and lead to a broad range of academic and vocational pathways. Cairns High embraces and acknowledges the cultural diversity of our student body which is drawn from the wider Cairns region and includes students from a range of countries.

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Homestay

Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • Australian National University (ANU)
  • The University of Queensland (UQ)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Bond University Collegiate School
  • Griffith University (GU)
  • James Cook University (JCU)
  • Central Queensland University (CQU)
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • Western Australia Performing Arts
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland North

School facilities

  • Performing arts centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Recording studio
  • Community hall
  • Sports complex
  • Science and technology centre
  • Modern refurbished library
  • Science laboratories
  • Specialist computer laboratories

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 (CQU) Start Uni Now courses

Holiday adventure programs

EQI Holiday Adventure Programs are an exciting and safe way for International Students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an EQI adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian 'outback' adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All EQI Holiday Adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school, and additional fees apply. To find out more visit the holiday programs page

Languages

  • ​Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Italian
  • Japanese

Special programs

  • Programs of excellence – chorale music, dance, drama, visual arts, soccer, hockey, basketball, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Aerospace studies
  • Marine and aquatic studies
  • Multimedia studies
  • Recreational and tourism studies
  • Photo-imaging studies
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies
  • Vocational education and training (VET) qualification Certificates I, II and III

Disclaimer

The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last reviewed 10 April 2017
Last updated 10 April 2017