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Cairns High Teacher recipient of The Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List


Recipients of The Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List were announced by the Governor-General this week. Cairns high are proud to announce that Mrs Lizanne Smith, Head of Music will receive an Order of Australia Medal; “For service to music education as a teacher, and to the performing arts”, as stated on the Governor-General’s website.

The Order of Australia recognises outstanding achievement and service to their fellow citizens. By coincidence, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Chancellor of the Order, as Governor-General, was on a recent visit to Cairns High in May and was very impressed with the String Quartet which is an important part of the Music Department that Mrs Smith heads.

Mrs Lizanne Smith has been Head of Music at Cairns High since 1985 and developed the highly regarded Music Excellence Program at the school. Mrs Smith also established the P&C Music Support Sub-Committee which has been very active for the past 25 years. Her professional education is extensive and she has shared her experience and skills to many Cairns High students throughout her time; including past students Erin Holland and Chris Ah Gee.

“Lizanne Smith is a dedicated, passionate and distinguished lady. She works tirelessly to maintain the international benchmark of musical excellence at Cairns State High School and is very deserving of this significant recognition. We all congratulate her on this outstanding achievement”, said Mrs Angela Toppin, Cairns State High School Principal.

Mrs Smith is also a devoted member of the performing arts community. As a member of the Cairns Choral Society for the past 30 years her involvement has included roles including Artistic Director, Repetiteur and Performer. Until recently she has also been a Musical Director, Founder, Organiser and Performer of Orchestra Prom Concerts and North Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. Roles that she has been involved in since 1991. Lizanne is also a Committee Member of the Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod Inc.

The first Cairns High Music Evening (for 2015), a fundraising concert organised by the P&C Music Sub-Committee each year, will be held tomorrow night in Crosswell Hall. This celebrated school community event is a remarkable showcase of performances by the Chorale, Young Singers Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band, Stage Band, Senior String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and small ensembles. At the commencement of the concert a special presentation for Mrs Lizanne Smith has been added to the program, to dedicate the evening as recognition of her award.