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Special events


Cairns State High School has a busy annual calendar. This includes a wide range of events which are embedded in the culture of the school and include: 

  • Cultural and creative performances and events
  • Sporting events and also
  • Service activities and events 


Annual highlights include:

Presentation Night

Perhaps, the highlight of the annual school calendar, Presentation Night celebrates the achievements of students throughout the year.  The evening showcases the talent of the performing arts students with musical and dance performances as well as highlighting the wide range of academic, artistic and sporting achievements.  Significant Australians have attended in the past as guest speakers including Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO in her role as Governor General of Australia.

Senior Induction

A formal ceremony during which the Senior Leaders are inducted into their roles and all year 12 students are inducted as Seniors.  A guest speaker addresses the student cohort with a message for the year.

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is commemorated with a formal ceremony which highlights the significance of the day to all Australians.  Students are addressed by a member of the armed forces and also the School Captains.  This gives students an opportunity to reflect on the freedoms we now enjoy in Australia.

Year 12 Formal

The Year 12 formal is a highlight of the year for year 12 students and celebrates the cohesiveness of the cohort.  Students themselves organise the event with the assistance of the year coordinators.

Year 10 Informal

Although year 10 no longer plays a significant point in the finishing of school, the year 10 Informal has remained a important milestone for year 10 students as they prepare to progress into year 11 and as. As with the year 12 Formal, students themselves organise the event with the assistance of the year coordinator.

Year 12 Valedictory

Another highlight in the year 12 calendar is the Valedictory which celebrates for students and their families the completion of their schooling.  The event is held in the school’s Crosswell Hall with students, parents and staff in attendance.