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Excellence programs

Cairns State High School has Centres of Excellence in Performing Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Sport and Engineering. Students wishing to enter the International Baccalaureate program participate in a selection process.
Each of the Centres operates Programs of Excellence in:
  • Art

  • Basketball

  • Chamber Strings

  • Choir

  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Engineering & Aerospace

  • Film

  • Football

  • Hockey

  • Strings Orchestra

  • Symphonic Winds


The various Programs of Excellence are offered in Junior and/or Senior School and run as additional programs before or after school.
In 2019, the COES will be joined by two extension programs specificially for Cairns State High students and the Year 9 Italian Immersion program which will run in the regular timetable slot.
Before school
Football Girls  
Basketball fitness
Young Singers (7:40-8:45am)
Engineering/ Aerospace 7 8,
9 10
Football Girls  
Chamber Strings
Symphonic Winds
Basketball fitness  
Football Girls  
Stage Band
String Orchestra
9,10 Maths Science   Extension P4
After School
Football Boys 
Basketball Boys
Basketball Girls
Drama Senior
Visual Art Junior,  Intermediate, Senior
Literature Extension 7/8, 9
Maths Science Extension 9/10(3:15-4:30pm)
Football Boys
Dance Junior
Dance Senior
Basketball Boys  
Drama Junior
Chinese Academy
(Year 5, 6, 7, 8)
The programs are very popular and entry is via application and/or an audition process. Entry into the Engineering and International Baccalaureate Programs of Excellence will require students to sit an academic aptitude test.


The school conducts three Extension Programs in and outside curriculum:

Italian Immersion Program
Year 9, from 2019


Chinese Academy


Literature Extension

Christopher Zilm, Executive Principal
Curriculum Leadership
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