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Beyond the Classroom

Cairns State High School offers students vast opportunities to involve themselves in co-curricular activities and to enhance their educational experiences. There is a busy year-round calendar of special events which is facilitated by committed staff and students. Participation in such activities brings increased self-esteem and confidence, and the satisfaction of working successfully in a team.

Extra-Curricular Activities 

  • Academic Activities - Debating; Public Speaking; OPTI Minds; National Competitions – English, Science, Mathematics, Computer Skills; New Einstein’s Science Show; Constitutional Convention; Youth Parliament; INTAD Awards; Business Liaison Association Awards & Expos.
  • Arts Activities – Musicals; Battle of the Bands; Fanfare; Music Productions; Cairns & District Junior Eisteddfod; Musically Outstanding Students (MOST) program: Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art; CAD Fashion Parade; Extravaganza, Dance, Drama and Music Evenings; Bulldogs Cheer Squad; Community Performances; Master Classes; International Dance Festivals.
  • Community Service Activities - ANZAC Parades; Remembrance Day Ceremonies; Storytelling at Primary Schools; Formal Parades.
  • Fundraising for Charities - Queensland Cancer Doorknock Appeal; Jeans for Genes Day; Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal; Relay for Life; 40 hour Famine; World’s Greatest Shave; Daffodil Day and local charities.
  • Student Welfare/Support - Senior Camp; Dances; Helping Friends; Rock and Water Mentoring Programs.
  • Spiritual - Scripture Union in School/Chaplaincy Program; Yoga Meditation

Sporting Activities

Cairns State High School also hosts a strong sporting program including an Inter-House Swimming Carnival as well as Cross County and Athletics Carnival.

In Semester 1 students have the opportunity to participate in various sports through the Cairns Interschool Sports Association (CISSA) competition.

Throughout the year students may also participate in the Trinity Coast North (TCN) Trials for selection in Peninsula and consequently State and National teams / competitions. Additionally, the school fields teams in a variety of competitions including the Bill Turner Cup Under 15 Inter-School Soccer Competition; the Surf Life Saving Challenge; the Cowboys Rugby League Schools Challenge; the Cairns District Schoolboys Rugby Union Competition; an Inter-School Hockey Competition; the Vicki Wilson Inter-School Netball Competition; the Cairns Basketball Junior Competition; the Champion Basketball School of Queensland Competition; and National Basketball Schools Tournament.

School Trips

School trips are an important part of the school calendar, especially for Year 12 students and students involved in the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program.

  • Year 12 students participate in an annual skiing trip to New Zealand in the September holidays.
  • Japanese LOTE students visit Japan in alternate years and are hosted by Cairns’ sister city Oyama.
  • Cairns High has a twin schools’ partnership with the Convitto Nazionale “Paolo Diacono” School in North East Italy. There is an organised school trip to the sister school for IB Italian students each year.
  • Additionally, students of Senior Japanese are offered an opportunity to win the Japan Travel scholarship, with the successful student traveling to Japan for a 4-6 week period over the summer vacation break.

  • Academic

    Cairns High offers a range of extra-curricular academic opportunities. These events range from in-school competitions and clubs to national team based competitions.