Welcome to Cairns State High School
Cairns State High School, established in 1917, is a school that values its long traditions yet also looks forward with energy to the future.
What sets Cairns State High apart from every other school
is that we have used educational research to determine our focus for the future
and kept it as simple as possible so we can achieve our objectives. It seems almost too obvious to declare
‘Teaching’ as the number one priority, yet focusing on our core business and
working together to improve the quality of the classroom experience is so
critical to us that we are doing just that.
working in teams to develop a consistent, quality approach to instruction that also
values their personal pedagogical gifts: that x-factor that teachers bring to
the classroom. Cairns State High teachers are recruited because of their
qualifications, diverse experience and enthusiasm for young people. Every one
of us here in the school values being part of this school community and the
development of strong professional teams where practice is shared, planning is
done and feedback is sought and given, shows how committed our staff are to
being ‘the best we can be’. We use a range of information (data) to evaluate
student progress at every step of learning.
Our equally important yet innovative focus on ‘Wellbeing’
means that we are building the right opportunities for students to develop into
full participants in our fast-paced world. The great classroom experience
hand-in-hand with developing resilience is the only way forward in a modern
educational setting and Cairns High is leading the way. We are spending time
and resources on developing new ways to develop ‘the whole person’ and engaging
with students along the way ensures that we listen to their views about what
they need from their school.
The school is highly desired as a school of first choice in Cairns with high demand for the limited places for enrolment year after year.The history of Cairns is tied to the history of its first
and oldest High School - and the future of our city will continue to be linked
closely with the city.
That’s why our work is so important. Cairns State High
School plays an active role in the community as part of Advance Cairns, representing
on consultative groups and promoting student voice. Within the school, the
learning and wellbeing programs 'future
proof' our students with the skills, confidence and qualifications to flourish and
be valued citizens of the world.
Our long term view is to create the best opportunities for our students internationally - after all, we are not only the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, we are also the Gateway to Asia and the world.