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Cairns State High School aims to ensure that students are supported by an environment that is organised and provides opportunities for students to achieve their best. The following policies outline expectations and procedures for the school community.


Administering Medication and First Aid Policy (PDF, 194KB) 

At Cairns State High School, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for students, staff and volunteers.  This commitment includes the health and safety of staff and students when conducting curriculum activities in the school or in other locations.  Occasionally, it is a requirement that medication be administered or first aid is rendered.  The purpose of this policy is to provide information to Parents, Carers and Staff in relation to administering medication and rendering first aid.


The Anti-Bullying Policy which forms and appendix to the policy has been endorsed by the school's Executive and Student Support team as the lastest research-driven response and best practice in this area - Anti-Bullying Policy (PDF, 217KB).

Assessment Policy Years 7-9  (PDF 114KB)

Assessment Policy Years 10-12 (PDF, 135kb)​​                            

These policies have been developed to inform students, parents/caregivers, and teachers of the key principles and assessment requirements at Cairns State High School. The aim is to maximize the opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know and can do.  The process is designed to ensure fairness to all students carrying out assessment tasks. 

Attendance Policy (Effective 10 September 2018) 

Cairns State High School expects that every student will attend school every day of the school year unless prevented by reasonable circumstances from doing so. Cairns State High School attendance policy aims to maximise participation in learning programs by all students.  

Computer Use Policy (PDF, 191KB) 

Cairns State High School offers Internet access for student use. Cairns State High School aims to develop students as competent, responsible, independent users of information technology. This policy outlines the school's expectations of students and student responsibilities.   

Homework Policy (Effective 10 September 2018) 

The Cairns State High School Homework policy explains the rationale for homework and also clears outlines students, parent/carer and teacher responsibilities.   

Investing for Success 2018 plan

Targeted funds to support the improvement of literacy and numeracy skills and engagement in senior programs leading to accreditation. 

Personal Electronic Devices Policy (PDF, 43KB)  

Cairns State High School’s personal electronic devices policy is designed to allow students to use personal devices in time that is designated as “free time”.  The policy also emphasises the expectation that during “class time” students are to abide by the instructions of teaching staff and respect the need for an interruption free learning environment.  

Refund Policy (Effective from 6 November 2018) 

The purpose of this policy is to provide information to Parents and Carers in relation to the requirements and policy for issuing refunds. 

Responsible Behaviour and Wellbeing Plan 2018 (PDF 1752kB)

The Responsible Behaviour and Wellbeing plan is based on research which supports restorative practices as a process to resolve behaviours which damage relationships. 

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The school's strategic plan is developed with input from staff, parents and students using feedback, data and contributions gathered by surveys and forums. The School Council then endorse the final document following stakeholder engagement.

Uniform Policy 2018 (PDF, 73KB) 

Cairns State High is a uniform school. When enrolling at the school all students are committed to wearing the uniform appropriately. The uniform shows commitment to the high standards expected at Cairns State High School. The uniform ensures equity, promotes the school’s positive image in the community and creates a sense of belonging to this great Queensland school. The school uniform is endorsed by the P&C Association.

Students are to wear their uniform with pride and present themselves in a neat, clean and tidy manner at all times, whether wearing the uniform in school, on excursion or out in the community.