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Enrolling at our school

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Enrolment process

There are three pathways for entry to Cairns State High School:

  1. In catchment for 2021 or 2022 commencement Years 7-12 (submit as soon as possible)
  2. Outside catchment for 2021 or 2022 commencement Years 7-12 (submit at any time)
  3. Program of Excellence audition and entry (CLOSED FOR 2022 enrolments)


1. Enrolling in 7-12 as an in catchment applicant (2021, 2022)

Prospective students who live within our catchment are entitled to a position in the school, there are several steps to undertake which provide the school with the necessary evidence to determine proof of residential address.  ​

Please note:

a) Applicants must supply documentary evidence which satisfies the Executive Principal that the address provided is the main place of residence, has been and is likely to remain so. You cannot just rent somewhere in catchment for 6 months and claim it as your main residence. 

b) Applications received before the student and their family have actually relocated to either the Cairns area and/or have taken up residence at the property noted on the Application for student enrolment form cannot be accepted. Only applications which have submitted all the documentary evidence as listed within the website can be processed.

c) An officer of the school may conduct a home visit to verify claims made in the application process. Making a false declaration will lead to a referral to the Queensland Police Service.

For more information you can view the In Catchment Application video presentation.​

To apply, please complete and submit the following to the Principal for consideration:

  • The enrolment application form (see 'Enrolment Links')
  • Proof of residential address documents (3) certified by a Justice of the Peace:
    1. 1 x Primary source document: Current lease agreement or most recent Rates Notice (or Settlement Statement if newly purchased)

    2. 1 x Secondary source document: Recent electricity invoice (or printed copy of Ergon account welcome email if recently moved)

    3. Local Area Statutory declaration (see link on right)

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of most recent report card
  • Copy of Australian Citizenship certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of Visa Grant Notice and Passport (if residing under visa conditions)
  • Copy of documents regarding medical and/or learning/disability support requirements (if applicable)
  • Copy of Court Orders (if applicable)
  • Due to Covid-19, NAPLAN results are not required for 2021 or 2022 applicants
Please submit the enrolment application form and relevant supporting documents to Reception located on the corner of Sheridan and Upward Streets.

There is no fee with this category of application.

If there is a child from your family who currently attends Cairns State High School and enrolled as in-catchment, subsequent children are entitled to enrol as siblings of in-catchment no matter where you now live. The 'sibling rule' does not apply to younger siblings of POE out of catchment.

 

2. Applying 7-12 and living outside catchment (2021, 2022)

Students who live outside the Cairns State High School catchment (refer catchment map link) are unfortunately not able to be automatically offered enrolment in the school. We are keen to accept students wishing to come to Cairns State High School however we are restricted by the Enrolment Management Plan.

Should there be sufficient capacity to bring in additional students, they are offered placement based on the order of their application to the school.  Parents/Carers will be contacted should a position arise. 

For more information you can view the Outside Catchment Application video presentation (available from Friday 26 February)

To apply, please complete and submit the following to the Executive Principal for consideration:

  • The enrolment application form 
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of most recent report card
  • A student hand written statement outlining information or special circumstances which should be considered by the Executive Principal, Cairns State High School (max. 200 words)
  • Copy of Visa Grant Notice and Passport (if residing under visa conditions)
  • Copy of documents regarding medical and/or learning/disability support requirements (if applicable)
  • Copy of Court Orders (if applicable)
  • Due to Covid-19, NAPLAN results are not required for 2021 or 2022 applicants
Please submit the enrolment application form and relevant supporting documents to Reception located on the corner of Sheridan and Upward Streets.

There is no fee with this category of application.

If you think there are reasons why the Executive Principal should consider your enrolment application, please submit a written statement with the requested documentation.


Programs of Excellence

Expressions of Interest have closed and auditions have taken place for 2022 POE entry.

The  school will hold an open/information evening in March 2022 and open the EOI for Year 7 2023 appplications at that time. A payment fee is required to be lodged at the time of EOI, however we do offer financial relief if that would be a barrier to applying.​

Notification of outcome (Applying current year)

Parent/carer 1 of successful applicants will be contacted by phone (or email for applicants who are commencing Year 7 the following year) and an enrolment interview with the Deputy Principal organised to set up the student's commencement at Cairns State High School.  

Parent/carer 1 of unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email advising the application will be placed on a waiting list for the entirety of the year applied for. Should there be sufficient capacity to bring in additional students, they are offered placement based on the order of their application to the school.  Parents/carer 1 will be contacted should a position arise.

Please check the 'Junk' folder within your emails as correspondance can, at times, be  redirected  there by your server.

Appealing an enrolment decision

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.

Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, applicants will be notified in writing. Applicants may respond to the Principal's preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven (7) school days after receiving the preliminary view letter.

If no submission is received, the Principal's preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.

If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. There is no internal review of the Principal's decision.

Please direct your submission appealing the enrolment decision to the Executive Principal, Mr Zilm by email:

Address: czilm1@eq.edu.au
Subject line: Appeal of enrolment decision - student name and year level

Enrolment Officer l T 4050 3082 l E enrolments@cairnsshs.eq.edu.au

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Last reviewed 13 September 2021
Last updated 13 September 2021