The Council of International Schools’ accreditation puts us in an elite group of schools across the world that have met the organisation’s rigorous standards consistently over time. As part of this global network, Cairns State High School provides our students with access to global education, intercultural learning opportunities and international curriculum.


When a student enrols with us, the Junior (7, 8), Intermediate (9,10) and Senior (11, 12) curriculum provide multiple opportunities to explore Internationalism by studying concepts such as Global citizenship, Social justice, Sustainability and Human rights throughout the school:

  • Global citizenship embedded in Junior and Intermediate and the new QCAA Queensland Certificate of Education Senior Curriculum
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Year 11 and Year 12
  • Learning languages (Italian, Mandarin, Japanese) at school and in the community (Spanish, German)
  • English language support and tutorials for International students.
International Baccalaureate logo

The learner attributes have been applied to our view of internationalism:

International attribute statements

Co-Curricular and community opportunities add to the experience available in classrooms. Students enjoy world cultures and languages by celebrating diversity, engaging in a range of activities and interacting with a range of people:

  • International Week celebrations
  • International Student Program hosts up to 100 students at any one time who study programs offered by the school
  • Cultural events, e.g. Chinese New Year, NAIDOC
  • Events respecting First Nations peoples in Australia and across the world
  • Extension opportunities with Language Perfect
  • Cairns Sister City relationship support: Oyama Japan
  • Visiting groups of Chinese, Japanese and European students; and
  • Cultural excursions and incursions in the local environs.
Internationalism people logos

Opportunities provided to our young people bring the world even closer:
  • Sister School in Cividale del Friuli, Italy and an annual study tour
  • Study Tours to Japan and New Zealand
  • Student ‘We Can’ Human Rights student group
  • Local and international service projects: Libraries Without Borders, for the Batase village in Nepal
  • Regular tours to Europe and New Hope Cambodia
  • Student leadership: Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow and International Prefects
  • JCU Young Language Ambassador and Language Champions programs
  • Support for the Cairns organisation: Take on Nepal
  • Partnership with Confucius Institute Queensland and Hanban China
  • Student participation in a range of exchange programs
  • Engagement with Asia Education Foundation
  • Scholarship programs and cultural competitions.

Internationalism is one of the key pillars of the school's Strategic Plan.

Strategic Plan guiding statement 2020

Cairns State High operates within the lenses of the CIS Mission and Code of Ethics:
CIS Mission 
CIS is a membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. The CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures, and educators from every corner of the world.
CIS Code of Ethics
The purpose of the CIS Code of Ethics is to describe the moral principles upon which CIS members are expected to base their conduct and professional practice. 

All CIS members are expected to:

  • Fulfil the promises stated in their guiding statements, policies, contracts and promotional materials.
  • Strive for excellence.
  • Nurture a culture of care in which the education, safety and well-being of students and others are paramount.
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups and cultures.
  • Promote global citizenship.
Our work on Internationalism at Cairns State High reflects the priorities of the Council of International Schools' definition of Global Citizenship:
The Council of International Schools in collaboration with its member schools has created the following definition of Global Citizenship: CIS members have and commits to actively develop Global Citizenship in education through:
  • Ethics – this is conducted through research about, discussion of, and action related to issues of principles of personal, local and global importance
  • Diversity – this is the understanding of and respect for the similarities and differences of a range of individuals and peoples
  • Global Perspectives – this is the understanding of multiple perspectives of local and global events and issues
  • Communication – this is the development of fluency in multiple languages, including mother tongues, used to communicate within and across cultures
  • Service – this is the development of the understandings, skills and dispositions to serve the local and global community, through engagement in meaningful service learning
  • Leadership – this is the acquisition and refinement of the skills of leading and following within the cultural context and
  • Sustainable Lifestyle – this is a personal commitment to a lifestyle that supports local and global sustainability displayed through example and advocacy.

The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (Child friendly version) and the Australian Human Right's Commission (Children's Rights) underpin the commitment of all stakeholders at Cairns State High School.

The International Baccalaureate Mission is wholly supported through our actioning of the school's Guiding Statement.

The Department of Education and Training trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A

Christopher Zilm, Executive Principal 
Strategic Leadership 
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Last reviewed 22 July 2019
Last updated 22 July 2019