Cairns State High School

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Cairns State High School
TypePublic state school
MottoLatin: Vincit Qui Se Vincit
(Who Conquers Oneself Conquers All)
PrincipalChristopher Zilm
CampusCairns, Queensland
Colour(s)White and royal blue         

Cairns State High School (CSHS) is an independent public secondary school located near the centre of Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. It was founded in 1917 as an annex of Cairns Central State School and is the oldest high school in Cairns. The school caters for grades 7 though to 12 and has the capacity for 1500 enrolled students. The school motto is 'Vincit Qui Se Vincit' ('He Conquers Who Conquers Himself') and its executive principal is Christopher Zilm.[1]


Cultural: Cairns High music students participated in the Eisteddfod Challenge 2005, in which the school came out on top. CSHS participates in the biannual Education Queensland Fanfare competition which consists of musical ensembles of government schools in the state. In total, the Cairns State High School Orchestra has been presented with the first prize trophy a record five times, while the only school to have entered the Grand Finals on more occasions is Brisbane State High School.

Although Cairns State High did not win the Fanfare Finals in 2006 they were awarded the 'TOAN National Orchestra' award and their conductor Robert Favell was acclaimed the 'most outstanding conductor'. Bob Favell is conductor of the CSHS orchestra, he has led the Cairns State High School Orchestra in Education Queensland's Fanfare competition from 1992 to present.

In 2008 Cairns High produced 7 OP 1 graduates.[citation needed] This was repeated in 2009, with another 7 OP 1 Graduates.

Basketball School of Excellence Bulldogs Basketball, the schools basketball development program has won the boys CISSA competition for the last seven years with the girls team winning five of the last seven years as well. This program has produced numerous National Champions as well as AIS and US scholarship athletes. Recently:

Students have won:

  • 1998 - US Junior College Scholarship
  • 2001 - Scholarship athlete at University of New York
  • 2004 - AIS Basketball Scholarship
  • 2004 - Australian Schoolboys Representative
  • 2004 - ABA National Champion with Cairns "Bartercard" Marlins
  • 2004 - Under 18 National Champions with Queensland North
  • 2006 - Scholarship athlete at Washington State University
  • 2006 - Scholarship athlete at North Idaho Community College
  • 2007 - ABA National Champions with Cairns "Bartercard" Marlins
  • 2007 - National Schools Championship with Queensland

In the last decade Bulldogs Basketball has helped to develop over 50 state or national team representative players. Program Director Brad Burdon also serves as Director of Coaching at Cairns Basketball ensuring strong links with the representative program.

School facilities[edit]

The follow facilities are available:[2]

  • Performing arts centre
  • Laboratories – seven science labs, 14 computer labs, two multimedia labs
  • Five art studios
  • Sports complex
  • Outdoor volleyball court
  • Covered multi-purpose courts ("The Cage")
  • 2 school buildings and 32 classrooms
  • 11 practical art rooms
  • One recording/sound Studio
  • Hall

The Cairns Japanese Language Tutorial Centre Inc. (ケアンズ補習授業校 Keanzu Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a weekend Japanese education programme, held its classes at Cairns State High School.[3]


The school has received the following awards:[2]

  • Best Orchestra Regional Area 2006 – The Orchestras of Australia Network Awards
  • Finalists – Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art
  • Two High Distinctions, 25 Distinctions – Australasian English Competition
  • Three Distinctions, Three Credits – Australasian Schools Writing Competition
  • Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra has also been winners of the competition FANFARE in 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2016[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Heritage listings[edit]

Block A of the school is the former Cairns Technical College and High School Building which is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our staff". Cairns State High School. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Education Queensland International" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 September 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2007.
  3. ^ "大洋州の補習授業校一覧" (). MEXT. Retrieved on April 7, 2015. "ケアンズ The Japanese Language Supplementary School of Cairns (学校所在地) c/o Cairns State High School Cnr.Sheridan & Upward Street,Cairns,Queensland,AUSTRALIA"
  4. ^ Training, Department of Education and. "History". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Dan Sultan's Blackbird set to fly". Cairns Post. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Cairns Technical College and High School Building (entry 602834)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.

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Coordinates: 16°54′56″S 145°46′03″E / 16.91556°S 145.76750°E / -16.91556; 145.76750