Welcome to Kirwan State High School. A great school and a good place to be. We are located in Townsville, North Queensland which has a tropical climate with over 300 days of sunshine. Kirwan High is a large diverse school with more than 2000 students. We offer excellent programs including sports, the arts, science and technology. We also have Leadership programs, programs for student wellbeing, school musicals and much more. Our facilities include large sporting ovals, a swimming pool, gymnasium, scientific laboratories, an aquaculture facility and many modern classrooms.
In preparing students to be tomorrow’s citizens, our curriculum is infused with the concepts of international mindedness and intercultural understanding.
Being an international student at Kirwan High is a wonderful Australian experience. You will make great friends, receive a high quality education, have remarkable experiences in beautiful North Queensland, and leave with lifelong memories. We look forward to welcoming you to our school in the future.
Year established: 1979
Number of students: 1980
At Kirwan State High School we are a school of choice in North Queensland and one of the largest schools in Queensland.
Our mission is to provide educational excellence for tomorrow’s citizens.
We offer an unrivalled range of academic, cultural, sporting and vocational programs.
Our high-quality school facilities include a performing-arts centre, large sports ovals, a swimming pool, gym, science labs and an aquaculture facility.
We are proud of our caring, safe and friendly community and our well-established student-support programs.
We have hosted 100s of international students since 2006 and this wonderful experience creates lifelong friendships and cultural understanding.
Located in Townsville, we have over 300 days of sunshine per year in our tropical climate.
University or vocational pathways
James Cook University (JCU) – range of university subjects offered to senior students
TAFE Queensland North – dual enrolment and seamless pathways
Performing-arts, music centre and visual arts studio
Aquaculture facility and science laboratories
Technology centre, computer laboratories, robotics
Hospitality, business and industry facilities
Sports fields, indoor sports, gymnasium and swimming pool
Basketball and netball courts
Cricket training nets
Excelsior Centre (school hall)
QUAD (open air auditorium, teaching space)
Music programs - instrumental, orchestras, concert band, stage band and choirs
Drama, dance, vocal and stage productions, and an annual musical
Music, sport and leadership camps
International camp to Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Islands
Debating and public-speaking
Photography, film and television
Overseas study tours
Interact Club and community service
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme
French and Japanese
Mentored external (Distance Education) classes in German, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian
English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) support
Language ambassador program
Global Leaders Academy - providing opportunities for academic development and leadership
Sports Academy - providing athletes with the opportunity to improve performance and excel in your chosen sport
Creative Arts Academy - developing creativity and personal excellence through performing and visual arts
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programs, Marine Science, Science Extension
Schedule of Fees and Levies (2019)*
Year 7 - 10 = $14,316 per year
Year 11 - 12 = $16,188 per year
* Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule:
School Entry Requirements
*HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program
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a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
particular school facilities;
please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.
Last updated: November 2018