Smithfield State High School

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Cairns & Atherton Tablelands

Smithfield State High School

Principal's Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Tropical North Learning Academy Smithfield State High School. It is a privilege to be the Principal. We achieve quality outcomes, offer an extensive range of curriculum subjects, and strive to see every student succeed.

We operate as an Independent Public School and through the Tropical North Learning Academy work closely with our feeder Primary Schools, in particular Trinity Beach State School, and with James Cook University.

We are proud to offer an Accredited International Student Program as a member of the Queensland Schools International network and currently are host to students from many parts of the world.

We have a proud record of students achieving high academic success with over 30% of our Year 12 leavers entering University. We also see many of our students achieving Vocational awards moving to successful career pathways.

We offer a caring and supportive environment for all our students. We will not shy away from our responsibility to look after and develop positive, active, thinking young people who understand the importance of being “global citizens”.

I hope you enjoy browsing our web page. I am confident you will find Smithfield State High School a great school!

School Information

Year established: 1983
Number of students: 1160

At Smithfield State High School we are proud of our history of outstanding educational outcomes for students.

Our unique partnership with James Cook University (JCU) and Trinity Beach Primary School provides an uninterrupted pathway from primary school to university.

Our JCU Learning Academy programs provide a pathway for students who wish to attend university.

Our comprehensive curriculum also offers pathways to success and opportunities to develop 21st century skills.

We are located in the beautiful Northern Beaches area of Cairns, approximately 15 km from the centre of Cairns.

University or vocational pathways

  • Academic alliance with JCU
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland
  • Assistance with university scholarships applications
  • School facilities

  • First-class science laboratories
  • Theatre and dance studios
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities
  • Student-run community radio station 101.9 Coast FM
  • Modern library
  • ‘Makerspace’ technology room
  • Modern computer laboratories
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Robotics
  • Scuba-diving courses
  • Instrumental music program
  • Student leadership programs
  • Debating and public-speaking
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Languages

  • French
  • Other language offered through Distance Education
  • Special programs

  • Tertiary Aspirations Academy Program with James Cook University (JCU)
  • Philosophy in Action course
  • Radio broadcasting, management and production
  • Outdoor education - canoeing, abseiling, snorkelling, camping and hiking
  • Soccer Academy
  • Netball Academy
  • Jazz Academy
  • Innovations programs
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs
  • Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Year 7 - 10 = $14,640 per year
  • Year 11 - 12 = $16,552 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule:

    School Entry Requirements

    Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
    HSP 1 HSP 1 HSP 2 HSP 3 HSP 4

    *HSP refers to BROWNS High School Preparation program

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    Last updated: 01/08/2019