Kirwan State High School

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Kirwan State High School

Principal's Welcome

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.

School Information

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
  • School facilities

  • 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)
  • Extracurricular activities

  • 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
  • Sporting competitions
  • Photography, film and television
  • Overseas study tours
  • Interact Club and community service
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme
  • Chess Club
  • Languages

  • 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
  • Special programs

  • 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
  • Leadership program
  • 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

    Disclaimer: The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:
  • 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: 01/08/2019