Whitfield State School

Male & Female


Year levels:
Prep - Year 6

Cairns & Atherton Tablelands

Whitfield State School

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Whitfield State School. Our school is one of the larger primary schools in the Cairns area and is set on a large site with ovals, beautiful gardens and a tropical rainforest plot. Close to both tropical rainforest tablelands and the Great Barrier Reef, our families and students reside close to some of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments.

We are immensely proud of our school’s reputation for providing an excellent education in a safe, caring environment. Our teachers use proven, high-yield teaching practices such as Explicit Instruction and Learning Consolidation to maximise student learning. The school uses the Australian curriculum to deliver structured programs in Mathematics, English, Science, Geography and History, The Arts, Physical Education, Music and Technology. Both Japanese and Chinese languages are also taught in our curriculum.

Our school offers two Programs of Excellence;
The first is a Gifted Education program where high achieving students are accelerated through engagement with a strong academic curriculum. The second is a sports program where there are opportunities for students to be extended and coached by regional and state coaches and compete at the highest levels

Our school has modern facilities and is well resourced. International student enrolments and visits by school study groups from overseas add to a rich learning environment. Whitfield State School has a large multicultural student population with students from 38 different countries. Our school motto Each Striving for the Peak underpins our belief that every student has the potential to succeed. Our school provides a strong primary education, successfully transitions students to high school and supports all students to become high achievers

School Information

Year established: 1989
Number of students: 860

At Whitfield State School we are close to tropical rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and some of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments.

We are one of the larger schools in the Cairns area.

Our teachers use proven, high-success teaching practices such as Explicit Instruction and Learning Consolidation to maximise learning.

We teach structured programs across the school in mathematics, reading, writing and spelling to achieve high levels of literacy and numeracy.

Our school motto Each Striving for the Peak shows our belief that every child can succeed.

We are immensely proud of our reputation for providing an excellent education in a safe, caring environment.

School facilities

  • Large undercover area and smaller undercover shelters
  • Library/Technology Centre
  • Two large sports ovals
  • Student with Disabilities Centre
  • Preparatory classrooms
  • Instrumental Music Room
  • Tuckshop serving healthy food open every day for morning tea and lunch
  • Multi-level Senior Learning Centre
  • Extracurricular activities

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Technology
  • Active Student Leadership Programs
  • Musical Marvels Cultural Performance Night
  • Choral music program
  • Cairns Junior Eisteddfod
  • Islander Singing Group
  • Students’ Arts Festival
  • Science on the Oval (SOTO) Program
  • Annual Athletics Carnival
  • International Competitions for Schools (ICAS)
  • Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Special programs

    • Gifted and Talented Program:
      • Actively identifies students who are gifted regardless of ethnicity, location, (dis)ability, gender or economic status;
      • Improves student learning outcomes through innovative curriculum delivery;
      • Fosters collaborative partnerships;
    • Excellence in Sports Programs:
      • Provides expert coaching for identified students to further enhance skill development and knowledge in 4 chosen sports - AFL, Netball, Football (Soccer) and Basketball;
      • Encourages students to participate and represent Whitfield State School at Interschool, District, Regional and State Sporting Events;

    Tuition Fees (2020)*

  • Prep - Year 6 = $13,372 per year

  • * Indicative fees only. Other fees or levies may apply. Please visit EQI for full fee schedule: https://eqi.com.au/study-options/fees

    School Entry Requirements

    Prep - Year 6
    PSP 1 PSP 2 PSP 3 PSP 4

    *PSP refers to BROWNS Primary School Preparation program

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    Last updated: 01/08/2019