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Principal’s welcome


Welcome to Woree State High School

Woree State High School has provided an excellent education to the students of southern Cairns since its inception in 1985. The school has a tradition of excellence in academic achievement, vocational training, sport, the arts and community engagement. This is demonstrated by many of our students going on to have outstanding careers and contributing greatly to our community and society.

Our school vision is Quality and Equality. That is quality in educational outcomes and equality of opportunity. We are developing students that are self-directed learners, complex thinkers, collaborative workers, community contributors, quality producers and self–actualising. In order to achieve our vision we are growing a culture based upon a positive caring environment; high standards of work, behaviour, correct uniform; innovative and individualised learning pathways and high levels of student support.

Woree State High School is a modern school catering for the diverse education opportunity and needs of our students. The school has as its main campus Woree State High School located on Rigg Street. This campus includes the Special Education Program facility. Our Year 11 and 12 SchoolTech students study at the TAFE North Cairns campus in Manunda, with the MarineTech students studying at the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College (IMC) in Portsmith. The school operates the Cairns Hospital School on behalf of the Far North Region, which caters for students requiring extended periods of stay in hospital. Additionally our school-based apprentices and trainees are located in various work placements across Cairns city.

The key to a great school is great teaching. At Woree State High School we are committed to the continual improvement and professional development of our staff. Our signature pedagogy is explicit teaching and this is a research based, proven teaching methodology, where teachers explicitly teach skills and concepts to the students. All Woree State High School staff are dedicated to helping your student achieve their potential.

Parents play a vital role in helping their student to achieve their potential and at Woree State High School encouraging students to read daily, complete homework, assignments and assessment pieces, are vital areas of parental support for learning. Another way to assist your student and others is to play an active role in the Parents and Citizens’ Association, which has a long successful history of supporting students at Woree State High School.

Thank you for choosing Woree State High School and I look forward to assisting your student to achieve their full potential.

Bruce Houghton