Kirwan State High School

Kirwan State High School - School overview

Kirwan State High School is one of the largest high schools in Queensland and offers an unrivalled range of academic, cultural, sporting and vocational programs. The school takes pride in its strong sense of community and its well-established student support programs and structures.

The school is located in Townsville, a medium-sized, well-serviced and safe university city that serves as the administrative and educational hub for North Queensland.

Townsville is the ideal gateway to the rainforests, outback and reef of the tropical north. Kirwan State High School is a leader in information technology and science and is currently undertaking accreditation with the Council of International Schools.

Year Established 1979
Number of Students 2022

3 reasons to choose Kirwan State High School

  • Innovative and rigorous academic program with strong student results
  • Unparalled range of high quality academic, performing arts, sporting and vocational programs
  • The educational support services of a large, well-resourced school coupled with the safe and friendly environment of a regional city


  • Accelerated “Top Scholar” program for gifted students
  • Specialised “Excellence” programs in music and sports
  • Laptop computer classes
  • Specialised science programs in biotechnology, marine science, research and technology, sports science, and mining engineering
  • Home of North Queensland Biotechnology Education Centre and Centre of Science Innovation and Professional Practice
  • Gateway school for the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy
  • Extensive vocational education programs, with nationally recognised qualifications in business, childcare, construction, coaching, furnishing, hospitality, information
  • technology, marketing, tourism and visual arts
  • Weekly after school tuition in English, mathematics, Science and Information Technology


  • Orchestra, choir and music ensembles
  • Highly acclaimed annual school musical
  • Music camps
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Photography, film and television
  • Overseas study tours
  • Interact club and community service initiatives
  • Chess club
  • Science club
  • Young Achievers Australia


  • French
  • Japanese


  • Performing arts centre and dance studio
  • Biotechnology and science laboratories
  • Sporting fields, indoor sporting centre, gymnasium and swimming pool
  • Future centre and 18 computer laboratories

Tertiary Pathways

  • James Cook University - range of university subjects offered to senior students
  • Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE - dual enrolment and seamless pathways


  • National Literacy Award
  • Showcase Award
  • National Teacher Excellence Awards
  • TJ Ryan Award and Lord Florey Prize recipients
  • Fanfare Award
  • State and regional School-Based Apprentice of the Year and National Vocational Student prize recipients for seven consecutive years
  • 22 state sporting championships in rugby league, soccer, touch football, volleyball, hockey and cricket
  • National and state mathematics, science, chemistry and English competition award winners


Sport excellence is offered all year round in the following sports: Basketball, Cricket, Netball, Rugby League, Soccer, Touch Football and Volleyball.


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