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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Cairns State High School celebrates 100 years

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    Cairns State High School celebrates 100 years

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has kicked off Cairns State High School’s official centenary celebrations by opening the new ‘MacKenzie Walk’ tribute and unveiling two new plaques to mark the 100 year milestone and completion of the $6.1 million junior secondary building.

    Speaking to 400 students, staff and guests at the celebrations, Ms Palaszczuk said Cairns State High School had a long and proud history.

    “While the centenary commemorations involve a whole year of events, this two-day celebration has been made extra special with the school opening its halls and classrooms to the public for the final day of term three – allowing everyone to see just how much it has changed over the years.

    “For a century, Cairns State High School has supported thousands of students across the region, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Yarrabah to the Cape through the 1970s and 1980s.”

    “That’s why it’s fitting the school has opened its gates to welcome generations of Cairns High students to join in the celebrations.

    “It’s also great to see the school’s fantastic history has been captured by current teacher Peter Stanton in his book charting the school’s first 100 years.

    “With a legacy of outstanding teachers and students for more than 100 years, Cairns High has transformed into one of the most highly regarded schools in Queensland.”

    The Premier said just like Cairns State High School, the Palaszczuk Government was looking to the future and was dedicated to ensuring Queensland students had access to a world-class education.

    “While there can only ever be one Cairns State High, we want to encourage and support all schools to be the best that they can be.

    “That is why in our 2017–18 State Budget, we are delivering a record $9.8 billion for education to help prepare our young Queenslanders, including students here at Cairns State High School, for the jobs of the future,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    MacKenzie Walk was named after Cairns State High School’s former Principal Bernie MacKenzie.

    For more information on Peter Stanton’s book, Cairns High:  The first 100 years 1917-2017, visit: 

    Media Contact:       Susan McGrady 0488 996 667