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Principal's welcome




"Welcome to the Whitfield School website. My name is Matt Thompson and I am the Principal of 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;

  1. The first is a Gifted Education program where high achieving students are accelerated through engagement with a strong academic curriculum.
  2. 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.​"