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Why Choose Our School?

Edge Hill State School is an attractive, well-resourced school with more than 1000 students currently enrolled. Our beautiful grounds are set amongst natural greenspaces in an inner suburb of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Our school vision states an intention to educate leaders of the future in an environment that endeavours to challenge and support. 

We aim to prepare our students to live in and contribute to a sustainable global economy.

We are committed​ to educating students, academically, socially, emotionally and physically in order to help them make a positive contribution to society. We hope learners from Edge Hill State School will be adaptable problem solvers and capable of dealing with the demands of their lives today and in the future.

Consistent with the school’s philosophy of educating tolerant global citizens, and our commitment to diversity, Edge Hill has a well-established international student program. We accept students on long-term visas, dependant student visas and tourist visas. The school is proud to be accredited with Education Queensland International to provide educational experiences for international students. We have a reputation for the support and care we provide these students and their families.

Our focus on cultural acceptance has meant international students from a variety of countries have flourished while in attendance at our school. We have welcomed children from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America. 

We are committed to teaching Languages Other Than English (LOTE) at Edge Hill State School. This reflects the priorities of the Australian National Curriculum, recognising the importance of Australia’s engagement with Asia. As a result, all students from Prep – Year 6 participate in Japanese language lessons. We value diversity and tolerance, so in addition to learning to comprehend and compose written and spoken texts in Japanese, students learn about cultural practices and compare and contrast these to their own.

Our school motto ‘Honour and Labour’ guides our approach to all learning. Ours is a school community that strives for excellence, particularly with regard to academic standards and importantly through our focus on core values. The school has grown with traditions valuing fairness, responsibility, concern, respect for others and helpfulness. Our expectation is that our whole school community, including teachers and support staff as well as students, will sustain this ethos. We hope parents too will engage in their child's learning journey and we attempt to communicate effectively and provide opportunity for them to do so. 

We place a strong emphasis on values and encourage a positive approach to learning. We employ strategies to help students take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. An impressive innovation developed by the school is our Charter of Excellence. Built around our commitment to both challenge and support, there are high expectations of all our students. These expectations and our intention to involve parents and the broader community in the life of the school underpins the charter. 


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