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The Cairns School of Distance Education has a focus on literacy, numeracy, Information Communication Technology (ICT) in learning, enhancing field services and ‘on air’ facilities. Regular professional development opportunities are made available throughout the school year to support the growth of staff and home tutors.

The Australian Curriculum

C2C materials offered to students are based on the Australian Curriculum.

Our distinctive curriculum offerings



Our school offers academic programs which are based on the Australian Curriculum. Lessons are  organised and delivered through digital materials, via scheduled phone lessons, paper and electronic materials used in the home and face to face at field activities. All on air classes and print materials are organised on a year level basis. Special provisions are made for learning support students.  Please see our Learning Delivery Model (PDF, 228 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF,  71 KB)

Scheduled phone lessons and web conferencing

Phone lessons are linked to the curriculum being studied. Students have the opportunity to use web conferencing tools to participate in a more interactive online experience.

Extra curricular offerings

  • Instrumental music program.
  • Artists in residence inreach program.
  • Mega school for senior students.
  • Certificate I in retail.
  • Technology camps.
  • Languages camps.

Open Learning Campus at Cairns SDE

The Open Learning Campus Trial Pilot in 2016 was the first phase of a regional learning model delivered through Cairns SDE.

Phase 2 vision of OLC is to engage young people in individualised programs by delivering authentic education, training and well-being programs via blended learning (on-campus - face-to-face & online). Full-time enrolment scope is for young people aged 14 - 18 who have disconnected or are significantly disengaged from education, and residing in Cairns. School-based enrolment is for young people who are disengaging from education and meet the criteria for one of the school-based programs provided.

The campus is focused on re-engaging young people who fulfil OLC enrolment criteria, with an education, training or employment pathway. Tailored support programs to re-engage previously disconnected and significantly disengaged young people are aligned with learner centric programming to support the retention of young people at risk of disengaging from education.  Open Learning Campus staff will work to assist young people in the attainment of skills, achievements and qualifications that align with personal wellbeing, education and training standards that reflect community expectations.

The 2019 OLC Scope and Service Information (PDF, 984 KB) document provides information on the scope of OLC enrolment categories and the service for full-time student enrolments.  

The OLC 2019 Brochure (PDF, 984 KB) provides a brief overview of OLC scope and enrolment service.

For enrolment enquiries or more information, please contact the Open Learning Campus administration on (07) 4080 9111 or email