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Principal’s welcome

The Cairns School of Distance Education has been providing education to families in Far North Queensland since August 28 1972. As a school we are proud of the teaching and learning programs that we provide from the preparatory year to year twelve. Our curriculum is at a national standard through the development of the Australian Curriculum learning materials for English, mathematics and science. We have a focus on the holistic development of our students through our wellbeing strategy. Our staff members are highly trained professionals who deliver an outstanding service to our students and home tutors.

Our vision is to ensure that we provide individualised support to students in a flexible and dynamic way. Our method of teaching and learning allows for a unique learning experience. Our actions are underpinned by our core values:

  • Productive partnerships
  • Wellbeing
  • Open communication
  • Field services
  • Flexible, individualised learning
  • High expectations

Cairns School of Distance Education is strongly supported by our Parents and Citizens Association. The P&C’s major fundraising event of each year is our Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride. This is held during the June/July school holidays. It has been our primary fundraising source since 1997 and has assisted in the construction of our multi-purpose building, funding school excursions and general resourcing of our school. I strongly urge you to become an active member of our P&C by completing the appropriate forms located on this website.

Our explicit improvement agenda focuses our attention on the following:

  • high quality teaching and learning
  • knowledgeable and high performing teams
  • quality learning relationships
  • learning spaces for 21st Century

Welcome to the Cairns School of Distance Education website. I trust that you will be able to find the details and information that you require.

Kind regards

Andrew Oliver
Principal ​