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Principal's welcome

Welcome to Kirwan State High School – a great school and a good place to be.​

Kirwan High welcomed its first group of students (Year 8) in January 1979.  It was officially opened by Deputy Premier, Sir Llew Edwards.  Since then Kirwan High has become a school of choice for young people from all over Townsville and its student population has grown to more than 2200 students and 140 teaching staff.

We are proud to be a large, diverse school community.  We are “A School for Everybody” and we celebrate our strong tradition of inclusivity and diversity.  We aim to provide every student with a world class education that will match their career aspirations.  We believe this is best achieved by parents, teachers and students working together through positive, respectful and supportive relationships to develop a mindful, caring and compassionate school community.

We describe ourselves as “A School of Excellence”.  Our mission is to provide educational excellence for tomorrow’s citizens.  We believe that every student is capable of achieving personal excellence through a passion for learning coupled with hard work.  Personal excellence is about being the best person you can be and achieving your best outcomes.

In preparing students to be tomorrow’s citizens, in our rapidly changing globalised world, our curricula and co-curricula programs are infused with the concepts of international mindedness and intercultural understanding.

Our teachers are committed to excellence in teaching practice.  Kirwan High is at the cutting edge of research and evidence-based teaching that encourages deep thinking and develops self-regulated, resilient and motivated learners.

As a result of this commitment to the concept of excellence, we aim to ensure all students graduate as scholars who are confident and caring citizens, well prepared to thrive in their future environment.

The staff at Kirwan High look forward to working with our school community to bring our mission to life, ensuring that every student achieves their personal best and leaves our school ready to make a difference in the world.  This is what it means to be a Kirwan High Scholar!


Meredith Wenta

Executive Principal B.Ed., Dip. Teach., Grad.Cert.PSM​