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Our school in the community

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Service Learning

Service learning is a major focus of Kirwan High where classroom learning is deepened through service to others. It engages our staff and students in community service and focuses on the development of empathy and a passion for improving the lives of others.

Service learning opportunities at Kirwan High include:

  • The Cure Starts Now - Cut for a Cure and Cure Starts Now Gala Dinner
  • YWAM Medical Ships Australia - Youth Ambassador
  • Relay for Life
  • Interact Club - Supporting various charities 
  • ANZAC Day
  • Green Frogs - Envinronmental Group
  • Pink Shirts
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Amongst providing opportunities for students to participate in a variety of community, civic and social activities, The Kirwan High community supports two fantastic charities on a regular basis.


The Cure Starts Now

Since 2015, the Kirwan State High School Community has supported The Cure Starts Now, a North Queensland based charity that funds children’s DIPG brain cancer research.  The school’s campaign began after our much loved Executive Principal, Mr John Livingston tragically passed away from a brain tumour.


The Founder and Australian President of The Cure Starts Now, Ren Pedersen lives in Townsville.  Ren is passionate about this research as he lost his own daughter, Amy to a DIPG brain tumour in 2009. 


Currently there is no cure for DIPG, the most aggressive form of children’s brain cancer.  Since 2015, Kirwan High has raised over $350,000 to support ongoing research into this cancer.

The Cure Starts Now and Kirwan State High are strongly committed to continuing their work until a “Home Run Cure” is found.


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YWAM Medical Ships Australia

Through partnering with YWAM Medical Ships Australia, Kirwan High students aspire to use their passion and developing skills to help build healthy villages and a healthy Papua New Guinea.

Our students volunteer with YWAM by being student Youth Ambassadors, raising awareness and resources, and by assisting on board the YWAM Medical Ship.


Enjoying the adventure-filled experience our students have the opportunity to work alongside PNG’s local health workers and other like-minded people from around the globe around a shared vision: healthy villages and a healthy Papua New Guinea.

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Last reviewed 04 June 2020
Last updated 04 June 2020