Cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion

Cairns State High notches 100 years with spe­cial guests

The Weekend Post - - News - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

CAIRNS State High School has made it into the his­tory books, clock­ing up 100 years of ed­u­ca­tion.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk kicked off the school’s two-day cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing to about 400 stu­dents, staff and guests, Ms Palaszczuk ac­knowl­edged the school’s proud his­tory, in­clud­ing its in­volve­ment in the a llied war ef­fort in 1942, when the school’s oval be­came an Amer­i­can camp.

She also opened the new MacKen­zie Walk trib­ute, which is named af­ter for­mer prin­ci­pal Bernie MacKen­zie, and un­veiled two new plaques to mark the 100-year mile­stone and com­ple­tion of the $6.1 mil­lion ju­nior sec­ondary build­ing.

“Cairns State High School has come a long way from its hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1917,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This is a day that I don’t think many peo­ple will for­get.

“The cen­te­nary is some­thing that ev­ery­one should be in­cred­i­bly proud of be­cause it’s part of Cairns’ his­tory.”

Cairns State High School marked the cen­te­nary hold­ing a “Back to Cairns High” open day yes­ter­day, where past stu- dents and mem­bers of the school com­mu­nity toured the cam­pusl. A gala event will be held at the school tonight.

Ex­ec­u­tive Prin­ci­pal Chris Zilm said over the past 100 years Cairns High had evolved and trans­formed into a highly sought-af­ter, in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited, in­de­pen­dent pub­lic school.

“Since 1917 this great school has seen much change and has had many in­spi­ra­tional teachers and tal­ented stu­dents walk through its hall­ways and into and out of its class­rooms,” he said.

“Cairns State High School has played such a piv­otal role in the city’s his­tory, de­vel­op­ing as the city has grown into a school of first choice in the com­mu­nity.”

Mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Clare Macpher­son said past stu­dents had trav­elled from across the coun­try and in­ter­na­tion­ally to join the cel­e­bra­tions. A mem­o­ra­bilia book, Cairns High: The first 100 years 1917-2017, put to­gether by Peter Stan­ton is avail­able at www.cairn­shigh­pac.com.au

BIG EVENT: Cairns State High Cen­te­nary Am­bas­sador David Hud­son, Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, for­mer stu­dent Edna Tay­lor and Cairns State High Prin­ci­pal Christo­pher Zilm. Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

MILE­STONE: Past stu­dents Mar­garet Wil­liams and Cynthia Car­son (right) with Year 11 stu­dent Mor­gan El­lis­ton. Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

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