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2 July, 2021

Students explore JCU

Around 900 senior high school students explored university life at James Cook University in Cairns.

Smithfield High year 10 students Lulu Snape and Amani Liana investigated life under the microscope. Photo Brendan Francis

Students from schools including Cooktown State School, Kuranda District State College and Innisfail’s Good Counsel College joined Cairns schools, along with Yeppoon’s St Ursula’s College, who were visiting Cairns on a tourism study trip.

Students choose from activities and displays which ranged from simulated dentistry, designing their own town, and identifying fossils to learning how online games are made and test-driving the final product.

“It’s a fun way to explore the courses available at JCU, as well as finding out more about university life and the careers available to graduates,” organiser Regina Blackburn said. 

“On Wednesday we’re also inviting parents to join us from 5.30pm to get to know what’s available and discuss how parents can support their children as they transition from school to university. It’s also a chance to ask those questions that don’t necessarily occur to students.”

For other chances to visit the campus, visit for information on how to book a campus tour, as well as this year’s virtual open day in September. 

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