Innisfail State College was established in 2010 and was officially opened by then Premier Anna Bligh and Minister Geoff Wilson on 28th February 2010.
Innisfail State College was built under the State Schools of Tomorrow program under direction of foundation principal Mrs Julie Pozzoli, bringing together the former Innisfail State High School, Innisfail Inclusive Education Centre and the Innisfail campus of Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE to form the integrated campus of Innisfail State College.
The college occupies the site of the former Innisfail campus of TAFE, expanding the campus zone by 1.15 hectares to 26.5 hectares. Secondary students from years 7 to 12, Diverse Learning Centre students (pre-prep to Yr 12) and TAFE students share all facilities in the integrated campus.
The college works in close partnership with the Canecutter Cluster of Schools, our ten primary partner schools including Goondi SS, Innisfail SS, East Innisfail SS, Flying Fish Point SS, Mourilyan SS, Mundoo SS, Silkwood SS, South Johnstone SS, Mena Creek SS, and the Daradgee Environmental Education Centre.
Beyond the campus, the college is a prominent community partner to other organisations such as the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, and the Innisfail District Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism.
On campus, we have an enrolment of around 1000 students in the high school and 30 students in the diverse learning centre. One-third of our students bring the added richness of indigeneity to our college, and this is celebrated amongst a broader diversity in the student body. Our students are supported by a strong student support staff comprising guidance officers, youth support co-ordinators, heads of years, a community education counsellor, a transition pathways officer, a chaplain, a Headspace counsellor, and a school based youth health nurse. Our Innisfail State College Elders provide a strong presence and contribution in the high school, sharing their time and wisdom with all staff and students who seek it. We also benefit from the attendance of our school's therapy dog, Lollie.