Far North Queensland


The Far North Queensland Chapter of QSITE hosts, brokers and sponsors a wide range of ICT events and activities for teachers and students.  It develops and shares resources for teachers from all educational sectors in all areas of education from Prep through to Tertiary.

Our geographical area is quite vast and includes Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands, the Cassowary Coast, Cooktown and the Daintree and north to the Cape, Gulf and Torres Strait.

QSITE FNQ LogoSparky “under a palm tree” is the mascot of the QSITE- Far North Queensland Chapter.  Ours has been a collegial and well-functioning group ever since the Chapter concept was developed within QSITE many years ago.   Our Chapter strives to annually conduct a variety of technology workshops and information services to assist in promoting the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies within FNQ classrooms. We strive to provide teachers in our remote area of the state with up to date information, teaching ideas and classroom resources. We continue to use the geography of cyberspace to reach QSITE members and professionals in our area.

The Far North Queensland Chapter sustains a pleasing level of membership (both personal and institutional).  We strive to raise the profile of QSITE in Far North Queensland schools, as well as taking a leadership role in celebrating the best practice of Far North Queensland teachers and students.

The Chapter conducted what has been widely praised as the biggest, best and most successful ACCE National Computer Conference in Cairns in 2006.  Our Chapter regularly hosts a one day “Technology in the Tropics” mini conference for educators each year which attracts around 200 participants.

Our Chapter also hosts and sponsors three annual FNQ robotics championships which includes Sumo, the Grand Prix and RoboCup.  There has been an exponential growth in the popularity of these events and we regularly host over 100 students to these on a Saturday morning.  The growth of schools entering students is also very pleasing.

Our small Chapter’s history also boasts numerous past winners of annual State QSITE awards from Educator of the Year, Leader of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year.  We also have had ISTE Award winners and a state Life member.

We always welcome newcomers to FNQ to our proactive group.


President: Mark Holland mholl45@eq.edu.au

Secretary/Treasurer: Kylie Jones kjone106@eq.edu.au

Workshops and PD organiser: Leigh Howser lhows3@eq.edu.au

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June 2019

Robocup Far North QLD Regional Competition

22 June @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Robocup FNQ Regional Competition WHEN: Saturday 22nd  June 2019 WHERE: Bentley Park College REGISTRATION: $15 per team (schools will be invoiced after the event) Please direct all enquiries to fnqqsite@gmail.com  2019 Robocup Challenges On Stage (Dance) Rescue Soccer Divisions Lower Primary (P-3) Upper Primary (4-6) Junior Secondary (7-9) Open (10-12)

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CreativITy 2019

29 June - 30 June
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Multimedia Lane
Southport, QLD 4215 Australia
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CreativITy 2019 supports all educators of Digital Technologies, ICT and Digital Solutions. Whether you are an experienced teacher, teacher educator, curriculum leader, beginning or student teacher you will benefit from the wide range of available sessions, keynote presentations, excursions workshops and hackathons to provide you…

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September 2019

QSITE FNQ Grand Prix Robotics Challenge

14 September @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Schools are cordially invited to participate in the QSITE Grand Prix Robotics Competition for 2019. Your school can register just one team or multiple teams of up to 4 students from Years P to 12 to compete in the Grand Prix Challenge to be held at Bentley Park…

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October 2019

QSITE FNQ Technology in the Tropics 2019

21 October @ 8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Cairns Colonial Club, 18-26 Cannon St
Manunda, QLD 4870 Australia
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Monday 21st October 2019 — Pupil Free Day Venue: Cairns Colonial Club Conference Centre Time: 8:30 am —3:15 pm     Following a sell-out event last year; the Technology in the Tropics Conference returns for 2019! Proudly hosted by the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education—QSITE (Far North…

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QSITE FNQ Session Selection

21 October @ 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

On this page you will make your Workshop selection for Technology in the Tropics, Cairns Colonial Club Resort on 21st October 2019. To begin, change the RSVP number from 0 to 1 or higher if selecting for more than 1 person. You will need your…

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