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 The Ipswich State High School International

Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A

Reasons to choose The Ipswich State High School 
  • At Ipswich State High School we offer enrichment to students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as four High Performance Academies,​ providing elite training and coaching programs in Rugby League, Volleyball, Soccer and Dance.
  • Ipswich State High School offers a very broad variety of subjects including one of the largest school based registered training organisations offering over 30 nationally recognised certificate courses including Hair and Beauty as well as Certificate I and II in Dance.
  • Ipswich State High School has a dedicated Student Welfare Faculty that aims to develop a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment. The school is a reflection of the local community in its multicultural nature.
The Ipswich State High School facts
  • Currently have 30 vocational / certificate courses - two of which are delivered by external RTO's.
  • Ipswich State High school partners with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to enable year 11 students to complete the Head Start program.  This is equivalent to one subject of their first semester of university.  Students can also have access to other university courses from other universities.
  • The Peter Doherty Award – Outstanding School of Science Award was awarded in 2015 to ISHS.
  • 2014 BHP Billiton Best Queensland Science Teacher awarded to Dr Grant Darnell (HOD Science).
  • 2015 BHP Billiton Best Queensland Science Teacher awarded to Ellen Grant.
  • 2014 State Winner Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.
  • 2016 Bronze Medal Mental Health First Aid.
  • 2016 Australian HR Industry Award for Health and Wellbeing.

Day Trips for Internataional Students

International students will have the opportunity to have three day trips throughout the year to a variety of locations around Ipswich and beyond.  These locations are not limited to but may include the sunny Gold Coast, Southbank, Toowoomba and many more.





​​Sister City Relationships


The Ipswich State High School has had a Sister City Relationship with Nerima since 1993.  Students from various Nerima schools visit our school annually and our school visits Nerima every second year.  Our school community hosts and welcomes the Nerima students into their homes.  The Nerima students participate in classroom discussions as well as participating in Australiana activities.
Interna​tional Student Testimonial
My experience of studying at Ipswich State High School is great.  It was hard at first, but it turned out to be good.  Different kinds of new subjects like Hair and Beauty plus Volleyball was totally new to me because where I come from, we never have those kind of subjects.  Teachers here are friendly and are very helpful, always pushing us far to get good grades in our report.  Having a Trade Training Centre and own hairdressing salon is AWESOME.  Also they are all different cultures such as Aboriginal, Torres Strait, New Zealanders, Samoans, Tongans, Africans, Papua New Guinea plus many more.  Also Hair and Beauty had a Hair and Beauty Expo which I was involved in.  In 2016 we went to Melbourne and this year we went to Sydney.
Homestay Family Testimonials



Since enrolling Diana at Ipswich State High School in 2016, her grades have surpassed our expectations.

When looking for an International school we couldn’t find one that met Diana’s needs.

We made enquiries in regards to Ipswich High and found that the resources available were first class. Coming from PNG resources are limited and Diana’s grades were suffering.

Since being at Ipswich High her grades have gone from fail to A and Bs. We couldn’t be happier.

Teachers and staff are so helpful and take a genuine interest in their students.
Diana has now received a ‘Letter of Offer’ from Qld International TAFE for next year. If it wasn’t for the help and interest that teachers have in their students, I believe that Diana would not have been given the opportunity to further her studies at Tertiary level.
My sincerest gratitude to Ipswich International School. Well done!

Robina Strode




Hi my name is Heidi Cassidy, and I am a Homestay family member.  We decided as a family that we would like to open our family home and hearts, to give an international student an opportunity to visit. My partner and I have two boys aged 12 and 5, who found this to be a great experience. We became a homestay family in March 2016. We have now signed on to be a regular homestay family.


Our first homestay student, Rio arrived and was such a delight to our home. We took her with us everywhere we went, as we considered Rio to be part of our family. We celebrated family birthdays together, went to the local Sushi Train to make Rio feel a little more at home and even went to Bunnings together.  Rio is now a family member for life! We have stayed in contact through Facebook, posting birthday presents to each other, uploading regular pictures and trying to plan holidays to visit each other.


​Yours kindly


Heidi Cassidy


Being a host family is very rewarding experiences as you learn about other cultures.The children are no different to our own children as they all have the same needs: love, nurturing and protection. Every child that I have taken care of, have all achieved in sport and schooling and made many friends in Australia. They have become a big part of our family and adjust really well to our home life. The ever lasting friendships made don't end when they return to their family. I have home stayed many children and their parents and homestay children come back to stay for holidays and catch up. It is very satisfying and knowing I have made a child's experience in our home one to remember. ​ 

Regards Maryann  

Homestay family facts
  • Host families are carefully selected from our local community and beyond.
  • Police checks are conducted to ensure the highest calibre of families are chosen and they must maintain a Blue Card whilst caring for international students. Families are interviewed and accommodation is inspected by school staff to ensure it meets Educational Queensland International standards.
  • Comprehensive homestay information booklets are provided to all host fa
    milies to ensure that the strictest of guidelines are adhered to at all times.
  • Appropriate access to transport to and from school and school activities are a pre-requisite of all application approvals for the homestay families. Acceptable forms of transport can include public transport.
  • It is a requirement that host families provide an individual bedroom with study facilities for each international student.
  • International students may be placed in a homestay with another international student however, the students must be from a different nationality.​


About Ipswich



As Queensland's oldest provincial city, Ipswich has a rich history. It is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage.


Ipswich is an exciting place to live, work, invest and visit. Education plays an important role in the local economy with two universities and a wide choice of private and state government schools.

  For all enquiries please contact the school on (07) 3813 4488 or e-mail: