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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 on of the largest school based registered training organisations offering over 29 nationally recognised certificate courses including Hair and Beauty as well as Certificiate I and II in Dance.
  • Ipswich State High School has a dedicated Student Welfare Faculty that supports the development of  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 29 vocational / certificate courses - two of which are delivered by external RTO's.
  • We have a Head Start program with USQ for year 11 students, who can complete one subject of their first semester of university in year 11.  Students can also do start university courses from other universities as well.
  • 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.

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 must maintain a Blue Card whilst caring for international students and are also interviewed and the accommodation is inspected to meet Educational Queensland International standards.
  • Comprehensive homestay information booklets are provided to all host families 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, forms of transport may 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

Ipswich is centrally located in the South East Queensland region of Australia. Ipswich is ideally positioned on the national road network - 40 minutes drive from the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane and an hours drive from the Gold Coast.
Ipswich comprises an area of 1090 square kilometers and has a population of 200,000 people.  Ipswich enjoys a subtropical climate and is a safe, friendly and multicultural city. Residents come from 115 different ethnic backgrounds, speaking 84 languages.
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:
Department of Education and Training
Trading as Education Queensland International
CRICOS Provider Code: 00608A