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Why choose our school?

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Principal's welcome

Here @ISH we pride ourselves on being able to deliver a high quality education across academic, vocational, cultural and sporting domains.  We focus on our students’ personal strengths and using our Zones of Behaviour we enable them to excel in their chosen domain by focussing on staying in the Green Zone and understanding how the Zones can be applied in real-life.  Our students are also prepared for a life after school through an individualised approach to their learning, including a major focus on their social and emotional well-being. This, as well as their acquired skill-set, ensures they are not only ready to work, but work ready.


Simon Riley - Principal 


Please see the bottom of this page for a video of the Auslan version of the Principal's welcome.



Our edge

@ ISH, our innovative approach to teaching and learning sets us apart from other local high schools. We offer unique programs, facilities and industry partnerships that prepare our young people for the world of work – focusing on their future, Right Here and Right Now.

Did you know:

The Ipswich State High School is one of the largest school-based Registered Training Organisations in Queensland, offering over 30 nationally recognised certificate courses, but was also acknowledged in 2019 as the most successful school RTO in the State by the Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman.

We were the first school in Australia to provide a retail Hair and Beauty service to members of the public from its own commercial salon on the school site. 

Ipswich State High School is the home of the $5 million Ipswich Regional Trade Training Centre, and the $10 million X Block Performing Arts Centre. In 2021 we will be opening a new, state of the art STEM centre, partnering with kitsunei to deliver 21st century learnings in coding and robotics. 

We are the only school in the Metropolitan Region offering a Cert I, Cert II and Cert III dance qualifications and the QCAA General Dance courses.

Ipswich High has a dedicated Student Wellbeing Faculty that aims to develop a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment through the provision of support services such as Young Families Connect, Peer Mentoring and Success Coach Programs. We are also acknowledged to be one of the leading schools in the Metropolitan Region in promoting and developing the importance of Diversity and Inclusion for all students. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting those students struggling with mental health concerns, refugee families and others who also come from a non-English speaking background, Young Mums, and those who identify as being a member of the LGBTIQ+ community. 

The school offers five High Performance Academies, providing elite training and coaching programs in:

  • Rugby League
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Dance
As well as our Trade Training Centre and Hair and Beauty programs which are acknowledged and award winning examples of best practice treaching and learning of VET in schools. 

Our school is proud to announce we are an eSmart school.

Since we first registered with the program, we have introduced many new policies and activities to improve the way our school manages cybersafety, bullying and cyberbullying.

We feel confident our students, staff and the wider school community are now well supported to be smart, safe and responsible users of digital technology. 

We encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home. 


Auslan Version of Principal's Welcome

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Last reviewed 10 June 2021
Last updated 10 June 2021