Ipswich State High School

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Principal's Welcome

I am very pleased to welcome you to Ipswich State High School, a school of many opportunities.

Our school is just 40 minutes from Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and close to the beaches and the mountains.  
You are part of the best Queensland has to offer when you enrol at Ipswich High.

Whatever your skills or interests, we will help you become an expert – are you a dancer, a cook or a carpenter?  Do you love science, engineering or sport?  Have you ever thought of being a hairdresser or a make-up artist?

Students at our school can do all these things and more.  Our staff and student mentors will guide you every step of the way and provide advice and motivation as you choose your career path.

We have wonderful families who are experienced in hosting international students.  You have made an excellent decision by choosing our school.​

Three reasons to choose Ipswich State High School

  1. The school offers enrichment to students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as four High Performance Academies offering elite training and coaching programs in rugby league (boys and girls), soccer and dance.
  2. Our broad range of subjects includes programs from one of the largest school-based registered training organisations in Queensland. Over 30 nationally recognised certificate courses are offered, including hair and beauty and Certificate I and II in dance.
  3. A dedicated Student Welfare Faculty ensures a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment. The school is a reflection of the local community in its multicultural nature.

School Information

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Ipswich State High School offers a unique learning environment in Queensland’s oldest provincial city, with award-winning programs and teachers.

We value diversity and different cultures – including our traditional land owners and you can make friendships here that you will keep for life.

Our selection of subjects is huge and includes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, sport and beauty, as well as offering tutoring and assistance with your English.

Year 11 students can study a university subject while at our school through the Head Start program at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

With so many subject choices and programs, our aim is to focus on preparing you for any career after finishing school.

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Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Head Start program.
  • The school has one of Queensland’s largest school-based registered training organisations and offers a wide range of certificate courses

School facilities

  • Trade Training Centre
  • Specialist hair, nails and beauty training rooms and a commercial salon open to the public
  • Dance studios
  • Art studios with a kiln
  • Film and television editing facilities
  • Library and Resource Centre
  • Science laboratories
  • Computer laboratories
  • Extensive sporting facilities, including a gym and swimming pool

Extracurricular activities

  • Concert band, choir, stage band, strings ensemble and instrumental music program
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
  • IT club
  • Manga club
  • Girls football
  • Netball, soccer, volleyball and rugby league
  • Cheerleading
  • Tutoring
  • Study tours in Australia and other countries
  • NASA Experience trip
  • Students from Nerima (Japan) schools visit our school annually and our school visits Nerima every second year
  • School musical and concerts

Holiday adventure programs

EQI holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for international students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian outback adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school and additional fees apply. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


  • ​Japanese (Years 7–12)​

Special programs

  • Excellence programs in STEM
  • Rugby league, dance, hair and beauty
  • Trade Training programs in furnishing, carpentry, technology and engineering
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Certificate I, II and III courses in a broad range of subjects
  • Hair, nails and beauty programs


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last updated 20 June 2022