FEEL A CONNECTION TO THE COLLEGE
Parents and carers are an important part of the IES College community – whether you are living nearby or further afield, we want you to feel connected to your child’s time at the College.
A parent portal and newsletter will keep you up-to-date with the college calendar, achievements and activities taking place.
There will also be opportunities for local parents to meet face-to-face with their child’s teachers at formalised occasions during the year. For families located interstate, in rural or international locations, an online consultation is also an option. Families are welcome to make an appointment to meet or set up a phone call with teachers.
We welcome our families’ involvement in special College events and activities, and we look forward to welcoming you on campus at a number of occasions across the school year.
SPRING HILL, BRISBANE
Spring Hill has a rich and vibrant history and IES has been a proud part of this neighbourhood for more than 20 years. We have strong community and business contacts, and the history and vibrancy of our local area is as important to us as a school.
Through the CAS core IB element of Creativity, Activity and Service, students will have the opportunity to build their own connections in the community through projects, and exploring their own passions.
The culture of our students is also important to the philosophy of IES College. So, whether students are from overseas, have recently become an Australian citizen, or are from Brisbane, the suburbs, or the bush, your culture will be embraced and celebrated as part of our broader program of IES College activities, community, and family engagement.
Read more about the history of Spring Hill here.
The Traditional Owners of the land upon which IES College stands are the Turrbal People. We acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people play in our community and pay our respect to Elders past and present and to emerging community leaders.
IES is deeply committed to honouring Indigenous Australia and providing genuine opportunities for our students to learn more about Indigenous people and their stories and cultures.
The mural by premier Australian and Chinese street artists spanning the façade of 495 Boundary Street Spring Hill depicts two different faces and signals both the school’s passionate global outlook, and commitment to honouring the Indigenous history of the area. The mural is a collaboration between Sheep Chen from Jiaxing, China and Melbourne’s Matt Adnate, commissioned by IES as part of the 2019 Brisbane Street Art Festival.
The Campfire Group, a collective of indigenous and other Australian artists operated from a gallery/house in nearby Torrington Street, Spring Hill and played a significant role in establishing Brisbane as an important art centre in the 1990s. The face painted by Adnate was adapted from a photograph by Mick Richards and depicts Noni Eather, who lived in the house as a child. The image hints at the darker aspects of the Indigenous experience in Spring Hill, particularly during a time when First Nations people were subject to a curfew that prohibited them from crossing Boundary Street to the City after 4pm.