FEEL A CONNECTION TO THE COLLEGE
Parents and carers are an important part of the IES College community – whether you’re living nearby or further afield, we want you to feel connected to your child’s time at the College.
A parent portal and regular newsletter will keep you up-to-date with key dates, achievements and activities taking place at the College. 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, a Skype consultation is also an option. Of course, families are welcome to make an appointment to meet or set up a phone call with teachers at any time throughout the year.
At IES we value and celebrate diversity and a wide range of cultures. We welcome our families’ involvement in special College events and activities and we’ll look forward to welcoming you to campus on a number of occasions across the school year.
IES has been operating for more than 20 years, and during that time we’ve developed strong and productive relationships across business, education, community and government.
We work closely with local council and state government agencies, contributing to key discussions and groups working to provide a world-class education to students in Brisbane, as well as all the important associated services for international students.
The College also has a wide network of business, sporting associations, facilities and community organisation connections who we work with to provide outstanding opportunities for our students as part of the College curriculum, as well as extra curricular and professional development activities.
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.
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, and we are grateful for the involvement of the Indigenous community in IES activities, including our artist-in-residence program.
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 Aboriginals were subject to a curfew that prohibited them from crossing Boundary Street to the City after 4pm.
In 1828, the large hill overlooking the convict settlement in the CBD location was established as a site to mill corn and wheat. The windmill constructed for the task still stands today and is a reminder of the suburb’s early European beginnings.
Originally named Spring Hollow, the name Spring Hill was probably adopted when prominent citizens began to build residences along the ridge. Springs in the area supplemented Brisbane’s early water supply when the Tank Stream and dam could not meet demand in the 1840s. It has been the location of leading educational and medical institutions since the establishment of Brisbane as a city.
PART OF OUR CULTURE
THE COMMUNITY TODAY
The businesses and residents of Spring Hill today are an important part of our college culture and we work productively with them in a range of ways. From the friendly atmosphere at the local cafés, to opportunities for part-time employment, our fantastic local community supports the College with both commercial services and in-kind support.
Read more about the history of Spring Hill here.