Our History and Traditions

Ipswich Grammar School is an independent, non-denominational, day and boarding school for boys from Prep to Year 12.


Founded in 1863, we have the honour of being the first secondary school in Queensland and the first grammar school. Located in the heritage city of Ipswich, many of our school buildings are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and the National Trust of Australia. These include the Great Hall, the original school building now restored to its former glory.


The school commenced with just 16 students and has evolved to educate many of Australia’s leaders in government, the arts, sport and business. The school continued to expand and encompass lower year levels and by 2006 offered a full Prep to Year 12 education.


Tradition still sets the tone of our school in many ways. Our boys wear the red and white stripes and are recognised as Ipswich Grammar School students wherever they go. Students consider it an honour to wear our coat of arms at sporting and cultural events, and proudly chant our war cry to motivate fellow students to perform at their best.


We continue to instil in our boys our school values of:

Resilience We tackle tasks with determination and perseverance

Honour We conduct ourselves with dignity and respect

Belonging We are proud of who we are, what we believe in, and the experiences we share


These values go to the heart of what our school means to our staff, our students and their families.


The youngest boys in our community ring the school bell as they join us in Prep. Thirteen years later, upon graduation, our Year 12 boys pass underneath a guard of honour created by fellow students, and ring the bell for the last time.


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