Health, Sport, and Physical Education are highly valued at IGGS. The knowledge and skills gained in these subjects help students to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide the background knowledge and interest to pursue a health related career through further study if they choose. The programs emphasise enjoyment of physical activity and learning of skills that will allow them to remain physically active throughout their lives.
The House system presents all students with opportunities to compete in sporting and performing arts activity, with keen rivalry at various inter-house carnivals and events. IGGS has five Houses named after former headmistresses: Armitage, Carter, Connell, Hunt and White.
Students are selected to represent the School in sports competitions organised by the Queensland Girls Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA), Ipswich District Sports Association and the Metropolitan West Region School Sport Council, as well as state and international sporting events.
Our students are keen participants in:
- Rhythmic Sporting Gymnastics (RSG)
- Cross Country
- Skipping (Jump Rope for Heart/Invigorators)
- Touch Football
- Outdoor education (abseiling, canoeing, orienteering, etc)
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Our double basketball court gymnasium is used extensively for Health and P.E. classes, training and matches. Both are easily seen from the mezzanine viewing area, which is also used for Table Tennis, Aerobics and other Health and P.E. lessons.
The gym’s international standard ceiling height also makes it ideal for competition Rhythmic Gymnastics and Volleyball. Badminton is another very popular sport played in the gym throughout the year.
The Athletics Oval includes a 400 metre running track, Long Jump pit, Discus and Shot Put circles, as well as training areas for Javelin and High Jump. The School’s facilities include a full size Hockey and Touch Football field, four fields for training, and two cricket pitches.
Our five-lane, 25 metre heated pool is used every day for squad training and swimming lessons. Boarders also use the pool for exercise and recreation.
For tennis, netball and volleyball playing students who compete on different surfaces and at various times, the School has plexi-pave tennis courts (with lights), two plexi-pave netball courts, and a synthetic grass volleyball court.
Coaches of all IGGS sports teams are experienced and well qualified (most are Level 1 or Level 2).