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2022 September Holidays –  IGGS Hack for Community Impact 

Ipswich Girls Grammar School (IGGS) is pleased to extend its flagship holiday program, Hackathon, to all high school students.

The three-day event is facilitated by Entrepreneur-in-residence and IGGS Old Girl Peta Ellis. Delivered in partnership with Ipswich City Council (ICC), Hackathon gives young people input into real community problems.

“Last year’s Hackathon brought together a diverse range of participants, with individual ideas. Key skills of community engagement, enquiry, collaboration, research and pitching were all practised across the event,” Ms Ellis said.

“Seven innovative ideas were pitched to ICC representatives and a panel of judges. Three of these were invited to pitch at the Ipswich Chamber meeting to offer practical solutions to specific problems in Ipswich.”

As entrepreneur-in-residence at IGGS, Ms Ellis facilitates the School’s young innovators and entrepreneurs excellence program, one in a suite of four excellence programs. Academic excellence, sporting excellence and emerging artists programs round out the excellence offerings, ensuring the interests of all students are catered for, and that every girl can extend herself. Boarders are well placed to access these programs with arrangements to support travel, extra study times and flexible mealtimes.

As well as a valuable learning opportunity, Hackathon will allow students to explore the advantages offered by IGGS. A dedicated Entrepreneurial, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (E-STEAM) space and Young Innovators Hub, as well as purpose-built facilities for performing arts, sport and specialist academic subjects are all available at IGGS. The School enjoys an idyllic position overlooking the Bremer River with views of Ipswich and the Scenic Rim.

Enhancing their Hackathon experience, all participants are invited to stay in the IGGS boarding facility, Cribb House for the duration of the event.

Head of Boarding at IGGS, Mrs Suzanne Coulter, said she was looking forward to welcoming visitors to Cribb House. “This is a great opportunity to explore our facilities and meet some of our staff. We always enjoy meeting new students and their families and sharing with them all the advantages of boarding at IGGS.”

For Mrs Coulter, the lifestyle in Ipswich is unparalleled. “We are so fortunate to live in an area that offers the peace and quiet, and feel of a country town, while being so close to lots of exciting places. Our boarders love going on trips to the beach or the mountains, or taking in a live show in Brisbane.”

Registrations for Hackathon are now open. Visit for more information and to register.

Facilitator: Peta Ellis, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Who can participate: High school students both male and female in Years 7 to 12.
Contact: Ms Jodie Hyde, Digital Pedagogy & Innovation Coordinator



Day 1: Tuesday 27 September
Arrive at our boarding facility, Cribb House, from 12pm.
Join us for lunch from 12.30pm (for those staying in boarding).
1.00 – 5.00pm Session One, led by Ms Peta Ellis
After 5.00pm, dinner supplied for boarders in the Dining Hall. Activities in the School Gymnasium.

Day 2: Wednesday 28 September
8.00am – 5.00pm (lunch supplied for all attendees)
After 5.00pm, dinner for boarders and a movie night and games in Cribb House.

Day 3: Thursday 29 September
8.00am – 12.00pm followed by celebration BBQ lunch for all participants
All students to be collected from the Administration Building at 1.00pm.

Price for the day events including lunch:
$60 for the full 2.5 day program (participants responsible for own snacks/morning tea). Price includes t-shirt.

Additional price for boarding, including all meals, evening activities:
$170 for two nights.
$85 for one night.
Participants may share rooms of 2 or 3 students. All evening activities are included, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, movie night and games night. Each area of Cribb House has its own common room with TV and kitchenette, shared laundry and bathrooms.