SUCCESS STORY: Ipswich State High School’s hairdressing salon program has won the Award for Excellence in Innovation.
SUCCESS STORY: Ipswich State High School’s hairdressing salon program has won the Award for Excellence in Innovation. File

School's hair salon shows it has the cutting edge

IPSWICH State High School has proven it is a cut above the rest, with its hairdressing salon program winning the Award for Excellence in Innovation.

It was not the only Ipswich school in the spotlight at the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools on Friday night.

Carole Park State School's innovative early and primary years program Language for Life helped it take out the Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years category.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said since 2011, the school's Language for Life program had been supporting academically and developmentally vulnerable students to build their oral language skills.

"This highly successful language and literacy enriched program is giving students new skills that benefit all aspects of school and developmental life," Mr Langbroek said.

Ipswich State High School was Queensland's first high school to establish and create its own hairdressing salon.

The salon for at-risk students has been operating for five years.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said many students had gone on to become valuable and reliable employees in a number of businesses across the city.

"This is a fantastic result for the hard-working teachers and staff, and the program is giving students the skills they need to confidently transition to employment," he said.

The award categories relate to early and primary years, junior secondary years, senior years, inclusive education, leadership, innovation, and community or industry partnerships.

The program gives Queensland state schools the chance to share in more than $370,000 of development grants.

This year, 74 regional award winners each received $1000, 21 state finalists each won an additional $5000 and the seven state award winners will receive an extra $20,000.



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