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The Southport School (Boarding School) Gold Coast

Founded in 1901, The Southport School is an Anglican day and boarding school on the Gold Coast from Preschool to Year 12 with boarding available from Year 7.

TSS is a member of the Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland (GPS) and it is the only boys’ school and boys’ boarding school on the Gold Coast. The GPS Association officially commenced in 1918 and was brought about to control the sporting programs of the nine Great Public Schools. Some of the objectives of the association is to promote and conduct various forms of activities between member schools with a view to fostering a spirit of fellowship, sound educational practice and mutual support and assistance among schools; to promote the welfare and best interests of the Great Public Schools of Queensland; and to contribute and influence the formulation and advancement of educational policy in Queensland.

Renowned for our balanced and holistic approach to boys’ education, we recognise that boys think and learn differently from girls. Cutting-edge educational practices include Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence and Thinking Skills. We also provide integrated programs of co-curricular and academic, with a low student-to-staff ratio. Students at TSS also participate in an extensive leadership development program, with students assuming a variety of leadership roles within the School.

TSS students perform better academically when they are involved in cultural and sporting activities.  As a result, they are able to learn better time management skills and organisational skills.

The Campus Environment

At first glance it’s obvious the TSS campus ranks as one of the finest and most unique in the country. The School’s facilities are extensive and impressive, providing for every pertinent academic, sporting, cultural and social aspect of a boy’s education and development in the fullest sense.

Contained within the Senior campus TSS provides the following:

  • Academic and Leadership Centre
  • Specialist Lego and Robotics Programs
  • A complete “wireless technology” campus
  • Nationally renowned Boys’ Reading Program & Libraries
  • 220-seat collegiate Chapel
  • Modern, purpose-built Boarding Houses
  • 600-seat Annand Drama & Music Theatre
  • State-of-the-art Science Centre
  • 9 ovals and extensive sporting facilities (including the Centenary Sports Centre with weights room, basketball courts and gymnastics area)
  • Tennis & Swimming Pool Complex (including heated 12-lane Olympic-sized and 25m pools)
  • 24-hour Health Centre
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Hall of Fame archival display

 

The Boarding Houses

TSS create a strong “sense of family”. It is an article of faith for TSS Boarding that every boys should enjoy the friendships, security, care and understanding that he should rightfully expect from what he may come to regard as his “second home”.

Life as a Boarder

Our reputation as one of Australia’s foremost boarding schools has been built over a century of providing a warm, safe and caring environment for the sons of country and regional families.

First-class accommodation is provided in five modern boarding houses, each with a resident Housemaster, Assistant Housemaster and Matron together with four adult boarding supervisors. In addition, the Headmaster and Deputy Headmaster reside within the School grounds. While a strong sense of family belonging is promoted, individual space and independence is also supported through private study spaces for all boarders and private rooms for the Year 11 and 12 students. To assist in the formation of sound leaning habits, Years 8 to 10 boarders undertake their nightly homework in classrooms supervised by our Mathematics and Humanities teachers. This arrangement has proven its value in the shape of increased academic achievement among the boys.

Good health and nutrition, physical fitness and emotional wellbeing are priorities in our care of the boys entrusted to us. An active Boarding Catering Committee - which includes the students - meets each term to discuss menus and ensure health options in the Old Gym Café. Sport is an integral part of TSS life and tradition and for the boarders it provides an added source of health stimulation that adds to their sense of wellbeing.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Founded in 1901, The Southport School is an Anglican day and boarding school on the Gold Coast from Prep Year to Year 12 with boarding available from Year 5.  The school is one of the leading and finest schools within Australia.  TSS is a member of the Great Public Schools’ Association (GPS) and it is the only boys’ school and boys’ boarding school on the Gold Coast.

Renowned for our strong academics and balanced and holistic approach to boys’ education, we recognise that boys think and learn differently from girls.  Cutting-edge educational practices include Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence and Thinking Skills.  We also provide integrated programs of co-curricular and academic, with a low student-to-staff ratio.  Students also participate in an extensive leadership development program within the School.

TSS offers a comprehensive academic program designed to prepare students for university and other tertiary studies. Whilst the School has a history dating back over 106 years, the progressive approach to boys' education enables them to prepare for life after School.

International students have been a welcome addition to the TSS community for over 50 years.  There are approximately 1325 students enrolled at TSS and 279 of these are residential boarders.

Whilst providing the advantages of a new English speaking culture for international students, our local and country students are also able to interact and learn from a diversity of cultures.  This arrangement provides an invaluable experience for both International and Australian students.