Headmaster's Welcome - Mr Greg Wain

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. 

If you would like to learn more about Boys’ Education at TSS, please contact our Admissions Office on + 61 1300 877 269.

About TSS

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 serene and welcoming site on the banks of the Gold Coast’s Nerang River immediately sets it apart, while the blend of grand heritage buildings and their modern counterparts and extensive facilities projects a reassuring ambience of proud tradition mingled with contemporary relevance.

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

In full recognition of the natural anxieties and concerns of both the boys and their families that may initially attach to the boarding experience, TSS spares no effort to ensure that the impact of separation is minimised and a strong “sense of family” is created. 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.


McKinley House is one of 5 Boarding Houses at TSS
Boarding Houses are all equipped
with recreation facilites and areas
The Dining Hall
Delpratt Boarding House is on the second floor of the Clocktower Building


Sporting Facilities

The Southport School has numerous sporting facilities. There are 5 tennis courts, heated 25metre pool and 50metre 12 lane pool, climbing wall, cricket nets, 9 playing fields, indoor gym and indoor basketball courts which have markings for various other sports. The indoor basketball courts, both pools and playing fields have spectator stands which make them ideal for carnivals or competitions. TSS is located on the Nerang River, which also makes it ideal for rowing or sailing activites.

Centenary Centre Sports Complex
Indoor Gym
2 Indoor Basketball Courts
2 Heated Pools - 25 metre and 12 lane 50 metre
River Ovals
Located on the Nerang River, Sailing and Rowing are done from the Campus



The Chapel of St Alban’s

TSS is an Anglican School and so, while welcoming students from all denominations and cultures, we reflect the ethos and tenets characteristic of a Christian school, which include:

  • Living by the Gospel message of forgiveness, reconciliation, mission and loving service to God and our neighbour

  • Exhibiting tolerance and respect for others

  • Exemplifying a high respect for intellectual endeavour

  • Making a positive contribution to the wider political, social, economic and artistic life of our culture

  • Living a commitment to tradition and dignity within School worship and School life

  • Promoting a sense of social responsibilty through a service ethic and social justice

This essential matrix of values is the basis for the TSS dedication to the process of developing the whole person, and provides the framework for policies, practices and disciplinary processes, as well as the guiding principles for those charged with the Pastoral care of the students.




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