Boarding at TSS
We are extremely proud to say that Boarding life has always been an integral
feature of TSS since the first boarders arrived in 1909 into Thorold, McKinley
and Delpratt Houses. The boarders bring to TSS particular personal qualities and
give the School a soul, a life and sense of community.
Boarding has always been a tradition at TSS and recent upgrades provide some of
the best boarding facilities in Australia. As well as our traditional intake
from country areas we have boarders from all States and cities in Australia and
international students from Asia, Europe, Middle East and the South Pacific.
Full boarding or occasional boarding is available from Year 7 to Year 12 during
term time only.
At TSS we have five Boarding Houses and group the boys vertically according to
age groups. The only exception to this is Rogers House which is the School’s
Junior Boarding House. There are many advantages of this system, the most
obvious being that it permits the boys to mix not only with boys their own age
but across age groups.
Boys entering one of the Senior School’s Boarding Houses remain in the House for
all their years at TSS. This allows them to form long lasting friendships, not
only with boys their age, but also with both younger and older boys. This system
also ensures strong relationships are built between the resident staff, the boys
and their parents, providing a second home, in a communal environment. The
education Boarding at TSS offers to every student is a broad one including the
academic, cultural, sporting and recreational areas of a boy’s life.
Each of the five houses is equipped with recreation areas which include pool
tables, table tennis tables, televisions with cable and other games. Students
have access to the kitchen facilities which include toasters, fridges and
The School has extensive computing facilities available to the boarders during
the day, evening and weekends. A number of boarders choose to bring their own
laptop from home which can be connected to the School network in the Boarding
House. Each Boarding House has wireless internet to enable boarders to use the
World Wide Web for research or to contact home.
In addition to our boarders, the School has approximately 35 Boarding staff on
the property, with each Boarding House appointed with their own Housemaster,
Assistant Housemaster and Matron. This arrangement helps facilitate a more
family like atmosphere amongst the entire Boarding community. The Headmaster and
the Deputy Headmaster also reside within the School grounds.
One of the most positive aspects of Boarding is the pride the boys have in their
community. I encourage your son to take advantage of the opportunities that
exist at the School and in the Boarding community. By doing so, he will quickly
feel part of an extended “family”.
Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have dormitory style accommodation with their own
private study area and students in Years 11 and 12 have their own private room
for a quiet study environment.
Students from Years 8 to 10 undertake supervised prep in classrooms on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings with Mathematics and Humanities teachers. This
initiative has increased the academic performance of our boarders.
There are various activities organised on the weekend including, but not limited
to, movies, Sunday Surf bus (organised in First and Fourth Term only), Pacific
Fair excursions and interactive activities with St Hilda’s School. Supervised
Sunday activities for Years 8 to 10 boys are also available twice a term.
The School has an active Boarding Catering Committee, involving students who
meet each term to discuss the menu. Menus are assessed by a nutritionist and can
be viewed each term via the School’s website. A permanent salad bar is available
in the Dining Hall and can be accessed by all boarding students.
Students wishing to board in Year 7 are accommodated in a separate
boarding House. Slight variations occur with the daily routine. However, general
facilities and other details apply to Rogers House.
For further details regarding our boarding facilities and availability, please
contact our Admissions Office on + 61 1300 877 269.