TSS is an Anglican day and boarding school on the Gold Coast for boys from Preschool (Kindergarten) to Year 12 with boarding available from Year 7.  TSS provides a balanced and holistic approach to boys’ education, with integrated programs of academic and co-curricular with a low student-to-staff ratio.

A Proud History

Established in 1901 by The Right Reverend Horace Dixon and built upon a firm foundation of Christian values, TSS has a long and proud history enriched by timeless traditions.

For well over a century the School has made a positive impact on society by guiding, nurturing and shaping the character of boys as they mature into young men and leaving an indelible imprint that serves to sustain them on Life’s journey. The annals of TSS are replete with anecdotes of selfless service and sacrifice and the signatures of past students who have distinguished themselves, yet, it is by the attributes of decency, tolerance, and humanity common to all TSS students past and present that the unshakeable value of our traditions are proven.

This sense of pride in a shared history endures beyond the campus, as every graduate becomes a life member of the Old Southportonians’ Association (OSA). Founded in 1907, the OSA provides the link between TSS alumni and a global network of contacts as well as hosting regular reunions and functions. Our Old Boys continue to lend their support, skills professional success and wisdom to the succeeding generations of TSS scholars.

We also maintain our long-standing relationship with our Sister School, St. Hilda’s. This allows a healthy and appropriate interaction between Senior School boys and girls as a vital part of building well-rounded and socially adept students.


Strong Leadership

Mr Andrew Hawkins, Headmaster

Andrew Hawkins is the first Old Boy Headmaster of The Southport School. Mr Hawkins came to TSS as a boarder in McKinley House from Emerald. After graduating from TSS in 1995 as Vice-School Captain, Mr Hawkins ventured off on a Gap Year to the UK and it was here that he fell in love with teaching.

After returning to Australia he studied a combined Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) and Education degree at The University of Queensland with the sole purpose of becoming a PE Teacher. After a number of years teaching at state high schools in Brisbane and a Boarding Master at Brisbane Grammar School, Mr Hawkins took up a full-time PE teaching position at TSS in 2004. While at TSS, Mr Hawkins has held the roles of Physical Education Head of Department, Dean of Students Years 8 & 9, Dean of Students Years 10-12, Biddle Boarding Housemaster and Deputy Headmaster – Head of Senior School.


A Boy-specific Curriculum

We take our cue from authoritative brain research that demonstrates the gender-specific learning modes of boys and have developed our curriculum accordingly. We maintain a low student-to-staff ratio to ensure greater individual attention, and we respond to the research that shows boys perform better academically when involved in cultural and sporting activities.

Curricula for both Preparatory and Senior Schools are naturally fine-tuned to reflect the relative maturity and specific needs of the students, yet each shares the same underlying philosophy.

Across the broad spectrum of the school, the varied subject matter and programs include: Lego robotics, learning supported by integrated computer technology, extensive sporting programs, leadership development, emotional intelligence, vocational education & training, a gifted & talented program, thinking & creativity skills and access to university subjects.

In the co-curricular sphere an integrated arts and cultural program opens avenues for self-expression and personal development through music, art, drama, and multimedia. Further opportunities for expanding horizons are provided through a wide variety of activities and students clubs such as Chess, Public Speaking, Karate, Young Engineers Robotics, Gifted and Talented workshops and Days of Excellence.

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. TSS has two campus’, the Preparatory School is located on Lupus Street houses our Preschool to Year 6 students and the Senior School Campus on Winchester Street accommodates Year 7 to Year 12 and five boarding houses.

Contained within campus’ TSS provides the following:

  • A complete “wireless technology” campus
  • 220-seat collegiate Chapel
  • Modern, purpose-built Boarding Houses
  • 600-seat Annand Drama & Music Theatre
  • State-of-the-art classrooms with the latest in technology
  • 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
  • Adaptable Learning Spaces
  • Rowing and Sailing facilities on Campus

 Life as a Boarder

Our reputation as one of Australiaís 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 learning 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 CafÈ. 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.

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