TSS produces graduates of high scholastic caliber. A TSS education extends far beyond the classroom, instilling lifelong curiosity in confident, knowledgeable, caring, and respectful young men.
The unique learning needs of high-ability, talented students are fostered through our enriching Academic Talent Development (ATD) program. The program identifies outstanding natural abilities and provides opportunities for students to stretch themselves in an inspiring environment surrounded by like-minded peers.
The program focuses on timely and relevant topics, including STEM themes such as car design & engineering, space exploration and gamification, world events and sustainability.
The Senior School ATD Centre is open three periods per day, including morning tea and lunch, for students to work on their academic development, including projects of personal interest.
TSS Preparatory School has its own Academic Talent Development (ATD) Centre which acts as a learning hub for high-ability students to develop critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and research methods from a young age. Students who enter a specific Honours Class in Year 4 work at a level two to three years above the expectation of their same aged peers.
At The Southport School, every student can develop their own personal excellence and find their area of passion. We provide a holistic education, encouraging a balance of academia, sport, music, culture, spiritual growth, and wellbeing.
Our curriculum offerings are diverse and cater for students of all backgrounds, areas of interest and strengths with subjects spanning the Arts, the Sciences, the Languages, the Humanities, the Technologies and Outdoor Education. Each student is encouraged to pursue an academic program that will challenge yet fulfill them. In the senior, students can opt for an ATAR pathway, a skills and training pathway or a combination of the two. Irrespective of the path taken, our young men leave the school equipped with transferrable skills and the ability to be a life-long learner.
TSS offers multiple layers of support for students to reach their academic goals both during the school day and after hours. TSS is a hive of activity and academic assistance is never hard to find at no extra cost. There are many after school resources that all boys are encouraged to take advantage of.
Open from 7:30am -6:00pm Monday to Thursday, and 5:00pm Friday afternoons. Saturdays and Sunday afternoons as scheduled each term.
Provides students from Years 7- 12 with access to specialists teachers in English, Mathematics and Science as well as other subject areas. Held in the library from 3:30pm-4:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
TSS Parents & Friends Association funds Tutors, many of whom are TSS Alumni tertiary students to assist students across a range of subject areas. TSS Tutors and are available from 6:30pm-8:30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
TSS Upskill Program assists boys in our Additional Learning Needs program to confidentially navigate their homework and stay on track with curriculum requirements. The program takes place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students can be awarded on Assembly for their effort or excellence within a subject with teachers applying for one of three certificates: Academic Recognition, Academic Excellence and Creative Studies.
The top 80 Academics in each year level are proudly displayed at TSS. Lists are updated each term and are on show for everyone to see in the Arch of the Good Shepherd display cabinets.
Student’s can be presented with a Dean’s List Award on Assembly based on their results from the previous semester. Any boy not achieving a pass grade in one more of his subjects is not eligible for membership of the Dean’s List. Recipients to the Dean’s List from all year levels are published in the Southportonian Year book.
*Minimum requirement for each year level
Presented to boys who have made the Dean’s List Award for Semester 1 and 2. This award is accompanied by a Silver Leaf Pin, which is awarded on Graduation or Speech Day.
Awarded to students who achieve all As in both semester reports. This award is accompanied by a Gold Leaf Pin, which is presented to boys at Scholars’ Assembly.
A Scholars’ Tie is presented when a student has maintained a place on the Dean’s List for at least six semesters. The boy may wear his Scholar’s Tie at anytime when Chapel Dress is required and will be acknowledged each year at Scholars’ Assembly.
At the end of Semester 1, the top Year 12 students are acknowledged and presented with an Academic Ist badge and pen for their achievements.
The student who has achieved the highest ranking overall in his year level will be awarded Dux during Graduation and Speech Day. The student who ranks second will be awarded Dux Proxime Accessit. The Dux will have his name engraved on the Dux year level trophy and both the Dux and Dux Proxime Accessit will receive his own engraved trophy.
Evidence suggests that appropriate goal setting and timely and specific feedback can lead to improved achievement, self-efficacy and self-regulation. There is a positive and significant impact when students track their own progress and set goals based on their current learning zone.
Research suggests that the practice of having students track their own progress & set goals is associated with up to a 32 percentile point gain in achievement.
With a growth mindset, students are supported by their Mentor teacher each term to reflect on their results and set aspirational yet achievable goals for the term ahead. Our House system ensures that every student is monitored to ensure they are developmentally on track.
The Southport School is extremely fortunate to have a highly professional and accomplished teaching staff deeply committed to our students. We are proud of the number of staff who are published authors in their field, continuing higher study of Master and Doctorates and employed by the QCAA as confirmers, endorsers and markers. Our students benefit from the fact that our teaching staff model ongoing learning and personal development.
Our teachers regularly give of their time in extracurricular offerings, and academic support structures such as Study Gym, Boarder Support and Learning Support Upskills sessions. It is the people that make this community so special through their tireless commitment and expertise.