From the Deputy Headmaster – Head of Senior School

TSS Anzac Day Service 2017 Anzac Day each year here at TSS is a great example of TSS in action. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the following people who contributed to what is an amazing event on the TSS calendar here on the Senior Campus. The finished product is even more impressive from the drone.

  •  Major Conan Bland for his driving of the cadet support behind today – particularly the cross bearers and catafalque party
  •  Ms Alex Moore for the background assistance for such a public event
  •  The Music Department for the choir and music – especially Mitch Buckley and the Bugle
  •  Housemasters and Mentors for your support to have the boys presented so well
  •  Alliance Catering for both morning teas • Maintenance and Facilities Staff for their assistance of the set-up
  •  The sound and speakers via Luke and Brandon (both young TSS Old Boys)
  •  The Ground Staff for our amazing grounds
  •  Mrs Karen Ellis for the programs on the day
  •  The Year 12s that spoke at the Service – Henry Waller, Tosh Allen, Michael Noskov, Jim Chapman and Frankie Maroney-Vita

Last week we farewelled Dean Burton and Sam Gibson on exchange for one term to Millfield School in the UK. What a great experience for these two students at such a great time in their development as young men. Thanks to the Anzacs, we as Australians can enjoy the freedoms we have today and the ability to enjoy experiences such as these. As parents, it is hard to imagine the emotions families must have felt when farewelling their sons to a World War at an age not much older than Dean and Sam.



2017 Calendar

Click here to view our 2017 online Calendar


Download the Year 10, 11 and 12 Engineering and Robotics Tour flyer HERE



Download the Bush to Beach Bash flyer HERE



Cash-less Card System now in place at the Old Gym Cafe!

 Business Directory


Are you looking for a Real Estate Agent you can trust? A Dentist that will be great with you kids? A Financial Planner to help with your super or a Builder who will build you the house of your dreams? Then look no further than the TSS Business Directory and support the TSS family business’ supporting your kids. Follow this link to visit the TSS Business Directory

Entertainment Books

Click here to order your Entertainment Book


Habits of Mind

Understand Your Thinking

Help your children by using “thinking words” such as “compare”, “analyse”, “predict”, “classify,” and “conclude” when reflecting on their thinking.


Habits of Mind Assembly Speech – Patrick Murtagh

The Habit of Mind for this fortnight is understanding your thinking. Understanding your thinking plays roles in everyday scenarios and can be vital when in the classroom.

Evaluating and understanding your thinking can be broken down into steps to in the classroom. These tips can either help when analysing little points or trying to start of an assignment.

This habit of mind not only relates to the classroom but could be vital when having a conversation. Thinking before you speak and spending that extra thought beforehand can really prevent disappoint or mixed emotion with the other person you are speaking to.

For me, I have to understand my thinking in physics. Every lesson we are learning a new topic, so it is vital that I have a proper and solidified understanding of the knowledge I have just learnt. A few strategies I use when revising over my notes in physics is re writing the content in ways that I can understand easier but still relates to the content. Another strategy I use is thinking about a plan. Then I reflect on how it is going, and finally, I evaluate the quality of my thinking.

I’ll leave you with a quote by Albert Einstein, “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”.

Study Gym resumes THIS WEEK

Boys Learning

Yr7 Life & Faith

Teacher: Fr Jonathan
Understanding humanity by building models of the human brain.




Round Square

Round Square Pillar 3 – Environmental Stewardship


For students and families interested in helping the local environment the next planting / beautification day at Federation Walk on SeaWorld Drive is Sunday 30th April starting at 7am Meet at the car park opposite Sea World roundabout. Join the regulars after for fresh fruit and a sausage sizzle. Bring a big water bottle and protect yourself with closed footwear, sun protective clothing and a hat. Interested – turn up on the day or contact Laura Richards M 0439 226 062 Foreshore Reserves Technical Officer.


Readers are Leaders

This week sees the return of TSS and St Hilda’s Philosophy and Book Club and we look forward to welcoming the girls to TSS on Thursday afternoon. All boys are welcome to attend these meetings where we discuss national and international issues as well as books, music, art and film. The meeting starts at 4pm in the Memorial Room and concludes at 6pm. Now that evening prep and Study Gym have recommenced, it is also time to remind boys of the excellent online resources available to them.

Facts on File database is an excellent source for all subjects and most year levels. It is very user-friendly and is particularly valuable for boys in Years 7 to 10.

The database JStor is particularly well suited to boys in Years 11 and 12 and for graduate/post-graduate studies.

Parents will also be interested in the online Study Skills Handbook which gives students and parents advice on time management, preparing for assessment items and making the most of the school experience. To access this great resource go to and login with the following details: username – thesouthportschool; password – 17success.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.


Shave for a Cure

Hairdressers Needed

On Tuesday 30th May, we are holding the annual “World’s Greatest Shave”. This will run from 12.30 – 1.45pm at the Senior School, outside the Day Houses. We urgently need seven hairdressers/barbers to give up some time for this worthy cause. Boys can get a number two or three shave, so clippers will be needed. If you are able to help out please email We are also looking for any donations of spray hair colouring.

House Drama Festival – 2017

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the annual House Drama Festival for 2017 on the 9th and 10th of May. The central theme for this year’s Festival is Man Up and the Houses have been working tirelessly on attempting to redefine the notions of masculinity and what it means to be a ‘man’ in the 21st century. With their 15-20 minute original devised scripts nearing completion, the next three weeks will see a large number of students actively rehearsing in their Houses to piece together a performance that is guaranteed to be highly entertaining, yet also intellectually and emotionally engaging. We certainly look forward to seeing you in attendance and supporting your House to victory.


Careers News

US College and University Fair in Brisbane, Tuesday 2 May

US Universities are taking serious notice of the high calibre of the Australian education system. So much so that a number of US University representative coming to Brisbane for a College and University Fair held at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) on Tuesday 2 May 6 pm – 8 pm. The US College and University Fair will provide students and parents with information on US undergraduate degrees, scholarships and application details. Attendance is free. Information on attending institutions and registration information can be found here.

the Big Day In

For students interested in pursuing a career in technology, the Big Day In event provides a great opportunity for students to hear from successful industry speakers and visit exhibitor stands to gain a better understanding of where a career in ICT can take them.

Griffith University (in collaboration with the ACS Foundation) will be hosting the Big Day In IT Careers Conference on Wednesday 31 May. Further details are outlined below:

Event details:
Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Time: 9 am — 2:30 pm |
Venue: Auditorium, G40 building
Campus: Gold Coast



Directors Report

A frenetic start to Term 2 began with our first away day at Brisbane State High School on Saturday 22nd April. Coaches and Age Group Managers did a sterling job in rounding up the TSS troops considering it was only a 3 day week leading up to the games.

Our boys arrived to some light cloud cover and early drizzle which sets up the perfect field conditions for fast paced football, and TSS boys started well with wins in the 2nds, 11As, 11Bs, 11Ds, 10Cs, 10Ds and 8As. Our Prep School boys were courteously entertained by Churchie, and enjoyed some well contested games with narrow defeats for 6A and 6B and an undefeated first GPS day for our Year 5s, with wins for 5A, 5B and 5D and a draw for our 5Cs!

Please remember to visit our TSS Sport Website for all fixture details, team lists and match reports –

Our First XI made an understandably nervous start to GPS, expecting the usual high intensity physical game from State High of years gone by. However once TSS got into their rhythm, there was clearly only going to be one winner as there possession based football dominated proceedings. Assured performances from central defenders Liam Phelps and Callum Harris allowed full backs Joe Knox and Scott Robinson to lead attack after attack into the State High half. The deadlock was broken with a classy finish from Max Fitzgerald after 25 minutes and a second goal mid-way through the second half finished off any hopes State High may have had of salvaging something from the game. Final Score BSHS 0-2 TSS.

A great start for the First XI boys, well supported by the faithful followers from TSS, and one that they can hopefully build on against TGS next Saturday.

We look forward to welcoming you, your families and supporters to our first home round of the season on Saturday against TGS, and hope the day brings you some good football and good results for our boys.


Last weekend saw a near perfect start to the season from the TSS First IV team with an impressive 7 match to 1 victory against BSHS. This was the ideal start to the season and it started with wins by Jack and Max McCarthy against the #2 pair in the reverse doubles and Will Timoney and Ryan Selvey against the opposition’s #1 pair.

The TSS boys followed the impressive doubles matches by coming out strong in the singles, claiming the match with 3 straight sets victories to Ryan Selvey, William Timoney and Jack McCarthy – 6/4 6/2, 6/2 6/3 and 6/4 6/0 respectively. The final singles match to finish was the #1 spot, where Max McCarthy faced the number 1 player in Australia for his age group. Max played well and fought hard, but eventually fell 6/3 7/5 in a very high quality battle.

Even though the reverse doubles were both dead rubbers, the TSS boys were relentless, sealing the 7-1 victory with a 6/0 6/0 win at the #1 doubles position and a 6/2 6/2 win at the #2 spot.

The boys are hungry for more after today’s win and they face off against TGS next week for their first home game. Be sure to come out to support the boys and see some high calibre tennis this season.


Our 2nds took the fight to BSHS but came up short today. The 4ths ran the table winning all rubbers and 3rds played BSHS to the wire going down on matches.


BSHS were too good today for our 10A’s and 10C’s but our C’s and D’s played to resounding victories.


Our grade 9 teams swept BSHS with dominant displays across all courts. Scot Ross, Will Bucknell and Castor kicked off the season in fine form for the A’s, winning in both singles and doubles.


With tough losses from all grade 8 teams, the team of the round was the 8Bs who managed to win 2 of the 4 doubles matches, demonstrating some great teamwork. Player of the day from 8C’s Lachlan Lane who won his match 6-3. A gritty determined effort, matched with positive and fair play. He won the majority of the long rallies and was consistent with his serve all match.


The TSS Tennis grade 7 teams put their hand up us one of our strongest grades today winning 3/4 team matches. The teams showed their depth and fighting spirit in close encounters up and down the line-up but managed to find a way to win.

6’s & 5’s

Our grade 5 and 6 teams trained and played some inter-team matches today and will be ready to go next week!


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