Welcome to Boarding

First opening its doors to boarders in 1888, boarding at Townsville Grammar School is a wonderful way of life for our residential students, made so much more enjoyable by an excellent culture of “family” at Grammar.

Boarding facilities, safety, activities, routines, health care and catering are the essential fundamentals of a good boarding environment. However, what is most important are the relationships that develop between students based on honesty, integrity, mutual respect and acceptance of difference. Not all boarders necessarily thrive from their first encounter with living away from home but very few leave boarding as Year 12 valedictorians without enormous emotion and life-long friends. Boarding is about relationships and for us boarding is about creating a “home away from home” where young Grammarians can “come in good and go out better”.

We love our boarders because they bring so much richness, diversity, honesty and humour to our lives. Irrespective of whether they arrive as Year 7s or enter as older Year 11s, or whether they are from a rural cattle property in Western Queensland, or from cosmopolitan Hong Kong, our boarders quickly become a part of a family made up of special individuals. Boarders are encouraged to grow as people, apply themselves as scholars and immerse themselves in sport, drama, music and community service. They do so with unfailing goodwill and energy. Of course, some just enjoy being quiet achievers and we enjoy their contribution to our community just the same.

Townsville Grammar School is the only non-denominational, co-educational boarding school in North Queensland. Our boarding programme is led and managed by our Head of Boarding, assisted by Houseparents and over 20 Residential Boarding and Tutor Staff.

As Principal of a school that first opened its doors to boarders on the 16th April 1888, I am delighted with the contemporary culture of boarding at Grammar. This is in no small part due to the excellent leadership of the Head of Boarding Mr Chris Wilson and his residential staff. Boarding is a good place to be if you need to live away from home and in many ways it provides a life-style, the envy of many day students.

Welcome to Boarding@Grammar!

Richard Fairley


Contact our Campuses

North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
70-90 North Shore Bvd
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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Title The Board of Trustees of Townsville Grammar School trading as Townsville Grammar School.
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Mr Richard Fairley

Mr Richard Fairley

Principal Since 1998

"Our School enjoys a remarkable culture of achievement and this is reflected in its well deserved pre-eminent status as an educational institution in North Queensland".

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