Toowoomba Anglican School

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Toowoomba Anglican School
Toowoomba Preparatory School.jpg
Toowoomba Anglican School is located in Queensland
Toowoomba Anglican School
Toowoomba Anglican School
Location in Queensland

Coordinates27°33′28″S 151°58′37″E / 27.55778°S 151.97694°E / -27.55778; 151.97694Coordinates: 27°33′28″S 151°58′37″E / 27.55778°S 151.97694°E / -27.55778; 151.97694
Former names
  • The Toowoomba Grammar Preparatory School
  • The Church of England Preparatory School
  • The Church of England Boys School
  • The Toowoomba Preparatory School
  • Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School
TypeIndependent co-educational primary and secondary day and boarding school
MottoLatin: Sola Nobilitas Virtus
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican Diocese of Brisbane
Established1911; 108 years ago (1911)
Head of SchoolSimon Lees
Enrolmentc. 650
Campus size5-hectare (12-acre)
Campus typeRegional
Colour(s)Gold, navy and maroon             
AffiliationJunior School Heads Association of Australia

The Toowoomba Anglican School (formerly Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School) is an independent Anglican co-educational primary and secondary day and boarding school located in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The school is a member of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane and is affiliated with the Junior School Heads Association of Australia.

The school has a small village atmosphere at its 5-hectare (12-acre) campus[1] on the edge of the Dividing Range, and has developed a variety of facilities on its East Toowoomba location. These include three sporting ovals, an outdoor 25 metres (82 ft) swimming pool, a multipurpose court, and the St Aidans School Chapel. It also has a large multi-purpose venue with bleacher seating called the Millennium Centre, where assemblies and other sporting events are held such as volleyball, basketball and netball.


The school was founded in 1911 as The Toowoomba Grammar Preparatory School. Original enrolment comprised 17 boys. The school was founded and grew with a boarding focus to service the geographically isolated areas of Southern and Western Queensland. The focus on boarding has remained through the school's history.

In 1927 the campus was expanded with the purchase of the adjacent Stoneleigh House, which was used for boarding students. In 1942–43 the School grounds were commandeered by the Army as a result of World War II, and the school was evacuated to Southport on the Gold Coast. In 1972 the enrolment was expanded to become co-educational. In 1986 Stoneleigh House was demolished to make room for sporting facilities. The turret (known as the Bell Tower) was salvaged through the efforts of the Past Students Association, and to this day is sited between the sporting ovals that replaced Stoneleigh.

Heads of School[edit]

Ordinal Officeholder Title School name Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Mr Ernest Albert Gill The Toowoomba Grammar Preparatory School
The Church of England Preparatory School
1911 1926 14–15 years
2 Rev Aldington Hunt The Church of England Boys School 1927 1928 0–1 years
3 Mr Norman "Boss" Connal 1929 1958 28–29 years
4 Mr Edgar "Blue" White 1959 1973 13–14 years
5 Mr Robert "Bob" Smith 1973 1979 5–6 years
6 Mr Robert Brewster The Toowoomba Preparatory School 1979 1992 12–13 years
7 Mr Tim Waley 1993 1995 1–2 years
8 Mr Bruce Howden 1995 2009 13–14 years
9 Mrs Sandra Hawken 2010 2013 2–3 years [2]
10 Mr Simon Lees Head of School Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School
Toowoomba Anglican School
2014 present 4–5 years


The school has a day house system for internal competition, and a different house system for boarding.

There are three-day houses: Gill (Maroon), Connal (Gold) and Fairfax (Navy).


Sports offered at the school include AFL, athletics, basketball, cricket, cross country, soccer, rugby union, rugby league, hockey, netball, softball, swimming, tennis, touch football, and volleyball.

Sporting facilities at the school include three junior sized ovals, four tennis and netball courts, an outdoor pool and a gymnasium.


TACAPS has an extensive music program. The program includes a music exposure system where all students undertake activities using musical instruments such as violin. The result is extensive participation in small music ensembles through all age groups. TACAPS enters the annual Toowoomba Eisteddfod amongst other regional competitions, and typically enjoys significant success. The Chapel Choir is noted for its consistently high performance standard.

The school also encourages participation in musical productions. The annual Preparatory Years musical is a large production with participation of all students from Years 3 to 6 in all aspects from staging, music and management. The College Musical and College Play take place in alternate years.

Notable alumni[edit]

All previous students are able to join the Past Students Association. Notable alumni include:

  • Aeneas McDonnell, an international art critic; recoverer of stolen artwork in post World War II Nazi Germany (1911–16)
  • Air Vice Marshal Don Bennett CB, CBE, DSO, (1919–20)
  • Charles Copeman AM, Rhodes Scholar 1953; mining industrialist (1941–42)
  • Steve Haddan, a sports journalist (1964–70)
  • Frank Haly AO, businessman in finance (1944–47)
  • Sally Kehoe, an Olympic rower (1992–98)[3]
  • Bernie Pramberg, a rugby league referee and sports journalist (1952–60)
  • Pippa Savage, a national rower (1988–93)
  • Alex Smith, a TV reporter and journalist (1972–73)
  • Jon Stephenson, a geologist, Antarctic explorer, and academic (1943)[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archived 24 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The Toowoomba Preparatory School Centenary 1911–2011. 2011. ISBN 978-0-646-54782-4
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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