Onsite Information

Most conference events take place on the Senior Campus of The Southport School (TSS) located at 2 Winchester Street, Southport, Queensland. On Tuesday, the separate Junior Years Program occurs at The Southport School Preparatory School, Lupus Street, Southport, Queensland. Coach transport from the main campus provided for delegates attending these sessions. Or you may opt for an easy 20-minute walk between campuses.


You may contact the school’s main switchboard from 8:15 AM to 3:45 PM at +61 (0) 7 5531 9911.

Conference Dress Code

For all conference events, comfortable, smart-casual attire is appropriate. Gold Coast in early July can be cool. Winter is generally sunny and dry with average temperatures between 10-21°C (50-70°F). The Gold Coast Hinterland is cooler, with maximum temperatures around 16°C (60°F). The sun rises around 6:30 AM and sets around 5:00 PM. Sunday’s Welcome Reception is an outdoor, grassed event so wear a jacket or sweater and appropriate footwear. The Special Evening Event at Sea World is also partly outdoors.

Check in at Registration

Delegates and Spouses/Parnters

Conference Registration runs 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM on Sunday in the Hall of Fame, Centenary Centre, with light refreshments available. The Registration Desk remains open for the whole conference and doubles as the Information Desk.

After checking in, please enjoy a variety of activities prior to arriving at the opening session by 1:50 PM. Activities include visiting the Exhibit Hall in the Centenary Centre, taking a guided tour of the school’s historic buildings and workshop venues, and viewing the ancient indigenous custom of a Smoking Ceremony. This important cultural ceremony involves burning native plants to produce smoke to welcome visitors to the area.

Workshop Presenters

After checking in at the Registration Desk, all workshop presenters should report to the Workshop Presenter Desk, also located in the Hall of Fame, Centenary Centre, to confirm attendance and review technology requirements and logistics.

Registration and Information Desk

Throughout the conference, the Registration Desk serves as the Information Desk. Come to the desk in the Hall of Fame for basic technology support or advice and information about the conference, TSS, and Gold Coast region. Feel free to ask any TSS representative for help or advice, easily identified by their distinctive TSS/IBSC shirt.

IT and Wi-Fi Services and Support

During the conference, TSS offers Wi-Fi in all areas of the campus. IT support is available at the Registration Desk in the Hall of Fame.

Wi-Fi Network Name: IBSC
Password: IBSC2018

Kick Start Your Morning

For those keen to start to the day with an invigorating run, please meet in the Marriott lobby at 5:45 AM for a TSS-led 30-minute beachside run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Looking for something less energetic? Stroll to the world-famous beaches of Surfers Paradise, less than 10 minutes from both conference hotels. Or swing by Macintosh Island Park on the beachside of the Marriott.


As part of your conference registration, please join us for breakfast in the Exhibit Hall in the Centenary Centre Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and for lunch Monday and Tuesday. If you registered special dietary requirements, there is a special area for you. On Tuesday, The Primary Years delegates eat lunch at Prep School campus.

First-time attendees, join us Sunday for a light lunch in the Dining Hall 12:15 – 12:45 PM.

Join us each day for morning tea in the Exhibit Hall. On Wednesday, exhibitors plan a special prize drawing!

Find refreshment stations near the workshop venues in the Bennett and Dods buildings.

On Sunday, please join us on the picturesque River Ovals for the Welcome Reception. Take this opportunity to renew friendships, introduce yourself to new colleagues, and enjoy the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline. This is an outdoor, grassed event so wear a jacket or sweater and appropriate footwear.

Monday please enjoy a Special Evening Event at Sea World.

Join colleagues, new friends, and conference sponsors for an informal Happy-Hour reception on Tuesday from 4:30 – 5:30 PM in the Exhibit Hall. Then enjoy your free evening in Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, or Broadbeach. All three precincts are accessible on foot or by tram services departing near both conference hotels.

TSS Merchandise

The Southport School has a variety of equipment and merchandise available for purchase from The Store, located in the Centenary Centre, open during registration on Sunday and break times.

St. Alban’s Anglican Chapel

Join us for a special chapel service on Tuesday at 8:00 AM. All worshippers and faiths welcome. The Chapel remains open throughout the conference for quiet reflection.

Quiet Space

If you want to take a break, print some documents, or charge your phone, feel free to access rooms D1 and D2 in the Dods Building. Or you may recharge in the Harley Stumm Senior Library (adjacent to the Lecture Theatre), open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.