The original Gold Coast Opportunity School first opened in March 1962. It included two classrooms, one all purpose room, no office, no staffroom, no Home Science and no Medical facilities. The building pictured below was a worn wooden wartime building which was marked "Temporary for Removal" from the time the school first opened until the school's relocation to the current site.
Land was purchased on the corner of Kumbari Avenue and Smith Street, Southport in 1969 for the Opportunity School. This site was up as running in 1970. We had several names since, however the Southport Special School continues to operate on this original site.
This site began with six classrooms, one assembly room, one office, one staffroom, one Manual Training room, one Home Science room and one Medical room.
Inside one of the classrooms in the 1970's.
Southport Special School has continued to grow throughout the years with currently thirty-five buildings onsite including staff planning rooms, Library, Cafe and Home Economics room, Multisensory room, two multipurpose rooms and a therapy pool.