Meet the Delpratt Staff
Mr. Karel Bos - Housemaster
It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to be involved at The Southport
School and Delpratt House. My wife, Alexis our daughter Lucia and son, Augustine
are also residing in the house and we are looking forward to many years in
Boarding Life. Having our second child in early 2012 means family life is very
important to us and we both look forward to sharing this new phase of our lives
with the Delpratt community.
I have cherished the opportunity to be involved in a team environment that
promotes camaraderie and self-growth. I relish competition and through my
competitive nature I have been able to immerse myself in House culture and
activities. I have gained this from many years playing and coaching various
sports. I continue to encourage all boarders to take up an active lifestyle
within the school whilst balancing and maintaining a consistent routine for
study and assessment.
In my time in the house I have witnessed boys who are genuine, helpful,
compassionate and have a strong sense of loyalty to the Delpratt family. We feel
like honourary members of this family and have shared some beautiful moments at
BBQs, birthdays and morning teas in Matrons.
It is a privilege to work alongside Ken Connors and his family. Their example
encourages all in the house to aspire to very high standards of pastoral care
and spirit. Please know our family's door is always open to both boarders and
parents and I look forward to sharing more wonderful moments in The Delpratt
Mr Ken Connors - Assistant Housemaster
Myself and my wife Simone feel excited and very fortunate to be given the
opportunity to be involved in the mentoring and nurturing of the young men of
Delpratt house. Respect, patience and enthusiasm coupled with an unmatched
camaraderie, are attributes that I have observed being demonstrated by the
Delpratt boys since beginning employment at TSS. These are qualities that I
intend to see continued and instilled in the boys for years to come.
After completing a four year traineeship as a structural Draftsman, I completed
6 years in the Royal Australian Navy which involved a tour to Iraq in 2006. From
there I became an instructor, living alongside new recruits and was responsible
for the education, training and general wellbeing of future sailors. This
experience taught me the importance of social and emotional wellbeing, its
effects on the individual and their academic performance. I therefore intend to
make this one of my main priorities, which I believe is essential to creating a
supportive home away from home that the boys require to be successful in all
facets of school life.
My wife Simone was also in the Navy and completed nine years military service.
She is currently half way through a nursing degree and looking after our two
young boys Zane and Sonny. Zane is four and a half and Sonny is eight months old
and we feel honoured to be able to bring the boys up in the TSS boarding
Karel and Alexis are very warm and welcoming and the impeccable example they set
in pastoral care is something we intend to replicate. Our door is always open to
parents and boarders and we look forward to developing a strong relationship
with you and your son.
Mrs Alexis Bos, Mrs Therese Jones - House Matrons