Acting Dean of Boarding Report

Mr Ian Browne

Congratulations to the incoming New Boarder Parent Support Group committee, on their appointments. The new committee is;

  • President – Mr James Milson
  • Treasurer – Mr Richard Doyle
  • Secretary – Mrs Jen Bucknell

Also a huge thank you to outgoing President, Mrs Susie Kelly for her fantastic work, drive and commitment to the position. The BPSG are in a wonderful position financially, and much of this goes to Susie’s leadership. Thankyou.

Attached is also the AGM Minutes, and financial statement.

With that, one of the projects set by the previous BPSG committee was to pay for any Year 13 students who wished to attend a Defensive Driving Course. At a cost of approx. $250 ea student, 21 of the graduates participated in what was a superb day out at the Norwell Motorplex Centre. The day considered of students first learning correct driving positions, situational awareness, car control, accident avoidance and a number of other vital road safety skills. A wonderful day out…. And the students involved absolutely loved it.

Grace in the Dining Hall is one of TSS Boarding’s longest traditions, and over the past decade it has slowly disappeared, and only now commonly used at Formal Dinners and functions. With that, we have reintroduced this to the boarding students, and now at 5.45pm on weekday evenings, the House Sacristan or a House official, will ring the bell, all those in the dining hall will stop what they are doing, stands quietly, and bows their head while the Grace is being said. We hope this now will mean that more than just a few will remember the grace and the tradition will again continue as Rev Henry Horace Dixon would have liked.

If I could ask parents when you’re next in the St. Albans Chapel, please pay close attention to the wonderful Commission Art piece that has been done to celebrate the 100 years of that incredible building. The Indigenous Art piece is amazing to view live, and tells the story of TSS and the Chapel, is such a beautifully creative way. A must see…

Last week Rogers held its annual New Students (for ’22) Sleepover on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Approx. 40 new students slept over in our dedicated Year 7 Boarding House, enjoyed the company of the existing Rogers students, and also were involved in daily classes, activities and some testing on the Transition day. As this is a major part of the school’s admissions enrolment process, its always wonderful to see the new students eyes open wide to what this wonderful place can offer. A huge thankyou must go to the Rogers team, lead by Jackson Elliott, as the staff there did a superb job ensuring the new students felt welcome.

There’s been a lot of questions asked by NSW boarding parents about how their sons will get home at the end of term, thankfully Queensland Health on Friday change restrictions for boarding parents so they now are able to collect their sons and return home for Christmas. For more information on the passes need;

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/travelling-to-queensland/boarding-school-students?fbclid=IwAR3LYvD_ShZd_rfUvqYfRoc5vnmObNptu12anD3hwy17-xuB2l5q4evQ6HQ

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/1105650/interstate_residents_boarding_school_class_exemption.pdf

Finally, it is with great sadness that after 19 years of living on campus I finally reluctantly bid farewell to the TSS boarding community. It has been a wonderful experience for myself and my family over many years, including in Delpratt (seven years as Assistant Housemaster), and then subsequently in Rogers as Housemaster for the past twelve of those years. I’ve met some wonderful TSS Boarding families who I’ve shared many experiences with over that time and I thank everybody for their patience, friendship, and camaraderie to the cause of TSS boarding. We have some exceptional staff involved in TSS boarding and I would also like to thank them all for their collegiality and friendship over my time here, particularly this term is the Acting Dean of Boarding. I hope to somehow stay involved with the boarding community, and I’m certain I will see everybody either at a rugby home game or at a rowing regatta’s. I am remaining obviously in the classroom for many years to come, and will always be able to lend a hand to those boarders that need assistance academically, particularly in business studies.

Thank you again for everyone’s well wishes, and have a lovely Christmas.

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