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A touching send off for our Preparatory School Graduates

01 December 2023

The Preparatory Hall was a place of mixed emotions, today. Proud parents and family gathered for the Year 6 Graduation, a significant day on the TSS Calendar as we stop to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work, growth, and development for our boys.

“These fine young men are standing on the threshold of a new chapter. It’s their chance to take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought them to this point,” said Head of Preparatory School Mr Jeff Symms.

“Our Boys’ success is not only measured by academic, sporting or cultural achievements, but more importantly by the young men they are becoming.

“Over the years, each one of them, at different times, has shown resilience and determination. Their journey through the Preparatory school has been marked by triumphs, both big and small, and today, we applaud their dedication to learning and personal growth.”

From curious Preschoolers to confident Year 6ers, the boys who walked the stage for the last time today, have witnessed a momentous transformation. It’s a significant celebration not only for the boys but their parents and extended family as well.

“The challenges of guiding children through this critical period of development are not always easy, but having the unwavering support or their families has been the cornerstone of their success,” said Mr Symms.

As they stand on the cusp of adolescence, I’m sure that for mums and dads the feelings are bittersweet as they face the reality that their son is taking his next big steps towards independence.”

Mr Symms told the boys at today’s Graduation Ceremony that as young men they are old enough to appreciate the mixed emotions their parents may be feeling.

“They are proud of you and look forward to the years ahead as they get to watch you become the man you will eventually be.

“Today, as you leave one stage of life behind, your parents may also be a little nostalgic for the little boy who once wouldn’t leave their side, and whose whole world revolved around them.

“So, before you leave the Preparatory campus today, if they want that extra photo of you with your mates, or teacher, or they need one more big hug – let them have it.”

Research shows that 75% of the time parents will get to spend with their children in their lifetime is complete by the time they are 12 years old.

“For your parents, every minute with you is precious,” said Mr Symms.

Mums and Dads were encouraged to take comfort in the knowledge that the values, love, and support they have instilled will continue to shape their son’s character as he faces any new challenges and opportunities.

“The journey ahead for our Year 6 boys may be marked by moments of uncertainty, but the foundation parents have laid will provide a stable platform for their son’s growth.”

As they step into the next chapter of their academic journey, TSS hopes that every boy carries with them the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the support of their families.

Today wasn’t just about honouring our graduating Year 6 students, but also their families, and the teachers, coaches and friends who have played an indispensable role in shaping them as individuals