Term 2, Week 7
Mr Leigh Holtsbaum – Housemaster
Firstly I want to congratulate all the Biddle House boys for their Academic performance in Semester 1. It was an outstanding effort for the boys to come out on top of all the Houses with an average GPA of 10.876 and also to be in the top two for diligence with and an average of 2.232. The hard work and effort the boys have put in academically at school and online over the past semester is impressive and we also had a record number of boys in the Biddle Onesy Club and GPA Big Improvers List. Well done boys.
This week our Year 10 and a small number boys in Year 8 & 9 joined the Year 11 & 12 boys in the house. It is was great to see the boys so excited to be back and catching up with their mates. Whilst it had almost been 10 weeks away for some of our boys to their credit they have just picked up where they left off and are already back into the routine. Part of the daily routine has been the implementation of health checks by our lovely Nurse Liz Cookson-Butler to keep an eye on the health of our boys. Liz can be contacted through the Health Center for any health related issues.
Our Year 7-9 boys are predominately still working from home due to the COVIDP-19 restrictions of maintaining 25% occupancy in our open dorms. The revised online timetable is now focusing on the core subjects and providing the opportunity for great teacher support for our boarders. The Housemaster catch up and well being sessions have also been a great initiate allowing the boys to discuss various different issues and catch up with their mates.
Trying to keep the boys occupied has been exciting and the life skills activities offered to our Year 11 & 12 boys were very well received. A great array of activities from car maintenance and ironing to barista skills and table manners, gave the boys an opportunity to learn something new and have some fun doing it. The Year 8 & 9 boys had a ball over the past weekend with a Pizza Movie night hosted by Mr Watt on Friday, an adventurous bike ride with Mr Hawkins plus some fishing on Saturday and a study session on Sunday. Additionally sport is starting to come alive and the boys are chomping at the bit to get back into the action.
Term 3 GPS Sport Sign On has been completed and as a School, over 900 boys have signed up to our four Saturday Sports – Rugby, Basketball, Football and Tennis.
That is a phenomenal number – nearly 75% of students in Years 5-12 at TSS, which justifies the GPS Headmasters decision to offer our boys more opportunities to play GPS Sports in Term 3.
Discussions are still ongoing regarding the format of our days, with potentially some tennis/basketball being played on a Friday night; and rugby and football will stick to both original 2020 draws and when rugby are away, football will be at home.
Rugby also have a fair amount of safety procedures to go through before they can play competitively and as we print, the format of their season has not yet been confirmed, they may start in Round 4 and the season may continue into Term 4… watch this space!
All sports get the go ahead to return to full training on Friday, July 10 which is the last Friday of our mid-year holidays and sports are looking at running camps over that weekend, so please have the following dates in your diaries and await confirmation: Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12.
Round 1 is on Saturday, July 18. This is our GPS BYE Round however, football will still play a game at home against Ambrose Treacy College. Round 2 is HOME TO NUDGEE COLLEGE the following Saturday, July 25. The rugby draw is yet to be confirmed – but make sure you are training hard on your own to be ready to go when the time comes!
With lots of boys now returned to the House with new clothes, it has become apparent that lots of boys need name tags as we have a pile of unnamed lost property. These can be ordered by phoning the TSS uniform store on 07 55319823 or email [email protected]
When they are received by the store they will be delivered directly to Biddle. Please ensure that they have your son’s name and BID on the tag. Current store hours are Monday and Thursday until end of term.
Thank you, Lorina
A COVID-19 perspective from Singapore
“Overseas travelling in these times is certainly different, the planes and airports were pretty much empty which isn’t usually the case. Once arriving in Singapore, I had to stay at home for 14 days, where all I did was sleep and watch movies. and go to online school. Singapore has been in partial lockdown since April, and it has been recently extended, masks have to be worn outside, and gatherings and dining in is not allowed. Also each family can only have one member of the house leaving at once. Security check for your temperature and scan your identity card everywhere. I have only left the house to work and buy groceries, but other than that, I am getting used to the quarantine life. Spending more time with family and being able to stay connected with friends through social media makes this situation a lot better. I have been trying to at least somewhat stay in shape by going for a short run every afternoon, as that is the only exercise allowed anymore.” Cyruss Khern Year 10
Cyruss is certainly looking forward to getting back to school to start Term 3.
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