Mr Tony Watt – Dean of Boarding
As part of the School’s boarding strategic plan, TSS Boarding is undertaking a full boarding audit. The audit is being carried out by the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) throughout this week. Essentially, ABSA are benchmarking TSS Boarding against key national standards across a number of domains. These standards are highlighted below.
ABSA will talk with a number of stakeholders including staff, boarders and parents, and will go through the School’s policies and procedures. TSS wants to ensure we are providing a first class experience for our boys and in doing so, ensure all elements of the program are at or above national expectations and standards. To this end, I am travelling interstate this week to see other boarding schools and what their offering is from a food/dietary perspective.
As I have discussed previously, I believe there is a psychology behind food that influences how boarders perceive it. Logistically catering for well over 300 boarders, staff and families, food in a boarding context can lack flair, with boarders having little choice on what and how it is served. This produces a sense of sameness and irrespective of what is served, boys tend to view the food offered in a negative sense. The weekly BBQ highlights this point as the boys enjoy the change in both setting and food. By investigating perceived leaders in this space and seeing their offering across the board, including serving and choice dimensions, we will be better placed to provide a broader menu in future years. In the short term, as mentioned previously, the School is putting more financial resources behind food in 2018.
Term Four officially sees Mr Karel Bos step out of his position as Housemaster of Delpratt with Housemaster Elect, Mr Conan Bland taking the reins. Mr Bland has a large number of years in boarding at TSS and, along with his wife Gemma and son Archie, are eagerly looking forward to continuing the fine reputation of Delpratt House. They will be ably assisted by Mr Dan Saw as Assistant Housemaster. Mr Bland writes:
I would like to firstly acknowledge the outgoing Housemaster, Mr Karel Bos for his stewardship over the last 7 years of Delpratt House. He has been a highly knowledgeable mentor and valued friend over the last 12 months, and together with his wife Alexis, have left a lasting legacy on Delpratt House. My own family have thoroughly enjoyed this year as Assistant Housemaster, and it has been a privilege to get to know the boys, their families and the Delpratt Community Members. Mr Dan Saw and I would like to assure the community that we aim to maintain the standard of communication that you have come to expect, while ensuring that we look for opportunities to constantly improve existing processes. With this in mind, we encourage parents and community members to share ideas and provide feedback on ways we can make sure your sons are safe, supported and happy in boarding.
At this time, I want to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Karel Bos, his wife Lexie and four children. In my 25 years working in schools, I have not come across a more complete package than Mr Bos. He is efficient and diligent, communicates consistently and effectively to boys, parents and colleagues, and possesses a deep unconditional love of people. He wears his heart on his sleeve and loves this School, his beloved Dellie and more importantly, the boys that walk the paths of TSS. He possesses a wonderful sense of humour and never speaks ill of any person. He is highly professional in all dealings and is someone who I (and the entire boarding staff at TSS) hold so highly as a beacon for what this school stands for – integrity, love and humility. We are blessed he will play a continued role in boarding at TSS in his role of Dean of Students.
To this end, Mr Bos recently conducted a training program for all current dorm captains. We believe the position of dorm captain has significant welfare implications for boarders and therefore we are spending considerable time helping the boys understand the importance of the role. More specifically, we discuss a number of dorm captain scenarios to work through, helping to ensure the boys know their limitations and their duty to keep senior staff informed. This link gives parents a snapshot of the type of content that is discussed.
Please find attached the calendar and activities roster for Term Four. I have had a number of families asking for these as I typically send before school starts- apologies for this. Families will receive a draft calendar and termly activity roster before school starts the future.
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