Dean of Boarding Report

Mr Tony Watt, Dean of Boarding

Headmaster’s Bush Trip

Last week our Headmaster, Mr Wain, Mr Bos and I ventured out west for a weeklong experience in the bush. The week was highly successful on many fronts and saw TSS hold formal functions in Mitchell, Blackall, Emerald and Roma. We also ‘dropped in’ on a number of families for morning tea or lunch. Each event was well supported with a mixture of current and prospective parents in attendance. We thank our current families who supported the School during this time ensuring each event was most memorable. Interestingly, we had very large numbers from the Blackall and Emerald (Clermont, Springsure and Rolleston) functions- areas where TSS are building a strong community.

During the trip there were a number of memorable moments including Mr Bos literally climbing on his first horse- not a natural horseman, but it was the Delpratt Housemaster who had the last laugh upon hearing his House had won the highly coveted House Drama Trophy. Sitting in a car with no method of escape listening to an over excited competitor boarding housemaster was indeed painful but soon to be amplified upon finding my beloved McKinley placing 12th. Can you imagine the antics and banter that took place in that car? It is a cruel world sometimes.


New Roma ‘End of Term’ Bus/Gundy Bus continues

At the end of this term, we will be trialling a bus to Roma for our boarders (and St. Hilda’s) to assist in travelling home arrangements. The service will operate similar to the Gundy/Moree bus. Roma was chosen as the most central place for families to commute to. There will be a relatively small charge (similar to the Gundy bus of $40) to families. More information to come over the next fortnight but families closer to the Roma district can plan on this bus heading to Roma on the pupil free day at the end of the term (Friday 16 June). Gundy bus as per normal. 

Boarding Numbers 2018

The boarding numbers for 2018 are exceptionally strong with limited spaces available. Should you be aware of a family who are interested in boarding in 2018, could you please inform them to make immediate contact to secure their place?


Boarder Trivia Night

Teams from all five boarding houses contested the annual boarding trivia night. With $250 of sushi vouchers on offer, the atmosphere was cut throat. The competition culminated with a tiebreaker to separate two teams with McKinley’s Power Rangers victorious. Congratulations to Mitch Lovett, Alex Nowlan, Alex Tsebelis, Seb Beven, Blake Moffat, Dom Hui, Rhys Radel and Andy Douyere.

How would you fare? Please click on the link to sample what the boys had in front of them. Thanks to Mr Beutel for the questions.

Question Sheet
Solution Sheet

Winning Trivia Team “McKinley Power Rangers”

House Drama

Congratulations to Dellie on a great achievement of winning the House drama. The third placing for Biddle also wonderful news. Mr Bos and I saw our performances live streamed in Blackall- a great way to feel part of the evening. For those parents who missed the performances, they can be viewed thorough this link:



Download the full invitation HERE

Auction Items for the Bush to Beach Bash

We are looking for any items the Boarders Support Group can auction at the upcoming Bush to Beach Bash event.
In the past we have had a helicopter flight, a ride-on-mower and a Queensland Country life advertising voucher. Such big ticket items have generated a great amount of funds for the School – something along these lines (although different for this year) would be perfect.
Along with this we are asking for donations to the multi draw raffle, these are small donations such as  a dinner or accommodation voucher or even cash to purchase prizes.
Please email Cherie McDonald at if you can help.
Thank you!

House Wish List

Thanks to the BPSG each boarding house has put in their wish list request to be fulfilled. I know the Housemasters and boys are excited about their items/goods. The wish list is:

Rogers– New netting for Basketball Courts to stop ball rolling down the hill and BBQ area benches for food.
Biddle– Big Screen TV
McKinley– Pool Table
Thorold– Smart TV
Delpratt– Shoe polish machine, TV and recovering of pool table.


National Boarding Week

This week, May 14-20, is National Boarding Week. Run by the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA), the week highlights the positives that a good boarding experience has to offer. The TSS boarding committee decided to create a short DVD entitled “ In under 25 words- why I love boarding”.

Thanks to Bill Donaldson for taking a leading role in the dvd. To view, please click on the below link.

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