Delpratt House News

Mr Conan Bland – Delpratt Housemaster 

Dear Delpratt Community,

We have been very impressed with the way the new boys have settled into boarding this year, particularly our three new students who have all signed up for multiple activities this term and are taking advantage of all the opportunities offered at TSS. The transitioning boarders from Rogers House are appear to enjoy being in a Senior Boarding House while returning boarders have adapted quickly to the new rules and routines. As indicated in recent correspondence, the year 8 and 9 boys have been handing in their phones at 830pm with all boys upstairs in years 8,9 and 10 required to be in bed at 9pm for lights out.

Bringing the lights out time forward in the middle senior dorm to 930pm has also been effective, with the that hope that all grades are benefitting from increased sleep. WIFI restrictions commenced last week across years 8-10 where access is switched off to coincide with lights out while seniors are given the trust in the most part to self-manage their behavior. A small number of seniors have also indicated their own devices at lights to reduce distractions. The recent gastro illness across the school has all but disappeared though the memory of the experience will no doubt act as a constant lesson to the boys about the importance of sanitization and hygiene within a boarding environment. Unfortunately, due to the impact of the illness, the swimming carnival will have to be postponed for at least a week.

At a recent Housemasters meeting we discussed the locations of our house supper time which originally had a draft date for Friday 2nd November. At this stage that appears to clash with GPS Athletics so we are looking at our other options. I will let you know as soon as we know the exact date so that you have plenty of time to arrange flights and accommodation. The date of the first house cluster has also changed (brought forward 3 weeks) and will now fall on the same day as our photo day (Monday 19th February). This means that next week the boys will be strapping on their footy boots and practicing tug-o-war technique on the ovals with tennis practice on the weekend.

The House Chapel date has been finalised with the event falling on the Head of The River Weekend on Sunday 11th March  commencing at 11am. It would be fantastic to see a large number of families attend this important yearly event. Please RSVP to the Assistant Housemaster,  Daniel Saw at Dan has come up with some great ideas for the house this year and has been working with the senior boys to establish a service committee. We will keep you updated on how this initiative progresses.



As we have a large number of new staff, I think its important that we provide some background as an introduction to the people who will be looking after your sons throughout the year.

Delpratt House Staff Introductions

Dan Saw – Delpratt Assistant Housemaster

Most importantly, my wife, Sarah and our 3 adventurous boys, Darcy (6 y.o), Flynn (4 y.o) and Liam (2 y.o) are priviledged to share Delpratt House with your boys.  My formative years were spent in south-west Victoria, predominately in a small town on the Great Ocean Road, called Anglesea.  Great place to grow up! I have a Masters in Science (Mining Rehabilitation) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.  Outside of Education I have managed my own business in the Outdoor Education industry and worked in the Oil and Gas industry as an Environmental Advisor, Water Engineer and in LNG shipping operations and marketing.

Most my time working in O&G was spend in the Maranoa Region, predominately around Roma and Injune.  In regards to my education experience I have spent time teaching in London and more recently worked at Saint Stephen’s College (on the GC) in various Pastoral Care leadership positions. My teaching specialities include Science (Biology) and Geography.  I joined TSS in 2017 as the Day Housemaster of Melbourne House. Congratulations to all the boys on such a positive start to 2018 and a big welcome to all new Delpratt families.

Shane Bracegirdle – Resident Master

Shane is a qualified teachers and joins the house this year after recently spending time teaching in Japan. He is originally from Adelaide and have been educating and mentoring youth for the past 6 years in both the school system and residential outdoor education area. Shane is quite passionate about surfing which is why he has moved to the Gold Coast. He has lived and worked abroad for a number of years prior to coming here, mainly in Canada, China, Morocco and Portugal. Shane is a passionate outdoor education instructor and has also completed many personal expeditions including cycling around Iceland and surfing in Mozambique.


Steve Rutherford – Resident Master

Steve is new this year to TSS and has had a wide range of life experiences which will benefit the boys and the house. Steve’s first career was as a prison guard for a number of years at Long Bay Gaol before he was successful in gaining a position with the Australian Federal Police. Steve was one of the few AFP officers who was given the responsibility of investigating the Bali Bombing. He has also trained the International Deployment Group officers leading up to deployments on mentoring missions to SE Asia and the Pacific. Following his career as a policeman Steve followed his passion for photography starting a successful photography business while also currently working a Business Development Manager for Apple.



Bryce Speechley – Resident Master

Bryce is originally from Grafton, NSW and after school he moved to Sydney to play first grade Rugby with the famous Randwick Rugby Club were he remained for 8 years. Bryce moved to the Gold Coast a couple of years ago where he has recently completed his teaching qualifications and has a secured a position in Learning Support at TSS. Bryce commenced in boarding at the start of 2017 where he was already  the boys through his coaching in the Cricket and Rugby Programs.

Jack Murphy – Resident Master

Jack has an inspirational story which is already well known to many of the boys. Originally hailing from Melbourne, the self described former “couch potato” used to weigh 185kg though now represents Australia in Triathlon Championships. A few years ago, he shed 75 kg in one year after making a promise to himself to get healthy. He has now completed several half ironman and long course events around Australia and the world. He is currently studying at university and aims to complete his masters in the next 2 years before becoming a qualified teacher.

Luca Pavoni – Junior Resident Master



Mitchell Buckley – Delpratt Mentor Teacher

Mitch Buckley is an Old Boy of TSS, graduating back in 2004 before returning to the school in 2012 to teach Music. He and his wife Cassie, welcomed their son George into the world in August last year. Mitch is a passionate Cricket, Rugby League and Soccer fan who enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. He has been a mentor teacher in The Delpratt House since 2013.

Mike Wallace – Delpratt Mentor Teacher

Mike has been a registered teacher since 1994 and worked at schools in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He was born in Ipswich but grew up mainly in the North Queensland towns of Thursday Island, Tully and Innisfail where his father was Headmaster at the high schools.

He TSS and Delpratt in 2010 and am currently the longest serving Delpratt staff member still actively involved in the house. Mike loves the atmosphere of the house and the way the boys form a strong community. His wife Tori and 2 boys Archie and Ed (both at TSS prep) have always been made to feel a part of the community as well. At TSS Mike teaches Senior Physical Education, and is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and coach the First XV.

Eli Faen – Delpratt Mentor Teacher

Eli was born in San Francisco and moved to Sydney when he was four. Just over a year ago he hopped across the border with his wife and two kids, Ginger (3) and Chilli (1), to reside on the Gold Coast. Eli has always been interested in Art, and after High School, completed Diploma of Fine Arts from before exploring the world for a couple of years, gathering inspiration. He then spent 17 years working as a set painter and props maker in the Film Industry. In 2013 Eli completed a Bachelor of Art Education Degree to pursue his long term goal of becoming a teacher, and has now worked in a broad range of schools teaching Visual Arts and Digital Media.

Captains Corner

Howy Bassingthwhaighte – Delpratt House Captain

My name is Howy Bassingthwaighte and I have the honour of being the House Captain of Delpratt House for 2018. The boys in Dellie have an amazing house spirit that makes it an outstanding second home. I am now entering my sixth year of boarding and to date it has been an exceptional experience. Not only have I created bonds with boys that will last a lifetime, I have learnt along the way the key factors that make men, men. TSS and especially Delpratt focus heavily on loyalty, integrity and brotherhood. These key factors make Dellie boys the outstanding young men they are expected to be.

Term 1 is well underway with a number of house clusters fast approaching. Tug of War, Tennis, Swimming and Cross Country will all be completed this term. With the high level of achievements set by the seniors of 2017, all the boys have agreed to give their best to ensure the house shield remains in Delpratt’s trophy cabinet. The Dellie boys have already committed to running three mornings a week to ensure we can bring the cross country trophy back home for the third year in a row.

Delpratt is a house with fewer boys than any other. This means we need to punch well above our weight as we don’t have the depth in selection as some other houses. As we quite literally are the centre of the school, Delpratt works hard to keep the well-deserved reputation of high spirit and friendly culture. This has been the case for generations and whether it is just chanting a war cry or singing in chapel, Delpratt boys will give 110 percent as generations have done before them.

Fourth Generation Brothers in Boarding: L to R; Tom (10), Drew (9) and Captain of Delpratt House – Howy Bassingthwaighte (12)

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