Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory

Mr Jeff Symms

Student to student reading program

Each year, another initiative of our Round Square committee, is our boys’ participation in the Smith Family’s ‘Student to Student’ reading support program.

The Smith Family work tirelessly to support disadvantaged students access a quality education, through providing stationary, school uniforms and tutoring.

The Student to Student reading program pairs up students who are sound readers with a student who is struggling with literacy.  The two students catch up over the phone and our boys listen to their buddy read. They ask questions to help develop comprehension and they also just chat as friends, building a relationship of trust.

This year 15 boys participated and together provided over 180 hours of support to their educational vulnerable buddies.

Mrs Leanne Zauner has co-ordinated this program at TSS Preparatory for some years now and I acknowledge her work in this area and commitment to helping all students – TSS or not.  Mrs Zauner supports our participating students – mentoring them as they work through the program, so that they can be the most effective they can be.

Dixon Side Show Alley

Each team, the Houses take it in turns to host a fund raising event to support a charity of their choice.  Across the year these events, as well as raising funds for very worthy causes, also build community and create a lot of fun.

This term is what the turn of Dixon and for the first time, and under Housemaster Mrs Sandra Gippel’s direction, the boys (and their families), organised and implemented an outstanding event – the Dixon Side-Show Alley.

Their charity – Red Kite – kid’s cancer support, will receive a donation of $9,301, which is an incredible result and I’m so proud that we can support such a worthwhile charity in such a manner.

The day was just so much fun, with food stalls, side-show alley games, prizes and the dunking machine.   Parents had worked so hard to establish an incredible atmosphere across The Laneway.

I give my thanks to all involved in this terrific event.  Mrs Gippel as Housemaster for leading the boys of the Dixon House so well, the boys themselves for their creativity and preparation of the side-show alley games and challenges, the many parents involved who supported the day with either time in preparation, time spent working stalls on the day, financial support as a number of parents either purchased, or hired, or built equipment that made the day extra special.  Also to the wider staff community for supporting the event – to those who were willing to be ‘dunked’ for a good cause and to all families for providing some dollars to the boys to spend.

Jodie Pace and Kim Bibby, in particular, were instrumental in the planning of the event and provided many hours of service to the House.

Mrs Gippel said ‘There was such a large contingent of Dixon parents who donated, created games with their boys and/or attended on the day with setup, running the event, and pack down. The support they offered me and our Dixon vision for what we hoped the day might be, was endless.’

Everyone had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money.  A great day’s work!

Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland Competition winners.

Congratulations to the following boys for their outstanding results in the recent Science Competition, held by the Science Teachers’ Association of Queensland.  the boys engaged in research on projects about which they are passionate and their hard work was evident in the quality of their submissions.

3rd Science Investigations 331 Parker Cunneen How efficient is sunscreen
1st Environmental Action projects 437 Kane Rice The Plight of the Orangutan
HC  Eng & Technology 274 Ethan Barr Electric Energy Car Charges
3rd Communicating Science 473 Eden Purza-Page How the Heart Works
HC Communicating Science 447 Ethan Ferguson How the Universe works
1st Communicating Science 278 Puneet Singh Schizophrenia Information and Awareness

Basketball success

At the annual Basketball Presentation on Wednesday our Year 6A and Year 5A teams were announced as the school’s most successful teams in the GPS competition this year.

Our success in these age groups is quite consistent and is the result of an excellent basketball program being conducted at Prep, under the direction of Mrs Marisa Schroder, our excellent coaches Mr Joseph Fumar (Year 5A),  Mrs  Viki Sams (Year 6A) and the boys’ supportive parents.

The boys have really developed into very effective teams and demonstrate each time they play that a champion team can beat a team of champions any day of the week.


Poetry Talent

This week I had the pleasure of meeting with some of our Year 2 boys from 2H, who shared their poetry anthologies. Across the year, they have written a variety of poems which have been compiled into an anthology.  The boys were very proud of their work and enjoyed reading them to me.

Mustafa Bukhari, Jayden Kim, Henry Rackham and Raphy Roberson

Christmas Gift appeal in support of the Free Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch.

The TSS Preparatory School’s amazing generosity never ceases to amaze me. In addition to the incredible Dixon Carnival Fun Day and the significant amount of money raised, our families have been sending in gifts that will be wrapped and delivered to boys and girls who would otherwise have a very sad Christmas day.

This is organised by our Preparatory Round Square committee who engage in a number of outreach or support programs each year.

This year is the 14th consecutive year that volunteers will give up their own Christmas Day, to ensure that no-one on the Gold Coast needs to spend it on their own, and that no child goes without a visit from Santa. The team of volunteers will ensure more than 700 homeless or lonely locals get to enjoy a wonderful Christmas lunch and a gift (all of their own), surrounded by warm and thoughtful people.

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