Welcome Back to Term 3!

Mr Jeff Symms | Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Welcome back to all returning boys and their families and welcome to those boys and families joining the Preparatory School for the first time this week.

Around the school everyone is looking very refreshed, both boys and teachers and parents dropping off this on Tuesday morning were looking excited that school is back in session.

Term 3 is always a busy and productive one with music workshops, Scots College sporting tour visit to TSS, Year 6 Canberra Tour, The Gold Coast Eisteddfod, our School Athletics carnival and House Music competition to name just a few.

I look forward to watching the boys learn and grow and demonstrate their new found knowledge and skills across the full range of school life during the term.


Arrowsmith Opportunities

Due to the ongoing success of the Arrowsmith Program I am excited to alert parents to an extension of the program and the launch of new models of accessing the program.

While for the majority of younger students a full time Arrowsmith program certainly provides the intensity and regularity of contact with the exercises leading to more rapid change in brain function, we understand that for older students in particular, the demands on their time – particularly the challenges of balancing a senior school timetable (or even work commitments) can make this difficult.

From the commencement of this term we will now be offering a part-time Arrowsmith model – available to boys and girls from all schools from grades 7-12 (and primary aged boys and girls from other schools) This part time program is also open to adults – those who are either currently working, attending tertiary study or attempting to access tertiary studies but struggling to do so.

In the first instance, interested parents can contact me on jeff.symms@tss.qld.edu.au for more information or make an appointment through jenny.yorath@tss.qld.edu. to come and talk to me about how their son or daughter may benefit from the program.

For younger students, while the full time program is still our recommended approach, we are also now offering a model which is called ‘Half Load’, in which the Arrowsmith cognitive exercises are still undertaken during the school day, but with only two areas addressed at a time rather than the regular four of a full time course, boys are able to spend more time in the regular class as well as accessing the Arrowsmith program.

With this range of new models, we are excited to be able to accommodate more boys, girls and adults within the program.


Parent THRASS workshop

By parental request I will be conducting an evening THRASS workshop for those parents who were unable to attend the day time workshops conducted earlier in the year.

Please email jenny.yorath@tss.qld.edu.au if you wish to attend.

DATE:- Wednesday July 19

TIME:- 6.30pm

VENUE:- Stevenson Curriculum Centre (next to the Visual Art classrooms and Pearce Theatre)


Building Works

If you were on the school drop of for pick up run this week you will have noticed that the new school Hall has emerged from the ground almost overnight.  The scope of this project is now clear with the frame dominating the front of the campus.  It will certainly be an impressive building when finished in December.

As part of this building program a new bio-basin pit has been constructed behind the Year 2 Rogers Cottages which required further excavation around the Moore music centre and the Cottages.  Some areas are fenced off while this work is undertaken.

The carpark is finally on the final stretch!  The roads are open and in use and there is really only minor landscaping and fencing work to be completed.


Don’t forget that if you are leaving the campus and heading north – to St Hilda’s, Southport, Labrador, Runaway Bay, Sanctuary Cove, etc then don’t turn right at the roundabout – go straight through and along Warehouse Road and use the lights at Harvest Street.

In the coming months a new entry statement to the campus will be built and the new sandstone oval grandstand will be extended further along the side of the oval.

While the campus looks a bit of a mess at the moment – just imagine the advantages to our boys when all projects are finished.  I can’t wait.

This map was sent to parents via email, but I have included it here for your convenience  Click here to see the Map of new carpark


 Relationships information and Sexual Health

Promoting our students’ well-being is one of the real focuses of our school and with regard to understanding how to best support young boys to grow into young men, something for which the school is recognized.

As we do each year we support the boys knowledge of human reproduction alongside self-protective behaviours by engaging  True Relationships Queensland to conduct classes for the boys and an information session for parents.  Details about the parent information session can be found on Prepbook and Mr Wyer will place information in the newsletters.

Unfortunately, in some years the parent information session is very poorly attended and given that parents are often challenged when it comes to providing accurate and age appropriate information to their sons, you would think this was a golden opportunity to get excellent support from experts within the field.

I encourage parents to take the time to hear what advice is given which I am sure will help make navigating this important area much easier.

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