Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Jeff Symms

 

Big week around the Preparatory School

This last week has been a busy one across the Primary School.  In just the first few days we have held our whole school final chapel service, the House Music competition,  Ideals Week visitors from the Senior School, and Junior Preparatory Athletics Carnival.  The Grandparents and Grandfriends day and concert will be the focus for Thursday.

This is, of course, alongside the busy academic program that has continued all week in tandem with the Explorations Program.

The end of term whole school chapel services are a great opportunity for our littlest boys to join the older boys in exploring our school’s key values – learning about their faith at the same time connecting this to the main themes of the Bounceback program.  This term the boys have examined how to accept things that cannot be changed, what constitutes bullying and protective behaviours around this, keeping life’s challenges in perspective and what it means to catastrophise worries.

The Junior Preparatory Athletics Carnival was, as always, a great event.  It was terrific to see the boys participating so enthusiastically in the events and working hard for their House.  The range of activities gave them all an opportunity to shine and I thank organiser, Mrs Deb Goudy from the PE Department for all of her work planning for such a successful morning and the entire PE team and teachers of Preschool to Year 2 for their work on the day.

The House Music competition was a real highlight of the week.  Each boy in Years 3 to 6 sings in the House Choir while the Housemaster conducts – a fairly intimidating experience in front of so many people.  This year the standard was as high as usual with the four Houses all doing a terrific job in signing the set piece and their own choice song.

The boys were so focused on their Housemaster’s direction and so keen to do a great job for him and their mates, that we couldn’t help but be impressed.  The quality of the music was very high – with many spectators commenting that each and every House could easily be competitive at an eisteddfod.  House Spirit was in full flight and congratulations to the 2017 House Music winners:- Mitre.

Preparatory Hall progress and giving opportunities

The new hall is progressing well and although we will not be in possession before school finishes this year, it is well on track for the handover date of early December.  We all can’t wait to start using this great new facility from the start of the 2018 school year.

This week we were able to take many of the school’s staff inside for their first look around and while the interior is only just beginning to be fitted out, it is now apparent just how flexible the spaces will be.

This week an information flyer about the hall and the opportunities for families to gift a legacy has been sent home which outlines ways in which you family can support this completion of this project.  The new Senior School library opened this week and the new Lecture Hall will come on line very soon and both projects benefited from the generosity of families and friends of
TSS who wished to contribute to the education of boys on the Gold Coast, both now and in the future.  I urge you to look at the information flyer closely and consider how you might get involved.

Main car park

Just a reminder that if parents are collecting their son from the Jordan car park that there should not be any crossing over of the two lanes in front of the pick up shelter.  Parents who want to pick up their son from the shelter should enter the school from Lupus Street, not Brolga Avenue.  Parents who want to park their car and have their son come to them should enter the school from  Brolga Avenue.

If parents can assist in not crossing over lanes, it definitely helps keep the traffic flowing more efficiently.

Oval works

School families may have noticed that work on extending the new sandstone grandstand seating commenced being installed this week and is now complete.  With this finished we will now move on to tidying  up the landscaping on the Brolga Avenue side of the oval and the new signage for the school will go in.

The new seating will create a terrific vantage point for all oval activities.

During the holidays the oval will be redressed and while it will be out of action for a few weeks, when finished will give us first class sporting facilities.

Code Camp

Don’t forget that the exciting Code Camp is back to TSS Prep this school holidays.  Information is on Prepbook or alternatively contact Mr James Sproule at james.sproule@tss.qld.edu.au

If your son or daughter are budding computer programmers then this is a great way to inspire and excite their passion.  All levels catered for.

 

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