Term 3, Week 7

Jeff Symms | Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Building Project

The new hall seems to be growing at an incredible rate.  The roof now almost completely on, the builders have commenced with the brickwork and inside the various rooms and facilities are taking place.  Final decisions about carpet, seating and bathroom finishes are being made and we are certainly on track for a December handover.  Too late for this year’s end of year events, but what a great start to 2018!

This project, when combined with the new carpark and the oval works, represents a significant investment by the school in the education of our boys, and it has been great to see so many in the community get behind these projects too, with either cash donations towards the project or donations in kind.  This generosity has certainly helped advance the timeline for the building works and will bring them online, and to a very high quality finish, than might have been the case if the costs were to be met by borrowings alone.

To date $400,000 has been donated to these projects and I give my genuine thanks to those families who have made a contribution.  Our goal is $600,000 to help supplement the work and so I remind the entire TSS community that there is still time to make a donation and create your family’s lasting legacy to the Preparatory School campus.

Shortly I will send home information to all families regarding how you might like to get involved in the final fund raising campaign for the Prep Hall with some naming rights for significant facilities within the project still up for grabs.

These new facilities will enhance the educational outcomes for boys many years into the future and to be part of that ‘gift’ is a special thing.  Remember, our beautiful Chapel of St Alban amongst other facilities, was made possible through the generosity of TSS families who looked into the future and were determined to create a special place to educate young men.

We recently received some updated photographs of the Preparatory Campus that I thought you might enjoy.

Jack & Chase Jackson

Congratulations to both Jack and Chase Jackson for their recent success at the Queensland EKKA.  The brothers are regular podium finishers at events across the country and their most recent success adds to an already very impressive list of achievements.


National THRASS Conference

On Thursday and Friday this week I will be in Melbourne where I have been asked to speak at the National THRASS conference. This conference brings together educators from all over the country to learn more about how an orthographical approach to the teaching of literacy can enhance student achievement.  I have been asked to tell the TSS story – how we have evolved from a school with fairly average spelling results to recording consistently high spelling scores and in fact leading most other schools.

I look forward to sharing the terrific story of our boys and teachers’ achievement with the delegates at the conference.

NAPLAN Top Performers

I wrote in a previous newsletter about our tremendous NAPLAN results.  Listed here are the boys who achieved the top scores for our school in each of the areas tested.  Well done boys for these excellent results.

Year 3

Reading:-  Sean Hirabe and Rhys Stansbie

Numeracy:- Xavier Zhang

Writing:- William Jackson

Spelling:- Rhys Stansbie and Sean Hirabe

Grammar and Punctuation:-  Rhys Stansbie

Year 5

Reading:- Benedykt Dominikowski, Daniel-Tane Rogers, Rui Zhai

Numeracy:- Ashton Bellchambers and Jacob Winter

Writing:- Dominic Stansbie

Spelling:- Dominic Stansbie and Jack Hawes

Grammar and Punctuation:- Jed Gallie



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