Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Successful Sport’s Tour

Congratulations to all boys and staff on the very successful sport’s tour to Sydney conducted last week.  The boys had a great time and haven’t stopped talking about it since their return.  Mr Egan and the accompanying staff report that the boys were a terrific group to tour with – polite, cooperative, keen to play and displayed excellent sportsmanship.

The games themselves are always tough in Sydney, with a slight age differential playing in the southern schools’ favour, but our boys were very competitive and displayed a discipline and adherence to the game plan that some of the other teams could not match.  I thank the coaches for their dedication to preparing the boys so well.

We always talk to the boys about how when away from campus they are representing the school and acting as ambassadors for our community and that it is important that their behavior, dress and effort reflects the qualities of fine TSS young men.  I am really proud of how the boys conduct themselves when out and about.  We had many terrific comments from the general public, hotel and attraction staff when the Year 6 boys were on their recent Canberra trip and again some really positive feedback from the boys’ host families and the staff from the schools they visited.

Mr Egan kept the families of the boys up to date with all that was occurring through the detailed tour blog and so we know that as well as enjoying the sporting aspect of the trip, the boys also got to enjoy much that the city of Sydney has to offer.

Gratitude and Joy

There is a lot of evidence that tells us that if we live a life of gratitude, joy and positivity it has a positive impact on our overall well-being.  That there is an element of choice in how we respond to life’s setbacks – either managing to have the resilience to see the light at the end of the tunnel and be positive that we will come through ok, or to let things pile up and get on top of us.  That doesn’t diminish the plight of those who suffer from clinical depression, for whom support is required to assist them to navigate the very dark times they can experience, but it is a reminder to us that while some of life’s challenges are significant and present us with real challenges, many of the things we get upset about can be less impactful if we ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’.

I mention this only as I read something on line recently which gave me a moment to reflect.  It said ‘Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction.  Break the habit.  Talk about your joys.’

We have much to be joyful and thankful about living in this wonderful country and being part of such a great community.

National THRASS conference

As I mentioned last week, I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the National THRASS conference held in Melbourne over Thursday/ Friday and Saturday. This brought together over 200 educators from all over the country who are engaging in the very important job of teaching children to read, write and spell.

The Southport School is recognized nationally as a centre of excellence in literacy teaching and in particular THRASS and its implementation.  I really enjoyed sharing with the delegates the school’s success and our approach to teaching in this area.

We have had many requests for educators to visit the school since my presentation and I know the boys will love hosting the visitors and ‘showing off’ their expert knowledge of English orthography.

International Marketta Day

What a great day of cultural exploration Tuesday was, with the Year three boys participating in their International Day.  We had such tremendous support from parents who came and shared their culture with the boys.  The boys got to sing, dance, read, write and eat in the style of many different countries and cultures.

The whole school got to join in at the Marketta and sample the culinary delights.  It was a great day.

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