Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Mr Jeff Symms – Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Honours Program

The Honours Program is an academically selective program for boys in Years 3-6 who demonstrate both a high academic level of achievement AND a strong work ethic and positive approach to their schooling.  Usually there are 10 places available for boys who are entering into year 3 with places in year 4, 5 and 6 becoming available where vacancies occur.

The process for selection is  clearly articulated on the school’s website and enrolment for the academic assessment dates are undertaken by parents.  Class teachers WILL NOT be identifying suitable candidates, nor do the teachers play any role in the selection or nomination process as this is too open to accusation of preferential treatment.  Teachers are of course open to discussion with parents as to their view as to a boys’ suitability, so if you are unsure have a chat to your son’s class teacher or his teacher from last year.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 May and late applications cannot be considered.

All boys who sit the assessment are considered for Honours Scholarship.

A new face in the Prep Office

Those of you who have been into the Prep School administration building this week will have noticed a new face behind the reception counter.  Mrs Sally Kirke joined the team this week and already has had a tremendously positive impact on the boys and families she has met.

Mrs Kirke comes to us having had previous school-based reception administration experience at another independent school here on the Gold Coast and more recently from managing the front of house operations at the Queensland Law Society in Brisbane.

Mrs Kirke has 6 children of her own and so is well prepared for a day which involved a significant part of keeping boys organised!  We are delighted to have here join the TSS Preparatory Community.

Preschool Enrolments

Families who may be looking into enrolling their son into Preschool for 2019 are advised to complete their applications as soon as possible.  Mrs Humphreys, Preschool Co-ordinator, has commenced the interviews for available places.  Fulltime and part time places are still available, but filling very quickly.


Parents will no doubt have seen our notification that as a precaution we have cancelled assemblies this week, excursions and sport fixtures for this weekend.  The weather may well support the cancellation of sport as well, with some much needed rain forecast to hang around over the weekend.

While the incidents of the virus have reduced significantly, Queensland Health have advised taking a week away from large gatherings (assemblies) and having a sport free weekend to give the virus time to run out of puff so to speak.  Hopefully these measures will finally put an end to its transmission.

The teachers continue to emphasise to the boys the importance of good hygiene and we are pleased that our rate of infection has remained relatively low.  I have heard stories circulating that some classes have had 11 or so boys away with Norovirus, which just isn’t the case at all.  Over the last two weeks, the numbers of boys away from school with the virus has not been more than three in any class at any one time and our absentee rate from school has been lower this year than for the same period last year.  Norovirus is certainly a nasty bug and not to be taken lightly which is why the school cleaners have been undertaking extra cleaning duties.  Thankfully due to parents keeping sick boys at home and the boys taking more responsibility for their own hygiene we seem, at Prep, to have avoided the worst.  However, we all need to remain vigilant.

Chicken pox is doing the rounds of the Gold Coast again and so it would be wise to keep watchful for any symptoms in your son.


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