Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

Mr Jeff Symms

End of year special events

What a week it has been with so many special events!  Starting with the Friends of Prep Carols by Candlelight on Sunday afternoon.

What a great event that was  – even with all of the weather stress earlier in the day.  Congratulations to the Friends of Prep Committee and President Linda Quinn for all of their hard work in pulling together an amazing event.  Each year the Christmas Carols just keeps getting bigger and bigger – with close to 2000 people at the event on Sunday.  What started as a little idea four years ago from the then President of FOP Vanessa Behan and her Treasurer Karen Parsons, the Carols has now become a major event on our annual calendar.  Special thanks to our Ms Mathias and Ms Stretten for all of their work in preparing the choirs and to all of our talented instrumental teaching staff (and for some their partners and children) who made up the band.  It was a great night.

The Preschool Christmas Concert is always very charming with the boys having to learn a lot of words and songs.  They did an amazing job and I’m sure the mums and dads present have plenty of photos to reflect on for their son’s 18th birthday party.  A bit of cuteness overload.

On Tuesday, the Reception to Year 2, celebration of achievement was an opportunity to congratulate the lower Prep boys for all they have done this year.  It was also a chance to say thanks to all staff, but in particular to those who will not be working with the boys next year:-

Ms Kerrie Lesko and Ms Shona Chapman as they move to new adventures in 2018. Ms Lesko who has a real passion for educating children in these important early years will move to Preschool next year. There are few teachers with both the qualifications and experience to move between the two years, Reception and Preschool and we are blessed to have MsLesko on our team. I know she will be missed in Reception, but the Preschoolers will love her energy.

Ms Chapman, after a number of years contemplation, has decided to take the plunge and take some extended travel time overseas. In what is a real right of passage for young Australians, she will head off on adventures abroad. Ms Chapman has been an outstanding teacher and contributed across a number of year levels and school activities during her time with us and we look forward to her return later in the year when she will be available to work as a relief teacher on our classes and more, if the opportunity arises.   We wish her safe travels!

Mr Remy Melia, who has taught nearly all of these boys in PE classes or coached them in sports, has been appointed as the Director of Sport and Activities at Fraser Coast Anglican College. This is a significant appointment for Mr Melia and we wish him all the very best for his future at the school. His positivity and equanimity will be missed at TSS but be a great asset to his new school.

Wednesday saw our Celebration of Achievement for the boys in Years 3 to 6 being conducted, and the presentation of the major awards being made. Congratulations to all boys for their wonderful achievements over the year.  They really have built a list of results far too long to record in one newsletter.

The major award winners for 2017 were:-

Watts Cup:-  Thomas McClintock

Rats of Tobruk Award:- Jadyn Ryan

Wings Trophy:-Ben Shuttlewood

Fielding Trophy:- Bede Jurisich

Westcott Trophy:-  Billy Hayes

Elsie Rowney:- Maxmilion Carr

School Dux:- Thomas McClintock

Fr Phil Award:- Laurie Dougherty

Prep School Art Award for Excellence:- Darcy Young

LOTE Award and Tyler International Bursery:-  Lucas Dell

The Year 6 Gradual Service on Wednesday night – the ‘Clay and Candle’ service is perhaps one of my favourite of all end of year events.  This special service ‘bookends’ the final Preparatory School year for the boys – with a chapel at the start of the year which commits them to their final year and then, here in November, acknowledges the closing of this journey.  There are plenty of tears at this service!

It is always a busy but terrific week.

Friends of Prep

The Friends of Prep Carols by Candlelight held last Sunday was a great success and I thank the FOP committee for their incredible hard work to make it all happen.  It was certainly a bit stressful on Sunday morning with the weather not being kind, but a positive, can-d0 attitude by all involved saw the even come to fruition.

There has been so much positive feedback about the event that I’m sure the FOP committee are feeling very pleased with how it all turned out.

Special thanks to FOP President Linda Quinn, Jacqui Lewis, Sarah Hill, Moraya Wilson and Sarah Corbett for their leadership of the event and to Belinda Gwynne, Nic Reidy, Genina Markey, Deborah Cole, Nikki Frame and Emily Folwell for all of their work and support.


School Concludes

Don’t forget that school concludes this Thursday, November 23. Boys in Preschool will finish at the normal time of 3:30pm.

Boys in Reception to Year 6 will finish at 2.00pm. Any boys requiring After School Care, this will be available from 2:00pm.

On behalf of the staff at the Preparatory School, I would like to extend best wishes to all our families for a safe, peaceful and holy Christmas. I look forward to welcoming our families back in 2018 for another busy year.

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