Deputy Headmaster and Head of Preparatory School

We belong to an amazingly generous and giving community!

Christmas care from the TSS Preparatory School

One of the annual community care projects with which are proud to be associated is the Christmas Children’s Gift Appeal for “The Free Gold Coast Community Christmas Lunch” which is held at Labrador State School on Christmas Day.

The lunch is open to all – homeless, disadvantaged, or the lonely. On an average year over 700 meals are served at this lunch and many people donate their time to volunteer either on Christmas Eve with the set up or on Christmas Day for the meal service.

TSS Preparatory families were asked if they could donate a gift suitable for a child who may otherwise go without.  We have been overwhelmed with the community’s generosity and are thrilled to be able to contribute so many gifts to this worthy cause.  Our boys also get involved through the designing of placemats which are Christmas Themed and are used to create a very festive table.

On behalf of TSS Preparatory, where so many of our staff and boys have become involved, I extend my thanks to all who have given so generously.

Dixon House and the RizeUp Christmas Appeal

The boys of Dixon House, under the leadership and support of Housemaster, Mr Mark Hoppe, become involved each year with the RizeUp Christmas Appeal.  This is another very worthy cause and is supported by the  Dixon House raffle, to which a number of families donate terrific prizes.

37 Dixon Boys from Reception to Year 6, accompanied Mr Hoppe and Mr Sproule, alongside some of their parents, spent the afternoon after school, at Kmart Pacific Fair, carefully selecting and then purchasing gifts for children whose families are doing it tough.

In all, $3500 was spent and 15 trolleys of children’s presents are set to make a difference to disadvantaged families this Christmas.


The Dixon House they year supported the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, by running the Crazy Sock Day,  helping to upgrade facilities and resources in the Children’s ward and the family accommodation facilities.    This year the boys of Dixon raised over $7000 to support those less fortunate, which is an amazing effort.

Across all Prep School houses the support of local charities is a real priority and the TSS community displays its generosity in many ways.

Staff News – Congratulations to Mr Mark Hoppe.

On Thursday of this week, Mr Mark Hoppe accepted a position of Deputy Head of Junior School* commencing 2021, and we wish him all the best for this new role.  Mr Hoppe has been a wonderful asset to our school, both as a class teacher and as Dixon Housemaster.  He has coached across a number of sports and activities and in his time at TSS Preparatory,  has had a significant impact on hundreds of boys.


This is a wonderful opportunity for Mr Hoppe, wife Sarah and their two boys and I wish him every success in the job, and the family all the best for their new life, in their new city.



*As at the time of the publication of this newsletter, Mr Hoppe’s new school have not been able to make an announcement to their community, so as a courtesy we have chosen not to name the school.


Mr Hoppe’s appointment, alongside that of Mr Craig Newton to a leadership role at Canberra Grammar School, and Mr Mark Wyer’s appointment as Head of Preparatory at Anglican Church Grammar School last year, confirms that TSS Preparatory School enjoys a reputation nationwide for producing outstanding leaders who are eagerly sought by other schools.

End of Year Thanks

I really want to congratulate all of the boys on the way in which they participated in our end of Year ceremonies.  Their behaviour was exemplary and their understanding of the need to participate respectfully on important occasions was a demonstration of their maturity and self-discipline.

Our Year 6 cohort, who have always been a terrific group of boys were outstanding at all events, with the Gradual Chapel Service being a real highlight.

Thank you to parents for your support this year as the boys and teachers navigated the world of online learning during Covid shut down, and then subsequently working in such strong partnership to ensure that the boys enjoyed a successful year of learning.

On behalf of the Preparatory School staff I want to wish all families a really wonderful holiday season.   Merry Christmas.

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