Update on Norovirus and changes to weekend activities

Andrew Hawkins – Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School

Changes to Activities this weekend

Thank-you again to the entire community for your patience as we work through eliminating Noro Virus from the student body. We continue to work with Queensland Health to declare the outbreak over.

As we still have a small number of cases in the school community the following changes to activities planned for this weekend are:

  1. TSS will not take part in the GPS100 Music Showcase at QPAC on Thursday evening.
  2. The Junior Head of the River has been cancelled for TSS and all other crews with the exception of the 1st VIII will not row at Wyaralong Dam this weekend.
  3. All TSS Cricket games, with the exception of the 1st XI will not play in planned fixtures V BBC.
  4. Sailing on Sunday has been cancelled for TSS.
  5. The Open A Debating will debate V GT at Terrace on Friday night.
  6. Our TSS House Swimming Carnival has also been postponed (again!).

These decisions are not made lightly and, understandably, are incredibly frustrating for our entire community, particularly our boys who have been outstanding throughout this entire event. The have been patient, resilient and calm in very pressing times and I can only admire the ability of our Band of Brothers to continue to support each other every day.

 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at TSS

After the last few weeks of illness that we have had at TSS it hasn’t felt like it, but most of the time this School is referred to as ‘boy heaven’. The unique opportunities boys are offered such as Sailing, the various Arts and Drama, and Cadets are great examples of boys being able to find their niche and the School and fulfil their sense of belonging.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programmes take between one and four years to complete, and Students must be completed by the participant’s twenty-fifth birthday. There are around 300,000 participants annually. The programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We are very proud of our rich tradition of Duke of Edinburgh participation here at TSS.

With assistance from Adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for, and completion of an adventurous journey in the Australia or abroad.
  • At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.

To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants: Bronze 3–6 months; Silver: 6–9 months; Gold: 12–18 months. Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.

If parents or students are considering taking on the challenge of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme please email Mr Ashley Crook on ashley.crook@tss.qld.edu.au for more information.

All Rights Reserved CRICOS Provider: 00523F Web Design by 7thVision

WordPress Appliance - Powered by TurnKey Linux