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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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