Term Two Review

Andrew Hawkins – Deputy Headmaster – Head of Senior School

The end of term generally means presentation nights, exams, and lots of tired bodies walking around the campus. Some boys last weekend played Football up at Nudgee and came straight back to TSS for the Football Presentation Night, then had the Rugby season launch on Sunday followed by internal trials. Most of the senior boys have then sat Year 11 or 12 exams this week too.

This is pretty typical here at TSS to have many boys juggling many different activities. It is really important that the boys enjoy some down time over the break. Whether you are one of many local families, a country family, or you live internationally, I hope these holidays present a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your busy son(s).

During this break we have eight boys going to Kenya to attend the High Altitude Training Camp at Iten, followed by some community service and a visit to a game park. We also have the annual Business Tour leaving for the USA – a once in a lifetime trip that visiting places like Stanford University and the New York Stock Exchange.

Director of Boarding, Tony Watt, and I attended the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association AGM in St George last week (the photos below is of a crisp early St George sunrise). This parent body is made up of representatives from various rural communities across Queensland. At the AGM, matters affecting these families are discussed at length, as this is the only chance they get to meet face-to-face. Representatives from Telstra and the NBN were present for the discussions around connectivity that are crucial for these families delivering their children’s education from their own homes, which are generally in remote areas.

For these families, boarding school is the first exposure their children get to a classroom. We forget how lucky we are once we have been around TSS for a while to have so many resources at our disposal both in and outside of the classroom. What is great is that once these boys from remote areas (and girls at other boarding schools) are here at TSS, they can enjoy the same experiences and opportunities such as the Kenya Tour and the USA Business Tour.

No matter where our boys are from, be it St George or Southport, they will enjoy some down time at home over the break.

 

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