The welcomed return of our Year 11 and 12 students

Mr Andrew Hawkins – Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the hard-working mums and women in our boys lives, for all that you do.

It was great to welcome back our Year 11 and 12 boys this week. The campus is slowly beginning to feel like a school again. It will be a particularly stressful time for teachers as we balanced the online curriculum for those that cannot make it back to TSS with the face-to-face teaching. We ask for your continued patience as we navigate our way through the challenges we face over the next few weeks.

We received welcomed news yesterday that any Boarders who are from the Northern Territory, live within 200 kilometres of the Queensland borders, or who have not left a remote property can now return to boarding schools across Queensland without the 14 day isolation period. We will therefore have most of our Year 11 and 12 Boarders return over the next two weeks. No decisions have yet been made around the return of Year 7 to 10 Boarders.

I emailed parents and guardians earlier this week with information from our Health Centre that I have summarised below.

  • Should your son be a day boy and present at school with any cold or flu symptoms the School will call you, and request you collect them as soon as possible
  • We would also like to suggest as a precaution, as recommended by the Department of Health (DOH), to get the flu vaccination before returning to school. Gold Coast Public Health unit provid free flu vaccines at the many clinics across the Gold Coast for children. For more information visit https://www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au/our-services/immunisation/free-community-immunisation-clinics
  • It would be of significant benefit for your son to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser to school each day to ensure they can clean their hands before eating and moving around the school throughout their day. While we have sanitiser and wipes in every classroom and high traffic areas, it would be beneficial for boys to also have their own

As you can appreciate, we are doing all we can to keep your boys safe and for TSS and our community to remain COVID-19 free. We have extra staff on supervision in the break times and we are enforcing safe social distancing practices, but as we adults know, the old saying goes “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink”. It would assist us if parents and guardians could reinforce at home the safe social distancing measures that have been put in place for everybody’s safety. These will be essential when the Year 7s to 10s are welcomed back to school over the next few weeks.

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