Thorold House News

Jaye Beutel | Thorold Housemaster

This weekend coming is one of the most anticipated of the year; Old Boys’ Weekend, which also included the “Generations Dinner” and then “Bush to Beach” evening. I look forward to either catching at all or one of these events, or indeed reporting back next week with photos and stories of each one. It is in this light I have kept this newsletter brief.

The men of Thorold House are very much in the thick of it, for 7 – 10s assessment has concluded and new units of work have just begun. While our seniors are now reaching the grind of assessment time, the Year 12s making some of their last academic impressions in the final year.

There has been some illness in the house, but by and large the boys are managing their health with getting assistance from the lovely nurses at the Health Centre, as well as practicing good hygiene. Should you be talking with your son and you feel he is putting on a brave face and not well, please encourage him to seek out the resident member on duty or indeed me. Too often we see young people try and struggle through a cold or flu, only to fall in a heap.

As always, please touch base should you have any concerns.


There has been much discussion around the idea of creating a social media group for the parents of Thorold. I believe there is a lot of merit in this idea, but would like to hear from our parents on their thoughts. The obvious attraction to having a page setup for Thorold Parents is that given there are very few times we actually meet in person, a closed Facebook Group would help us get to know one another and connect with those who are the parents of our boy’s friends. Of course we would also have an extra communication channel to keep updated on events and outings specific to Thorold House.

Later this week I will email out a YES or NO survey via email to all parents and from there progress in this area will be sorted.

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Thorold House certainly lead the way last week with three (3) men being announced in the Academic First at assembly.

Congratulations to Jim Chapman, Florian Fan and Nigel Tse on this wonderful achievement. We have a stellar academic group of year twelves this year, these gents are doing a wonderful job leading the way.

I encourage the younger boys to take note at these three men and recognise the hard work, diligence and study habit which these soon to be graduates have modeled. Setting yourself up for success is not done at the last year of study, it starts now, be disciplined at prep time, ask for help when unsure, be that person who meticulously plans out the term and balances class work, sports, family and free time well.

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