What a start to the new term! Two public holidays, ANZAC Day services, House Drama preparations, Cross Country and the boys are mid-way through their new units of work in class. As mentioned in my recent words in the Thorold House Newsletter, the boys will need to be in top gear and organised as they navigate this very short and busy term. This past fortnight has been a testament to this indeed.
Photo Day is this Wednesday, an opportunity for the House to work on a few important tasks as well as the all-important yearly photograph. The boys will be required for the entire day with a comprehensive program, which covers data tracking and academic goal setting, drama rehearsals, work on our Thorold Core Values project and valuable mentor session for the year levels.
PHOTO DAY SCHEDULE
8.00 am – Year 7 Photos – Centenary Centre
8.30 am – 8.45 am Roll Call and Mentor Discussion – normal roll call classroom
8.50 am – 9.10 am House Meeting: (Thorold House – Lower Common Room)
– Overview of Thorold Core Values Project
– Introduction to Data Tracking task
9.10am – 9.40am Mentor Breakouts: Thorold Core Values Session – Thorold House
9.30am – 10.30am ACER Testing: New Boys to Thorold in Term 2 ONLY – Nimmo 1
9.45am – 10.45am House Drama Rehearsal – Drama Studio
10.45am – 11.15am Morning Tea in Thorold House
10.45am – 12.30pm Data Tracking and Goal Setting – Mentor Classrooms
10.45am – 12.30pm MBTI Testing for New Boys – Venue TBA
12.30pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 1.50pm House Drama Practice – Thorold Basketball Court
2.00pm House Photo – Centenary Centre
2.30pm – 3.20pm Year Level Sessions/Activity – Thorold House
3.00pm Prefect and Wardens Photo – Centenary Centre
The Thorold Boys at the annual TSS Cross Country Carnival made a tremendous effort, yet again. 90% of the House were available on the day to race, representing all year levels from 7 to 12. Having had much tutorship and training instilled over the past term, the boys were in good hands when it came to carrying themselves on the day, as well as participating in true Thorold House spirit. The year twelves have done a marvellous job to ensure, the boys were ready for the event – early morning runs were the key! A vote of appreciation must go to Harry Smith, Jack and Angus Giles, Jack Hickman, James Mahony and many more of the senior cohort in their devotion to make sure Thorold made a good account of itself on the day. With the results only released on Thursday, we were delighted in realising that our efforts had earned us 3rd place in the event. An excellent result!
Congratulations to all runners, however a special note of honour to the boys who placed in the top eight of their age group;
Our focus now turns to House Drama, scheduled for May 9th, next week. The production is coming along nicely.
Over the break, we had many boys participating in events all around the country, in particularly a devoted group involved in National Rowing and Athletics competitions.
Harry Smith, Jack Caskey and Jake Heck represent the School at the National Rowing Championships. The events proved to be tough and the boys made a great account of themselves and their respective preparations for their events with the results being impressive;
Well done boys, very proud of your efforts!
As our use of REACH as a tool of managing all angles of leave and permissions, it is good to review the new aspects, which are added in each upgrade from time to time. Over the past term, you may have noticed that in the notes section of each leave request there are three (3) icons; airport travel, taxi or public transport and Ad Hoc Host.
Each of these icons provide a template of questions to assist those entering leave on what is required to have the request approved. This function is particularly useful for those instances when adding information about HOST who you are giving a “one-off” permission to have your son/s for overnight stay, dinner or event. It is referred to as Ad Hoc Host . Once you select this icon it provides a few questions on the details which are required by the Housemaster to approve. Even if this person has taken you son/s out on leave before, these questions need an answer.
The only way around this situation is to add the person/s as a HOST which makes them part of a permanent list of people to choice from when adding a leave request. Please remember that only responsible adults are to be added to your sons REACH account, it cannot be another boy – Day or Boarding.
Over the Labour Day long weekend, a lot of the Thorold boys went out on leave. This left a small contingent of boys in the house from Saturday afternoon through until late Monday afternoon. Despite being low on numbers, the boys left in the house found plenty to keep themselves busy, with a lot of boys remaining behind to play football and tennis against Toowoomba Grammar School. The boys left in the house over the weekend also provided a great crowd for the First XI football team during their match on the Village Green. In a tight match, with TSS taking an early lead into half time, TGS were good enough to get a few goals late in the second half to secure a 3-2 victory. For a lot of the new boys within the house, this was their first taste of a home match on the Village Green – they were left a little disappointed with the result, but were quite happy with the spectacle that they witnessed.
Sunday morning was another great day weather-wise, and a small number of boys left in the house went along to the beach on the “Surf Bus” activity. With the water starting to get a little cooler over the next few weeks, it was good to hear of the lads (George Blake, Euan Edwards, Tom Vanderstok, Lachie Hale, Joe Green) making the most of the weather. A few of the boys remained back at the house and had a few games of pool and basketball. In the afternoon, there were some epic 3-on-3 matches of basketball between Will Riches, Tommy Hancock, Sheldon Smith, Lucais Smith, Ralph (from Delpratt) and myself… With some of the talent on show, it will be good to see how we fare in the basketball cluster later in the year. The afternoon also saw a fishing tournament held by Mr Holtsbaum down by the river. There was plenty of interest in this activity across each of the houses, with Lachlin Iland, Richard Burey, Lachlan Bruce, Jake Heck and Chal Jago trying their luck. The tournament had lots of categories to win prizes and our very own Richard Burey ended up a winner for the “longest amount of fish” competition. He caught around 10 fish with an accumulative total of 3m+ of fish. He caught a number of bream and a whiting over the course of the afternoon to claim the title – and some awesome prizes including a hat, shirts and stickers. After seeing him return to the boarding house after the event he seemed very happy with himself.
Some of the senior boys used the silence of the house during the day to be productive with a number of assignments. Jazz, Jack Giles and Harry Smith kept themselves busy getting some schoolwork done. During the afternoon I managed to have a chat with Jazz and Harry regarding the house drama. Harry had put together the audio-visual aids for the house drama performance and the boys seemed very happy with the outcome. With only a couple of weeks to go before the big night, the boys are in a good place to give the house drama festival a real crack! The amount of time and effort that goes into this is phenomenal and a lot of the seniors have shown some excellent leadership skills in the coordination of this task. I look forward to the performance during week 4.
On Monday morning, a few of our younger boys head to Movie World and look forward to a day out before we get back into our regular schooling routines. Let’s hope the weather stays kind for the boys to have another great day out.
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