Mr Jaye Beutel – Thorold Housemaster
Friday of Week 5 gave way to an awesome opportunity for all the Year 12 men to head off campus and enjoy a night (part of) in Brisbane City. While the weather and a wide range of regular commitments made the outing a logistical Jenga puzzle, it was well worth the effort!
The night began by catching the last three acts of the “Knock Off Hour” stand up comedy acts at the Brisbane Powerhouse. A good laugh was had by all! Not only did the jokes and one liners flow in an unstoppable manner, the boys were treated by the last act. Dave Eastgate, TSS Old Boy of Walker House, made sure the final act was a ripper. We were delighted, and a little scared, that he mention that there were TSS Boys in the audience, as he had seen our discreetly parked bus outside. Such a great night to see not only some great comedy acts, but watch a former TSS boy excel at his craft and bringing the crowd to tears of laughter.
To finish the night off, we headed into South Bank for a well earned meal, eating our fill at Nando’s. It topped off a wonderful evening, and gave is a much needed break from the daily grind of boarding life and studies.
Tuesday this week saw the whole school get behind the Shave for a Cure campaign. 2017 didn’t disappoint with many of the Thorold Boys loosing their locks for a great cause. Well done lads for your bravery, as we know how much your hair means to you.
Over the past six weeks, the house has been working towards formalising a charter of ideals behind being a “Thoroldian”. We have dubbed the project the “Thorold House Core Values” in its initial form, but hope to work as a house for the efforts to reach their full potential.
So far the Mentor Period each week have given the boys and their mentor teacher an opportunity to form a list of seven (7) core values which they believe represent life in Thorold House. These are not necessarily ideals that each boy must have when moving into Thorold, but rather a course of aspiration for each and every day while living in the house. The Core Values are;
Over the remaining weeks of Term 2, the boys will create statements of attainment for each of these values which will then be used in the construction of the Thorold House Mentor Program. This program will inform boys, staff and parents on the ways of working within the house on pastoral development, leadership positions and of course how Thorold House develops young men in their pursuit of leading themselves through to leading others.
Later in this term the House will hold a Q & A type forum to discuss these values and the direction we as a community will embrace and adopt new ways in organising and maintaining a positive culture of compassion and empathy in all aspects of Thorold House life.
I look forward to this process being completed by mid-term 3, and implementation soon after. It has been rewarding so far to listen to the boys give their ideas on what makes a great house even better.
The mid-year holidays are just around the corner, which means LEAVE is due in soon. If parents and carers could have approved travel and leave arrangements in REACH by the Wednesday 7th June, that would be advantageous in giving staff time to double check and cross reference.
Term 2 Concludes – Thursday June 15.
Term 3 Commences – Monday July 10.
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