Andrew Hawkins – Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School
Welcome back to our returning families to 2018. To those new to the Senior School at TSS we extend you a very warm welcome and wish you and your families all the best for 2018.
The TSS Senior Campus is quite unique having 310 boarders on-site 24/7 during the school term. In order to support our large boarding environment there are 79 of us that live on-site permanently with our families, as well as kitchen and support staff that access the campus daily.
If you add the regular human traffic that happens in every school campus with 960 students including Teachers, Corporate Staff, Grounds and Facilities staff, as well as Coaches for sporting activities, the campus is extremely busy. The reality is, on any school day we are essentially a suburb. In 2018, the boys and staff ask for the cooperation of those parents that are dropping their son’s off prior to the start of school or picking up at the conclusion of classes. We ask that you be considerate of our student’s safety and only use the Top Car Park off Ferry Road or the Centenary Centre/Bus Turnaround area for the drop-off or pick-up. We ask that you avoid using the ring road that circles the top part of the school for any form off drop-off unless absolutely necessary.
Student protection and child safety has so many dimensions at TSS and this is a priority for all of our staff and volunteers that work with our boys. Our goal as a collective staff across both campuses is to make TSS the safest it has ever been to work and to enrol as a student. It is our hope that all families support this vision and assist the TSS senior campus to keep traffic to a minimum.
I recently spoke to all TSS staff, Prep and Senior, regarding emerging cyber trends and issues. The Anglican Schools Office wants schools to focus on the following topics during 2018. Information will be sent to parents regarding these topics via various forms of media and we hope you find them beneficial.
Most importantly, we are currently engaging with Family Zone and information will be available in the first few weeks of term for parents to have access to the company’s services via a whole school licence. Family Zone will allow families to monitor and block the use of 3G/4G during school and homework hours to assist families to combat the distraction of social media and games.
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