IssuE 1 â€”May 2013
IN THIS ISSUE:
The Sound Of Music A Sporting Chance Meet Your School Council Beyond The Classroom Past Students News From The Archive Achievements, Hellos & Goodbyes
THE TOOWOOMBA PREPARATORY SCHOOL
2 Campbell Street, Toowoomba, Qld, 4350 Telephone: 07 4639 8111 Facsimile: 07 4639 8100 Email: email@example.com Web: www.tmbaprep.qld.edu.au Please direct any enquiries, feedback and change of address details to: firstname.lastname@example.org Cover Image: Emu Gully â€” Year 7 Camp, 2013
Head of School As you turn the pages and begin to gain an insight into the wonder of this exceptional place, I know you will have a greater understanding of why Prepies are Friends for Life!
t gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the first
Our school has the wonderful support of three distinct
edition of our Friends for Life magazine, containing
groups; The Parents’ and Friends’ Association, The
snippets of information about our amazing school
Toowoomba Prep Past Students’ Association and the
Toowoomba Prep, its community, exceptional programs,
School Foundation, all of which contribute to the provision
opportunities and passionate support groups.
of excellence at Prep in many various ways. Together
People often ask me, ‘What is it about Toowoomba
with the governance of the School Council, these support
Prep... Why does it have such a good reputation?’
groups work to enhance the excellent educational
The answer to this question is clearly evident once you
offerings of Toowoomba Prep and in doing so, strengthen
join the school community and experience for yourself
our school community. Each of these groups is a real
the essence of Prep and the all embracing sense of
‘friend’ of Prep and you will read about some of their
belonging it engenders.
initiatives within the pages of this magazine.
It is a place of nurture and care, challenge and
As we transition into a new era with the change of
rigour, opportunity and adventure, fond memories and
Year 7 into a secondary year level and the planned
friendships. It is a place where children can grow in
establishment of the Toowoomba Anglican College,
academic knowledge and understanding through
we will be improving and extending upon the well
excellent teaching and learning practices; they can
established foundations of our school. These exciting
participate and excel in a myriad of cultural and
changes will allow us to provide a complete K to 12
sporting fields; and more importantly they can develop
co-education for our students and encourage more
personal values and attitudes invaluable now and into
friendships and relationships to grow.
the future. The title of the magazine, Friends for Life is made in
The words and images in this magazine are merely a glimpse into the rich tapestry which is the Prep
honour of the many friendships that commence at the
school and grow and blossom over a lifetime. Friendships
school and the vast array of activities, programs and
between best buddies and mates, friendships between
events and begin to gain an insight into the wonder of
parents, friendships between past, current and future
this exceptional place, I know you will have a greater
school community members. As an Anglican school,
understanding of why Prepies are Friends for Life!
As you turn the pages, read about the
Toowoomba Prep is a place of inclusivity, respect and integrity, standing upon strong Christian foundations. These foundations shape the culture of the school and provide the basis from which strong relationships of trust
Mrs Sandra Hawken
and friendship can grow.
Head of School
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC The Musical The annual musical in Term 3 involves every student from Years 4 to 7, with the main actors being drawn from Year 7. We use professional sound and lighting and utilise a professional band. The costumes and makeup are spectacular and it is a singing and dancing extravaganza. The musical for 2013 is ‘Imagine a World without...’ We hope to see you there!
Chapel Choir The Chapel Choir comprises 14 students from Years 5 to 7, who are the recipients of Choral Scholarships. The Chapel Choir rehearses three times a week and sings at school and community services. The Chapel Choir recently sang at a Combined Parish Palm Sunday Service at St. Luke’s Church and is preparing for Grandparent’s Day and the Primary and Open Choral Sections in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod.
Bands, Ensembles and Performing Arts Lessons In 2013 there are 7 choirs, 5 vocal ensembles, 8 string ensembles, 15 multi-instrument ensembles and a dance troupe. There is a Year 2 String Year Two Strings
Program, where every child learns violin, viola or cello and a Year 3 Music Program, where every child learns guitar, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. Around 80 percent of students in Years 2 to 7 have lessons in the Performing Arts. Our ensembles and choirs are preparing for performances at Grandparent’s Day, the Prep Fete and Toowoomba Eisteddfod.
Class Music We believe that students learn music best by playing and participating together in music, so all of our Upper and Middle Primary students have been learning a variety of instruments in class music lessons and our Lower Primary students learnt a variety of performance skills in Term 1.
Toowoomba Eisteddfod We have very high participation rates in both parts of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod including Piano, Instrumental, Choral, Vocal, Speech and Drama and Dance sections. We have won the Primary Choral Aggregate Trophy for the past 11 years, the Primary String Aggregate Trophy for the past three years and the Primary Instrumental Aggregate for the past 10 years. Over both parts of the Eisteddfod in 2012, Toowoomba Prep won an incredible 23 out of 24 A Grade or Open Primary Choir or Ensemble Trophies and an Open Choral Trophy. Most importantly, our students get Chapel Concert
the chance to perform in public in the beautiful Empire Theatre complex. Mrs Nerida Eckert Director of Performing Arts
A SPORTING CHANCE Sports offered at Prep
Sydney Cricket and Netball Tours
Our students thrive on sport and are spoilt for choice in
These tours are not just about the enjoyment of playing
the sporting arena with the following on offer:
the games. They are about bonding with team mates;
AFL, athletics, basketball, cricket (boys and girls,
camaraderie, making new friendships; sharing new
equestrian, football (soccer), hockey, netball, rugby
experiences, exploring and discovering new and
league, rugby union, softball, swimming, tennis, touch
different sights, sounds and smells; the frenetic, never-
ceasing pace; noise; and singular snippets of a large
Prep is well represented at all Darling Downs trials, with a strong presence in the various selected Darling
city’s daily life.
Downs Teams. Students have also been successful
Toowoomba Singles Chess Tournament
in representing Queensland in equestrian, cricket,
Prep is represented at the Toowoomba Singles Chess
rugby, tennis and, most recently, polocrosse. Prep has
Tournament. In the last tournament, 254 students from
had many past students go on to represent Australia,
21 different schools attended. Prep was placed first
and we all enjoy cheering our sports enthusiasts on
and third in what was a very strong competition.
at every level and being inspired to achieve great heights!
The Brisbane International (Tennis)
Prep is a member of the Andrews Cup, JB Adams and
Prep was the only Toowoomba school in 2012 to
Junior Schools GPS Associations. Together they host a
compete in the competition, and the only school to
variety of competitions giving our athletes a chance
have won two team selections.
to trial and be selected to represent Prep against our metropolitan counterparts. Prep has a proud history
with these organisations and sends strong competition
As opportunities arise, Prep hosts and attends
to these events, regularly winning and placing in the
invitational fixtures, competing in rugby, soccer
divisions nominated for. These competitions not only
(football) and netball against Brisbane schools.
highlight the incredible talent that we have among us, but show what we do, we do well, as we do it together.
Events and Opportunities
The sportsmanship and values that our Prepies display
Over the course of the year Prep organises a range
as a team sum up who we are…Prepies, friends for life.
of celebrity visits and workshops by guests such as
Armidale Rugby Tour The annual tour to Armidale offers an opportunity
Lisa Curry, Vicki Wilson and Cyndi O’Meara and programs including Rookies2Reds, MILOin2cricket, Auskick and Active After School.
for Years 6 and 7 boys to compete against 47 GPS teams from Sydney and country New South Wales in
Mr Rick Lingard
a weekend-long tournament held in April each year.
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chair of council We have much to preserve from the past and much to look forward to and build on in the future.
elcome to the first edition of Friends for
all need to be working as one to secure the health and
Life. Your Council has had a busy, yet
vitality of the school into the future.
exciting start to the year. The challenges
I experience an increasing wonderment whenever I
for the school remain, as we seek to restructure The
consider Prep. The physical structure and site is second
Toowoomba Preparatory School and develop models
to none; the ethos and history and consequent support
for The Toowoomba Anglican College, Years 7 to 12.
from past Prepies is as positive (dare I say ‘fanatical’!)
One of the great frustrations I share with many parents,
as any Past Students, Old Boy, Old Girl Group I have
especially Year 6 parents, is the time it is taking the
ever come across, and the substantial offering for all
Non-State Schools Accreditation Board to process the
students, in sporting, cultural or academic endeavours
application of Toowoomba Anglican College. I believe
this will eventuate mid-year, however, as with government
We have much to preserve from the past and much
bureaucracy we must allow the correct process to be
to look forward to and build on in the future. I will be
followed and not pre-empt any of their decisions.
forwarding our Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 and
I have been a part of various school councils over the past 30 years; The King’s School Parramatta,
information for new and continuing parents as soon as Diocesan Council ratifies the strategic plan.
Toowoomba Grammar School, The SCOTS PGC College
May I thank the sponsors of this publication and the
Warwick, Blackheath & Thornburgh College Charters
Foundation for their support in initiating and coordinating
Towers and now The Toowoomba Preparatory School.
this magazine and to all the contributors. To me, it is
I also served six years on USQ Council headed by the
indicative of the Prep way of thinking: a great idea and
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Swannell. I am aware
many willing hands ensuring it comes to fruition.
of ebb and flow and the ups and the downs and the
I seek your support — by word of mouth, financially
huge responsibilities placed on governing bodies. I am
and in every other way — to ensure we take the next
honoured to have been asked to chair this council in this
step forward, working together as past students, parents
period of transition. I am aware of the challenges ahead.
past and present, staff and most importantly, students, to
I must express my special thanks to my fellow council
ensure our plans come to fruition in grand style.
members who are identified on the page opposite. Schools are the equivalent of the human body. If part of that body is not functioning then the whole body is unwell. If all parts of the system are cared for, well
nurtured and work together then the end result is a
Mr Hugh Rose
healthy system. You are all part of that system and we
your school council 2013 Show schedule Dalby Show Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April
Moree Show Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April
Mr Hugh Rose Chairman Mr Mike Stalley Deputy Chairman
Goondiwindi Show Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May
St George Show Sunday 5 May
Mr Bill te Kloot
Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 May Mr Adair Donaldson
Longreach Show Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May
FarmFest Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 June
Mrs Kiron Barui
AgShow Mr Durell Hammond
Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 September
Quilpie Show Saturday 14 September
Mrs Sandra Hawken
If you would like more information please contact Mrs Brooke Cleary (07) 4639 8111
The Right Reverend Bishop Rob Nolan
Mr Eric Bremner
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FROM THE PRESIDENT of past students
The primary objective of TPPSA is to provide a means for Prep past students to stay in contact with each other and with the school.
t is with pleasure that I contribute to this first edition
I believe this magazine will do a lot in drawing us
of the Friends for Life magazine. What a great title
closer as we work for that greater good.
for the magazine. It pretty well sums up Prep’s ethos
I draw to your attention the 2013 TPPSA Calendar
and it is the driving force of the Toowoomba Prep Past
of Events below. I welcome past students’ attendance
Students Association (TPPSA).
at any of these events. It is important at this point to
The primary objective of TPPSA is to provide a means
emphasise that our reunions are always inclusive of
for Prep past students to stay in contact with each other
partners and friends and students from all year levels,
and with the school. Many of you who have received
even when the past student who finished in a ‘3’
this magazine are members of the TPPSA and have
year may choose to rally this year in lieu of special
participated in our various reunions. You will have
experienced the ‘buzz’ of catching up with mates who you have not seen for many years or may have seen only last week. For those past students who have received this magazine and are not members of the TPPSA, it is never too late! The announcement that the school is moving to a K to
Mr Andrew Drysdale President
12 school has resulted in much discussion amongst the school community. I see the move as the logical and necessary transition to another phase of the school’s development. In hindsight the introduction of girls to the school in 1972 was a correct and necessary transition. I am sure in 40 years’ time the same will be said of this decision. I am a great supporter of the concept of this magazine which provides an opportunity for the Prep community to be exposed to the many aspects of the school in one place. Whilst the TPPSA has a particular focus and the Foundation may have another and the P&F a different one again we are all still part of one school
2013 events Annual General Meeting Sunday 14 April Buderim Bash Sunday 14 July Annual Reunion Saturday 5 October
community, working for the greater good of Prep.
from the archives Chronology of Prep 1911 A school founded by Mr EA Gill, named
1954 Mr NS Connal celebrates 25th year as
The Toowoomba Grammar Preparatory
headmaster. The Church of England Boy’s
School, in Stoneleigh house.
School Old Boy’s Association founded.
1913 Dormitories and classrooms move into main
Toowoomba Prep Past Students Association. 1974 Name of school reverted to The Church of
changed to Church of England Boy’s School;
England Preparatory School. 1979 School became the property of the Anglican
1929 Third Headmaster, Mr NS Connal reverted
Church; name changed to The Toowoomba
to primary classes; Great Depression affected enrolments; two houses established:
Preparatory School. 2011 Toowoomba Preparatory School celebrates
‘School’ for boarders and ‘Fairfax’ for day boys. 1942 Army took over Prep’s school site; Prep moved to St Hilda’s, Southport. 1944
Prep re-opened in Toowoomba.
Changes for Prep
the past students association became The
to Church of England Preparatory School.
some secondary classes introduced.
Prep amalgamated with Boy’s Prep and
1920 Church of England owned; name changed 1927 Second headmaster, Rev EA Hunt; name
2013 Last year, that the year 7 is part of the primary curriculum. 2014 Expected
Anglican College years 7 to 12.
hen Headmaster Ernest Gill opened his
occurring as Grade 7 moves into secondary schools
school Toowoomba Grammar Preparatory
in 2015. Again, Prep is preparing contingency plans.
School on Tuesday 31st January 1911,
Council Chair, Mr Hugh Rose, and Head of School
17 boys were enrolled, the youngest aged 6 and the
Mrs Sandra Hawken have announced that, pending
oldest 13. Mr Gill and his assistant, Mr AL Macnamara
approval by relevant authorities, Prep will have a Year
taught them in three classes.
7 (Secondary studies) in 2014 and will continue to
Since that beginning just over a century ago, Prep’s ordered routine has been shaken – at about fifty-year
move up to Year 12 in the years following, as students of the Toowoomba Anglican College.
intervals – by major changes in the State’s educational structure. The first shake-up was in 1962–63. ‘Scholarship’ was
Mr Larry Loveday Archivist and Past President
abandoned and in 1963 all who completed their Year 7 year were eligible for secondary education. At the end of 1963, two classes left Prep – both Year 8 and Year 7. To compensate for this loss in the next year’s enrolment at Prep, Prep kept Grade VIII and Headmaster Edgar White appointed part-time teachers in French, German, Music and Religious Studies and enhanced the science curriculum. Now, a second Government-initiated shake-up is
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ACHIEVEMENTS goodbyes & hellos Achievements Current secondary school leaders Andrew PARK at TGS (2001-08) and Hannah DONALDSON at Fairholme (2002-08).
accidentally killed on Louisa Downs, Kimberley WA on 3/10/2012. He was aged 40; (QCL, 15/11/12)
Sam MORRIS (2005-12) selected in the Under 12 Queensland Schoolboys Cricket Squad.
Barbara K Goodrick, at Gold Coast on 20/9/2012; mother of Anton (1955-62) and Bruce GOODRICK (1961-67); sister of Alex (1927-28) and
Jenna GOLEBY (S 2006-) and her husband Brendan welcomed their first child, Juliet into the world in late December. (S 2011-) also welcomed their first child, James into
Alastair William GOLDIN (1959-47), late of Buderim, in 2012, aged about 79. Duncan Edward Ian THOMPSON
their family in late December. Ed OFFNER (1994-95) and Kate, a son, Thomas
(1939-40), in Brisbane on 2/12/2013, aged 85. James Albert THORNELY in Toowoomba
(Omnibus, Nov ‘12)
on 7/12/2012 aged 90; brother of Ben (1939),
John Hamish TUDBERRY in Redcliffe on 21/2/2013, aged 71.
Boondall on 22/2/2013, aged 87.
decd and Peter (1949-51), father of Bill (1970-72). (CM, 15/12/12)
Andrew Neal ‘Bluey’ PHILLIPPS (1934-40), in (CM, 6/3/13)
Angus William Val McDOWALL (1944-48) at Southbrook on 14/3/2013, aged 77; father of Wallace (1982).
John Lawrence GECK (1953-54), late of Middle Park, on 3/12/2012, age 71.
Mike GREGORY (S 2011-) and Cecily GREGORY
Bruce BRUCE-SMITH (1927-34), both decd.
Angus Dalziel MUNDELL, (1979-84), brother of Cristina (1980-86) and Hamish (1983-89) was
Brian Graham TRENCHARD-SMITH (195053), lately of Mudgeeraba, formerly of Sydney and Brisbane, on 29/12/2011, aged 73.
David Duncan TENNENT (1932-35), in Toowoomba on 22/12/2012, aged 91; brother of Harvey (1937), decd, grandfather of Alex (1990-96) and Willi (1991-96)
Obituaries Bluey PHILLIPPS was a Fairfax House dayboy, a friendly character and a good swimmer. He won an Honour Cap for swimming, together with a Long Distance Certificate (400yds in 7.47 mins) and runner-up in the Senior Championship in 1940. He went on to TGS, enlisted in the RAAF in World War II, married Ellen and had a family. His wife predeceased him. He was a grazier (‘Churinga’, Hannaford) and stock and station agent. He joined TPPSA as a Life Member in 2005. Angus MCDOWALL, a boarder from the Downs, was a popular and respected member of the Class of 1948. He left after Form V to go on to King’s, Parramatta. After his school years, he took up rural pursuits and was a risk manager, married Moira Bidge, had a family, and at the time of his death was living at Essex, Southbrook. A noted thinker, he oftimes contributed letters on rural matters to newspaper editors. He joined the TPPSA in 1957 and was a Life Member.
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Swimming Carnival Year 4 Camp - Lake Perserverance
Ritsumeikan Exchange Program
School Musical 2012
Armidale Rugby Tour
Year 7 Camp - Emu Gully
Induction of Chapel Choristers
Australia Day Boarders BBQ
Lower Primary Cross Country Goondiwindi Netball Tour
Year One Science
Armidale Rugby Tour Ritsumeikan Study Tour
Lower Primary Cross Country Easter Eggstravaganza
Australia Day Boarders BBQ
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beyond beyond the the classroom classroom Year Six Canberra Trip 2012
s a culminating activity, after studying the
In conjunction with visiting these attractions, students
unit ‘Citizenship and Democracy’ from the
and staff were also fortunate to be accommodated
new Australian Curriculum, the Year Six
at the Australian Institute of Sport, where we had full
students travelled to Canberra in the final week
access to the A.I.S dining room for breakfast and
of Term Two. Travelling with 63 students interstate
dinner. We were lucky enough to be able to watch the
certainly proved to be a wonderful adventure for
Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team and the
all involved. We spent five days visiting a number
Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team in training sessions
of significant sites in the nation’s capital, including:
in the lead-up to the London Games. This was a truly
the National Capital Exhibition Centre, National
remarkable experience. The students were fabulous
Gallery of Australia, Questacon, Museum of
ambassadors for the School. Their eagerness to
Australian Democracy, Australian Institute of Sport,
participate in all of the activities and their fabulous
the High Court of Australia, Telstra Tower, Royal
behaviour, which were commented on frequently
Australian Mint, Parliament House, the Australian
during our tour, made them an absolute privilege
with whom to travel.
the National Dinosaur
Museum, the National Museum of Australia, National Film and Sound Archives, Government
Mr Mike Gregory
House, Canberra Deep Space Communication
Director of Upper Primary
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prep at a glance Upper Primary Prep’s Upper School aims to provide each boy and
We also welcome a number of boarding students
each girl a realistic transition from the fostering and
during these years, many who are often entering
structured primary years of schooling, into the more
formal schooling for the first time. Sport, performing
self-directed secondary years; equipping them with
arts and wider-curricula activities become a more
both personal management and leadership skills and
important part of each student’s experience at Prep
social confidences required to achieve and thrive
as we participate in school musicals, eisteddfods,
during their adolescence. We aim to achieve this
sporting carnivals and representative teams.
while still providing students with the same nurturing environment required of these formative years in a
Ms Tanya Hopgood
young girl’s or boy’s life. While evidence of this core
Director of Middle Primary
purpose can be clearly seen woven through all aspects of the Upper School’s curriculums, there is no better
illustration than the experiences provided at the Year
If you peer inside our Lower Primary ‘Out of the Box’
program on a Friday you will see each class exploring
The Year 7 students have two camps; the first in
the Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum priorities
Term One and the second in Term Four. During their
of sustainability through drama, dance, media, design
time away from school at the Emu Gully Adventure
and technology and Environmental Education. The
Camp, the instructors challenge boys and girls with
teachers and students have been actively engaged in
a series of activities which focus-in on their capacities
activities including using our new Worm Farm, dancing
to cooperate and work alongside a team of peers,
to environmental music, acting out reducing, reusing
comprised of both boys and girls not of their choosing,
and recycling ideas,
to accomplish success or failure as a group.
board activities that promote ‘Sustainability’, creating
Beyond the more esoteric learnings, students have tremendous fun on these camps and further create lifelong memories.
accessing Interactive White
an object out of recyclable materials and creating a puppet advertisement for the 3 R’s on the iPad. We have even invited the Toowoomba Regional Council to present their ‘Litter Free Lunches’ and
Mr Mike Gregory
‘Wriggly Worms’ workshops to help us understand
Director of Upper Primary
more about being sustainable and environmentally
responsible citizens. Our program is based on ‘Envisaged Learning Theory’ and enables our teachers
The time from Year 3 through to Year 5 continues to
to teach every Lower Primary Class and provides our
be a formative period in the life of Prepies. While we
students with the opportunity to investigate the Cross
are committed to excellence in important academic
Curricular priorities in a fun and purposeful way!
skills such as numeracy and literacy, where knowledge and skills are consolidated and built upon and new
Mrs Michele Wright
concepts across a range of subjects are introduced and
Director of Lower Primary
enhanced, we also find this an important period for our students’ physical, social and emotional development. During these years, the focus is on developing students’ skills in independence, organisation and collaborating with others.
Year 7 Camp - Emu Gully
Boarding For 102 years, the Boarding operation at Prep has been providing for the daily needs, educational requirements and pastoral necessities of children, originally boys only and from the ‘bush’ and Papua New Guinea. The School and Boarding opened to girls some 30 years ago and the vast natural benefits of co-educational schooling, learning and social integration and interaction of boys and girls, further enhanced the uniqueness of the Prep culture. In more recent years, we have increasingly catered for children from ‘all walks of life’ as it were! What is undoubted is that they all bring a richness of personality and life experiences to the ‘family’ that is Prep boarding. We should be getting things right, what with over a century’s experience, but the common denominator throughout all this is the truism of our school’s slogan Prepies, Friends for Life! Perhaps it is because it is
the first time away from home, parents and close family, but it would appear that when genuine friendships are formed the strongest bonds of brother and sisterhood remain for many years into the future. Furthermore, we believe that most of our boarders are generally happy. We purposely keep them extremely busy, our staff are with them all the time, both our weekly and weekend programs are planned to the last detail, all in order to not only maximise their time and enrich their lives but so that they do not sit around without anything to do or any adult or peers to share that time with. We take pride in the fact that our boarding operation,
just like Prep itself, is a nuturing environment with a Primary focus. We aim to inculcate and ensure that what parents began is developed further, and that our very special boarder charges are nurtured as positively and happily as is possible in our singular ‘family’ environment. Mr Ian McKellar Basset Director of Boarding Year One Science
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FROM THE foundation chairman
Our Foundation singularly exists to support the school by facilitating the accumulation of funds for building activities and the provision of scholarships.
e are delighted to be involved in the
In going about our business we are very mindful
first edition of Friends for Life magazine.
of the many worthy causes seeking philanthropic
The Foundation has been very active in
We know we must demonstrate that our
bringing all of the bodies representing the schoolâ€™s
resources are applied in the best possible way to
community together to bring this magazine to fruition.
assist in providing an all important positive influence
We are sure you will enjoy it.
on a childâ€™s educational experience. When we see
Our Foundation singularly exists to support the school by facilitating the accumulation of funds for building activities and the provision of scholarships. We administer scholarships for isolated children,
Prepies in their secondary and higher education years it is clear we have succeeded. In the short term, we see the need to provide resources for learning areas suited to a secondary
indigenous children and also provide meritorious
curriculum including science and technology.
scholarships for current students via our very popular
provision of these facilities will also benefit the middle
Generation Fund, which is strongly supported by
and upper primary years. The library will also need
grandparents of students at the school.
additional resources as will staff facilities. We will
The Foundation is the gateway to the school for the wider community. We are very grateful for the
keep you posted with our plans and needs in these areas.
generous financial support we have received from
Within the school website you can find useful
many people and organisations from many parts of
information about the Foundation including our
Australia. It is vital we continue to seek their support
financial statements. I encourage you to visit the site
and the support of others.
and consider your support for this very rewarding
This year we are hosting a number of 50/50
cause, a Prep education.
Business Breakfasts. Dates and speakers are listed on the facing page in this magazine. Please be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Other events on the Foundation calendar include the golf day and
our annual Friends of Prep event, which this year is
Mr Durell Hammond
a Long Lunch.
50/50 business breakfasts 14 june
Mayor Paul Antonio
Dr Richard Geytenbeek
Prior to becoming Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council, Paul managed a successful family farming operation west of Millmerran.
Richard emigrated with his family to Australia in July 2001 and is currently the Director of Anaesthesia at Toowoomba Base Hospital.
The Hon. John McVeigh
Charlie Mort & Richard Genest
John McVeigh is the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Member for Toowoomba South.
Charlie Mort is the Managing Director of Mort & Co and Richard Genest is the General Manager of Stahmann Farms.
2013 foundation fundraising Friends of Prep Annual Event The Long Lunch Saturday 3 August Annual Foundation Raffle To be drawn at The Long Lunch Friends of Prep Golf Day Friday 8 November
Please present this document when delivering grain into either Graincorp or AWB Grainflow sites. Recipient Toowoomba Preparatory School Foundation Limited. NGR 13314869 Contact Michael Blyth (07) 4639 8118 ABN 010856621 Address 2 Campbell Street East Toowoomba 4350
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FROM THE parents & friends assoc.
Every little bit counts. Being involved in the P&F is an opportunity to give as little or as much as you can. Many hands make light work.
arents and Friends Associations traditionally
The Millennium Centre is the ideal venue for us to
bring vitality and strength to the learning
host interschool chess competitions. This has given
community. The Prep P&F Association offers us
us another opportunity to raise funds for our P&F by
all an opportunity to get involved with other parents
catering for guests on the day.
in events that suit your familyâ€™s lifestyle. You can share
Our next event is the Annual Fete on 25 May. It is
a smile, share a drink, share a sport or some music.
our largest fundraising activity. We have food, drinks,
Get together, have some fun and meet new friends
games, rides and stalls. This is a fantastic day and
or reacquaint with old ones. The other side to the
everyone can be involved to make it such a special
get-togethers is the fund raising. All events organised
and fun day. There will be laser skirmish, dodgem
by the P&F are also fundraising events thanks to the
cars, slippery slides, chocolate wheel, lucky dips,
generosity of parents, friends and sponsors.
sweets, coffee, cakes and much more.
The P&F is managed by the Executive Committee, comprising of President, Vice President, Secretary
In the third term we will cater for the athletics carnival, art show and musical.
and Treasurer, and they work with the assistance
As well as these events, we run the tuckshop on a
of Lower, Middle and Upper Primary Social
weekly basis and C@PS our clothing store providing
Convenors, who in turn communicate to year level
the uniforms for our children. C@PS has expanded
representatives. Many other participants attend the
over the last several years and we are the sole supplier
meetings and run the events we hold throughout
of new uniforms. This means that the profits from sales
go back to our school.
The first of these events in the year is the Welcome
All this takes a lot of effort and I encourage you to
Family BBQ. It is held on a Friday night in about the
get involved in some way big or small. Many hands
Third week of term and it gives families an opportunity
make light work.
to get together socially and share a drink from the bar, a steak or sausage (very kindly donated) while a DJ provides the entertainment for the night. This is
followed the next day by the swimming carnival, and
Mr Robert Hills
catering is provided by parents.
2013 events Term Two - Week 6 Prep Fete
Saturday 25 May
Term Three - Week 3 Fete 2012
Inter-House Athletics Carnival Friday 2 August
Exhibition of Childrenâ€™s Art Sunday 4 August
Term Three - Week 10 School Musical Yrs 4 to 7
Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September
social convenors Art Show 2012
Lower Primary Mrs Andrea Goddard Mrs Jackie Chen
Middle Primary Mrs Kellie Tyrrell Mrs Sarah Webb
Upper School Mrs Charlotte Grigg Mrs Bronwyn Jones
Boarding Mrs Sarah White Mrs Sally McGilvray School Musical 2012
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Focus on Friends The Southern Cross Automotive Group is privately
a major employer within the Toowoomba region with
owned and operated by two Toowoomba locals, John
over 200 staff at sites in Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Dalby
Keating and Anthony Freer. Each day we strive to retain
and Roma, who are often well known to many of our
Ford’s great heritage within the Toowoomba region
customers, further enhancing that community spirit.
which dates back to 1925. John and Anthony believe
John and Donna Keating have had a long and
their success has been underpinned by their unswerving
continuing association with Prep, with all three of their
commitment to provide customers like you with good old
children attending the school: Lachlan finished in 2004,
fashioned country service. We are also proud to be
Prudence finished in 2006, and Thomas in 2009. In that time, Donna was actively involved with the P&F and John was the Chair of the Foundation from February 2006 to November 2009, after initially being Chair of the Library Fundraising Committee for the new Fairfax Library. Their children have got very strong relationships with their classmates from those years. Friendships made with other parents and the contacts made during the time their children were attending Prep have also endured; a testament to the Prepies, Friends for Life motto.
Ritsumeikan Study Tour
uring 2012 Prep welcomed its first group of
These international exchanges provide our students
students from Ritsumeikan Primary School,
with a rich education and prepare them more fully for
Kyoto Japan, nine of whom remained with us
life in the world’s global village.
for an entire term. Another 34 joined us for a shortstay study tour in Term Three. We look forward to welcoming another 29 students from Ritsumeikan Primary again this year. A group of nine Toowoomba Prep students also travelled to Japan in early December to experience Ritsumeikan schooling and another tour has been scheduled for the end of this year. Places
Kinkajui Temple and the Arashiyama Monkey Park.
Ever Wondered Why? Fairfax House was named after the Fairfax family, who have been loyal supporters of the school, particularly the library, since the late 1920s. Mr J.H. Fairfax was the chairman of Prep's first School Council. He initiated the Fairfax Medal ‘for the boy who serves his best during the year’. The house colour is blue.
Connal House was named after Prep’s third Headmaster Norman Scott ‘Boss’ Connal (1929-1958). Boss possessed a deep love of church, chapel, choir, debating and acting. He was known for his compassion, fairness, common sense and community spirit. The house colour is yellow.
Gill House was named after Prep’s first Headmaster, Ernest Albert Gill (1911-1926). Ernest was an accomplished sportsman excelling at golf, tennis and cricket. The house colour is maroon.
The Last Word Traditionally, the various parts of our school have communicated with future, current and past students, parents and friends, supporters and the wider community in a multitude of ways. However, like a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, it isnâ€™t until you fit the pieces together that you begin to see the complete picture and gain an appreciation of the parts that make up the whole. Your School Foundation has felt passionately for a long time about the need for a regular and timely publication that shows and tells the whole Prep story. That time has come and it has been made possible, only because it has been embraced by the entire school. Therefore, the Prep school community would like to thank the sponsors and contributors to this first edition of the magazine for their good will and support. In time, it is hoped that you will come to view the magazine as a loyal friend who checks in with you regularly, lets you know what theyâ€™ve done, where theyâ€™ve been, and the exciting things they have planned for the future.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
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