20 February 2017

Headmasters ReflectionsHeadmaster's Reflections

In 2000, Sydney hosted what was arguably one of, if not the best run, summer Olympic Games. It wasn't the facilities that drew the worlds' attention, although they were great, but the level of volunteerism, friendliness and support of the people of Sydney and Australia in general. Why am I referring to an event that took place 17 years ago? The answer is simple; it is a prime example of how the commitment of people can make a difference to any group or organisation.

On 18 February our Year 12s were fortunate enough to experience a spectacular night in the form of their College Ball. Well done to all of the boys and their partners for simply looking a million dollars.

In the days leading up to the big night many parent volunteers, through their own hard work and dedication, ensured that our boys and their partners would have a fantastic experience. Just like Sydney, our venue, themed as Oceania, was wonderful. However, it was the spirit of the parent and student volunteers that carried the night. In particular, I would like to thank Carol Evans, Lisa Reynolds and the Ball Committee and all other volunteers for the many hours of work and dedication that went into ensuring the Ball was a huge success. Likewise, a big thanks to all of the staff who attended to support our boys and celebrate in their special night.

Speaking of volunteering and community support, on Tuesday 21 February, a small bit of history will be made at Scotch. It is the first meeting of our new parent body 'Scotch Parents'. I have been asked to address the gathering and I am looking forward with great optimism and excitement as we commence this new era in parent support for our College. These meetings are open meetings, coming along does not mean you may be drawn onto a committee or end up with a formal role. We simply want as many parents as possible to come along and ascertain how best they can get involved in supporting their son(s) while at Scotch.

Scotch has an incredible history of parent and community participation. This has been demonstrated via the work of groups such as the Mothers Auxiliary, Scotch Auxiliary, the Parents' Association and now moving forward we will have one united group - 'Scotch Parents'. The role of this new group is to continue with 'Engaging the Community'. There is a saying that:

'Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless'

If you speak to anyone about our College, it is the level of community involvement that sets us apart from other places. Let's try and take this to a new level when we come together on Tuesday night to commence a new era in the participation and support of parents at Scotch.

In closing I would like to thank everyone for making the start to 2017 such a smooth one and I look forward to how much we can achieve together.

Have a great fortnight

Dr Alec J O'Connell


Head of Junior SchoolTeaching and Learning

Forming Positive Relationships with Your Son's Teacher

As we commence the academic year in Junior School, Middle School and Year 9, and re-commence the start that was made last year in Years 10, 11 and 12, it is timely to consider how parents and teachers can work together to support their son as they progress through the year.

With that in mind here are some suggestions regarding developing positive relationships with your son's teachers:

  1. Communicate with the teacher as soon as you feel necessary - this is going to be different depending on the age of your son. In particular, make sure that one or both parents can attend any opportunity to meet with staff. If this cannot occur, email and inform the teacher of this and look to establish an alternative.
  2. Clarify the method of communication - across the school there is a range of ways for parents to access information about learning that is occurring, as well as events within each sub-school. Make sure you have clarity about the preferred method of communication.
  3. Respecting the teacher's time - our staff are extremely dedicated and professional, at times they will have multiple areas to focus on. Please work with our teachers and respect that they will attend to your request as soon as they can. If for some reason they do not, feel free to speak to the appropriate person in each sub-school.
  4. Be positive - much like your son, our staff love to hear positive feedback about the education they are providing at the College. A small note of thanks or a quick email does a great deal to reinforce the wonderful support we have from our parent community.
  5. Model behaviour - being positive about your son's teacher in front of him, will help develop confidence that your son has in his teacher's ability. If you do have concerns about something in the classroom, please always address them with the teacher first.
  6. Be part of our community - Scotch College offers a myriad of opportunities for parents to interact at our events. Having a conversation and developing a connection with our staff beyond the focus of your son is a great way to demonstrate to our staff the level of support you are willing to give them.
  7. Say 'thank you' - our boys are fantastic at this; often teachers discuss the way boys will thank them at the end of a lesson or the end of the day. A quick thank you from a parent is always much appreciated.

In nearly every case, your son's teacher is the best first contact to make if you have an issue or concern with something that is occurring in the classroom. Our staff in management positions will invariably want to discuss any concern with the teacher directly so it seems a logical choice to engage with them first.

Once again, thank you for the trust you place in our staff to educate your sons.

Mr Peter Allen
Director of Teaching and Learning


All School Matters

Scotch College Open Day 2017

The Headmaster, staff and students invite you to the Scotch College Open Day on Friday 10 March from 8.15am - 11.00 am.

More details can be found on the Scotch website, click here.


Residential Life

Holiday Works
Over the holiday period our facilities team completed a number of works throughout our Residential Community. The major accomplishments have been the full upgrading of the Air Conditioning Systems within the Year 10 to 12 House, the conversion of the old Prep room in the Year 7 and 8 House into a kitchen/lounge area for the boys to have afternoon tea and the transformation of part of the Year 7 and 8 House from dormitories to a small apartment for our Gap Students. Three new televisions have been installed (upgraded to a bigger size) and the AV systems in the Year 7 and 8 Movie Room and Year 10 to 12 Common Room are also being replaced.

We have also purchased some new furniture for the Year 7/8 and Year 10 to 12 Houses in the form of lounge chairs, dining chairs, and a few small round 'cafe' style tables.

A lot of work has been completed by lots of staff and we thank them for helping make our environment a more enjoyable space for our boys.

Mr Marcus Wilkinson
Director of Residental Life


Community and Service

Service-Learning in Action

The Year 10 service-learning programme has begun for the term with boys taking part in activities timetabled for Friday afternoons. The activities are as follows:

  • Rocky Road: Boys spend time with disabled residents taking part in recreational activities at Rocky Bay.
  • Primates: Boys work with primary-aged students in Swanbourne Primary School, Scotch Junior School and North Balga Primary School.
  • Mimates: At Balga Senior High School, boys engage with recently arrived refugee and migrant students undertaking an intensive English language course.
  • Braemar: Boys travel to Braemar Village in Willagee to take part in games and other recreational activities with the elderly residents in the centre.
  • Pararec: Boys assist therapists with recreation sessions for disabled residents at the Shenton Park Paraplegic-Quadriplegic Centre.
  • The A Team: Boys hear first-hand accounts from individual members of various disadvantaged groups in the broader Perth community and advocate for these groups within our community. The first group visited Romily House on Shenton Road to investigate the issue of mental Illness.
  • Sportsmad: Boys help with refereeing or coaching of PSA Middle School Sport.
  • Backyard Blitz: Working with the community agency 'People Who Care', boys travel to a different location each week to serve the elderly and disabled, performing garden clean-up's and basic home maintenance tasks.
  • Habitators: This group assists with the restoration of the Lake Claremont natural habitat. Working with 'Friends of Lake Claremont' - they help to rejuvenate the bush land and swamp ecosystem.
  • Stablemen: Boys assist volunteers at the Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre with various manual jobs around the stables to enable riding for the disabled to take place.
  • Tranby: Boys learn about the issue of homelessness from the UnitingCare West - Tranby Centre staff and homeless clients. Rolling and distributing 'Street Swags' is part of this activity.
  • Little Sisters: The Order, 'Little Sisters of the Poor', cares for the elderly in a residential setting. Boys spend time talking to residents and playing board games with them.
  • ICEA Yarn: Boys take part in reconciliation workshops run by the young leaders of ICEA - Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness foundation on the issue of reconciliation.
  • Mad WORLD: A small group of boys work with academic and Young Australian of the Year (2013) - Akrim Azami to take action on social Justice issues.

In addition to the activities described above, boys rotate through an activity called r.u.MAD? (Are You Making a Difference?) This is a guest speaker programme with a focus on local service agencies and current issues. Experts present ideas and challenge the audience to think about how change comes about - at an individual, community national or international level. As part of the Year 10 programme, boys can also undertake to complete a Surf Lifesaving WA - Senior First Aid course. The Emergency Services Cadets offers a programme for Year 10 boys that runs concurrently.

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Year 10 Short-Term Exchanges

Offers of places for Year 10 boys have been received from St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand and also Belgrano Day School in Argentina. We curently host a boy from Belgrano who is able to provide information about the exchange to Argentina. Boys who are interested in either schools should see Mr Cordner.

Mr Bill Cordner
Director of Community Service


Student and Staff Wellbeing

One of the keys to better wellbeing is improving the quality of relationships within a community. We each have a duty to make those around us feel valued and known. That is why "Knowing the boy" has been central to the way we operate at Scotch.

Strong and positive relationships rely on establishing connections between groups and individuals. Feeling connected is fundamental to wellbeing, to developing a sense of belonging, and to establishing a mindset of wanting to contribute. This sense of connectedness needs a basis in face-to-face contact; it is perhaps the deepest of human needs and recognises a fundamental commonality.

Connectedness forms through shared rituals and experiences but, more importantly, from the countless small gestures we can all make each day - to smile, to say hello, to call someone by name - these are enormously powerful acts of kindness that make someone feel known and valued and which help to build relation.

Our swimming carnivals offered many fine examples of connectedness, and one episode I saw on Wednesday sums this up for me. At the Junior School carnival, a number of Year 8s were helping out, time-keeping and supporting the younger boys. At the end of one race, one of the Year 8s reached over to the swimmer in his lane and congratulated him on his race. It was a gesture that was not necessary but which benefitted both boys and the community, and is a representation of what happens over and over every day.

In the next fortnight, I will be speaking to the Year 12s regarding the opportunity they have to be involved in a series of Year 2-12 functions we run over the year. Each term, we get the big boys together with the little ones and they get to know each other. This culminates in a gathering after the Year 12 March-Out, when each student is recorded talking about his reflections on his school days, and his hopes for the future. These are then stored, to be opened at the 10-year reunion, when the current Year 2s will be Year 12s themselves. This cycle will therefore connect our students to our OSC alumni.

At Senior School assembly on Friday of Week 1, I encouraged Year 11 and 12 students to sign up for our "Tackling Exam Stress" course, which will run towards the end of this term and the start of next. The course is designed around mindfulness and relaxation techniques and will be of great benefit to those who are willing to take the time to be involved. These techniques can also be applied in everyday life to focus and get more satisfaction and enjoyment out of the moment.

Please speak to your son about this if you think it would benefit him.

This four-week course will run on Wednesdays after school (3.45 to 5.00pm) on the following dates:

  • 29th March (Week 9)
  • 5th April (Week 10)
  • 26th April (Week 1 of Autumn Term)
  • 3rd May (Week 2 - during the examination period to help students relax)

The cost is $30.

Students should contact Ms FitzGibbon in The Residence or e-mail Cherie.FitzGibbon@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mr James Hindle
Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing


Performing Arts

Thank you to all Instrumental Music students and parents for the manner in which lessons have commenced. For most students, lessons began in Week 2 and many tutors have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of practice some of their students had maintained over the holiday break. We have had a number of late additions to our instrumental music staff and I would like to thank you for your patience as some instruments have only commenced this week.

By now, all boys in the Year 3 String and Year 6 Band programmes will have been issued with their instruments and commenced tuition. I trust all students will make the most of this opportunity as the year progresses.

I am aware that a number of Scotch students learn instruments outside the school programme. I would encourage all parents to inform the Music Department of these arrangements so that your son may still have the opportunity to participate in a school ensemble. Often boys are not included in these groups as we are simply not aware that they play instruments.

Over the past week, auditions have been held for the upcoming Drama productions, and it has been great to see so many boys willing to participate.

Thanks to all parents who attended the first Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) meeting for the year. The group has a number of new members and is keen to initiate some new ideas for our music events. I would encourage all Music parents to consider joining the group or participating in events throughout the year. Opportunities for parent involvement will be advertised prior to these events.

Important dates for the Summer Term calendar are:

Week 3 (A)

Wednesday 15 February

Drama Excursion - Year 11 & 12 (7.00pm)

Friday 17 February

Combined Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Rehearsal (3.30pm -5.30pm)


Drama Excursion - Year 11 & 12 (6.30pm)

Week 4 (B)

Tuesday 21 February

Combined Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Rehearsal (7.00pm)


Drama Excursion - Year 11 & 12 (7.00pm)

Friday 24 February

Drama Excursion - Year 11 & 12 (7.30pm)

Week 5 (A)

Wednesday 1 March

Combined Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Rehearsal (7.00pm)


Thursday 2 March

Pipe Band Parents' Welcome Afternoon Tea

Senior Choir at Western Force

Week 6 (B)

Tuesday 7 March

Combined Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Rehearsal (3.30pm -5.30pm)


Friday 10 March

Open Day

Week 7 (A)

Tuesday 14 March

Combined Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Rehearsal (7.00pm)


Wednesday 15 March

Drama Monologue Evening (6.00pm)

Week 9 (A)

Sunday 26 March

PLC Proms Concert

Quarry Amphitheatre

Tuesday 28 March

MS Production Dress Rehearsal


Thursday 30 March

MS Production - Danny Champion of the World (7.00pm)


Friday 31 March

MS Production - Danny Champion of the World (7.00pm)


Saturday 1 April

MS Production - Danny Champion of the World (2.00pm)


Week 10 (B)

Monday 3 April

Drama 12 ATAR Practical Exams


Tuesday 4 April

Drama 11 ATAR Practical Exams


Term Break

Saturday 15 - Saturday 22 April

NIDA Tour - Sydney (SS Drama Students)

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 April

Fairbridge Festival - MS Music Students

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesdays) and Alana MacPherson (Thursday and Fridays) via phone 9383 6841 or email music@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email Chris.McMillan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts


Uniform Shop

Opening Hours


8.00am to 5.00pm


7.30am to 11.30am


7.30am to 11.30am

Appointments are not required. The Uniform Shop will be closed on Friday 3 March.


Head of Junior SchoolJunior School

Head of Junior School

I would like to welcome the Scotch community to the 2017 academic year. I want to thank the parents who were able to attend the Meeting the Teacher Evening on Thursday 2 February. As part of my presentation I shared what drives and guides me as an educator and school leader.

My Philosophy of Education

  • All children have the equal right to excellent education
  • Developing strong and effective partnerships with colleagues and parents
  • Developing strong basic skills in our students in an engaging, challenging and differentiated learning environment
  • Consistency in our approach across the Junior School

My philosophy has been developed through my experience in both the UK and Australia. In the UK, I worked in very challenging schools in challenging areas. I saw a great deal of inequality in terms of the quality of education. I also saw the need for children to be given the best opportunities possible. I learned then, and firmly believe now, that the provision of the best possible education by excellent teachers is the right of all children. I have worked throughout my career to provide that for the students in my schools.

My moral purpose is what drives me each day and is what I aim to achieve as a Head Teacher. I am fortunate to have a staff of outstanding educators to assist me in achieving my goals. My Moral Purpose reads as follows:

To develop an institution that provides outstanding inclusive education for the whole child. To develop strong basic skills, the arts, sport and most importantly developing good, kind engaged and able young people. To prepare students for their future by developing the skills they will need to compete in a global economy. To develop and empower colleagues to be able to deliver the best educational outcomes for every student.

We have set our goals for this year. They are focused around improving the quality of teaching and learning in the Junior School. They include:

  • IB self-study

A year-long self-review. We will review everything we do in terms of teaching and learning and compare these against the IB Standards and Practices.

  • Monitor and track

We want to make even better use of that data we gather on the boys to assist in our programming, grouping and differentiation.

  • Approaches to learning (ATLs)

The ATLs are a detail list of skills. We will aim to better incorporate these into all areas of the curriculum.

  • Wellness: mindfulness, gratitude, resilience

Research suggests that mindfulness training can; reduce stress, improve self- confidence, relationships with others, attention levels, optimism and self-esteem. (fisher 2006; Schonert-Reichl & Lawlor 2010) We will be training the boys in mindfulness meditation through formal siting, walking and breathing practice. These short daily activities will assist in resetting the boys' mind to be ready for the important task of learning.

I am greatly looking forward to the challenges and successes of 2017. I look forward to engaging and learning with you and I wish you all the best for year ahead.

Mr John Stewart
Head of Junior School


Art News

Week 3 kicked off the first Art Club for 2017. The budding young artists were keen to explore new experimental methods of working using charcoal and chalk. The grizzly bear was the perfect choice for the artists to explore a full range of mark making techniques. After watching a demonstration, the artists learnt how to first apply dark shadows by working confidently within an image. This challenging way of working resulted in a range of impressive tonal studies. The boys will be developing new skills each week, selecting one of their final artworks to be submitted to the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists.

Mrs Jane Roche
Junior Art Specialist


French News

Bonjour everyone

Last Wednesday morning, a group of intrepid Francophiles met in the Junior School Library for the first French Games Club session of the year. Dressed in their colourful swimming carnival shirts, they were a bright collection of eager students. For our first activity, we played the well-loved card game "Dixit" which involves the boys choosing french colour themes and guessing which card belongs to whom. Bleu is a popular theme among the boys, but the cards provide a whole collection of colour possibilities for the game. Our location in the library meant we were able to collect some extra early morning students - not actually enrolled in the club - to join us for the fun. Today's winner was Madame Vinton followed closely by Ronan with Guy coming in third. Until the next challenge, here's to plenty more early-morning jeux to keep us busy and laughing while using our French.

Au revoir!

Madame Vinton
French Specialist


Physical Education News

The boys have been enjoying their swimming lessons in the sometimes balmy, sometimes cold weather we have been experiencing the past few weeks. The skills and development of the boys in Year 3 to 5 were on show at HBF Stadium this past Wednesday 15 February at the Inter-House Carnival. A special mention to James and Robert House who battled it out all day for Champion House. Both houses held the lead at some stage of the day with Robert Houses' depth of swimmers showing through in the end in what was a closely fought carnival. All the boys swam with enthusiasm and determination and all the participants are to be congratulated for their efforts in making the carnival so enjoyable. A special mention to all the staff who helped make the day a success. The Year 1 and 2 boys will have an opportunity to show off their skills in Term 4 at their Aqua Fun Day and we look forward to working with them on developing their swimming skills.

Mr Scott Whiston
Head of Junior School Physical Education


Year 1G News

The Year 1 boys have had a very exciting start to the year and have embarked on many adventures. They have wasted no time with settling beautifully into the Junior School and have begun making caring thoughtful relationships with each other.

We kicked off Summer Term with swimming lessons with goggles, rashies, jocks, socks and thongs flying in all directions and have been learning a lot about being responsible for our own belongings.

Mrs Gray read us the book 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" and we been trying really hard to be bucket fillers to build a great community in 1G. A bucket filler is someone who is kind and caring with both their words and their actions.

We look forward to many more adventures as the term progresses!

Ms Kristen Gray
Year 1 Teacher


Performing Arts News

Our Year 5 boys have begun their first Performing Arts unit discussing 'feels' in music and the musical elements that define different styles. They have also pondered why some people can relate to and favour certain feels over others. Using Valentine's Day as inspiration, we listened to Bob Marley's Is This Love and identified the important elements that define the reggae style, such as accents on the offbeats, a pronounced bass line and a slow rhythmic feel. The boys experimented with moving their bodies to match this feel before singing another reggae tune and some beat box-inspired word rhythms.

Miss Phebe Samson
Performing Arts Teacher


Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the following boys on receiving an Excellence Award.

Week 2 Summer Term - Excellence Awards


Noah Hubble


Robert Mackay


Andrew King


William Carmichael


Harry Nicholls


George Young


Aidan McHenry


Daniel Weustink


Heath Arbuckle


Luca Wheeler


Jack Sisson


Zane Levy


Harris Baddeley


Ronan Leishman


Jian Soo


Louis Poulson


William Fairclough


Nicholas Everett


Harry Osborne


Important Dates to Remember





Tuesday 21 February

ELC Parent meeting with HOJS

Dining Hall Annexe

8.30 - 10.00am

Wednesday 22 February

Parent Engagement Workshop:

Cyber Safety with Jordan Foster, ySafe

MacKellar Hall

8.45 - 10.15am

6.30 - 8.00 pm

Thursday 23 February

Year 3 to 5 Galadent mouthguard fittings

JS Office


Thursday 23 February


Scotch playing fields

1.15 - 3.00pm

Friday 24 February

JS Assembly featuring Year 1G

MacKellar Hall

2.20 - 3.05pm

Tuesday 28 February

Year 1 and 2 Parent meeting with HOJS

Dining Hall Annexe

8.30 - 10.00am

Wednesday 1 March

Parent Engagement Workshop: PP to Y1

Reading with your son and homework

Dining Hall Annexe

8.45 - 10.15am

Thursday 2 March

JPSSA Inter-School Swimming
* select boys only

HBF Stadium

9.00 - 1.00pm

Friday 3 March

Mid-Term Break

Monday 6 March

Mid-Team Break / Labour Day


Junior School Resource Centre

Over the coming weeks I will be demonstrating to the boys in Years 3 to 5 the use of the two online encyclopedias: Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book, and giving them the opportunity to practice using their many features. These products are designed to provide information at the correct level for primary students and direct them to websites that are appropriate in both their reading level and content. As with any skills, if the boys can develop good research habits early and use these products as their initial "go to" for research rather than just "Googling" for information, it will lay a solid foundation as they move through their educational journey.

All members of the College community can access the Online Encyclopedias by going to home.scotch/library/junior.

Happy Researching!

Mrs Kathryn Salt
Junior School Teacher-Librarian


Primary Years Programme (PYP) Learner Profile

A concept-driven curriculum

As a result of the recent Parent Engagement Workshop (PEW) on; Introduction to the PYP, I thought I would share the Key Concepts in this article so that parents can use some of these in order to stimulate rich discussions with their children whilst reading quality picture books.

Form: What is it like?

Function: How does it work?

Causation: Why is it like it is?

Change: How is it changing?

Connection: How is it connected to other things?

Perspective: What are the points of view?

Responsibility: What is our responsibility?

Reflection: How do we know?

Mr Warwick Norman
Junior School Dean of Teaching & Learning


From the Head of Middle SchoolMiddle School

Head of Middle School

Thank you for presence and support at our Inter-House Swimming Carnival last week and then for joining us at one, or in some cases multiple Parent Information Evenings. The Swimming Carnival consistently showcases some impressive displays of sportsmanship. I have to admit it was hard to contain the emotion in watching Eli Blackburn and Rupert Arbuckle complete their 50m freestyle races. Knowing they would be last even before they dived in, they toughed it out to the very end. In doing so we all learnt something about perseverance; how satisfying it can be to do something to the best of your ability, regardless of extrinsic reward. How you feel on the inside, being able to say you gave it your best shot is so important to ones self-esteem and self-worth. Having the crowd of students in all of the Houses rise to their feet and acknowledge Rupert and Eli's efforts was equally rewarding for me and gave me a snapshot of the type of character that lies within our boys, your sons.

Parent Information Evenings held in Week 2 marked another phase in the sharing of information about life at Scotch College and in Middle School. From Open Day, to Orientation Day, Handbooks, Newsletters and Parent Connect, First day addresses and Information Evenings, there has been a lot of information distributed and shared. The problem we can create for ourselves is if we assume all of the communication has taken place. Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 6 & 7 are a vital next step in the communication process whereby we hope to give parents an insight into how their son has commenced the school year from social, organisational, interaction and engagement perspectives. It is also a perfect opportunity for you to ask us about anything, if you need further explanation or clarification, or to share information about your son that will benefit us all. Our communication emphasis regarding Year 8 students and families who have been in the Middle School system for at least 12 months, shifts to a more academic focus with the issuing of Interim Reports at the end of this Summer term. Interim Reports will highlight your son's engagement and interaction within each subject and provide a basis for goal setting for the second half of the semester.

Finally, the weather is looking perfect for our planned Middle School Parent Sundowner this Friday 24 February. It is a BYO affair, on the grassy bank in front of the Gooch Pavilion. It is informal and relaxed and a great opportunity to meet new parents. Come for half an hour or stay awhile - unless you are a Rotto swimmer heading off early the next morning. I look forward to seeing you there.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School


Middle School Assembly

At Middle School Assembly this Friday 24 February we will present our Year 8 students, last year's Year 7 students, with their Certificates of Academic Excellence for Semester 2, 2016. These awards are presented to students from Year 7-12 each semester based on their previous semester's levels. Boys earning an aggregate of 30+ from their top 5 subject levels receive a Certificate of Academic Excellence. More information on how Academic Excellence Awards are linked to Academic Colours and Honours in Senior School is detailed on both the Middle School and Senior School Handbooks.

Also at Middle School Assembly this week we have a representative from the Smith Family Foundation introducing the Student2Student reading programme whereby interested Year 6-8 boys can sign up to mentor a young struggling reader with their night time reading over the telephone.

As always, parents are most welcome to attend our assembly in the Dickinson Centre at 11.30am.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School


Middle School Inter-House Swimming Carnival

The first of our Inter-House events for 2017 was the Middle School Swimming Carnival held at HBF stadium on Tuesday 7 February. The event was officially opened by our Middle School Piper, Tom Lynch (8.6C) who gave an outstanding performance leading the School in a march around the pool.

There were many outstanding performances both in and out of the pool on the day. In the pool there were two records broken by Marco Ghiselli (6.3T) broke the 2016 Year 6 Breaststroke record with a time of 43.22 seconds and Nicolas Le Page (8.1T) broke the Year 8 Backstroke record, which was set in 2003, swimming 33.03 seconds in his final. Congratulations to these boys on their achievements.

The performances out of the pool were just as pleasing. The House spirit was on display throughout the day, most notably during the House finals and 4x50m relays. It was great to see so many boys support not only their fellow House members, but all swimmers in the pool.

Final results from the day were:

1st Gordon : 2659
2nd Bruce : 2359
3rd James : 2222
4th Andrew : 2171
5th David : 2134
6th Robert : 2105

Congratulations to Gordon House, who has completed the first "threepeat" in Middle School history. This could be tough to beat!

More photos from the day can be viewed in the Scotch Gallery on the home.scotch.wa.edu.au page.

Mr Michael Brinsden
Middle School Sport


Student Achievements

Congratulations to Hugh Fellows-Smith (7.6M) who has been selected to perform in the West Australian Opera's production of Tosca.

Congratulations to Gregory McVicker (8.1T) who has been selected to represent Western Australia in the School Sport Australia National Schools Triathlon Championships to be held in Penrith, NSW during the April holidays.

Well done to all the Middle School boys who competed at the Sufferfest Triathlon in Cottesloe on Saturday 11 February. We had some great results with 6 podium finishes! Congratulations to the following boys:

Sprint Distance

1st Gregory McVicker (Year 8) (who also came 4th overall in this event as well as winning his age group)
2nd Joshua Keatch (Year 9)
3rd Jack Jagger (Year 10)

Enticer Distance

1st James MacGeorge (Year 8)
2nd James Spadanuda (Year 7)
3rd Jarvis Banfield (Year 8)


Important Dates in Middle School

Wednesday 22 February

Year 8 (8.2R 8.4F, 8.6C, 8.8M) Kings Park Excursion, 8.30am - 1.00pm

Cybersafety Workshops, presented by Jordan Foster from ySafe

Thursday 23 February

Year 8 (8.1T, 8.3O, 8.5A, 8.7KB) Kings Park Excursion, 8.30am - 1.00pm

PSA Quads Swim Meet, 6pm HBF Stadium

Friday 24 February

MS Assembly, 11.30am DC

Year 6 & 7 PSTIs conclude

MS Parent Sundowner 6.30pm - 8.30pm Gooch Pavilion

Tuesday 28 February

Year 7 Bully Busters Incursion, 8.45am

Year 8 Cyber Bullies Incursion, 11.30am

Parent Connect Workshops 3.30pm and 6.00pm

Wednesday 1 March

Parent Connect Workshop 9.00am

Thursday 2 March

JPSSA Inter-School Swimming Carnival

Friday 3 March

Boarders Long Weekend (no classes)

Monday 6 March

Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 7 March

Year 7.5G & 7.6M Moray Expedition departs

Wednesday 8 March

Year 8 Vaccinations Round 1

Thursday 9 March

PSA Inter-School Swimming Carnival, 5.30pm HBF Stadium

Friday 10 March

Open Day, 8.00am - 11.00am

MS Assembly 11.30am DC

Year 7.5G & 7.6M Moray Expedition returns

Monday 13 March

Year 7.3GB & 7.4A Moray Expedition departs

Thursday 16 March

Year 7.3GB & 7.4A Moray Expedition returns

Friday 17 March

Scotch Parents' Year 6 Parent Function (details tbc)

Monday 20 March

Year 7.1W, 7.2H & 7.7T Moray Expedition departs

Wednesday 22 March

Scotch Parents' Year 7 Parent Function (details tbc)

Thursday 23 March

Year 7.1W, 7.2H & 7.7T Moray Expedition returns

Tuesday 28 March

All cast dress rehearsal for Year 6 & 7 Production

Thursday 30 March

Year 6&7 Prod, "Danny the Champion of the World" Opening Night 7pm Foundation Theatre

Friday 31 March

"Danny the Champion of the World" Performance, 7pm Foundation Theatre

Saturday 1 April

"Danny the Champion of the World" Matinee, 2pm Foundation Theatre

Scotch Parents' Ball

Sunday 2 April

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track departs (Residential students)

Wednesday 5 April

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track returns

Friday 7 April

MS Assembly, 11.30am DC

Summer Term concludes


From the Head of Senior SchoolSenior School

Head of Senior School

The first two weeks of term have flown by. It has been amazing to see the boys settle so quickly into the term, especially the Year 9 students who have become accustomed to their new surroundings very quickly. Well done boys.

The Inter-House Swimming Carnival was a wonderful success, with the House spirit on display and action in the pool ensuring the day was a success. Congratulations to St Andrews on a very narrow victory from Shearer. Thank you to the Year 12 leaders for their organisation and inclusion of so many boys in their House.

I presented a message at Friday's Assembly about random acts of kindness following an email from a parent about the caring nature of some of our Senior School boys. A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or a group wishing to either assist or to cheer up an individual. It may take place by being kind or thoughtful, helping someone when they're a little down or needing some assistance, using our manners, giving compliments, volunteering or simply forgiving someone or accepting an apology.

Apart from completing random acts of kindness as a part of being a kind and caring human being researchers have found that doing nice things for people leads to a significant increase in people's positive moods. These acts also lead to an increase in wellness and life satisfaction and improve physical health and good fortune while decreasing negative thoughts and tendencies. These acts are contagious and become the norm; encouraging others to make like gestures. My challenge to us all is to perform at least one random act of kindness each day and look to make our College and our world a little better every day.

Mr Dean Shadgett
Head of Senior School



It will not be long before the winter sport season is upon us, or at least the commencement of training, and with this in mind it is time to again think of mouthguards. The College strongly recommends that all students wear mouthguards for both training and competition in all contact sports. A custom fitted mouthguard will not only protect teeth but has also been proven to reduce the incidence of oral soft tissue injury, jaw fracture, neck injuries and concussions. To assist with this a highly experienced dental prosthetist from Galadent with be attending the School to take dental impressions. For more information please see the attached letter and order form.


Tackling Exam Stress: Year 10 - 12 Students

Learn techniques to manage the stress in the lead up to exams and to do your best on the day. These are techniques taught at universities including Harvard and used by successful business people and elite athletes.

In each session you will practise "mindfulness" - quietening your mind and learning to focus.

Places are limited so early application is encouraged.

The 3-week course will run on Wednesdays after school (3.45pm to 5.00pm) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 29 March
  • Wednesday 5 April
  • Wednesday 26 April
  • Wednesday 3 May

Cost: $30

See Ms FitzGibbon in The Residence or email: Cherie.Fitzgibbon@scotch.wa.edu.au.


Senior School Important Dates





Week 4B

Tuesday 21 February

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Dickinson Centre

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Year 11 and 12 Drama Excursion

ABC Studios

7.00pm - 9.30pm

Scotch Parents Meeting

Dining Room Annexe

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Wednesday 22 February

Year 11 Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Dickinson Centre

4.00pm - 8.00pm

Thursday 23 February

PSA Swimming Quads

HBF Stadium

6.00pm - 9.30pm

Friday 24 February

Senior School Marching and Assembly

Dickinson Centre

8.35am - 9.35am

Year 10 Cadets First Aid Course

9.00am - 3.30pm

Year 12 Marine and Maritime Excursion

Fisheries Dept

12.10pm - 3.30pm

PSA Sport - Scotch College v Aquinas College

(Please check fixtures on home.scotch)


2.00pm - various

Galadent Mouthguard Fittings

MacKellar Hall

3.30pm - 5.30pm

Year 11 and 12 Drama Excursion

His Majesty's Theatre

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 25 February

PSA Sport - Scotch College v Aquinas College

(Please check fixtures on home.scotch)


8.30pm - various

PSA Rowing - Scotch College Regatta

Champion Lakes

8.30am - noon

PSA Inter-School Swimming Training

HBF Stadium Outdoor Pool

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Week 5A

Sunday 26 February

Year 12 Bibbulmun Track Expedition departs

Year 10 Personal Project meetings


All week

Monday 27 February

Year 9 Rottnest Camp departs

Rous Head, Fremantle


Wednesday 1 March

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Dickinson Centre

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Thursday 2 March

Drama Day

Pipe Band Parents' Welcome Afternoon Tea

Dining Room Annexe

1.00pm - 3.30pm

Friday 3 March

Mid-Term Break (no classes)

Saturday 4 March

Year 12 Bibbulmun Track Expedition (End to end completion)


Monday 5 March

Mid-Term Break (no classes)


Boys' Achievements

Giacomo Leighton (Year 9, Cameron) competed for Scotch College as a one-man team in the National School Slalom Kayak Championships at Barrington River Gloucester winning gold in three events. The 14 Years and Under K1, C1 and mixed C2. Giacomo also won bronze in the downriver sprint. Giacomo also competed in the Australian National Slalom Championships at the Olympic White Water Stadium in Penrith. He competed in the under 16 category and qualified for the finals in both C1 and K1 event, finishing fourth in the K1. Due to his success in the sport Giacomo has been selected for the National Talent Squad 2017.

Adam Brenz-Verca (Year 11, Stuart) was selected for the Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta (sailing) he also recently sailed in open class 505 nationals in Adelaide against experienced grown men and finished a solid 9th of 33.

Lachlan Mills (Year 10, Stuart) competed at the Interstate Surf Lifesaving Carnival for WA over the holidays in Alexander Headland and finished 5th in the Board race and 7th in the Ironman.

Toby Dew (Year 9, St Andrews) has been selected to represent the State in both the "Cross Country Mountain Bike team", a discipline in which he is the current State Champion, and the "Track (velodrome) team, after winning three medals in the recent State Championship.

Maths Awards:

William Steinberg (Year 9, Brisbane) was awarded a Certificate of High Distinction in the Intermediate Division of the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. This places him in the top 10% of entrants. William was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad.

Daniel Wiese (Year 9, Keys) was awarded a Certificate of Distinction in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad.


House Leadership Positions


Vice Captain (Operations)

Vice Captain (Service)

Student Council Representative

Scotch College

Andrew Burvill


Alistair Murray


Timothy Reynolds


Mitchell Clarke

(St Andrews)


Maximilian Grant

Christian Benney

Sebastian Evans

Jack Logan


Lachlan Simpson

Nicholas Denny

Harry O'Donnell

Finn Joyner


Carlin Feely

Bernard Greyling and Toby Muir

Christopher Watts

Joseph Belcasatro


Cameron Riseley

Jack Bardsley

Thomas Greenland

William Coad


Rigby Dowland

Austin Bantock

Bailey van der Zanden

Luke Henderson


George Gibson

Lachlan Morrell

Thomas Menzies

Louis Miller


Timothy Oe

David MacKinnon

Benjamin Philip

Kerry Miller

St Andrews

Callum Jacobsen

Harley Waddell

Joshua Pretorius

Madoc Hill


Griffin Mathias

Matthew Simich

Donald (Bill) Mallon

Sachio Ingrilli


Toby O'Keeffe

Joshua Pearson

Alex de Bont

Benjamin Clohessy


Jakheen Coaby

Residential Life

Brynn Teakle

Oliver Harding

Ryan Greaves



2017 Senior School Inter-House Swimming Official Results





St Andrews





























2017 New Swimming Records

U/17 50m Butterfly

Old Record: 28.80 sec

New Record: 28.63 sec, set by Alex Porter-Wilkinson (Year 11, Brisbane)

Inter-School Swimming

The Swimming "Quads" will be held on Thursday 23 February, commencing at 6.00pm in the indoor pool at HBF Stadium. This competition is between Scotch, Trinity, Christ Church and Wesley. There will be an entry charge for parents who wish to watch the competition. The team will be advised of transport arrangements nearer the time.

The P.S.A. Inter-School Swimming Carnival is on Thursday 9 March at HBF Stadium, with the first race to commence at 5.15pm (last race around 8.45 pm).

Scotch has limited seating for adult and family spectators. Tickets are $15 each (to be charged to your school account) and are to be collected and signed for at Reception (tickets will not be posted). Parents who wish to attend can register their names with Reception at the School on 9383 6800. Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis. We would therefore urge parents to make contact with the School as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing parents and family there to support the team.


Career Information

University of Western Australia Scholarships

Applications for UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships for the 2018 cohort are now open and close on Sunday 30 April. These prestigious scholarships provide students with $10,000 per year to assist in tuition, accommodation and general living expenses while completing their undergraduate studies at UWA. Students will also participate in a tailored leadership programme throughout their time at university. To be eligible students require a minimum predicted ATAR of 99.

School principals will be asked to provide UWA with the predicted ATARs for each student lodging an application.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Friday 14 or Monday 17 July.

Further information about applying can be found in our flyer and we kindly ask that you share this with your Year 12 students and encourage them to apply.

Edith Cowan University Information Evenings

Future Student Information Evening: Tuesday 21 February at 6.00pm ECU Mount Lawley Campus

Register online here: http://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/course-entry/events

Murdoch University: Science Careers Evening

Wednesday 8 March from 6.00pm - 7.45pm at Murdoch University- South Street Campus, Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre.

Meet Murdoch University Academics and learn about undergraduate course opportunities and careers in science, from working with animals to protecting and managing the environment. Hear firsthand what to expect whilst studying your degree; learn about combining majors and degrees to maximise your employment opportunities and hear from industry professionals about trends in the sector.

For more information please email: engage@murdoch.edu.au

To register: http://www.experience.murdoch.edu.au/event/science-careers-evening-2/

Medicine, Dentistry & Podiatric Medicine 2017

Medicine is offered at UWA and Notre Dame as a graduate-entry study option only and dentistry and podiatric medicine is offered as a graduate-entry study at UWA. This means that there is no longer a requirement for students to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical Admission Test) as following the completion of an undergraduate degree, students who are intending to complete postgraduate studies in either medicine, podiatric medicine or dentistry will be required to sit the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test).

However, UWA offers limited assured entry places to highly qualified school-leaving (Year 12) students when they commence at UWA. To secure one of these places, a student must sit the UMAT, attend the structured interview, achieve a 99+ ATAR and complete an undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.5 (approx. 65%).

Students who are intending to study medicine or dentistry at an interstate university (except University of Melbourne) are still required to sit the UMAT to gain entry into undergraduate medicine or dentistry.

UMAT applications closing date: Friday 2 June 2017

UMAT date: Wednesday 26 July 2017

For more information please see umat@acer.edu.au or contact Mr Frusher at Scotch.

Mr Frusher will be meeting with all interested Year 12 students following the mid-term break.

2017 ANU Tuckwell Scholarship Roadshow

Students and their parents are invited to the 2017 ANU Tuckwell Scholarship Roadshow in Perth to hear about Australia's most transformational undergraduate scholarship - the Tuckwell Scholarship. James Naylor-Pratt 2016 Leaver was one of the proud recipients of this scholarship last year.

Come along to this event to learn about:

  • Eligibility requirements for the Tuckwell Scholarship
  • How to apply (Applications for the Tuckwell Scholarship will open on 6 March 2017)
  • The benefits and opportunities
  • Life as a Tuckwell Scholar
  • Learn about what makes ANU a truly unique place to live and study
  • Other scholarship opportunities at ANU to offset the cost of university.
  • Tuesday 7 March, 5.30-7.30pm
    Novotel, 221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
  • Register here

ADFA Education Award: Applications Close 28 February

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. You need to submit an application prior to 28 February in the year you undertake Year 12, however, you are encouraged to apply in Year 11. Applications open for this year's Year 11 students on 1st May and close for Year 12 on 28 February 2017.


ADFA Evening (Defence University)

ADFA provide the opportunity for school leavers to apply for entry into the Australian Defence Force Academy based in Canberra. To find out more about this opportunity attend the seminar at:

Defence Force Recruiting Perth: Level 7, 66 St George's Terrace, Perth on Tuesday 21 February from 6.30-8.00pm

To book your seat, please email CPTWA@dfr.com.au

Overseas Exchange 2018

Year 12 students who are considering a GAP Year overseas are encouraged to start thinking about their proposed destinations and to arrange a time to meet with Mr Frusher to discuss the various options available.

Some of the options already advertised are as follows:

Letz Live/Tutors Worldwide handle the recruitment of gap tutors for a good number of schools in the UK, New Zealand and Thailand. In 2016, they offered 130 gap tutor placements in UK schools to Australian applicants from the age of 17 upwards. Full information regarding the programme offered by Letz Live/Tutors Worldwide can be found at the organisation's website www.letzlive.org or www.tutorsworldwide.org

Projects Abroad 2017/18

The High School Projects are a jam-packed two week group trip with students from all over Australia, New Zealand and around the globe. Students in Year 10 and 11 - typically aged 16 and 17 - can choose to join the groups individually or with friends.

The volunteer trips will run this summer from December 6 to the 19 and January 3 to the 16 in Cambodia, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Philippines.

The projects are a rich mixture of volunteer work and cultural activities, so you can really get to know the country you're in! The projects allow you to:

• Support disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Cambodia

• Become part of a traditional village community in Fiji

• Learn to dive and support marine conservation work in Cambodia

• Shadow doctors in medical work experience in Nepal

• Help to reconstruct community buildings and housing devastated by a typhoon in the Philippines

These projects are well supervised, worthwhile and very practical ways to make your summer holidays unforgettable and to travel with a purpose to a developing community a world away!

For more information go to: www.projects-abroad.com.au or email: info@projects-abroad.com.au

Lattitude Global Volunteering - 2018 applications now open!

Applications are now open for students interested in embarking on a volunteering placement in a new culture and community during their gap year in 2018. Lattitude is the original gap year organisation, having supported young Australians on worthwhile and challenging placements for over 40 years.

Placements are available within our region in Asia/Pacific, or further afield in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Exciting additions to the program next year include Japan as a country option, and Medical Assistant placements which will be ideal for those considering a career in a health profession. To help with costs, they have a number of scholarships available to assist with placement fees or flights to certain countries.

The Lattitude website explains all the details and includes an Application Form for students to download. Application deadline for all placement options this year is Friday 16 June 2017. Further information is also available from Mr Frusher at Scotch College.

Rotary Youth Exchange 2018

Applications are now being accepted for Rotary Youth Exchange for 12 months commencing January 2018. School students who are currently 14-16 years of age are invited to apply.

Details of the Exchange Programme are contained in the initial application form downloadable from the website.

The anticipated countries of exchange for 2017 may vary, but typically include: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Taiwan.

Application forms are available from your local Rotary Club or may be downloaded from Rotary Youth Exchange website: www.youthexchange.asn.au. Applications close late March 2017.

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange

SCCE offer numerous short and long term exchange programmes across many countries. For more information go to www.scce.com.au

Year 9-12 students interested in Technology

The ACS Foundation is delighted to invite students to BiG Day In IT Careers Conference to be held in Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 5 April 2017 from 9.00am - 2.30pm.

Join us to hear leading speakers from companies such as Westpac, Ajilon, WiseTech Global, Bankwest, Avanade plus loads more to come, talking about the future of technology and how students can get involved in shaping the future. Hear from cool industry speakers & visit exhibitor stands to learn about where a career in IT can take you - don't miss out, book your seats early!!

Tickets: $10 per student

Click HERE to book your tickets (morning tea provided for all attendees).

Career Search

The following websites may be useful when students are for information about careers and university courses that can lead to these careers.

AusAppPathways Mobile App

AusAppPathways is a free app that will help students and jobseekers explore the many careers available through an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway.


Skills One

Skills one is a video platform with over 1500 short video stories about getting a trade or skill. http://www.skillsone.com.au

Hospitality School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Hospitality Group Training WA has a number of school based traineeships in hospitality advertised on their website. If a career in hospitality interests you, check them out on the jobs board: http://www.hgtwa.com.au/job-seeker/jobs-board.aspx


This STEM outreach program for students is run by Engineers Australia and provides opportunities for young people to participate in fun, educational engineering activities, and contains information about what an engineering career involves. You can register for free access to the EngQuest curriculum resource material here: http://www.engquest.org.au

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser


Support Groups

Scotch Parents

Inaugural Scotch Parents Open Meeting
Our first meeting as a joint committee representing the Parents Association and Scotch Auxiliary will be held in the Dining Room Annexe at 7:00pm this coming Tuesday, 21 February.

An agenda has been distributed and we look forward to your attendance. Come along to get an update from Dr O'Connell and to hear about our upcoming events and funding programs. We encourage parents across the school - Junior, Middle and Senior - to come along and be part of the support group contributing to the wellbeing of your son.

If you would like an agenda or wish to be on the mailing list please contact Lucia Barrett on luciabarrett@hotmail.com

Scotch Parents Biennial Ball 'Fools Gold'
Scotch Parents Sub-Committee have great pleasure in inviting all parents to the Biennial Ball to be held on Saturday 1 April - a black and gold theme titled 'Fools Gold'. It is an event not to be missed and tickets can be purchased by visiting the Scotch College website and clicking on the 'Book a Scotch Event' icon.

Upcoming Events

  • Middle School Sundowner - Gooch Pavilion Friday 24 February from 6:30pm
  • Scotch Parents inaugural meeting - Dining Room Annexe Tuesday 21 February 7:00pm
  • Year 6 Parent evening - Off campus Friday 17 March
  • Year 9 Parent House Head Dinner - Dining Room Tuesday 21 March
  • Year 11 Events
    - Coffee morning at Il Lido, Cottesloe on Tuesday 21 February 8:30am (following drop off)
    - Year 11 Mothers drinks at 114 Grant Street, Cottesloe on Thursday 23 March from
    6:.00pm to 9:00pm. Please BYO drinks, glass and plate

Mr Ian Knobel and Ms Steph Debnam

Scotch Parents


Pipe Band Parent Support Group

Year 9 Parents Welcome Afternoon Tea

All parents of Year 9 boys in the Scotch College Pipe Band are warmly invited to attend a casual Welcome Afternoon Tea to be held Thursday 2 March from 1:00 pm in the Dining Room Annexe. Please note the start time has been amended to 1:00pm from the initial 1:30pm time. We hope to see you there.

Please RSVP to PBPSG@scotch.wa.edu.au

Mrs Margaret Shine
Pipe Band Parent Support Group