The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Headmaster Dr Alec O'Connell

Headmaster's Reflections

Headmaster
Dr Alec O'Connell

Welcome to the final edition of The Thistle for Autumn Term. Over the last few weeks there have been so many successful events and activities, none more so than the College's Senior School production. The Government Inspector proved to be a huge success in so many ways and provided a great point of celebration for our students, staff and the wider community. Last Friday night our annual Jazz Night was held and once again proved to be a very special night out. Congratulations to Mr Loveday and our music staff, FOSM and of course the large number of students who sang and played as part of the programme. Thanks to our parents and many of their friends for coming along and supporting the evening.

Our Junior School cross country team, (including our Year 6 boys from Middle School), did the college proud last Thursday by taking out the JPSSA cross country meet. Well done boys and coaches on a great effort.

In a report entitled "Happy Schools - a framework for learner wellbeing in the Asia Pacific" (p XII), Friendships and relationships in the school community ranked as the most important factor among respondents in terms of what makes a happy school. The reports’ findings identifying school practices that encourage parental involvement, foster interactions and friendships between students of different grades, and school activities that directly involve community members. I believe Scotch is an exemplary community in this regard.

Another important criterion for happy schools is positive teacher attitudes and attributes, which include characteristics such as kindness, enthusiasm and fairness, and the role of teachers in serving as inspiring, creative and happy role models for learners. At Scotch we take this into account through our teacher recruitment and evaluation processes, so as to place more emphasis on teacher personality, attitude and ethics when hiring and assessing teachers. Choosing teachers and all other staff based on cultural congruence and fit is vital.

Throughout last week, I saw many students from all three sub-schools, who came to my office for a Headmaster’s commendation. While I had many discussions with the students on previous schools, current subjects, sport and life at Scotch in general, the one constant topic is the respect that our boys hold for their teachers. This is evident across all sub-schools. Our boys fully understand and can clearly articulate the impact their teachers have on their day to day journey at Scotch.

This term has been very productive and busy. I would like to thank our dedicated staff, the parents and of course, our students, for the energy they bring to our College each and every day. With a three week break ahead of us all, I encourage everyone to find time to relax and break the usual routines in readiness for returning to school refreshed and ready for all that Winter Term will bring.

Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement for all that we do to make our boys’ experience the best it can be.

Have great break.

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Revd Gary van Heerden - Chaplain

Chaplain

Revd Gary van Heerden
Chaplain

Reflection

'Listening is the highest form of love' .  

These words of the late theologian, Paul Tillich, present a simple yet powerful truth.  Amid our endless words and chatter may we possess that gift of spirit, the gentle art of listening: both to our inner voice and to the voice of the other.  To really hear what the other person is saying is a work of love, of acceptance, of wisdom.  

God of deep quiet,  

still my soul,  

my heart,  

my mind,  

that I may listen  

in such a way that  

my listening  

in itself  

becomes   

an act of love.  

(With thanks to Peter Millar)  

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Cara Fugill Director of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Cara Fugill
Director of Teaching and Learning

A Passion for Mathematics

"The essence of Mathematics is not to make simple things complicated but to make complicated things simple."  Unfortunately, this quote by Stanley Gudder is not a common feeling for the average student who grapples with solving complex problems in their Mathematics classes every day. However, for one student at Scotch College, using Mathematics to think about the complexities of the world is the norm.

In 2018, William Steinberg, Year 11 Brisbane, was selected to represent Australia in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Romania where he went on to earn a Silver Medal and assist his team to place 11th in the world. Remarkably, William was selected again this year for the Australian team, as one of only six, who would compete in Bath, England. This competition sees 120 countries from around the world select, through a rigorous process of testing, six of their most gifted school age Mathematicians to compete in a two day competition where there are just six problems to solve.  The complexity of these questions is such that, participants have approximately an hour and a half to solve each one. Competitors work individually, uninterrupted, for four and a half hours in hopes that they will see the hidden clues buried in the nuance of the question.

When asking William what he loves about Mathematics, he described the way in which Mathematics can be learned. He strongly believes developing a very deep understanding of theory before tackling problems is the most efficient method and suggests that rote learning various processes has its limitations. When he speaks about the IMO problems, he said he was surprised, along with other competitors, how unique the questions are from year to year and that it would be impossible to rote learn the techniques needed to be successful.  "You have to rely on your ability to see the problem in a multitude of ways." For most of us, the possibility of unravelling these problems would appear limited, however, for a student like William, he knows that the answer will become obvious once he establishes the correct pathway. He explains, the art of Mathematics is often the creativity needed to find the clues embedded within the problem and then use a range of skills to unravel the outcome, turning the complex into simple.

It's rare to come across a student so capable in Mathematics that teaching is less important than watching, learning and guiding. William is incredibly humble and when I asked him if he ever has challenges learning Mathematics he said, "if I ever want to give myself a reality check and know how limited my Maths really is, I try and read papers of proofs, like Yitang Zhang's work on number theory.  A 50 page proof of modern problems is really hard to follow, even 4 pages in. They are incredibly complex and then I realise exactly how much I have to learn!"  He laughs, I laugh too! It's hard to not be in awe. We wish William all the very best in the upcoming competition and hope the secrets of the problems he will face will become apparent quickly.

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Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing Mr James Hindle

Wellbeing

Mr James Hindle
Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing

What Do We Want for Our Boys?

It's a question I think about a great deal, because the answer to it defines a school and it helps to shape those who attend that school. I want our boys to be curious about and to ask questions of the world around them. I want our boys to know the benefits that derive from working hard; I want them to be passionate about making the most of their life and resilient enough to get back up or find a way through when life gets tough. I want them to realise that they won't always get what they want, and that is okay. I want them to be mindful of others and I want them to be kind. I want them to laugh and to love in a way that is respectful of themselves and others. I also want them to have a sense of what Mary Oliver calls "inherited responsibility". She sees this as residing not so much in measurable wealth, but in making the most of the immeasurable fund of thoughts and ideas which humanity has accumulated. I want them to make a positive difference in the lives of others and I want them to be aware of this obligation.

Instilling all of this in them will make them feel valued, connected and will help to give their life purpose. Academic achievement, financial reward, these things may follow, but are a long way down the list of what I want for our boys.

Maggie Dent sets out five Basic Tools to ensure adolescents are healthy and avoid depression:

  • Loving human connectedness
  • Good nutrition and hydration
  • Plenty of sleep
  • Meaningful involvement and physical activity
  • Laughter and lightness

School and home, working together, provide these elements which are so are critical to living a good life. I hope you get time in the holidays to further reinforce these with your son.

Men's Health Week

Last week in the Senior School, we ran Men's Health Week. For the first time, our Year 11s led the programme, working in their House groups to build activities around the theme of 'Have a Chat'. My thanks to Mr Mark Gale, Head of Student Leadership, for his role in driving and coordinating this. My thanks also to those boarders who were willing to speak at Chapel about their experiences in the Tomorrow Man project last year. Our current Year 10 boarders are taking part in this programme, which is designed to look at masculinity and the impact it can have on us. Please see the article by Mr Marginis on Men's Health Week which is also in this edition of the Thistle.

The Fathering Project

On Thursday evening in Week 7, we hosted Steven Rushforth, from the Fathering Project. It was a fantastic presentation on the importance of male role models in the lives of boys. The presentation is available here. If you are interested in joining the Scotch Dads' Group, you can do so here: https://thefatheringproject.org/members/group-members/ . We would like to establish a Dads' Group in each of the sub-schools if we can, and hold some kind of activity or get-together once a term.

Jordan Foster – cyber-safety

On Tuesday 25th June, Jordan Foster, from ySafe, spoke to Year 7 and 8 parents about cyber-safety. Jordan took us through the risks with social media platforms and explained how to make these safer for younger users. An interesting part of her presentation covered gaming and what makes this addictive. This is a topic she had covered with the Year 7 and 8 students earlier that day, and it is something to which I will return in a future Thistle article. Jordan also reminded us of the 'ABC' of technology: control Access; set Boundaries; and openly Communicate – each a critical component in helping young people use technology to their advantage. Jordan has kindly agreed to making the presentation available to parents and it can be accessed through Vidigami here. This will only be available for the next three weeks, so please take some time to watch it over the break if you get the chance. It has some excellent information on how to manage your children's technology. Jordan has also provided us with access to the ySafe Parent Resource, which is a fantastic resource and well worth a look over the holidays: https://www.ysafe.com.au/ParentInformation.html.

This month on SchoolTV - Positive Parenting
Maggie Dent and others talk about 'good enough' parenting. Despite the best efforts of parents around the world, the reality is, there is no such thing as the 'perfect parent'. This month's edition of SchoolTV provides some wonderful short video clips and easy-to-read articles on how to establish and maintain a positive relationship with your children. Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people is a close relationship with at least one supportive adult. Setting standards and boundaries, consistently applying negotiated consequences and maintaining positive connection are a key part of this.

Here is the link to this month's edition https://scotch.wa.schooltv.me/newsletter/positive-parenting

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Mr David Kyle Director of Service and Citizenship

Service and Citizenship

Mr David Kyle
Director of Service and Citizenship

From the Director of Citizenship and Service

Two weeks ago ,  I wrote about the number of teachers visiting our College, including recently from Nauru College and Fountain Valley School, Colorado. Last week we welcomed Mr Stuart Walls, the Australasia and East Asia Round Square Representative who is also a teacher at Scotch Oakburn in Launceston, Tasmania. Interestingly, not only do we share a name and  a number of  Year 8 exchanges each year, Scotch  Oakburn  was also a strong inspiration for our Middle School design.       

This week, the College has welcomed a group of students and staff from Kununurra District High School's Clontarf Program. The group is in Perth for Country Week and is staying in our boarding house. As well as playing sport through the week, the students will also visit the Fremantle Football Club facilities and enjoy some other activities not available in Kununurra. On Tuesday night they will share dinner with our Year 8 students who will be hosted by Clontarf East Kimberley in Kununurra in August. It will be brilliant for our boys to have met these young men before joining them in their home environment. We wish the boys well in their Country Week competition and hope they enjoy their time at the College and in Perth.    

Round Square Exchange Parent & Student Information Evening    

The information evening for 2019/20  Round Square Exchanges  will be held on  Tuesday 30 July in the Memorial Hall.  

In recent years we have sent boys on exchange to six continents and 15 different schools. In 2018/19 we beg a n  n ew exchanges with school s  in Canada and Japan and renewed  our  relationship with Daly College in India.  Scotch  has an excellent relationship with these schools, and we try to be flexible to maximise the boys  h a ving a n exchange opportunity.   

The common feedback following exchanges is the rapid growth and maturity seen in the boys. I encourage you to keep in mind that while many of your boys are only just turning 14, the opportunities presented will be occurring over the next 18 months. Another thing that should be at the forefront of your thinking is that your son will not be on a holiday but in fact attending school and experiencing another learning environment, not just another country.   

For more information, please click here. I encourage all Year 9 parents and their sons to come along on 30 July and get an understanding of what an incredible opportunity a Round Square exchange is.  

Scotch College's City to Surf Team  

Ferguson House has organised for a Scotch College team to run the 4km and 12km  distance  of the City to Surf  fun run  in order to raise money for Rocky Bay Disability Service. This is open to all year groups, parents, siblings, teachers, and staff  in an effort to  bring the whole College together for a common goal.   

Scotch has long been committed to Rocky Bay Disability Services and our Year 10 students regularly visit the care and support facility in  Mosman  Park. Rocky Bay supports people with a disability and aims to optimise the quality of life for their clients. Ferguson House has chosen to support them through the City to Surf and all donations to the Scotch Team or participating for the Scotch team is greatly appreciated to support Rocky Bay.  

Donate to the team here and join the City to Surf Team here.

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All School Matters

Uniform Shop Opening Hours and Holiday Times

 The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday, 29th July (the day before Winter Term commences) from 9.00am - 12.00 noon & 1.00pm - 4.00pm.

From Tuesday, 30th July normal term opening times will apply:

Tuesdays: 8.00am - 5.00pm            

Thursdays: 7.30am - 11.30am             

Fridays: 7.30am - 11.30am

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Senior School Information Session

Scotch College invites interested families (new to the College) to attend our July Senior School Information Sessions on Tuesday 2 July, 5.30pm - 7pm.

Discover the vibrant Senior School learning community and hear about the choices and pathways offered in Years 11 and 12 (International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, WACE and VET), the opportunities, experiences and networks that lay ahead for your son.

If you know a family who may be interested, please direct them to the College website for further information and to register: http://bit.ly/2GmdnIt

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The Difficulties Faced by Boys and the Changing View of Masculinity...

As Scotch College  celebrated  Men's Health Week, it allowed the boys to reflect upon their physical and mental health. When doing so, we soon realise that boys are faced with many challenges and that there is still a stereotype of what defines a "real man". An underlying tone to this stereotype, is an unrealistic expectation to be perfect and to carry on when times are tough. However, a spotlight is being shone on the importance of Male Mental Health. The view of masculinity is beginning to change,   but can only change if we continue to encourage boys to talk about their thoughts and feelings. If boys are not encouraged to talk about their thoughts and feelings, it solidifies to them that they need to try and meet the unrealistic expectations that have been portrayed to males for generations.   

But how do we do this?  

In various ways, the boys at Scotch College are already encouraged to engage in this reflection. The senior school boys were encouraged by their Year 11 peers during Men's Health Week to have a chat about how they have been feeling. They also engage in wellbeing classes throughout the year and are encouraged to speak to their House Heads, the Director of Wellbeing and School Psychologists.  Additionally ,  we can also encourage the boys to review what it actually means to be a man. There is strong support that we move away from the notion that males should only engage in "traditional masculine activities". But instead, should be supported to engage in activities that they find fun and enjoyable. Boys should be able to play football if they want to, but then also sing and engage in the arts. In the past, being creative was not seen as stereotypical male behaviour. This is already showing that there are steps towards a change in the view of what it means to be masculine.  

Boys also need to be encouraged to not feel ashamed when they fail at things, realistically everyone will fail at something or not excel at everything. Some tasks  we can learn from and then eventually master the skill with practice, others may just never be our strength and that is ok. Slowly but surely, it will soon become more acceptable for males to break down the  mo u ld  of what a stereotypical male is and should be. Strength is now viewed differently and is not definitive to just physical strength or wealth, but the ability to stand up for what one morally believes in and enjoys. This is regardless of how "un-masculine" it may feel. This is how the view of masculinity is changing.  

From reading this, if you decide to have a conversation with your son (or think it is better for him to read this), there are a few take home messages. Firstly, ask your son to reflect on what is means to be a man and then let him know that it is:   

  • Ok to not be ok  
  • Ok to not conform to stereotypes  
  • Ok to talk about it  
  • Ok to ask for help  

There is no correct definitive answer of what being a "real man" is, but an underlying factor is that a boy should feel comfortable to do as he pleases, to make mistakes and to genuinely feel happy in being himself.  

Mr Jon Marginis  
Senior School Psychologist  

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Scotch College Rowing Club Raffle – Winners Announcement

Thanks to some wonderful donations of prizes the Rowing Community will benefit from your generosity.

The Winners are:
First Prize: Brett Costello  –  Australian South Sea Pearl Strand – donated by Bill Hutton
Second Prize: Katrina Bourne – $1000 Voucher donated by King Living
Third Prize: Hazel Dickson – Wine Selection donated by Swings and Roundabouts – Hopkins and Moore families

Permit Number LS213099319

Thank you to everyone who supported the Rowing Community and purchased a raffle ticket.

Please contact us with queries about the Scotch College Foundation at Foundation@scotch.wa.edu.au

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Mr John Stewart Head of Junior School

Junior School

Mr John Stewart
Head of Junior School

Homework over the break? That is the question.

The time to recharge after a long semester is important. Children get tired both physically and mentally. Rest can help refocus mind and body and return a child back to school ready for learning. The time to be with family, with their parents and spend quality time having fun, relaxing and enjoying shared experiences together cannot be measured, but in most cases will never be forgotten.

With the three-week break beginning on Friday, many of our boys and their families are off to far flung locations to experience what those places have to offer. The opportunities to learn through doing and seeing are immense. Even with all of those planned visits, tours and engagements, children will still have times when they will want someone to give them something to do.

As teachers we will always ask that our students continue to read, practice their number skills and do some writing. But we realise that the opportunities presented by being away from school are significant and of great value to both students and their families.

My advice to families about 'homework' over the break is simple. Spend time together and enjoy being a family without the pressure of school, work and regular life. Make use of the break to do things together such as:

  • Walk on sand, through fields and over hills
  • Splash
  • Dance like no one is watching
  • Go fly a kite
  • Make a new friend and make them smile
  • Take a photo of a sunset
  • Try five foods you supposedly didn't like
  • Skim a stone
  • Build an epic den
  • Go wild in the rain
  • Read a book together
  • Cuddle up and enjoy a movie

In short, let the children be children, enjoy each other's company, have fun, laugh, smile and do things together as a family.

I look forward to the boys' return to school, seeing their refreshed faces and hearing of their adventures. I want to wish our families a safe, relaxing and enjoyable break.

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Enrichment in the Junior School

Autumn Term is almost complete and the boys are continuing to engage in a multitude of opportunities that cater to the wide and diverse range of abilities and learning styles that our students possess. Through in-class inquiry, differentiated lessons, competitions and co-curricular clubs, the aim is to enrich and extend all children and below, I have detailed only a few of the wonderful activities that are on offer.

In Year 5 the boys have all been engaged in Speakers Challenge, writing their own original speeches and delivering it to an audience. Three finalists were chosen from each class and they proceeded to the school finals. William Macknay, Daniel Weustink, Leon Hugo, Harry Nicholls, Hamish Byass, Cooper Royle, Thomas Lovegrove, Alexander Griffin and Luke Schaufler are to be congratulated on their outstanding presentations, making the judges' decision an impossible one. However, three students were victorious and will represent Scotch College at the Inter School Speakers Challenge, to be held at the Dickinson Centre on Wednesday 3 July. We wish the very best of luck to William Macknay, Hamish Byass and Harry Nicholls.

Junior School continues to develop relationships and collaborations across the three sub-schools, utilising the talents and skills of our older, more experienced students and staff members from both Middle and Senior School. Along with the Year 6 students, the Year 5 boys are busy preparing for the Da Vinci decathlon where they compete against other schools, across ten disciplines, to test their academic knowledge, creative thinking and collaborative skills. We have guest presenters and workshops organised in order to hone their skills in readiness for the competition day. Good luck to Jack Mayo, Oliver Campbell, Thomas Lovegrove, William Macknay, Jake Cuomo, Logan Herbert, Leon Hugo and Guillaume Daoud.

As part of the co-curricular club, seven Year 5 students have been embarking on a journey in FIRST Lego League (FLL), a first for Scotch College. In FLL students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. The boys have been practicing on last year's table where the theme was Into Orbit. This year the competition starts on Thursday 1 August with boys working on solving a real-world problem based on the theme of City Shaper. Boys will need to present their solutions to a panel of judges. The second component is the programming of the robot to compete on the FLL table. The boys will have 2 minutes 30 seconds to complete as many missions as possible to earn as many points as possible for completing missions successfully using their EV3 robot. The last component is for the boys to be using the FIRST core values of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun. The team will compete at the regional final in Carramar on Saturday 30 November and if they get through that, will compete at the WA Championship on Saturday 14 December. Following that there is the possibility of heading to the nationals in Sydney and then the World Championships the following year in America.

As you can see, holidays will be well deserved for everyone. Junior School certainly is a busy and enriching place to be.

Mrs Alison Webster
Junior School Enrichment Coordinator

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Year 5C News

5C have enjoyed a philosophical approach to inquiry learning this semester. These deep discussions have been a powerful method of learning which are leading us towards the grand finale of the PYP, ‘The Exhibition.’ Taking a fresh look at the learner profile, transdisciplinary themes and approaches to learning have been important as it has provided an opportunity for revision and a starting point for our bright-eyed new students.

The year’s learning started with the philosophical question ‘what are the biggest problems in the world?’ This led to our first inquiry unit, ‘How We Organise Ourselves’, where the boys were able to develop political parties, lead campaigns and then vote for their preferred candidate. Environmental policies featured prominently throughout the class. Following this, we asked the boys about the impacts of settlement during colonisation. This next unit on ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, featured a visit to the Fremantle Prison and the Shipwreck Galleries. Powerful provocations provided the boys with a deep understanding of the Swan River Colony, enabling them to write historical diaries from the perspective of an early settler, convict or Aboriginal person.

Our current unit on ‘Sharing the Planet’ has seen the boys explore the central idea that ‘sharing resources may challenge communities to consider different perspectives.’ Through a cleverly designed website by the talented Ms Louden, Year 5 have combined classes to role-play different countries in order to explore causes of conflict when sharing resources, conflict and resolution, environmental considerations, and, rights and equality. Initially, the boys completed research in order to understand some background information on their country as well as some of the global inequalities. The role-playing has involved boys taking on a specific role within their country: journalist, prime minister, ambassador to the united nations, defence minister, trade minister, finance minister or welfare minister. The game has included the use of tokens to represent water, resources, military etc. in order to determine what is gained and lost due to crises faced or provisions of humanitarian aid. The countries faced different hypothetical scenarios which then required philosophical discussions in order to work out solutions. The game has involved a United Nations assembly, trading and whole cohort discussions. Alongside these sessions, the boys have been writing a formal information report on their country. The critical thinking skills, research skills and collaboration skills that are at the fore of this inquiry have been essential in helping the boys to prepare for the upcoming PYP Exhibition.

Clearly, 5C are a hardworking bunch. The level of higher-order thinking that is happening in Year 5 is impressive. We are looking forward to a fun end to the semester with our assembly item featuring on the last day of Autumn Term. We are excited to finish off the term on a high before a well-deserved rest.

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Ms Renae Cirillo
Year 5 Teacher

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Physical Education News

Select Scotch students in Year 4, 5 and 6 took part in the annual Inter-School Cross Country which was held on the College grounds on Thursday 27 June. The excitement was high for all the boys as they prepared to race against their peers from the other six PSA schools. The Year 4 students got off to a great start with Lincoln McIntosh and William Carmichael running strongly for the Scotch team. Each boy's run counted toward the overall score, so consistency of performance and strength in depth is paramount in a cross country team. All the Year 4 students ran with Scotch sitting third after the Year 4 race. The Year 5 students were up next and performed fantastically with all the students running to and beyond their potential. A special mention to Ben Campbell who won the Year 5 race. Aquinas still led by some margin going into the Year 6 race and it was a great team effort from all the Year 6 students that saw Scotch pip Trinity and Aquinas to the shield. Oliver Knuckey won the Year 6 race whilst Caden Hart ran a fantastic personal race. This was the fourth year in a row that Scotch has won the shield outright and the fifth year they have won the shield. This is a testament to the students training and ability to perform as a team and run for each other against some very strong opposition...

Mr Scott Whiston
Head of Junior School Physical Education

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Mr Richard Ledger Head of Middle School

Middle School

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Last week we celebrated our connection to the Uniting Church and the concept of being united with a Chapel in the City excursion.  The Wesley Church on the corner of Hay and William Street built in 1870 with a capacity for 360 worshippers was our venue.  So, on a grey, wet, wintery day it was our Year 7 and 8 students who gathered in one of Perth's oldest churches and with our own Chaplain, readers and musicians we enjoyed and joined in a very thoughtful and moving service that reminded us of the strength and importance of being united.

The respect, attentiveness and the appreciation of the setting and the occasion by all of our students made me very proud.  On a day that delivered so much rain, we then walked the 1 ½ km from the Wesley Church to Northbridge under clear skies to watch the movie 2040, itself an uplifting look at how working together and being united can solve many of the significant dilemmas we face as a society.  Today's Thistle is a series of photos from a very memorable Chapel in the City excursion.

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Reverend Wall in front of the 150 year old stained glass windows of the Wesley Church

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Year 8 boys in the upper gallery

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Zephyr, Kolbi and Karl who delivered the readings and Acknowledgement to Country

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In Men's Health Week it was former Headmaster Rev Syme who delivered the homily on the importance of looking after ourselves

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The musicians who played the items: Stand By Me and True Colours

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Year 7 boys and teachers in the main gallery with a plaque in the background commemorating John Hardy who arrived in 1830 and who, for four years, delivered the open air church services under a jarrah tree near the present day site of the church. 

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Teaching & Learning with iPads in Middle School

This year we have seen the progression of iPads with Apple Pencil support into Year 6 of the Middle School. This has provided our students and teachers with many new opportunities to explore their teaching and their learning and we highlight some of these here through the lens of Mathematics.

The device is coupled with an Apple Pencil allowing much more organic recording and creation, which has not been previously possible with the laptop.  The portability, the speed and ease to capture video or images along with the plethora of apps all enhance and extend the experience. Add in the synchronisation capabilities of Office 365 and other apps and we have an ideal platform for the students and teachers to build upon.

The teachers set up OneNote Class Notebooks for their classes and this provides increased access to classwork, from both the teacher and the students.  Instead of working through the sample exercises directly on the whiteboard, the teacher uses a digital space in the Class Notebook to complete the class demonstration.  There are a couple of opportunities through this method; first, this decouples the teacher from the front of the room and allows free movement around the class, and second, all the exemplar exercises that normally get rubbed off the board at the end of the lesson are captured live into the Class Notebook that can be reviewed and accessed by the students at a later date.

Students create directly in OneNote capturing their work, written or typed, including images and videos of their manipulatables or real-world constructions.  Teachers can review this work without needing to collect books or worry about boys forgetting to bring their work and homework to or from home.  The homework sheet cannot be lost or eaten by the dog.  Mathspace is being used as a key maths practice tool in the Middle School.  The iPad and Apple Pencil increase the usability and effectiveness of Mathspace by enabling the natural writing of the steps to the solution directly rather than trying to use a keyboard and mouse. The continued development of Mathspace means we are going to see this experience improve.

A simulation app called PhET allows a way to visualise and experiment with factors, multiplication and division. By providing multiple ways to investigate and work with concepts, both through physical manipulation, numbers and sums and simulations, the teachers consolidate and challenge the students' understandings. We are finding the boys, by using other simulations in PhET, are encouraged to explore concepts that are yet to be covered in class.  Another app that extends the boys understanding is Isometric Paper.  This app supports isometric drawings and has been used to explore volume. By keeping the lines constrained the app allows all students to successfully draw shapes in isometric view and provides the opportunity for extension and creativity.

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Mr Jared Faint
Curriculum Administrator & ILT Integration Specialist

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Respect & Resilience in 8.6

Prior to Week 8 all but two Homerooms had made the journey to Dwellingup for a week long Year 8 camp at Moray, 8.6 being one of those two.  Given the torrential downpours that lingered over Moray the week preceding our arrival, we were prepared for anything but we were blessed with sunny skies and crisp mornings.

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Activities such as the high ropes course, canoeing, orienteering, and camping kept the boys busy over the week-long camp with a respectful, inclusive manner exhibited by all.  I particularly enjoyed hearing and participating in affective empathetic conversations when the entire group or members of the group were being tasked to move out of their comfort zones (think high ropes, white water rapids and thoughts or being away from home).  The resilience shown by all members in 8.6 became a consistent theme during the camp and the Outdoor Education staff were only too happy to sing the boys praise.  A credit to all involved.

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Moray will quickly turn into a distant memory, until their next trip to Dwellingup in Year 9 for another week-long adventure camp.  We are looking forward to the final six months of 2019 together.

Mr Scott Siekierka
8.6 Homeroom Teacher

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7.4 Chapel in the City

On Thursday, 27 June, the Year 7 and 8 students went into the city, where Rev Wall and former Scotch College Headmaster Rev Syme co-conducted a service in Wesley Church.  The boys listened attentively throughout the service, respecting both the occasion and church.  Kolbi Smith's moving Acknowledgement to Country, Heydar Ismayilov and Guy Teissier's fantastic singing, the wonderful backing of the band and Rev Syme's powerful message about leadership through service were some of highlights.  Congratulations to Rev Wall for initiating such a memorable occasion and to the staff involved in planning a well organised excursion.

Following the service, we made our way to Cinema Paradiso, for a private screening of the movie 2040, which identified a range of current innovative solutions being implemented around the globe, aimed at improving the health of both our planet and society.

On returning to the College, students in 7.4 discussed the themes in 2040, making links to topics covered earlier in the year.  Following this, each boy identified a solution they connected with, conducted research, shared ideas and summarised their findings in a variety of ways, including the use of infographics.

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Overall, the day was a great success and the boys represented the College with distinction.

Mr Andrew Arbuckle
7.4 Homeroom Teacher

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Headmaster's Commendations

Congratulations to the following Middle School boys who received a Headmaster's Commendation last week:

6.1

Charlie McCall

6.1

Val Davies

6.1

Lachlan Cairns

6.2

Tommy Clements

6.2

Marc Ricciardello

7.1

Xavier Balnaves

7.2

Tom Wallwork

7.2

Adrian Garbowski

7.2

Seth Abbott

7.3

Bram Ezekiel

7.3

Jack Douglas

7.4

Noah McCreery

7.4

Tom Mengler

7.4

Max Thorpe

8.2

Fletcher McIntosh

8.2

Ross Whittome

8.2

Sam Romero

8.3

Charlie Clynk

8.3

Will Parker

8.3

Bailey Banfield

8.4

Charles McCarthy

8.4

Benjamin Vriezen

8.7

Jason Pocock

8.7

Aidan Brookes

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Important Dates in Middle School Autumn Term

Friday 5 July

Autumn Term Concludes

Semester 1 Reports published in SEQTA Engage

Tuesday 30 July

Winter Term Commences

Thursday 1 August

Year 8 Dancing Programme, 4.00pm – 5.30pm MLC

Friday 2 August

MS Assembly, 12.00pm DC

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Mr Peter Burt - Head of Senior School

Senior School

Mr Peter Burt
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

The upcoming three-week break provides a great chance for us all to spend time with our family and friends and regroup before Winter Term, the final term of the Senior School academic year. However, this holiday break also presents  several  great opportunities for our students to be involved in a variety of tours and expeditions.  

Over the coming weeks we will have students away in Basel for the Pipe Band Tour and Europe for the History Tour. Some of our Year 9 boys will be in Canberra and  a large number of  our Year 10 boys will be on expedition s  in the north  and south  of the state.  

These tours and expeditions have many benefits. They expose the students to new experiences that not only enhance, but reach well beyond, the classroom practices. This is particularly evident with the Canberra and History tours, which add context to students' understanding of work covered in the Humanities and History courses respectively. They benefit from hearing from different staff members and teachers, in new environments and settings, adding richness to their learning.  

The tours help nurture personal fulfilment and growth for those boys who participate, challenging them beyond the classroom and allowing them to experience a wide array of activities that our classroom practices cannot replicate. This growth contributes to their independence and ability to problem solve as they face challenges that are often unique to the environment they are in, especially in the case of the Year 10 Expeditions.  

These trips also offer new opportunities for social development as the boys find themselves spending time with students who are not part of their close friendship groups. They benefit from developing a greater understanding of others, and their differing viewpoints and approaches. The tours often involve long plane trips, bus-rides or the chance to sit by a campfire and these are great chances to listen  to and  engage with others in a relaxed and informal setting.   

The boys also experience a connection with the land or the area they are visiting ,  and this is important in terms of their learning, understanding and appreciation of others who have shared those places with, or before them. The locations may have significance due to their history, their beauty, their geography or their people and the connections the boys feel will vary but should not be under-estimated.   

As much as anything, though, these trips are about enjoyment. The reasons that were the catalyst for the boys' choice of tour or expedition may vary, but a common theme is that they have fun. They see and learn about new things in a more relaxed and less structured environment and the learning is experiential.  

I wish all boys and their families well for the break and, to those who are traveling as part of a school tour or on a family holiday, I trust you will take the time to enjoy where you are and appreciate the people you are with. To staff who are taking part in these tours, thank you for your dedication and commitment to ensuring the students have these incredible opportunities.   

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Year 11 Scholarships

Current Year 11 students are invited to apply for the

  • PC Anderson Scholarship

OR 

  • WR Dickinson Scholarship

To be eligible to apply for the PC Anderson Scholarship you must be the son, grandson, great grandson etc of an Old Scotch Collegian. Boys who do not have an old boy connection are eligible to apply for the WR Dickinson Scholarship.

Please see Miss Rawlings in Admissions, located in Campbell House (the house situated on the opposite corner to the main Administration building).

Applications must be collected by the student. Applications close 4.00pm Friday 2 August 2019.

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Important Dates in Senior School Autumn Term

Date 

Event 

Location  

Time 

Week 10A  

 

 

 

Tuesday 2 July  

Hockey Pugwash Cup – Year 12 Hockey players v 'the rest'  

UWA Turf  

7.00am – 8.15am  

 

Year 10 Philosophy Incursion  

BRC (Library)  

8.55am – 10.45am  

 

Scotch Parents Meeting  

Dining Room Annexe  

9.00am – 10.30am  

 

Champion Schools Basketball – Senior Boys Competition v Willetton SHS  

Willetton SHS  

2.30pm – 5.30pm  

 

Year 9 Shearer House Boarding House visit  

Boarding House  

3.30pm – 6.30pm  

 

Senior School Open Evening  

BRC (Library)  

5.30pm – 7.00pm  

Thursday 4 July  

AFL Western Derby Breakfast  

Optus Stadium  

7.00am – 9.00am  

 

PSA Cross Country – All Schools 3km x 2 Event   

(Please visit sport.scotch.wa.edu.au)  

Scotch College  

2.30pm – 4.00pm  

 

Scotch College 1st Rugby v John XXIII College  

John XXIII College  

3.30pm – 5.30pm  

 

Guest Speaker, Paul  Litherland  – Internet Awareness  

Memorial Hall  

6.30pm – 8.00pm  

Friday 5 July  

Senior School Marching and Assembly  

Dickinson Centre  

8.30am – 9.45am  

 

Autumn Term ends  

 

12.55pm  

 

European History Tour departs   

 

 

 

Year 9 Canberra Tour   

(Group 1 and 2) departs   

 

 

Saturday 6 July  

Year 9 Canberra Tour   

(Group 3 and 4) departs  

 

 

Sunday 7 July  

Pipe Band Tour departs   

 

 

Monday 22 July  

Year 10 Expeditions (Group 1) depart  

various  

 

Week 1B  

 

 

 

Monday 29 July  

Staff PD Day (no classes)  

 

 

 

Boarding House opens – boys due back by 5.30pm  

 

3.00pm  

Tuesday 30 July  

Winter Term commences  

 

 

 

PSA Sport – Scotch College v Wesley College (Firsts teams only) (Please visit sport.scotch.wa.edu.au)  

Scotch College  

1.30pm – 4.00pm  

Friday 2 August  

Senior School Marching and Assembly   

Dickinson Centre  

8.30am – 9.45am  

 

PSA Sport – Christ Church Grammar School v Scotch College (Please visit sport.scotch.wa.edu.au)  

Away  

1.30pm – 4.00pm  

 

Year 10 Social with PLC  

PLC  

7.00pm – 10.00pm  

Saturday 3 August  

PSA Sport – Christ Church Grammar School v Scotch College (Please visit sport.scotch.wa.edu.au)  

Away  

8.30am onwards  

 

PSA Cross Country – Seniors All Schools Race (5km)  

Wesley College  

8.30am – 11.30am  

Sunday 4 August   

Stanford Tour departs  

 

 

Week 2A  

NAIDOC Week  

 

 

 

Monday 5 August  

Year 9 Moray Group 1 departs  

 

 

 

Year 11 Leadership Day  

 

 

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Boys' Achievements 

The Pipe Band A Team competed in the State Pipe Band Championships and placed first in Juvenile and Grade 4 Selection of Marches and second in Grade 4 overall.  

Joshua (Josh)  Kerrich   ( Year 12 ,  Anderson )  was awarded State Champion Drum Major.  

Year 11 Certificates of Excellence – Semester 1  

PREFERRED  

SURNAME  

HOUSE  

Charlie  

Bevan  

Alexander  

Ronan  

Cameron  

Anderson  

Alex  

Chew  

Brisbane  

Adam  

Darley  

Anderson  

Christoff  

De Wet  

Ferguson  

James  

Devereux  

Ferguson  

Ashley  

Edgar  

Brisbane  

Jake  

Faulkner  

St Andrews  

Santino  

Febbo  

Ross  

Ronald  

Fellows-Smith  

St Andrews  

George  

Graham  

Keys  

Benjamin (Ben)  

Hough  

Cameron  

Giancarlo (Gianni)  

Kain  

Brisbane  

Patrick  

Latchem  

Ferguson  

Casey  

Lawrence  

Ferguson  

Eden  

Messina  

Keys  

Darius  

Opie  

Shearer  

Charlie  

Radici  

Cameron  

Lachlan  

Raffan  

Brisbane  

Max  

Shervington  

Anderson  

Lachlan  

Simpson  

Stuart  

William  

Steinberg  

Brisbane  

Matthew  

Steinepreis  

Cameron  

Arun  

Tibballs  

Shearer  

Sam  

Wake  

Brisbane  

Andrew  

Walton  

Keys  

Daniel  

Wiese  

Keys  

Samuel  

Wolf  

Cameron  

 

Year 12 Certificates of Excellence     

PREFERRED  

SURNAME  

HOUSE  

Jack  

Adams  

Alexander  

Sebastian  

Barrett  

Brisbane  

Daniel  

Buchhorn  

Brisbane  

Charlie  

Castleden  

Stuart  

William  

Chalmers  

St Andrews  

Blake  

Costello  

St Andrews  

James  

Coulson  

Ferguson  

Joshua  

Croker  

Shearer  

Owen  

Edgar  

Ferguson  

Thomas  

Hodge  

St Andrews  

James  

Jenour  

Brisbane  

Conor  

Lenny  

Anderson  

Benjamin  

Lilburne  

Stuart  

Jock  

Mactier  

Stuart  

Benjamin  

Marshall  

Ross  

Liam  

Newport  

Shearer  

Joshua  

Nicholson  

St Andrews  

Joshua  

O'Dea  

Brisbane  

Lewis  

Orr  

Ferguson  

Harry  

Pasich  

Ross  

Kobey  

Rafferty  

Shearer  

Shayan  

Saebi  

Ferguson  

Benjamin (Benji)  

Steinberg  

Ferguson  

Jack  

Taylor  

Brisbane  

Lucas  

Triglavcanin  

St Andrews  

Alexander (Alex)  

van Hoek  

Ross  

Max  

Vaughan  

Alexander  

 

Year 12 Academic Colours (Previously received Colours)    

Preferred  

Surname  

House  

Jack  

Adams  

Alexander  

Sebastian  

Barrett  

Brisbane  

Daniel  

Buchhorn  

Brisbane  

William  

Chalmers  

St Andrews  

Blake  

Costello  

St Andrews  

Joshua  

Croker  

Shearer  

Thomas  

Hodge  

St Andrews  

James  

Jenour  

Brisbane  

Benjamin  

Lilburne  

Stuart  

Jock  

Mactier  

Stuart  

Benjamin  

Marshall  

Ross  

Liam  

Newport  

Shearer  

Joshua  

Nicholson  

St Andrews  

Joshua  

O'Dea  

Brisbane  

Lewis  

Orr  

Ferguson  

Harry  

Pasich  

Ross  

Kobey  

Rafferty  

Shearer  

Benjamin (Benji)  

Steinberg  

Ferguson  

Jack  

Taylor  

Brisbane  

Lucas  

Triglavcanin  

St Andrews  

Alexander (Alex)  

van Hoek  

Ross  

Max  

Vaughan  

Alexander  

 

Year 12 Academic Colours (new)  

Preferred  

Surname  

House  

Shayan  

Saebi  

Ferguson  

 

Year 12 Academic Honours

Preferred  

Surname  

House  

Jack  

Adams  

Alexander  

Sebastian  

Barrett  

Brisbane  

Daniel   

Buchhorn  

Brisbane  

William  

Chalmers  

St Andrews  

Blake  

Costello  

St Andrews  

Joshua  

Croker  

Shearer  

Thomas  

Hodge  

St Andrews  

James  

Jenour  

Brisbane  

Benjamin  

Lilburne  

Stuart  

Jock  

Mactier  

Stuart  

Benjamin  

Marshall  

Ross  

Liam  

Newport  

Shearer  

Joshua  

Nicholson  

St Andrews  

Joshua  

O'Dea  

Brisbane  

Lewis  

Orr  

Ferguson  

Harry  

Pasich  

Ross  

Kobey  

Rafferty  

Shearer  

Benjamin (Benji)  

Steinberg  

Ferguson  

Jack  

Taylor  

Brisbane  

Lucas  

Triglavcanin  

St Andrews  

Alexander (Alex)  

van Hoek  

Ross  

Max  

Vaughan  

Alexander  

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Careers Information 

Year 12 Parents and Students  

School Curriculum & Standards Authority Information  

Year 12 WACE and IB Diploma final examination timetables have been released.  

WACE (ATAR)  timetables can be accessed via the SCSA (School Curriculum & Standards Authority) website:  www.scsa.wa.edu.au . All Year 12 WACE students should by now have read the on-line Year 12 Informati on publication and be aware of  the requirements to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and for sitting ATAR course examinations. These requirements are listed in the  Year 12 Information Handbook  which is available on the Authority website at  http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/year-12-information .  Students should have also completed the on-line Student Declaration  https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/the-wace/student-declaration which will allow them to access their personalised WACE examination timetable when they are released later this year.  

IB Diploma  students have been given their exam schedule, their candidate number and their PIN code for accessing results by Mr Scaife.  

Please ensure that both you and your son are both aware of this information and if you have any questions, check the respective websites or contact Michael Scaife for IB Diploma enquiries or Peter  Frusher  for WACE enquiries.   

TISC (Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) Information  

Applications for further study at either TAFE or University have  NOT  been requested by the respective tertiary institutions at this stage. In August students will be given the  2020 TISC Guide that will outline all the procedures and dates that are relevant to the university application process and beyond. Mr  Frusher  will also be talking to the students as a group and explaining the TISC Guide, together with the application process. In August/September, Mr  Frusher  will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all Year 12 students to discuss applications and to offer advice. If applications have been submitted by this time, they are still able to be adjusted for several months.  

At this stage of the year all Year 12 students should have obtained a prospectus containing information on all courses offered by each of the WA Universities. Additional copies are available from Mr  Frusher . Following on from the Scotch Careers Expo, students are encouraged to attend university and TAFE Open Days throughout July/August.  

For information on interstate and overseas universities check the relevant websites or contact Mr  Frusher  who will be able to assist.  

As a parent, what can your son and you do together?  

  • Discuss various courses in the prospectuses that may be of interest to your son  
  • Gather more information by visiting university websites, or requesting further information from universities    
  • Attend university Open Days that are advertised in each prospectus and in this newsletter  

University of Notre Dame  1-on-1 Course Advice Sessions  

8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019, appointments 9.00am-6.30pm   
Prospective Students Office, 23 High St, Fremantle 

Considering your  university  options but unsure of the right degree for you?  

Our advisors can introduce you to a range of programs that align with your strengths and interests to help you find the right degree for you.  

Appointments from 9.00am- 6.30pm  

Find out more:  https://www.notredame . edu.au/events-items/1-on-1-advice-sessions-july  

A Day in the Life of a Notre Dame Student (for Year 10, 11 and 12 students)  
Get a taste of university life and explore our degrees! Take part in lectures and activities, meet current students and academics, and check out the facilities with a campus tour.  
19 July 2019, 9.30am - Register here    
 

Scholarships  

Scholarship applications to most universities are now open and students need to start preparing their applications as soon as possible. Scholarships information can be accessed on individual university websites and also by contacting Mr  Frusher  at Scotch. There are many different scholarships available with different criteria attached to each. Applications for scholarships are made direct   to the university concerned but some are made via a nomination by Scotch and students will be notified of these in the near future.  

University of New South Wales - Canberra  

  • ADFA Trainee Officers  study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs)  
  • Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students  study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends)  
  • Non-Defence Undergraduate students  study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees (with paid work experience opportunities).  

All students are provided with a unique study experience, access to custom-built facilities and resources, outstanding industry networks, and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the world.  

Find out more -  http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/study    

The University of Melbourne New Scholarship  

Melbourne National Merit Scholarship will offer a one-off allowance of $8000 to talented students who achieve an ATAR of 99 .00- 99.85 from Australian states other than Victoria, to assist with the cost of moving to study in Melbourne. Students will additionally be offered accommodation for the first year of study.  

Further information is available at:  https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/merit-scholarship .    

A Day in the Life of a Doctor – Medicine Experience Day, Perth  

27 July 2019, 9.00am-1.30pm  

Are you considering studying medicine in Australia?  

Come and see what it’s really like to be a medical student at  MedView’s  Medicine Experience Day.  

Designed f or high-school and university students interested in medicine, this is a unique opportunity to learn valuable medical and surgical skills, speak 1-on-1 with doctors and medical students, and put yourself on a path to a successful career as a doctor.  

Find out more:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-doctor-medicine-experience-day-perth-tickets-62629902725  

FREE PARENT SEMINARS: Complete Guide to Successful Medical/Dent al School Entry (for Year 11 and below )  

Thi s parents-only seminar is a two  hour session that covers  all aspects of medical and dental entry  (especially UCAT, interview, medical applications, and the academic challenges of Year 12), as well as a quick overview of medicine as a profession. The seminar will be more than an informative session, as Michael Tsai ( iCanMed's  co-founder) will be sharing insights gathered from his last  eleven  years of working with thousands of students regarding the student mentality, the role of parents, and the ideal  preparation timeline . Michael will introduce this preparation timeline by explaining what each medical entrance assessment requires, the do's and don'ts of preparation, and common misconceptions.  

Sunday,  28  July 2019  
1. 00 pm - 3.0 0 pm  
Perth Modern School  

Click the link below for a full event description and free ticket.  

REGISTER HERE:  https://bit.ly/2Wv0VJW  

Apprenticeships for 20 20     

Many large organisations are recruiting now for apprenticeships commencing in 2020. Check out the Job Search sites or Google 2020 apprenticeships.  

Rio Tinto Apprenticeships - 2020 Intake Applications Open July  

Applications are now open for Rio Tinto's incredible apprenticeship programme. If students are interested, they are encourage d  to do their research and start putting their documents together to apply.  

The four year programme offers qualifications in the following areas - electrician, heavy duty diesel mechanic, mechanical fitter and light vehicle maintenance.  

Applications will be advertised here -  www.riotinto.com/careers    

Hutton &  Northey  Sales Apprenticeship Intake 2020  

Every year Hutton &  Northey  Sales offer a number of four year  Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanical  apprenticeships in the Central/Eastern  Wheatbelt .  

Further information can be  found at hr@hutnorsales.com.au   or by contacting the HR department via email hutnorsalesa.com.au/careers   or (08) 9041 1077.  

Jobs & Skills WA Job Board  

A fantastic resource for job and apprenticeship seekers.  https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs  

Mr Peter  Frusher  
Careers Adviser  

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The Raven  

The Autumn edition of  The Raven  is out.  For a change, this edition largely features non-fiction writing.  Whilst it begins with three excellent fiction pieces, it segues to philosophical and persuasive writing.  Additionally there is wonderful visual art work included.  Congratulations to the following boys who have had their writing or visual art published in it:  

Max Vaughan (Year 12, Alexander), Benjamin Lilburne (Year 12, Stuart), Nathan Cuthbertson (Year 12, Stuart), Yan Zhou (Year 10 Cameron) Samuel Bennett ( Year 10, Cameron) Xavier Dry (Year 10, St Andrews), Nathanael Kumar (Year 10, Alexander), Harry Frodsham (Year 10, Alexander), Jolyon Harrison-Murray (Year 10, Stuart), Max De Nardi (Year 10, Stuart), Lewis Crump (Year 10, Shearer), Benjamin Ward (Year 10, Alexander), Dylan Falkiner (Year 9, Brisbane), Jack Frazer (Year 9, Ferguson), Nicholas Van Wyck (Year 9, Anderson), Noah Embleton (Year 10, Cameron), Edward Young (Year 9, Anderson), Andrew Eidne (Year 10, Ferguson) and Brenton Macauley (Year 10, Ferguson) .     

 You can visit this new Autumn edition of  The Raven  via the Scotch homepage.  Any boy who has exemplary writing that he would like to submit to  The Raven  can send a copy to  jeannette.weeda@scotch.wa.edu.au     

Dr Jeannette Weeda    
English Teacher 

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Support Groups

Scotch Parents

Scotch Parents received several funding requests this month for much needed equipment which have been approved by our Funding Committee:

  • The Scotch Gym will get 3 new Rogue exercise bikes to assist with the PE Department's fitness programs especially High Intensity Interval Training, cross fit and strength and conditioning programs;
  • Six all-terrain outdoor shelters for use at sporting and outdoor events where shelter from the weather is required;
  • Design and fabrication of a purpose built basketball play zone for the Middle School

These projects are funded by the generous parent voluntary contributions to Scotch Parents and will be of enormous benefit to our boys and our school community.

The next meeting of Scotch Parents is on Tuesday 2 July at 9am in the Dining Room Annexe. Please come along to hear a presentation from Scotch's Dean of ILT, Brad Tyrrell, on the new communications platform that has been developed for Scotch Parents and all other support groups within the school. It is a great initiative and extremely easy to use and will be a valuable tool in improving communication to our parent groups.

Scotch Parents have combined with the PLC Parents Association to organise a Parent Sundowner on Saturday 21 September 2019 at Cottesloe Golf Club.  This will be a casual get-together and a chance to mingle with parents from our sister school.  Invites and ticket details will be sent out soon.

Upcoming Events supported by Scotch Parents…

  • Tuesday 2 July: Scotch Parents Meeting at 9am in Dining Room Annexe
  • Friday 5 July: Year 10 Coffee  Catch-up at Pixel Café in Claremont at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 31st July: Year 8 Coffee Catch-up at Eric Chamberlain Café in Cottesloe from 8.30am
  • Saturday 10th August: Year 12 Mum's Sleepover at Moray
  • Saturday 7th September: Year 10 Mum's Sleepover at Moray
  • Saturday21 September:  Scotch and PLC Parents Sundowner at the Cottesloe Golf Club from 6.30pm

Wishing you all a relaxing and safe school holiday break.

Mrs Sara Hector
President
Scotch Parents

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End of Season Winter Sport Dinners – Save the Date

  • Hockey Dinner – Tuesday 27 August
  • Football Dinner – Wednesday 28 August
  • Soccer Dinner – Thursday 29 August
  • Rugby Dinner – Saturday 31 August

Tickets for these events will be available shortly.

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Pipe Band Parent Support Group

Swanbourne Solo’s Pipe Band Competition

The first is for the achievement of James Crawford, Mitch McVicars and David Stulpner in organising the inaugural Swanbourne Solo’s Pipe Band Competition.  The feedback they had received from the WA Pipe Band community has been outstanding, and many have requested that this be an annual event.  The number of entrants was one of the highest levels for any Pipe Band Competition in Perth in 2019.  They should be congratulated for the effort they put in to the day, and the way the represented the college.   

State Pipe Band Competition

The A Team also competed recently at the State Pipe Band Champioships and came 1st in Juvenile and Grade 4 Selection of Marches and 2nd in Grade 4 overall.  Josh Kerrich also won the Drum Major Competition that was held on the day.  

Annual Manure Drive – Saturday 21 September

Support the Scotch College Pipe Band and get your 70L sealed plastic bags of high grade, weed free sheep manure for only $16.00 per bag.  Orders will be available online through the Scotch College website shortly.

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Michael Silbert President of the OSC

OSC

Mr Michael Silbert
President of the OSC

Old Scotch Collegians

The 2019 Career Focus breakfasts for the Year 12 students have come to an end. This year's breakfasts were fantastic events, and Old Scotch Collegians would like to thank the Old Boys who volunteered their time to come and chat with the students. Supported by the OSC, the Career Focus Breakfasts are an extremely important event on both the OSC and Scotch College calendars.

Old Scotch Collegians look forward to welcoming the following cohorts back for their reunions:

  • Class of 1979 on Friday 30 August
  • Class of 1959 on Friday 20 September
  • Class of 1954 on Friday 11 October
  • Class of 1969 on Saturday 12 October
  • Class of 1999 on Friday 18 October

To see the full list of upcoming events, please click here. If you have any queries about the events, contact the OSC office.

As a reminder, the OSC office has a number of Reporters from 2017, 2016 and 2015 that are yet to be collected. If your household is missing a copy, please contact the OSC office to collect one.