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 back to a new term. While it has been a few years since we first implemented the three week mid-year break, it has been interesting that on our return to school this week a number of staff and families commented on the value of this time. It was especially appreciated given the nature of our last term break and the unusual context within which we are operating. I sincerely hope families had time to regroup and share in each other’s company.

PSA Sports

As you may realise, being part of the PSA is a major commitment and something all of the schools and colleges take very seriously.

I am pleased to report that as a result of the collaboration between the PSA schools, we are able to continue this term with a regular set of fixtures, albeit in a revised format and timeline. It was fantastic to see so many spectators at the weekend’s fixtures versus Christ Church Grammar School and congratulations to all students on their involvement in our sports programme.

Year 12 Students

Over the final three weeks of last term I held my annual Year 12 lunches in House groups. The feedback from our boys is invaluable and assists us in improving the services and strategies we endorse for the coming years.

Much has been written this year about Year 12 and what may or may not happen with regards to university placements and work. Each year, this term marks the most important one for our Year 12s. It is our job to support our Senior boys as they work towards finishing their educational journey at Scotch. I ask that wherever possible you support our boys in your thoughts, prayers and deeds.

Our Community

In his book The Art of Belonging, Hugh Mackay provides us with a reminder of the importance of communities:

"We are, by nature, social creatures who congregate; it's in our cultural DNA. We are not good at surviving in isolation. We rely on communities to support and sustain us, and if those communities are to survive and prosper, we must engage with them and nurture them. That's the beautiful symmetry of human society; we need communities and they need us."

While 2020 has meant that a number of regular and much cherished events have had to be cancelled or deferred, we very much appreciate the understanding and support from our community as we have navigated this year thus far. Our major goal is to return to full assemblies as soon as practicable. Our priority is to try and ensure that our Year 12s and their families are a key focus as in many cases this may be the last year of their involvement in such events. We will keep everyone updated on any changes as we continue to navigate our way through this year.

Speaking of major events in 2020, we are looking forward with great anticipation to the College’s production, We will Rock You. Congratulations to our performing arts staff, students and their families who have never wavered from the challenge of getting this production up and going through some very challenging times.

Regional Tour

I am also looking forward to my upcoming visit this term to some of our rural communities with the Head of Boarding. This provides us with a great opportunity to experience first-hand what is happening in some of the towns and farms from which our boarding students come.

In closing, I urge us all to continue to interact with caution and care and continue to encourage the maintenance and focus on the basic health and hygiene procedures. It is clear from what has occurred in other states just how vigilant we have to remain as we are a long way from being COVID-19 free.

I look forward to an exciting term in all three sub schools and boarding, and the opportunity to meet with many of you and share the vibrancy of our own community through the numerous activities this term will deliver.

Have a great fortnight and stay safe.

Dr Alec O'Connell
Headmaster

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Revd Justine Wall - Chaplain

Chaplain

Revd Justine Wall
Chaplain

Marking NAIDOC Week

Jesus told them a parable. He said: "The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."

Matthew 13:31-32

Many of you will have seen the advert that says, 'from little things, big things grow'. That expression is the title of a famous song by Australian songwriter, Paul Kelly. The song's lyrics tell the story of an Indigenous leader named Vincent Lingiari, who in August 1966 led 200 Aboriginal stockmen and their families off Wave Hill Station, where they lived and worked in the Northern Territory. The Gurundji people were protesting about their working conditions which were extremely poor. They were rarely paid wages, instead receiving rations, and were sometimes beaten and abused by the pastoralists. If they didn't obey their managers, the Indigenous stockmen were forced off the land and unable to be with their families. Vincent Lingiari decided the only solution was for all the stockmen and their families to leave the station together. They set up camp 30 miles away at Watti Creek.

The mustard seed had been sown. From little things, big things grow.

The pastoralists' response was to wait. They assumed the stockmen would soon tire of their protest when things became difficult for their families. Months passed and still the Gurundji people did not return to Wave Hill station. Eventually the pastoralists offered to pay the stockmen real wages and improve their working conditions, but their offers were refused. The stockmen would not return to work on the station. The land on which Wave Hill station stood was Gurundji tribal land, which had been forcibly taken from the Gurundji people by British pastoralists 80 years earlier, and now they wanted their land rights acknowledged and restored.

From little things, big things grow.

Vincent Lingiari was a quietly-spoken man with a fierce determination to achieve justice for his people. He organised a petition that was presented to the Governor General, which was unsuccessful, so Vincent toured the country, lobbying politicians until the Wave Hill protest made the headlines. As more Australians became aware of the issue, the demand for change grew.

From little things, big things grow.

At the 1967 referendum, Australians voted overwhelming for constitutional change, so that the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were recognised under law and the federal government could legislate to address the inequalities they experienced.

The mustard seed became the largest plant in the garden. From little things, big things grow.

In 1975, the Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, went to Gurundji country and met with Vincent Lingiari. He took a fistful of the soil and poured it through his fingers into Vincent's hand, saying:

"Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurundji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever."

It took nine years of protest and hardship for the Gurundji people, led by Vincent Lingiari, to receive justice and have their land restored to them.

Vincent Lingiari died in 1988 and was buried with traditional honours. His legacy includes:

  • the Lingiari Foundation was formed in 2001 to promote reconciliation and Indigenous rights and to develop Aboriginal leadership,
  • the Northern Territory Federal electorate, Lingiari, is named after Vincent,
  • there is a memorial to Vincent in Reconciliation Place, Canberra,
  • the Gurundji people have inalienable freehold title over 3,000 square km of their original tribal lands.

The mustard seed has become a tree and the birds come and perch in its branches. From little things, big things grow.

Amen.

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Cara Fugill Director of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Cara Fugill
Director of Teaching and Learning

Julie Bishop and Naomi Flutter visit Scotch

Hon. Julie Bishop, former Foreign Minister and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and Naomi Flutter, Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs of Wesfarmers are two remarkable women who have held significant leadership positions over their working life.

In an extraordinary opportunity, two of our Year 12 students, Reuben  Westerman and Sam Wolf, had the  honour  of meeting these women to learn about their journey after graduating secondary school and how early decisions laid a pathway to a career that perhaps neither of them envisaged at the age of 17.  

Ms Flutter represents the Australian National University (ANU) as the Pro-Chancellor and is an ANU Economics and Law alumna, and Ms Bishop recently became ANU's 13th Chancellor  and the first woman to hold this role. Together, these two women are a formidable force in ensuring Australia's leading university holds its own on a global stage. ANU has well-established exchange programmes with top-ranked universities in 39 countries, with many of their graduates earning postgraduate places at prestigious universities, such as Harvard or Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

When discussing the important next steps following Year 12 graduation, both women relayed that choosing the right university and performing well in your chosen course is critical to future success. This is a very salient point when we consider that research indicates that, on average, Australian students travel further to secondary school then they do to university, suggesting that more of our students are choosing tertiary education based on convenience of location over best education. This, combined with the announcement from the federal government that studying a Humanities degree will now cost you just over $40,000, compared to "job relevant" degrees such as those in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which are half the price. As the global economy faces significant challenges, choosing the right pathway beyond secondary school seems to be more critical than ever. Understanding the universities that offer the best degrees for your chosen pathway, the support you will receive throughout your degree, and the opportunities for post-graduate studies should, at a minimum, be a significant consideration.

Ms Flutter said studying at ANU had been a transformative part of her life that expanded her horizons and redefined what she thought excellence to be, putting it on a global scale, rather than a more local one. Ms Bishop shared with the boys the vision for ANU in terms of teaching, research and societal change. ANU values equity and diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all staff. For our Indigenous students, this commitment means the potential for high-performing students to receive scholarships covering much of their living expenses, tuition fees as well as three flights home a year, recognising  the importance of connection to family and land. In addition, these students are supported through ANU's  Tjabal  Indigenous Higher Education Centre. 

ANU is clearly a leading university and we are delighted that many of our students have taken the opportunity to pursue their studies there. 

At the moment , the following OSCs are studying at ANU:

  • Jack Banfield (OSC'19): Arts (International Relations) and Music (Composition)
  • Max Belcastro (OSC'19): Arts (International Relations)
  • Daniel Buchhorn (OSC'19): Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and Languages
  • William Smith-Gander (OSC'19): Actuarial Science
  • Felix Jones (OSC'18): Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • James Naylor-Pratt (OSC'16): Mathematics
  • Rafe Harrison-Murray (OSC'18): Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing Mr James Hindle

Wellbeing

Mr James Hindle
Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing

The Privilege of Travel

Travel is such a privilege and the recent restrictions on travel have led many of us to appreciate this even more keenly than we might otherwise have done. By privilege, I don’t simply mean that we might have enough money to buy a ticket on a plane or train or boat or bus, as well as being able to afford accommodation when we get to the place we are visiting. It is also a privilege to be able to visit other parts of the planet, to see and experience how other people live, to see sights and hear sounds and smell different places.

If you have been fortunate to fly, you will hopefully remember that joyous, slightly nervous feeling when the plane takes off. You may remember looking out of the window as you leave Perth, rising up and looking down at the Swan River, then crossing the coast, trying to find your little home and heading out across the ocean and up the coast. At some stage, if you are like me, you look down on the landscape or the clouds and think about the incredible feat of engineering which enables you to be up there; how beautiful it all looks; how peaceful it seems – even though you know down at ground level it is quite a different story. 

Travel expands the mind and hopefully makes us better people. By that, I mean it leads us to wonder about the world, to be curious and to have compassion for others. It enables us to be awed by the natural landscape and the built environment, as well as the people and other life within it. It can enhance our sense of empathy, which must be a good thing for the world. It can lead us to be grateful for our own lives, and what we have, and where we live. One of the great joys of travel is returning home to the place and people we know and love.

There are so many different elements to travelling: the shock of the new; the joy of the interesting; the benefits of boredom, whether waiting for a flight or a bus; the curiosity of different food; and the curiosity of a new language. Each of these expands our horizons and changes us, hopefully enabling us to understand more about ourselves and to become a better person in the process. 

Travel is a way of exploring. We explore new places, or rediscover places we visited long ago. Or we can explore places we think we know well.

With the restrictions on travel, I have taken to exploring my local area more, walking with my dog and committing to a different path each morning. I have walked the laneways and back streets which I have previously ignored. It is a different view of an area I thought I knew, and I have been surprised by the pleasure there is in recalibrating what I look for and what I experience.

But, even more than this, the past few months have reinforced for me the realisation that travel is much more than simply changing our location. Even though there have been limits placed on our movement, this should not stop us from travelling. Along with the privilege of travel, there is also an obligation to travel, which can take many forms. We can engage in virtual travel. Something as simple as a travel show on TV can fill us with a sense of wonder at a place we have always wanted to visit, and delving into a photo album can fill us with powerful memories of our previous experiences. Or we can travel in time. Studying and reading about history deepens our understanding of society; studying ideas can profoundly change how we see the world. 

Or perhaps, if we are brave enough, we may choose to visit one of our least-preferred destinations by travelling inwards, to explore or confront who we are and what we believe. We can even engage in a moral journey, asking ethical questions of each other, thereby changing the way we see the world without ever having to go out into it.

The School of Life puts it far better than I could:

“This might, at first, strike us as unnecessary – after all, who knows us better than ourselves? But familiarity doesn’t equal understanding. In truth, your ‘self’ is a largely undiscovered country: one with byways and backwaters that have never been mapped. Many of the difficulties we face – from our difficulties with relationships, to a vagueness around our career ambitions, to feeling our lives lack direction and purpose – stem from a poor understanding of how our minds really work. The path to fulfillment starts with a search for self-knowledge: a quest to uncover how our childhoods, emotions, and life experiences have shaped us as people.”

Each of these options above are available to each of us and our boys. Please encourage him to explore. Impress upon him the obligation to travel, especially on that more challenging inward journey. The point of travel is to be changed, hopefully for the better. We don’t have to leave home for that to happen.


Yoga 

Year 4s and 5s had their first yoga session for the term last Friday. These will continue throughout the term. Please ask your son what they have been doing and get them to teach you!

Yogi in Residence

This week, throughout Week 2 in Middle School, Helen Heppingstone will be taking each class for a mindfulness session. We have set up a dedicated room for these sessions and, with the help of Karen Woods, staff have been provided with mindfulness activities to use pre- and post-session. This builds on the work we have done previously with Mindful Meditation Australia. 

Brain Reset

Helen Heppingstone will continue to run these sessions in the Senior School on Wednesdays after school for any interested Year 11s and 12s.

As we move into the final school exams for each of these year groups, now is the perfect time for your son to practise simple physical and mental relaxation techniques which he can use up to, during and beyond the examination period. These are skills for life and I have strongly encouraged the boys to attend. If you could also encourage your son to attend, that would be wonderful. There are so many benefits to mindfulness, from better academic performance, lower stress, better health and sleep, stronger relationships, greater capacity to concentrate and deal with difficulties, I cannot recommend it enough.

If we can provide our young men with these skills now, we will be doing them an enormous favour for the rest of their life.

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All School Matters

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours

Tuesdays: 8am – 5pm

Thursdays: 7.30am – 11.30am

Fridays: 7.30am – 11.30am

The Uniform Shop will be closed for the mid-term break Friday 21 August 2020.

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New Sports Uniform – Reminder

In 2016, we commenced a systematic review of our Sports apparel. The key drivers were to modernise our apparel using functional, breathable fabrics with the goal of projecting a strong image which is distinctly Scotch College.

Please be aware that the new sports apparel is compulsory from 2021.

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Senior School Production

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Get ready to rock!

In less than one month, the Scotch College and PLC production of  We Will Rock You will finally hit the stage.

This smash hit West End musical by legendary rock band Queen and comedian and writer Ben Elton celebrates the spirit of rock and roll, the fight for freedom and individuality. 

The story is set in a dystopian future where musical instruments are banned and rock music has never been heard. Instead, everyone listens to computer-generated music and lives virtual lives. Until one day Galileo, Scaramouche and a band of rock rebels known as the bohemians refuse to conform and take a stand against the ruthless Killer Queen and her partner in crime Commander Khashoggi.

Scotch and PLC students from Year 9–12 have been rehearsing We Will Rock You since February until everything was put on hold when the pandemic hit. Now rehearsals are back in full swing, the cast and crew are ready to rock the Dickinson Centre and celebrate the incredible music of Queen. 

Don't miss out on a hilarious night of entertainment.

Show Dates

  • Wednesday 26 August, 7pm
  • Thursday 27 August, 7pm
  • Friday 28 August, 7pm
  • Saturday 29 August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Buy tickets

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Year Group Contact Lists 2020 

Year group contact lists will be sent out again early in Winter Term to include all of our new families.

If you have had any contact or address changes recently please let us know at admissions@scotch.wa.edu.au by Friday 14  August 2020. 

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Insurance

Scotch does not provide insurance cover for students on a 24-hour basis however, we do have accident insurance for all boys while they are in the charge and under the control of the College.

This includes cover while on work experience. The amount of cover is dependent upon the type of injury, generally to a maximum of $1,000, with the exception of total and permanent disability.

This cover does not include expenses which can be claimed through Medicare and private health insurance or the Medicare Gap and only provides limited cover for dental expenses.

Parents are strongly recommended as a minimum to take out insurance cover with their own private insurer.

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Miss Penny Hooper Acting Head of Junior School

Junior School

Miss Penny Hooper
Acting Head of Junior School

Welcome to Winter Term

Semester 2 brings a few changes as we return to school after a well-earned three-week break.

Over the holidays there have been some welcomed improvements and maintenance to the Junior School (JS) with painting, cleaning and refilling of play spaces.

We also have some small staffing changes with two new additions to the Junior School team. Mrs Danielle Marshall is working with the ELC students in Pre-Kindy as an Education Assistant on Mondays, and in the front office we welcome Mrs Claire Lucas who is the new JS Secretary on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.

I would also like to welcome our new families to the Scotch community, and I look forward to getting to know you all in the coming weeks.

Leaders

The Junior School commissioned our new Semester 2 Captains and Class Representatives on Friday 31 July.

I spoke to the boys about the importance of recognition. Recognition is the act of identifying someone or something because of a previous experience, or to formally acknowledge someone for actions they have taken, a task they have completed, or the way in which they conducted themselves. This can be as simple as seeing a familiar face in a crowd or on a much larger scale, it may be at a national level such as the acknowledgement of Indigenous people and their treatment. Much closer to home, recognition could be the acknowledgement of the work our Semester 1 leaders have undertaken these past two terms and what work our Semester 2 leaders are about to commence after they are commissioned.

In the Junior School, it takes a team of staff, parents and boys to ensure that the leadership tasks and activities they plan come to fruition. Mrs Ritchie and Madame Vinton played a pivotal role in supporting the boys with regular meetings to plan and follow-up which ensured that wonderful activities were accomplished during the first half of the year. The specialist teachers also supported the Specialist and House Captains, and class teachers were always interested and engaged with the Class Representatives from their room. This combination of staff and students made for a healthy combination and led to a successful Semester 1.

The Semester 1 leaders were inspirational and motivated, which saw a range of activities and events take place. The students were exceptional in the way they overcame challenges to take their fortnightly reports into the virtual realm. This ability to solve problems and display such a high level of integrity is why recognising the outgoing leaders is extremely important. They have made an exceptional contribution to Semester 1 and the Junior School, and I am grateful for the positive outcomes of what was a challenging semester.

Well done to all the staff, parents and students who helped to support our Semester 1 leaders. I look forward to a busy and productive term ahead and to seeing lots of opportunity for consolidation and learning amongst the Junior School.

I hope to see you all at the Student-Led Conferences this week.

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5C News

Postcards from the Past

Last term, Year 5 students throughout Claremont were invited to take part in a history learning activity. Originally inspired by an activity from the United Kingdom (where the BBC asked children to write a postcard about being in lockdown from the point of view of a historical figure (eg. Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scots)), the Claremont Museum asked local students to create similar work with a Western Australian twist. The Year 5 boys at Scotch were thrilled to take part in the task.

The town provided relevant information to complete the task. They were given fact sheets about local Claremont icons (including Edith Jacobson, pharmacist; Anne Herbert, local teacher; and Malachi Meagher, successful ex-convict businessman), which also included information about historical sites. The students were given postcards depicting historical images of the local area. Using their note-taking skills, the boys chose a historical figure and summarised information about the person. This was an important step to complete in order to apply the understanding of a lockdown scenario to their chosen time in the past. The boys were highly engaged, having experienced their own form of lockdown earlier in the year. Finally, they created images, either hand drawn or using their iPads to accompany the postcard writing.

Postcards were sent back to the museum for display in the Claremont Community Hub and Library, and the Claremont Council foyer. Town of Claremont Mayor Jock Barker and his wife Janet Barker will select postcards from each Year 5 class across Claremont to receive a Mayor’s certificate. Representatives will also attend a Junior School assembly to present feedback and recognise the boys’ hard work and enthusiasm.

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Miss Renae Cirillo
Year 5 Teacher

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Primary Years Programme Learner Profile

Assessment in Scotch College Junior School

This article will give you an insight into our current assessment policy statement for Scotch College Junior School. Future articles will expand on this paper and also explore the changes we will be making over the next two years in consultation with yourselves and the Scotch College community.

Assessment is integral to the teaching and learning cycle. Assessment procedures and methods of reporting to parents reflect the philosophy and objectives of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) alongside the College’s vision, mission and values.

Assessment is in accordance with the principles of the Pre-Primary to Year 5 Teaching, Learning and Assessment Statements found in The Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline. The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten years are guided by The Early Years Learning Framework documentation process and our Pre-Primary curriculum incorporates aspects of both programmes.

Assessment at Scotch College is:

  • Authentic: It supports making connections to the real world to promote student engagement.
  • Clear and specific: This includes desired learning-goals, success criteria and the process students use to learn.
  • Varied: It uses a wider range of tools and strategies that are fit for purpose in order to build a well-rounded picture of student learning.
  • Developmental: It focuses on an individual student’s progress rather than their performance in relation to others. 
  • Collaborative: It engages both teachers and students in the assessment development and evaluation process.
  • Interactive: Assessment encompasses ongoing and iterative dialogues about learning.
  • Feedback to feedforward: It provides feedback on current learning to inform what is needed to support future learning (Hattie, Timperley 2007) and raises students’ motivation.

Mr Warwick Norman
Junior School Dean of Teaching & Learning

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Art News

During Autumn Term the Year 4 artists explored the significance of African art within their current transdisciplinary theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’.

The boys discovered the importance of African art and its impact upon the development of modern artists from Picasso, Derain, Braque and Modigliani, to name but a few. In contrast to Western art, African art is almost never meant to beautify and decorate. It is intended for tribal worship, rituals, magic and communication with the supernatural. 

Each artist designed their own mask and decorated it through the skillful application of paint using a limited palette. By observing the history and traditions of the mask, the boys aimed to capture character within their final artwork.

The artists explored a range of differentiated materials and techniques, taking risks and learning to develop new ways to extend and present their ideas.

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Ms Jane Roche
Junior Art Specialist

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Mr Richard Ledger Head of Middle School

Middle School

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School

Digital Engagement

This week I learnt that as a College, we received more than 900,000 emails last week. It is a huge number but more startling is that this was during the school holidays and does not take into account any social media interactions. The figure serves as a reminder that filtering, monitoring and being critical of what we receive and engage with online is such an important aspect of our lives as businesses, as families and as individuals. This week we held our Living Safely with Social Media information sessions presented by ySafe for both students and parents and they once again were timely and very well received. Three important messages from the student sessions that might be great conversation start points with your son were:

  • Be aware of your digital footprint. Be aware of what you leave behind in terms of commentary and images and that deleting does not necessarily mean it is gone.
  • Be aware of your amount of leisure time screen time - this includes gaming time, with the recommendation for early adolescent boys being up to two hours a day.
  • Online bullying – how to respond to being bullied, or observing bullying behaviour and what you can do.

The Winter Term calendar will highlight that despite the absence of our Inter House Athletics Carnival, we still have a busy, engaging, fulfilling term ahead of us. Of significant importance are the Student Led Conferences coming up in Week 3. We are very keen to run these conferences in an online format using Microsoft Teams to determine the worthiness and efficacy of this manner of delivery. I realise that face-to-face is a preferable context, however I would be grateful for your support as we trial this. For the students this is an exercise in reflection, thinking, goal setting and action planning. I believe you will be impressed with how your son responds to the process. More details on the booking aspect for this event will follow this week.

NAIDOC Week

Scotch College is celebrating NAIDOC Week this week and our Year 7 & 8 Indigenous boys will be working with the Kindergarten and Junior School students on dance and art workshops. All Middle School boys will be the beneficiaries of a free BBQ on Wednesday with the chance to try emu or kangaroo sausages. The Year 7 & 8 Indigenous boys will also join with me as we view the Smoking Ceremony conducted by Noongar Elder Neville Collard prior to Senior School Marching and Assembly this Friday morning.

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Important Dates — Middle School Winter Term

For all upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

Thu 6 Aug

Year 8 Medieval Exhibition ends
Gallery

Fri 7 Aug

Athletics Trial Day
McGillivray Oval

 

NAIDOC Week ends

Mon 10 Aug

MS Student-Led Conference commences

 

Year 8 Academic Assessment Testing

Tue 11 Aug

Year 7 Academic Assessment Testing

Fri 14 Aug

MS Assembly – Presentation of Certificates of Academic Excellence
11.30am
Dickinson Centre

Mon 17 Aug

MS Student-Led Conference

 

UNSW Science Competition

 

MS Drama production auditions
3.30–5pm
Foundation Theatre

Tue 18 Aug

Reporter Photo Day (MS & SS)

 

MS Drama production auditions
3.30–5pm 
Foundation Theatre

Wed 19 Aug

Year 6 Science Fair

 

JS/MS Winter Soiree
5.30–7.30pm
Memorial Hall

Thu 20 Aug

Reporter Music Photo Day

 

Student-Led Conference ends

Fri 21 Aug

Mid-Term Break – no classes

Mon 24 Aug

Mid-Term Break – no classes

Tue 25 Aug

UNSW English Competition

Wed 26 Aug

Crazy Sock Day

Fri 28 Aug

MS Assembly (staff & students only)
12pm
MacKellar Hall

Mon 31 Aug

R U OK? Week commences

Tue 1 Sep

UNSW Spelling Competition

Thu 3 Sep

Year 7 Immunisations Round 2

Fri 4 Sep

R U OK? Week ends

Sun 6 Sep

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track departs (boarders only)

Wed 9 Sep

Year 6 Dental Screening
9am
Health Centre

Thu 10 Sep

JPSSA Inter-School Athletics Carnival
9am
WA Athletics Stadium

 

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track returns (boarders only)

Fri 11 Sep

PSA Inter-School Athletics Carnival
9am
WA Athletics Stadium

 

MS Assembly
12pm
Dickinson Centre

Wed 16 Sep

Year 8 Community Project Showcase
6pm
Memorial Hall

Fri 18 Sep

MS Photo Day (individual and class photos)

 

Year 8 Social

Mon 21 Sep

MS Languages Week commences

Thu 24 Sep

MS Free Dress Day

 

Year 6 Scotch/PLC Students Quiz Night
6.30pm
MacKellar Hall

Fri 25 Sep

MS Assembly (staff & students only)
11am
MacKellar Hall

 

MS Inter-House Highland Games
12.30–3.15pm

 

Winter Term ends

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Middle School Drama Production

The Drama Department are excited to announce that this term's Middle School (Years 6–8) production will be Kicker Thompson by Julia Jarel, directed by Austin Castiglione.

Kicker Thompson is a tough, fun-loving farm kid who was born with a footy in his hand. Every afternoon, he tears around the back paddock imagining he's kicking goals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground! Day and night, he dreams of becoming an AFL superstar.

Things start going wrong when Kicker realises he needs to leave the farm for boarding school in Perth. Other obstacles appear and Kicker must find a solution to his mounting problems or risk the end of his footy dream.

Auditions

Auditions are open to all Year 6, 7 and 8 students and will be held in the Foundation Theatre from 3.30–5pm, Monday 17 August and Tuesday 18 August. Students are only required to attend one of the audition afternoons.

Students who wish to audition must sign up for one afternoon either at Middle School reception or inside the Foundation Theatre foyer. When signing up, students will need to write down any availability conflicts and then prepare a short scene. Copies of the script will be available at the sign up points. Students will not be expected to memorise the text, however being familiar with the scene will assist in the audition. Students will be put into audition groups on the day.

Rehearsals

Please note that rehearsals start on Tuesday 25 August and will take place every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3.30–5.30pm and Sundays from 12–4pm up until opening night.

Students interested in being in the play but who might have a clash with a pre-existing commitment are encouraged to audition, as rehearsal requirements can be negotiated with the director where possible.

Show Dates

Wednesday 18 November, 7pm (opening night)
Thursday 19 November, 7pm
Friday 20 November, 7pm
Saturday 21 November, 2pm (matinee)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Drama Department at austin.castiglione@scotch.wa.edu.au or contact the Middle School office on +61 8 9383 6957.

Mr Austin Castiglione
Middle School Drama Teacher

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Fun in French

Bonjour à tous

Boys in Year 6 and Year 7 Phase 1 French have been learning how to introduce themselves.

They can say and write their name, age, date of birth, talk about their siblings and pets as well as describing where they live and giving detail about their houses. They are also able to understand other people's introductions, by either listening to them or reading about them. They have enjoyed making multi-modal, digital books about themselves. Phase 1 boys demonstrated their learning by drawing cartoons with fictional characters meeting each other for the first time. The boys have also been learning about French festivals and celebrations and particularly enjoyed learning about the Storming of the Bastille.

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Many Year 6 and 7 Phase 2 students have enrolled in the Alliance Française Poem Recitation Competition and have worked very hard to memorise a French poem as well as working on their pronunciation. Bravo to all. We are sure many of them will get into the final to proudly represent the College.

Last term, the Year 6s designed and described their Maison des rêves (dream houses) and we saw so many fantastic house designs. The boys did extremely well combining their imaginations, designs and French skills. Everyone enjoyed watching the videos and we also had a sneak peek at their houses as they brought them into class.

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The Year 7s were learning about the architectural and structural differences in French cities and the students are now able to ask for their way around in French and give directions formally. They were also busy researching a French city and writing up a news report on it. The team work, the facts and stories covered were surprising.

During Summer Term, our Year 8s learnt how to conduct a conversation at the French market and had fun ordering all sorts of fruit, vegetables and meats as well as working on their bargaining skills. In Autumn Term, the boys learnt more about how the French schooling system is different from the Australian one. They are able to tell you that French students learn two languages until Year 12 and have an actual canteen to spend their two-hour lunch break in! They also worked on a couple of songs from Black M and Soprano; two major rap French artists. Let's say some dancing has been happening too! To round off the term, many of the boys chose to play the French game of pétanque which is similar to lawn bowls.

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Mdm Shaye Pett & Mdm Emilie Perrot
Middle School French Teachers

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Using Text-to-Speech for Reviewing Writing

Text-to-Speech (TTS) is an Assistive Technology that allows digital text to be read aloud.

This tool is available throughout both the iPad and MacBook. This technology is crucial for those who have difficulties reading but can also prove beneficial for anyone when reviewing their own written work.

Listening back to your own writing allows you to hear exactly what you wrote, not what you thought you wrote. You can hear where missed punctuation should be placed, notice if there is a wrong word or misspelled word, or whether a sentence makes sense. It allows you to review a larger section to ensure the flow of ideas is what you planned. It is a powerful editing step to enhance the quality of writing that is also used by teachers for their own work.

How to Use Text-to-Speech

Let's walk through the process.

The first step is to ensure that TTS is turned on in the Accessibility menu. To do this go to System Preferences or Settings on the iPad and find Accessibility. Within Accessibility there is spoken pen content or speech. In this section ensure speak selected text when the key is pressed is checked. On the iPad, highlight the text for the speak button option, on the Mac, highlight the text and (by default) Option + Esc will read the highlighted text.

By turning this on it allows you to highlight text anywhere on your system and have it read out.

You can then choose the speaking rate and voice used for TTS. The voice of Alex can give a better listening experience due to providing more of the cognitive clues you get when listening to normal speech.

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Mr Jared Faint
ILT Integration Specialist

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Mr Peter Burt - Head of Senior School

Senior School

Mr Peter Burt
Head of Senior School

Outdoor Education

It is great to have the students back for Winter Term, but at the same time it will also be exciting to see them leave! By this I mean we are all looking forward to seeing our Senior School boys re-engage in the Outdoor Education programme, with two groups walking the Bibbulmun Track last week and our first group of Year 9 boys enjoying their Moray experience this week. We place great value on our programme and it is wonderful to be able to have all our Year 10 boys travelling on the annual expeditions in the last week of this term. Furthermore, the Year 12 Outdoor Education (General) group are currently located on the Murray River, while the Year 11 Outdoor Education (General) group and the Year 10 Cadets will be away during the next fortnight.

This has been possible due to the incredible commitment of our Outdoor Education staff and the support from our teaching and administration staff, who have either volunteered to accompany the group or have worked with the department to ensure everything is in place to ensure a positive experience for the boys. 

The benefits of these programmes are undeniable. The boys learn to work through challenging situations, develop as a team and build resilience. Often ,  they find themselves in an unfamiliar environment, without the comforts they are used to. Students have the opportunity to enhance their growth by pushing their limits of endurance and working through personal challenges or potentially uncomfortable situations. 

We all fail at different times and it is the manner in which we respond in these situations that is important. Often the experiences and learnings from these Outdoor Education programmes are felt immediately, but they will also resonate for years. Reflection is a vital part of this process and it is a skill the boys are using in other areas of life.

Outdoor Education also provides opportunities to develop positive relationships with the environment, others and ourselves through interaction with the natural world. This is essential for the wellbeing and sustainability of individuals, society and our environment and engages the students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings beyond the classroom. 

There are few things more rewarding than spending time in the outdoors, taking a break from our normal routines. This has been enhanced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is a great opportunity for the boys to experience something new. The lifelong learning opportunities that exist in the outdoor environment are fundamental to our development.  We are thankful our boys can participate in opportunities not available to many in the world at the moment.

We look forward to the busy term ahead in terms of expeditions, tours and camps, and trust the boys will enjoy the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

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Important Dates — Senior School Winter Term

For all upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

Date

Event

Location 

Time

Week 2A

Monday 3 August

Year 11 Leadership Day

   

Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp (Group 1) departs

Moray

Final day Friday 7 August

Year 12 Outdoor Education (General) expedition departs

 

Final day Wednesday 5 August

Tuesday 4 August

Year 12 Career Focus Breakfast

Dining Room Annexe

7.15–8.25am

Wednesday 5 August

Talented Young Writers' Programme

BRC (Library)

8.30am–3.30pm

Friday 7 August

Senior School Smoking Ceremony, Marching and NAIDOC Week Assembly

Dickinson Centre

8.30–9.45am

Scotch College PSA Athletics Trial Day (Athletics Squad only)

McGillivray Oval

10am–3.30pm

PSA Sport – Scotch College bye

   

Year 10 Cadet Camp departs

Bickley Camp Grounds

1.30pm

Saturday 8 August

PSA Sport – Scotch College bye

   

PSA Cross Country – All Schools 3kms Race

Scotch College

8.30–11.30am

Sunday 9 August

50 Mile Walk Practice

Depart from Scotch College

7am–12pm

Week 3B

Monday 10 August

Year 9 OLNA Testing – Writing

   

Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp (Group 2) departs 

Moray

Final day Friday 14 August

Year 11 Outdoor Education (General) expedition departs

 

Final day Wednesday 12 August

Tuesday 11 August

Year 12 Career Focus Breakfast

Dining Room Annexe

7.15–8.25am

Scotch Parents Meeting 

Dining Room Annexe

9–10.30am

Wednesday 12 August

Year 12 Reward Breakfast

Dining Room Annexe

7.10–8.25am

Year 11 Outdoor Education (General) expedition final day

   

Friday 14 August

Senior School Marching and Assembly

Dickinson Centre

8.30–9.45am

Red Frog Leavers Presentation

Memorial Hall

1.30–2.30pm

PSA Sport – Scotch College v Trinity College

Home

1.30pm onwards

Saturday 15 August

PSA Sport – Scotch College v Trinity College

Home

8.30am onwards

PSA Cross Country – Seniors 5 Man x 3 kms Relay

Hale School

8.30am onwards

Sunday 16 August

Musical Busy Bee Day

Dickinson Centre

9am–4pm

Week 4A

Monday 17 August

Year 9 OLNA Testing – Reading

   

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Rowing – Journey of the Captain of Boats

Back in the late Spring term of 2015, I made a choice to do rowing, a sport I had virtually no idea about, barely understood what was required or what even takes place, but with certainty I can say it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made, and paved the road for an epic five-year journey, in which I've forged some of my greatest friendships, as well as who I am as a person.

When I started rowing, I started with a handful of other young boys, who looked just like I did, some scrawny and long, some stocky and short, and I don't think any of us had any idea what the adventure of the sport would be like. Whether it was the thrill of racing, or the fiery and competitive camaraderie, rowing would come to be a staple in all our lives as young men.

I remember in Year 10, the epic exhilarating finish that culminated a season's work into missing out on first place, and the course record, by 0.6 of a second to the then CCGS 10A eight. I remember being devastated that we'd lost, but so proud of what we'd done as a group of boys. I slowly watched myself and these boys I'd known from year 7 transform into some of the biggest, heartiest men I'd ever met. The Boat Shed had instilled them with hearts and resolves of steel, and carved a desire to win.

I don't think any of us knew where the decision to choose rowing would take us, whether it was to Adelaide on a rowing tour to row and compete and win, at the Berri State Regatta in South Australia. Or to magical mornings with fog hovering just above the river's surface. I don't think any of us could've guessed how close this sport would bring us as friends, and how it would forge us with mindsets to overcome any problem put in front of us in life.

Fraser Webb
Year 12 Student, Captain of Boats

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Boys' Achievements

Co-Captain of Surfing

  • Archibald (Archie) Frazer (Ferguson)
  • Nicholas Verryn (Alexander)

Duke of Edinburgh 

Bronze Level 

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Rupert

Arbuckle

10

Keys

James

Bennett

11

Brisbane

Oliver

Cropp-Chabanne

10

Brisbane

Geordie

Hamilton

10

Ross

Aidan

McKie

10

Cameron

Jack

Rigg

10

Anderson

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Colours and Honours

Year 12 Academic Colours (previously received Colours)

The following boys are awarded Academic Colours, having previously received Academic Colours.

First Name

Surname

House

Charlie

Bevan

Alexander

Ronan

Cameron

Anderson

Alex

Chew

Brisbane

Adam

Darley

Anderson

Ashley

Edgar

Brisbane

Giancarlo (Gianni)

Kain

Brisbane

Patrick

Latchem

Ferguson

Casey

Lawrence

Ferguson

Eden

Messina

Keys

Darius

Opie

Shearer

Charlie

Radici

Cameron

Max

Shervington

Anderson

William

Steinberg

Brisbane

Matthew (Matt)

Steinepreis

Cameron

Arun

Tibballs

Shearer

Sam

Wake

Brisbane

Andrew

Walton

Keys

Daniel

Wiese

Keys

The following boys are awarded Academic Colours for the first time.

First Name

Surname

House

Santino

Febbo

Ross

Aidan

Matthews

Cameron

Year 12 Academic Honours

The following boys are awarded Academic Honours.

First Name

Surname

House

Charlie

Bevan

Alexander

Ronan

Cameron

Anderson

Alex

Chew

Brisbane

Adam

Darley

Anderson

Ashley

Edgar

Brisbane

Giancarlo (Gianni)

Kain

Brisbane

Patrick

Latchem

Ferguson

Darius

Opie

Shearer

Charlie

Radici

Cameron

William

Steinberg

Brisbane

Matthew (Matt)

Steinepreis

Cameron

Arun

Tibballs

Shearer

Sam

Wake

Brisbane

Daniel

Wiese

Keys

Colours and Honours

Basketball 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Basketball in 2020 and have previously received Colours.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Timothy (Tim)

Imison

11

Ross

Badminton 19

Thomas (Tom)

Lynch

11

Brisbane

Basketball Pipe Band 19

Zavier

McGillivray

11

Ross

Basketball 19

Charlie

Bevan

12

Alexander

Basketball 19

Reuben

Westerman

12

Keys

Athletics 17 18 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Basketball.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Max

Della Franca

11

Anderson

James

Deykin

11

Cameron

Kobie-Jaxson

Abrahams

12

Cameron

Mathew

Crook

12

Alexander

Community Service 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Community Service in 2020 and have previously received Colours. 

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Rhys

Williams

12

Anderson

Sailing 17 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Community Service.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Jim

Allan

11

Cameron

Mederic

Gide

11

Anderson

Adam 

Darley

12

Anderson

Ronald

Fellows-Smith

12

St Andrews

Cricket 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Cricket in 2020 and have previously received Colours. 

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Jack

Kapinkoff

11

Ferguson

Cricket 18

Alex

Chew

12

Brisbane

Cricket 18 19

Alex

Osborne

12

Alexander

Cricket 19

Lachlan

Simpson

12

Stuart

Cricket 18 19

Arun

Tibballs

12

Shearer

Cricket Com Serv 19

Riley

Waters

12

Anderson

Athletics Cricket Football 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Cricket.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Rory

King

10

Shearer

Benjamin

Melville

10

Ross

Alexander

Melville

11

Ross

Nicholas

Paganin

11

Shearer

Rowing 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Rowing in 2020 and have previously received Colours.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Will

Partridge

12

Shearer

Pipe Band 18 19 Rowing 19

Benjamin

Scott

11

Ross

Pipe Band Public Speaking (Debating) 19

Angus

Walsh

12

Ferguson

Hockey 19

Matthew

Warne

12

Stuart

Rowing Rugby 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Rowing.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Taye

Barlow

11

St Andrews

Pearson

Chambel

11

St Andrews

Benjamin (Ben)

Clarke

12

Shearer

Riley

Flecker

12

St Andrews

Fraser

Webb

12

St Andrews

The following boys are awarded Honours for Rowing.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Matthew

Warne

12

Stuart

Matthew Warne (Year 12 Stuart House)

Matthew has represented Scotch College in the First VIII rowing crew for two seasons. Despite the challenge of differentiating between the performance of individuals in a crew, he has proved himself to be one of the best rowers the Boat Shed has produced in recent years. Matthew has demonstrated excellence in his attitude towards training. He possesses all the physical and mental attributes required to achieve at an elite level coupled with a high degree of technical skill, strength, power and endurance. 

Matthew gained selection for the State Pathway VIII in 2019 and 2020 and was a top-four priority pick for the Pathway squad in Western Australia. He would have had the opportunity for selection through to the Australian Junior selection trials in 2020 had the competition gone ahead. 

Matthew possesses an exemplary attitude and consistently displays a high level of sportsmanship. He has been a positive role model for all members of the Boat Club.

Congratulations to Matthew for receiving Honours for Achievement in Rowing.

Swimming 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Swimming in 2020 and have previously received Colours.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Declan

Cook

11

Brisbane

Swimming 19

Macsen

Friday

11

Alexander

Swimming 19

Nicolas

Le Page

11

Anderson

Swimming 18 19

Ruan

van der Riet

11

Ross

Swimming 18 19

Jesse

Coughlan

12

Alexander

Athletics 19 Swimming 18 19

Giancarlo (Gianni)

Kain

12

Brisbane

Drama Water Polo 18 19 Public Speaking (Debating) 19 Swimming 18

Nicolas

Monger Molowny

12

Alexander

Swimming 18 19 Comm Serv 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Swimming.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Daniel

Boshart

9

Alexander

The following boys are awarded Honours for Swimming.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Jesse

Coughlan

12

Alexander

Jesse Coughlan (Year 12 Alexander House)

Jesse has been an outstanding member of the Scotch College swim team. Highlights from this time included breaking school records in both 2018 and 2019 and holding the PSA record in the Under 16 50m breaststroke and the Under 16 4 x 50m medley relay. Jesse attained first place in breaststroke every year of his involvement in the PSA competition, bar one. In 2020, he swam an outstanding breaststroke leg in the 4 x 50m medley relay, with a split time of 30.11 seconds, a faster time than the current school record of 30.31 seconds, putting the team in second place.

Beyond the PSA competition, Jesse placed in the top 0.5 percent of 50m breaststroke times and in the top four percent of 100m breaststroke times at a national age level. In 2020, he was the best swimmer in his age group in both 50 and 100m breaststroke in Western Australia. Jesse would have competed in a National Age Final had the event gone ahead, and has recently been selected for the 2020 Swimming WA Performance Pathway Programme.

In 2020 Jesse was voted Captain of Swimming in recognition of his exceptional leadership within the team. He not only led by example, but provided mentorship and coaching for his teammates at training sessions and swim meets, willingly sharing his technical knowledge of swimming with his peers.

Jesse is a worthy recipient of Honours for Achievement in Swimming.

Tennis 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Tennis in 2020 and have previously received Colours.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Thomas (Tom)

Graham

12

Keys

Football 19

Sam

Gray

11

Keys

Tennis 19

William (Will)

Hudson

11

Alexander

Tennis 18 19

Ryan

McConkey

11

Anderson

Tennis 18 19

Ben

Walsh

10

St Andrews

Tennis 19

Maxwell (Max)

Weir

11

Brisbane

Tennis 18 19 Badminton 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Tennis.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Jacques

Creighton

10

St Andrews

Jurgens (Jurie)

Terblanche

10

Anderson

Oscar

Warner

10

Cameron

Volleyball 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Volleyball in 2020 and have previously received Colours.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Chi Chung (David)

Chan

12

Stuart

Volleyball 19

Max

Freedman

12

St Andrews

Hockey 17 18 19

Jaxon

Hayden

12

Stuart

Athletics 19 Cross Country 17 Football 19

Lachlan

Hyndes

12

Ross

Music 18 19 Volleyball 19

Finn

Lumsden Lowe

12

Ferguson

Athletics 19

Luke

O'Loughlin

12

Ross

Volleyball 19

Christopher (Chris)

Zyweck

12

Alexander

Music Volleyball 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Volleyball.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Nelson

Hegge

10

Stuart

Angus

Johnston

12

Brisbane

Water Polo 2020

The following boys are awarded Colours for Water Polo in 2020 and have previously received Colours.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Previous Colours

Declan

Cook

11

Brisbane

Swimming 19 20

Sam

Lodge

11

Cameron

Water Polo 19

Rory

White

11

Ferguson

Water Polo 19

Noah

Brown

12

Stuart

Water Polo 19

Jesse

Coughlan

12

Alexander

Athletics 19 Swimming 18 19 20

Giancarlo (Gianni)

Kain

12

Brisbane

Drama 18 19 Public Speaking (Debating) 19 Swimming 18 20 Water Polo 18 19

Julian

Kyriakou

12

Stuart

Water Polo 18 19 Comm Serv 19

Campbell

McAullay

12

Shearer

Water Polo 18 19

The following boys are awarded new Colours for Water Polo.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Jake

Marshall

10

Ross

Thomas

Simich

10

Shearer

Fraser

Davis

11

Ferguson

Matthew

Howie

11

Ross

William (Will)

Marshall

11

Ross

Jett

Braddock

12

Cameron

The following boys are awarded Honours for Water Polo.

First Name

Surname

Year

House

Giancarlo (Gianni)

Kain

12

Brisbane

Julian

Kyriakou

12

Stuart

Campbell

McAullay

12

Shearer

Gianni Kain (Year 12 Brisbane House)

Gianni has been a fantastic contributor to the Scotch College Firsts Water Polo team for the past three seasons. In 2020, he earned the Coach's Award for his leadership and professionalism among the group and he leaves the competition a Dickinson Cup winner.

Gianni was a solid contributor in defence and was usually matched up on the opposition centre forward player. He scored numerous goals and undertook some fine assists. Gianni contributed significantly to Scotch College's achievement, in particular during close games, in which his ability to control the momentum of the game saw him as a catalyst for the team's success.

While maintaining his commitment to the College programme, Gianni played for the Dolphins Water Polo Club, with a highlight being his Captaincy of the 16 and Under Junior State League B Grade premiership team. In 2017, Gianni transferred to the UWA/City Beach Club to participate in their elite programme. He was a member of the gold medallist team at the 2018 Australian Youth Championships and was selected for the squad that toured Eastern Europe. Gianni completed the recent season in the UWA Rangers bronze medal winning team in the State Premier League.

Gianni is well deserving of the award of Honours for Water Polo.

Julian Kyriakou (Year 12 Stuart House)

Julian has represented Scotch College in the Firsts Water Polo team for three years and in 2020, he co-captained the Dickinson Cup winning team, consistently demonstrating strong leadership skills and his trademark humility.

Julian scored many sensational and well-timed goals. He strongly dictated both attack and defence, and effectively shut down talented opposition players, contributing greatly to the success of the team. Julian proved himself to be in possession of great resolve, overcoming a significant injury to continue to play through his final season in the PSA competition.

Beyond school, Julian is a five-time recipient of the UWA/City Beach Club Best and Fairest Award. He has won numerous medals in the WA State League and at the Australian National Championships. Julian has participated in numerous international training camps and, in 2018, he played in the Darko Cukic Tournament in Europe, with Australia placing fifth. He is currently a member of the UWA Torpedoes Australian Water Polo League Squad.

We thank Julian for his contribution to the programme at Scotch College and congratulate him on receiving Honours for Water Polo.

Campbell McAullay (Year 12 Shearer House)

Campbell has represented Scotch College in the Firsts Water Polo team each year since Year 10. He held the position of Co-Captain of Water Polo in Year 12 in recognition of his strong leadership and leaves the sport as a Dickinson Cup winning captain.

Campbell was particularly adept at scoring goals early in a quarter in order to direct the momentum in Scotch's favour or, when the play was against the College, to put Scotch back in the game. In 2020, despite always attracting the opposition's best defensive player, he was the top goal scorer for Scotch College and consequently was named the Most Valuable Player.

Beyond the College, Campbell has won numerous gold medals in both the State and National Leagues. He was selected for the Under 17 State Schools team in 2018 and for the Australian team that toured Europe in both 2017 and 2019. In 2020, Campbell was a member of the Under 18 Australian squad of 20 players, preparing for the Under 18 FINA World Championships, which unfortunately were cancelled.

We congratulate Campbell for receiving Honours for Water Polo.

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Careers Information

Year 12 Parents and Students

Year 12 WACE examination timetables have been released and students are able to access these via the Schools Curriculum & Standards Authority. Please ensure that you and your son are aware of this information and if you have any questions please get in touch.

Year 12 IB Diploma final examination timetables have been released.

Due to COVID19, the application process to respective tertiary institutions is different from previous years. From August to September, I will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all Year 12 students to discuss applications and to offer advice. Even if applications have been submitted, they are still able to be adjusted for several months.

All Year 12 students should have received a prospectus from each of the WA universities and  visited the online Year 12 WACE Information Handbook 2020.

For information on interstate and overseas universities visit the relevant websites or get in touch.

Endorsed Programs

An endorsed program is a significant learning program that has been developed for senior secondary students. The program may have been developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, or it may have been developed by a private provider or a school and subsequently endorsed by the Authority.

Each endorsed program consists of a series of lessons, classes and/or activities designed to lead to the achievement of a common goal or set of learning outcomes. Endorsed programs can be delivered as part of the school curriculum or as extra-curricular activities. Endorsed programs may include: Airforce Cadets, AMEB Music certificates, Recreational Skipper's Ticket, Bronze Medallion, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, Open Water Diver, Senior Debating, Duke of Edinburgh, End to End Bibbulmun Track and others. 

All endorsed programs successfully completed and reported to the Authority by the school

  • are listed on the student's Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement
  • may contribute towards the breadth-and-depth requirement of the WACE
  • may contribute towards the C grade requirement of the WACE.

If you think your son has any Endorsed Programs that he would like registered with SCSA, please email Mr Frusher with evidence of the program. Programs completed as part of a school activity at Scotch will automatically be recorded.

UWA Harry Leaver Scholarship

Western Australia
$45,000

The late Harry Leaver bequeathed funds to The University of Western Australia to provide a scholarship for eligible regional or remote students, preferably from Moora or the Mid-West region of Western Australia, to assist with the cost of accommodation to commence and pursue a Bachelor of Science at the University.

Notre Dame University

Applications for 2021 scholarships are now open.

A full range of scholarships are now open for students looking to start university in 2021. Selection criteria varies for each scholarship and can include community involvement and leadership roles, academic performance and financial need.

A list of all other scholarships and their application details are available online.

Apprenticeships

Komatsu 2021 Apprenticeship Program

Applications are open for Komatsu 2021 Apprenticeship Program. This is a great opportunity to kickstart your career.

As part of your apprenticeship you will learn both in the classroom and on the job. You can earn a nationally recognised qualification in the following areas:

  • Plant Mechanics
  • Auto & High Voltage Electrical
  • Boilermaker/Welder

Applications are open until Sunday 9 August.

Apply now

Hutton & Northey Sales

Applications are open for new apprentices to complete a four-year heavy duty diesel mechanical apprenticeship in the Central/Eastern Wheatbelt of WA.

Apply now

Building & Construction Industry Career Pathways

Don't want to go to university, looking for a more hands-on career? Learn more about the many career opportunities available in this industry.

Australian Youth Aerospace Forum

The Australian Youth Aerospace forum (AYFA) is an annual five-day interactive conference designed to showcase the aerospace industry tom Year 10, 11 & 12 students from across Australia.

Learn more

Master Classes for Term 3, 2020

These small-group seminars for senior school students focus on the ATAR Learning Areas of Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, Literature, Human Biology, Economics, Politics & Law, Modern History and Psychology.

The program for middle school secondary students focuses on the Learning Areas of English and Mathematics.

The objective of this program is to give students ongoing academic support which will reinforce and consolidate the skills and processes learnt during the week at school. It aims to better prepare them for success in school-based assessments and final ATAR examinations.

Students may enrol in these classes at any time during the term and pay pro rata.

Website: www.mastermindaustralia.com.au

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Learners Permits and Driver Licenses – Proof of Address Documentation 

This documentation is available upon request from the Headmaster’s office.

Please email the Headmaster’s Secretary via leanne.mccoy@scotch.wa.edu.au. Please allow at least two working days for the document to be prepared.

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Support Groups

Scotch Parents

Welcome back to Winter term, officially the last for our Year 12 boys before they sit their final exams in after having successfully navigated their way through a very difficult year.

We are looking forward to finally having Scotch Parents Functions back on our calendar.

Scotch Parents Meeting

The next meeting of Scotch Parents will be held on Tuesday 11 August, 9am in the Gooch Pavilion. Our last meeting saw a fantastic turn out and we were fortunate to have a guided tour of the new Mathematics and Commerce Building by Dr Alec O'Connell. We look forward to welcoming both old and new faces at our next meeting.

The agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meeting will be posted on the Scotch Parents page. I would encourage you all to sign up to become a member of this group as it is a great interactive (and secure) communication tool.

Coffee Dates

  • Year 7: Tuesday 4 August – Mel and Co from 8.45am
  • Year 6: Wednesday 5 August – Freshwater Café from 8.45am
  • Year 10: Thursday 6 August – Tee Box Café from 8.45am
  • Year 9: Thursday 20 August for a Mum's Lunch – The Shorehouse from 12 noon

Save the Date

  • Year 10 Parent Function: Thursday 20 August – details to be advised shortly

Ms Kate Reynolds 
Scotch Parents President

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Annual Manure Drive

Free delivery on Saturday 29 August 2020 within the delivery zone.

Orders close Tuesday 18 August 2020.

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Community Notices

Public Transport Authority Notification  

Please find below information about current and upcoming Claremont Station Projects and their impacts.

Traffic management and Principal Shared Path (PSP) diversions will be in place from Shenton Road Bridge, east of Claremont Station, to Claremont Crescent west, finishing at Scotch College.

The following arrangements will be in place at various times from the week commencing Monday July 27 2020 until March 2021.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Shenton Road Bridge to Claremont Crescent east:

  • Cyclists will be directed onto the westbound lane of Shenton Road via modification of the existing PSP connection and ramp.
  • Pedestrians will be directed onto the existing concrete footpath adjacent to the westbound lane of Shenton Road.  

Claremont Crescent east to Stirling Road:

  • A temporary ramp will allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross Stirling Road.
  • Access to the existing stairs and underpass will remain.

Claremont Crescent west (Stirling Road to Scotch College):

  • West of Stirling Road, cyclists and pedestrians will share the westbound lane of Claremont Crescent west, which will serve as a temporary PSP until March 2021. This lane will be closed to vehicles to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

Road and PSP users should take extra care and follow all traffic management directives in the vicinity of the diversions.

Should you have any questions about these arrangements, or throughout construction, please contact Peter Herkenhoff on 9326 2110, or email peter.herkenhoff@pta.wa.gov.au                                                           

For more information about the Claremont Station Project works, or to register for updates, visit the project website.