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

Headmaster Dr Alec O'Connell

Headmaster's Reflections

Headmaster
Dr Alec O'Connell

There is a very common saying and misconception that 'The grass is always greener on the other side'. Unfortunately, due to our humanness, this seems to be prevalent in many workplace and personal conversations. Of course this somewhat negative perception can easily be challenged through a saying that was recently pointed out to me by one of our own staff, that is, 'The grass is the greenest where you water it'. In other words we should try and look for what is directly in front of us every day, take charge of what we can do, and work on making our own reality the best it can possibly be. The education sector and schools in particular, spend a lot of time assuming there is some magic bullet being used elsewhere to achieve a Utopian educational outcome.

As Headmaster, the most beneficial aspect of being away on school programmes such as the current Stanford Tour and visiting other institutions, is that it allows me to critically review and consider what we do at Scotch within a wider context. Of course the other major issue within education is the fear of change from what we have done year in and year out. This is particularly relevant for those who have a very limited and singular experience base. In the last couple of days we have seen a regular debate about the role of the ATAR appear in the national press. For anyone interested you can find a copy here.

With reference to change, Dr Spencer Johnson, in his short but succinct book 'Who Moved My Cheese?', highlighted the multiple challenges of facing change. His characterisation of people in the workforce via fictional characters highlight four types of people:

  1. The person who can sniff out change well before it is upon them and others
  2. The person who rapidly engages in change and gets on with trying to address the new reality
  3. The person who fears change and that it may lead to something much worse
  4. The person who methodically adapts to the change because in time they can see it brings with it improvement and growth.

In an ever changing and evolving world, our College must use the next 18 month strategic planning period for the college to investigate what the next phase of our College should or should not include. We need to do so through questioning the Why? the What? and the How? if we are to make any changes moving forward. I look forward to engaging the community where appropriate in this most important process. We need to be cognisant that, in the word of the title of Marshall Goldsmith's book, 'What Got You Here, Won't Get You There'.

Congratulations to all of our PSA teams on a hard fought winter season. While we did not come out with any trophy, the consistency of performances across all teams is to be commended. Thanks to all of the staff and coaches for their support and commitment. A special thanks must go to our Head of Sport, Mr Foster, for his continued passion and relentless work to ensure we not only get to participate, but we do so with a strong code of ethics and values.

This week is Book Week in Junior School, so no doubt our campus will abound with the many and varied literature characters loved by all students.

Have a great fortnight.

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Revd Justine Wall - Chaplain

Chaplain

Revd Justine Wall
Chaplain

Chaplain's Reflection 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   ( Galations  5: 22-23)  

We want many things for our children but most of us would settle for them being happy and successful. At school we want them to be accepted and to do well and, ultimately, to be well prepared for adult life. We sometimes forget the importance of kindness.  

Kindness is a personal value essential to our wellbeing. It involves noticing the needs of others and caring enough to give something of yourself to help them. It's hardly surprising that kind people make good leaders and valued friends. They are empathetic, influential and trusted. In fact, the practice of kindness helps us develop many qualities essential to our personal and professional success.   

Kindness is not a gift and it does not require skill or talent, but it does need practice and positive reinforcement. So, instead of telling our children that what matters most to us is their happiness, perhaps we should be saying what matters most is how kind they are to others. Let's teach them to be caring, generous and loyal, and remind them to be grateful. After all, kind people make the world a better place simply by being in it.  

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Cara Fugill Director of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Cara Fugill
Director of Teaching and Learning

The Role of Trust in Student Achievement

Over the years, there has been significant research conducted by academics interested in learning more about the relationship between trust and student achievement. Trust, being characterised as an individual's willingness to take risks whilst feeling a sense of vulnerability. And when we think about vulnerability, you would not be alone in thinking this is the vulnerability of the student. The process of learning, when challenging, often leaves boys feeling exposed, whether they are contributing their ideas in front of their peers, trying to solve a problem in mathematics or sharing their creativity through the arts. A teacher has the capacity to minimise this feeling of vulnerability by establishing positive relationships with students and creating an environment where making mistakes is seen as an opportunity to learn. Whilst most people would argue that the trust that influences student performance is the trust that the student has in their teacher, recent studies suggest that the role of trust extends to the community. Moreover, it is the trust the teacher has in their students and parents that is critical to school success and it is this which is the strong predictor of student achievement. Why would teachers' trust have such influence over the way students learn?

Schools are changing and the atmosphere required to implement change calls for a high degree of trust. The role of education is no longer limited to ranking students and measuring performance. Schools, especially those like Scotch College, are interested in discovering the factors and conditions that promote the best outcome for all boys. However, if teachers feel fearful to take measured risks in the classroom, without the support of students and parents alike, education would be destined to remain the same, where ranking students and devising assessment continues to be the core business. If we sincerely believe in equality in education, then it is the role of the teacher to find what brings about learning advancement for every student in the class. In other words, if we do not want factors such as prior achievement, challenges in learning and socioeconomic status to be a predictor for student performance, teachers are going to need to take risks to find effective strategies that work, and our role is to trust them in that journey.

In fact, studies into social capitalist theory discuss how trust strengthens relationships and improves both group and individual accomplishments. Similarly, the quality of relationships is central to the creation of a culture where trust enhances school performance, with everyone playing a role. Through establishing trust in our teachers, they will be more inclined to improve their performance by exploring new ideas and moving out of their comfort zone.

When I think about trust in our community, it is overwhelmingly positive. It's not uncommon to hear boys, parents and teachers discuss the strength of the community at Scotch, and I am sure that what they mean by this, is the sense of belonging and trust they have experienced in their interactions during their time here. Personally, when I think about why I feel a level of trust in the community as a teacher, it is often the small things that spring to mind. I think about how the boys say thank you after every lesson, the fact they understand why we have high expectations of them and work with us to fulfil them, the effort they put into their class work and their willingness to share with us when they don't understand something. But, more importantly, the sense of trust that is fostered when I want to try something new and the boys choose to work with me, resulting in a successful outcome for everyone involved. I would argue, Scotch has a high degree of trust in its teachers; this is well placed and is bringing about extraordinary outcomes for our students.

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Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing Mr James Hindle

Wellbeing

Mr James Hindle
Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing

Accentuate the Positives

How Will You Choose to Live Your Life from This Moment Onwards?

In Week 2, the Year 11s took part in a Leadership Day organised by Mr Mark Gale, Head of Student Leadership. I had the opportunity to speak to each of the Houses and I worked around the idea that our greatness lies not in constant criticism and fault correction, but in finding the good in ourselves and our lives. This aligns closely with Character Strengths, which is a topic to which I will return in a future edition.

I spoke to the students about the benefits of decluttering our lives. I based my comments on an article I had read online, but I cannot find the source of the information, so I apologise for not being able to cite that source and give due credit to its author. I thought I would share with you my summary of the four ways we can declutter our lives in the hope that you can reinforce these with your son, and that you might be able to role-model them for him in your own life:

  1. Our Pursuits

We talked about the importance of working out what is really important to you. One of the great things about school is that it provides plenty of opportunity to try things and to work out what you are passionate about and then begin to pursue that. I also asked the boys to start to work out their 'why': why are you here? What is your reason/purpose? These are big questions – perhaps the biggest of all. Thinking about your strengths is a starting point; as is doing things for others.

  1. Our Thoughts

The person each of us speaks to most is ourselves, even though we are not always aware of this. I asked the boys to notice what they are telling themselves, and to question whether it is true, logical or helpful. We also talked about neuroplasticity, and the ability each of us has to actually change the shape of the brain by changing the way we think. By looking for the good in our lives, we can train our brains to think differently about the world around us and we can begin to overcome the negativity bias that is hard-wired into each of us.  As Oprah Winfrey says: "The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get."

  1. Our Relationships

One of the key elements to how we feel, about ourselves and life, is the quality of our relationships. I encouraged the boys to surround themselves with people whom I described as 'Bucket-fillers'; that is, people who make us feel good about ourselves, who top us up with energy and self-belief and who support us to be the best version of ourselves. Some people can drag us down and reinforce our negative self-talk and we should try to avoid these types of people. Conversely, we should try to appreciate others (especially those who are different from us) and all of the things that others do for us. In doing this, we can fill others people's lives with energy and self-belief. This is another way of training the brain to think positively.

  1. Our Things

Stuff doesn't make us happy – we know this from various studies which show that, once we get beyond a basic level of income, our happiness does not continue to increase. Aristotle spoke of striving to live a good life rather than have a good time. Seth Godin says: "The frenzied search for more is a distraction and a place to hide." We would all do well to pause and consider this as it relates to our own lives.

Below are a couple of links to very short videos which dig a little deeper into how simple it is to live a good life. Sometimes we complicate things unnecessarily, mistakenly thinking that a crowded life is more fulfilling. Perhaps doing less but doing it better is a more satisfying way to live.

Kids Know What Makes Us Happy (1 min 30 sec)

The Surprising Truth about Happiness (6 mins 30 sec)

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Mr David Kyle Director of Service and Citizenship

Service and Citizenship

Mr David Kyle
Director of Service and Citizenship

Henry Wanyoike - a man of grit

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 A prominent voice on the concept of Grit in recent years is Angela Duckworth, the author of  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  Duckworth says that one way to think about Grit is to think about what it isn't.  

"Grit isn't talent. Grit isn't luck. Grit isn't how intensely, for the moment, you want something. Instead, grit is about what some researchers call an 'ultimate concern' – a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you  fall down . Even when you  screw up . Even when the progress toward that goal is halting or slow." www.angeladuckworth.com/qa/        

Henry  Wanyoike  is a Kenyan distance runner who has shown immense grit in his life. Henry's talent was recognised as a young boy who dreamt of representing Kenya one day. At the age of 21 Henry suffered a stroke and woke up blind, losing 95% of his vision. "I went to bed a normal person, the following day I found myself in darkness," Henry said. With the guidance of sighted runners, he started jogging again. Henry won gold at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 and then broke the marathon world records for blind athletes at the London Marathon and Hamburg Marathon.  

In 2019 Henry is in Perth to run the City to Surf and will be spending  Wednesday 28 August  at Scotch. Henry will speak to various Year groups, but the wider College community is welcome to attend too.   

Please contact  Pru.adams@scotch.wa.edu.au  if you would like more information.    

60th Celebration

Tomorrow night Tuesday 20 August there will be a very special celebration in honour of the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Australia. This event will be of  particular significance  to Scotch College because one of our own will be there to receive his Gold Award, one of only six (one for each decade) that evening.  

Aydin Hutchison (Year 11 Anderson House) , has managed to achieve his Gold Award at the age of 17 after already achieving his Bronze and Silver Awards. Aydin was honoured to be invited to receive his Award at the national celebrations in Sydney but due to them clashing with exams, has decided to stick with the major celebration on the Western Australian calendar. He will receive his Award from the Governor, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC.    

I have written about the benefits of completing the award many times, but do we underestimate the value of the Award to our boys' future?   

  • Imagine if there was a method by which we could celebrate our students' achievements across a broad range of activities outside of the classroom. Imagine if we could promote a healthy, balanced and fulfilling lifestyle that builds interesting and interested young adults.  
  •  Imagine if there was a recognition of well-rounded and committed young people that crossed borders, and that it had a common criterion that was recognised, all around the world.   

All of  these things do exist, and they are under the banner of  The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award .            

As noted earlier this year, Australian Geographic have  a great article outlining the history of the Award and Scotch has a proud history too. As well as some of the earliest Gold Awards in Western Australia in 1964, our Headmaster, Dr Keys, was an inaugural member and Chairman of the W.A. Division. More recently we had boys complete the Kokoda Track with the generosity of the Award Office and have had a significant number of Awardees in recent years.  

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Final reminder for 2020 Exchanges

A final reminder to Year 9 students - Applications for Round Square Exchanges are due on  Thursday 22  August  2019.  

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All School Matters

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Tuesdays:              8.00am - 5.00pm  

Thursdays:            7.30am - 11.30am  

Fridays:                 7.30am - 11.30am  

The Uniform Shop will be closed for the  Mid-term break on Friday 23 rd  August.  

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Year 8 - 10 Production TEECHERS

Get in quick to book tickets to this fast moving and highly entertaining comedy.

Teechers evokes what school life was like at a secondary school in the U.K in the late 80's. Three leaving students set out to write a play about their finishing year with the guidance of the new Drama teacher, who faces many challenges along the way.

Tickets available here. 

Production Dates: 4 - 7 September, 2019

Venue: Dickinson Centre, Scotch College, 76 Shenton Road, Swanbourne

Time and Dates: 7.00pm - 4 – 6 September 2019     

Matinee: 2.00pm - 7 September 2019   

Tickets: $20 Adult/ $15 Child/Concession

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Scotch Parents' Dr Andrew Fuller Presentation

On Thursday 15 August the College was honoured to welcome Dr Andrew Fuller to address the Scotch Community.  Dr Fuller is a well-respected clinical psychologist who works with a number of schools and organisations on how to improve children's wellbeing and resilience.  On Thursday he shared some insightful research into the challenges facing children and young people today and provided practical approaches that both parents and teachers can use to help children improve their resilience and wellbeing.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Scotch Parents, for without their sponsorship of this event we would have not been able to have Dr Fuller present to our community.  The ongoing support of the Scotch Parents has been integral to the College's ability to deliver the annual keynote speaker addresses. 

Mr John Stewart
Acting Head of Middle School

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Evolving Technologies in Teaching

The technology integration team within Scotch's ILT group is charged with the responsibility of reviewing if and when new technologies should be incorporated into our teaching and learning environments from Pre-Kindy to Year 12. Technology has to have applicability and longevity toward improving the teaching and learning experience. Any fad that is all whizz-bang and no substance has no place in the teaching programmes at Scotch College.

If a technology has identifiable value the integration team works with students and teachers alike to ensure it is developed and used optimally to aid teachers in their teaching and students in their learning. In this way the decisions on which devices will be used by teachers and students, what software best meets our needs, the digital spaces we work in and the websites and digital resources we need to use, all evolve along a same path toward our common end – achieving the best teaching and learning experience possible at Scotch College.

For example, a small bank of tablet devices each with an active stylus is available in the short term to teachers wishing to explore how technology change may help them teach differently and better. With assistance and guidance from the integration team the teachers develop skills with the device and more importantly explore if and how the device can be best used for teaching in their discipline. Mobile devices may not be applicable to all disciplines but when it is, it is the research and practice of new teaching methods that is the focus. Without significant change in teaching pedagogy, the benefits of a new technology cannot be fully exploited to the advantage of the students.

As a result of this programme several teachers from both Mathematics and Commerce trialled the devices over an extended period in their teaching. These disciplines are particularly suited to using a stylus. Their personal experiences enabled them to identify significant improvements in the way they were able to interact, teach and record the activities in the classroom. Improvements that could be replicated across their disciplines. As a consequence, in 2019 the teachers of Mathematics and Commerce are supported with an iPad and Apple Pencil.

The integration team looks forward to continuing this programme with our teachers and to those future interactions that will lead to improved teaching and learning experiences at Scotch College.

Dr Nick Spadaccini
ILT Curriculum Integration Manager

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2019 Athletics Season

Athletics Season Schedule 

Senior School Inter-House Athletics Carnival 

Friday 30 August 2019 (8.30am to 4.00pm)  

Quads Athletics Carnival  

Friday 6 September 2019 (3.00pm to 7.00pm)   

PSA Inter-School Athletics Carnival  

Friday 13 September 2019 (9.00am to 3.00pm)   

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Miss Penny Hooper Acting Head of Junior School

Junior School

Miss Penny Hooper
Acting Head of Junior School

From the Head of Junior School

Sharing is the joint use of a resource or space. It is also the process of dividing and distributing… Still more loosely, "sharing" can mean giving something as an outright gift… Sharing is a basic component of human interaction and is responsible for strengthening social ties and ensuring a person's well-being.

This definition from Wikipedia summarises what Week 2A in the Junior School was all about. We were so fortunate to have Senior School boys from the SCINS (Scotch College Indigenous Network Scheme) come down at various times during the week and work with each of the Junior School classes. The students learnt about Aboriginal Languages, practised throwing mini boomerangs before decorating their own. The Junior School thanks all of the Senior School boys who visited and worked with us last week.

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We also celebrated Student Led Conference week and parents of boys from Year 1 through to Year 5 took the time to come in, sit with their son and experience what learning has taken place throughout the year. The boys walked their parents through their learning across specialist areas, as well as work completed in class through Literacy, Numeracy and the PYP Unit of Inquiry.

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There was a delightful feel about the school last week as boys proudly shared and took ownership of their learning as they explained to their parents what they have discovered this year in class. Thank you to all the parents who took the time to come and experience the learning journey with their son. Your time and presence are appreciated by both the boys and their teachers.

Outstanding Achievements of Boys

Cooper Lisle (Year 5) and Noah Lisle (Year 7)

Off the back of the boys successful racing in Europe in the holidays these two students have been selected to race in the largest Karting race in the world based in Las Vegas from 15 to 27 November.

Connor and Zach McManus (Year 3)

These two students rode for their Midland Team at the WA State Titles Road Cycling Championships. The race was held at the Kwinana Motorway and was an 18.8km course. After 40 minutes of cycling, Connor came in 3rd and Zach in 4th separated by 50 meters.

Max Fine (Year 4)

Congratulations to Max for his achievements at the recent Bespalov Invitational Gymnastics Challenge held in Perth. He received a gold medal, four silver medals and a bronze medal. This competition is where the boys qualify for the state championships (of which he was successful). Max will be heading to the Gold Coast National Clubs Competition from the 19 to 26 of September. 

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Deputy Head of Junior School

Leadership in Year 5

Winter Term started with a wonderful Commissioning Service, where our Semester 2 Year 5 Specialist and House Captains were sworn in.  Whilst this was quite a public acknowledgement of the Year 5 boys, there was a great deal of activity happening daily behind the scenes, where the new Captains were starting to model their leadership skills.

In their role as Captains, the Year 5 Captains are expected to give up one lunchtime a week to meet as a group, prepare for their assembly reports and update with Miss Hooper, Madame Vinton and myself.  They also have meetings with their specialist teachers, either before school or at another recess or lunchtime.

As Dr O'Connell mentioned at the commissioning, the Year 5 Captains have continued to flourish and develop each year since Mr Stewart started the programme.  Under the expert guidance of Miss Hooper, the Year 5 boys continue to build their leadership skills.

What has been wonderful to witness is the Semester 1 Captains handing over their knowledge and expertise to their new Captains.  I have witnessed a number of Semester 1 Captains working with the new Captains to show them the ropes, again in their own time, to ensure their specialist area is well represented.  The photos below show the Semester 1 Sport Captain taking the Semester 2 Sport Captains through an important part of their role - how to run the very important merit award count.

The younger boys are watching the current Captains and what I love is that I already have Year 2 boys telling me which captaincy they wish to apply for when they get to Year 5!

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Mrs Amanda Ritchie
Acting Deputy Head of Junior School
(Administration and Pastoral Care)

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Kindy News

Our inquiry process throughout Autumn Term revolved around the transdisciplinary theme of 'How we express ourselves'. The central idea the Kindergarten boys were investigating was how their feelings help them to express and communicate their ideas. The 'Zones of Regulation' was introduced to help teach the boys how to recognise how they were feeling and what factors or triggers may have contributed or impacted these feelings. All the different ways we feel and associated states of awareness were categorised into four different coloured zones.

The Green Zone

Students in the green zone may be described as calm, happy, focused, or content. This is the optimal zone for learning and for being social. Being in the Green Zone shows control.

The Blue Zone

The Blue Zone is used to describe when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored. This is when one's body and/or brain is moving slowly.

The Yellow Zone

Students may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, nervousness, confusion and many more slightly elevated emotions when in the Yellow Zone.

The Red Zone

The Red Zone is used to describe very intense feelings. One may be experiencing anger, rage, explosive behaviour or panic when in the Red Zone and feel out of control.

Coloured zones were established within the Kindy classroom with various strategies and tools where the boys were encouraged to spend time to help them regulate their feelings and bodies, in order to get back to the “green zone” where they are ready to learn. The boys came to realise all the zone colours were okay and that there will be times when they are experiencing feelings in all different zones and then recognising how they can transition themselves between these. Ultimately, this awareness allowed the boys to begin to regulate their feelings and behaviour and then help their peers to do the same. Powerful stuff!

The Kindergarten boys are to be commended on the way they communicated and reflected upon how they were feeling at various times, which wasn’t always easy. This will be an ongoing investigation as we continually link our understandings into new inquiries.

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Mrs Medine Mazzuchelli
Kindergarten Teacher

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ELC French News

Salut! Kaya! Hello! おはよう! Hallo! Grüezi! Ciao! नमस्ते! Cześć! Ngachilihi! Dia dhuit! Salām!

We had a fabulous start to the spring term in the ELC French classes, celebrating NAIDOC and Languages Week. We discovered that there are a lot of different languages spoken by our staff and students in the Early Years and we taught each other to say “Hello!” in different languages.

Expressing feelings in French lead us to all sorts of different activities. From singing songs and dancing to crafting facial expressions out of different materials such as plasticine and leaves. While we created happy, sad and angry faces, we learned how to name the parts of the visage in French.  

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Our marionette (puppet) Marcel is teaching the children to shake hands and to have a chat in French. He also loves stories and is sharing songs, rhymes and jokes in French. Marcel and the children enjoyed celebrating Le Jour du Chapeau-Hat Day and made some fabulous creations. Très chic!

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Madame Simona Carniello
ELC French Specialist

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Mr John Stewart Acting Head of Middle School

Middle School

Mr John Stewart
Acting Head of Middle School

A Creative Community

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something then you're more willing to take risks."  Yo-Yo Ma

Artists create; they think about the world, they read, watch and listen. They are problem solvers and communicators.  Through their art they express their emotions and they make you ponder.  Being creative gives us opportunities to try new ideas and ways of thinking.  It helps us acknowledge and celebrate our own uniqueness and diversity.  Creativity encourages self-expression, a way to create from personal feelings and experiences.

On Tuesday 6 August the College opened a special exhibition, its first ever Community Exhibition, displaying 72 works of art from 27 different artists within the Scotch College community.  Teachers, educational assistants, grounds staff and parents came together to share their creative talents and to celebrate the creativity and abilities of our wonderful community.

As I walked around the exhibition, marveling at the talents of the artists, and thinking of what I knew of them as professionals, as educators, I was in awe.  Not only did they demonstrate their outstanding abilities in the classroom every day, working tirelessly to provide the boys of Scotch College incredible learning outcomes and opportunities, but they had these hidden talents which only through an event like this exhibition we are able to showcase and share.

The exhibition itself was another special opportunity for our community.  Some of their participants shared that it had "Reopened their creative pathways" and "Helped me get back in touch with my creative side."  It is truly a special exhibition.

I would like to thank Ms Tessa Beale who has helped organise and display this wonderful exhibition.  I would also like to encourage the community of Scotch College to take the opportunity to visit the exhibition which will be open until Thursday 22 August.  Many of the works on display are also for sale.  As you enter the Gallery you will find a brochure with all the artists' information should you wish to purchase.  Many have already been sold.

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Welcome to the MS Science Labs with 6.3

The iLearn unit for this term in Year 6 is titled Being, Becoming and Belonging and this offered the students the opportunity to investigate states of matter and how a solid can become a liquid and then a gas.  To investigate this fully though, the boys needed to do experiments in the Science Lab.  This was the first time the boys had the chance to work on practical activities in the labs this year.

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The 6.3 boys explored the area and the equipment contained within.  There were some weird and wonderful little devices that they were keen to see in action.  We discussed the safety rules and procedures before the boys watched a teacher demonstration of a Bunsen Burner in action.  Their next project was to conduct lab experiments on their own and report their findings.  The Science labs will continue to be an important part to their learning during their time in Middle School.

Mr Peter Gaspar
6.3 Homeroom Teacher

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7.5 Water – Earth's Lifeblood

This term, 7.5, and the rest of the Year 7 cohort, have been diving into the world of Water in iLearn.  We are knee-deep in a raft of activities highlighting the importance of water and how precious the liquid resource is to life on Earth.  In Week 4 we will attend the Groundwater Replenishment Visitor Centre to learn how Perth is managing its use of groundwater.  Later in the term we will whalecome a Guest Speaker from the Water Corporation who will be talking about initiatives being taken up by the government to ensure a long-lasting supply of fresh water.

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Towards the end of the term, the buoys in 7.5 will go full steam ahead into their third inquiry, looking for an ingenious way to improve the use and availability of water in our communities.  7.5 are shore to come up with a stream of great ideas and we look forward to sea-ing what incredible ideas are floating out there.

Ms Deborah Mullin
7.5 Homeroom Teacher

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Oliver Knuckey (6.3) who won the State Cross Country Championship last week.

Congratulations to Marc Ricciardello (6.2) who has been selected to play in a Subiaco U13 NPL team in the Gold Coast Champions Cup Soccer Tournament during the September school holidays.

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Important Dates in Middle School Winter Term

Tuesday 20 August

Year 7.3 iLearn Excursion 1.00pm – 3.15pm

Wednesday 21 August

Year 8 Vaccinations Round #2

Year 7.5 iLearn Excursion 12.30pm – 3.15pm

JS/MS Music Winter Soiree, Memorial Hall 5.30pm

Thursday 22 August

MS Student Led Conferences Conclude

Year 6 Science Fair, MS 11.10am – 12.10pm

Year 7.2 iLearn Excursion 11.15am – 1.45pm

Year 8 East Kimberley Tour Returns

Friday 23 August

Mid-Term Break (no classes)

Monday 26 August

Mid-Term Break (no classes)

Tuesday 27 August

Reporter Photo Day

Wednesday 28 August

Year 7 Indonesian Incursion, MacKellar Hall P1-3

Year 7.7 iLearn Excursion 9.50am – 12.30pm (Indonesian students remain in MS for incursion)

Thursday 29 August

MS Inter-House Athletics Carnival

Year 8 Dancing Lesson at MLC, 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Friday 30 August

Year 8 Subject Selections for Year 9 2020

MS Assembly (Internal), MacKellar Hall 12.00pm

Monday 2 September

R U OK? Week

Year 6 iLearn Excursion, Maritime Museum Fremantle 9.00am – 1.30pm

(Classes 6.1 & 6.2)

Tuesday 3 September

UNSW Digital Technologies Competition

Year 7.6 iLearn Excursion 8.15am – 11.00am

Year 7.1 iLearn Excursion 9.45am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 4 September

Year 6 Dental Screening, MS 9.00am – 9.45am

Year 8 – 10 Drama Production Opening Night, DC 7.00pm

Thursday 5 September

UNSW Science Competition

Year 6 iLearn Excursion, Maritime Museum Fremantle 9.00am – 1.30pm

(Classes 6.3 & 6.4)

Year 8 Dancing Lesson at MLC, 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Year 8 – 10 Drama Production, DC 7.00pm

Year 6 Dad’s Drinks, Albion Hotel from 6.30pm

Friday 6 September

PSA Quads Athletics Carnival

Year8 – 10 Drama Production, DC 7.00pm

Saturday 7 September

Year 8 – 10 Drama Production Final Performance, DC

Tuesday 10 September

UNSW Writing Competition

Wednesday 11 September

Music Reporter Photo Day

Year 7 Indonesian Incursion, MacKellar Hall P1-3

Thursday 12 September

UNSW Spelling Competition

Year 8 Dancing Social, MLC 5.30pm

Year 6 Students (Scotch & PLC) Quiz Night, MacKellar Hall 6.00pm

Friday 13 September

PSA Athletics Team Photo

PSA Inter-School Athletics Carnival

MS Assembly, DC 12.00pm

Monday 16 September

Languages Week Commences

Tuesday 17 September

UNSW English Competition

Wednesday 18 September

Year 8 Community Project Showcase, MS 4.00pm – 6.30pm

Friday 20 September

MS Photo Day, MacKellar Hall 12.00pm – 3.25pm

Year 8 Scotch & PLC Social, 6.30pm

Saturday 21 September

Scotch/PLC Parent Sundowner, Cottesloe Golf Club 6.30pm

Tuesday 24 September

Free Dress Day

Wednesday 25 September

Year 7 Vaccinations Round #2

Friday 27 September

MS Highland Games, 12.30pm – 3.25pm

Winter Term Concludes

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Mr Richard Ledger – Acting Head of Senior School

Senior School

Mr Richard Ledger
Acting Head of Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Next week signals the start of a really important process in Senior School, one in which every student is involved: selecting next year's House leaders. In simple terms the process is that current Year 11 boys nominate for roles, they present their credentials so to speak by speaking at a House meeting and from there a vote occurs. Results are then communicated to all applicants before being announced at our Week 7 Assembly.

It is more than heartening to see boys nominate for these roles and, as a staff, we are very grateful that there is the willingness in the student body to take on the extra responsibilities of mentoring, organising and facilitating that come with these leadership roles. Annually, the process gives us as a school, a big opportunity to feature and discuss what Leadership is. Last week two Year 12 boys stood to address the assembly. The second boy, Coen Miller (Year 12, Anderson) began: "Hi, I am Coen Miller, Anderson House, and I'm not the Captain of anything. However, I am here to tell you about Arts Week and the exciting opportunities we have put together in our programme of events.' 

In that short sentence Coen had perfectly, with a neat touch of humour, captured the essence of what leadership is. It is not a title, a badge or an appointed role. At the very core of leadership is the attribute of willingness; willingness to act for the benefit of others.

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The question I posed to Senior School students last week was; Who do you vote for? Typically, we try to align ourselves, our votes, with candidates who have similar values to ours. So, how do you determine someone's values? Listening to election pitches where candidates talk and articulate their views is a great mechanism. So too is taking the time to reflect on the actions of the candidates over time, because it is the actions, habits and behaviours that are displayed on a regular basis that provide a tangible insight on the values of a candidate.

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Thank you to the boys who have indicated they would like to lead within the school community. Thank you also to Coen Miller for highlighting that you don't need to have a title to show leadership.

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Important Dates in Senior School Winter Term

Date 

Event 

Location  

Time 

Week 4A 

Book Week  

   

   

Monday 19 August  

Year 9 Camp (Group 3) departs   

Moray  

8.30am for a 9.00am departure  

   

Year 11 Outdoor Education Camp departs  

Munda Biddi Trail  

   

Tuesday 20 August  

Stanford Tour final day  

   

   

   

Scotch Parents Meeting  

Dining Room Annexe  

9.00am – 10.30am  

   

WADL Debating Quarter Finals  

Perth Modern School  

6.30pm – 9.30pm  

Wednesday 21 August  

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen  

Northbridge  

6.15am – 9.30am  

   

Year 10 Vaccinations  

Senior School  

9.00am – 1.00pm  

   

State Schools' Surfing Titles  

Trigg Beach  

7.15am – 4.00pm  

   

Year 11 Outdoor Education Camp final day  

Munda Biddi Trail  

   

   

Brain Reset Session  

Room 13.301  

3.45pm – 4.30pm  

   

AHISA Debating Round 3  

Perth College  

6.30pm – 9.30pm  

Thursday 22 August  

Instrumental Music - Parent Teacher Student Interviews  

Dickinson Centre  

3.30pm – 7.30pm  

   

Year 9 Camp (Group 3) returns  

   

3.30pm  

   

Year 11 and 12 Drama Medea Excursion  

State Theatre Centre  

7.00pm – 9.30pm  

Friday 23 August  

Mid-Term Break (no classes)  

No academic or administrative staff  

   

   

   

'Teechers' Drama Production Bump In commences  

Dickinson Centre  

   

   

PSA Surfing   

Trigg Beach  

7.15am – 1.00pm  

   

School Sports WA Volleyball Tournament  

Various locations  

8.00am – 3.30pm  

Saturday 24 August  

School Sports WA Volleyball Tournament  

Various locations  

2.00pm – 8.00pm  

   

WA Schools Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival  

Carine SHS  

2.45pm – 4.15pm  

Sunday 25 August  

WA Schools Jazz Ensemble Festival  

WAAPA  

9.00am – 4.00pm  

   

   

   

   

Week 5B 

   

   

   

Monday 26 August  

Mid-Term Break (no classes)  

   

   

   

Boarding House opens – boys due back by 5.30pm  

   

3.00pm  

Tuesday 27 August  

Reporter Photos  

Dickinson Centre  

8.30am – 3.30pm  

   

PSA Chess Competition  

Scotch College  

4.00pm – 8.00pm  

   

Australian National Titration Competition State Final  

Murdoch University  

4.00pm – 8.00pm  

   

Hockey Dinner  

Dining Room Annexe   

6.00pm – 9.00pm  

   

WADL Debating Semi Finals   

Shenton College  

6.30pm – 9.30pm  

Wednesday 28 August  

Dowerin Field Day  

   

   

   

Football Dinner  

Dining Room  

6.30pm - 10.30pm  

   

Brain Reset Session  

Room 13.301  

3.45pm – 4.30pm  

   

AHISA Debating Round 4  

Perth College  

6.30pm – 9.30pm  

Thursday 29 August  

Dowerin Field Day  

   

   

   

ICAS Science Competition  

   

   

   

Soccer Dinner  

Dining Room  

6.30pm – 9.30pm  

Friday 30 August  

State Schools Surfing Finals  

Trigg Beach  

7.15am – 4.00pm  

   

Senior School Inter-House Athletics Carnival  

Memorial Ground  

8.30am – 4.00pm  

Saturday 31 August  

Rugby Dinner  

Dining Room  

6.30pm – 9.30pm  

   

Year 12 Music Recitals  

PC Anderson Chapel  

7.00pm – 10.00pm  

   

   

   

   

Week 6A 

RUOK? Week  

   

   

Monday 2 September  

Year 9 Camp (Group 4) departs  

Moray  

8.30am for a 9.00am departure  

   

Year 10 OLNA Testing (Writing)  

Classrooms  

11.10am – 12.55pm  

   

Year 12 Original Solo Drama Performances  

Foundation Theatre  

6.00pm – 7.30pm  

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Careers Information

TISC Applications 

Year 12 students now have a copy of the 2020 TISC Guide and have been give information regarding the use of this guide and how to apply to universities in Western Australia (excluding Notre Dame).   

Applications to these universities is now open with on-time applications closing on Monday 30 September 2019 after which a late application fee will apply. Even though some students may have applied for a conditional/early offer to a university they are still required to complete as TISC application. If students or parents have any questions or concern regarding TISC applications, please contact Mr  Frusher  at Scotch.  

Course Seeker Website  

Universities across Australia have been working with the Australian government over the past two years to provide clearer information on entry requirements for university courses. One of the outcomes of this work has been the development of the Course Seeker website , which allows students to search and compare courses across the country. This website will be particularly useful for students considering studying at interstate universities.  

Interstate University Applications  

If you are planning to apply to university interstate, here is where you can apply. Make sure you keep an eye on the dates, as they differ from state to state. Most admissions centres allow you to change your preferences after the closing date, but make sure you know the rules (and fees) that apply in each state. Some have variable closing dates depending on the course you’re applying to.  

NSW & ACT:  Applications open 2 August; close 27 September  

VIC:  Applications close 30 September 2019 

QLD:  Applications close 30 September  2019  

SA & NT:  Applications close 30 September  2019  

TAS: Applications close 30 September 2019  

What’s TISC and How Does It Work?  

The TISC Information Evening is designed specifically  for Year 12 students and their parents .  

How to make the most of your  ATAR score  and help you get  into your preferred course at UWA .    

This session will cover:  

  1. Important application dates and deadline  
  2. Entry requirements  
  3. TISC application and offer process  

UWA Fox Theatre Tuesday 20 August  2019   

Time –  6 .00pm  - 7:30pm  

Register now  

Curtin University - John Curtin Scholarship  

Recipients will be selected on the following criteria:  

Academic excellence  
School leavers need to have a predicted ATAR in the top 5% of Year 12 graduating students at Scotch College.  

Vision & Leadership  
Demonstrated leadership through being involved in school leadership roles, coaching roles, fundraising, youth groups or community volunteer coordinators.  

Community Service  
Involvement in community as student mentors, members of fundraising or charitable groups, volunteers for school or community groups, or other similar community work.  

Expressions of interest to be nominated for this prestigious scholarship can be sent to Mr  Frusher  by Friday 30 August 2019.  

The nomination form is to be completed by the Headmaster and nominated student. This form is available to download from the  scholarships website  

These scholarships close for application on   18 September   2019 .  

Melbourne National Merit Scholarship  

This scholarship will offer a one-off allowance of $8000 to talented students who achieve an ATAR of 99+, from Australian state 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.uinmelb.edu.au/merit-scholarship  

No application is required. You will be automatically  be  considered for this award.  

UK University Entrance Tests  

Any Year 12 student who is considering university study in the UK in 2020 may need to sit an admission test. Students will need to check with the university to determine if an admission test is required. If a test is required students will need to contact Mr  Frusher  who will register you for the test.   

Please note : You cannot register yourself for the admissions test – you must be registered by your school or college, or nearest test centre.  

Registrations to standard BMAT (Medicine) will be open between 1 September and 1 October 2019. A late entry penalty will then be charged for any BMAT entries made between 2 and 15 October 2019, after which no entries will be accepted.  

Registrations for the CAT, ELAT, HAT, MAT, MLAT, OLAT, PAT, Philosophy Test and TSA Oxford tests will be open between 1 September and 15 October 2019.  

You can find further information about specific tests, test dates and costs on this websit e:   http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/  

Please see Mr  Frusher  at Scotch College if you require registration.  

University of Cambridge  

Amy Roberson, a Deputy Student Recruitment Manager (International)   at the University of Cambridge, will be at Presbyterian Ladies' College   to provide information on studying at the University of Cambridge. Amy will give an insight into student life at Cambridge, including information on Colleges, courses and extra-curricular activities as well as outlining the admissions process and what makes a competitive application. There will be time at the end for questions.   

The event will take place on  Tuesday 20 August 5.00pm   -   6.30pm in the PLC Auditorium Students, parents, University advisors and teachers all welcome!   

To book your place please visit:  https://gecko.fm/udzwr  

Projects Abroad -  Alternative Schoolies  

You can go by yourself or with a bunch of your friends on a two-week volunteering journey to Sri Lanka, Samoa or Thailand. Here you will help to support disadvantaged children in education and care activities in local kindergartens and care centres, as well as grassroots healthcare campaigns, outreach work in the wider community and conservation activities.  

The  Alternative Schoolies  programmes run for two weeks from 1 December - 14 December, right after you have finished your exams. The projects are structured to give you a variety of hands on, worthwhile and rewarding work.  

Academic Task Force - Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Revision Program  

  • One Day Exam Boost Seminars for Year 11 & 12 ATAR  in Term 3 and 4  

Exam Boost Seminars are popular with time-poor students who want subject specific, targeted exam help in the weeks before their exams. In one day, the Seminars pack in six hours of exam focused teaching from an ATAR marker, with the sole purpose of boosting your exam performance. Students will have access to the ATAR exam marking guide and learn strategies to improve marks in their Mock and ATAR exams.  Enrol online today at  www.academicgroup.com.au  or call 9314 9500 or email  learn@academicgroup.com.au  

  • Academic Task Force - Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Revision Program for Year 11 & 12  

10 hr courses, perfect for students wanting revision of their ATAR subjects and review of topics in preparation for exams. Students will increase their understanding, receive fresh insights and gain intensive revision in a time-effective manner. ATAR subject-specialist teachers work with students in small groups to help students prepare for their exams and maximise their exam performance.  10% Early Bird Discount available until Monday 9 September.  Available in Week 1 and 2 of the Term 3 school holidays at Rossmoyne SHS, Churchlands SHS and Perth Modern School. Enrol online today at  www.academicgroup.com.au  or call 9314 9500 or email learn@academicgroup.com.au  

  • Academic Associates – Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Enrichment Program for Year 12  

Students will receive academic extension in their ATAR courses with advanced content insight and practise in higher level exam questions. In the 10-hour courses, students will be taught in a small, interactive class by top ATAR subject specialists with proven results in boosting exam performance. Available in Week 1 of the Term 3 school holidays at the University of Western Australia.   

Enrol online at  www.academicgroup.com.au  or call 9314 9500 or email  learn@academicgroup.com.au .  

Vacation Employment  

Year 12 students who are not sitting ATAR examinations may be interested in casual harvest work employment with CBH Group. Casual positions commence in October in the area of Receival Point Operators. Full training is provided – no need for qualifications or experience, just a great attitude.  

To find out more about the CBH Group and what harvest is like and where to apply,    visit: www.careers.cbh.com.au  

Mr Peter  Frusher  
Careers Adviser  

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Boys' Achievements 

Jack Mickle (Year 9, Shearer) has  confirmed his position as the Under 16 State Surfing Champion. He will attend the Australian Institute of Sport's high-performance surfing camp in August and compete as a member of the State team later in the year.  

Australian Geography Competition 2019    

Earlier this year sixty Year 11 and 12 Geography students from Scotch tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2019 Australian Geography Competition , with a number performing to a very high level .  

State Prize    

Quinlan (Quin) Arundel (Year 11 Anderson)  

 

High Distinction - Year 12  

High Distinction - Year 11  

Tyson Moody (Year 12, Ross)  

Bailey Monaghan (Year 11, St Andrews)  

Jack Mitchell (Year 12, Ferguson)  

Eden Messina (Year 11, Keys)  

Angus Cullen Falconer (Year 12, Keys)  

Harry Jackson (Year 11, St Andrews)  

William Coutts (Year 12, Keys)  

Benjamin (Ben) Hough (Year 11, Cameron)  

   

Distinction -  Year 12  

Distinction - Year 11  

Kane Kennedy (Year 12, Ross)    

Sean  Rimmer  (Year 11, Cameron)    

Liam McCreery (Year 12, Keys)    

Maxwell (Max)  Pethick  (Year 11, Alexander)    

Kristian Stonier (Year 12, Brisbane)    

Ricardo Holder (Year 11, St Andrews)    

Marcello Torre (Year 12, Cameron)    

James Watson (Year 11, St Andrews)    

   

Max  Shervington  (Year 11, Anderson)  

Quinlan (Quin) Arundel (Year 11 Anderson) scored the highest mark in the state for Year 11. His result was in the top 1% across the country. The last time a Scotch student has achieved a similar result was in 2009. Quin has now been invited to participate in the next round of the competition, the Geography Big Week Out, in December.    

International Mathematical Olympiad  

It is a historic moment for us as a school to have a student win Gold at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Since the inception of the Olympiad in 1959, Scotch has only ever had two students reach the level of being selected to participate. The first was  Akshay  Venkatesh – who won Bronze at the Olympiad in 1994 and who last year was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal, regarded as the highest  honour  a Mathematician can receive and long been compared to the Nobel Prize for Mathematics. This year,  William Steinberg (Year 11, Brisbane)  has traversed the challenging path of reaching the International Mathematical Olympiad and has achieved a Gold Medal. To be selected as a member of the Australian team is  in itself a  formidable task. William achieved a perfect score in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad in March and was invited to the Australian Mathematics Trust Selection School in April along with 18 of the top Mathematics students in Australia. For almost two weeks they trained together and at the conclusion, William and five other students were selected to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad. This year's Olympiad was held in Bath, England, and had the highest ever number of participants. 621 high school students, the best in the world, from 112 countries gathered in July. The event spanned over 10 days with many opportunities to get to know one another and learn from each other, united by a common love of and excellence in Mathematics. After nine hours of solving incredibly difficult problems, William placed 28th in the world resulting in a Gold Medal and the best performance in this year's Australian team.  

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Support Groups

Annual Manure Drive

Spring is approaching and it is time to nourish your gardens!

Support the 'Annual Manure Drive' fundraiser for 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.  Free delivery within the delivery zone, please view the map.

Orders are scheduled for delivery or collection on Saturday 21 September, 2019.

Place your order by Tuesday 10 September, 2019 by visiting the Scotch College website   www.scotch.wa.edu.au  and clicking on the 'Book a Scotch Event' icon and selecting the 'Annual Manure Drive'. Your gardens will love you for it!

To share this great offer with family and friends please share the information flyer.

Thank you for supporting the Scotch College Pipe Band!

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Scotch Parents

Melbourne based psychologist, speaker and author Andrew Fuller spoke in Memorial Hall last week to over 250 Scotch parents.  His presentation focused on building resilience and confidence in our kids and incorporated some great strategies and tips on dealing with anxiety and the importance of engaging with our kids.  It was a very entertaining and interactive presentation which was funded by Scotch Parents through the voluntary contributions made by parents.

One of the key things I took from Andrew’s presentation was the importance of gratitude – research has shown that one of the greatest contributing factors to happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show…if you get a chance have a look at the short video that Andrew played. 

Thank you to all of our hardworking parent volunteers for the enormous contribution you make to our school community and the incredible amount of time you put into events and activities that benefit us all.

Scotch Parents also funded 10 new exercise bikes for our gym which have arrived and by all accounts look really impressive. Feedback from Justin Creighton, Scotch Phys Ed Teacher, is that ‘they have been very well received and are being used in heavy rotation in both the CrossFit and Strength and Conditioning classes.’  He also commented that ‘It is a bit of a love hate relationship. We all know how good they are as a workout stimulus, but the pain they induce in such a short time, kind of makes them awful too!’

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If you haven’t already purchased tickets to the inaugural ‘Scotch and PLC Parent Sundowner’ on Saturday 21 September at the Cottesloe Golf Club, you can find the booking link on the Scotch College website page or at www.trybooking.com/beefc.  Over 200 tickets have been purchased already and numbers are limited due to the venue capacity so book quickly.

The next meeting of Scotch Parents is on Tuesday 20 August at 9.00am in the Dining Room Annexe. The agenda for the meeting is on the new ‘Scotch Parents’ page, which can be found on Home.scotch under ‘Scotch Groups’.  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.

Upcoming Events supported by Scotch Parents…

  • Tuesday 20 August: Scotch Parents Meeting at 9am in Dining Room Annexe
  • Saturday 7 September: Year 10 Mum’s Sleepover at Moray
  • Saturday 21 September: Scotch and PLC Parents Sundowner at the Cottesloe Golf Club from 6.45pm

Sara Hector
President
Scotch Parents

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Winter Sport – End of Season Dinners

Bookings for the end of season sporting dinners are now available by visiting the Scotch College website www.scotch.wa.edu.au and clicking on the "Book a Scotch Event" icon. Please purchase tickets to attend as soon as possible as late bookings may not be able to be accommodated.

The dates for the events are as follows -

  • Hockey - Tuesday 27 August, 6.00pm
  • Football – Wednesday 28 August, 6.30pm
  • Soccer – Thursday 29 August, 6.30pm
  • Rugby – Saturday 31 August, 6.30pm

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Michael Silbert President of the OSC

OSC

Mr Michael Silbert
President of the OSC

Old Scotch Collegians

We look forward to welcoming back Old Scotch Collegians from the Class of 1979 to their Forty Year reunion on Friday 30 August June. Past students from this cohort (even if they left Scotch prior to 1979) are invited to come along to the Scotch College Inter House Athletics (including the Pipe Band Display at 2.50pm) as well as take a tour of the College campus before their reunion at 6.30pm. Tickets are available online here.

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

  • 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.

OSC Spotlight

Scotch College recently welcomed Old Scotch Collegian Professor Ray Wills ('78), who spoke to a group of Year 12 students at their August reward breakfast.

Prof Wills has more than 30 years' experience in a wide-ranging career that includes researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager, executive, director and business owner. He has worked in private enterprise as well as for government, Parliament, industry bodies, NGOs and educational institutions. Prof Wills has substantial expertise in ecology, sustainability, climate change science and the effects of climate change on Australia and the world and is an authoritative commentator and respected adviser on sustainability across all sectors including the built environment, cleantech, energy infrastructure, industrials, manufacturing, resources, transport, and water.

Prof Wills spoke to the students about his start as a 'nerd' at Scotch, as well as his current research interests, including adoption rates and convergence of technology, disruptive tech including solar and storage, electric cars, mobility, and robotics.

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Community Notices

Perth Sympohony - The Snowman

Perth Symphony brings the magic of Christmas alive with their performance of The Snowman.

This beautiful Academy Award-nominated film, based on Raymond Briggs’ famous book, depicts the story of a young boy who builds a Snowman on the night before Christmas.

The orchestral score, by Howard Blake, will be performed live in concert by Perth Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack includes the song ‘Walking in the Air’ made famous by Aled Jones – and will be performed by the winner of Perth Symphony’s ‘Search for a Star’ boy soprano competition.

This story is a well known Christmas classic, with the original book selling over 8.5 million copies worldwide.

Perth Symphony Orchestra performs 'The Snowman', presented by AHG and hosted by Scotch College. 

WHEN: 2pm and 4pm, Sunday 22nd December
WHERE: Dickinson Centre, Scotch College
TICKETS from $20, from https://perthsymphony.com/pso_event/the-snowman/ 

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