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

Scholar in Residence - Support from Scotch Parents

On Thursday 4 May, Sam Sterrett, the College's newly appointed Enrichment and Extension Coordinator (Years 6-12) presented to Scotch Parents a proposal to develop an ongoing Scholar in Residence programme.

The Scholar in Residence will be responsible for providing support and mentorship to students and staff involved in a range of academic programmes. The Scholar will provide support for new curricular initiatives concerning philosophy, ethics and social justice. The individual will also give guest lectures and support research initiatives by providing expertise on research methodology and analysis. Additionally, this person will work with staff to develop the Year 9 and 10 Thinking Skills courses and contribute to the ongoing development of the Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma Programme.

Our 2017 Scholar in Residence is Akram Azimi, who was Young Australian of the Year in 2013 and has been working with the College since 2014. This appointment, with support of the parents of Scotch College will allow us to sustain and develop his wonderful influence on our students. Akram is a fantastic example to our young men, arriving in Australia 13 years ago from Afghanistan. He began his new life as 'an ostracised refugee kid with no prospects' to become his school's head boy. An outstanding student, he topped the tertiary entrance exam scores among his classmates. Akram holds a triple major Law, Science and Arts degree, from the University of Western Australia. He is currently completing his PhD in Sociology.

We thank Scotch Parents for their continued support and funding to assist in developing the academic culture at Scotch College for our boys both now and in the future.

Mr Peter Allen
Director of Teaching and Learning