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

The power of community

If ever you need a reminder of the importance of community, this week's episode of Anh's Brush With Fame is well worth watching. Kurt Fearnley grew up in Carcour, NSW, population 200, and spoke of how his community drove him to be the world champion athlete he is today. It is a great reminder of what any community is capable of.

Watch Anh's Brush With Fame series two episode seven with Kurt Fearnley on iView here.

Year 11 CAS sleep out

On Saturday night Year 11 CAS (Creativity Activity Service - part of the IB Diploma) students, Coby Edmondstone (Cameron), Liam Corrigan (Cameron), Conor Patton (Ross), Prentice Shepherd (Ross), Aren Leishman (Ross), Jack Knobel (Ross), Felix Jones (Brisbane), George Mitchell (Shearer), and Connor O'Sullivan (Ferguson), organised a sleep out raising funds and awareness of homelessness.

40 boys slept in the Middle School Quad on a chilly night, dropping to around seven degrees. Darren Reynolds from The Salvation Army spoke to the boys about the role of the Salvos and the issue of homelessness more generally. He had some confronting stories for the boys and the question and answer session was particularly insightful.

The night out gave the boys some ideas of the conditions facing our increasing homeless population. The boys slept on the Street Swags that the College has been rolling for many years. The canvas swags are stitched at Bandyup Prison and the School fundraises for the foam inserts. Boys then roll the swags and deliver them to places such as the Tranby Drop In Centre in East Perth.

A big thanks to Mr Owenell and Ms Muni for their organisation and congratulations to the boys for their efforts. I hope they enjoyed their warm beds before school today!

Football rallies for breast cancer research

On Saturday 13 May, our Scotch College football community dedicated their home game vs Aquinas College to a cause close to our hearts, breast cancer research. The boys and parents of the 1st and 2nd XXVIII teams put on a pink themed morning tea, wrapped the grandstand pink and collected donations from the crowd throughout the morning. Ingrid Monaghan (mother of 1st XXVII player Jack Monaghan - Year 12, Alexander), shared her own experience during the quarter time break, along with the importance of research in fighting breast cancer long term. The players wore pink armbands to signify their support and as the players ran onto the field at the beginning of the game, their mums lined the race holding pink balloons. Both Aquinas and Scotch College were generous in their support of this initiative and the boys loved the opportunity to support Jack's family. During the day we collected $600.00 through donations and our BBQ sausage sizzle. I would like to thank the Breast Cancer Research Centre WA for supporting our initiative and providing banners and other promotional material for the day.

Tim Reynolds (Year 12, Stuart)

breastcancer football

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

A reminder to all boys that the Award meetings are on every Monday at lunchtime in Room 9.212 (Shearer House room).

Mr David Kyle
Director of Community and Service