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

A new market placeā€¦

On Friday at Senior School assembly, the Headmaster, Dr O'Connell, spoke about the 40-year anniversary of the birth of the Uniting Church. Of course, it wasn't a true birth but more of an amalgamation between the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congressional denominations. So, a big happy celebration to the church and thank you for all you do in our community.

Dr O'Connell also briefly spoke about the changing nature of the church and schools in our community. While churches have always been, and will continue to be, central pillars of our communities, schools are now seen in this light too. An excellent example of this is the location of schools for weekend markets in our local area. The Subiaco and Mt Claremont Primary Schools and the South Fremantle High School markets are all permanent and well supported fixtures on the weekly calendar and in many ways, have taken on the place of the local church fete.

This year our local community is getting a new night market, in a similar vein to northern hemisphere Christmas markets. On six evenings in the lead up to Christmas, the Lake Claremont Golf Course will be hosting the markets and the call is now out for stall holders. Dates are 16, 23 and 30 November, and 7, 14 and 21 December. The organiser, Lorna Bunney, has said with regards to the types of stalls that are encouraged, "the more eclectic, the better", and that all ideas are welcome! So whether it be Christmas Sweaters or local honey, please consider a stall and contact Lorna via the contact details below:

Email or phone 0411 895 101.

Tanzania 2018

The Tanzania Expedition 2018 will build on the previous six expeditions since 2004. Once again, the trip will be run with PLC and is open to boys who will be in Year 11 and 12 in 2018. The tour will focus on service to local communities, with some time for a wildlife safari and a hike up the majestic Mt Meru.

There will be an information evening on Monday 24 July at 7.30pm in the PLC Auditorium.

The main focus of service is Matipwili village. In 2016, the expedition continued to work on improving the facilities for teaching and learning for the village community. In 2018, as part of the team building for the trip, the group will work together to raise the funds needed to purchase the materials used in the service project. The group will spend five nights at 'Kisampa', a bush camp near Matipwili while working in the village.

To compliment the group's time at Matipwili, the touring group will go on a safari to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, on the margins of the Sergengeti National Park. We will also visit a Maasai compound or 'boma' to see how these colourful traditional nomadic cattle herders live.

Scotch College and PLC have built a meaningful and lasting partnership with the people of Matipwili and we can't wait to further that in 2018!

If you would like to express an interest in joining the tour, please email and join us on 24 July at 7.30pm in the PLC Auditorium for an information evening.

Mr David Kyle
Director of Community and Service