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

Performing Arts

Welcome back and congratulations to all members of the Pipes and Drums who toured to Nova Scotia during the holiday period. The boys were fantastic ambassadors for the school and enjoyed all of the experiences on offer. Special thanks to the staff who led the tour - Mr Craig Bailey, Mr Roy Hamilton and Mrs Denyse Houston.

The Music Department have a number of significant events over the next fortnight. On Friday 4 August, the Dickinson Centre will be transformed into a 1920's inspired 'Cotton Club'. All parents, friends and staff are encouraged to book their tables for the event which has become a highlight of the Scotch calendar. The night will feature performances from our Big Bands, Combos and Scotch Vox who will be supported by members of staff and some of Perth's best Jazz performances. In addition, we are proud to welcome back guest musicians the legendary Australian drummer and big band leader, Mr John Morrison and award-winning jazz vocalist, Ms Jacki Cooper again this year.

So book your tables and bring your dancing shoes to Jazz Night 2017. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7:30pm start. Tickets are available here.

In the lead up to Jazz Night, our Senior and Middle School boys will have an opportunity to workshop their performances with John Morrison and Jacki Cooper.

This year's NAIDOC Concert will be held on Saturday 5 August. The night will feature performances by some of our Indigenous students, as well as items from a number of invited schools. The NAIDOC Concert promises to be a wonderful display of talent. Reserve your ticket here.

The Con Brio concert highlights our talented string players. All ensembles have been working diligently to prepare for this event and we look forward to your support.

Important dates for the Winter Term calendar are:





Friday 4 August


Music Jazz Night

Dickinson Centre

Saturday 5 August


NAIDOC Concert

Dickinson Centre

Wednesday 9 August


Con Brio Concert

Dickinson Centre

Saturday 12 August


Pipe Band 70th Anniversary Sundowner

Sunday 13 August

All day

WA School's Jazz Festival

Hale School

Monday 14 August


FOSM Meeting

Senior School Music Department

Friday 25 August

9.00am - 12.00pm

Music Photo Day

MacKellar Hall

Saturday 26 August

All day

Aths Day

Monday 4 - Friday 8 September

Arts Week

Monday 4 September - Tuesday 5 September

All day

JS MS Music Festival & Music Camp

MacKellar Hall

Monday 4 September

7.00 - 9.00 pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal and Supper

Dickinson Centre

Friday 8 September


Senior Spring Concert

Dickinson Centre

Thursday 14 September


JS Music Strings Soiree

MacKellar Hall

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesday) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Fridays) via phone 9383 6841 or email

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts