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

Reaching out to our local community

On Friday, our Year 10 students completed their final week of the regular community and service programme. This year has been another success with the entire year group spending over 20 Friday afternoons across our city working with people and partners from a variety of backgrounds. Here is a list of our partners and a description of what the student involvement entails.

This year we have started a few new activities. One of these was completely student led and has been a huge success. Callum Griffiths (Year 10, Shearer) started the traveling pipe band troupe. After being designated as 'up to scratch' by Mr Bailey, Callum led a group who spent a number of weeks practising before performing around the city. The boys played at Braemer Presbyterian Care, Little Sisters of the Poor, Swanbourne Primary School, the Scotch College Junior School and Early Learning Centre, Rocky Bay, and the Shenton Park Spine and Limb Foundation. The boys' performance in Shenton Park was so well received, they returned for a 'Christmas in July' concert that received rave reviews!

Another new partnership we have formed is with The Salvation Army. Darren Reynolds, the The Salvation Army's WA School and Community Development Officer, has developed a five week programme for our boys and it has been a huge success. Last week we were able to donate 22 Street Swags to the Salvos and the boys have learnt a lot about the huge amount of work this historical and much loved organisation does. We are looking forward to this continuing in 2018.

The Friday programme is a vital part of the boys' journey through the Senior School. As Oliver Heath put it in a video recently done for the College, "take other people into consideration, that's something school has entrenched in me". There is a link to Oliver's video below.

I would like to thank all the staff who support the programme and our partners who assist us in getting our boys out working for the betterment of our community. The programme upholds our College's values of service, stewardship, and integrity and we look forward to doing this again with 2018's Year 10 cohort.

Tanzania 2018

There are still a couple of spots remaining on the Tanzania Tour 2018. Any student who is at all interested is strongly encouraged to contact Mr Kyle as soon as possible. PLC has an excellent group of girls signed up and we are really excited to continue our strong association with the village of Matipwilli. Below is a link to a video of the hugely successful 2016 tour.

Mr David Kyle
Director of Community and Service