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

From the Head of Middle School

March Out last Friday was once again an emotionally laden event as we gathered as a complete College to farewell our Year 12's. It is one of the simplest ceremonies, the Year 12's separating from their House and being acknowledged as they march past and the hand over, or the passing of the baton, the leadership, of the Pipe Band from one Pipe Major to the next. It is a special event. I hope you can make it to a March Out before your son is one of the Year 12's marching out.

Outdoor Education is prominent this term with all year groups involved in their Open Water programme. On the surface of it the boys are surfing in Year 6, sailing in Year 7 and snorkelling in Year 8. Whilst they are learning the skills and techniques of these activities, linking this altogether is a deeper knowledge about safety in and around open water. Understanding how to recognise and be safe in or around rips, currents, swell, heat conditions, and knowing how to approach a rescue situation are some of the repeated critical understandings. This combined with the skills that allow boys to participate and enjoy activities so accessible in WA is the heart of the Outdoor Education Programme in Middle School.

With the arrival of Spring weather Ms Perrot will be announcing some Ride2School events for this term. We encourage boys to partner up with a buddy or invite a parent to ride to school with them. For those that can, the bike pathway around Lake Claremont is a fantastic ride and a great way to start to the day. Bike racks right outside our Administration is a safe and secure place to store bikes a well. With Spring Term also comes our No Hat No Play in the sun policy. Hats are an important item this term. Simply, for boys to play in the sun they will need a hat.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School