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

8.5 An Environment for Wellness

Spaces are important.  When you spend a significant portion of your life as a 13-year-old at school, these spaces have significant influence on the way you feel, the way you respond to others and the way you learn.  In the Middle School, we are blessed with modern building design.  Large double classrooms with folding doors where we can work collaboratively with our neighbours, big bright windows to provide light to stimulate our brains and to keep our jungle of plants thriving, and purpose built spaces like the library where we can go to access exceptional resources or relax in our House coloured beanbags before a big Cross Country run.

The beginning of 2019 has been pretty fantastic for 8.5.  We have spent time reflecting on why we are pretty awesome people, how lucky we are to have the opportunities we have and look at other places in time and space.  8.5 students have thought critically about our geographical environment and how we protect our coastal landscapes, they’ve investigated medieval Europe and how different life would have been growing up long ago and explored how life would be very different even growing up in a different part of the world today.  All these experiences help to develop our boys as global citizens and lead them to discover the importance of taking action.  8.5 are lucky enough to take action with their 8.6 and 8.7 neighbours through their Community Project.  Some of the boys have already assisted minority groups, held coastal protection events and organised close to home support for Scotch Dads through The Fathering Project.  

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With such a wonderful, warm and inspiring classroom environment, no doubt 8.5 will have many more moments for wellness, learning and action.

Mrs Mia Sullivan
8.5 Homeroom Teacher