19 March 2018

Headmasters ReflectionsHeadmaster's Reflections

Last Friday was designated as the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Within our own context the importance of this day can be summarised very simply, that is, Scotch College should be a safe place for every boy to study and play.

In his reflections entitled 'Make Your Bed' Admiral McRaven (p72) had this to say about bullies 'Bullies are all the same; whether they are in the school yard, in the workplace, or ruling a country through terror. They thrive on fear and intimidation. Bullies gain their strength through timid and faint of heart. They will circle to see if their prey is struggling. They will probe to see if their victim is weak. If you don't find the courage to stand your ground, they will strike.'

When I think of a Scotch boy at school, I see them with a smile on their face, talking to their mates, with their biggest worry being their upcoming test or assignment. That is how it is for many boys and for what we strive. However, if just one boy feels unsafe, scared or threatened at school then we need to do more. At Scotch we have a zero tolerance policy of violence and bullying, with various ways of reporting incidents as well as providing many avenues for boys to speak to someone in a safe environment.

It is my firm belief that every boy should come to school feeling safe. That is non-negotiable. The safety of our boys is of paramount importance and we strive to create a culture of safety, inclusiveness and tolerance, where every boy, no matter who they are, can thrive. Often boys believe that they can deal with things themselves and that it is not masculine to make a complaint about how someone is making them feel. Young men should be open, honest and not afraid to speak out against people who are hurting or threatening others. Bullying cannot just be dismissed as being 'just a part of school', it should not be tolerated and at Scotch College we will continue to do everything we can to make our College a safe place for every boy.

One of the challenges in dealing with bullying is the fact that everyone has a different definition of what bullying constitutes. In our policy we define what bullying is and is not.

Bullying is the repeated and intentional behaviour of causing fear, distress or harm towards another person that involves an imbalance of power. It can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and harassment. In any bullying incident there are likely to be three parties involved: the bully, the person being bullied and bystanders.

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • Physical bullying which involves physical actions such as hitting, pushing, obstructing or being used to hurt or intimidate someone. Damaging, stealing or hiding personal belongings is also a form of physical bullying.
  • Psychological bullying is when words or actions are used to cause psychological harm. Examples of psychological bullying include name calling, teasing or making fun of someone because of their actions, appearance, physical characteristics or cultural background.
  • Indirect bullying is when deliberate acts of exclusion or spreading of untrue stories are used to hurt or intimidate someone.
  • Cyber bullying is the ongoing abuse of power to threaten or harm another person using technology. Cyber bullying can occur in chat rooms, on social networking sites, through emails or on mobile phones.

What Bullying is Not
There are many negative situations which, whilst being potentially distressing for students, are not bullying. These include:

  • Mutual Conflict Situations which arise where there is disagreement between students but not an imbalance of power. Mutual conflict situations need to be closely monitored as they may evolve into a bullying situation; or
  • One Off Acts (of aggression or meanness) including single incidents of loss of temper, shouting or swearing do not normally constitute bullying.

Notwithstanding these definitions, it is important that we ensure all boys know they can come and find someone within their respective sub school if they feel they are being treated unfairly.

The conclusion of this fortnight will see the end of the Lenten season as we celebrate the four days of Easter. At this time of the Christian calendar it is important that we stop and reflect upon the meaning of Easter. For Christians, Easter Sunday celebrates one of the greatest days in history when Jesus, the Son of God, defeated death and rose from the grave. Let me share a simple Easter prayer.

May God bless you at Easter

And keep you all year through

May God give you all the faith it takes

To make your dreams come true

May His love and wisdom always help,

To guide you on your way

May His light shine down upon you now

To bless your Easter Day

As we reflect on this special time, let us use it as another opportunity to give thanks for our own families and all that we have within the Scotch community.

I hope to see you tonight for Paul Collard and Paul Gorman parent's forum: How can we help our children do well in school? Memorial Hall, 6.30 - 7.30pm.

Have a great fortnight

Dr A J O'Connell


Head of Junior SchoolTeaching and Learning

The Extended Essay; University standard at a school age

The transitions that the boys make are often a point of focus at Scotch College. As staff we discuss the first day of Junior School, the transition into Middle School, the shift through the underpass to Senior School. We have enjoyed supporting these transitions in the past month.

A major focus for the College is, of course, the final transition; out of school. Yet it is perhaps the most unknown, for as a College when the boys leave Year 12 and go onto to their different pursuits, we receive little information about what happens next. We may find out the University they go to and even the course they are studying, perhaps what job they eventually move onto.

However, the unknowns far outweigh the known. Apart from anecdotal conversations, we do not know how well these young men settle into first year university, we do not know how they perform across their chosen first year units, we do not know if they pass or fail in their first pursuits beyond schooling.

It is not that we are not interested, quite the opposite, it is a fact that gathering this information becomes a great deal more challenging.

What we are particularly interested in, is our capacity to provide as much support as possible in the time preceding this transition to ensure success is likely in their chosen field; preparing boys for life.

One facet the College provides those who elect to study the IB Diploma in Years 11 and 12 is the opportunity to complete the 4000 word Extended Essay.

Our current Year 12 Diploma students are busily preparing their final drafts for this years extended essay submissions.

Consider the complexitity of these five extended essay topics:

  1. To what extent did the India/Pakistan partition of 1947 have the best interest and motives of India at heart from an economic and geopolitical viewpoint?
  2. To what extent did the Special Economic Zones affect China's economic direction from 1978 to 1992?
  3. How does Alfred Hitchcock visually guide viewers as he creates suspense in films such as ''The Pleasure Garden'', 'The Lodger'', ''Strangers on a Train'' and 'Psycho''?
  4. Assess the role of United States ongoing intervention to sustain the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria between 2013 - 2017.
  5. What is the relationship between the kinetic energy of an impacting body and the size of the crater created and how can an understanding of this be used to predict the environmental impact of such collisions?

The Extended Essay is an opportunity for students to conduct independent research into a topic they are personally interested in and allows them to become fully engaged in what they are discovering. Boys can elect any field of research which relates to one of the subject areas in their Diploma course. The Extended Essay is designed to help students to develop the skills essential to progress from a largely prescriptive academic environment to the independence and self-motivation required to become a successful tertiary student.

For more information on the extended essay parents can visit https://library.scotch.wa.edu.au/extendedessay.

Opportunities such as this, as well as an array of other learning experiences, give us confidence that once the boys transition out of the College they shall be well prepared.

Mr Peter Allen
Director of Teaching and Learning


From the Director of WellbeingWellbeing

Don't Worry

How often do we say this, to ourselves and others? But I cannot think of any two words (or is it three?!) that have been uttered so many times with so little effect. Saying "don't worry" rarely stops someone from worrying; in fact, it quite often prompts greater concern. And whilst it is good to talk about things, rarely does this stop us worrying. It is important to distinguish between worry which tends to be periodic, and anxiety, which is on-going and can be clinically diagnosed.

Long ago, a King set his wisest advisors the task of distilling all the wisdom that had been accumulated in the world into one single phrase. His wise men poured for many years over books and ancient manuscripts, and they debated the topic at length. In the end, they presented the King with four words, which they felt captured the entirety of philosophy and the human condition:

"This too shall pass."

This is a reminder to all of us, in good times and in bad; it is a mantra to help us keep perspective in life. We build things up - the weight of our expectations can turn something we are very much looking forward to into a disappointment, just as something we are dreading can turn out to be a relatively satisfying experience.

We have a tendency to over-inflate the importance of what we do. And when we do this, we are even more exposed to the fear of being embarrassed or appearing inadequate in front of our peers. Boys and young men in particular are susceptible to this. Digging down into what is actually motivating us to worry can help us to achieve a better perspective on this.

Much of what we worry about is not so important. Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister in the face of the Nazi onslaught in World War Two - when his nation and the civilisation it represented was facing annihilation - had more to worry about than most. When he reflected on his life, he said, "When I look back on all these worries, I remember an old man who said, on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."

And he is right. We worry about many things that just never happen. Or if they do, they are never as bad as we imagined they were going to be. And even if they are pretty bad, there are lessons to be learned from them.

Erma Bombeck said: "Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it never gets you anywhere." If we are worried about something, we should try to fix it if it is in our power. Doing some exercise, or reading a book - focusing on something else can sometimes present a solution. If we cannot fix it, we can ask for help from someone else who might be able to. The chances are that it may not happen anyway, or it will not be as bad as we expect. And if things still go wrong, we can always take responsibility and apologise. This too shall pass, and we can hopefully do better next time.


In the latest edition of SchoolTV, you will discover practical advice for teaching your kids about the benefits of incorporating a healthy diet and good nutrition. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the relevant school psychologist for further information. Here is the link to this month's edition http://scotch.wa.schooltv.me/newsletter/diet-and-nutrition

Mindfulness - Brain Reset

Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to participate in four mindfulness sessions in the lead-up to their examinations. Helen Heppingstone will take the boys through a series of mindfulness and relaxation techniques which will refresh their brains and bodies, enabling them to better handle the pressure of the exams and get more out of their study time. In the past, some students have said that they are too busy to attend these sessions, and my response is that they are exactly the sort of person who should attend! I use Covey's analogy of trying to chop down a tree with a blunt saw; it is far more effective to pause and sharpen the saw than to continue on regardless. The details of the sessions are as follows and students should contact me if they are interested:

  • Session 1: Wednesday 4 April (3.45-4.30pm) - Week 10 of Summer Term
  • Session 2: Wednesday 11 April (3.45-4.30pm) - Week 11 of Summer Term
  • Session 3: Wednesday 2 May (3.45-4.30pm) - Week 1 of Autumn Term
  • Session 4: Wednesday 9 May (3.45-4.30pm) - Week 2 of Autumn Term

These sessions are free, but places are limited. Please encourage your son to speak to me if you think he would benefit from attending.

Mr James Hindle
Director of Student & Staff Wellbeing


From the Director of Community and ServiceCommunity and Service

Boots and all...

As winter approaches I have noticed a lot of teenage boys at Rebel Sports getting new football boots. It is an exciting purchase and builds excitement for the season ahead. If you have purchased a new pair of boots and are looking to dispose of your old ones, please consider placing them in the bins provided at Scotch College Senior School Reception.

The boots will go to students at Balga High School and Balga and Maddington Primary Schools. Last year the smaller boots were particularly useful to fit out the Balga Girls Soccer Team.

Please ensure they are clean and tie the laces together and thanks for your support.

Kokoda Track Expedition

Congratulations to the following Year 11 boys who have been selected to complete the Kokoda Track in late July.

Cameron Rea (Anderson)

Liam McCreery (Keys)

Denzil Brooks (Keys)

Harrison Gilchrist (Keys)

Joshua Nicholson (St Andrews)

Joshua Turibaka (St Andrews)

Kane Kennedy (Ross)

The boys have been selected as a part of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and will travel with students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and Headmaster Dr Alec O'Connell and Ms Karen Woods.

World's Greatest Shave

A week today, a number of boys, staff, and PLC girls, will be shaving their heads. We strongly encourage the College community to support this event and you can donate at the link below.

The afternoon will commence following the Inter-House Cross Country and take place in and around the Gooch Pavilion. All welcome!

The fundraising page is available here.

Tanzania Fundraising Quiz Night

Purchase your tickets now!

The Tanzania tour, in partnership with PLC, travels to Matipwili, a remote rural village north of Dar es Salaam to complete work aimed at improving educational opportunities. In 2018 we are aiming to provide funding which will build infrastructure to boost the internet service. This should allow us to keep in closer contact when back in Perth. In the past, students have laboured alongside local students and village tradesmen. We are holding a Quiz Night on 7 April to raise funs which will provide building materials and equipment to boost their internet. Book your tickets here.

Mr David Kyle
Director of Community and Service


All School Matters

Tours of the College

We invite you to come along to one of our specialised tours held throughout the year

Dedicated to specific age groups, our specialised tours provide an insight into the developmental needs of your son as he journeys through the College.

We will share our philosophy and approach and why we choose to deliver the Australian Curriculum through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme in all our sub-schools. Plus, provide details on the depth of support and guidance we provide while you experience our unique environment. This is your opportunity to hear first and how "Knowing the Boy" guides everything we do at Scotch College.

Click here to register for your preferred Tour.


Residential Life

End to Enders

Our Year 12's completed their Bibbulmun Track walk last weekend with 14 of them becoming End to Enders. It was an overcast day in Albany as Henry Murdoch piped the boys in. The weekend has become a couple of days of celebration as the parents and staff meet on Friday night for drinks and dinner, the boys walk in on the Saturday morning and then families gather on Saturday night for dinner and presentations. This year the dinner was held at the Middleton Beach Bowling Club which was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to all boys for completing the journey and a big thank you to Mr Peter Frusher and Mr George Gooch for walking with the group and Mr Alistair Steele for his organisation and planning over the past 5 years to make the experience a reality.

View more Residential Life news here.

Mr Marcus Wilkinson
Director of Residential Life


Performing Arts

Often the first conversation topic when meeting someone for the first time relates to what occupation or vocation each person is pursuing. It is the ubiquitous "what do you do" question. I will answer that I am a teacher. The follow up question comes right away: "what do you teach"? "Music" I tell them, before then listening as a long lament ensues about how this person wishes they played a musical instrument, or rues the day they gave up at the end of primary school. "But you do have the ability to play a musical instrument", I will tell them; "you can sing". "I can't sing mate, no way, I've got a terrible voice. I'm tone deaf. I've got no musical skill at all". This is a popular myth, but believed by the majority of the Australian population. It is completely false. The truth is everyone can sing, they just do not know how to sing. Sure, some may have all the tonal qualities of a chainsaw; however, they can sing if they know how to.

Aside from the fact that everyone can sing, it is actually of great benefit to our physical and mental health. Among other benefits, researchers at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) found that singing has a dramatic effect on heart rate variability. Regular controlled breathing through singing (different phrase lengths and inhaling between phrases) gives the same effect as is achieved through yoga. It reduces the risk of heart disease. Who would have thought?

Similarly, there are educational benefits with regular singing supporting and improving language development.

One of my first priorities since arriving at Scotch College was to reboot choral singing across the school. I am pleased to advise the appointment of Mr Perry Joyce to the Scotch College Music Faculty, to take up the position of Choral Music Coordinator.

Mr Joyce comes to the College with a wealth of experience as a singer, composer and choral music specialist. He studied music at UWA, majoring in composition, before pursuing a performing career with WA Opera, the Giovanni Consort and various other ensembles and organisations. Mr Joyce is currently on the staff of Perth Choral Institute and conducts his own ensemble Quire - Vocal Addiction. He has experience across multiple contexts, including musical theatre, gospel singing and has worked on several projects and commissions. Mr Joyce has won Sydney Symphony's Young Composers Award, the Gondwana Voices Young Composers Award, and the WASO Education Chamber Orchestra Award.

A former student of Trinity College, Mr Joyce understands the boys' school environment well. He has also collaborated with several of the PLC music staff on musical projects unrelated to school. Mr Joyce's responsibility will initially see him take on the directorship of Scotch Vox, Scotch Youth Voices and the Senior Choir in a peripatetic capacity. The scope of Mr Joyce's role will no doubt expand as we review and restructure the choral music programmes at Scotch in the near future.

Scotch Youth Voices and the Senior Choir are fantastic opportunities for boys to develop singing skills in a supportive collegiate environment. These ensembles are not auditioned and are open to new members. Yes, if boys elect to be involved, we do want them to commit for the remainder of the year. Perhaps have a conversation with your son and see if it is something he would be interested in doing. Drama students should certainly be looking at involvement in choral singing to prepare themselves for future productions. Parents or boys can contact Music Administration for further details.


Kyle Imlah (Year 12, Keys) - 2018 Music Captain. Kyle was successful in his recent audition for the guitar chair in the Australian Navy Band (WA). Kyle will now complete a series of fitness assessments, then complete Defence Force Recruit Training over a period of five weeks before taking up his post as a paid musician with the Navy Band. Kyle will balance this with his Year 12 studies, his existing commitments with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and the numerous music ensembles he plays in at Scotch College.

Mr Scott Loveday
Head of Performing Arts


SEQTA Engage Information Evening

On Monday 26 March at 6.30pm Scotch College will present a SEQTA Engage (formerly Parent Connect) information evening. This event will be held in the Senior Library and is open to all parents in the Scotch community.

SEQTA Engage is the means by which you are informed of your child's learning journey, stay in touch with teachers and receive continuous feedback on their academic achievements.

The information evening will cover how to access SEQTA Engage, what is available to you from the website and from the mobile device app and it will also provide you the opportunity to give feedback on your experiences.

Please register your intention to attend at http://bookings.scotch.wa.edu.au/event/4061773

Dr Nick Spadaccini
ILT Curriculum Integration Manager


Uniform Shop

Opening Hours for Winter Uniform Changeover

No appointments are necessary. The Uniform Shop will be open extra hours over and above the normal opening times, as follows.

Summer Term Extra Opening Hours

Wednesday 4 April

7.30am to 9.00am

Wednesday 11 April

7.30am to 9.00am

Holiday Opening Days

Friday 27 April

9.00am to 4.00pm (lunch: noon - 1.00pm)

Monday 30 April

9.00am to 4.00pm (lunch: noon - 1.00pm)

Boys need to be in winter uniform on Tuesday, 1 May (start of term).


Tanzania Fundraising Quiz Night

The Tanzania tour, in partnership with PLC, travels to Matipwili, a remote rural village north of Dar es Salaam to complete work aimed at improving educational opportunities. In 2018 we are aiming to provide funding which will build infrastructure to boost the internet service. This should allow us to keep in closer contact when back in Perth. In the past, students have laboured alongside local students and village tradesmen. Materials to assist in building and to buy equipment to boost the internet will be raised at the Quiz Night on 7 April. Book your tickets here.

World's Greatest Shave

Scotch is lined up for another big year raising funds for leukaemia research. Our event is on Monday 26 March following the Senior School Inter-house Cross Country. It will take place at the Gooch Pavilion and all are welcome. The fundraising page is available here.

We are told that a number of teachers have agreed to get a haircut, for a price..


Head of Junior SchoolJunior School

From the Head of Junior School

Play is Flowing like a River

I have written previously about the benefits of play. I have shared how play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play helps with healthy brain development, it allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes with other children.

As they master their world, play helps children develop new skills that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency needed to face future challenges. When play is child driven, children practice decision-making skills, moving at their own pace, discovering their own areas of interest, and ultimately engaging fully in the passions they wish to pursue.

Many opportunities are presented to our boys at break time to engage in a range of play. Boys may choose ball games on the ovals, quiet time in the library, table tennis or to play in the pirate ship playground. For the past two weeks, the boys have been engaged in water play. They took it upon themselves to clear the stream bed of debris. They dug out the pool and cleared the banks of the stream. The boys then began carting water to the old water pump in the small buckets. Pouring the water down the spout, they began running water down the stream.

As the initial group of boys began the work, other boys became intrigued and joined the team. New methods to cart water were devised and more boys joined the group. Three days into the play experience over 50 boys were engaged each break time.

What I found most interesting about their play, was how boys from Year 1 to 5 worked and played brilliantly together. They didn't argue, they considered problems they were having in the movement of water or the creation of a dam and solved them. When given the challenge of how to use less water, they found a method to filter the water and cart it to the top of the stream to use it again.

Their play was self-directed and brought boys from every year level together in a calm, community play experience. Boys came together because it was fun. They stayed playing together because they learned to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills.

Mr John Stewart
Head of Junior School


Performing Arts News

The Junior School boys have had a fabulously creative start to 2018. Boys in Year 1 to 4 are in the thick of inquiry-based music units and we are having lots of fun. The Year 1 boys are steadily adding to their repertoire a collection of songs that highlight the new rhythms they are learning; boys in Year 2 have just finished writing and performing their own rhythm compositions; the Year 3 lads have been having fun picking the 'odd one out' by focusing on the placement of accents to determine whether music is in threes or fours; and the Year 4 gents have been exploring 'feels' in music and the musical elements that help to characterize various genres.

Much excitement is brewing in the land of Year 5 as the boys have begun exploring the script for their musical (to be performed on Tuesday 26 June in the Dickinson Centre). They have made an impressive start to learning a couple of songs already and are eagerly anticipating the date when Miss Samson finally divulges the cast list - watch this space.

Miss Phebe Samson
Performing Arts Teacher


Information Learning Technology

Differentiating with iPads

In the Junior school, the iPad is one of many tools used to help teachers differentiate the teaching and learning programme. In fact, it is quickly becoming one of our most effective tools to help all boys access their learning.

As part of their planning process, the teachers review learning experiences and choose the tool that best suits the task to allow the boys to fully engage in the learning. As the Junior School teachers run differentiated classrooms, they may have up to 4 distinct group activities running in one lesson. In many cases, the iPads are used to help with this differentiation, providing leveled texts that the boys can access successfully, without making the levels obvious to the whole class. In Years 1 to 4, the teachers do this using their Edmodo virtual classrooms, where the boys join different groups to access differentiated guided reading, spelling and numeracy work. Year 5 boys use the One Note; Class Notebooks to access their differentiated curriculum.

As well as allowing access to levelled content on the iPad, the boys also use various accessibility features to help capture their full understanding of the curriculum. Many students have amazing ideas but sometimes struggle to get their ideas down in written form and can feel frustrated and disheartened when they fail to share all they know. Teachers can't read their minds (unfortunately), so they need a way to capture all of their amazing and creative ideas. Boys can easily add audio files to their books, or video themselves answering questions, rather than having to write every answer.

Another fantastic accessibility feature on the iPads is the ability for students to dictate their ideas and have their talk accurately transcribed to text for easy editing and rereading. This is helpful when a large volume of writing is required, especially for our boys who have dysgraphia.

The 'Voice over' read aloud function helps boys to access more difficult text by reading the content aloud to the boys. This is a fantastic tool for when students are required to gain large chunks of knowledge from factual texts as part of their research stage of inquiry.

Another very helpful accessibility feature that we use on the iPads in the Junior School is the coloured filters that can be applied to help boys with dyslexia or colour blindness. A coloured screen is easier for boys to read rather than the normal black text on white background, where letters can 'jump' and make reading difficult. Boys can also invert colours, reduce white-point and enable grayscale to help boys with colour blindness.

Teachers will always look for the tool that helps their boys learn best. Many times, the greatest tool is a pencil and paper, manipulatives or mini whiteboards, but to give a truly differentiated programme, you can't beat the iPads for helping the boys capture and share all that they know.

Mrs Amanda Ritchie
ILT Integration Specialist


Physical Education News

The boys in the Junior School have transferred from the pool into the MacKellar Hall and are actively involved in their gymnastics during Physical Education at the moment. All the boys from Pre-Primary to Year 5 are working on cementing their core fundamental skills that they will use throughout the year in the various physical activities they undertake at the College. The Inter-House European Handball competition is well under way at recess and lunch time on Monday and Tuesdays. This year's competition is shaping up to be another close affair as the students compete for their houses in one of their favourite competitions. A special mention to all the Inter-School swimmers in Year 4-6 who competed so well at the Inter-School swimming carnival, winning the shield for Scotch for the first time.

Mr Scott Whiston
Head of Junior School Physical Education


Year 4C News

The 4C boys have had a wonderful start to the year. Our first unit of inquiry was 'Who we are' and our central idea focused on human body systems and the importance of maintaining good physical and mental health. The boys thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of a doctor and researching a body system of their choice. They investigated the effects of acid on teeth using eggs and vinegar and made a delicious jelly concoction to model the components of blood.

The boys were fortunate to have parents come in to teach us about the body. Dr. Lovegrove taught the boys about the circulatory and respiratory systems through interactive activities. Dr. Herbert gave an interesting presentation about the ear, nose and throat and even showed a video from a tonsillectomy. Aidan McHenry and his mum explained how the ear works and highlighted the importance of taking care of our ears to reduce hearing loss. Finally, Robyn Hopkins visited to teach the boys about the positive effects of yoga and they were even able to participate in a relaxing yoga session.

To top our unit off, the boys presented a fantastic assembly item. They created skits to show the positive effects of different activities on the mind and body. The boys enjoyed acting as news reporters, yogis, meditators, walkers, musicians and even birdwatchers!

The boys have been extremely fortunate to take part in a creative learning workshop with Paul Collard at the Goods Sheds. They enjoyed meeting an 'alien' from the planet Titan and teaching him all about the human ways of life. The boys created a spaceship and made a list of things they would need on a trip to Titan. They even simulated the journey to Titan by running around the building three times while dodging 'asteroids'. It was an amazing experience for the boys and they look forward to completing the next workshop at the Goods Shed.

Finally, the boys dived into Visual Arts by visiting Sculpture by the Sea. The sculptures were incredible and Mrs Roche organised a wonderful workshop with Tereasa Trevor. The boys enjoying making a collaborative sculpture that was inspired by her work.

All in all, it has been a fantastic term in 4C and the boys can't wait to explore the wonders of space in our new unit of inquiry, 'How the world works'.

Miss Olivia Creagh
Year 4 Teacher


Headmaster's Commendations

Congratulations to these boys for receiving a Headmaster's Commendation

Week 7A Summer Term


Ahren Mahesh


Lachlan Shadlow


Rowan Sundaresan


Baiboon Booranawat


Xavier Lewis


Marcus McKimmie


Charlie Burton


Flynn Howard


Sheppard Johnson


Billy Black


Oliver Davis


Jacob Timmcke


Thomas Ahern


Julian Argyle


Leon Hugo


Harry Nicholls


Hugo Atkins


Guillaume Daoud


Lucas Disley


Seth Loveday


Charlie McCall


Euan Byars


Heath Arbuckle


Alex Fine


Riley McKinnon-Smith


Abel Algie


Raazi Arafa


Oliver Cooper


Jake Taboni


From the Head of Middle SchoolMiddle School

From the Head of Middle School

The Year 7 Outdoor Education Programme is in full swing at the moment. Pairs of Year 7 classes are on their 4 day retreat to Moray, the College's Outdoor Education bush campus on the Murray River near Dwellingup. The Year 7's will work their way through a number of activities that includes conquering the climbing wall and abseiling back down and belaying each other on the low and some high ropes activities. On the water, boys will be building rafts with the challenge of getting their team across the river and at night they will be sleeping out in the bush under self-constructed hutchies.

The Year 7 programme follows the open water activity of surfing and camping at Lancelin in Year 6, and is in turn followed in Year 8 with another week at Moray that incudes orienteering, canoeing and extended camping out plus. The Year 7 programme also includes two days of sailing lessons in Spring term, whilst the Year 8 programme also includes a snorkeling programme in Spring term as well. The big goals of our Outdoor Education programme are to have boys enjoying being outdoors, appreciating the bush or open water environments, recognising and managing the risk that comes with outdoor activity and developing friendships and building relationships through collaborative activity.

Moray and the Outdoor Education Programme has proven time and time again to be watershed moments for boys as they achieve things previously felt out of reach or beyond their ability. The Year 7's will return from Moray a bit disheveled and tired but the leap in maturity and self confidence in just 4 days is almost as obvious as the red dirt on their shoes and in their hair.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School


E- Safe, now CyberHound

For the last 6 years student access to the internet and the online world has been monitored by a service called E-Safe. E-Safe monitored the searches, sites and conversation students had whilst on their school computer and reported any CyberSafety concerns to the Pastoral Care team.

This year the College has changed its CyberSafety monitoring service to CyberHound. The most significant difference CyberHound offers us is that it monitors the searches, sites and conversations on their School Device and reports on the triggered cybersafety alert regardless of the location the student is accessing, be it school, home or elsewhere. As E-Safe did, CyberHound produces daily reports notifying the Pastoral Care team of CyberSafety issues. This then affords us the opportunity to speak with a student about the context behind their search or conversation and the appropriateness of it. CyberHound has the additional feature of blocking access to all categorised 18+ materials, like pornography, on the school device.

If you would like to know more about CyberHound, information can be found here. The College has implemented the following Cyberhound CyberSafety products; Clearview and Roamsafe.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School


Cracking Comedy in 8.3O

Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, 'The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.' Students in 8.3O have been exploring this complex and multifaceted idea, looking closely at how humour plays a fundamental role in making connections between individuals and groups from all walks of life. In the creative writing unit in English, Talk About Funny, students have been studying a range of comedic devices authors use to develop humour. They have been developing range of skills from joke and pun writing, to producing more complex forms of humour such as misdirection and satire.

Not only are students getting the chance to explore a new and challenging form of literature, but they are also having fun through crafting and publishing their own unique comedies. Some memorable stories so far include a man who was in 'deep' trouble when jumping off the 10m diving board, a boy who was in his 'element' in Chemistry class, and a story about a butcher who would 'meat' his soulmate at an Aussie barbeque.

So, if you are feeling a little down and need a lift, keep an eye out for 8.3O's comedy stories that will be published in the Raven next term, because laughter really is the best medicine!

Miss Lisa O'Toole
Year 8.3O Homeroom Teacher


All About Earth in 6.3T

As part of the iLearn unit currently being explored in Year 6.3T, boys are busy uncovering the layers of our Earth. They have delved deep under our Earth's crust to discover exactly what our Earth is made of and how it all fits together.

Earth's layers and plate boundaries are busily being studied, along with mapping skills. Key concepts such as latitude and longitude, continents, countries and the important skill of reading a map without Google telling them!

As the boys continue to learn about the plate boundaries such as divergent, convergent and transform they will look at the natural disasters related to these boundary movements. Knowing what causes these catastrophic natural disasters along with how to improve our warning signals will enable us to save many lives in the future.

In the second half of our unit we will be looking at humanitarian aid and how the wider community pull together in hard times for those who have had to unexpectedly live through these heartbreaking events.

It poses these questions to our boys: Why is our Earth so volatile? How can we decrease the number of lives lost in natural disasters? Hopefully, some of our budding future Geography students in 6.3T can find the answers as they move through Scotch and into this chosen field of work in the outside world!

Mr Daniel Turco
Year 6.3T Homeroom Teacher


Chemistry Club: For boys who question, create and search!

Chemistry Club is an exciting opportunity for young chemistry enthusiasts to plan, experiment and evaluate innovative ideas that might contribute to a more sustainable future of our planet. We started the year with a bang (literally) after the ignition of a hydrogen filled balloon, signalling the official start to the club. The boys reacted acid with magnesium and carried out the "squeaky pop" test. Written records indicate that Robert Boyle produced hydrogen gas as early as 1671 while experimenting with iron and acids. Hydrogen was first recognised as a distinct element by Henry Cavendish in 1766.

Today we know so much more about this reactive gas in terms of chemical properties. Could hydrogen with its clean combustion products be the next fuel for vehicles replacing petrol? Hydrogen inspires thought; it is the most abundant element in the universe and is responsible for nuclear fusion in the formation of stars. Here on Earth, apart from its importance in making up water, hydrogen in some form is found in all living organisms.

More recently, the boys have enjoyed colourful displays of acid and base chemistry and the use of indicator in finding the solution pH. The word acid immediately prompts thoughts of danger, although a strong alkali (pH=14) is far more corrosive than a weak acid (pH=4, vinegar). Next session, the boys will make their own indicator using red cabbage leaves and test some household liquids. We look forward to more fascinating experiments in Chemistry Club this year!

Mr Toby Robinson
Middle School Science


Student Achievements

Congratulations to Dardayne Russie (Year 8.4F) and Jett Sibosado (Year 7.4A) who both played in the Claremont team that won the Grand Final against Great Southern in the Nicky Winmar Cup in Mandurah.

Congratulations to Kyle de Bruin (Year 7.2H) who will be representing the UWA City Beach Water Polo Club in the U14 National Championships in Canberra later this month.


Important Dates in Middle School Summer Term

Thursday 22 March

Year 8 Coffee Morning 8.30am, The Shorehouse

Year 7.3GT & 7.4A Moray Expedition Returns

Friday 23 March

Year 7.2H Coffee Morning, 8.30am Edition Café Swanbourne

MS Assembly 11.30am DC Parents Welcome

Tanzania Fundraising Movie Night

Saturday 24 March

Scholarship Testing

Monday 26 March

Year 7.5M/7.7T Moray Expedition Departs

Thursday 29 March

JPSSA Bring a Family Member Afternoon 1.15pm

Year 7.5M/7.7T Moray Expedition Returns

Friday 30 March

Good Friday (no classes)

Monday 2 April

Easter Monday (no classes)

Tuesday 3 April

Year 6/7 Production All Day Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 4 April

World's Greatest Shave - Free Dress for a gold coin donation

Year 8 Medieval Festival, 5.15pm Gallery

Thursday 5 April

Year 6/7 Production James and the Giant Peach Opening Night 7.00pm Foundation Theatre

Friday 6 April

MS Assembly 11.30am DC Parents Welcome

Year 6/7 Production James and the Giant Peach 7.00pm Foundation Theatre

Saturday 7 April

Year 6/7 Production James and the Giant Peach 2.00pm Matinee Foundation Theatre

Tanzania Fundraising Quiz Night 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Monday 9 April

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track Departs (Residential Students only)

Year 6 Maths Relay at PLC

Thursday 12 April

Year 9 Bibbulmun Track Returns

Friday 13 April

Summer Term concludes


From the Head of Senior SchoolSenior School

From the Head of Senior School


One of the attributes we promote at Scotch College is excellence through personal achievements. I have also heard this described as personal excellence. How is this different to the definition of excellence or the word excel?

The definition of excel is to surpass others or to be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well. The definition of excellence is the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority.

In these definitions the word excellence is used in comparison with others. This means that my excellence is somehow also determined by how others perform. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness when 'if my peers are better than me, I am worthless' type thoughts arise. Personal excellence is another kind of definition of excellence, which does not depend on comparison with others for its definition. Personal excellence is producing your best in any given situation, within or without a conducive environment to do so; strive to be better than last time, every time.

This definition of excellence only compares you with yourself and, hence, is in your control. Given this definition, people who believe in personal excellence always compete against themselves and their own most recent performance. When they believe they have given their best, they are happy and satisfied and see no reason to give up even when their best has not been good enough to achieve the desired results. Such people always strive to be better next time. Emphasis is not on intelligence or talent, rather it is on the work ethic and effort applied to reach the result. It is something quantifiable.

How do we achieve this excellence? Here are a couple of relevant quotes:

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude." - Colin Powell

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit" - Aristotle

Excellence is not about knowing what is excellent, it is about pursuing personal excellence all the time, in every little thing we do. I have previously mentioned the concept of the aggregation of marginal gains, where the evolution of effective habits and the development of a work ethic where more can be achieved. Excellence is a habit and unfortunately mediocrity is one too.

So how does one achieve personal excellence? Here are some thoughts * -

  1. Believe in yourself - If you want to achieve big goals, you have to first believe that you are capable of doing so. Persistence and resilience are two terms which come to mind. Experiencing success on the back of hard work is something that helps develop the self-belief to persevere.One of my favourite stories is Sylvester Stallone's real-life rags to riches story. Before he was propelled to stardom with the Rocky series, he was living out what others would deem as a 'paltry' existence as a wannabe actor. Because of his birth complication where he was born with a side of his face paralysed and slurred speech, he was rejected by countless casting agents in his quest for his dreams. At some point, he became poor as a pauper and even his wife left him. But he never gave up. He firmly believed that he would be able to make it as an actor - not just an actor, but a movie star. And he finally did - today, he is an internationally acclaimed movie star, film director, producer and screenwriter. This would never have happened if he gave up his self-belief.
  2. Keep building your skills - The path to excellence is a continual one, evolution not revolution, and requires constant upgrading and skills development. It is said that it takes someone 10,000 hours of practice to reach the top in his/her discipline. Have you invested your 10,000 hours to develop your skills? If you haven't, when can you start investing the time? No matter how much time and effort we have already spent in developing ourselves, there will always be opportunity to improve and be better.
  3. Get out of your comfort zone - When you are out of your comfort zone, you are already growing. Comfort zones are called comfort zones because this is where you feel safe and comfortable. When you stay in an area of comfort, you subject yourself to things you have become accustomed to - which leads to little or no growth. On the other hand, if you move beyond that area of comfort, even by a little bit, you start facing things which you were not exposed to before. This new context and new stimuli triggers a reprocessing process in your mind as you adapt to handle the new situation. This means growth.
  4. Be around the best - I like the quote, "You are the average of the five people you are around" by Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and self-help guru. Who you are with has a role in affecting who you become. If you hang around people who are committed to excellence and set themselves up to achieve nothing but the best, you are going to emerge a different person compared to if you hang around people who are jaded and are constantly lamenting about life. Increase your contact with the people who support you and, above all, take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
  5. Set huge goals - Emphasis on the word huge. Not the normal, standard goals which you know you will definitely be achieving with a certain amount of work and effort; the humongous goals which make you feel somewhat nervous and uncomfortable about whether it is possible to even attain them. These are the goals which will really make you stretch yourself and then feel rewarded with an incredible sense of satisfaction when you do achieve them. Be focused on the amount of growth you make rather than attaching yourself simply to the outcome. Your level of personal excellence is measured against your growth, your improvement, not somebody else's and remember we are all here at Scotch College to assist you achieve your own personal excellence.


Mr Dean Shadgett
Head of Senior School


Senior School Security

In recent times some parents have walked into the School to collect children without reporting first to Front Reception. As you can understand for the security of our students we cannot allow any adults to move around the school without appropriate identification. Even if you are wearing a name tag you still need to come to Front Reception to sign in. If you do not have your name tag you will be given a visitor's lanyard.

Please be aware that teachers have been told they must meet you in Front Reception if you have an appointment with them. Parents are asked not to go directly to a teacher's office or to Student Services.

This is also important should there be a fire or other emergency so that we know exactly who is on campus at any one time.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter as we are sure you understand the security of our students and visitors is our highest priority.


Inter-School Swimming Carnival


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New PSA Records Set by Scotch Swimmers

U/16: 50m Breaststroke (Div 1):

Jesse Coughlan (Year 10, Alexander)

1st Place 32.14 sec. Previous record: 32.24 sec, 2013

U/16: 4 x 50m Medley Relay (Div 1):

1st Place 1 min 59.04 sec. Previous record: 2min 00.85 secs, 2017

Bailey Wright (Year 10, Ross)

Jesse Coughlan (Year 10, Alexander)

Nicolas Monger Molowny (Year 10, Alexander)

Giancarlo Kain (Year 10, Brisbane)

Division 1 event winners:

U/15 50m Butterfly (Div 1): 1st Place, 28.53 sec

Ruan van der Riet (Year 9, Ross)

U/15: 4 x 50m Medley Relay (Div 1): 1st Place, 2 min 4.02 secs.

Nicolas Le Page (Year 9, Anderson)

Declan Cook (Year 9, Brisbane)

Ruan van der Riet (Year 9, Ross)

Macsen Friday (Year 9, Alexander)


Procedure for Absences in the Senior School

To ensure that all boys are safely accounted for at all times we ask that you adhere to the following procedure in the Senior School.

Mrs Lynn Murray
Student Services Co-ordinator


Careers Information

University Information

Murdoch University

Parent Information Evening - Wednesday 21 March

Learn more about the TISC application process, key dates, fees, how to help your child choose preferences and when university offers are available.

Suitable for parents with Year 11 and 12 students.

Register Interest

UWA Health Campus Open Day

For students interested in studying healthcare or pursuing a career in the fast-growing and in-demand health industry, UWA is holding a Health Campus Open Day on Sunday 8 April 2018.

Those attending will be able to meet staff and current students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and discover courses available in areas like medicine, biomedical engineering, sports science and pharmacology. The full programme is available here.


Year 10 - Individual Advisory Sessions

School holiday sessions designed to help students answer questions about future study.

Date: 17-19 April 2018

The Circle Room, Reid Library, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley

April school holidays (17-19 April). 10.00am - 8.00pm (last appointment 8.00pm)

Curtin University

Astrofest 2018

Saturday 24 March, 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Curtin Stadium and Edinburgh Oval

As well as optical and radio telescopes observing throughout the day and night, Astrofest will feature myriad interesting, engaging and exciting indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. You can also take a look through some of WA's biggest telescopes.

Make sure you preregister to attend for your chance to win some great prizes.


UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships

The UWA Fogarty Programme is one of Australia's premier scholarship programmes, recognising 10 young people who demonstrate a wide range of positive attributes.

Through provision of holistic support and an award of $10,000 per year, the UWA Fogarty Scholarship will assist in tuition, accommodation and general living expenses while students complete their UWA undergraduate degree. Applications close 30 April 2018.

ANU Tuckwell Scholarship

This scholarship provides significant financial support for students planning to study at ANU in the future. It is awarded based on a number of criteria, including high academic performance.

Career Opportunities

Join the AFP

Applications are sought for entry level positions into community policing and national investigations families.

Recruit courses are anticipated for October 2018 and January 2019.

If you are interested, or even just curious, go to the website for more information: https://goo.gl/D56Xdb

Qantas Group Pilot Academy

In 2019, Qantas Group is establishing a pilot academy. This training is appropriate for high school or university graduates with a strong academic performance.

You can register your interest online to be kept updated about the new pilot academy.

Find out more - https://www.qantas.com/au/en/about-us/our-company/pilot-academy.html

Australian Defence Force Gap Year

ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened. It's a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.

Through an ADF Gap Year they will:

  • Gain valuable skills and work experience
  • Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
  • Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
  • Make friends with like-minded people
  • Get the opportunity to see more of Australia

In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year ADF are offering 30 Army Officer roles - places are limited.

ADF Gap Year Navy - Closes 9 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Combat Engineer - Closes 9 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Officer - Closes 23 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Artillery Operator - Closes 23 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Infantry Soldier - Closes 14 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Driver - Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Administration Assistant - Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Warehouse Assistant - Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Air Defence Operator - Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Cabin Crew - Closes 7 March 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Warehouse Storeperson - Closes 28 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Aviation Support Technician - Closes 28 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Airbase Protection and Security - Closes 4 June 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Administration Assistant - Closes 4 June 2018

Closing dates are driven by demand and may close sooner than listed.


  • Australian citizen
  • Aged between 18 and 24 years on admission
  • Year 12 completion (required passes vary by job)

ADF button

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser


Boys Achievements

Felix Jones (Year 12, Brisbane) has been selected in the 13 student WA State Debating squad. Felix will now participate in intensive training before the final four student team is announced later this term.

Nathan Thomas (Year 11, Anderson) has been named as a reserve player for the Under 18 Australian Junior Basketball Championships that will be held in Geelong in April. Nathan has also been invited to join the basketball RAW Hoops USA Exposure Tour in July 2018.

Marcello Torre (Year 11, Cameron) placed second at the Australian Youth Championships and 19th in the World Championships Sailing Open Fleet. Marcello also won the NSW State Championships in Woollahra. Marcello has gained selection for The World Championship at Newport Rhode Island in August.

Raffael Torre (Year 9, Cameron) placed 4th in the Thomas Hodge as a crew member at the Australian Youth Championship and 4th in the Silver Fleet at the World Championships.

Anthony Ghiselli (Year 9, Alexander) has been selected to compete in the 2018 Australian Junior Athletic Championships in Sydney Olympic Park from 14-18 March 2018.

Ben Scott (Year 9, Ross) will be attending the National U14 Water Polo championships to be held in Canberra from 26 - 29 March.

William Steinberg (Year 10, Brisbane) and Daniel Wiese (Year 10, Keys) have been invited to attend the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Selection School from March 21 - 30 at Macquarie University in Sydney. The purpose of the selection school is to help identify, and develop the skills of, students who may be selected to represent Australia at the International Maths Olympiad. It is therefore an enormous honour to be invited to the selection school.

Lions Youth of the Year Speech and Leadership Quest:

The following students won the Public Speaking Award component of their respective areas:

Sebastian Barrett (Year 11, Brisbane) in the Fremantle Club round

Gyles Davies (Year 11, Brisbane) in the Ballajura Club round

Josh Turibaka (Year 11, St Andrews) in the Kingsley Woodvale Club round

Conor Patton (Year 12, Ross) won the Public Speaking Award component and the Overall Award of the Perth Metro Club round and advanced to the zone finals. Conor competed in the zone finals and has now advanced to the District round.


Important Dates in Senior School Summer Term





Week 8B

Monday 19 March

Year 11 GRIP Student Leadership Conference

Perth Convention Centre

8.00am - 2.30pm

Year 12 Drama Monologues

Foundation Theatre

6.00pm - 7.00pm

Presentation for Parents: Paul Collard and Paul Gorman

Memorial Hall

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Tuesday 20 March

Year 9 Enrichment Summer Term Activity

On campus and Modus Movement

8.30am - 3.25pm

Pipe Band (selected) Commonwealth Youth Day Rally

Government House Ballroom

12.30pm - 4.00pm

Year 9 Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Dickinson Centre

4.00pm - 7.30pm

WADL Debating Round 2 Week 1

Shenton College

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Wednesday 21 March

Year 10 Cadets First Aid Course


9.00am - 3.30pm

Year 10 IB Diploma Parent Information Evening

Dickinson Centre

6.30pm - 7.30pm

WADL Debating Round 2 Week 1

Hale School

7.20pm - 8.30pm

Thursday 22 March

Year 12 Reward Breakfast

Dining Room Annexe

7.10am - 8.30am

Friday 23 March

Senior School Marching and Assembly

Dickinson Centre

8.35am - 9.35am

PSA Sport - Scotch College v Trinity College (Please check fixtures on home.scotch)


2.00pm - various

Tanzania Fundraising Movie Night (involving Year 12 boys)


4.00pm (Years 5/6)

6.00pm (Years 7/8)

Saturday 24 March

PSA Sport - Scotch College v Trinity College (Please check fixtures on home.scotch)


8.30am - various

Scholarship Day and Academic Check Up

Dickinson Centre

8.30am - 12.30pm

Sunday 25 March

PLC Quarry Concert (warm ups from 5.00pm)

The Quarry Amphitheatre

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Scotch College SCUBA Club

8.00am - 4.30pm

Week 9A

Monday 26 March

Personal Project Meetings


All week

Senior School Inter-House Cross Country Carnival

Memorial Oval

1.45pm - 3.30pm

World's Greatest Shave

Gooch Pavilion

3.30pm - 5.30pm

Tuesday 27 March

Year 9 Parent and House Head Dinner

Dining Room

6.30pm - 8.45pm

Indonesian Tour Information Evening

Room 9.207

7.00pm - 8.00pm

WADL Debating Round 2 Week 2

Shenton College

7.20pm - 9.30pm

Wednesday 28 March

Parent Support Group Breakfast

Dining Room Annexe

7.30am - 9.00am

Year 11 PLC Parent Teacher Student Interviews for cross campus classes


4.00pm - 7.00pm

Thursday 29 March

Fiji Rugby Tour Parent Information Evening

Dining Room Annexe

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Friday 30 March

Good Friday

Sunday 1 April


Monday 2 April

Easter Monday

Boarding House re-opens


All boarders to be back in the Boarding House

3.00pm - 5.30pm


Support Groups

Basketball Dinner

The 2018 Basketball Dinner and Awards Presentation will be held on Wednesday, 11 April in the Dining Room. All students in Year 8 to 12 who have represented Scotch College on the basketball court over the 2017/18 season and their parents or guardians are invited (and encouraged) to attend. We would love to have as many players as possible join us this year as we celebrate what has been an exciting season for Scotch College Basketball across all year groups.

Tickets will be available shortly by visiting the Scotch College website www.scotch.wa.edu.au and clicking on the "Book a Scotch Event" icon.

Basketball Parent Support Group


Scotch Parents

Scotch Parents Meeting

The next Scotch Parents Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 8 May in the Senior School Library - Bunning Resource Centre. Parents please join us from 6.45pm for a glass of wine and some cheese. The meeting commences at 7.00pm.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Upcoming Events

Year 11 Parents Evening

Date: Thursday 22 March 2018
Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Ari and Peter Harold's Home

Year 9 Parents and House Head Dinner

: Tuesday, 27 March
Venue: Scotch College Dining Room
Time: 6.30pm

Tickets for this event are available by visiting the Scotch College website www.scotch.wa.edu.au and clicking on the "Book a Scotch Event" icon. Please note bookings will close on Wednesday, 21 March.

Ms Stephanie Debnam
Scotch Parents


Scottish Banquet

Save the Date

Please save the date for The Scottish Banquet which is set to take place on Saturday, 19 May in the Dickinson Centre. It is guaranteed to be an evening filled with fabulous Scottish food, music, dancing, fun and festivities. Tickets will be available prior to the end of Summer Term.

We are currently seeking donations for our Scottish Banquet Silent Auction. If you have any items that you would like to donate to facilitate a successful evening please email PBPSG@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mrs Natasha Taylor
Pipe Band Parent Support Group