14 August 2017

With service being one of the three core values at Scotch College, we are all encouraged to make service a part of who we are - something we do daily and without invitation. Daily acts of service can be as simple as giving our time, encouragement, support, knowledge, attention, or perhaps a gift to others. Importantly, when we give, we should not expect a reward.

At last week's assembly I shared with the Senior School a recent example of kindness that encapsulates our core value of service. The Head of Sport at Trinity College, in an email to Mr Foster, Director of Sport Scotch College, described the considerate and thoughtful actions of a group of boys in the 10C tennis team at a recent sport fixture. I am pleased to share with you an extract from this email below.

"Would you please pass on to your 10C tennis boys my appreciation at the way they played against one our boys who has an acquired brain injury. He normally only turns up to support the team but given we had three boys not turn up, he ended up playing. My coach says your boys were really good and understanding of his disability to the point of fetching the balls for him to serve and helping him to have a good morning."

On Saturday, 1 March, a group of Year 12 boarders walked out of the bush and into Albany to complete a 1003 kilometre trek along the full length of the Bibbulmun Track. Waiting to welcome the boys into Albany were members of each boys' family and a small group of staff from Scotch College. The completion of the Bibbulmun track is an impressive achievement. Equally impressive, was the long-term commitment shown by each of the boys to achieve this significant challenge. The journey started as 13 year old boys stepping off into the bush in Kalamunda. Five years later, the boys stepped out of the bush and into Albany as young men. The Bibbulmun track experience is symbolic of the journey the boys have been on throughout their years in the Senior School as they moved from childhood to manhood. No doubt the lessons of persistence, effort and commitment to a long-term goal will serve the boys well as they set challenges for themselves in the future.

Dr Rob McEwan

Head of Senior School