14 August 2017

In addition to the busy schedule that forms a normal week at Scotch, we have witnessed a number of special highlights in the Senior School over the past couple of weeks that will no doubt remain with the boys for many years to come.

Great Scotch

This was the theme for this year's Year 12 ball. The theme was based on the movie the Great Gatsby set in the 1930s and the incredible décor, menu and entertainment certainly captured the era. Watching the boys and their partners arrive and make their way to the Dickinson Centre, I could not help feel I was peering into the future and seeing the boys and their partners as the adults they are to become in the years that lie ahead.

The Mothers' Auxiliary, under the leadership of Mrs Clair Stanley, worked tirelessly over many months to make the Ball a night to remember - and they certainly achieved their aim! The large number of parent volunteers, the attention to detail and generosity of parents both in time and donations was remarkable - thank you!

great scotch ball

1000 kilometres down the track and Keys House boys walk into Albany

Early on Sunday morning following the Ball, seventeen Year 12 Keys House boys boarded a bus and traveled to Peaceful Bay on the South Coast to walk the last 70 kilometres of their 1003km journey from Kalamunda to Albany along the Bibbulmun Track. Accompanied by Mr Frusher and Mr Keatch, the boys walked into Albany one week later welcomed by parents, staff from the boarding house and a sea of purple balloons and steamers. To have walked the full length of Bibbulmun Track speaks volumes about the boys' resilience, determination and willingness to accept challenge - qualities that will serve the boys well throughout life.

bib track

Jonathon Welch AM

To launch the first in a series of annual visits from prominent Australians across a diverse range of fields, the College has great pleasure in announcing an evening with Jonathon Welch. Jonathon is well known for his work in establishing The Choir of Hard Knocks that comprised homeless and disadvantaged singers from across Melbourne. This wonderful initiative became the subject of a five-part television series on the ABC. Jonathon went on to found the School of Hard Knocks in 2012 and Social Inclusion Week in 2009. He is an inspiring Australian whose work has been acknowledged with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia and the winner of the Australian Local Hero Award as part of the Australian of the Year Awards in 2009. Jonathon will spend the day working with boys in the Scotch music and community service programmes before a community presentation in the Dickinson Centre on the evening of Monday 30 March. Please refer to the flyer for details.

Dr Rob McEwan

Head of Senior School