16 October 2017

Community and Service

Round Square

This term the Senior School is hosting two boys from Daly College in India and one boy from Rothesay Netherwood School in Canada. These boys are here as part of the reciprocal exchange that saw three of our boys head overseas for up to six weeks. By the end of Winter Term, 15 Year 10 boys will have exchanged to ten countries: in addition to the two mentioned, Turkey, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Austria, USA, Germany and Peru. Year 8 boys now have an opportunity to exchange with boys from Round Square schools within Australia. Three boys are likely to be heading off to Scotch Oakburn in Launceston Tasmania next term for two weeks, with three boys from Oakburn joining us for the reciprocal visit.

Our membership of Round Square has opened up other opportunities for students and staff. Mr David Kyle has been selected to lead a Round Square International Service project in Cambodia. Five Year 8 boys attended a Junior Round Square conference hosted by Westminster School in Adelaide recently and Year 11 boys have an opportunity of attending a Global Round Square Conference in Singapore in October. Boys who are interested in representing Scotch at this conference should speak to Mr Cordner as soon as possible.

Scotch College will be hosting a Junior Round Square conference in April next year. This is likely to be attended by up to 150 students and staff from schools across Australasia and East Asia. Year 11 boys who attend the Global Conference in Singapore will take on a leadership role in our conference in April 2016.

International Service Tours

At this time of the year, Year 10 and 11 boys and parents are considering options for trips in 2016. We are fortunate at Scotch to be able to offer an exciting array of trips to domestic and international locations. Next year there will be two service trips available. The first is to Tanzania in July in partnership with PLC to continue work on building a Trade Training Centre for Matipwili village. The group will also climb Mt Meru and go on safari to Ngorongoro Crater. The second is to Cambodia in December to undertake more work on the school in Soun Sah village. This group will also spend time in Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap, traveling to the temples of Ankor. These are important projects for our school and the communities we assist in these partnerships have come to rely on our visits to deliver improvements. The boys who go on these service trips, receive a deep cultural experience while undertaking service in a global context. For more information on these trips, please contact Mr Bill Cordner wjcordner@scotch.wa.edu.au

Mr W Cordner

Director of Community and Service