18 June 2018

Community and Service

Tanzania Expedition 2016

An Information Evening for the 2016 Tanzania Expedition will be held Tuesday June 9 in the PLC Auditorium, commencing at 7.00pm. The Auditorium can be found near location H on the PLC Parking Map. Boys currently in Year 10 and 11 and parents, are welcome to come along to learn about the ongoing service project in Matipwili village, the Mt Meru climb, safari to Ngorongoro Crater and a host of other activities. The 2016 trip will be the sixth joint expedition with PLC to Tanzania. For more information please contact Bill Cordner wjcordner@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Year 10 Round Square Exchange Programme

Parents and current Year 9 boys interested in learning more about Round Square short-term exchanges are invited to attend an Information Evening on Thursday June 11 at 6.30pm in the Bunning Resource Centre. Present on the night will be boys and parents who have experienced the inaugural reciprocal exchanges this past year. The 2015/6 exchanges will take place from Spring Term this year. Boys this year have travelled to Denmark, India, Peru, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, USA and Canada. While all the Round Square schools involved this year may not be available, most have already agreed to a second round of exchanges. This is an exciting development for the College and one that offers Scotch boys a school experience in another part of the world.

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival @ Scotch

Planning is continuing for the inaugural Human Rights Arts and Film Festival at Scotch on 28 June. Apart from a great lineup of short films with human rights themes, there will be an expert panel Q & A, displays by human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Walk Free, Red Cross and The Humanitarian Group. Panelists include: Sue Ash AO, CEO of Uniting Care West; Helen Pearce, CEO of The Humanitarian Group; Akram Azami, Young Australian of the Year 2013; Squadron Leader Rev, Dean Griffiths - Australian Defence Force. Dr Lisa Hartley, Curtin University; and Clancy Rudeforth, Walk Free. The MC for the panel discussion will be the Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley, Dean of St George's Cathedral. In addition, there will be music by Pinata Percussion from UWA as well as our own musicians. A central feature of the displays will be Nick Danzigers photographic exhibition 'Missing Lives' - currently on show at the WA State Library. The Library has kindly agreed to release the Red Cross sponsored exhibition a few days early so that it can be included in our event. Year 11 and 12 students for Scotch are encouraged to join their peers from other schools on 28 June. A flyer can be found here. Tickets are available at the 'Book a Scotch Event on the College web site.

African Visitor At Scotch

Bori, our guest from Matipwili Village in Tanzania has been working with our Grounds staff for a few days, coming to grips with how a large property like Scotch is managed. Bori is the manager of Kisampa http://www.afrikaafrikasafaris.com/kisampa-overview/ the bush camp where the Scotch/PLC student group stays when working at Matipwili. This is Bori's first trip outside Tanzania. In addition to working with our ancillary staff, Bori has been speaking to classes - in both Senior and Middle schools. He has been able to tell our students about village life in Africa and the physical and cultural differences between Matipwili and Perth. It is humbling for our boys to hear first hand from a man who has very little by way of wealth - but who has a positive outlook on life and gratitude for the opportunities he has been given. His powerful message to our students is to not squander a good education!

Mr Bill Cordner

Director of Community and Service