15 October 2018

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

An open letter to the teachers at Scotch

Dear Teachers

As you move towards the Christmas holidays, I would like to take this opportunity in the last Thistle of the Year to say some simple words; thank you.

Thank you for teaching the boys, for without your guidance, your care your advice, the year will not have been what it was.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know those boys in your care, the quick hello at the door, the interest in how their weekend was, the hard word when it was needed.

Thank you for taking interest in the boys learning, for asking the right question, for giving constant feedback, for spending hours to plan an activity that would take only minutes.

Thank you for marking the boys assessments, the same one, over and over and over again…

Thank you for staying behind for 5 minutes at the end of the lesson to answer the boy's questions, to allow them to consolidate their learning, to find out the answer.

Thank you for worrying about the boys, for lying awake and wondering how to make them sit up and take notice, to engage, to learn.

Thank you for getting involved in the boys co-curricular, for camping, for debating, for travelling, for standing on the oval in the sun, the wind, the rain, on Saturday.

Thank you for your energy, for committing to your boys like an extension of your own family.

Thank you for making the boy's learning, just for them, whatever the need.

Thank you for taking the time, to call a parent, to write a report, to flick an email.

Thank you to the parents who thank the teachers for all that they do.

Thank you to the boys who recognise what their teachers do every day.

Thank you to the support staff that make it possible for the teachers to do what they do.

Thank you.

Mr Peter Allen

Director of Teaching and Learning