14 August 2017

We often speak to our students about the Old Scotch Collegians and what it will mean to them after they graduate from Scotch.

At last week's Senior School assembly we were privileged to share in a very special moment in the life of one of our OSCs. Dallas Hamilton OSC 33, turned 100 on the 13 March and was a special guest at our marching and assembly. Call it serendipity, but Dallas also rowed for our College in the 1932 Head of the River, so it was even more special that he was in attendance at the assembly where we wish our rowing team farewell as they embark on the final regatta for the year. The photo included in my article shows Dallas watching the rowing with his two brothers.

Dallas Hamilton

Celebrations such as Friday's assembly are rare and deserve our special attention. Not only was it an opportunity to share in an incredible milestone with Dallas, but it was an opportunity to demonstrate to our students the long-term connections that are maintained between our College and our past students.

On behalf of the whole community I would again like to congratulate Dallas on reaching his 100th birthday and wish both him and his family all the very best for the coming years.

Congratulations to all of the boys who represented the College in the Head of the River. These boys have spent many hours preparing to compete. I would also like to thank everyone who made the journey to Champion Lakes to show their support. I know how much your support was appreciated by the entire rowing club.

Much has happened already this term. Work has now commenced on the new Early Learning facility. Over the weekend we had a number of our boys from Years 5 - 10 participating in the 'Have Sum Fun' mathematics competition. Well done to the boys and their teachers for all of the work that took place in readiness to represent our school in this academic competition.

The most important things to maintain for all of our boys are consistent study habits, keeping active, eating well and getting plenty of sleep. A balance of these will ensure each boy performs to the best of their ability when things get busy especially towards the end of the term.

Request regarding the use of Bellevue Terrace, Saunders Street and Wright Avenue for drop-off and pick-up

Neighbours on Bellevue have notified us that two homes are being constructed. The flow of delivery vehicles and construction machinery is hampered particularly in the afternoon by parents waiting for boys. For the safety of our boys and the convenience of our neighbours we ask your assistance in seeking an alternative drop-off or pick-up point while construction is underway.

Saunders Street is narrow and an alternative drop-off and pick-up point like the Gooch Pavilion should be used.

Parents are reminded that the speed limit on Wright Avenue is 50kms and during morning drop-off and pick-up extra caution and slower transit through the area to the Gooch would be greatly appreciated for the safety of the boys and our neighbours trying to exit their driveways.

Have a great fortnight.

Dr A J O'Connell

Headmaster