27 November 2017

From the Head of Senior School

Last week we enjoyed the creative talents of a large number of boys across Music, Visual Art, Drama and Media through the daily activities organised to celebrate Arts Week. The week commenced with a festival atmosphere with food trucks, live performances and clay throwing occurring on the Top Oval during lunchtime. Each day saw boys involved in art battles and live performances in music and drama. Monday night saw the Year 11 drama students performing in the Foundation Theatre followed by Year 12 boys presenting their original solo performances on Tuesday night. The opening of the student art exhibition, Inspirations, was held on Wednesday night and a large audience gathered in the Dickinson Centre to enjoy the film productions of the Year 9 to 12 Media students at the Director's Cut Awards Night on Thursday night. The standard of film was very high leaving many in the audience in awe of the boys' creative and technical skills. The week ended with the Music Department's Spring Concert. This was a fitting end to a busy Arts Week that involved numerous boys across the different year levels sharing their creative talents and interests.

Creative people take responsible risks and challenge themselves. They are intrinsically motivated and are open to criticism. Each boy who shared his work in last week's exhibitions demonstrated all of these elements in a public forum where others may judge. I left both exhibitions admiring not only the boys' work, but also their courage and creativity. They each revealed a little about their personal interests and motivations. Well done to all the boys involved!

In what was clearly a very busy week, we also celebrated the end of season for a number of co-curricular activities at a special Senior School assembly. The presentation of Colours and Honours awards for Winter Sport, Drama, Music, Community Service and Pipe Band highlighted the diversity, effort and level of achievement so many of the boys give to their respective activities. The assembly concluded with our send-off for the Scotch College Athletics Team that we now know went on to win the PSA Athletics for the fifth time in the past six years. The strong sense of school spirit, sportsmanship and camaraderie that was exhibited by both the athletes and the Scotch College spectators made me, and the large majority of parents in attendance, proud of our boys and this great College.

I wish the boys in Year 11 well for their end-of-year examinations and look forward to seeing many of the Year 10 boys and their families at the Personal Project showcase on Friday evening.

Dr Rob McEwan

Head of Senior School