12 August 2013

Headmasters ReflectionsHeadmaster's Reflections


As a leading school in Australia, and one that prides itself on developing an international focus through our status as a World IB School, it is imperative that we continue to lead in the area of community service and social justice at home and abroad. When one looks at the current political leadership (or lack thereof), particularly the debate surrounding refugees and the apparently flawed policy solutions aimed at addressing the refugee issue, it is imperative that we ensure our students are exposed to activities that will open their hearts and minds to what are the issues facing humanity devoid of political alliances. The ultimate goal of providing the boys with such experiences is to foster future leaders that may actually make a difference.

During the recent holidays, in partnership with the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), Scotch College embarked on a significant educational project in Tanzania. The Humanitarian Opportunities and Partnerships in Education (HOPE) project is just one example of how we can make a measurable difference for those less fortunate than ourselves. Just last week I had the pleasure of visiting Balga Senior High School and North Balga Primary School where our students engage in working with both refugees and indigenous students on a number of initiatives. In speaking to the leadership teams of both schools it is clear they appreciate Scotch's engagement and support through our Community and Service programme. As a fellow educator I could only admire the work of the staff at these schools and the innovative programmes they have introduced in order to address the needs of their students.

Just last Thursday evening I was invited to be part of a small focus group of leaders in aboriginal affairs, education and industry to examine opportunities in aboriginal education in WA. As you may be aware Scotch College has 21 indigenous students on scholarships provided by a number of agencies. The focus of our own indigenous programme is to ensure that the boys are provided with a broad base education which will equip them to go on to make a difference for their people and the wider community.

Our focus on Community and Service from Years 1 - 12 will continue to be a significant differentiator for boys attending Scotch. Our job is not simply to prepare the boys for life but to ensure that they are equipped to make a difference to the world into which they will enter after graduating. Having just listened to some of our Year 12 students deliver their Theory of Knowledge Orals and experienced firsthand what our Year 5s are doing as part of their PYP projects, I am confident our young men can and will make a difference in areas that are crucial for the future of humanity.

Dr Alec O'Connell



Head of Junior SchoolTeaching and Learning

We hear many stories of the experiences of our boys who demonstrate initiative in service, studies or co-curriculum. Recently I had a lunchtime conversation with Daniel Bloch, a Year 11 IB Diploma student. He explained to me that he had been thinking ahead to his post school options. While searching for scholarship opportunities, he came across Year 11 examination preparation courses at Cambridge University for July 2013. With the support of family he applied and was accepted. Daniel had a stroke of good luck in being upgraded to Business Class on his way to England.

His first impression of Cambridge was every bit as exciting as he had imagined. As the only Australian on the course, and sharing two weeks with students from many countries all over the world, Daniel made friends that will last a lifetime. Studying mathematics with a Russian tutor, Economics with a Swedish tutor and Biology and Literature with two British tutors was intensive. Homework sessions were optional but strongly recommended to keep up with the pace of delivery. University students acted as Deans and made sure that all the students had many options for fun, ranging from sports competitions to Shakespearean plays in the park to movies and even punting on the River Cam. With daylight hours lasting until 10.30pm, Daniel and his new friends made the most of what was on offer and he finished his two weeks exhausted but exhilarated.

As a result of his experiences, Daniel followed up on two exciting leads for future options. His friends had siblings who were enjoying the highly regarded School of Business at Rotterdam's Erasmus University and spoke very highly of the experience. Alternatively on the basis of a chance discussion with Scotch teacher Brendon Noble, Daniel travelled by train to Exeter University in the very pretty area of Cornwall. Based on a discussion with one of the Directors of the university, Daniel was given to understand that if he manages a score of 32 points, he would be considered highly favourably for acceptance to the university with real possibilities for a scholarship.

Daniel returned to Scotch somewhat jetlagged but with a clearer understanding of the world that is open to him. He has sent me photos of his experiences and they can be found here. While not everyone is able to access such an amazing experience, Daniel is a great source of knowledge for his peers, both IBDP and WACE. I am sure the future will hold many exciting things for him in the years ahead.



Speaking of examination preparation courses, Scotch College will again host ATARextra revision courses in the latter half of this term. This is provided as a service to boys who are looking to join a regular weekly class of 90 minutes in an area where they know they do not perform well under the pressure of an examination. The system operates as a user pays system with a cost of $190 for five sessions of 90 minutes in the last five weeks of this term starting on August 26. The sessions start at 5pm and will be held in the Scotch College English block. PLC girls also are invited to take part and usually there are enough students to fill a class of 12 - 15. If there are too many students, ATARextra will run a second class. These optional classes have been running at the College for the past six years and have been well received. The boys tell me that they find them to be of great value because they enable them to commit themselves to a regular pattern of study. When the mock examinations take place a week later, they feel well prepared. I do not advise taking more than two courses as generally this is enough to get them into study mode. More information on the courses, which courses are offered and the times they are run will be provided in an information brochure that will be emailed to parents of Year 12 WACE boys and can also be accessed here.



The above booklet has been distributed to all Year 12 students who are sitting the WACE Examinations in November 2013. This booklet contains all the relevant information required to apply for entry to the four public universities in Western Australia. Please ensure your son has a copy and is familiar with the contents. Mr Frusher will be speaking to the Year 12 students in regard to TISC applications to ensure that applications completed to the best advantage of the student. If parents have any queries they are asked to contact Mr Frusher at Scotch.



UWA offers more than 400 scholarships every year to undergraduate students from all walks of life. In 2014, there will be in excess of $4 million in scholarships available to undergraduate students to assist them to realize their potential. Eligibility varies, however UWA's wide range of academic and equity-based scholarships provide commencing students with many opportunities to apply. 2014 Scholarships and Awards brochures (available from Mr Frusher at Scotch) highlight a number of our available scholarships, including the prestigious UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships. Interested or eligible students to UWA can also refer to the Scholarships website, which includes a full list of undergraduate scholarships with details about eligibility criteria, closing dates and how to apply. Most scholarship applications close Friday 27 September (in line with the TISC on-time closing date). For further information on any UWA undergraduate scholarships, contact the UWA Scholarships Office.

Students who are considering enrolling in a Bachelor of Commerce in 2014, may be eligible to apply for one of a range of scholarships offered by the UWA Business School.

These include:

  • John Willinge Scholarship - available to high achieving students from rural and regional backgrounds
  • John Willinge Scholarship (Metropolitan) - available to high achieving students in the metropolitan area
  • Sir Frank Ledger Scholarship - available to high achieving students facing financial hardship
  • Applications open on 23 August 2013.

CURTIN UNIVERSITY offers a wide variety of scholarships which are now open for students to apply. Mr Frusher has information regarding all scholarships viable at Curtin or these can be accessed at www.scholarships.curtin.edu.au.



Any students currently in Year 11 who may be interested in design, are invited to register with the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts' (ALVA) for their annual Design Studio for School Students.

Run during the summer school holidays, the studio is aimed at budding architects and designers heading into Year 12 in 2014 and will cover architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and visual arts. Students don't need any prior knowledge or artistic skills in order to enjoy and participate in the studio.

For the first time students will get the opportunity to specialise in one of the above-mentioned disciplines or participate in all - or a combination of - the available fields. Students will get a feel for what it is like to study Bachelor of Design units at UWA, while developing new skills under the guidance of Faculty staff.

Activities on offer during the week-long studio include:

  • An introduction to the latest computer modelling and rendering programs
  • Talks by architects, landscape architects and visual artists at the faculty
  • Model making and drawing classes
  • Tuition and design advice
  • An opportunity to meet with current Design students at UWA
  • A site visit
  • An exhibition of all the students' work at the culmination of the studio
  • Cost: $240 per student (includes all materials and equipment) applications are now open.



Applications are now open and close on 23 August for undergraduate programmes in animation, screenwriting, and film & television writers/directors.

Apply through VTAC.



Gapbreak Antipodeans Abroad Student & Parent Information Night

Thursday 15 August 2013

6.30pm - 7.30pm

North-West Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street WA



Welcome to Overdrive!

Students and parents can now access eBooks and audiobooks via our Overdrive platform. These resources are available anywhere in the world provided you have a compatible device and wi-fi access, something which several of our boarding students found particularly useful while they were at home in the July school holidays. Below are links to the videos we've created which demonstrate how to use eBooks on laptops and iPads; for printed instructions, please see the attached Smartguide. If you require assistance accessing eBooks please drop into the Bunning Resource Centre or Middle School Library with your laptop or mobile device. Enjoy!

Accessing Overdrive on your laptop:

iPad instructions:

Ms Flowers



The Year 11 examinations will begin on Monday 9 September. Friday 6 September will be a study day for Year 11 students. Assembly on 6 September will include the presentation of colours and honours awards and the send-off for the Athletics team. Year 11 students may wish to attend assembly. Following assembly they may choose to study at home or in the BRC.


Tutor Finding Service

John Verran and Harrison Sweeney are two OSC members who have started a website to help students find tutors in various subjects. The program is called Tutoric and is a free service that offers a simple way to connect with tutors. If a parent or boy is looking for a tutor, they can browse a list in a local area at www.tutoric.com.


All School Matters

Scotch Canteen

The Senior School canteen

The Senior School canteen is situated underneath the Music department adjacent to the swimming pool.

The canteen provides snacks at recess for all Senior School boys and lunches for Senior School Day boys. Click for a Senior School Menu.

The Junior and Middle School canteen

The Junior and Middle School canteen is situated in the Junior School Quadrangle. Boys order their lunches before school by writing their order on a paper bag (supplied by the canteen) and enclosing the money. Click for a Junior and Middle School Menu.

Scotch College uses the FlexiSchools system to provide a new cashless way to pay for school canteen services. This system allows parents or students in Year 1 to 7 to place Online Orders for Canteen purchases from home, work or school at any time via the internet, including an iPhone/iPad "app". Senior students (Year 8 - 12) can use their Student/ SmartRider Card to purchase items over the canteen counter.



We have been advised all train lines will be shutting down during parts of July and August (Friday 12 July - Wednesday 17 July and Wednesday 31 July - Sunday 4 August). Some of the dates fall in school holidays. There are bus replacements but you can refer to the link below to see how it will affect your travel journey to school.




The School Psychologist, Shauna Lipscombe, has arranged for a parenting course (3 sessions in total) to be held at Scotch College in The Residence, held on Tuesday evenings (13, 20 and 27 August).

This course is aimed at parents of teenagers and will provide practical skills and suggestions to deal with problems and situations such as moodiness, money, clothes, leaving home, sexuality, stealing, drinking and drugs. Parents of teenagers often question whether they have the necessary parenting skills to deal with the many issues and conflicts that arise during their child's teenage years. Parent-Teen Connection combines relevant information with opportunities for parents to discuss their difficulties and concerns with other parents.

Cost per person: $25.00 for 3 sessions

Please note that due to the popularity of this course, bookings are essential! Places are limited.

For further information or to reserve a place, please contact Cherie FitzGibbon at cafitzgibbon@scotch.wa.edu.au.



Tuesday - 8am to 5pm

Thursday, Friday - 7.30am to 11.30am

The Uniform Shop is closed on Public Holidays and Boarders' Long Weekends.


NAIDOC WEEK 29 July - 2 August 2013

Scotch College celebrated NAIDOC week during Week 2 of Winter Term. The week included events for all year groups in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

NAIDOC flagpole NAIDOC mural

The Middle and Junior Schools worked collaboratively on a fantastic Sand Art Mural on the oval. The Mural had 20 circles, each designed by a class. Additionally, some of the Indigenous Senior School boys contributed to the Mural with a Snake. All of the circles were joined signifying the Scotch College community. Even though we had rain throughout the week, the design lasted and looked great.

On Tuesday after school, the Senior School boys played a game of Football against Clontarf Academy. All Year 9 boys had the opportunity to participate in Aboriginal tool making throughout Wednesday. Bush Tucker again proved to be popular with the Middle and Senior School on Thursday. We were fortunate to have Matt Gresham, who is currently competing on X Factor, perform for us during lunch.

The final event for NAIDOC week was the Assembly. This was the first time our new flagpole was used for the Aboriginal Flag. A Traditional Smoking Ceremony was performed as the boys marched into Assembly. A speech by Bevan Bennell (Year 12, Keys) and a slideshow presentation by Vincent Carter (Year 11, Keys) and Tarquinn Brownley (Year 11, Keys) completed our events.



Winter Term has begun with a fantastic first event, the magnificent Jazz Night "Sounds of the 70s", presented on Friday, 2 August. A fully booked-out night of musical entertainment was enjoyed by all with great bands, dancing, singing and solos. My thanks to all the boys who performed with their teachers, old boys who returned to play with some special guests at the end of the night, and to James Flynn who sang some choice numbers, together with Garry Lee who fulfilled the very demanding role of MC. Special thanks and congratulations to all members of the FOSM team who created a spectacular venue and of course, Jazz Night would not be as great as it always is without the creative efforts of Mr Tim Simpson together with Ms Tess Palmyre. Three choice photos are below.

Jazz Night 1 Jazz Night 2 Jazz Night 3

Following Jazz Night, on Thursday 8 August, the senior musicians from Years 11 and 12 presented a range of solo and small group performances at the Senior Recital and Upson Award Performances. This showcase of the senior boys musical talents as they prepare for their end of year performance exams was a great event for them, and for all in the audience. We also welcomed Ms Sojan from Presbyterian Ladies' College who was able to provide some special comments and feedback for the performers which also assisted in the selection of the recipient of the Will Upson Performance Award.

On Sunday 11 August, the Combined Symphony Orchestra and the various Big Bands and Jazz Combo performed at the WA Schools' Jazz and Orchestra Festival held at Churchlands High School and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community College. This was a great opportunity to see Scotch musicians side by side with their peers from across the state of Western Australia and while potentially a "high stakes" performance, the boys, together with their PLC colleagues, performed admirably.

On Wednesday 21 August, the Scotch College String players are performing at their annual Strings Soiree, "Con Brio" at 7pm in the Memorial Hall. This free event is open to all who enjoy high quality string music performed by students from our Junior School through to our senior musicians in Year 12. A great event that highlights the pathway available to our string players across our three sub-schools.

The Senior musicians' term concludes with the "finale" performances of the 2013 academic year, the Scotch College Senior Spring Concert, held at 6.30pm in the Dickinson Centre on Friday 6 September, and the PLC Senior Spring Concert, held the following day on Saturday 7 September. These free performances which are open to the whole Scotch College community, are an opportunity to celebrate the work of all performers in the senior ensembles and to farewell our senior Year 12 musicians who give so much of their time and energy supporting the musical life of the school.

A final performance for Junior boys, held on Thursday 12 September in the MacKellar Hall, is the Junior School Strings Soiree, an opportunity to enjoy the work of our youngest string players - the Year Three String Programme musicians.

The Music Department holds a variety of performances for the Scotch College community throughout the year plus events for Scotch College boys and the girls from PLC who participate in Combined Ensembles. A more detailed version of the Music Department's Newsletter can be found by following this link.

https://ishare.scotch.wa.edu.au/groups/thevmdthevirtualmusicdepartment/wiki/a583e/Music_Department_Newsletter.html (Please use your Scotch Parent login.)



Teachers' use of TA for assessment and attendance, and increasingly for lessons and teaching resources means parents have significant information at their hands through Parent Connect.

With a recent email to all parents assisting them with their access we are seeing the benefits provided by Parent Connect. The use of TA will be extended and several of its other features incorporated into daily use. We are happy to provide parents with ongoing support with their access to the information resources at Scotch College.

The next Parent ILT workshop is:

Parent Connect: the what, why and how.

Monday 19 August 3:45 - 4:30 in the BRC.

ILT Parenting Tip for middle and senior school parents:

Ask your boy when he last backed up his laptop onto Time Machine.

If the answer is a confident "1 or 2 weeks ago", then you should advise him it is time to do it again.

If the answer is a fumbling "um … err … I think …", then tell him to do it immediately (you will be doing him a big favour).

If the answer is "what is Time Machine", tell him he must see his 1Degree coach with his laptop and backup drive ASAP.



Local Community and Service Partnerships

Balga Partnerships

Last Friday Dr Alec O'Connell and I met with the Principals of Balga Senior High School and North Balga Primary School. Both these schools host Scotch Year 10 boys on Friday afternoons. In the High School, Scotch boys assist migrant and refugee students with programmes in the Intensive English Unit of the school. At the Primary School, Scotch boys help out with running sport activities.

The purpose of the meetings with the Principals was to look at ways of expanding our partnerships with these schools. There is a lot that our boys can learn from engaging with students attending the Balga schools and there are undoubtedly ways that our school can assist to enrich the programmes for their students. The diversity within the Balga schools, with many students still learning English against a background of difficult home lives, makes it challenging to achieve good outcomes.

Mr W Cordner - Head of Community and Service

Rocky Bay

Scotch College and Rocky Bay have been working together for many years. For some decades now, boys have been going to the Mosman Park centre to assist disabled residents with recreational activities. This year, the organization is celebrating 75 years of supporting Perth people with disabilities. On Sunday September 1, Rocky Bay will be holding its annual 'Walk With Me' event. This year, Scotch Year 12 boys will be participating in the walk - as well as running some fundraising activities along the way. Even though September 1 is 'Fathers Day', it is hoped that there will be a good turnout from Scotch boys and other members of our community in support of Rocky Bay. For more information go to the web site below:


Parkinson's WA Walk

Another organization promoting a walk in September is Parkinson's WA. If you would like to support this organisation, just follow the link below.


Uniting Care West Winter Appeal

This week the College received a letter from Sue Ash, CEO of Uniting Care West, thanking the school for its contribution to the UCU Winter Appeal. This year, Middle School boys and their families contributed warm clothing and blankets to the appeal. It is particularly important for Scotch College as a Uniting Church school to support this cause.

Street Swags

The donation of clothing for the Winter Appeal, complimented the donations of 'Street Swags' to the homeless through the UCW Tranby Day Centre, one of the agencies directly servicing the homeless on Perth's streets. Since 2009, Scotch boys in the Senior School have been packaging and rolling the swags. Inmates from Bandyup Women's Prison sew the canvas outer shells. The boys insert the foam mattresses and make them ready for delivery to various agencies. Many of the swags have been distributed on Homeless Connect Day, one of the events supported by boys completing the IB Diploma.


A new group of Year 8 boys commenced 'Knitwits' this week. 'Knitwits' is a Year 8 club that sits to knit each Tuesday at lunchtime. Over the past nine years, hundreds of Scotch boys have knitted blanket squares and scarves. The blankets have been donated to agencies such as Trinity Learning Centre, which supports teenage mothers. Most of the scarves have travelled with Tanzania Expedition and given to an outpatient service of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, targeting children with acquired AIDS.

Paraplegic Quadriplegic Association

Since 2006, Scotch boys have been going to the Paraquad Centre in Shenton Park to work at the residential Recreational Centre. Successive groups of boys have helped run the word quiz from The West Australian - or a cryptic crossword marked out on a large white board. The boys have also beautified a large outside area, creating paths for wheelchairs and planting native flowering vegetation to attract birds. This has been a great partnership and one that we hope will continue for a long time.



All Parents are reminded to keep the School up to date with their Contact Details on a regular basis. This is essential to ensure you are receiving the necessary information and correspondence regarding your son's education, newsletters, inclusion on Contact Lists, etc. Please notify the School of any changes to:

  • Addresses, Phone Numbers and Email Addresses
  • Marital Status and/or Boy's Living Arrangements
  • Occupation Details
  • Emergency Contact Details
  • Medical Details

This can be done by emailing Kim Quinlivan KLQuinlivan@scotch.wa.edu.au or mail@scotch.wa.edu.au


Head of Junior SchoolJunior School


Children are naturally caring towards others and trusting of the adults in their lives. As they develop and grow they are given opportunities to show this trait with extended family, new friends and hopefully for their possessions. Learning to care for people we do not know, places we have not been to or an impact that may not be felt for generations is a different story.

The IB leaner profile defines caring as "Showing empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. Having a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment."

We aim to expose the boys to a curriculum that will make them domestically and internationally minded. To see and empathise with the lives and experiences of others is the goal of our programmes. Action is a significant part of all units of inquiry. As the boys explore a transdisciplinary theme and cement their understanding, they consider the changes they can make in their lives that will benefit the wider community. As they move through the Junior School the type of action they can take begins to progress to actions that more greatly affect others. The service programme run at Scotch allows the boys to further advance their caring and to be involved in direct actions that impact on the lives of others both domestically and internationally.

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
Margaret Mead

So how does this manifest itself in the boys from day to day? We see it in their interactions with one another and their engagement in the initiatives presented to them and by them; The Giving Tree, free dress days in support Lake Claremont, fund raising for different charities, the engagement the boys demonstrated during NAIDOC week to list but a few. We see it in the comfort and care the older boys exhibit toward our younger boys during structured and unstructured interactions. All of this contributes to the ongoing development of the boy.

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
H Jackson Brown

Once again, the development of the boy is a shared responsibility between home and school and we are keen to continue to play our part to create boys of integrity.

Mr John Stewart
Head of Junior School


The Junior School celebrated learning in a very dynamic and constructive way with the recent Student Led Conferences (SLCs). I have been involved in several versions of SLCs over the years and it is my reflection that the format I experienced last week was one of the best. As an IB school with a holistic approach to educating boys, I was both impressed and excited with the College's commitment to highlighting each of the single subject areas; Art, Physical Education, Performing Arts and French, alongside classroom learning.

SLCs are an integral part of our reporting process and give the students an opportunity to take responsibility for actively leading in the sharing and reflection of their learning. SLCs also bring together the Scotch learning community. Thank you to all those parents who were able to join in the sharing and celebrations and for the feedback, which has been overwhelmingly positive. A special thank you to the boys for their active engagement and enthusiasm in this process.

Ms Kathy Derrick
Deputy Head of Junior School - Curriculum


The Year 1G boys have breezed back into Winter Term resulting in plenty of sunshine around the room.

The boys have been very busy participating in various Science experiments about weather conditions and how they affect the way we live. They twisted and twirled through 'Scitech' like mini tornadoes moving from exhibit to exhibit. The boys enjoyed the thrill of the planetarium exploring why different regions of the Earth experience different seasonal conditions. They used their inquiry skills to observe and measure various weather conditions in the puppet show 'One Fine Day' which resulted in light drizzle over the boys and the teachers - much to the boys delight. It was a fun filled day fuelled with excitement.

The forecast for the rest of the term is busy with a chance of clear blue skies.

Year 1 Scitech excursion, 29 July 2013

Mrs Kristen Gray
Year 1 Teacher


It is natural for families to feel upset and want to protect their children if they are being bullied, however, children can be distressed when families react with anger. These same strategies apply if your child is being cyber bullied.

Family responses found to be helpful include:

  • Encouraging your children to discuss the situation;
  • Being aware of your own responses and reacting in a calm, helpful and supportive manner;
  • Believing your children - it is important that your children feel confident talking to you about problems;
  • Telling your children that bullying is wrong and reminding them that they have the right to feel safe and happy;
  • Making sure your children know how to seek help and support at school;
  • Helping your children to make friends (having at least one good friend has been shown to reduce the likelihood and impact of bullying);
  • Talking to your children's teacher; and
  • Asking your children what they would like you to do.

Mr Warwick Norman
Friendly Schools Plus Coordinator


he ability for our boys (Scotch) and girls (PLC) to share their learning on a live virtual platform. Edmodo is a free, secure, social learning platform for teachers, students and schools. It provides teachers and students with a secure and easy way to post classroom information. Most recently the students have uploaded their work for comment and sharing understandings.

Mrs Amanda Ritchie


Bonjour! In Winter Term, the Year 3 boys have been acquiring vocabulary related to food in French in order to make links to the 'How we organise ourselves' unit of inquiry. This is a fantastic and fun topic for French. The boys will acquire new vocabulary skills through varied classroom activities with a focus on the outcome Listening and Responding and Speaking. We will practice using sentences that we could hear in a restaurant. The students will practice asking and answering questions while taking on the role of waiter/customer. The boys will also get the opportunity to sample escargots (snails) during the term. Who will be brave enough to try them? Photos will be taken and shared in an upcoming Thistle.

Mrs Kim Edwards
French Teacher


The coming weeks are going to be jam packed for the boys in the Junior School.

The Year 4 boys have their WALLA Rugby carnival on Thursday 15 August hosted by Hale school. The boys have been eagerly preparing for this day with the help of development officers from the Western Force.

Year 5 boys have only 1 fixture remaining of their JPSSA winter sport season. They have been representing Scotch in a fantastic manner week in week out which has been pleasing to see.

All boys from Year 1 to 5 are busily training for their upcoming Athletics carnival which will be held on the 28 August here at the Scotch College playing fields.

Jason Caniglia
Head of Junior School PE and JPSSA Sport


Hello from the Library. As we settle into Winter Term it is time for the boys to also settle back into reading good quality fiction books. Below I have listed the fiction books that have been shortlisted (recommended by Book Council of Australia) as outstanding books for 2013:

Book of the Year Early Childhood:

Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages

The Terrible Suitcase: Allen, Emma / Freya Blackwood

With Nan: Cox, Tania / Karen Blair

The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog: DeGennaro, Sue

Too Many Elephants in This House: Dubosarsky, Ursula / Andrew Joyner

It's a Miroocool!: Harris, Christine / Ann James

Peggy: Walker, Anna

Picture Book of the Year

Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. (Some books may be for mature readers)

The Coat: Brooks, Ron / Julie Hunt

Tanglewood: Goodman, Vivienne / Margaret Wild

Herman and Rosie: Gordon, Gus

Sophie Scott Goes South: Lester, Alison

Lightning Jack: Mullins, Patricia / Glenda Millard

A Day to Remember: Wilson, Mark / Jackie French

Book of the Year Young Readers

Intended for independent younger readers

Pennies for Hitler: French, Jackie

Other Brother: French, Simon

After: Gleitzman, Morris

The Children of the King: Hartnett, Sonya

Pookie Aleera is Not my Boyfriend: Herrick, Steven

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk: Millard, Glenda / Stephen Michael King

Our theme for Book Week this year is 'Reading Across the Universe'.

Mr Warwick Norman
Teacher Librarian


Congratulations to the following boys:

Year 1

Austin Hollier

Year 2

Mikhael Djauhari

Year 3

Benji Allen

Codi Cook

Matthew Coutts

Henry De Keulenaer

Hugh Fellows-Smith

Mitchell Hyde

Julius Kain

Rory King

James Mahaffy

Hamish Meston

Sean Palmer

Alex Russell-Weisz

Cooper Stanley

Ben Weber

Year 4

Fraser Davis

Ethan Frankle

William Hannaford

Year 5

Alex Buckland

Sam Collingwood

Sam Hector

Max Jones

Gil Palmer

Lachlan Pyne

Anthony Samaha

John Simpson

Max Steens


I would like to thank all parents and students for their enthusiasm during the Student Led Conferences last week - it was a pleasure to meet you all. I learnt a lot about our boys (and parents) during the conferences and found myself wondering what age we get to when we start to become more self aware rather than losing our inhibitions in certain activities. This has led me to reflect on how much our boys have learnt this year and how open and accepting they have been throughout the diverse activities they have been asked to participate in during Performing Arts. Because of this open-mindedness I have seen students develop creativity and confidence, whilst also promoting self-discipline and self-motivation. I have seen boys overcome anxieties: the triumph of stepping out on stage in front of your peers, performing a rehearsed piece successfully and receiving feedback afterwards is one of the profound and tangible reassurances of achievement you will ever get. The boys have had to work on memorising skills and problem solving whilst most of the time engaging in social interaction and developing cooperative skills. This is just skimming the surface. What talented young boys we have the privilege of working with.

Ms Phebe Samson
Performing Arts Teacher


From the Head of Middle SchoolMiddle School


Thank you for your participation in the Student Led Conferences last week. Repeated opportunities for the boys to demonstrate reflective behaviour around their learning, both the content and their learning styles, is vitally important. The reflection on their work and developing goals and plans to achieve them is all part of the transition process that lies at the heart of Middle School's purpose. The processes that sit behind the Student Led Conferences that help boys to take responsibility for their learning, much like water, energy and land conservation, is an investment in the future. They are actions and habits that we hope will be ingrained and really bear fruit in Senior School. For that to happen we need to be doing this now and your support during conference time is gratefully appreciated.

Year 7 into Year 8

In the second half of the year many Year 7 families and boys are beginning to think about Year 8 and life in Senior School. Three actions that will unfold over the next twelve weeks for Year 7 are:

  • Orientation Day: This will commence on Monday 21 October and will involve Year 7 boys sitting placement tests, meeting the new boarding students and meeting their new House Heads in Senior School.
  • Transition Days: In Week 5 of Spring term Year 7 boys will spend two days in the Senior School campus. They will be involved in a programme of guest speakers, regular classes and orientation to routines, schedules and locations around the campus. A much talked about highlight is always the opportunity to visit the Senior School Canteen.
  • Senior School House Placement: The placement of Year 7 boys in their Senior School House is a very deliberate process that considers a multitude of factors. Other than the questionnaire sent out earlier the process does not involve requests from families for placement preferences. Our Senior School Psychologist Ms Lipscombe leads this process and the team doing these placements have already begun this complex process to be ready for Orientation Day.

Congratulations to the following Middle School Students

Jono Prior 7G and Matthia Au 7G on creating the winning design for the Perth Scorchers Mascot Competition for the 2013/14 Big Bash season. Included in the prize was a cricket coaching clinic for the 7G class by the Perth Scorchers.

Congratulations to Archie Capon 7T who auditioned and has won the role of 'Toby' in the ensemble and understudy to 'Jeremy' (the lead male role) in the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Six weeks of rehearsals lie ahead for Archie before the show opens in September.

Congratulations to Nic Crump 7G who was voted Captain of the WA State 12 Football team competing in Darwin next week.

Richard Ledger

Head of Middle School



As we have reached the end of the winter season of sport, I remind parents of the arrangement for the rest of the term:

Year 6: JPSSA Athletics Training is on every Tuesday morning. This training is not compulsory but as leaders of the JPSSA squad we encourage Year 6 boys to attend.

Year 7: Wednesday afternoon (Year7) training ceases until Spring term when the boys will get to choose a new Summer season sport should they wish.

During weeks 5 - 8, all Year 6 & 7 boys may voluntarily come down to Athletics training with the whole school squad and train in a discipline of their choice. This is available Monday through Thursday 3.45pm - 5pm meeting at the Gooch Pavilion. This will be a wonderful opportunity to be mentored by the older Senior School boys, and get some technique training by our coaches leading up the Inter House and Inter School Carnivals. I stress that this is not compulsory but may be advisable should a boy be wishing to make the Inter School squads.


On Thursday 29 August our annual Middle School Athletics Carnival will be held here on the Scotch College Playing Fields and will run from 9.00am - 3.45pm.

This is a participation event and will involve all boys from Years 6 and 7 competing in their Houses. Each student from Years 6 and 7 will compete in NO LESS than six events. These six events will be made up of five field events (Shot, Discus, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Turbo Javelin) and one running event (100m). Boys, if they chose, may compete in other running events and the High Jump event, which is separate from the carnival and on the following days:

Year 6 Thursday 22 August 3.00pm - 5.30pm (approx.) MacKellar Hall

Year 7 Tuesday 27 August 3.40pm - 5.30pm (approx.) MacKellar Hall

Trials have been done during PE lessons to place boys in the following events (800m, 400m, 200m and Hurdles). With limited divisions, the top qualifiers will be placed accordingly.

The final trials for Hurdles will take place on Wednesday 21 August (3.45pm) for Year 7s and on Thursday 22 August (1.30pm) for Year 6s.

Please find the programme of events here

The divisions will be made available in Week 5 on the WIKI https://ishare.scotch.wa.edu.au/groups/jsphysicaleducation/

It is important to note that while we will always do our upmost to stay within the parameters of the allocated timings please ensure that you allow some additional time should you chose to come and watch your son compete.

Boys are to be dressed in their House shirt. Please ensure that boys wear appropriate footwear on the day. Students are permitted to wear spikes for 100m, 200m and 400m only. NO SPIKES for the 800m, 1500m and all field events. Boys are encouraged to run in their shoes at ALL TIMES.


Water bottle

Sunscreen (to be applied prior to coming to school and will also be available in House bays)

Packed morning tea and lunch (please note there are no lunch orders on this day)

Should inclement weather be forecast a decision will be made about whether the carnival will go ahead. In this instance the carnival will be rescheduled for Monday 2 September.

We are all excited and looking forward to what will be a fantastic day. The Middle School Mothers' Auxiliary will be putting on morning tea in addition to our Bakers, Baristas and Waiters who shall be serving coffee.

I look forward to seeing you all.


Lawrence Felgate

Head of Middle School Sport



The Year 6 and 7 Middle School boys have been eagerly awaiting the start of Tuesday Lunchtime Clubs once again this term. This is a wonderful opportunity for the boys to mix with boys from other Year 6 and 7 classes and enjoy activities outside the usual school curriculum. The boys are given time to familiarise themselves with the clubs on offer before going through an online process of choosing their favourite three clubs from an extensive list. They are randomly placed into one of these clubs once their selection is made. With 16 clubs on offer, there is a club to suit every boy.

This is what some of the boys from 7G have to say about Tuesday Lunchtime Clubs:

"I really enjoy Chess Club because it's challenging, fun and I get to meet new boys in Year 6 and 7." Darcy Frazer

"Photography is a great club because it gave me more experience with a camera. We were able to take photos of different events in the Middle School, given time to edit and perfect them to a professional level. I learnt new skills that I can use later in life." Luke Beeson

"The AFL club with Mr Ledger was great! We got to enhance our footy skills and have lots of fun at the same time." Jono Prior

Mrs Pina Giglia

Teacher 7G




Mitchell Evans

For his courteous manner around the Middle School.


Thomas Ward

For a brilliant result in the class poetry analysis.


Max Bath

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Aaron Lamb

For a strong sense of dedication and commitment to the Scotch Youth Voices.


Fletcher Houston

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Nicholas Murphy

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Oliver Purton

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Will Harkin

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Nicholas Murphy

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Will Riekie

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Adam Martin

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Angus Reeves

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Oliver Broun

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Alex Vasilio-Davis

For putting 100% effort into your recent report on the Wheelchair. Great stuff!!


Chris Wheeler

For an outstanding effort on your "Clocks" report. Fantastic to see!


Tom Ambrose

For an outstanding effort on your inventions poster. Brilliant to see!


Bailey Flecker

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Daniel Paganin

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Josh Quartermaine

For contribution to Community Service Club.


George Mitchell

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Aaron Oughtibridge

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Conor Patton

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Joshua Dyson

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Michael Honey

For demonstrating excellent leadership skills during Scotch Youth Voices.


Jordan Bowling

For dedication and commitment within Scotch Youth Voices rehearsals.


Prentice Shepherd

For helping others who were struggling with their focus and work.


Ryan Marley

For a really good work ethic.


Seb Horko

For making a consistent effort.


Sam Eastland

For assistance in Chapel with set up, technical support and pack up each week.


Lachlan Cain

For assistance in Chapel with set up, technical support and pack up each week.


Lachlan Cain

For responsible completion of House Senior Duties.


Josh Croker

For making positive contributions to the Scotch Youth Voices.


Matthew Mandzufas

For being a thoughtful, considerate and helpful young man.


Marcello Torre

For displaying an enthusiastic approach towards all class activities.


Benjamin Parker

For completing classroom tasks efficiently and accurately.


Lachlan Duffy

For displaying improved organisational skills.


Zac Mainwaring

For displaying an outstanding work ethic in the classroom.


Sean Pentony

For demonstrating leadership skills and a strong commitment with the Scotch Youth Voices.


Josh Kerrich

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Nicholas Ashdown

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Harry Unstead

For demonstrating excellent leadership skills during Scotch Youth Voices rehearsals.


Jack Banfield

For demonstrating commitment and actively contributing to the Scotch Youth Voices.


Jack Adams

For dedication and outstanding work with the Scotch Youth Voices.


Conrad Forrest

For outstanding contribution to the Scotch Youth Voices.


Jack Saggers

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Nathan Thomas

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Ted Bentley

For contribution to Community Service Club.


Jack Saggers

For showing perseverance and appreciation for all learning experiences.


Hugo Brown

For showing great organisation and application.


Nick Turich

For excellent application and focus during class.


Harry Gilchrist

For his outstanding application and effort to all tasks.


Sam Johnston

For having the resilience and confidence to be an individual.


Ben Howie

For always trying to challenge himself and extend his learning.


Tom Wippl

For showing a determination to improve his results in Semester 2.


Lincoln Allan

For being a good role model for his peers and often lightening the mood of a room.


Will Smith-Gander

For continuing to work well in class and show many attributes of the Thinker Learner Profile.


Will Smith-Gander

For dedication and commitment to the Scotch Youth Voices rehearsals.



2013 UNSW Science Competition Results

Year 6

Jack Adams High Distinction

Joshua O'Dea High Distinction

Rupert Currie Distinction

Owen Edgar Distinction

Lucas Triglavcanin Distinction

Liam Blok Credit

Digby Few Credit

Luca Fry Credit

Oscar Harold Credit

Ben Olson Credit

Lewis Orr Credit

Benjamin Parker Credit

Max Vaughan Credit

Josh Ziepe Credit

Year 7

Prentice Shepherd High Distinction

Riley Thomas High Distinction

Darcy Frazer Distinction

Harry Penrose Distinction

Peter Stulpner Distinction

Liam Lamont Distinction

Oliver Broun Credit

Maurice Buren Credit

Alexander Comstock Credit

Christopher Kirkwood Credit

Laine Mulvay Credit

Alex Porter-Wilkinson Credit



Thu 29 Aug

MS Inter-House Athletics Carnival 9-3.45pm

Fri 6 Sep

MS Assembly

Thu 12 Sep

JPSSA Inter-School Athletics Carnival 9-2.30pm WA Athletics Stadium

Wed 18 Sep

Bakers, Baristas & Waiters Training

Thu 19 Sep

Bakers Baristas & Waiters Coffee & Muffin Morning 7.30-8.30am

Fri 20 Sep

Bakers Baristas & Waiters Coffee & Muffin Morning 7.30-8.30am

MS Assembly

Mon 23 Sep

Year 7 Singapore Tour departs 7.40am

Year 7 International Immersion Week begins

Wed 25 Sep

Year 6 Dental Screenings

Fri 27 Sep

Year 7 Singapore Tour returns 2.40pm


From the Head of Senior SchoolSenior School


Aim for excellence, not perfection. If failure is the result, remember it's okay to have a laugh at yourself, and to remember that some of the best stories you hear begin in failure. The Scotch community is great because it allows us to risk failure in a relatively safe environment. … The falls you have are some of the best times you will have at school.

Tom Wilson, School Vice-Captain

At a recent assembly, Brad Roberts, Captain of Music shared his experiences of performing on stage. He spoke of being terrified before singing to an audience and having a "stomach exploding with butterflies". As he shared some of his personal stories, including a recent audition for the television show X Factor, we all related to his feelings of nervousness and anticipation. What inspired many of us in the audience was despite these normal feelings of self-doubt and trepidation, Brad steps out onto the stage anyway and gives it his best shot. His message was to have a go. Brad told us not to worry that you may fail, you are doing better than the person sitting next to you who is not even trying. After sharing some of his experiences, Brad then picked up his guitar and sang to the Senior School, an audience of over 1000 people. The long and loud applause at the end said it all.

Lessons such as the one shared with us from Brad Roberts are well known. Many of us understand the importance of having a go, trying something new and making mistakes. Mistakes provide direction and opportunities for improvement. How else will we know what we need to learn? Despite the importance of mistakes, students, and adults, may find it difficult to accept errors as a positive step in the learning process. It can be hard not to perceive comments about our work as being comments about us. We need to let our boys know it's okay to make mistakes. Young people, now more than ever, are less likely to take risks for fear of making a mistake. Many are growing up in an environment where the risk of harm, disappointment or failure is avoided or eliminated. We need to counter society's aversion to risk of failure by planning and creating learning environments where it's okay to try new things, take risks and reflect on mistakes.

Dr Rob McEwan

Head of Senior School





Students currently in Year 11 are invited to apply for the PC Anderson Scholarship or the WR Dickinson Scholarship. The PC Anderson Scholarship was established by the Old Scotch Collegians to commemorate the contribution made by PC Anderson as Headmaster. It is awarded to a boy who is a son or grandson of an OSC.

All other current Year 11 students may apply for the WR Dickinson Scholarship.

The Scholarships are available to boys in Year 11 for their final two years of school and the fees for the successful recipients are adjusted accordingly.

The criteria for both scholarships is based on:

  • Academic ability and performance
  • Leadership qualities and aspirations
  • Interest and success in PSA sports and:
  • Involvement and success in a broad range of co-curricular pursuits.

Students who are interested in applying for either of these Scholarships are requested to collect an information package from the Admissions Office located in Collegians House. The package will not be provided to parents, boys will need to collect the information from Admissions.

All applications should be submitted to the Admissions Office by Monday 12 August at 4.00pm, with interviews being conducted on either Tuesday 27 August or Wednesday 28 August. Please contact Ms Di Moran in Admissions 9383 6809 if you have any queries.



"Now and Then"

Boys who are residents of Cottesloe, Mosman Park or Peppermint Grove are invited to enter this competition. The theme of the award is the life, the land, the people of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park. Boys can write a poem or short story (no more than 2000 words) about their local community and tell the stories of the past or the present. The closing date is 17 August, 2013. Last year we had two prize winners in this competition. See Dr Weeda in the English Department for conditions of entry.



stingray elephants

The Science Department is planning to lead a two-week Expedition from Scotch College to South Africa from 6 December - 19 December 2014 for students who will be 15+ at the time of departure. Below are some preliminary details.

This will be our First Expedition with Operation Wallacea (OpWall), an organisation specialising in biological research programs that operate in some of the most diverse environments in the world.

OpWall has the express aim of aiding the development of effective long-term conservation strategies that benefit both wildlife and local communities. The research is run by large and experienced teams of university academics from a wide range of academic disciplines supported by trained medical staff and qualified and experienced expedition leaders. OpWall is a global institution with a unique ethos, whose program will stretch the potential of students, by expanding horizons through direct and relevant experience. Not so much a holiday as a transformation!

Planning has to begin early, so at this stage the costs and itinerary can only be provisional. The entire cost should fall around $4,300 - $5,000 and will include flights, transport, food, accommodation, insurance, training, the services of Operation Wallacea support staff, medical staff and scientists. We are well aware that cost is often the one factor that inhibits students' and parents' involvement, but we believe that no one should feel excluded on financial grounds. Money-management, with the aim of achieving a long term once in a lifetime goal such as this, is a very valuable life skill in itself. There are several things that can be done and fundraising will form a key focus for the team once it has been formed.

We would like you to make the right choice for your son and appreciate that you will need some time to consider your options before making a firm decision. For more information visit the Operation Wallacea website: www.opwall.com

Places on this Expedition will be limited to around 30 students. Participants may come from all subject areas and are not limited to Biology, Geography or Science students, however, there are clear curriculum links in these areas and students of Biology can use their research in their Year 12 Extended Experimental Investigation or in their IB Diploma. The data gathered can be particularly useful in putting together an IA (internal practical investigation) for students taking the IB Diploma.

We are hosting an evening information session with an academic travelling from the UK head office on Monday, 26 August at 6.00pm. This is a key opportunity for you to hear about the expedition to South Africa and to ask questions.

A clear commitment will be required by around 23 September (exact dates will be confirmed at the information evening), where a non-refundable deposit of $185 can be paid either directly to OpWall, or through the school.

The things students will need most are commitment and a sense of adventure! If you have any questions in advance of the information evening, please feel free to contact me by email or phone: TPIwanowski@scotch.wa.edu.au or 9383 6800. I would also be very grateful if any families who are interested in attending the evening could contact me in the next few weeks, so that I can get an idea of numbers attending.

Tom Iwanowski

Science Teacher



Alex Milligan (Year 10, Brisbane) has been selected to compete in the State Team Age Short Course Swimming Championships in Canberra 18-20 September.

Tom Prior (Year 10, Stuart) competed in the National Schools Water Polo Championship before the holidays. The Western Australian team won for the first time in 32 years, going undefeated throughout the tournament, winning the Gold Medal game 8 goals to 6.

Harrison Wroth (Year 10, Anderson) Jackson Ferri (Year 10, Cameron) Tim Andrew (Year10, Ross) and Trenton Matthews (Year 9, Alexander) have been selected in the Western Australian U15s hockey squad.

Oliver Benson (Year 8, Ross) Oliver Harding (Year 8, Keys) and Alistair Murray (Year 8,Brisbane) have been selected in the Western Australian U13s hockey squad.



This documentation is available upon request from the Headmaster's office. Please send emails through to the Headmaster's Secretary on LMcCoy@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Please allow at least two working days for the document to be prepared.



Tickets are now available for the Middle Years Drama production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, with the season running from Wednesday, 28 August through Friday, 30 August at 7pm, with a family friendly matinee on Saturday, 31 August at 2.30pm. All performances will take place in the Scotch College Dickinson Centre.

The cast is made up of boys in Years 8, 9 and 10 and they have been working tirelessly to adopt the well known characters in this stage adaption of Mark Twain's famous novel. Join Tom Sawyer as he sneaks out of Aunt Polly's house at night, tricks his playmates into white-washing a fence, steals a kiss from Becky Thatcher and takes a stand against the murderous Injun Joe. Together with the street-smart Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer captures the essence of childhood through Twain's memories of time and the vast banks of the Mississippi River.

Tickets are $15/$20 and are available by clicking on the 'book a scotch event' icon at www.scotch.wa.edu.au.

Please direct any ticketing enquiries to: Kathryn Shaw kshaw@scotch.wa.edu.au or Deborah Lee dvlee@scotch.wa.edu.au.



The Year 12 boys have just returned from The La Réunion French Student Exchange - a reciprocal hosting programme for students in Western Australia. It involves a four week hosting period in Australia, in late December of the La Réunion pupils. Australian students spend 4 weeks in La Réunion in July. We are very pleased that it has provided an immense boost to the Year 12s confidence right before their final oral exams!

Applications are now open. Students must start the application process via the website at www.walrse.org. Alternatively please contact Mr Rugg for details, as all senior students of French are recommended to spend at least 3 weeks in a francophone country during their studies.



On Thursday, August 22, there is an information evening for all parents and their sons regarding the Personal Project in 2014. The session will be in the Dickinson Centre and begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Boys and their families who have just been through the process will share their experiences with you and information from the Middle Years Co-ordinator and Personal Project Leader will also be presented. For families who are unable to attend, the evening's presentation will be recorded and the podcast will be able to be viewed the following week. For further information, please contact Kate Taylor via email - kstaylor@scotch.wa.edu.au.



Christ Church Grammar School is holding a free talk next Thursday, 15 August, presented by a team of forensic scientists about their work in our community. It is suitable for students and interested parents. Please see here for more information.



The Athletics season commences on Monday 19 August 2013. The four weeks athletics season is a very short one. It is hoped that all athletes attend as many training sessions as possible.

Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s the team has experienced considerable success because it has been supported by the students of Scotch College. School spirit is created by the commitment and endeavours of its students. In 2011 we won the Alcock Shield by 10 points and repeated the winning performance in 2012. There is enormous athletic talent again this year. However, success will only come with sacrifice, commitment and hard work. The last time Scotch College won three consecutive Alcock Shields for Athletics was in the mid-1960's. This is the goal.

I appreciate that the athletics season falls at a demanding time for our students; with end of year examinations approaching, finals for community sport and development squads. However, if boys are organised with their time and committed to their School they will make it a priority to train with the athletics team. The physical and mental benefits of boys doing athletics are enormous and flow on into any sports they may play.

To accommodate the demands of time on our athletes, there are a large number of trainings available. Please attempt to make at least three training sessions per week.

Week 1 (Week 5 Winter Term)

Monday 19 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Tuesday 20 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Wednesday 21 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Thursday 22 August 2013


Training (running training only)

Friday 23 August 2013


Training (running training only)

Saturday 24 August 2013


Training (running training only)

Week 2 (Week 6 Winter Term)

Monday 26 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Tuesday 27 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Wednesday 28 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Thursday 29 August 2013


Training (All Events)

Friday 30 August 2013

Inter-House Athletics

Saturday 31 August 2013

Inter-House Athletics

Week 3 (Week 7 Winter Term)

Monday 2 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Tuesday 3 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Wednesday 4 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Thursday 5 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Friday 6 September 2013

1.00pm - 5.00pm

Quads Aths Carnival

Saturday 7 September 2013


Week 4 (Week 8 Winter Term)

Monday 9 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Tuesday 10 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Wednesday 11 September 2013


Training (All Events)

Thursday 12 September 2013


Training (Relays only)

Friday 13 September 2013





The Inter-House Athletics will be held Friday 30 August 2013, with a full programme of events commencing 1.00pm to 3.30pm, and then continuing Saturday 31 August 2013, 8.50am to 1.00pm.

The Pipe Band will play as usual on Saturday at lunchtime, and the parade of Houses will begin about 12.30pm, followed by the presentation of the Austin Robertson Cup to the winning House.

Parents are invited to either or both days and we would remind you that this is a compulsory Saturday event for the Senior School students.


Support Groups

PA Annual Golf Day

To all golfers and non-golfers here is a heads up that the PA Annual Golf Day will be held on the 26th August 2013. Further details will be available in the next Thistle.


The Next Parents' Association Open Meeting for 2013 will be held on Tuesday the 10th September 2013 at 7.30pm in the Gooch Pavilion. If you are interested in joining the committee for 2014 then this is an ideal opportunity to observe a meeting and talk to current committee members over a light supper! If you are coming please rsvp to parentsassoc@scotch.wa.edu.au for catering purposes.

Tickets are still available for the Year 11 Parents' Cocktail Function to be held at the Blue Duck on the 16th August 2013. This is always a great evening watching the sun set whilst catching up with other parents and heads of school. Please go to the Book a Scotch Event icon on the school website. For more information contact Raymond Weeda rweeda@tpg.com.au

Then on the 26th August is the Annual Golf Day at Nedlands Golf Club. This is an ideal parent/son event. Form a team of 2 or 4, or book individually and we will allocate you to a team. Light refreshments will be served after the game. Again go to the event icon on the Scotch website for bookings or contact Gordon Stewart for more information gstewart@globaltech.com.au

Susan Kennerly
PA Secretary



The Scotch Soccer Supporters Group invites players from Years 7, 8 and 9 to celebrate the 2013 Scotch Soccer Season.
There will be a sausage sizzle on Wednesday 14 August at 5pm at the Gooch Pavilion for the boys, their coaches and their families.
Sausage in a bun will be free and there will be drinks for sale followed by a presentation by the coaches.
Any parents who would like to help please contact Megan Jefferies 0424450262 or email soccer@scotch.wa.edu.au
We hope your boys have enjoyed their season and look forward to seeing you there.
Soccer Supporters Group


2013 Soccer Dinner & Awards Presentation - Thursday 22 August 2013 - Scotch College Dining Room Annex

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Rugby Dinner and Awards Presentation

A reminder the Year 8 -12 Players and Parents Rugby Dinner and Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday 31 August in the Scotch College Dining Room. Please refer to the invitation in the Thistle for further information.

The Junior Rugby Wind-Up

This will be held at the Gooch on Friday 16th August, 5.30- 7.30. BBQ and drinks for boys and siblings, parents BYO.

Click here for more


The Scotch College Parents' Association invites Year 11 parents

This event is run by the Parents' Association to provide the opportunity for all parents of Year 11 boys to come together for a relaxed and casual evening. As a "standing style" event this is a great way to meet with many parents on the night.

Venue: The Blue Duck Cafe (Function area) 151 Marine Parade Cottesloe

Date: Friday 16th August 2013
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Attire: Smart Casual
Tickets: $35.00 per person
Menu: Cocktail Style (drinks not included) RSVP: Monday 12th August 2013
Enquiries: Raymond Weeda rweeda@tpg.com.au

Drinks will be available to purchase at a cash bar provided by the Blue Duck Cafe

Please don't forget your name badge!

To book please go to the 'Book a Scotch Event' icon on the College website: www.scotch.wa.edu.au


Football DInner

2013 Football Dinner & Awards Presentation - Thursday 29 August 2013 - Scotch College Dining Room

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Community Notices


Learn About Yourself !

As Marcel Proust, a late 19th century novelist wrote: "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes". Volunteer to host an international high school student arriving into Australia in February 2014 through Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and prepare to be amazed at the way this unique and rewarding opportunity helps your family to become closer, to understand themselves better and to see the world in a new light.

Carefully selected students will arrive in February for one term, one semester or two semesters from France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the U.S.A, South America and Japan. They will attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive insurance cover - all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. Visit us at our website www.scce.com.au, email scceaust@scce.com.au or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles, and capture the spirit of family and friendship.



Host Families Needed In January 2014

Experience another culture, make new friends, improve your language studies at home

In January 2014 we will be receiving exchange students from Europe, Japan, the USA and Latin America. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 2 or 10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.

All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a school in your local area and live the life of a local. Our group of students cover a wide variety of interests and hobbies. You can also view some student profiles on our website. Our staff members will be happy to discuss which student might be best suited to a family.

Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit secondary exchange organisation which is registered with education & regulatory authorities in each State and Territory. You can find out more about our organisation by visiting www.studentexchange.org.au.

If you have any questions about hosting an exchange student or would like to view profiles of students arriving from other countries you can call our office on 1300 135 331. No obligation.




Discover Perth on Saturday 20 October with the Rotary Ramble! Raising money for Telethon and The Amanda Young Foundation, Rotary Ramble is an "Amazing Race" style event in which teams of 2-6 people tackle challenges, riddles and puzzles around Perth City armed with only a map and a mobile phone. This is a fun family event suitable for all ages that also supports worthwhile charities. Please visit www.rotaryramble.com for more information; registrations open 9 August.