21 October 2013

Headmasters ReflectionsHeadmaster's Reflections

Welcome back to Spring Term. Given how quickly last term went I have no doubt that this term will appear to disappear before our very eyes.

Week one of this term is always a very poignant and busy one as we held the final assembly for our Year 12 Leavers followed by what was simply an extraordinary turn out at March Out. Of all the staff who have witnessed March Outs throughout the years, Mr Freitag is in a good position to comment on the number of attendees. Assembly saw us with standing room only for the first time and this was followed by the massive turn out at the Memorial Oval and the Gooch Pavilion for what I believe is the most significant day in our calendar. It is significant because it is one of the very few opportunities we get to gather as a whole school. To see our Junior School and Middle School students watching with eyes of aspirant leaders is something to behold. Congratulations to all those involved in making March Out such a special day; in particular to the boys for the way they represented our College.

You will notice that we have reverted back to the old format for Thistle. Although we had requests for our newsletter to have more of a website interface, it simply did not work for most people; including me. We have, therefore, reverted to a document where parents can scroll through the whole newsletter and still select parts if they so desire. Constructive feedback is always welcome at Scotch and I thank those who took the time to forward their feedback last term.

Last week we uploaded our new website. The website is the public face of our College; as such it is one of our major marketing arms through which to share our stories and give prospective families a sense of who we are and for what we stand. For current parents home.scotch.wa.edu.au is the place where you will continue to access most of what you require. This can also be entered via the 'Current Parent' tab on the new site. A web site is not an end point. It is a living and vibrant space that should be enhanced and developed on an ongoing basis. We welcome any ideas from the community as to additions or future enhancements.

Once again welcome back and I wish to extend a special welcome to families who have joined us for the first time. I trust your time at Scotch is filled with life giving moments and great memories.

Dr A J O'Connell

Headmaster

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All School Matters

Reminder to parents to update contact details

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 by Thursday, 24 October, of any changes to:

  • Address, phone number, email address
  • Marital status and/or boy's living arrangements
  • Occupation details
  • Emergency contact details
  • Medical details

This can be done by emailing mail@scotch.wa.edu.au.

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Community and Service

Container for Tanzania

On the Wednesday of the first week of the last holiday break a small group of boys and some parents turned up to help fill a container with the old Middle School furniture - bound for Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. While the response to the appeal for assistance was disappointing, those who came worked very hard indeed to fill a 40 foot container with classroom furniture from 10 or so classrooms. Thanks go to this intrepid group and also to the Maintenance and Grounds staff who set aside their regular work to help finish the job.

Without doubt, this furniture will be gratefully received in Tanzania. Most of it will be used in government schools in Dar es Salaam. However, a substantial amount will travel the six hours from Dar to Matipwili and be placed in the village Primary School that has been renovated and extended by Scotch and PLC over the past three trips. Some classrooms currently have no furniture and students sit on the bare floor. Understanding this prompts reflection on the meaning of privilege and opportunity to think that our boys are about to occupy a truly spectacular teaching and learning space in the new Middle School building.

Swan View Salvation Army Talk

Also during the holidays I had an opportunity to give a talk to a group at the Swan View Salvation Army League. This group of older local residents meets regularly to fundraise for the Salvation Army and other causes. I was invited along to explain the part played by Scotch College in packing and distributing Street Swags to the homeless. The group had raised $200 for the Street Swag programme and I was there to accept the check on behalf of the organization.

While the money will be put to good use to manufacture swags for the homeless - which alone is commendable - it struck me that for this group the generosity was truly outstanding. Most of the members of the Salvation Army group were already giving heavily of their own time to run Salvation Army services for their community and some were caring for disabled or frail family members. Once again this prompts reflection - this time on who in our society provides support for those in need and at what sacrifice to their own lives. I suspect that many of the services aimed at the less fortunate are only able to function because of people like this Swan View Salvation Army group - volunteers who are passionate and humble and who see it as a duty to give back to the wider community no matter how challenging their personal circumstances.

The Scotch Service Framework

The Scotch Service Framework, developed this year, has as its corner-stones four key concepts - Nurture, Inspire, Connect, and Sustain. The model recognizes that most service undertaken by is local - but that we also take part in limited, but important national and international service activities. The framework provides a template for planning service and also to highlight the importance of a service-learning programme within the College. As a school of the Uniting Church, the Christian view of service informs our actions. However, it is important to also focus on the other drivers with clear educational outcomes.

Our boys are very good at nurturing - the aged, disabled, displaced and the young. The boys themselves are nurtured through contact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Many of the stories the boys hear are inspirational - a recent example was the talk given by Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi. The boys are inspired to take action through exposure to different stories.

Our boys are connected to the word in many ways - mostly electronic! However we need to connect to communities through service and create partnerships that deliver tangible outcomes to people who need support. Through establishing links with communities in Cambodia, Tanzania, India and in remote Australia (Jigalong) we can markedly enrich the lives of our boys as well as those of our partners elsewhere.

Our actions need to be sustainable. We have the responsibility of stewardship of the planet and also of ensuring that individuals are balanced and communities wholesome. We need to serve in a sustainable manner with the needs of future generations a central driver.

Service therefore is not peripheral to the main game of education. Rather it provides a central focus and an opportunity for boys to frame their lives, counter the potential for self-absorption and give an outward expression of what is a core value at Scotch.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia

The MS Society runs a number of events each year to fundraise to support people with this degenerative neurological condition. While the Ocean Ride was held last Sunday, the next event will be the 'Dive In' - held at the Melville Aquatic Centre. This is a 10-hour team swim with up to 10 individuals in each team. If any boys or parents would like to know more about this event, please contact Bill Cordner. wjcordner@scotch.wa.edu.au

Friends of Lake Claremont Fundraiser

Every year Tania Young opens her Dalkeith garden to various charities for fundraising purposes. FOLC have been very fortunate to secure 2 sessions on Saturday, 2 November. Morning tea from 10.30 - 12.30 and afternoon tea from 3pm - 5pm. Tickets are $35each. Tania's Garden is set on 5 residential Dalkeith blocks and is one of the finest private gardens in Perth. This garden is simply stunning and it features many beautiful statues and objets d'art as well as a number of beautiful ponds and a working kitchen garden. Please see the attached poster and come check it out!

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Music Department

On Saturday 19 October, 45 Concert Band boys from Year 7-11 together with four Music teachers made the crossing from Fremantle to Rottnest to perform at the 75th Anniversary of the Fremantle Fortress at the Kingstown Barracks on Rottnest Island.

The Concert Band was the only school group invited to perform at the event, and they performed three times during proceedings. Other performers at the event included City Of Cockburn Pipe Band, Highland Pipe Band, and the Air Force Cadets Drum Corp.

The boys enjoyed the sunshine and a sausage sizzle for lunch, experienced re-enactments and plane demonstrations, and learned first hand from veterans about Perth's military history.

This was the first performance outside the Scotch Community for many of the boys. They played with great enthusiasm and were great ambassadors for the school.

Photos will be available soon via the Music Department website by following the link below.

Upcoming events scheduled for next term include:

Music Breakfast for Middle and Senior School Musicians Wednesday 23 October

Strings Soiree Monday 4 November

Junior and Middle School End of Year Concert 8 November

Keyboard Soiree 22 November

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.)

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Evening Indonesian classes at Scotch

Scotch College, in partnership with the Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (BBIP), offers evening Indonesian Beginner Level 1 and 2, and Conversation classes. Spring Term 8-week courses commence on Tuesday 22 October from 6.30-8.30pm and are available to students, staff and parents, as well as members of the wider community.

All lessons are delivered by native speaker instructors from the Balai Bahasa and are held in the Kennedy Block on the Senior Campus. The cost of an eight week course is $191 and includes BBIP membership. Conversation classes are free to all current Scotch College students and staff.

To enrol in any of the Balai Bahasa classes visit: http://www.balaibahasaperth.org and follow the links to the online registration.

For more information about any of the courses please contact Kate Reitzenstein on 9383 6854 or kreitzenstein@scotch.wa.edu.au

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Behaviour Tonics Parenting Courses

We are offering courses in the following -

  • 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Course
  • Bullying - Don't Just Stand There
  • Protective Behaviours and
  • Growing Your Kids Socially (Social skills course for parents of 3-7 year olds).
  • Engaging Adolescents.

For more information see the attached flyer.

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Our College campuses received a timely upgrade thanks to the generous assistance of the Parents Association who had the foresight to see the need for well identifiable waste stations around the school. These products are made of recycled plastic hence reducing their footprint. While are aesthetically pleasing they serve a very specific purpose: reducing Scotch College's waste footprint. Unsurprisingly with anything new, there are a few teething issues with the bins needing to be used effectively. With the right information and proper education every one in our community can make the right choices. Boys need to put any recyclable product (such as empty plastic bottles, milk cartons, cardboard, paper or aluminium cans) into the yellow bins. All other general waste (such as food, glad wrap and metallic or flimsy plastic packaging) should go in the red bin. The same concept has been introduced in the library. The attached pictures illustrate this in more detail. A little common sense is needed to make this work and every student's contribution in respecting our campus is not only appreciated, but very much expected of a Scotch boy.

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Uniform Shop

Year 7 Boys

Your son will have most of the uniform required for Year 8, but to avoid congestion and long queues in the Uniform Shop at this busy time of year, we encourage you to make an appointment. Please email huntih@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6838 to set up a suitable time during Spring Term. Appointments for current Year 7's moving to the Senior school will only be taken for this term. Appointments are not available in January 2014 for boys who are already at the school.

Year 12 Blazers

The Year 12 blazers have arrived in the Uniform Shop. There are a limited number of blazers per size. Because of the unknown nature of the overall size of Year 12 boys and to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you come in for sizing ASAP. We recommend that a parent or guardian accompany the boy when purchasing.

Cricket Helmets

Before you purchase a new batting helmet, please be aware the Uniform Shop sells maroon Masuri cricket helmets to identify Scotch College batsmen.

Opening Times

Tuesdays 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

Thursday 7.30 am - 11.30 am

Fridays 7.30 am - 11.30 am

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STS Student Exchange

Student Exchange

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Parent Evening with Donna Cross at PLC

On the 29 October, Donna Cross is the Professor of Child and Adolescent Health in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University and Founding Director of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre is talking about Bullying that follows you home and further: what can be done to protect young people? This is a free event, click here to download the flyer.

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PLC Open Garden Day

Celebrate Spring by taking a tour of seven magnificent private gardens in Peppermint Grove for the annual PLC Open Garden Day on Friday 1 November in support of Presbyterian Ladies' College. The famous PLC Pipe Band and other School Music ensembles will provide entertainment and the popular Markets and Garden Café will be back to purchase homemade cakes, preserves, flowers, handmade crafts, second-hand books and more. All gardens are within walking distance of the School and a free bus will also be available to shuttle visitors between the properties.

What: PLC Open Garden Day
When: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm, Friday 1 November
Where: Seven private gardens near Presbyterian Ladies' College, 14 McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove
Cost: $20 adults, $10 pensioners, children under 16 free. Tickets available online at http://www.trybooking.com/DPVV or can be purchased on the day.

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Head of Junior SchoolJunior School

Being Open-Minded

What does it mean to be truly open-minded? This can be very difficult. As adults we develop our values over the course of our lives and usually surround ourselves with people who share these values. Being open to other people's values, especially when they are different from our own, can be challenging and requires a risk taking attitude and a degree of courage.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation defines open-mindedness as "critically appreciating our own culture and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. Seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and being willing to grow from the experience." (IBO MTPYPH)

The benefits of being open-minded are numerous. It allows you to experience new ideas and thoughts and to challenge the beliefs you currently have. It provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your values and possibly change them. In accepting to have an open-mind, you also accept you do not know everything and that there are thing you may not have considered.

A key aspect of an open-minded approach to life and learning is the willingness to make mistakes. By opening your perspective to those of others you try to walk in their sandals and see things from their point of view. This can also assist you to reflect and recognise some mistakes you make have made and misconceptions you may have had.

The experience of being open-minded allows us to learn and develop. We can build upon what we have experienced by adding the perspective of others. This openness and learning can develop a new level of confidence in us and help us to grow.

Through the PYP we offer the boys many opportunities to see and discuss many different perspectives. We try to share with them experiences and points of view they may not normally encounter. We believe this opens their minds and assists them in developing a deeper understanding of concepts and produces a worldview. However, this is not always an easy thing to do. We firmly believe the effort involved is worth it in the long run as there are great benefits for our boys, or anyone, viewing the world with an open-mind.

(positvelypresent.com)

John Stewart

Head of Junior School

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Important Dates to Remember

Date

Event

Location

Time

Monday 21 October

Junior School Co-Curricular commences

Wednesday 23 October

Constable Care Incursion

MacKellar Hall

Years 1-3 12.30pm-1.15pm

Years 4-5 2.15pm-3.00pm

Wednesday 23 October

Ipads in the Junior School

MacKellar Hall

6.00pm-7.00pm

Thursday 24 October

JPSSA v CCGS

Various

1.30pm-3.00pm

Friday 25 October

Grandparents Day

Junior School

Years 1-3 11.30am-1.30pm

Years 4-5 1.30pm-3.00pm

Thursday 31 October

JPSSA Year 4 Basketball

CCGS

1.30pm-2.30pm

Thursday 31 October

JPSSA v GGS

Various

1.30pm-3.00pm

Friday 1 November

Junior School Orientation Morning

Junior School

8.30am-11.15am

Tuesday 5 November

Year 5 2014 Captaincy Speeches

MacKellar Hall

2.00pm-3.00pm

Wednesday 6 November

*Spelling Bee

Perth College

5.00pm

Thursday 7 November

JPSSA v TC

Various

1.30pm-3.00pm

Friday 8 November

Junior School Assembly (1W)

MacKellar Hall

2.00pm-3.00pm

Friday 8 November

JS/MS Music Concert

Memorial Hall

7.00pm - 8.30pm

*For selected students only

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UNSW Mathematics Competition

In Winter Term selected boys in Years 3 - 5 completed the UNSW Mathematics Competition. We would like to congratulate the following students who attained outstanding results:

Year 3

High Distinction - Hugh Fellows-Smith

Distinction - Alex Bateman

Distinction - Horry Foster

Distinction - Sean Palmer

Year 4

Distinction - Felix Clark

Distinction - Fraser Davis

Distinction - Xavier Dry

Distinction - Harry Frodsham

Distinction - Patrick Johnston

Distinction - Alexander Kennedy

Distinction - Matthew Kerfoot

Distinction - Jacob Lewis

Distinction - Alexander Melville

Distinction - Dylan Palmer

Year 5

Distinction - Rory Bruce

Distinction - Jesse Coughlan

Distinction - Adam Darley

Distinction- Ronnie Fellows-Smith

Distinction - Julian Kyriakou

High Distinction - William Reeves

Distinction - Jonathan Turney

Distinction - Cooper van Rooyen

These boys will be presented with their certificates at the next Junior School Assembly on Friday 8 November at 2.00pm in MacKellar Hall.

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Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP emphasises the development of five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. Ideally, responsible student-initiated action comes as a result of the learning process. It may be an extension of students' learning or it may have a wider social impact. The PYP action model allows students the opportunity to choose to act, decide on their actions and then reflect, in order to make a difference.

This action will extend the student's learning or it may have a wider social impact and will clearly look different within each age range.

At Scotch Junior School we strive to provide the boys with the opportunity and the power to choose to act, to decide on their actions and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference in and to the world.

Kathy Derrick

Deputy Head of Junior School - Curriculum

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4C News

The 4C boys are enjoying our new unit of inquiry, 'How the world works'. Our central idea is, 'Inventions evolve when needs and opportunities stimulate creativity'. The boys have been learning about different inventions and have examined the impact that they have had on mankind. They were lucky to have the very talented Imogen Mirmikidis visit and speak about her own invention, 'Hurphy Durphy'. The boys were very interested to discover the cause of this invention and the impact it has had on children's safety. They have also written an autobiography and will be writing a biography about an inventor of their choice. The boys have worked extremely well and are looking forward to the remainder of Spring Term.

Olivia Creagh

Year 4 Teacher

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Art News

There was excitement in the Google office this week as the judges, Bronwyn Bancroft, Professor Chris Turney and Lyn McGrath had the challenging task of selecting the 32 state and territory winners in the 2013 Doodle4Google Competition.

It is my pleasure to announce that James Mahaffy (3D) has been chosen as one of the winners in the Years 1 - 3 category. From thousands of school entries nationally, James is one of eight finalists in his category. This is an exceptional honour and acknowledges Jame's fantastic artistic talent.

James is an exceptional drawer with much creative ability. This year he has already been a finalist in The Shaun Tan Award, having his designs selected and printed onto Oz Design boardshorts, sold commercially, amongst many other accolades for his artistic talents.

The school will receive a printed copy of the doodle and James's doodle will be available on the website for Australia to vote on their favourite doodle in each age group. To vote visit http://www.google.com.au/doodle4google from Monday 14 October to Monday 21 October, 9am AEDT - Midnight AEDT.

I encourage everyone in the Scotch community to support James by voting online for your favourite doodle logo. Good luck James!

Karen Sabitay

PYP Visual Arts

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The long-awaited sunshine has put the spring in our step as we are well and truly into full swing. The boys have many rehearsals planned in the lead up to the many performances scheduled for the term. With this in mind, can I please ask that boys in the Junior School Vocal Ensemble continue their diligence and arrive on time at our regular Friday morning rehearsal and any additional rehearsals.

Phebe Samson

Performing Arts Teacher

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Friendly Schools and Familes


Understanding Discipline

Discipline encourages children to take responsibility for their own online and offline behaviour.

What happens at school?

Our school has policies that address the behavioural expectations of students. These plans are designed to encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions and develop self-discipline. These policies inform families, teachers and students of what is expected and outlines rewards for positive and consequences for poor behaviour.

What can families do?

By working in conjunction with the school, families can provide their children with consistent expectations and boundaries both at school and at home.

  • Set consistent, firm limits and rules. Children like to know where they stand. This includes limits and rules around internet use. When family rules are set ask your children to tell you the rules in their own words.
  • Be consistent with consequences and rewards.
  • Acknowledge positive behaviour.
  • Model desired behaviours to your children.
  • Supervise your children so you know where they are and what they are doing. This also applies when they are online.
  • Become familiar with your school's behavioural policies so your children can see that you are actively involved. 
Show lots of love and affection. You are the most important person in your child's life and your time and attention is the most powerful reward you can give them.

Warwick Norman

Friendly Schools and Families Coordinator

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French News

In Spring Term the Year 3 boys will make meaningful connections to the 'How we express ourselves' unit of inquiry. We have started inquiring into La Francophonie, an international organisation representing French speaking countries and culture. This will enable the boys to recognise that French is spoken in many countries all over the world, including a large proportion in Africa. We will be viewing and studying stories and fables from countries including Senegal, Haiti and Mali. The stories will be a platform from which to delve into different cultures around the world which have the French language in common.

Madame Edwards

French Specialist

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Physical Education News

Welcome back to what will be a short but very busy term in the Junior School. JPSSA sport has commenced and the boys are playing Cricket, Basketball, Tennis, Water Polo or taking part in fun and dynamic Jungle Gym lessons. Year 4 boys are eagerly awaiting their JPSSA Basketball Carnival, which will be hosted by Christ Church at the State Basketball Centre. A reminder to everyone now the weather is heating up that we are a Sun Smart school and all boys must wear hats during their PE and Sport lessons.

Jason Caniglia

Head of Junior School Physical Education

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Junior School Resource Centre

Hello from the Library. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the Libraries of Scotch College have rolled-out the new Overdrive Digital Library System. Years 1 to 4 students will need to have their parents log them in under their username and password and they are only to read the juvenile readers. The Year 5 students can log in under their own username and password but will also only be able to access the juvenile readers and audio books.

Two words of advice I would like to pass on to you would be:

1. Have a go at downloading a book with your son this week so that you know how the program runs and what choices are currently available.

2. If using an ipad or computer, limit the time spent reading on these as they may have negative heath implications if used for long periods of time.

Ideally I would recommend using paper books for daily reading and digital books less frequently, or for short periods of time. Audio books are great to use in the car or whilst your son is reading his paper book; have the audio book reading along with him so that he can build on his vocabulary and read more challenging text.

To access the collection enter through the I Library tab on the HOME.SCOTCH Home Page, click on the Overdrive icon before following the prompts listed below:

  • The first time you download an eBook or audiobook to a device you will be prompted to either enter an existing Adobe ID or to create a new one.
  • If you do not already have an Adobe ID there will be a link that takes you to the Adobe website to create one.
  • Once the ID is successfully created you can return to Adobe Digital Editions or Overdrive and enter your Adobe ID (email address) and password to authorise the device.

Again any feedback on this new service would be greatly appreciated and can be sent by email to library@scotch.wa.edu.au

Warwick Norman

Junior School Teacher Librarian

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Excellence Awards

The following awards will be announced at Assembly on Friday 8 November:

Year 1

Karl Evans

Jamie Jones

Thor Leckie

Callum Loughnane

Beau Povey

Year 2

Fletcher McIntosh

Year 3

Pablo Munoz-Morillo

Henry Vaughan

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From the Head of Middle SchoolMiddle School

An Historic Moment in Middle School History

It was a history-making day in Middle School last Tuesday with the opening of the new Middle School building to students. The excitement was tangible with the hidden curves of the building, the two levels and the coloured carpets leading boys on an exciting trail of discovery and exclamation. It is fair to say the Middle School teachers were in a similar state of excitement and discovery when they were given access the week before to move in.

For the last four years we have been designing, creating and building a Middle School culture, defining our purpose, establishing an ethos and a set of practices that best meets the learning and development needs for young adolescent boys. This week we were able to match that philosophy with a building that supports this goal. I look forward to showing the building to you over the coming term. From our second level of the new building we will have ringside seats to first watch the demolition and then the development of Phase Two; our new Library, Gallery, Multipurpose and Art rooms.

Spring Term News and Reminders

Summer Uniform is expected from the commencement of Week 2. A "no hat no play in the sun" policy has come into force for this term and this will continue in Summer Term next year. Summer sport fixtures have commenced and a hat is vital for each sport, to wear when playing sport and also to wear when moving to and from venues or between games.

Cricket Bags: It is not necessary for boys to bring their own gear to cricket; we have the capacity to supply all that a boy will require. However, for those boys that wish to bring their own gear, this will be stored and accessed from the basement of MacKellar Hall. Bags need to be delivered and stored before 8.30am, after this the door will be shut. It will be opened up at lunchtime for sport and after school for training.

Access to Middle School

We will continue to live with a building program for another three terms and at times parking, pick up and drop off will be difficult. There is no vehicle entry or parking off Saunders Street. This is a trades and deliveries entry only. Our main vehicle entry and exit is via Stirling Road, with set down at MacKellar Hall. I am hoping that with the Shenton Road Underpass and the relocation of our Cross Walk Attendant more boys will be able to catch the train to school and walk across campus.

Richard Ledger

Head of Middle School

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Important Dates

Mon 21 Oct

Year 6BG Lancelin Camp departs

MS Orientation Day

Wed 23 Oct

Year 7L Sailing Programme

Year 6O Lancelin Camp departs

Year 6BG Lancelin Camp returns

Thu 24 Oct

Year 7L Sailing Programme

Fri 25 Oct

Year 6O Lancelin Camp returns

Mon 28 Oct

Year 6M Lancelin Camp departs

Year 7T Sailing Programme

Tue 29 Oct

Year 7T Sailing Programme

Wed 30 Oct

Year 6C Lancelin Camp departs

Year 6M Lancelin Camp returns

Fri 1 Nov

MS Assembly

Year 6C Lancelin Camp returns

Mon 4 Nov

Year 7W Sailing Programme

Tue 5 Nov

Year 7W Sailing Programme

Wed 6 Nov

Year 6BG Allwell & Associates Testing for Year 7 2014

Thu 7 Nov

State Schools Triathlon Championships

Fri 8 Nov

State Schools Triathlon Championships

JS/MS Christmas Music Concert, Memorial Hall 7pm

Mon 11 Nov

Year 7PG Sailing Programme

Tue 12 Nov

Year 7PG Sailing Programme

Fri 15 Nov

MS Assembly

Year 7 Family Camp 15-17 November, Footprints at Preston Beach. Phone 9739 1111 to book.

Fri 29 Nov

MS Assembly

Thu 5 Dec

Year 7 Breakfast, Chapel 7am

MS Speech Night, DC 6.30pm

Term Concludes

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WSG- Wood, Sand and Galvanised Iron

As the title states, these are the ingredients that make up interesting and exciting Year 6 Design and Technology classes. Over the year there are six groups of Year 6 students who work with these media to make 'Wooden Pen Holders', 'Sand Model Vehicles' and 'Metal Spinners'. Each group has 12 weeks to finish these tasks. These boys leave the comfort of their classroom and enter a new and challenging environment - the D&T Workshop. For many boys it is the first time that they will use a drill press, tenon saw, tin snips or an engineering square. Other boys may have already have had some workshop experience from their brothers, fathers and grandfathers. Safety however is a priority for all students and staff and so each group has to complete a 'Safety Induction Worksheet' and sign a 'Safety Agreement' together with their parents before they are allowed to use any tools or equipment.

An excursion to Swanbourne Beach gives students the opportunity to work in small groups to build a 'Sand Model Vehicle' based on their own design. It is not only a great team building exercise, but also the highlight of the course. The sentimental favorite is, however, the 'Metal Spinner' which is the last task that also marks the end of the 12-week course. All task related materials including videos, pictures and work samples can be accessed through the Year 6 D&T WIKI created to support students in their learning and inform parents about their sons' hands-on experiences in this course. Without a doubt this course has one thing in common with all other classes taught at Scotch - it prepares boys for life.

Michael Hess

Year 6 Design &Technology Teacher


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Excellence Awards

7.1S

Sean Szalek

For his conscientious attitude in English.

7.5W

Bryson Lee

For a huge improvement in all areas of literacy.

7.6G

Will Brady

For his consistently conscientious attitude in English.

6.1BG

Liam Lisewski

For maintaining an excellent attitude to his work in English. Well done.

6.4M

Nick Turich

For approaching all tasks with endeavour and focus.

6.4M

Jack Avery

For working towards his personal best.

6.4M

Sam Johnston

For his endeavour to do well and achieve his personal best.

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From the Head of Senior SchoolSenior School

Start of New Academic Year

What a way to start the new academic year. On Wednesday of last week the incoming Year 11 and Year 12 students attended a two-day conference at Scotch. The programme commenced with Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, speaking to the boys about his own journey. His messages were inspiring. He spoke about being a refugee in Australia as a 12 year old, arriving without any possessions and unable to speak English. The challenges were immense and the people he encountered along the way shaped his own resolve to give generously and advocate strongly for others. Akram is a dedicated mentor to young Indigenous people in remote and rural Western Australia and is also mentoring a Special Olympics athlete to help raise community awareness of disability issues.

While the incoming Year 11 and 12 boys were thinking about the year ahead, our graduating Year 12 group was thinking about the year just gone. Our final assembly with the graduating Year 12s was very much a celebration of their achievements and contribution. The assembly was followed with House meetings where the boys in each House thanked and wished their respective Year 12s well for the examinations and their future pathways. The highlight of the day was easily the March Out in front of a large crowd of family and friends at the Gooch Pavilion. To watch our Year 12s march with pride, the Pipe Band once again performed brilliantly and the rest of the School community warmly farewell the Year 12s, made for an emotional occasion felt by many proud parents and staff at Scotch College.


Dr Rob McEwan

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Student Leaders for 2013/2014

Captain of School Lach Pethick Alexander House

Co-Vice Captain of School (Operations) Charlie Grant Shearer House

Co-Vice Captain of School (Service) Riley Aitken Cameron House

Head of Student Council Julian Sanders Anderson House

HOUSE CAPTAINS

Alexander Daniel Coughlan

Anderson James Simpson

Brisbane Daniel Gagiero

Cameron Nick Steinepreis

Ferguson Matthew Nixon

Keys Oliver Pope

Ross Charlie Benson

St Andrews James Walsh

Shearer Reece Grant

Stuart Jack Varney

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Boys' Achievements

Tim Andrew (Year 10, Ross) has been selected for the WA U/15 state hockey team. He went to Darwin during the holidays.

Alex Milligan (Year 10, Brisbane) recently represented WA in the National Short Course Swimming Championships in Canberra. He won 3 gold medals (best in Australia for his age). including gold in the 4 x 100 Medley relay, the 100 and 200m breaststroke events. In the 200 he broke the previous meet record by an astounding 2 seconds. He also finished 3rd in the 200 Individual Medley, and 4th in the 50m breaststroke. Many of his events he completed in personal best times.

Charlie Grant (Year 11, Shearer) has been selected in the State Under 16 Rugby side and competed in the National Championships in Sydney during the first week of the school holidays.

Scholarships

PC Anderson: James Walsh (Year 11, St Andrews)

WR Dickinson: Reece Grant (Year 11, Shearer)

Two Year 12 Literature students' work has been recognized as worthy of publication in the poetry anthology Primo Lux. We congratulate Mitchell McTavish (Ross) and Alex Weeda (Shearer) on this achievement. They have been asked to read their poetry aloud at the launch of the anthology in late October.

Long Tan Leadership and teamwork award, from ADF

The ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community and who display strong values, such as doing one's best, respect for others and "mateship", that are integral to Australian society.

The establishment of the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards is an important initiative by the Australian Government designed to encourage senior students, tomorrow's leaders, to actively participate in the life of their schools and local communities.

The winners of this prestigious award for 2013 are:

Conor Hey (Year 12, Ross) and Benjamin Harding (Year 10, Stuart)

ATHLETICS MEDALLIONS 2013:

Presentations of medallions to Champion boys:

U/13: Peter Stulpner (Year 7)

U/14: Callum Jacobsen (Year 8, St Andrews)

U/15: Julien Walker (Year 9, Cameron)

U/16: Grant Szalek (Year 10, Ross)

U/17: Jackson Fong (Year 11, Shearer)

Open: Alain Dutton (Year 12, Brisbane) and Douglas Foulkes-Taylor (Year 12, Keys)

Debating Positions for 2014:

Captain of Debating Julian Sanders

Vice Captain of Debating Matthew Nixon (Ferguson)

Music Position for 2014:

Captain of Music Patrick Mitchell (Brisbane)

MUSIC - Winner of the Upson Award - Harry Josland (Year 12 Anderson)

Pipe Band Positions for 2014:

Pipe Major Riley Aitken (Cameron)

Drum Major Nick Steinepreis (Cameron)

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Colours and Honours Winter Term

ATHLETICS COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Fong

Jackson

11

Shearer

Football 13

Gagiero

Daniel

11

Brisbane

Athletics 10 Rowing 13

Grant

Charlie

11

Shearer

Waterpolo 12 13 Comm Serv Rugby 13

Jungstedt

Oscar

11

Brisbane

Comm Serv 13

Lee

Jordan

11

Ferguson

Rowing Rugby 13

Murphy

Ryan

11

St Andrews

Football 12 13

Palmer

Kalle

11

Shearer

Comm Serv 13

Wang

Kelvin

11

Ross

Soccer 12 13

Boulden

William

12

St Andrews

Athletics 09 10 12 Cross Country 10 Sailing 10 11 12 13 Swimming 13

Clarke

Jackson

12

St Andrews

Athletics Comm Serv 12 Basketball 12 13 Academic Football Swimming 13

Dutton

Alain

12

Brisbane

Cross Country 10 Athletics 11 12 Comm Service Rugby 13

Edwards

Tim

12

Anderson

Athletics Football 12 Academic Comm Serv Football 13

Flexman

Adrian

12

Shearer

Athletics 12 Academic W'shop Academic 13 Football 12 13

Foulkes-Taylor

Douglas

12

Keys

Athletics 12 Cross Country 09 10 12 13

Mitaros

Tas

12

St Andrews

Soccer 12 13

Nasir

Aman

12

Stuart

Basketball 12 13 Soccer 13

Triglavcanin

Alexander

12

St Andrews

Comm Serv 12 Soccer 12 13

Mello

Campbell

12

St Andrews

Hockey 11 Football Basketball 12 13

NEW COLOURS

Burvill

Andrew

8

Shearer

Feely

Carlin

8

Brisbane

Grant

Max

8

Alexander

Jacobsen

Callum

8

St Andrews

Bennett

Josh

10

Brisbane

Greyling

Ruan

10

Brisbane

Millen-MacDonald

Dean

11

Cameron

Williamson

Rupert

12

Brisbane

HONOURS

Dutton

Alain

12

Brisbane

Foulkes-Taylor

Douglas

12

Keys

ACADEMIC WORKSHOP COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Varney

Jack

11

Stuart

Cross Country 13

Edwards

Tim

12

Anderson

Athletics Football 12 13 Academic Comm Serv Football 13

Flexman

Adrian

12

Shearer

Athletics 12 Academic 13 Football 12 13

Gooch

George

12

Keys

Pipe Band 12

Pinardi

Jonathan

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Chamber Music Ens Music Jazz/Cont 12 Badminton Tennis 12 13

Pluske

Rob

12

Shearer

Drama 11 12 Comm Service 12 Badminton Cricket 13

Tole

Andrew

12

Brisbane

Debating Music Ens 12

CHESS COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Weeda

Alex

11

Shearer

Chess 12

Lilburne

Jordan

12

Stuart

Athletics Chess 12

Mitchell

Cameron

12

Keys

Chess Comm Service 12

NEW COLOURS

Bruce

Sam

12

Cameron

COMMUNITY SERVICE COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Andrew

Jeremy

12

Ross

Water Polo 11 12 13 Rugby 12 Football 13

MacLeod

Will

12

Shearer

Hockey 12 13

NEW COLOURS

Dunkeld

Jack

12

Keys

HONOURS

Barblett

Michael

12

Stuart

DEBATING COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Barblett

Charles

9

Stuart

Debating 12

Jones

Zachary

9

Brisbane

Debating 12

Mills

Charlie

9

Stuart

Debating 12

Warman

Angus

9

Brisbane

Debating 12

Hanlin

Mac

10

Stuart

Debating 12

Sanders

Julian

11

Anderson

Rugby 13

Bean

Jonty

12

Cameron

Debating 12 Comm Serv 13

Ehlers

Kip

12

Brisbane

Drama 11 12, Comm Serv Debating 12

O'Donnell

Tim

12

Anderson

Comm Serv 12

NEW COLOURS

Kailis

Michael

8

Ross

Vanderzanden

Bailey

8

Ferguson

Weeda

Lewis

8

Shearer

Akindele-Obe

Hugo

9

Alexander

HONOURS

Bean

Jonty

12

Cameron

O'Donnell

Tim

12

Anderson

DRAMA COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Kirkby

Matthew

11

Ross

Drama 12

Murray

Fraser

11

Brisbane

Rugby 13

Thompson

Ralph

11

Alexander

Sailing 10 Comm Serv 13

Ehlers

Kip

12

Brisbane

Drama 11 12, Comm Serv 12 Debating 12 13

Foulkes-Taylor

Douglas

12

Keys

Athletics 12 13 Cross Country 09 10 12 13

Goodlet

Harry

12

Cameron

Drama 12

Haslam

Oliver

12

Stuart

Drama 12 Tennis 12 13

Pluske

Rob

12

Shearer

Drama 11 12 Comm Service 12 Academic W'shop Badminton Cricket 13

Tole

Andrew

12

Brisbane

Debating Music Ens 12 Academic W'shop 13

Williamson

Rupert

12

Brisbane

Academic Athletics 13

NEW COLOURS

Barrymore

Marshall

10

Brisbane

Goyder

William

10

Ross

McIntosh

Cameron

10

St Andrews

D'Arcy

Tom

11

Keys

Langsford

Harrison

11

Alexander

Shepherd

Harrison

11

Alexander

Lorian

Tim

12

Cameron

MUSIC ENSEMBLE WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Bartlett

Robert

11

Shearer

Water Polo 13

Kirkby

Matthew

11

Ross

Drama 12 13

Sanders

Julian

11

Anderson

Debating Rugby 13

Au

Tedrick

12

Alexander

Music Ens 12

Gauntlett

Timothy

12

Anderson

Comm Service Music Chamb 12 Music/Ens 12 13

Geeson

Alexander

12

Ferguson

Music Jazz/Cont Music/Ens 12 Rugby 13

Josland

Harry

12

Anderson

Music Ensemble 11 12 Music Jazz/Cont 12 Leadership 13

Pinardi

Jonathan

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Chamber Music Ens Music Jazz/Cont 12 Badminton Tennis 12 13 Academic W'shop Leadership 13

Roberts

Brad

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Ens Music Jazz/Cont 12 Swimming 12 13 Leadership 13

Tole

Andrew

12

Brisbane

Debating Music Ens 12 Academic W'shop Drama Leadership 13

NEW COLOURS

Mitchell

Patrick

11

Brisbane

MUSIC (JAZZ) COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Bartlett

Robert

11

Shearer

Music/Ens Water Polo 13

Kirkby

Matthew

11

Ross

Drama 12 13 Music/Ens 13

Mitchell

Patrick

11

Brisbane

Music/Ens 13

Geeson

Alexander

12

Ferguson

Music Jazz/Cont 12 Music/Ens 12 13 Rugby 13

Josland

Harry

12

Anderson

Music/Ens 11 12 13 Music Jazz/Cont 12 Leadership 13

Pinardi

Jonathan

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Chamber Music Jazz/Cont 12 Badminton Music/Ens Tennis 12 13 Academic W'shop Leadership 13

Roberts

Brad

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Jazz/Cont 12 Music/Ens Swimming 12 13 Leadership 13

NEW COLOURS

Olivares

Nicolas

11

St Andrews

PIPE BAND COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Barrymore

Marshall

10

Brisbane

Drama 13

Aitken

Riley

11

Cameron

Pipe Band 12

Buchanan

Lewis

11

Anderson

Rugby 13

Cross

Erlend

11

Shearer

Comm Serv Volleyball 13

Washington

Harry

11

Keys

Pipe Band 12

Wiffen

Harry

11

Anderson

Pipe Band 12 Cross Country 12 13

Dean

Jonathan

12

Alexander

Comm Serv 12 Cricket Leadership 13

Gooch

George

12

Keys

Pipe Band 12 Academic W'shop Leadership 13

Lolev

Alex

12

Keys

Pipe Band 11 12 Volleyball 13

Murdoch

Henry

12

Keys

Pipe Band 11 12 Football 13

Paganin

Benjamin

12

Shearer

Comm Service Pipe Band 12 Leadership 13

Paganin

Luke

12

Shearer

Comm Service Pipe Band 12 Leadership 13

NEW COLOURS

Donnelly

Hayden

10

Shearer

Duke

Lachlan

10

Stuart

Flecker

Dylan

10

St Andrews

Graham

David

10

Alexander

Tesser

Charlie

10

Ferguson

Steinepreis

Nick

11

Cameron

Ramsay

Benjamin

12

Ross

Stacey

Benjamin

12

Keys

HONOURS

Lolev

Alex

12

Keys

Gooch

George

12

Keys

SAILING COLOURS WINTER 2013

NEW COLOURS

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

McMurtrie

Conor

10

Shearer

SURFING COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Andrew

Jeremy

12

Ross

Water Polo 11 12 13 Rugby 12 Comm Serv Football 13

Eastaugh

Louis

12

Stuart

Surfing 12

LEADERSHIP COLOURS WINTER 2013

SURNAME

PREFERRED

YEAR

HOUSE

PREVIOUS COLOURS

Barblett

Michael

12

Stuart

Comm Serv 12

Bean

Jonty

12

Cameron

Debating 12 13 Comm Serv 13

Boulden

William

12

St Andrews

Athletics 09 10 12 13 Cross Country 10 Sailing 10 11 12 13 Swimming 13

Cairns

Matthew

12

Ferguson

Football 12 13 Comm Serv 13

Clarke

Jackson

12

St Andrews

Comm Serv 12 Athletics Basketball 12 13 Academic Football Swimming 13

Dean

Jonathan

12

Alexander

Comm Serv 12 Cricket 13

Dutton

Alain

12

Brisbane

Cross Country 10 Athletics 11 12 13 Comm Service Rugby 13

Edwards

Tim

12

Anderson

Athletics Football 12 13 Academic W/shop Academic Comm Serv 13

Fernandez

Nic

12

Cameron

Rowing 13

Flexman

Adrian

12

Shearer

Academic W'shop Academic 13 Athletics Football 12 13

Giddy

James

12

St Andrews

Comm Serv 13

Gooch

George

12

Keys

Pipe Band 12 Academic W'shop 13

Gorter

Tom

12

Keys

Football 12 13 Volleyball 13

Greenland

Lachlan

12

Ferguson

Comm Serv 12 Hockey 12 13

Hey

Conor

12

Ross

Cross Country 10 12 Comm Serv 12 Basketball 12 13

Josland

Harry

12

Anderson

Music Ensemble 11 12 Music Jazz/Cont 12

Livingstone

Yannick

12

Anderson

Basketball 11 12 13 Soccer 13

MacLeod

Will

12

Shearer

Hockey 12 13 Comm Serv 13

McGeoch

George

12

Ferguson

Hockey 12 13

Mellor

Campbell

12

Stuart

Hockey 11 Football Basketball 12 13 Athletics 13

O'Donnell

Tim

12

Anderson

Comm Serv 12 Debating 13

Paganin

Benjamin

12

Shearer

Comm Service Pipe Band 12

Paganin

Luke

12

Shearer

Comm Service Pipe Band 12

Pinardi

Jonathan

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Chamber Music Ens Music Jazz/Cont 12 Badminton Tennis 12 13 Academic W'shop 13

Pluske

Rob

12

Shearer

Drama 11 12 13 Comm Service 12 Academic W'shop Badminton Cricket 13

Proud

Ruben

12

Cameron

Basketball 13

Roberts

Brad

12

Alexander

Comm Service Music Ens Music Jazz/Cont 12 Swimming 12 13

Shackles

Samuel

12

Keys

Football 12 13

Sullivan

Joseph

12

Ross

Rugby 13

Tole

Andrew

12

Brisbane

Debating Music Ens 12 Academic W'shop Drama 13

Webster

Scott

12

St Andrews

Badminton 11 12 Tennis 11 12 13 Soccer 13

Williamson

Rupert

12

Brisbane

Academic Athletics Drama 13

Wilson

Tom

12

Shearer

Comm Service 12 Swimming 13

Yin

Andrew

12

Alexander

Rugby 12 13

NEW COLOURS

Sheridan

Thomas

12

Ross

HONOURS

Dutton

Alain

12

Brisbane

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Finishing Year 10


At the end of last term, the Year 10 boys proudly stood by their Personal Projects which completely filled the Dickinson Centre this year. The evening was well attended by parents, other family members and friends who were impressed and delighted by the level of maturity of learning represented by the varied projects. Dr McEwan opened the event and for the full two hours of the Showcase, visitors did their best to take in as many projects as they could. Ms Cook-Casey and Ms Taylor were no doubt exhausted by the conclusion of the evening but they and all the supervisors were thrilled with the standard of the event. The River Cruise following the evening was an opportunity for the boys to let off some energy on the dance floor on the beautiful Swan River. The boys are to be highly commended for their behaviour on both occasions. They expressed their appreciation of the time given up by their teachers. This is a wonderful trait that Scotch boys share - they take the time to say thank you.

Photos from the Year 10 River Cruise


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Year 11 and 12 Conferences

Orientation for Year 10 boys moving to Year 11 and for Year 11 boys moving to Year 12 took place in the first week of term in the form of a formal conference. During the conferences all House Heads met with the boys to develop their targets for the coming year . They have discussed a variety of topics such as developing an effective study routine, managing stress, finding a good balance that includes taking responsibility for personal health and the benefits of activities such as yoga and pilates. As they enter a period of life where they take more responsibility for their actions, they address other areas such as driving with consideration and social choices. Bonding as Upper School students is a positive outcome of the two days, as they cook and eat together and consider what lies ahead of them.

Professional Development

Over the past few weeks and during the holidays, teachers have continued to develop professionally, taking advantage of a number of learning opportunities. Dr McEwan undertook a China Tour for School Leaders travelling with a number of Western Australian educators. Ms Gooding, Mr Scaife, Mrs Kerrigan and Mrs Scaife travelled to Hong Kong to take part in outstanding International Baccalaureate workshops. Mrs Gray attended a workshop in early childhood learning, Mrs Longhurst attended a day workshop with Anne Bayetto and Mr Menage undertook training in a workshop on the promotion of student well-being using technologies. Mr Stewart and Mrs McNally joined the 2013 Scotland Study Tour as part of a larger group of educators visiting schools and attending conferences throughout Scotland to explore the latest developments in early childhood education. In August a group of Arts staff attended IB workshops in Singapore and Mr Burt and Ms Mullins attended an Enhancing Pastoral Care and Student Wellbeing conference in Melbourne.


Jan Skidmore

Director of Teaching and Learning

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Staff Movement

Spring 2013 - On leave

Kate Taylor

French Taylor

Maternity Leave

14/10/13 - 13/10/14

Katie Frampton

MS Art & Food Teacher

Maternity Leave

13/9/2013 - 13/03/2014

Sarah McCarthy

School Nurse

Maternity Leave

2/9/2013 - 3/3/2014

Natalie Welsh

PA to the Head of SS

Maternity Leave

11/10/2013 - TBC

Chris Menage

SOSE Teacher

LSL

4/11/2013 - 6/12/2013

Steve Davey

Science teacher

LSL

4/11/2013 - 6/12/2013

Suzanne Devitt

Boarding House Mother

LSL

21/10/2013 - 11/12/2013

Spring 2013 - Returning from Leave

Phil Williams

Assistant to the Head of Senior School

15/10/2013

Spring 2013 - Permanent New Staff

David Kyle

SOSE Teacher

21/10/2013

James Cura

Cricket Wicket Curator

26/9/2013

Kendra Mewett

Library Services Specialist

23/8/2013

Spring 2013 - Temporary New Staff

Emma Waters

French Teacher

14/10/2013 - 25/9/2014

Jo Walden

Art Technician & Food Technician - Middle School

9/9/2013 - 7/3/2014

Mike Starr

Science Teacher

21/10/2013

Alison Smallwood

School Nurse

19/9/2013

Spring 2013 - Internal Changes

Current role

Additional role

Commencing

Kate Webster-Blythe

Modern Languages Teacher

CAS Co-ordinator

14/10/2013

Loreen Kerrigan

IB MYP Personal Project Supervisor

SOSE Teacher

Acting Personal Project Co-ord

14/10/2013

Previous role

New role

Commencing

Heidi Locke

JS Secretary

PA to Head of Senior School

14/10/2013

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Careers Information


Year 12 Student Exit Interviews

All exiting Year 12 students should have had their designated appointment with Mr Frusher regarding Tertiary/Career options. If parents have any concerns about their son's tertiary application, they are most welcome to contact Mr Frusher on 9383 6830. A reminder that TISC applications closed on Friday 27 September 2013. Late applications can still be made but they will attract a late fee of $130.

Year 12 WACE Examinations

All students who have enrolled to sit WACE examinations have received a personalised timetable which is to be taken to every written examination as proof of identity. I have suggested that this document remain in the student's blazer pocket as blazers must be worn to all examinations - parents can assist with a gentle reminder before leaving home for each examination. If this document is misplaced students need to go to student services 30 minutes prior to the examination to get a replacement copy.

Sickness/Misadventure Application Form

WACE Examinations: 2013

Before completing a Sickness/Misadventure Application form please read the following information carefully:

  • Has your performance in a WACE examination been affected by a temporary sickness, non-permanent disability or unforeseen misadventure suffered immediately before or during the examination period? (For Physical Education Studies and Dance practical candidates this includes a severe injury sustained after the start of Term 3, but still existing during the practical examinations.)
  • Were you prevented from attending an examination due to sickness and/or misadventure?
  • If you answered YES to either, or both, of these questions then you should complete this form. The circumstances must have been beyond your usual control. A claim cannot be made for courses entered as a private candidate.

If your difficulties in sitting the WACE examination are the result of any of the reasons listed below, then your circumstances fall outside the Authority's policy and guidelines for sickness/misadventure.

  • Difficulties in preparation or loss of preparation time - for example, as a result of sickness during Year 12 unless in the two weeks prior to your first written examination
  • Alleged deficiencies in tuition
  • Long-term illness such as asthma and epilepsy - unless you have suffered an acute episode of your illness during the examination period
  • The same grounds for which you received special examination provision - unless you experienced additional difficulties during an examination session
  • Misreading the examination timetable
  • Misreading examination instructions
  • Events related to your school assessment in a course
  • Attendance at a sporting or cultural event during a written examination.

Refer to the Year 12 Information Handbook 2013 issued to examination candidates for further details.

If the application is accepted then the procedure is for the Authority to calculate an examination mark using your school assessment as a basis. The higher of the actual examination mark and the calculated examination mark becomes the examination mark that is given to you for that examination.

Completion of the form

Section A: Applicant details: All parts of this section must be completed by the candidate.

Section B: Course details: This section, including the insert, to be completed by the candidate

personally.

Section C: Misadventure evidence (non-medical): This section should be completed by a person not

related to the candidate, who is a witness to the misadventure, eg, attending police officer.

Section D: Medical evidence: This section must be completed by the medical practitioner or registered health professional, if the application is on medical or psychological grounds.

Section E: Sickness categories: An essential reference for the medical practitioner/health professional.

Acknowledgement: You must complete the name and address section. The Authority will return the acknowledgement, signed and dated, upon receipt of the application. You should retain the returned acknowledgement as proof that your application has been received. The completed form and any supporting documentation must be received by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, 27 Walters Drive, OSBORNE PARK WA 6017, no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 27 November 2013. Applications related to only the practical examination can be submitted immediately following that examination.

Envelopes should be marked Confidential - Attention Carolyn Hackett. All applications should be submitted immediately following the last examination. Late forms will not be accepted.

Declaration

I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, all the information given on this form (and attachments) is correct.

I authorise the School Curriculum and Standards Authority to discuss this application with any person who has signed this form or attachment.

Signature of applicant: ......................................................................................................... Date:........................................

Signature of parent/guardian (if applicable): .........................................................................

Date: ........................................

Peter Frusher

Careers Advisor

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Support Groups

Parents' Association

AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Parents' Association will be held on Wednesday 6 November 2013 in the Dining Room Annex at 7pm for refreshments for a 7.45 commencement. The Parents' Association urges all interested parents to attend the AGM, and to contact parentsassoc@scotch.wa.edu.au if you have an interest in nominating for a position on the Committee for 2014, or would like any further information regarding the AGM or the PA in general.

Fathers' Forum

The Scotch College Parents' Association is pleased to invite all parents and boys to attend the Fathers' Forum event scheduled for Tuesday 29 October 2013, in the Dickinson Centre. We are pleased to have secured John Worsfold, former Captain and Senior Coach of the West Coast Eagles, to address this forum. The event commences at 6pm, and will conclude following refreshments at 8pm. Tickets are $30 Adult, $20 Concession (boys). Tickets can be purchased through Book a Scotch Event. Tickets are selling fast and places are limited so please book your tickets promptly if you would like to attend. (Note that while we refer to this as a Fathers' Forum event, Mums are equally welcome). Please contact parentsassoc@scotch.wa.edu.au if you have any queries.

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Mothers' Auxillary

Mother's Auxiliary had their final meeting for 2013 today, Monday 21 October. It was followed by a morning tea for the Year 12 Mums to thank them for all their assistance over their time at Scotch.

Thank you to all those who volunteered at March Out last Friday, as usual we were overwhelmed with the support that is given by the parents to make occasions like these so special.

Valedictory Dinner preparations are underway. We will be requiring help on the day, Friday 28h November to set up the Dickinson Centre and as with tradition we will be calling on the Year 11 parents to help on the night. If you are able to give up some time could you email Sonia at soniamwee@gmail.com to let her know.

I would like to thank all those who have helped me over this year, especially Sonia Wee and Lisa Gagiero who consistently never say no to anything that I ask them to do and who are constantly calling me with offers to do more. Also to all the Senior School Reps, Junior School and Middle School Reps who continue to plan and organise ways to bring the Scotch community together.

We are seeking reps for 2014 and anyone who may be able to spare some time and energy please contact either I or Sonia.

We are also requiring a Vice President for next year, if you are interested in hearing more, or can recommend someone who may be interested, please email me at clairstanley@iinet.net.au

Please remember to check our website for updates and dates for upcoming events. Many thanks to Carola Akindale-Obe for keeping it refreshed. If you have any events that you would like posted please notify her at carola_ao@bigpond.com

Upcoming Events for Term 4

  • Orientation Day October 22
  • Valedictory Workshop Nov 15
  • JS Boys Christmas Lunch Nov 20
  • Valedictory Dinner Nov 29
  • Year 7 Transition Breakfast Dec 5

Looking forward to seeing you at these wonderful occasions

Clair Stanley

President, Scotch MA

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FOSM (Friends of Scotch Music)

2013 AGM is tonight (21 October) at 7pm in the Senior School Music Department.

The Agenda for the FOSM AGM and the 2012 minutes are attached. All committee positions are open for nomination, we particularly encourage new parents to come along. Any enquiries please contact David Coughlan DGCoughlan@scotch.wa.edu.au