16 October 2017

Headmasters ReflectionsHeadmaster's Reflections

Welcome back to Spring Term. It is wonderful to rejoin the community after having returned from my term sabbatical. Having time for professional and personal reflection was certainly a bonus. In particular, I would like to thank Mr Ledger for the great job he performed as Acting Headmaster in my absence. I thank the community for giving him your support during last term.

I sincerely hope all families took the opportunity to spend the recent holidays to spend invaluable time with each other. In a rapid paced world, quality family time can suffer at the hands of getting tasks done and by adhering to an unrealistic set of commitments. If you were considering getting more balance back into your life then why not start now?

It is hard to comprehend that last week marked the change of school year for our Year 9, 10 and 11 students who all commenced their new academic year by moving up a grade. Commencing the new year in October is something that sets us apart from many other schools. While it does present us with some challenges, this strategy is aimed at maximising teaching and learning opportunities for both students and staff.

Of course, one of the biggest events on our calendar occurred last Friday when we said farewell to our Year 12 students at March Out. This event is a highlight on the school calendar and seems to draw bigger crowds every year. The day is special not just because we say farewell to the Year 12s, but because it is one of the few times in a year when our whole school comes together. We do so because we want to say thanks and wish the Year 12s farewell. For our young boys, it provides yet another great moment for them to experience aspirational achievement as they watch our Year 12s March Out and commence the first stage of their post school journey.

At a school, so rich in history and heritage, it is sometimes hard to visualise how we can add to our unfolding story. This Friday 20 October will prove to be one of those occasions when we will make a significant addition to our history as we hold a seminal ceremony to reopen and rededicate Memorial Hall. First opened in 1957, Memorial Hall has served our community in so many ways. With the College adding the Dickinson Centre in 2007, it was time to re-envisage how best we could maximise utilisation of Memorial Hall. Which on an annual basis was underutilised.

Consequently, the current space has been converted into a magnificent theatre and presentation venue, including the conversion of three other spaces to house the College's archival history. The formal ceremony has been planned to dovetail with our Foundation Day celebrations. While the ceremony in Memorial Hall is an invite only event, anyone else wishing to be part of this special moment in the College's history, can do so by watching the short ceremony which is being live streamed into the Dickinson Centre at the normal Friday assembly time. I look forward to what will be a very special day in the history of our great College.

Additionally, the Scotch Community will have the opportunity to enjoy Memorial Hall by attending the first in the Scotch Parents Guest Speaker Programme with Mike Utsler, Chief Operations Officer at Woodside, with us on Thursday 26 October 2017 at 6.30pm. Please see the flyer in the Scotch Parents section for details.

In closing I ask all of the community to keep our Year 12 boys in their thoughts and prayers as they embark on their final examinations or workplace commitments. I know the boys appreciate the support of all of us at such a significant time of their Scotch journey.

I look forward to seeing everyone around the College or in the wider community.

Dr Alec O'Connell
Headmaster

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Head of Junior SchoolTeaching and Learning

I have my Mock Examinations back; March Out is over…now what?

From the moment Year 12 students progressed through the gates at the Gooch Pavilion on Friday 13 October, they had at least 16 days until the first IB Diploma examination or 18 days until the first written ATAR examination.

So, the question for Year 12 students is; what now?

The obvious answer is to study. Yet, this often an over simplified answer and does not give students the much-needed direction they are in search of. Here are some suggestions we have found to be successful for students in the past.

  1. Book a time to go through your mock examination in detail with your teacher. Whilst mock examination marks are important, it is necessary for students to take the time to figure out parts of the course they are yet to fully understand. Their teacher is the best person to assist them.
  2. Past Papers are an excellent resource. However, they are only excellent if they are marked, examined to understand what is incorrect and how to solve it. This again can be done with a teacher or the high achieving Old Scotch Collegians we have engaged to work through past papers in face to face tutorials.
  3. Exercise is vital in keeping a clear mind. Students should aim for at least 30 minutes a day.
  4. Sleep is critical to functioning, both during study as well as prior to sitting the examination. Aim for at least eight hours a night and recommend devices that keep students awake are not in their room.
  5. If students are studying with a peer or in a group, they need to be true to themselves. Students will know the people they can effectively study with, do not allow students to convince themselves sitting in the library with friends is effective study.
  6. Use the library during this time. It is wonderful to see so many students taking advantage of the quiet spaces in the library and we encourage students to keep using this facility if it is the best place for their study.
  7. Keep perspective during the examinations. It is likely that there will be at least one paper that students feel they were not completely prepared for. Once all of the marks are totalled, adjusted, moderated and scaled, it is unlikely to have a major impact. The sun will come up tomorrow.

When it is all said and done, this is a challenging time for students, parents and their families to navigate. We are here to support our community and if you need any specific advice, please feel free to contact the school.

All the very best to our Year 12 students as they prepare for their final examinations.

Mr Peter Allen
Director of Teaching and Learning

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From the Director of WellbeingWellbeing

SchoolTV

Scotch has recently partnered with an organisation called SchoolTV, which is a unique digital wellbeing platform targeted at parents. It seeks to inform and empower parents in an effort to enable you to better deal with the issues being faced by young people today and the challenges of modern-day parenting. It aggregates information on a single topic from many great sources (including Beyond Blue and Reach Out) into a single resource for easy access and reference, with contributions from leading experts in youth wellbeing. This will hopefully help to save you time and reduce confusion.

Of course, the website is meant as a supplement to the support already available to parents at Scotch through our staff, particularly those who work in key pastoral care roles.

SchoolTV covers topics that relate to both Primary and Secondary aged children. The topics covered so far (and available to parents) are:

  • Gambling
  • Internet Addiction
  • Online Pornography
  • Social Media and Digital Representation
  • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Suicide and Self Harm
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Within each, there is a short quiz to see how much you already know on the topic. There are video clips, as well as articles, fact sheets and recommended links to websites and apps.

You can access the SchoolTV archive here: http://scotch.wa.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter. Alternatively, you can go to home.SCOTCH (https://home.scotch.wa.edu.au) and search for SchoolTV or Wellbeing.

A great deal of this material is covered at school during Wellbeing and Health classes, so this website provides parents with plenty of information which you can use to better understand the issues and which can form the basis of discussions with your son to ensure their on-going health and safety.

New topics are covered each month. The website's most recent release deals with Exam Jitters - How to help your child through assessments, exams and NAPLAN when they are feeling stressed or anxious.

Here is the link to this month's edition http://scotch.wa.schooltv.me/newsletter/exam-jitters

Future topics to be covered include the following:

  • Transitioning Schools - joining a new school as well as moving from Junior to Middle School and Middle to Senior School (released October 30)
  • Surviving Year 12 - this includes tips for parents on what to expect and how to help your teenager through this challenging year (released November 22)

In 2018, there will be a series relating to Maintaining a Healthy Body, including discussion of Mindfulness, Healthy Diet, Sleep, Exercise and Eating Disorders.

There is a large amount of information available at SchoolTV, and it is there if you would like to know more about a topic. If you have concerns about your son's wellbeing, your first point of contact remains your son's House Head in Senior School, your son's Homeroom teacher in Middle School, and your son's Classroom teacher in Junior School. From time to time, I will review different topics as and when appropriate. In the meantime, if you do access the website, I would be keen to receive your feedback via the link on the SchoolTV page.

Mr James Hindle
Director of Student and Staff Wellbeing

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From the Director of Community and ServiceCommunity and Service

A Gold Achievement

Two of our leaving Year 12 boys have achieved their Duke of Edinburgh's International Gold Award, a very rare occurrence for a student still at school.

The boys will receive their awards tomorrow night at a ceremony at Government House with Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia. Fortuitously our celebrated Pipe Band will be playing at the event too.

Callum Purvis (Year 12, Shearer House)

Many of you won't know that Callum is a qualified pilot and has done a lot of work with the Air Force Cadets. He is planning on attending the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and joining the Royal Australian Air Force.

In Callum's reflection on completing his award, he focused on the fact he has learnt so many new things as a part of his award and, more importantly, has met people from diverse backgrounds with different outlooks on life.

Simon Ferreira (Year 12, Ross House)

As well as his immense tennis talents, Simon is an accomplished piper. To complete his award, he has spent a lot of time assisting at the Therapeutic Riding Centre in Mt Claremont.

In Simon's reflection, he commented that the award helped him maintain a balanced lifestyle and to appreciate different perspectives on life.

Achieving their Gold Awards is a significant achievement. Congratulations to Callum and Simon.

Disabled Surfing Australia

As summer rolls around, the College community once again looks to get involved in Disabled Surfing. 'Let's go Surfing' Days take place at Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club, Leighton Beach and there are various volunteering opportunities that need to be filled. The dates for these events are listed below but please know that the organisation also puts on events in the south west through the summer.

Below are links to their Facebook page and website. The organisation has said the best place to follow their events is on Facebook as weather changes can mean last minute messaging.

Scotch students can expect more information from their student leaders soon.

Saturday 2 December 2017 (NO PSA SPORT)

Saturday 27 January 2018

Saturday 17 February 2018

Saturday 17 March 2018

https://www.facebook.com/disabledsurferswa

http://disabledsurfers.org/wa/

Shearer and Keys House engage with The Salvation Army

On Friday afternoon, 16 Year 12 boys from Keys and Shearer House participated in a workshop at the Salvation Army Centre in Northbridge, run by Schools Development Representative, Darren Reynolds. The aim of the workshop was for the students to gain a greater understanding of what services the Salvation Army provides to the greater community, whilst establishing an ongoing relationship with our two Houses. The students participated in a simulated activity to illustrate how people can fall into the cycle of homelessness, before getting a tour of some of the facilities at the Centre. One of the places the boys visited was the Market Place, where everyday food items are made available to homeless people. Other resources such as blankets, sleeping bags and school supplies were also stockpiled at the Centre and it was a great experience for the boys to get a sense of how the Salvation Army operates in our community. Moving forward, the boys have several ideas of ways that they can support the Salvation Army and we look forward to getting these activities off the ground throughout the term.

Mr Scott Galipo (Shearer House Head) and Mrs Louise Lilford (Keys House Head)

Anderson v Brisbane Wheelchair Basketball

After seeing the impact of students playing wheelchair basketball at Rocky Bay, Miss Lisa Evans has begun a tradition of Anderson and Brisbane House leaving Year 12s playing a game. Following last year's successful inaugural game, last Thursday the students fought it out with Brisbane winning the game 3-1.

The match aims to raise some funds for Rebound WA and also improve our awareness about people living in wheelchairs and the difficulties they face in our community. It is also a celebration about the skillfulness that our wheelchair athletes have. Amber from Rebound WA certainly showed the boys a thing or two on Thursday.

Both houses are excited to continue the tradition next year.

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Opportunities to get involved with community events

The events below are looking for volunteers to assist them in putting on their community events. Please email me if you would like more information.

Mosman Park Community Fair

  • Craft Fair at Tom Perrott Reserve in Mosman Park for the Mosman Park Men's Shed
  • Sunday 5 November from 9am - 2pm
  • General help eg: selling some raffle tickets, delivering buns / drinks to the BBQ as and when required

Bonjour Perth Festival

  • Saturday 21st October 2017
  • Subiaco
  • Volunteers will be offered a Festival t-shirt and bottled water. Complimentary snacks will be provided for volunteers who work more than four hours.

The Euroz North Cottesloe Cold Water Classic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=O5O9JZ6JqF8

Finally, next Sunday the annual Euroz North Cottesloe Cold Water Classic will take place. The event supports the Leukaemia Foundation's mission to care for people living with blood cancer. As the original event site stated, by creating awareness comes funding, with funding comes research and with research comes results.

The Scotch College Triathlon Club will be competing as will plenty of other members of our community. For more information, and to enter use the link below.

https://ncslsc.com/cold-water-classic/

Mr David Kyle
Director of Community and Service

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All School Matters

Community Grand Finals

Last term saw a number of our boys take part in community sport Grand Finals and we had a great deal of success with the Swanbourne and Claremont clubs winning various premierships across the age groups. Our boys thoroughly enjoy playing within the community teams and we are very appreciative of the families who support the boys by taking them to training and games.

Read more news from Residential Life here.

Mr Marcus Wilkinson
Director of Residential Life

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After school "Code Cutters" Club

Starting in week four of Spring Term the ILT Integrators and Library Staff will run an after-school club for our boys from Year 6 to 12 who are interested in developing or improving their coding skills. The club will run on Tuesdays from 3.30pm - 5.00pm in the Collaboration Room next to the Senior School Library (BRC). The boys will have access to digital resources and support from staff to undertake self-paced programming tutorials, as well as the freedom to develop their own programming projects.

Please email Dr Nick Spadaccini (Nick.Spadaccini@scotch.wa.edu.au) if you would like more information.

Dr Nick Spadaccini
ILT Curriculum Manager

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Indonesian Evening Classes at Scotch

Scotch College, in partnership with the Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (BBIP), offers evening Indonesian Beginner-Survival, Beginner 2B, and Conversation classes. Spring Term 8-week courses commence on Tuesday 17 October - 5 December from 6.30pm - 8.30pm and are available to students, staff and parents, as well as members of the wider community.

Beginner Classes (Survival and 2B) are designed for all ages to develop basic communication skills for the purpose of exchanging personal information and transactions. These classes are ideal for individuals travelling to Indonesia for work or holiday, who wish to understand more about the Indonesian language and culture.

Conversation Classes are designed for intermediate and advanced speakers who wish to develop their oral communication skills via simulated immersion of Indonesian. The aim of each lesson is to expand vocabulary of a topic and conclude with a task such as a role-play, group discussion, debate or interview. Conversation classes are recommended for speakers who are already proficient who wish to 'brush up' on their skills, as well as, Year 11 and 12 students who wish to further develop their listening and speaking in preparation for the ATAR and IB examinations.

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 enroll in any of the Balai Bahasa classes visit: http://www.balaibahasaperth.org, click 'Course', and follow the links to the online registration. Enrollments for Spring Term opens now.

For more information about any of the courses please email enrolcourse@balaibahasaperth.org.

Mr Wilfred Liauw
Modern Languages Teacher

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The Raven

The Winter edition of The Raven has been published and it includes creative works by:

Joseph Belcastro (Year 12, Brisbane), Christian Benney (Year 12, Alexander), Sidharth Bhargavan (Year 12, Shearer), Sachio Ingrilli (Year 12, Shearer), Samuel Joyner (Year 12, Anderson), Jack Logan (Year 12, Alexander), Aidan Mattys (Year 12, Alexander), Benjamin Nixon, (Year 12, Ferguson), Toby O'Keeffe (Year 12, Stuart), Cameron Wade (Year 12, Brisbane), Thomas Webb (Year 12, St Andrews), Michael Youngleson (Year 12, Ross), Jack Beazley (Year 9, Ferguson), Darby Cuming (Year 9, Ferguson), Thomas Kinnaird (Year 9, Anderson), James Watson (Year 9, St Andrews), Remi Brossard (Year 8, Gordon), Pierce Davis (Year 8, Bruce), Benjamin Edgar (Year 8, David), Rex French (Year 8, Robert),Mederic Gide (Year 8, Gordon), Brock Helton (Year 8, Bruce), Luke Marshall (Year 8, James), Ryan McConkey (Year 8, James), Rafferty Noble Harker (Year 8, Andrew), Harry Ralph (Year 8, Bruce), Joshua Woodward (Year 8, Gordon) and Emanuel Radici (Year 7, Gordon).

These boys are to be congratulated on their very fine work.

Please enjoy reading or viewing this work by visiting the electronic version of The Raven. Any boy who has creative writing that he would like to submit to The Raven can send a copy to jeannette.weeda@scotch.wa.edu.au.

All entries are considered for the Reporter Speech Night prizes and other writing competitions.

Dr Jeannette Weeda
English Teacher

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Uniform Shop

Year 12 Blazers

The Year 12 blazers have arrived in the Uniform Shop. They are stocked in a selection of youth and men's sizes. 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 as soon as possible.

Opening Times

Tuesdays:

8.00am - 5.00pm

Thursdays:

7.30am - 11.30am

Fridays:

7.30am - 11.30am

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Performing Arts

Events

Welcome to Spring Term.

All parents and students should be advised that Instrumental lessons have re-commenced for the term, and by the end of this week, all ensembles will have held their first rehearsal after the break. For most students, they should continue with the ensembles they were rehearsing with last term unless advised otherwise by their music teacher or ensemble director. Some boys have been invited to move up and play with a higher group and this process will continue in the coming weeks.

On Monday 9 October, the annual Senior music students' dinner was held to recognise the contribution of our Year 11 and 12 students. It was a great opportunity for music students to celebrate the previous 12 months of hard work with rehearsals and performances. This year's Year 12 cohort have made an enormous contribution to the cultural life of the College and we wish them every success for their lives beyond the school gates. The dinner also marks a 'changing of the guard' for student leadership of the Music department, so we wish the new Year 12 cohort well for their musical aspirations in 2018.

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesday) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Friday) via phone 9383 6841 or email music@scotch.wa.edu.au

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email Chris.McMillan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts

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Payment of School Fees

BPAY

We are pleased with the continued response from parents to the use of the BPAY method to pay school fees. We believe that it is a straight forward, and efficient way of making payments, as well as providing significant administrative benefits to the School. Please make sure you record your Customer Reference Number which is printed in the top right hand corner of the statement.

Credit Card

Payments can be made using cards from VISA, MasterCard and AMEX, via the School web-site www.scotch.wa.edu.au. This is proving to be a popular option (VISA and MasterCard payments attract a 0.8% surcharge, whereas AMEX attracts a 1.0% surcharge). Access this facility under the 'Current Parents' tab.

Other Options

Other payment options include payment by Cheque and Direct Debit. Where payment is made by cheque, please remember to detach the remittance slip so that your payment can be identified.

Enquiries regarding payment of fees should be directed to the Assistant to the Bursar, Mr Ford.

Mr Grant Ford
Assistant to the Bursar

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Head of Junior SchoolJunior School

From the Head of Junior School

The Restful Mind

On Wednesday 11 October, the Junior School hosted an honored guest. His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa from Bhutan visited our school and told the boys a beautiful story from his country that illustrated the link between everyone and everything. His story of four harmonious creatures perfectly demonstrates the harmony, interdependence, co-operation and friendship between four animals who become close friends.

The story is a familiar Tibetan motif and a beautiful allegory: The elephant represents our body, the monkey represents the restless mind, the rabbit represents emotions, and the bird is the soul. This story is displayed in every school in Bhutan and tells students how we are all dependent on one another and how we need to help one another so that we can all do our best and succeed.

During his talk, His Eminence answered some wonderful questions from the boys that ranged from questions about Bhutan to questions about his religion.

Following the assembly, His Eminence visited our staff meeting and spoke to the teachers. He spoke about the esteem teachers are held in in Bhutan and the important role they play in helping students learn and to become leaders in their country. He also shared with us the importance of a restful mind and the approach taken in Bhutan to ensure that every student meditate every day while at school.

In his book 'The Restful Mind", His Eminence talks about the restless mind. The restless mind is frightened of silence, easily bored, and busy, busy, busy. The restful mind is creative and alert, relaxed and confident. The step from one to the other is all in the way we think. He talks about the pressures of modern life and how our crowded minds have left us too little space to stretch and grow. He shows us new ways to calm body and mind, become more aware, better able to deal with problems and appreciate the moment. It is with our mind that we create our world.

He teaches that living in the modern world doesn't have to mean living with a mind that is restless, fearful and endlessly busy, but that we can transform the mind into one that is calm, confident and alert.

This year we have been working to create restful minds in our boys. Classes have been engaged in meditation two to three times per week. We have introduced other mindfulness activities to assist in increasing the boys' energy and to create active minds, to address sensory needs and to calm the mind. Teachers have seen clear benefits in the boys' behaviour, learning and social and emotional development.

His Eminence has reminded us of the importance of restful minds in the development of creative and alert, relaxed and confident people. We will be continuing our work on mindfulness into 2018 looking to give the boys the personal skills to regulate and calm themselves so to better manage the challenges of our restless society.

Mr John Stewart
Head of Junior School

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Physical Education News

The Junior School boys have an exciting term of Physical Education ahead and with the arrival of the warmer weather, it is a great time to be out making the most of our beautiful fields. Our older boys will be playing European Handball and Cricket in Spring Term. Many of the Year 5 boys will have played Handball in Year 3 so I am sure they will be keen to develop their skills further and get stuck into some great games. Our ELC children and Year 1 and 2 boys will be trying their hand at basketball. There are many valuable skills to be gained from playing basketball, we hope to build on the boys' hand and eye coordination, co-operation and sportsmanship throughout the term, all of which are vital skills for positive and successful participation in all sports and activities. Swimming is also on the program this term for our junior school boys with classes beginning in Week 2 and running throughout the term. The Year 1 and 2 boys will conclude their swimming program with the much anticipated Aqua Fun Day in Week 8. An event all the boys have been sure to remind me about since the beginning of the year. We are all looking forward to a very fun day ahead.

Rebecca Vincent
Physical Education Specialist

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Year 5L News

The Primary Years Programme Exhibition process has been the focus in Year 5 throughout the latter part of the Winter Term and continues through Spring Term, with the culmination of their journey presented in the Art Gallery and Library on Wednesday 1 November. The boys began by unpacking the idea of "Who We Are", taking into consideration the impact that our beliefs, values, cultures, health and the environment have on us as individuals. The process of inquiry required the boys to seek information and advice from expert speakers, many of whom were parents in management fields, lawyers and doctors. This sparked their curiosity for a specific area of investigation and lead to the development of their Burning Questions.

The investigation questions range across topics from, 'Can pet therapy impact on our emotions?' to 'What is artificial intelligence and how could it affect our future?' Each of the students have researched and analysed their information in order to produce a report outlining the key concepts of the PYP program. They have considered themselves as learners and what it takes to be an excellent learner by looking at the key skills and attitudes they need to develop and by focusing on the Learner Profile. Staff throughout the Junior School have taken on the valuable role of Mentor to provide further assistance and feedback on the journey.

The boys have shared their journey of inquiry through a blog, welcoming comments from parents and friends. The process, key events and information has been outlined on the website and newsfeed and we will continue to add to this as we celebrate our achievements in our final Exhibition.

http://scotchcollegepypexhibition.weebly.com

Year 5 Teacher
Mrs Irene Louden

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Year 1G News

We have been very busy learning about the central idea that "animals live in different places where their needs are met." The boys have been exploring different habitats, the needs of animals and the effect of changing habitats. 1G has been venturing to Lake Claremont and have been recording all of the different animals that live there. We spotted ducklings, cygnets, earwigs, slaters, dung beetles, worms just to name a few and had a great discussion about why it is such a great place to live. We love our time in bush school at Lake Claremont. Our very exciting summative assessment is approaching where we get to design our own animal and habitat.

Last term we had a wonderful incursion from James Foley the author and illustrator of 'The Last Viking'. Following this, the boys had a lot of fun creating their very own Viking character. We had a Viking in charge of nature. His power is to protect nature. Another creative Viking was Nia, Viking of technology. She can distract others using technology and her pet is Tweeter.

The boys have been learning about fractions and were very lucky to have a special guest visit our classroom from master chef. We had lots of fun learning about halves and quarters of apples, oranges and scones. It was tricky and had to do some really hard thinking but oh the fun we had! Mrs Lopez is the best master chef ever.

We are looking forward to a very exciting and busy Spring Term.

Mrs Kristen Gray
Year 1 Teacher

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Information Learning Technology

Coding in the Junior School

In its simplest form, coding is telling the computer what you want it to do in a series of steps. Understanding the basics of code is one of many tools that boys can have in their digital literacy tool belt. The coding programmes we run at Scotch play an important role as they are problem solving, collaborative based activities. Boys learn to:

  • Work systematically to solve the problems;
  • Communicate with others;
  • Predict and draw conclusions;
  • Analyse small parts of systems and find relationships;
  • Think creatively and experiment with solutions.

These skills can be applied to any coding languages. In fact, they are transferable to any workplace, both now and in the future, not just a programming environment.

There are lots of opportunities for boys to learn different coding languages in the Junior school. In the Early years, the coding can be done with Scratch Junior, Beebots and Probots.

Year 3 and 4 boys had the opportunity to connect with a Code Academy app, Coding with the Foos, which introduces foundational computer science concepts, such as sequencing, loops, commands, conditional statements and even presenting debugging in a fun way.

The Year 5 students have the chance to work in a club with Mr Wells and Ms Louden on Python. Python is a computer programming language that lets you work more quickly than other programming languages. Through Python, boys created games such as Rock, Scissors and Paper, Turtle Race and attempted to design their own maze game.

There are also opportunities to embed coding into the units of inquiry. The Year 4 boys were introduced to Swift Playgrounds as part of their HTWW unit at the end of last term. Mr Stewart is working with Maths extension boys this term, coding Sphero robots to create various shapes, looking at angles, diameter and area of shapes.

When I talk to the boys about their coding tasks, the don't refer to the code they have written, just the problems they have solved, the solution they eventually found, and all the trial and error they encountered. The ability to look at a problem creatively and find solutions through trial and error is a great skill to have for life.

Mrs Amanda Ritchie
ILT Integration Specialist

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From the Head of Middle SchoolMiddle School

From the Head of Middle School

March Out last Friday was once again an emotionally laden event as we gathered as a complete College to farewell our Year 12's. It is one of the simplest ceremonies, the Year 12's separating from their House and being acknowledged as they march past and the hand over, or the passing of the baton, the leadership, of the Pipe Band from one Pipe Major to the next. It is a special event. I hope you can make it to a March Out before your son is one of the Year 12's marching out.

Outdoor Education is prominent this term with all year groups involved in their Open Water programme. On the surface of it the boys are surfing in Year 6, sailing in Year 7 and snorkelling in Year 8. Whilst they are learning the skills and techniques of these activities, linking this altogether is a deeper knowledge about safety in and around open water. Understanding how to recognise and be safe in or around rips, currents, swell, heat conditions, and knowing how to approach a rescue situation are some of the repeated critical understandings. This combined with the skills that allow boys to participate and enjoy activities so accessible in WA is the heart of the Outdoor Education Programme in Middle School.

With the arrival of Spring weather Ms Perrot will be announcing some Ride2School events for this term. We encourage boys to partner up with a buddy or invite a parent to ride to school with them. For those that can, the bike pathway around Lake Claremont is a fantastic ride and a great way to start to the day. Bike racks right outside our Administration is a safe and secure place to store bikes a well. With Spring Term also comes our No Hat No Play in the sun policy. Hats are an important item this term. Simply, for boys to play in the sun they will need a hat.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School

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"My Son Doesn't Read."

Most conversations I have with parents start like this, "My son doesn't read", to which my reply is "You know what, neither does mine!"

Supporting our boys to develop a habit (and thus love) of reading can seem increasingly difficult in this digital age but the benefits will carry on through life and support literacy, writing and imagination.

It is important for young boys to have strong mentors who are key to developing and maintaining an engagement with reading. As part of our Middle School Books 'n Bros Book Club, I invite male mentors to talk about their reading with their sons. In Spring Term, our Human Library activity blends our reading and story-telling activities.
My job is about discovering what your boy loves and targeting that interest to develop and keep them reading.

Ms Marie Grech
Information and Research Specialist - MS Library

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Highland Games

Despite the poor weather, the Highland Games went ahead on the last day of Winter Term. A great deal of fun was had by all the boys with Gordon House taking the honours with great highland spirit. Some excerpts from the boys were as follows:

"By a long shot, the most highly anticipated event throughout the day was the tug-o-war. It was where everyone was included and the results were always so close, but sometimes it got extremely competitive which showed a new side to my peers. My other favourite event would have been the kiltie dash. The reason behind this is that the event will most of the time have extremely close results, leaving pressure on the runners. But the most important part of the kiltie dash was the kilt itself - sometimes it could be the be all and end all of the whole race. The runner previous to you would have to quickly rip off the kilt from their waist, and hand it to the next runner who must put the kilt on around their waist securely and sprint off. It may not sound like a challenge, but in the moment it gets stressful." Leo Bowles, Year 8

"At the Highland Games my most memorable moment was the kiltie dash. Despite my lack of enthusiasm at the beginning of the race, thanks to Mr. Mumford's encouragement, I gave it a go. In the end my team got the win, but most importantly my previous lack of wanting to have a go in the event and getting out of my comfort zone was put to the side which allowed myself to have more fun and enjoy the day more." Will Marshall, Year 8

"The best event of the day for me was definitely Tug-o-War. It is definitely a crowd favourite. I feel that it is a really great opportunity for leadership and teamwork. A few boys stepped up and organised the boys into their positions. I feel like this event gave a great example of the James boys and their leadership skills. On the day, James' boys took out quite a few wins, some boys may have gloated a little, but I feel that everyone in retrospect was very sportsmanlike and this helped the day to move on in a positive way." Hudson Wheeler, Year 8

" The Tug-o-War of the Highland Games is a great opportunity for teams to work together and combine their strength in an all-out war of two Houses. It was by far the most competitive game of the day with fierce matches of brute strength. Some teams worked well together with great results, while others did not. The Tug-o-War is the by far the best activity in the Highland Games for House groups to become teams." Rex French, Year 8

" Even though the Highland Games were held off for most of the day, everyone still made the most of all the events. Personally, my favourite event was the Tug-o-War. Working with all my friends in my House was a great experience, even though we usually lost. The Highland Games proved themselves to be enjoyable for everyone. Any direction you looked you could see smiling faces. I am sure everyone enjoyed the Highland Games." Hugh Mitchell, Year 8


Mr Lawrence Felgate
Year 8.4F Homeroom Teacher

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Zachary Mills (6.1S) who competed at the WA Short Course Swimming Championships during the holidays and placed 2nd in the 4x 200 Freestyle Relay and 3rd in the 50 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly.

Congratulations to Beau Luscombe (8.8M) who was a member of the WA team that won a bronze medal at the Australian Junior Fencing Championships in Melbourne.

Congratulations to Mitchell Hyde (7.5G), Hamish Meston (7.6M), James Spadanuda (7.5G) and Henry Vaughan (7.7T) who competed in the WA teams at the U13 Boys National Hockey Carnival during the school holidays.

Australian Mathematics Competition

Year 8

Jim Allan

Prize

Oliver Barrett

High Distinction

UNSW English Competition Results

Year 6

Joshua Griffin

Credit

Alasdair Orr

Credit

Ross Whittome

Credit

Year 7

Fletcher O'Connell

Distinction

Harry Jenour

Credit

Julien Montandon

Credit

Emanuel Radici

Credit

Henry Vaughan

Credit

Year 8

Oliver Barrett

Distinction

Jasper Blunt

Credit

Xavier Dry

Credit

Raffael Torre

Credit

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Important Dates in Middle School Spring Term

Tuesday 17 October

Year 7.2H Sailing Programme

Wednesday 18 October

Year 6.2C Surfing Camp departs

Year 6.1S Surfing Camp returns

Friday 20 October

MS Assembly, 11.30am DC

Year 6.2C Surfing Camp returns

Monday 23 October

Year 6.3T Surfing Camp departs

Wednesday 25 October

Year 6.4E Surfing Camp departs

Year 6.3T Surfing Camp returns

Friday 27 October

Year 6.4E Surfing Camp returns

Monday 30 October

Year 7.3BG Sailing Programme

Tuesday 31 October

Year 7.3BG Sailing Programme

Wednesday 1 November

Year 7.4A Sailing Programme

Thursday 2 November

Year 7.4A Sailing Programme

Year 6 Academic Assessment Testing, 8.30am - 12.30pm MS

Friday 3 November

MS Assembly (Internal), MacKellar Hall

Monday 6 November

Year 7.5G Sailing Programme

Tuesday 7 November

Year 7.5G Sailing Programme

Wednesday 8 November

Year 7.6M Sailing Programme

Thursday 9 November

Year 7.6M Sailing Programme

JS/MS End of Year Music Concert 6.30pm - 7.30pm MacKellar Hall

Friday 10 November

PSA BYE

Saturday 11 November

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track departs

Monday 13 November

Year 7.7T Sailing Programme

Tuesday 14 November

Year 7.7T Sailing Programme

Wednesday 15 November

Year 8.1T Snorkelling Programme

Thursday 16 November

Year 8.2R Snorkelling Programme

Year 8 Bibbulmun Track returns

Friday 17 November

MS Assembly (Internal) MacKellar Hall

Year 8 Scotch/PLC Social at PLC, 4.30pm - 8.00pm

Saturday 18 November

Year 7 Parent Paella Night, venue TBC

Monday 20 November

Year 7 Bibbulmun Track departs

Year 8.3O Snorkelling Programme

Tuesday 21 November

Year 8.4F Snorkelling Programme

Wednesday 22 November

Year 7 Bibbulmun Track returns

Year 8.5A Snorkelling Programme

Thursday 23 November

Year 8.6C Snorkelling Programme

JPSSA All Day 50 over Cricket match

Year 8 2018 Community Project Launch to Year 7 students 10.30am - 12.30pm DC

Year 8 2018 Community Project Launch to Year 7 parents 6.30pm - 7.30pm DC

Monday 27 November

MS Orientation Day (Year 6 boys and NEW boys in Year 6 & 7 2018)

Year 7 Excursion to Adventure World

Year 8 SS Transition Day

Tuesday 28 November

Year 8.7KB Snorkelling Programme

Friday 1 December

MS Final Awards Assembly 11.00am Dickinson Centre

Thursday 7 December

Year 8 Breakfast, 7.30am Middle School Quad

Middle School Speech Night, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre (Year 8 students are expected to attend this evening).

End of Spring Term for Middle School

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From the Head of Senior SchoolSenior School

The power of philosophy

I was most fortunate to travel with the Philosothon team to Sydney in the first week of the school holidays. I must say it was a pleasure to travel with these young men and to hear them perform in various philosophical discussions or 'communities of inquiry' as they are called within the competition. A community of inquiry refers to the process that students are involved in to develop philosophical arguments and collectively look to answer some deep philosophical questions. Topics such as democracy, the role of values in scientific inquiry and a priori knowledge versus necessary truth were all examined. Led by Mr Sam Sterrett and newly appointed Scholar in Residence, Akram Azimi, the team consisting of Felix Jones (Year 11, Brisbane), Conor Patton (Year 11, Ross), Lewis Orr (Year 10, Ferguson), Kobey Rafferty (Year 10, Shearer), Lachlan Norcott (Year 9, Anderson), Sam Wake (Year 9, Brisbane), Xavier Dry (Year 8, James) and Thomas Westcott (Year 8, Gordon) prepared for several weeks in the lead up to the competition and acquitted themselves well throughout.

What was evident from this process was the inherent value of taking a philosophical approach to any discussion and, importantly, this process included being charitable in one's understanding of different points of view before presenting a counter argument. Young children are want to question and ask numerous 'why' questions about the world and assumptions we just accept at an older age. English philosopher, Stephen Law, describes philosophers as continuing the tendency of young children in asking the why questions. Questioning things we take for granted, he says, is an important skill and the foundation of being a philosopher.

There is a further reason why thinking philosophically can be a valuable exercise. The activity of philosophising can help to foster important thinking skills - skills, Law says, we all need if we are to remain sensitive to the truth. They are often highly transferrable skills that never go out of date. The ability to spot a logical gaffe, cut though waffle, make a point clearly and precisely, and so on, are all abilities that always come in handy, whatever your walk in life. The critical skills developed by philosophy are a practical benefit in other ways too. Law, in his publication Philosophy, states that these skills "immunise us against the wiles of politicians, medical quacks, life-style gurus and many other purveyors of snake oil". There are certain basic mistakes we are all prone to make when it comes to weighing up probabilities and drawing conclusions; and even a little exposure to philosophical and critical thinking can contribute towards making us less vulnerable.

It was pleasing to hear from the Philosothon organiser, Matthew Wills, that the organisers had been able to access funding from the Templeton Religion Trust. This will enable organisers to take the Philosothon and the development of philosophy to a broader educational community and specifically to those from low socio-economic backgrounds. This supports the growing body of evidence that encouraging collective philosophical debate, via activities such as Communities of Inquiry, can have measurable benefits for children, enhancing not just their intellectual intelligence, but their social and emotional intelligence too. I certainly believe our boys demonstrated these attributes as they spoke with poise, passion and consideration about the topics for discussion.

Mr Dean Shadgett
Head of Senior School

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Important Dates in Senior School Spring Term

Date

Event

Location

Time

Week 2B

Monday 16 October

Personal Project meetings all week

Tuesday 17 October

Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) AGM

Music Department

7.00pm - 8.30pm

BP Debating Grand Final

UWA Law Building

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Friday 20 October

Founders' Day Marching

Chapel Oval and Dickinson Centre

8.35am - 9.35am

(New) Year 11 and 12 Diploma CAS Launch Day

various

9.40am - 3.25pm

(New) Year 12 Extended Essay Workshop

Room 13.201

9.40am - 3.25pm

Year 12 Statement of Results Available

PSA Sport - Scotch College v Hale School (please check fixtures on home.scotch)

Home

1.30pm - various

Saturday 21 October

PSA Sport - Scotch College v Hale School

(please check fixtures on home.scotch)

Home

8.30am - various

Week 3A

Monday 23 October

(New) Year 10 Parent Information Evening

Memorial Hall

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday 25 October

Parent Support Group Breakfast

Dining Room Annexe

7.30am - 9.00am

(New) Year 12 House Head Report Meetings

BRC (Library)

3.40pm - 7.30pm

Perth Philosothon

Trinity College

5.00pm - 9.15pm

Friday 27 October

Senior School Marching and Assembly

Dickinson Centre

8.35am - 9.35am

PSA Sport - Guildford Grammar School v Scotch College (please check fixtures on home.scotch)

Away

1.30pm - various

Scotch College and St Mary's India Tour Movie Night

MacKellar Hall

6.30pm - 9.30pm

(New) Year 10 boys as guests at the Year 9 MLC Social

MLC

6.30pm - 9.00pm

Saturday 28 October

PSA Sport - Guildford Grammar School v Scotch College (please check fixtures on home.scotch)

Away

8.30am - various

PSA Rowing - Aquinas Time Trials

Canning Bridge

8.30am start

(New) Year 11 boys as guests at the Year 10 MLC Social

MLC

7.00pm - 9.30pm

Week 4B

Monday 30 October

Year 12 Diploma Examinations commence

Dickinson Centre

(New) Year 12 Diploma Geography Internal Assessment

Train stations on the Fremantle line

8.15am - 3.15pm

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Student Achievements

Timothy Reynolds (Year 12, Stuart) was nominated by Mr Kyle for the scholarship programme run by Initiate Australia. The programme provides senior students from across the world that are identified as future leaders, opportunities to engage with issues of injustice. He was successful in the application process and as part of the scholarship programme, will travel to Kenya in January for two weeks. During the two weeks he will work alongside local leaders in a variety of settings. He will also participate in developing sustainable strategies for local communities for the long term.

Lucas Ferri (Year 11, Cameron) won the Men's Foursomes Championships at Cottesloe Golf Club in September.

Giacomo Leighton (Year 10, Cameron) represented Scotch College (1 man team) at the WA School Slalom Kayak Competitions 2017 at Walyunga National Park. He won gold in the U16 Men's K1 and gold for the U16 Men's C1. He partnered a student from PLC and competed in the U16 Mixed C2 to gain points for their respective schools. They came third and as a result Scotch College got third place in the whole competition.

Gyles Davies (Year 10, Brisbane) has been selected in the State Team Under 16s School Sport for Western Australia to compete in the Pacific Games in Adelaide in December 2017.

Nicholas Murphy (Year 11, Shearer), Matthew Murphy (Year 11, Shearer), Ben Marshall (Year 10, Ross) and Julian Kyriakou (Year 9, Stuart) were part of the winning team City Beach UWA and National Water Polo Champions after winning the gold medal at the Under 16 Water Polo National Championships held in Sydney on the last week of September.

State Swimming Championships

Jesse Coughlan (Year 10, Alexander) 2nd 4x50 medley, 3rd 4x50 free and 3rd 4x100 medley

Nicolas Monger Molowny(Year 10, Alexander) 2nd 4x50 medley relay, 3rd 4x100 medley and 3rd in 200m butterfly

Justin Kalugin (Year 12, St Andrews)

25 second PB in 1500m, 5th 400m, 6th 200m Freestyle.

We have two teams competing in separate Grand Finals of the 2017 British Parliamentary Debating Competition

These teams have made it through from 120 teams across Years 7 to 12, and should be incredibly proud of their achievement!

The Debates will be held on Tuesday October 17 at the UWA Law Building and the following boys are participating:

In the Cygnets team we have:

Sam Wake (Year 10, Brisbane)

Lachlan Norcott (Year 10, Anderson).

In the Swans team we have:

Felix Jones (Year 12, Brisbane)

Lewis Orr (Year 11, Ferguson)

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Science Awards

The Big Science Competition was held earlier in the year. This competition is an Australia wide event for Year 9 students and three of our boys excelled in it, attaining High Distinctions for finishing in the top 5% of the 42,000 students who entered.

Emmanuel Nason (Year 9, Anderson)

Arun Tibballs (Year 9, Shearer)

Daniel Wiese (Year 9, Keys)

A number of our students were also involved in the UNSW ICAS Science Competition (Years 9 to 12). It assessed student skills in observing and measuring, interpreting data, applying data, investigating, and higher order reasoning and problem-solving.

Daniel Wiese (Year 9, Keys) is a Medal Winner (as the top student in WA for his age group), Daniel will receive a Medal at a formal Ceremony, from the organisers.

The following students were placed in the top 1% of participants Australia wide and receive a High Distinction.

Kartik Khanna (Year 12, Shearer)

Raghav Khanna (Year 12, Shearer)

Sebastian Barrett (Year 10, Brisbane)

Joshua O'Dea (Year 10, Brisbane)

William Steinberg (Year 9, Brisbane)

Distinction (next top 10%):

Andrew Burvill (Year 12, Shearer)

William Corbett (Year 12, Alexander)

Yuelin Shen (Year 12, Brisbane)

Lewis Weeda (Year 12, Shearer)

Darcy Frazer (Year 11, Ferguson)

Christopher Kirkwood (Year 11, Alexander)

Riley Thomas (Year 11, Anderson)

Benjamin Olson (Year 10, St Andrews)

Joshua Turibaka (Year 10, St Andrews)

Harrison Unstead (Year 10, Brisbane)

Adam Darley (Year 10, Anderson)

Australian Maths Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978. It has since spread internationally, with students in more than 30 countries attempting the same problems. Scotch College has a long and successful history in this competition. 2017 was no different.

The AMC is for students of all standards. The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students.

Prizes:

William Steinberg (Year 9, Brisbane)

Daniel Wiese (Year 9, Keys)

Kartik Khanna (Year 12, Shearer)

High Distinctions:

George Graham (Year 9, Keys)

Sebastian Wright (Year 9, Ross)

Thomas Hodge (Year 10, St. Andrews)

Joshua O'Dea (Year 10, Brisbane)

Oliver Broun (Year 11, Alexander)

Luke Henderson (Year 12, Ferguson)

Raghav Khanna (Year 12, Shearer)

Paddy Lamont (Year 12, Shearer)

Yuelin Shen (Year 12, Brisbane)

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

Simon Ferreira (Year 12, Ross)

Callum Purvis (Year 12, Shearer)

Joshua (Josh) Pearson (Year 12, Stuart) has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by The Law Society of Western Australia. Joshua has consistently been achieving high marks in the ATAR Politics and Law course and has displayed great passion for the subject area.

Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

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 2017 are:

Harrison Gilchrist (Year 10, Keys)

David MacKinnon (Year 12, Ross)

Certificate IV in Business

Jaimon Alone (Year 12, Keys)

Benjamin Anderson (Year 12, Cameron)

Lachlan Bird (Year 12, Anderson)

Fletcher Cumming (Year 12, St Andrews)

Max Garbutt-Wilkins (Year 12, Ferguson)

George Gibson (Year 12, Keys)

Luke Gollan (Year 12, Keys)

Jack Manners (Year 12, Stuart)

Lachlan Morrell (Year 12, Keys)

Roko Radman (Year 12, Keys)

Harry Reid (Year 12, Alexander)

Cullin Ross (Year 12, Brisbane)

Levi Ross (Year 12, Keys)

Chadd Sarich (Year 12, Cameron)

Ryan Taylor (Year 12, Stuart)

Justin Weatherall (Year 12, St Andrews)

Callum Willmott (Year 12, Keys)

Certificate II in Sport & Recreation

Phillip Collard (Year 12, Keys)

Lachlan Vos (Year 12, St Andrews)

Athletics

Athletics Medallions 2017

U/15:

Jaxon Hayden (Year 9, Stuart)

U/16:

Lucas Triglavcanin (Year 10, St Andrews)

U/17:

Joshua Hook (Year 11, Brisbane)

Open:

Mitchell Clarke (Year 12, St Andrews)

Callum Jacobsen (Year 12, St Andrews)

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2017 PSA Interschool Athletics Carnival Results

The PSA Inters were held towards the end of Winter Term and our team competed very well to finish in 3rd place just half a point behind Aquinas in second with Hale the winning school.

We had three new PSA records set by Scotch College

Under 17 110m Hurdles Joshua Hook (Year 11, Brisbane), 15.09sec.

Previous record which was held by Joshua Pretorius from Scotch College

Under 15 High Jump Reuben Westerman (Year 9, Keys), 1.91m.

Previous record was 1.90m in 2015 by Sean Szalek from Scotch

Under 14, 4 x 100m Relay 48.44 sec

Year 8 Scotch team consisted of Xavier Dry, Jack Kapinkoff, Sevvel Mahendranathan and Lewis Crump.

Mr Richard Foster
Head of Sport

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Colours and Honours - Winter 2017 (Part 2)

Please see here for a full list of recipients.

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Careers Information

Year 12 WACE Examination Information

Examination Attendance

Message from Allan Blagaich, Executive Director School Curriculum & Standards Authority:

"Students are reminded that unless they sit the examination for an ATAR course, then that course will be deemed to be incomplete and will not be counted for ANY element of the WACE, nor will the pair of units for the Year 12 course appear on the student's WASSA. This is also the case related to attendance and participation in courses with practical examinations (students need to sit both components). This is particularly important if students are still counting the number of "C" grades they are required to achieve."

Sickness/Misadventure

If a student's performance in a WACE examination is affected by a temporary sickness, non-permanent disability or unforeseen misadventure suffered immediately before or during the examination period OR a student is prevented from attending an examination due to illness or misadventure, a SICKNESS/MISADVENTURE APPLICATION FORM can be obtained from Mr Frusher or downloaded from the SCSA website for completion and forwarding to School Curriculum & Standards Authority. There is a long list of reasons that will not be accepted by School Curriculum & Standards Authority but if a student is unsure he needs to check with Mr Frusher.

Personalised Examination Timetables

Students are able to download a copy of their Personalised examination timetable from: https://wace.wa.edu.au. Mr Frusher will also distribute a hard copy to all students this week.

Important - Please make your son aware of the following information which is also printed on the back of each personalised timetable.

  1. You must sign the front of your timetable before sitting the examinations and take it to every written examination. Replacement timetables can be downloaded from https://www.wace.wa.edu.au
  2. You must arrive at the examination centre at least 30 minutes before the prescribed start time for an examination (8.50 am for a morning examination and 1.30pm for an afternoon examination). Supervisors will allow candidates into the examination room before the prescribed start time so that administrative procedures can occur and important examination information can be explained.
  3. You must be familiar with the examination rules outlined in the Year 12 Information Handbook. This handbook can be downloaded from http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Publications/year12_information_handbook
  4. You are responsible for taking the correct equipment into each examination. Unauthorised materials are not allowed. A list of all permitted equipment is detailed in the Year 12 Information Handbook. This list of all permitted equipment is also provided on the front cover of each examination paper, copies of which were distributed to schools in August. In particular, mobile phones and smart watches are not permitted in the examination room. Failure to comply will result in a penalty.
  5. Calculators and any other electronic devices that allow communication via wireless technology with other calculators or electronic devices (by being connected to external attachments or by a built-in facility) are not permitted in any ATAR course examination. Failure to comply could result in a penalty.
  6. You must abide by the directions and instructions given by the supervisors. In particular, you must not start reading or writing until instructed to do so by the supervisors.
  7. You must not take part in any unfair practice in the examination room. You should note that impersonation of another candidate for an examination is a criminal offence.
  8. If the Authority is satisfied you are involved in a breach of examination rules, your examination mark may be cancelled.
  9. No allowance can be made for candidates who miss an examination through misreading the timetable. Examinations cannot be rescheduled.
  10. Candidates who suffer a temporary sickness, non-permanent disability or event which they believe may affect their performance in the examination may apply for sickness/misadventure provisions. Application forms are available from examination centres and the School Curriculum and Standards website and must be received no later than Wednesday, 22 November 2017. Refer to the Year 12 Information Handbook for details.
  11. Candidates who have two examinations in the one day may have been allocated to a common examination centre for both examinations. If this is not convenient please phone Robyn Cranley on 9273 6308, or email robyn.cranley@scsa.wa.edu.au
  12. ATAR course examination information - telephone 9273 6377 www.scsa.wa.edu.au twitter.com/SCSAWA facebook.com/SCSAWA

WACE Results

Year 12 students will be able to access their results online at https://www.wace.wa.edu.au on Tuesday, 19 December 2017.

To log on, students will need their student number and other personal identification information. It is advisable that students provide an alternate email address via the student portal. This is to avoid issues where school email accounts close prior to the release of results.

TAFE Applications are open!

Applications are open for Semester 1, 2018 so here is some useful information to help in guiding your students on where to go and what to do, to get enrolled for next year.

How to apply

For full-time study, students need to visit TAFE Admissions and complete an online application. Students will then be required to send in their relevant documentation. They will then receive a Letter of Offer which will invite them to come on campus and enrol (in January 2018).

TAFE North Metropolitan Info Nights

TAFE is running information sessions designed to give students a better understanding of the courses they offer including employment opportunities, further study pathways and requirements for studying. During the sessions students will take a campus tour where they will get to see first-hand the fantastic facilities available.

http://www.northmetrotafe.wa.edu.au/content/info-nights-2017---rsvp

Notre Dame University

The University is hosting an ATAR Advice Day on 21 December. This event is designed to provide one-on-one course counselling in light of students receiving their ATAR results.

St Teresa's Library, 32 Mouat Street (ND17), Fremantle

Students will be able to chat to expert Course and Admissions Advisors and explore their options. Family and friends are also most welcome to attend.

US Education

On Saturday 28 October, Crimson Education is holding a US College seminar for Year 9-11 students who aspire to study in the US through either academic or sport scholarship pathways.

The content will cover:

  • How US admissions officers review applications
  • The scores required - converting high school scores / SAT and ACT scores
  • The extracurricular and leadership activities that help students stand out
  • And managing the intangible qualities that show up through teacher recommendations, essays and interviews

Attached is a digital flyer with a link to the event. Use the promo code 'FRESHMAN1' for students, parents and staff to get the $10 tickets for free.

Speakers

Our keynote speaker for the event is Peter Kim. Peter is flying in from Thailand for the event and has extensive knowledge about the application process having supported students to gain offers to every Ivy League school.

Also speaking will be recently graduated International Relations major from Johns Hopkins University, Ian Cash.

Date: Saturday 28 October 2017

Time: 4.00-6.00pm

Venue: Perth Convention Centre

Medical Projects

Medical Projects have a Pre-medical Course that is specifically designed to boost students' chances of gaining a place at medical school. Our medical course includes:

  • 25 hours hospital work experience per week
  • Shadow experienced Doctors
  • Interview workshops per week
  • MMI simulation with feedback
  • Panel interview simulation with feedback
  • Clinical training sessions per week
  • Personal statement review and advice
  • Private Accommodation

Here are the available locations:

Careers with Woolworths

Woolworths Limited (Woolworths, Big W, BWS, etc) has a range of job options available, from apprenticeships and trade roles to casual, part time or full-time positions. https://www.wowcareers.com.au

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser

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Support Groups

Scotch Parents

March Out 2017

As always, we had a large "army" of parent helpers who assisted in preparing and serving morning tea at March Out last Friday. Thanks to all those who gave so generously of their time for this wonderful day for the Scotch Community.

Scotch Parents Annual General Meeting

The first AGM for the new Scotch Parents association will be held in the Dining Room Annexe at 7.00pm on Tuesday, 14 November.

All positions will be open for nomination including:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President - Special Purpose Grants Committee
  • Vice President - School Reps
  • Senior School Year Group Reps
  • Middle School Reps
  • Junior School Reps
  • Boarders Rep

Junior and Middle School Class Reps will be confirmed early in 2018.

If you would like to nominate please contact Lucia Barrett on luciabarrett@hotmail.com

If you have any enquiries please email scotchparents@scotch.wa.edu.au

We encourage all parents across the school, Junior, Middle and Senior to come along and be part of the support group contributing to the wellbeing of your son.

Guest Speaker Programme

It is with great pleasure Scotch Parents present Mr Mike Utsler COO Woodside as our first guest speaker for 2017. This will be a fantastic opportunity for boys and parents to listen to the real life experiences of a very well respected senior manager from corporate Western Australia.

Mike will share his experiences in leading the recovery and restoration program for the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

While tickets for this event are complimentary, please register your interest by visiting the Scotch College website www.scotch.wa.edu.au and click on the "Book a Scotch Event" icon.

Upcoming Events

  • Junior School Grandparents Day - McKellar Hall - Friday 20 October
  • Year 12 Thank You - Dining Room Annexe - Tuesday 14 November 7.00pm
  • Guest Speaker - Mike Utsler - Thursday 26 October
  • Scotch Parents AGM - Tuesday 14 November 7.00pm

Mr Ian Knobel and Ms Steph Debnam
Co-Presidents
Scotch Parents

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Friends of Scotch Music

The Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) aim to support the development and promotion of the Music Programmes at Scotch College by assisting at various performances and events throughout the year.

The FOSM AGM will be held on Tuesday, 17 October at 7.00pm, Room 61 Senior School Music Department. Any interested parents of Music students across Junior, Middle and Senior Schools are warmly invited to attend.

If you have any enquiries, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au

Mrs Ali Carlton
FOSM Secretary

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Pipe Band Support Group

Christmas Fare 2017

The Scotch College Pipe Band Christmas Fare will be open for orders soon. This year we are pleased to offer delightful Christmas treats from 'For the Coffee Table' that include their cakes, shortbread and fruit mince tarts. Full details will be provided shortly.

Mrs Margaret Shine
President: Pipe Band Parent Support Group

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Soccer Support Group

Congratulations to the Scotch College First XI Soccer Team who are the Senior Boys School Sport of Western Australia Champions. Scotch defeated Woodvale Secondary College, a specialist soccer school in the final to become the first Public Schools Association (PSA) School to make it all the way through having won eight games in the knockout rounds of the State Cup.

Thank you to the numerous supporters Scotch staff (past and present), parents, family, friends and fellow students who did a wonderful job cheering the team on at Dalmatinac Park in Spearwood on 13 September.

The First XI team also brought home the Lawe - Davies Cup by winning the PSA league this season.

This has been a truly successful season for Scotch College Soccer and is a well deserved way for Gerry McEwan to end his time at Scotch, having coached the First XI team for the past nine years. Thank you to Mr Bridle, Mr Kandiah and Mr Foster for their ongoing dedication to soccer at Scotch.

Mrs Hilary Davies
Soccer Support Group

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Community Notices

Fremantle Ports Maritime Day

Fremantle Ports Maritime Day gives young people and community an opportunity to learn more about the employment, training and educational opportunities available within the maritime industry as well as being a fun, family orientated community event. The open day will be held in B Shed on Victoria Quay, Fremantle on Saturday 4 November.

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