Scotch College Adelaide is an independent, co-educational day and
boarding school offering an outstanding education from
Early Learning to Year 12
One of the key challenges for any school principal is to remain accessible to the whole school community. One of the positive features of the last 2.5 years is that the vast majority of messages coming through my inbox or to my office have been incredibly positive and supportive. However, there are always ways in which we can do better for parents.
I have been asked on numerous occasions to feedback the findings of the site Master Plan. I intend to do this once Council have signed off the documents. There are still details which will shortly be resolved.
It is one of the conditions of our grant funding that we survey our parents on a regular basis. Therefore, I hope to send out a parent survey in Term 3 and to use the feedback from that, the Master Plan process and our own detailed internal discussions to update parents on our current position as well as where Scotch is headed in the medium to long term.
As a College, we must be self-critical and expect high achievement for ourselves as professionals. Your feedback will also help that process.
Otherwise we have had a fine first half of the academic year 2017. I am always impressed by the way that our students are engaged in a whole plethora of activities, and the way they show good cheer when they are under pressure and tired. Scotch is a school with minimal disciplinary issues due to its culture and support. That does not mean that we take the enforcement of high standards for granted.
However, with an all-encompassing emphasis on wellbeing, and by sustaining a demanding, broad and relevant curriculum and co-curriculum, we enable your children to develop the resilience, relationships and engagement to enjoy a fulfilled youth. Our aim is to put our hands on our hearts and say we prepared for them well for their long term challenges.
Next term I recommend that you consider coming to the Junior School and Senior School shows. Both will be spectacular. Please always feel free to attend all sports fixtures and other events that we set up in the school on both the Mitcham Campus and the Torrens Park Campus. Scotch is for the whole family to enjoy.
I wish you all very well for the midyear break.
John H Newton
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