Calendar 2021

07:00PM 05 August
College Musical
Beauty and the Beast: The Musical
11:30AM 12 August
Madagascar: Junior School Musical
09:15AM 18 August
Week 5
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W5...
09:00AM 19 August
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 24 August
Junior School Tour (T3W06 2021)
09:15AM 09 September
Week 8
Junior School Tour (T3W08 2021)
09:00AM 14 September
Week 9
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 16 September
Week 9
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W9...
09:15AM 19 October
Week 2
Junior School Tour (T4W02 2021)
09:00AM 27 October
Week 3
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 28 October
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W3...
09:15AM 11 November
Week 5
Junior School Tour (T4W05 2021)
09:15AM 17 November
Week 6
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W6...
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A home away from home


A home away from home

For 100 years, Scotch College Adelaide has hosted boarders from regional and rural Australia. What this century of experience has taught us is that each family is unique, and that a personal approach enables each child to be happy and supported to pursue their passions and achieve their potential. We provide a safe and supportive living environment underpinned by respect.

Guided by this overarching ethos, Scotch College has been a home away from home for hundreds of boarders across multiple generations and one of the world’s best boarding experiences. Located in the Adelaide foothills, the extensive grounds and open spaces form a bridge between the city and the bush.

While each family is unique, there are aspects of the boarding that all families need and expect as part of their schooling experience. The underpinning principles we use to shape our Rosevear boarding program begin with cultivating a family environment that is safe and where each child is known and nurtured. 

Scotch offers an educational journey that is incomparable, where effort is valued, and passions discovered. Boarders enter into a home where strong values of respect, inclusion and wellbeing are lived among a diverse community, created with international families, that reflect a normal, cultural, society. 

Scotch is a place where students find their voice, independence and unrealised potential in readiness for their future, facilitated by a wellbeing framework that supports emotional intelligence, confidence and decision making. 


Great relationships strengthen great learning

We believe it’s all about belonging. We understand that the growth and development experienced by adolescents is enhanced and more positive when accompanied by meaningful relationships. Our comprehensive wellbeing and academic staffing model allows both aspects of our communal learning environment to be well supported, with any matters arising managed in an inclusive and thoughtful manner. Great relationships strengthen great learning. We believe it’s a simple recipe for success in boarding and life.

We challenge students to be their best selves. We understand our boarding parents want their child to be exposed to experiences and opportunities where they are challenged to prosper and grow, so we work with parents in a partnership to provide the highest level of support for each student’s journey through secondary education. We foster life skills needed for future success through our extensive offering. Students may grow their personal wellbeing; experience a broad range of social, sporting and cultural activities; and are supported to give their best effort and achieve in their studies.

Academically our personalised, individual approach supports learning inside and outside the classroom, with a focus on teaching the whole child - the aim of a Scotch education is not simply to get students across the line to a university place, but to offer whole of life preparation. Students are offered an extensive co-curricular program and access to friendly staff who know their subject and how your child learns best. This holistic focus creates a learning environment that facilitates exceptional academic achievement. In 2018, 46% of the Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of 90 or above and 31.4% achieved a score greater than 95. Scotch has earned an excellent reputation academically – Scotch graduates have the power to make an impact in the world.


Our Programs

All boarders are provided with numerous opportunities to develop their life skills. Our healthy bodies program held weekday mornings includes running, gym, walking, yoga and swimming. Most days, boarders engage with the strong co-curricular activities offered by the school in the sports, performing arts, oratory, new arts, STEM and Entrepreneurship programs. Rosevear Boarders run their own business, successfully making and selling pizzas on special occasions.

On weekends activities are offered which range from Go Karting, Horse Riding, Bowling, Laser Skirmish, Paintballing, Socials with other schools, Adventure Rooms just to name a few. Our Activities coordinator also organises activities during the week after homework time which include sporting tournaments, cooking and quiz nights.

Throughout the year other Enhancement Activities are offered such as First Aid, Responsible Service of Alcohol, Defensive Driving and Boat Licence. These are designed for the boarders to gain qualifications and enhance their employability skills.

Some boarders choose to pursue part time employment. We aim to replicate the opportunities that a typical Adelaide teenager may have available to them. We support the Scotch Presents speaker series and also invite guests to talk with our community about matters of importance. 

"Over the year, the Scotch boarding house has become my home away from home, except now it is with over one hundred other people under the one roof. My mum heard good things about the school when I was younger and put my name down for enrolment. Being in the boarding house is a different and new experience, being in a dorm with others is one of the big things - it’s like we are brothers in arms who share and get along as mates (with the occasional difference of opinion). Scotch offers too many opportunities to count, and any student can most likely find something that suits them. The boarders aren’t separated from the day school, and boarders and ‘day bugs’ get along very well. Scotch is an amazing school with amazing people and it’s a whole new experience."

Hugh Rackham
Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula

Strong Support Systems

Boarding families can expect a staffing philosophy that is exemplary, cross generational, diverse and equipped to work with teenagers and their daily challenges. Our staffing model ensures the highest level of care for all Boarders.

Our Executive team includes a Head of Boys Boarding and a Head of Girls Boarding along with their Deputies, and our Boarding Administrator. They are supported by our House Parent and a team of talented House Assistants. 

Students are well-known and make strong connections with significant adults who support them in their personal development and life education. 

With such a large number of staff (all of whom have tertiary qualifications, or are undertaking tertiary studies), homework time in the evenings is productive and well supported. Boarders from Years 7 to 11 go to classrooms supervised by House Assistants who can help whenever it is required. 

We are committed to co-parenting and involve parents and guardians in important conversations around the development of their child. We foster shared values with our community through a weekly newsletter, range of social functions, a Parent Boarding Executive, strategic workshops, social media and frequent communication about our program and the individual needs of their child. The Boarding Leadership Team are accessible to parents at any time by phone and email.

Our family is strong and each member is encouraged to have a voice.


Orientation Programs

Our orientation program for students commences with a transition sleep over for new students prior to their arrival. During the first term, we provide a structured Welcome to Rosevear program which addresses homesickness, builds relationships and fosters confidence for your child and their boarding identity.


A Focus on Food & Nutrition

Our food is prepared by our internationally trained chef, and is nutritious, varied and delicious. There is always a choice of dishes and ample provided for your growing teenager.

Breakfast, recess, lunch and dinner are served in the dining room in the historic Torrens Park House. Afternoon tea and supper are available in Rosevear along with a constant supply of snacks, tea, coffee and milk. Our students sometimes like to prepare their own food and they have equipment to do so in the common rooms. Our Dining Committee creates opportunity for student, parent and staff input to ensure meal times work.


A true connection with regional Australia

One of our key connections with our rural families is through the Scotch Farm and Agriculture program. Whilst many of our students understand the nature of farms and the agricultural industry, our program is designed to further develop student knowledge around the latest developments in Agri-technology and business. We utilise a strong scientific research and inquiry model, partnering with external industries and universities to ensure our program is contemporary and enables students to consider the wide range of careers beyond the farm gate that are evolving as the industry does. The farm itself is a great space for our students to hang out and when feeling a little overwhelmed by city life its place of comfort and reassurance.


Short Term Boarding for Day Students

Boarding has become a lifestyle choice and casual or short-term boarding is an opportunity for day students to take advantage of the benefits of boarding and our outstanding boarding program.

Both casual and short-term boarding guarantees your child their own cosy bed and quality time spent with their boarding friends.

There may be times when unexpected work, family or school commitments create logistical challenges. You are welcome to book a boarding place on a casual basis for up to four weeks across a term, space permitting. Bookings are required termly in advance. 

For families requiring a longer commitment, or as a way for students to build up to full boarding, we also offer short-term boarding. Short term is minimum of four nights per week, for bookings of more than 4 weeks across a Term.

After the school day finishes, short term and casual boarders enjoy evenings in with other boarders and house staff. They will have supervised personal preparation (homework time) and can join any of our Rosevear Activities & Wellbeing programs.

Click here to find out more about our Rosevear Experience offering, or contact Admissions on 8274 4209 or to discuss day student boarding opportunities.


Boarding at Scotch is available to students from Year 6 and caters for students from around the globe. Our strengths are co-education, diversity and opportunities to develop great people.

We extend a warm invitation to meet with us either through our rural visits program, at field days or when you are next in town on business. Our family is your family and we welcome you to join us as we step confidently into our next 100 years of being South Australia’s premier coeducational boarding school. We welcome you to be part of our Scotch family… it’s a great journey.

Head of Boys Boarding
Dave Scholz
Head of Girls Boarding
Kara Cleary

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