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Business as Usual?

News

25 August 2017

Business as Usual?

Business as Usual?

Celebrations continue after a successful trio of events last week for our Campus.

Stewart House are on top of the world after smashing out “Mr Brightside” to take the honours. Unsurprisingly the student vote did not concur and it would seem we need to award 6 first places. I know parents are in for a treat at House dinners.

Our First XVIII had a convincing victory over Mercedes and this means they are now undefeated Premiers for Division 2. We are undefeated in Division two, therefore premiers in that division but we have lost games to Division 1 sides. We have been very competitive in these losses to Division 1 schools e.g. PAC, Saints and Rostrevor. There is no trophy for the premiership but it’s nice to acknowledge the boys’ efforts. We have won the Division 2 Premiership four of the past five years.

The SA final for the Apex Australia Teen Fashion Awards were once again hosted by the College. The creativity and artistry on show was amazing. Congratulations to the students who represented Scotch. Special thanks to Gill Joschke and her team who created a fantastic show with a member of the audience telling me that “our show was more professional than the National Awards!” We’ll take that feedback any day.

This week I met with Year 12 for a catch up about what matters in the coming weeks. It is a time of year where students are transitioning out of school and the markers of that journey become more significant. The Universities have held their Open Days and students are sorting out their SATAC entry for University selection. The trial exams next week will be a good snapshot of where things are at and more importantly highlight what still needs to be done.

This term we have the inaugural House Sports Festival competition organised by Gavin Kilpatrick, Darren Beanland and the Year 11 students as their first leadership experience. It will occur over the last three weeks of term after school. This is traditionally a fairly quiet time and by creating this opportunity we maintain engagement of the students in the co-curricular program in a competition that promises to be loads of fun! Points will go towards the Saies Family Shield. We have had less House competitions over lunchtimes this year to make way for other co-curricular programs. To make this work we need participants, helpers and supporters. Parents are more than welcome to come along and enjoy some early spring afternoons.

Last week Pepita March, our Youth Pastor and Service Learning Coordinator, after consultation with the Campus leadership had to make the difficult decision to change the country for our Global Service tour to be held in January. The increasing security risk in the Philippines and sound advice from external sources meant it was in the best interests of our students to reconsider our options. I am pleased to announce that we will now partner with Rustic Pathways and a service tour will go to Laos in January. Global Service is the emphasis and the students have felt strongly about not abandoning the community in the Philippines with whom they were to work We will continue our fundraising activities and continue to support with the Uniting Church the community of Apayao.

We have seen a successful implementation of the Year 8 Healthy Minds pre-emptive psychology program and Shawn Kasbergen and the team are looking forward to seeing the success of the first iteration as it strengthens our students’ wellbeing.

On Thursday afternoon, I attended a wonderful afternoon tea with our current CLIP students and their homestay parents (and siblings). This semester Heather McKinnon and Cathryn Cardie are a tour de force in delivering an intensive language program that sees our non-English speaking students gain confidence and skills at a rapid rate in readiness for the mainstream program. The students are amazing and are appreciative of the opportunity to be part of the Scotch program. Our local students have much to gain from the interactions and making friends with our International students and nothing to lose!

Intercol is upon us and no doubt I will see many of you out and about at fixtures.

Thanks to all the parents who have once again ensured that in a cold and wet winter our teams have been able to play, be competitive and enjoy the season all because you have scheduled your busy lives around your wonderful children.

Dale