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A celebration 100 years in the making

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2 April 2019

A celebration 100 years in the making

A celebration 100 years in the making

Scotch College will ensure Adelaide’s festival season continues, flinging open its iron gates this weekend for a celebration 100 years in the making.

The Scotch 100th Festival, celebrating the school’s centenary, is a free gala event for the college and the wider community.

“We are not here just to keep it all in our small corner. We want to share some Scotch love with the wider community,” principal John Newton says.

“We have no idea how many are coming but we are thinking it will be several thousand.

“There is all the fun of the fair and people can go on a series of Scotch experiences from shearing a sheep to seeing how we make chocolate.”

Other activities on the day include amusement rides, fashion parades, cooking demonstrations, cheese and wine masterclasses, whip-cracking demonstrations and a silent disco.

The climax of the busy day will be a light and sound show projected on the walls of the school’s main building that was built as the home for Sir Robert Torrens, the third Premier of South Australia, in 1853. The Barr Smith family owned Torrens Park House until it was founded as a Presbyterian school for boys in 1919.

“The students have created the content of the film about the history of Scotch and have written the music themselves,” Dr Newton says.

“We have been working on it all for around a year and it will be a magnificent climax to a special day.”

The festival is part of a series of events at Scotch during the year, including a gala dinner for 1300 guests at Adelaide Convention Centre. That event, in August, is already sold out and there is a long waiting list for tickets.

In addition, Scotch is the first school in SA to have secured a TEDxYouth licence that will allow it to film a series of talks in June to be broadcast globally as part of the TED Talks series.

TED Talks involve carefully prepared discussions, demonstrations and performances that are idea-focused, foster learning and provoke conversations that can inspire.

“The TEDx youth licence has to be organised by young people for young people and very few have been offered in Australia,” Dr Newton says.

“Our theme is the ‘Power of Purpose’ and we have organised big-hitting entrepreneurs, administrators and politicians to speak to the students about the power of purpose in their professional lives. It’ll all be available on YouTube ... so kids from other schools with have access to them, too.”

The Scotch 100 Festival is on Saturday, at the school, Carruth Rd, Torrens Park, 2pm-9pm. Entry is free.

-- original article by Craig Cook appeared in Hills Valley Weekly on 3 April 2019. Photo: AAP/Keryn Stevens