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End of 2018 Update


17 December 2018

End of 2018 Update

End of 2018 Update

Dear Parents

If you have followed eNews, our website or our social media (Facebook | Instagram) from both Mitcham and Torrens Park Campus over the past year, you will have seen a constant record of achievements and successes. It has been a year when the pace has been unrelenting. The imagination and innovation displayed by staff and students have been outstanding.

We rejoice in all the academic achievements of our students and look forward very much to the SACE results. They are released on 18 December and we trust that our students land the university places of their choice.

What cheers my heart is also the bravery of our students who have entered competitions in entrepreneurship, novel-writing and public speaking, or who have organised events such as the one back in Term 3 to celebrate service learning and social responsibility. So many key messages in our end of year ceremonies touched on these areas.

In all, we are a school which lives and breathes educational experiences and real-life challenges.  Our students have been impressive in public, and industrious in the quiet places. I congratulate all of them from the ELC to Year 12 for the investment they have made in their school this year and wish them well for a safe and happy time this Christmas. 

Please note that next year will be even busier!  Our centenary promises to be a time of celebration of all that Scotch is, was and will be. There are many events to which you will be warmly invited, and they will be special indeed. I am grateful to the support staff and senior colleagues who have made such a celebration possible, and we look forward to seeing you at the events that we are putting on.

In all, Scotch could not be in a finer position going into its centenary year.  All the indicators, both soft and hard, point to a school of success, ambition, strong wellbeing and massive professionalism. It is a tribute to all those who have gone before that we have reached this position and I thank Council, our Committees and the Senior Leadership Team for all that they have achieved to enable us to enter 2019 with confidence.

Yours faithfully

Dr John H Newton


Important Announcement

I am delighted to report that the Scotch College Council has agreed to renew the contract of the Principal, Dr John Newton, until the mid-2020s. The Council is keen to secure stability in the College leadership both during and after the Centenary, so that Scotch makes a successful launch into its second century and delivers on its strategic objectives. John has expressed his sense of honour and gratitude that he is able to play this part in the history of our extraordinary school.

Raymond Spencer
Chair, Council of Governors


Torrens Park Campus Update

Thanks to the generous support of our Parents and Friends there are two significant projects happening on Torrens Park Campus over the summer break. The Blythewood/Carruth corner has for some time been in need of some attention and when we return in late January you will see the makeover of the area to bring it into line with the other boundary focal points.  

The second project is the refurbishment of the Lecture Theatre.  It will become a contemporary learning space with new furnishings and quality audio-visual and technologies to support students and staff to work in collaborative and interesting ways.  As an added bonus, it will have air conditioning and heating installed to replace the evaporative cooling.  I know students will appreciate the changes and the contribution of their families to the upgrade. 

Two further projects are the refurbishment of three classroom spaces including the completion of the McCaul Precinct Visual Art classroom.  Our Year 12 students’ Common Room will be moving from the Willsmore block and will now be relocated in a temporary portable classroom that is to be located between the Disney and Maitland buildings.  The students will have greater space will have the opportunity to make the space a comfortable study and social environment. 

I am sure you have by now noticed the paving for the Chapel and the work on the nearby garden beds as we prepare to look our best for a significant year.  Even the driveway posts have had a lick of paint thanks largely to the efforts of Sam Mather (10 Go) and other Goose Island students who had their camp program interrupted due to inclement weather.  Thanks also to the Walter family and Year 10 and Year 12 students for their work on the Prince of Wales oval dugouts, seating replacement and pavilion which have been a work in progress for the last six months.  The Rose Garden will be a stunning campus feature during our numerous celebrations next year.

We are blessed to have a dedicated and skilful Grounds and Maintenance team who under the leadership of David Trinne and Peter Harfield continue to give our campus the love and attention it requires to create a stunning learning scape for our students at work and play.  The oversight of Richard Stone, COO, on all these projects is greatly appreciated and his deft leadership to minimise impact on the campus and our programs appreciated. 

More from Torrens Park Campus:


Year 12 Results 2018

Today we celebrate the success of our Year 12 students and their outstanding results. The Class of 2018 have continued the story of Scotch College Adelaide being amongst the leading schools of South Australia and Australia when it comes to academics and achievement.


Undoubtedly this cohort will be acknowledged by their peers, teachers and the community as deserved scholars. None more so than the Dux of Sciences, Matthew Giddings, whose perfect score of 99.95 ranks him as one of the highest achieving students in Australia.

Matthew attained Merits in Research Project, Chemistry (2017), Physics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Biology (2018). An outstanding result by any measure. You can read more about Matthew's story here.

Alexandra Johnston who attained a 99.90 is our Dux of Humanities with Merits in Biology (2017) and Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Physics and English Literary Studies (2018).

Benjamin Voyvodic also on 99.9 is our Dux of Combined Studies having achieved Merits in Research Project and Biology (2017) and Chemistry and Physics (2018).

Results at a glance for the 2018 cohort:

  • 46% over an ATAR of 90
  • 31.4% greater than 95
  • 6 students with a score over 99
  • 21 Merits across 17 subjects

You can read more about the Class of 2018's achievements here. Well done to all - a superb effort!


Scotch Star: Matthew Giddings

Today Matthew Giddings, Scotch Scholar and recipient of the Governor of South Australia’s Commendation has been recognised as one of the best in the state having achieved a perfect ATAR of 99.95.


Matthew is the ranked as one of the highest achieving students in Australia. An outstanding achievement by an amazing young man with tremendous opportunity before him. We are proud and honoured to have been part of Matthew’s success at Scotch. A phenomenal result. 

Matthew's story is a tremendous one - you can read all about his journey from a first person perspective here.


Save the Dates

  • Mitcham Campus and Torrens Park Campus parents are invited to attend our Welcome Back Morning Tea on both campuses on 31 January 2019 (first day of classes) at 8:30am – 9:30am.
  • Please see the attached flyer for details regarding the unveiling of The Centenary Sculpture on Friday 8 February (6pm-8pm). Please note this event is for the whole Scotch community and we require you to RSVP online. Please click here for further information and to RSVP.


Leaving Staff Members

My best wishes are extended to all staff leaving the College. I would like to make special mention of our long serving staff members, Robyn Thomas and Rohan Young. We thank them all for their loyal and dedicated service and wish them well for their future.  


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Date Event
Wednesday 19 December School Holiday Program closed
Friday 28 December Laos Service Learning Trip departs
Monday 7 January Camp Australia Holiday Program commences
Saturday 12 January Cricket Quad Tournament departs for NZ
Tuesday 15 January Laos Service Learning Trip returns
Thursday 19 January School Holiday Program begins
Friday 18 January Cricket Quad Tournament returns from NZ
Sunday 20 January Nelson Rowing Camp commences Years 10-12
Wednesday 23 January Code Camp commences
Friday 25 January Camp Australia Holiday Program concludes
  Nelson Rowing Camp concludes Years 10-12
  Code Camp concludes
Sunday 27 January West Lakes Training morning, Years 8 & 9
Monday 28 January Australia Day Public Holiday
  West Lakes Training morning, Years 8 & 9
Tuesday 29 January West Lakes Training morning, Years 8 & 9
  Boarders return from 2pm
  Boarders Welcome Function, 5pm
  Learning Journey Parent Information Evening, 7pm
Wednesday 30 January Reception “Meet and Greet”
  Middle School Leaders morning, 8.30am-10.30am
  Years 7, 8, 9 & 11 Commencement meetings, 9am-5pm
  Year 10 Welcome to Senior School, 9am-11am
  New Students Years 8-9 Laptop Induction, 12.30pm-2pm
  Year 12 Back in the Groove commencement and House meetings, 1.30pm-3.30pm
  New Students Years 10-12 Laptop Induction, 2.15pm-3.30pm
  School Holiday Program concludes
  Dance Information Evening, 6pm
Thursday 31 January Classes commence
  P&F Welcome Back morning tea, 8.30am, Kallawar Lawns (Mitcham Campus and Webb Science Courtyard (Torrens Park Campus)


Scotch Shop

Families can find the opening times of the Scotch Shop here. Please note that no secondhand uniforms will be accepted until after 18 February.