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End of Term 1 Update


10 April 2018

End of Term 1 Update

End of Term 1 Update

Dear Parents

It has been a busy and exciting term and I trust your children have found it to be so too.  From the celebration of academic achievement, to the casting of the show, to heroic sporting performances (including a world record for an Old Collegian!), to exceptional musical performances from our youngest to our oldest students, and to wonderful enrichment experiences, I have been privileged to see progress and educational richness in all parts of Scotch.

External events across the world – a subject of my talk in the beginning of term assembly – tell us more and more about the need for flexibility and the rich array of skills our young people need if they are to navigate the tricky waters of the 21st Century.  Our staff constantly talk about the relevance of our education to real world phenomena.  As a Senior Leadership Team, it is our job to interrogate what we do and match it to the demands of a changing world rather than simply be conservative and shelter in old world strategies.  I am delighted to work with a fresh-thinking and highly energetic team of staff who relish such conversations and deliver at a high level.

The heart of the year is with us.  The winter months are a great time for our senior students to get down to work and for our junior students to enrich and deepen their lives in school.  I value very much your support and encouragement for our young people in making the most of all that Scotch has to offer. 

Yours faithfully

Dr John Newton


Student successes this term

(Please note that we attempt to capture as many of these as we can, and are happy to hear of any more for future inclusion in school publications and messages.)

  • Jake Bastian (Year 11 Douglas), represented South Australia and Australia at the Pacific School Games Swimming Competition in December.  Jake won silver in the 200m Butterfly and bronze in the 50m Butterfly. 
  • Tess Bastian (Year 12, Douglas), represented South Australia and Australia at the Pacific School Games Swimming Competition in December.  Tess won gold in the 100m and 400m Freestyle, silver in the 50m Butterfly and bronze in the 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.
  • Zac Becker (Year 9, Gordon) represented South Australia in the U15 Baseball team.
  • Billie Bowen (Year 11, Stewart) competed in the Athletics SA State Championships and won a gold medal in the U18s High Jump event.
  • Erin Cameron (Year 12, Cameron) was been selected in the U18 State Hockey Team and represented SA at the nationals in Launceston in March.
  • Sophie Casey Year 8, Cameron) competed in the Athletics SA State Championships and won gold in the U15 Long Jump and Triple Jump events.
  • Lucy Doney (Year 10, Stewart) competed in the Athletics SA State Championships and won a gold medal in the Triple Jump and 100m.  Lucy also won a silver medal in the 200m.  These are outstanding results for Lucy as she has been injured for 10 months and had only been training for 3 weeks and two of these results were her personal best.  Lucy recently competed at a National event in Sydney and won the gold medal in the U16 and U17 triple jump. 
  • Saxon Gibbs (Year 9, Gordon) represented South Australia in the U15 Baseball team.
  • Adam Holland (Year 8, Gordon) represented South Australia and Australia with distinction at the Pacific School Games Swimming Competition in December.
  • Jessica Jackson (Year 9, Douglas) represented South Australia and Australia with distinction at the Pacific School Games Swimming Competition in December.
  • Sharleena Martin (Year 11, Stewart) has been selected in the 2018 Women’s Aboriginal AFL Academy Leadership Group. 
  • Onor Nottle (Year 11, Campbell) has been selected in the South Australian School State Debating Squad and will compete in the national championships in Perth in May.
  • Lalla Nugent (Year 11, Douglas) has been selected to participate in the Yale Young Global Scholars Programme.  This Programme (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven.
  • Hugh Scaffidi-Muta (Year 11, Gordon) has been accepted into the Australian Refugee Ambassador Program.
  • Maggie Smith (Year 10, Cameron) volunteered her time at Camp KickStart, every school holidays for 18 months and did over 250 hours of service.
  • Olivia Steel (Year 8, Stewart) volunteered her time at Camp KickStart, every school holidays for 18 months and did over 250 hours of service.
  • Sebastian Steel (Year 10, Stewart) volunteered his time at Camp KickStart, every school holidays for 18 months and did over 250 hours of service.
  • Lucie Spurling (Year 11, McGregor) competed in the Athletics SA State Championships in the 3km Steeple Chase and won a silver medal.
  • Joshua Tonkin (Year 11, Cameron) for being selected to represent the U16 Adelaide United Football Club at the Mediterranean International Cup in Spain.
  • Brooklyn Vonderwall (Year 12, Cameron) competed in the National Track Cycling Championships held in Brisbane in the U19 Women’s Category.  Brooklyn won a gold medal in the 500m time trial and gold in the Team sprint.  She also won a silver medal in the Match sprint. 
  • Molly Watson (Year 11, Gordon) was selected in the U17 South Australian Netball team.  Molly has also been named Vice-Captain.
  • Oscar Young (Year 10, Douglas) for completing his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.


ANZAC Flag Laying at Centennial Park

All Scotch College students, their families and friends are warmly invited to participate in the annual ANZAC Flag Laying Ceremony at Centennial Park on Tuesday 17 April at 4.50pm.

This is a Scotch tradition and we proudly represent the 2/27th Battalion AIF as the custodians of the Battalions Colours.  This remains one of their official responsibilities in the lead up to ANZAC Day each year.  There will be a procession to the Cross of Sacrifice followed by a Service of Remembrance led by the College Captains.

Those in attendance are asked to then lay some 3500 flags on the graves of those who have served and now lay at peace in the Centennial Park Cemetery.

If you would like to attend this event, please register via the link here.  Please note that students are to wear their full winter uniform.


Torrens Park Campus Athletics Day

Congratulations to Gordon House who were once again overall winners on the day - fantastic effort! Gordon also won the Middle School trophy while McGregor captured the Senior School trophy. Well done to all competitors in what was a great day of competing. Special thanks also to all the parents who came along to watch and support.


Year 11 Students

An increasing number of Year 11 students will be driving to school over the coming terms. They have several responsibilities if they are intending to drive to school and have their car here.

Please note:

  • Year 11 students are not permitted to park on campus. They are permitted to park in side streets surrounding the school as marked.
  • If they students are driving to school they must complete a blue form available from Mrs Deans. There are P plate and School based restrictions re passengers and safety. These rules need to be understood and adhered to as per the instructions on the blue form. Parents need to read what is required and give permission.
  • At no stage are students to leave campus without signing out and the permission of parents.
  • From Week 3 Term 4 Year 11 students are permitted to park on campus in the Carruth Road car park.
  • Apart from boarders no student car is to be parked in the Blythewood or East Lane car parks.
  • Parking around Mitcham campus is not permitted.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Mr Bennett
Deputy Principal, Head of TP Campus


Staff Changes

  • Julia Vine has commenced Maternity Leave and has been replaced by Owen Rowsell for the remainder of 2018.  Owen has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at UniSA, he then completed a Bachelor of Education (middle and secondary), majoring in Health, Physical and Outdoor Education.
  • Pepita March finishes with us at the end of this term and is being replaced by Tracey Wallace. Tracey has a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Hon) and a Masters of Education (Innovation and Change).  Tracey comes to us from Ocean View College where she is Community Engagement Coordinator.
  • Olivia Scroop has resigned and will commence at Concordia College as the Assistant to the Director of Teaching and Learning.  
  • Janet Rainey has commenced Long Service Leave for the rest of 2018 and has been replaced by Grace Parsons (B.Teaching and a B.Arts (English and History)).  Grace comes to us from Hills Christian College.
  • Steve Sparrow will also take Long Service Leave in Term 2.  Steve will be replaced by Louise Firth (B. of Human Nutrition and a Masters of Teaching). Louise is an Old Collegian who is deeply involved with the Rowing Community and has been a Scotch Boarding House Assistant for the last 2 years


Winter Uniform

Please ensure full winter uniforms are ready for the start of Term 2.  Students must wear their blazer to and from the College for winter terms.  Only when at school students may wear the jumper without a blazer.  Ties are to be worn correctly by boys and girls at all times in Terms 2 and 3.  The tie must be worn properly tied with the top button fastened.

Both boys and girls in the Middle School will wear the navy House ties.  Boys in the Senior School will wear the traditional tartan House tie.  Girls in the Senior School will wear the navy House tie.

Girls are expected to continue to tie back their hair.  Make up and nail polish are still unacceptable at school.

All students on Torrens Park Campus are reminded they must have a padlock on their locker.



A reminder that the same rules apply for boys hair and girls. Our preferred style for boys is above the collar neat and tidy with no steps, undercuts or number 1 cuts. Some boys like to have longer hair. If over the collar then they, like the girls, must wear their hair tied back. It is still to be neat and tidy. Boys are to be clean shaven each day for school. Neither boys or girls are permitted to have multiple colours in their hair. Blended highlights are permissible but obvious bleaching and streaks of various hues are not permitted. Girls hair is to be tied back and be neat and tidy with no undercuts or steps. At all times for boys and girls hair is to be worn off the face.

The reason for our hair rules is straightforward it is about hygiene, safety and the reasonable expectation of the school that our students to take pride in their appearance. If you are unsure about uniform and appearance rules please refer to our policy here. If unsure please contact Dale Bennett or Kelly Sharp.


Torrens Park drop off and pick up areas

Parents are also reminded to please be patient and comply with the designated drop off and pick up areas in the Carruth Road car park of the Torrens Park Campus.  Please do not go beyond the bollards up the Rose Garden drive to the Chapel.


Scotch Shop Holiday Trading Hours

  • Tuesday 17 April from 8am-1pm
  • Friday 27 April from 12.30pm-4.30pm

If the above times cause an inconvenience could you please contact Beverly Hillier to make alternative arrangements by phoning 8274 4343 or email


Mitcham Campus News and information

Thank you to our parents and carers for your partnership throughout Term 1.  When taking tours of Scotch with families, I am often asked about what makes Scotch unique. One of the aspects that I always share is the value of partnership with families, the extraordinary support of the Parents and Friends, the collaboration at Learning Progress and Meetings, the many families who come into classrooms before school to connect with the school and each other, the readiness of parents to contact us with any concerns, and the incredible turn out at events such as Sports Days, Grandparents’ Day, Showcases etc.  Thank you to you all for your constant support and communication that have contributed to the tremendous success of the term.

As we head into Term 2, students move into their winter uniforms. For Reception to Year 2 this includes the jacket over their tops and for Year 3 to 6 blazers. Just a reminder that Year 3 to 6 boys wear a tie with their shirts and Year 3 to 6 girls wear a cross over tab with their shirts and kilts. A number of Year 3 families are yet to visit the uniform shop to purchase the kilt. Please note that the uniform shop will be open on Tuesday 17th April from 8am until 1pm and on Friday 27th April from 12.30pm until 4.30pm over the holidays.  A survey is being sent to Year 3 to 6 families this week to determine how many families are looking to purchase the alternate uniform items (summer shorts and blouse for girls Term 4, and long pants with the current shirt and tab – hopefully for Term 3).

Ms Ieva Hampson
Head of Mitcham Campus


Important dates in Term 2

Please find below some dates for the upcoming term.  Please note that these dates may change and we would like to encourage you to use our website calendar throughout the year. 

Friday 13 April Term 1 concludes, 3.30pm
  Blue and Gold Formal 6.45pm
Saturday 14 April Boarding House closes 12 noon
Monday 16 April School Holiday programme commences
Tuesday 17 April France Tour departs
  Centennial Park Flag Laying, 4.50pm
Monday 23 April Code Camp commences
Wednesday 25 April ANZAC Day
Thursday 26 April Code Camp concludes
Sunday 29 April Boarding House opens, 2pm
Monday 30 April Term 2 commences
  Year 9@Scotch – Camp A departs
Thursday 3 May Soccer season launch, 3.30pm
Friday 4 May Generations in Jazz Festival commences
  Football Launch Lunch at 12 noon
Saturday 5 May Pedal Prix – Loxton Race 1
Sunday 6 May Generations in Jazz Festival concludes
  Pedal Prix – Loxton Race 1
Tuesday 8 May ICAS Digital Technology – Mitcham Campus
  Torrens Park Tour at 9am
  Performing Arts Parent Support Group meeting at 6pm
Wednesday 9 May Big Science Competition, years 7-10
  ELC Mothers’ Day High Tea, 2.30pm
  Year 11 Memory Mnemonics, 3.45pm
Thursday 10 May Year 11 Cameron Breakfast, 7.15am
  Julie Arliss Gifted and Talented Conference
Friday 11 May Middle School Grandparents Day, 10.45am
  Year 9@Scotch – Camp A returns
Saturday 12 May Winter Sport commences
Sunday 13 May Julie Arliss Gifted and Talented Conference
Tuesday 15 May NAPLAN Testing, Years 3, 5, 7 & 9
  Year 11 OE Rock Climbing Expedition departs
Wednesday 16 May NAPLAN Testing – Years 3, 5, 7 & 9
Thursday 17 May Year 11 Campbell Breakfast
  NAPLAN Testing – Years 3, 5, 7 & 9
  Rowing Support Group meeting, 7pm
Friday 18 May Year 11 OE Rock Climbing Expedition returns
Monday 21 May Year 9@Scotch – Camp B departs
Tuesday 22 May Year 12 OE Training Day
  Junior School Tour, 9.15am
Wednesday 23 May Australian History Competition
  Year 12 Drama production, 7pm
  Joint P&F meeting 7pm
Thursday 24 May Year 6 ICAS Science Competition
  Friday timetable for TP students
  Year 11 Douglas Breakfast, 7.15am
  ELC Tour, 9.15am
  Torrens Park Cross Country, 11.30am
  Year 12 Drama Production, 7pm
Friday 25 May Thursday timetable for TP students
  Year 12 Drama Production, 7pm
Monday 28 May Year 12 OE Expedition 2 departs
  SACE Dance Choreographic evening, 7pm
Tuesday 29 May Years 2-5 ICAS Science Competition
  Years 7-10 ICAS Science Competition
Wednesday 30 May Year 7 – Da Vinci Decathlon
Thursday 31 May Evatt SA commences
  Year 9 – Da Vinci Decathlon
Friday 1 June 9@Scotch - Camp B returns
  Meet the Maker, 5pm
Sunday 3 June Evatt SA concludes
Tuesday 5 June SACE Music Performance, 7pm
  High Performance Sport Seminar, 7pm
Wednesday 6 June ELC Tour, 9.15am
  Year 11 – Ace Your Exams, 3.45pm
Thursday 7 June Year 11 Gordon Breakfast, 7.15am
Monday 11 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 12 June ICAS Writing competition
  Performing Arts Parent Support meeting, 6pm
Wednesday 13 June Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod
  APSMO Year 7 Maths Competition
  ICAS Spelling Competition
  Years 11 and 12 Meningococcal B immunisation
  Year 9 Advance Analytics – Hamilton High
Thursday 14 June Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod
Friday 15 June Torrens Park Photo ay (including year 6 Sport)
Saturday 16 June Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod
Sunday 17 June Pedal Prix, Victoria Park, Race 2
  Sounds of Scotch Junior, 2.30pm
Monday 18 June ELC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm
Tuesday 19 June ELC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm
  Sounds of Scotch Bands, 6.30pm, Chapel
Wednesday 20 June Year 11 exams commence
  New to Middle School Parents, 12 noon
  Study session for Year 7 Parents, 5.30pm
Thursday 21 June Year 10 Drama Shakespeare Performance, 6pm
Friday 22 June GAIL Conference departs
  World Scholar’s Cup - Global Round departs
  Musical – Sitzprobe, 3.45pm
Saturday 23 June Ceilidh, 7pm
Monday 25 June Year 10 Exams in class
  ELC Fraser Transition visit, 4pm
Tuesday 26 June ELC – 4 year-old Graduation, 3.45pm
  ELC Learning Journey Information Evening, 6pm
  Year 11 exams conclude
Wednesday 27 June Year 10 exams conclude
  ELC Fraser Transition visit, 4pm
  Melinda Tankard-Reist Presentation, 6pm
Thursday 28 June STEM trip to Europe departs
  Year 10 Immersion Program
  Year 11 Academic Counselling, Research Project
  MC Semester 2 Leadership Induction, 9am
  Year 10 Future Planning Evening, 6.30pm
Friday 29 June Year 10 Immersion Program
  Year 11 Academic Counselling, Research Project
  Term 2 concludes
  Boarding House closes, 4pm
Monday 2 July School Holiday Program begins
  World Scholar’s Cup – Global Round returns
Saturday 7 July Netball Trip Queensland departs
Sunday 8 July GAIL Conference returns
Sunday 15 July Netball Trip Queensland returns
  STEM trip to Europe returns
Friday 20 July First XVIII Football Tour to Melbourne departs
  School Holiday Program concludes
Sunday 22 July First XVIII Football Tour returns from Melbourne
  Boarding House opens 2pm
Monday 23 July Term 3 commences