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End of Term 1 Update


12 April 2019

End of Term 1 Update

End of Term 1 Update

Dear Parents

We are one term into the most remarkable year of celebration for Scotch College.  We opened the term with a deeply meaningful unveiling of a statue that will remain long on our campus and provoke memories of what Scotch represents. We concluded the term with the extraordinary Scotch Festival, when the many aspects of Scotch life and more importantly the open-heartedness and sense of community that Scotch has been renowned for, for so many generations, were on display.

As well as the celebrations of 100 years at Scotch, we have seen significant achievements by our students.  The last time I wrote to you as Principal at the end of a term, we were anticipating our examination results for our Year 12’s.  I am delighted to report that last year ended with Scotch featuring in the top four schools in the State in terms of proportions of students gaining 90+ in their ATAR results. Suffice to say, we have begun this academic year with the same intentions and expectations as last. 

There has been other great news, and here are some personal highlights:

Our girls’ victory in the Head of the River Regatta and the overall performance of the Rowing Club underlined our capacity to compete at the highest levels even though we have fewer female and male rowers than many of our competitors.  

Many had a taste of the remarkable musical ability of our Junior and Senior students at the Scotch Festival and the “Generations in Jazz” event in the last week of term.  

The victory of our Year 7 students at the Unley Council Fish Tank entrepreneurship competition was amazing.  We have also provided three of the six members of South Australia’s team to feature in Voice, a public speaking competition organised by UN Youth to take place in Perth over the break. This is the national final.

With success in debating, huge leadership opportunities across the school, and a whole host of equivalent activities arranged for Term 2, we can only say that we are proud to provide your children with the broadest and most apt preparation for a life of fulfilment, wellbeing and success.  

What does Term 2 hold? Among many things, we have become the first school in South Australia to gain a TEDx Youth licence and we shall be arranging a thought leadership event on our campus on 7 June. Our theme is “The Power of Purpose”.  

Please also note that we have arranged for the candidates for Boothby to come to Scotch on 8 May to meet our students, parents and the public ahead of the Federal Election on 18 May. Details are below.

I wish you all well for any travels that you may embark upon during the term break and look forward to more celebrations of our Centenary in Term 2.  

Dr John Newton


Parent Communication

Please find at this link the Parent Communication Policy for the College. This has been revised with input from key stakeholders. We are at our best when we all understand the protocols in which we operate, and I hope that this gives clear guidance about how we communicate between staff and parents. 

We would also like to remind parents that the protocol for emailing a group of other members of the community to use the BCC function in email for privacy reasons. Note that access to email addresses is available at

Go to the tab labelled: “Parent Contacts”. You will only see other parents who have elected to share their details, and only if they also share their details.

For child protection reasons it is not appropriate for any students to email parents of other students.   


Scotch Presents: Federal Election Q&A


Please join us on Wednesday 8 May from 7.30am until 8.30am for your opportunity to address the Boothby candidates in the 2019 Federal Election. This special morning event is your chance to ask about the important issues in your country. The general public are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register your attendance, please click here.


Student successes in Term 1

  • Mitchell Bray (Year 12, Cn) won a silver medal in the SA State Athletics Championships U20 Men’s 3000m Steeplechase.  
  • Sophie Casey (Year 9, Cn) has been selected in the School Sport Australian International Netball Team.
  • Claudia Dare (Year 12, Cn) kayaked 20kms from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia and raised more than $2000 for “Soldier On”, supporting veterans who are wounded, injured or ill. 
  • Millie Fidge (Year 10, Mc) has been selected in the U17 Australian Softball Team.
  • Ruby Fidge (Year 8, Mc) has been selected in the U15 Australian Softball Team.
  • Georgia King (Year 8, Cl) has been selected in the U15 Australian Softball Team.
  • Lucy Knight (Year 10, Mc) has been selected in the U18 South Australian Basketball Team.
  • Shaleena Martin, (Year 12, St) has been selected Port Adelaide Aboriginal AFL Academy.
  • Chloe Slee (Year 9, Cn) has been selected in the U15 Australian Softball Team.
  • Well done to our Scotch Athletics squad, who finished as runners up at the School Sports SA Track & Field Athletics Championships at SA Athletics Stadium last week! The team of 50 competitors competed well all day, highlighted by Lucy Doney, who broke the SSSSA Schools Triple Jump record with a jump of 12.05m. Well done Scotchies!

(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.)


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 16 April at 4.45pm.

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.

Please note that students are to wear their full winter uniform.


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 the students are driving to school they must complete a blue form available from Mrs Deans. There are P plate and School based restrictions regarding 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.
  • 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

Tina Gatis will be leaving to have her first child on Friday 24 May. Tina expects to return at the start of Term 3, 2020 and we wish her all the best.  In her absence, we welcome Melinda Christie to fill the role of EALD teacher on Torrens Park Campus. Melinda has come most recently from Thebarton Senior College and the Adelaide Secondary School of English.

Ken Surridge is taking Long Service Leave for Term 2. Richard Scuteri, a highly experienced Chef, Hospitality and Art Teacher, will be joining us whilst Ken is away.

Cassie Burrows, Information Services Assistant, commenced a year’s parental leave on Friday 29 March to have twins and we wish her all the best. Whilst she is away, we welcome Nikki Reid and Natasha Crawford to the Torrens Park Library. Nikki and Natasha will be job sharing and have already settled in well.


Winter Uniform

Please ensure full winter uniforms are ready for the start of Term 2, Monday 29 April.  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 policies here.

If unsure, please contact Dale Bennett or Georgia Bradford.  


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.


Mitcham Campus Updates

What a term of celebration we have had! The Sculpture unveiling and Centenary Festival have been highlights that I’m sure your children will remember well into their futures. The sense of Community and Belonging (our Term 1 focus across Mitcham Campus) has been tangible not only during these celebrations but also during our Swimming Carnivals, Camp and Outdoor programs, Grandparents’ Day and day-to-day experiences. 

I wish your family a restful and safe break over the Easter period. After a long and exciting term, this will be much needed down time for everyone.

The second term of our Centenary year promises to be an exciting one - our Campus focus is Our Place in Time. We will recommence the weekly Cross-Country running program – a fantastic health and fitness initiative. The House Chess and Typing cups will be up for grabs too!

Following on from the success of our Take Flight in Year 5-day last year, we will hold a taster day for Year 5 2020 students. 

In our Art program, students will explore sculpture – in preparation for a Sculptor in Residence (Term 3) and the unveiling of a Mitcham Campus Centenary Sculpture (Term 4), verygenerously donated by the Old Collegians. In June we are hosting students from the Kristin School in New Zealand for a Sporting and Cultural Exchange with Year 6 students.

Our Prep 2019 students will begin their transition to school around this time. 

This is just a taste of things to come!


Winter Uniform preparations

A reminder to families as we head into Term 2 Winter Uniforms – our Junior Campus girls in Years 3 to 6 have the option to purchase long navy blue trousers to be worn instead ofthe winter kilt. The rest of the uniform items remain the same (i.e. blouse, tab and blazer). We currently have sizes 8 to 14 in stock ready for purchase.

In Terms 2 and 3 the uniform requirement is for Prep/Reception to Year 2 students wearing their navy jacket over their uniform to and from school. Students in Year 3 to 6 are required to wear their blazer over their uniform to and from school. Teachers on the gates will remind students are they get back into routine.

Year 3 to 6 students have the option of wearing the rugby top OR jacket (both crested items) as the outer garment with their Sports Uniform.

As a SunSmart registered school, sun hats are worn until 1 May.

Children who have hair reaching their shoulders are required to have it tied back (both boys and girls).

Our Year 6 students have an optional student designed rugby top arriving for next term. A reminder that this can’t be worn for competition sports.

A full updated Junior Campus Uniform Policy is available on the website for your reference.


Scotch Shop/Uniform Shop Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday 8am – 1pm
  • Thursday 12:30 -6pm
  • Friday 12:30 – 4:30pm

Scotch Shop Holiday Hours

  • Tuesday 16 April of the 8am – 1pm
  • Friday 26 April 12:30pm – 4:30 pm

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 12 April Term 1 concludes, 3.30pm
  Blue and Gold Formal 6.45pm
  Melbourne OC & Community function, 6pm
Monday 15 April School Holiday Program commences
Tuesday 16 April Centennial Park Flag Laying, 4.50pm
Friday 19 April Good Friday
Monday 22 April Easter Monday
Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day
Friday 26 April School Holiday Program concludes
Monday 29 April Term 2 commences
  9@Scotch Camp 1 departs
Tuesday 30 April Performing Arts Parent Support Group meeting, 6pm
Thursday 2 May Football Guernsey Presentation, 6pm
Friday 3 May SCOCA Golf Day
  Generations in Jazz departs for Mt Gambier
Sunday 5 May Year 11 OE expedition departs
  Generations in Jazz Festival concludes
Tuesday 7 May Paul Dillon Parent Session, 6pm
Wednesday 8 May Scotch Presents, 7.30am
  Torrens Park Tour, 9am
  ELC Mothers’ Day High Tea, 2.30pm
Thursday 9 May ELC Tour, 9.15am
Friday 10 May 9@Scotch Camp 1 returns
  Year 11 OE expedition returns
Monday 13 May Whole College Photograph
Tuesday 14 May NAPLAN testing
Thursday 16 May Year 11 Campbell Leadership Breakfast, 7.15am
Friday 17 May Mitcham Campus Cross Country, 10.40am
  Middle School Grandparents Day, 10.45am
Monday 20 May 9@Scotch Camp 2 departs
  Year 12 OE Training Day
Tuesday 21 May Mitcham Campus Tour, 9.15am
Wednesday 22 May Year 12 Play, 7pm
Thursday 23 May Year 11 Cameron Leadership Breakfast, 7.15am
  Year 12 Plays, 7pm
  Joint P&F Meeting, 7pm
Friday 24 May Council, Committee members and SLT Strategic Planning Day
  Year 12 Plays, 7pm
Saturday 25 May Caledonian Ceilidh, 6pm
Sunday 26 May Year 12 Climbing Trip departs
Tuesday 28 May ELC Tour, 9.15am
Wednesday 29 May Shaping Space Dance, 4pm
Thursday 30 May Year 11 Douglas Leadership Breakfast, 7.15am
Friday 31 May Torrens Park Cross Country, 11.30am
  Year 12 Climbing Trip returns
  9@Scotch Camp 2 returns
  Meet the Makers, 6pm
Thursday 6 June Year 11 Gordon Leadership Breakfast, 7.15am
  Years 10 and 11 Immunisation, 8.30am
Monday 10 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday 12 June ELC Tour, 9.15am
Thursday 13 June Year 11 McGregor Leadership Breakfast, 7.15am
Friday 14 June Torrens Park Photo Day
Sunday 16 June Pedal Prix, Victoria Park, Race 1
Monday 17 June Year 5 & 6 Kristen Sporting & Cultural Exchange departs
  ELC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm
Tuesday 18 June ELC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm
Wednesday 19 June New to Middle School Parents event, 12 noon
Thursday 20 June Year 11 exams commence
Saturday 22 June Japan Tour departs
Sunday 23 June Caledonian European tour departs
Monday 24 June GAIL Conference students departs
  Year 10 exams commence
  ELC Fraser Transition visit, 4pm
Tuesday 25 June ELC 4yo Graduation, 3.45pm
  Learning Journey Information Night, 6pm
Wednesday 26 June Year 11 exams conclude
  Year 10 exams conclude
Thursday 27 June Year 11 Stewart Leadership Breakfast, 7.15am
  JS Leadership Induction, 9.15am
Friday 28 June Term 2 concludes
Saturday 29 June Boarders Ski Trip departs
Monday 1 July School Holiday Program commences
Tuesday 2 July Netball trip to Melbourne & Auckland departs
Friday 5 July GAIL Conference students return
  Japan Tour returns
  Alice Springs Field Trip
Saturday 6 July Boarders Ski trip returns
  Alice Springs Field Trip
Wednesday 10 July Netball trip to Melbourne & Auckland returns
Thursday 11 July Caledonian European Tour returns
Monday 22 July Term 3 commences

WATCH: Dr Newton discusses how we innovate as a school, highlighting the recent Education Committee Think Tank Eve