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End of Term 2 2018 Update


28 June 2018

End of Term 2 2018 Update

End of Term 2 2018 Update

Dear Parents

The first semester of 2018 has seen some significant preparations for our centenary celebrations in 2019.

We have put together an exciting programme of activities that will celebrate the educational richness of Scotch College and launch us into our second centenary. You will hear more about these events in the second half of this year as we celebrate significant moments in our history, and feel very proud of the unique culture which is Scotch College.

Meanwhile business as usual continues apace. Our students are studying hard for examinations in preparation for their SACE examinations in the senior end of the school. In the Junior School and ELC, we see innovation in our classrooms and a truly enlightened approach to education by all our teaching staff, our Middle and Senior Leaders, as eNews week by week attests.

It is a place that never stops and it is a place which thrives on energy and excitement. Our capacity to innovate and to add richness to your children’s experiences are critical assets, and we continue to be excited about how a Scotch College education can prepare your children for a long term, fulfilled and happy experience.

The wellbeing of your children will be significantly enhanced by our next Strategic Plan, which begins in 2019. We are already well reputed for the warmth of our community, the sincerity of our wellbeing programmes and their comprehensive nature. However, we believe we can go to another level of educational experience for your children so that they are equipped in every way for the future. Our plans also include strong investment in facilities as we respond to the issues and opportunities raised by our Infrastructure Masterplan. I will be pleased to say more about the Strategic Plan and its headlines once it has been agreed.

Otherwise, I wish all our students well as they go on various trips over the mid-year break and to you as families as you travel and be together. We trust that we return to Semester 2 ready to continue to move forward as a school so that your children are the best they can be. 

Please see below relevant notices to support our management of the school from various Senior Leaders around the College. 

With warmest regards

John H Newton



Annual Appeal Smashes All Records

As of yesterday, we have received more than 950 gifts for our Annual Appeal (compared to 640 gifts in all of 2017). This incredible community response is the most significant level of participation in any appeal in the College’s history and comfortably exceeds the participation challenge of 800 gifts that we were set to unlock $50,000. This is an important milestone in embedding a culture of philanthropy in our community and I want to thank every family that supported us (including more than 100 staff members!) With a special word of appreciation to the Advancement Committee members and Foundation Board volunteers, Old Collegians and philanthropy staff that spent many hours reaching out to you.


Legally Blonde: The Musical

Being true to yourself never goes out of style.

It’s been 17 years since the film Legally Blonde came out (omigod you guys!), but its theme of female empowerment couldn’t be more 2018. Originally based on the novel by Amanda Brown, the hit film and its spin off Legally Blonde: the Musical can be forgiven for being perceived as just another romantic comedy. But like Elle Woods herself, looks can be deceiving.

It’s no surprise then that our Scotch College students can’t wait to strut their stuff in Legally Blonde: their second musical comedy in as many years. With 60 students on stage, leads double cast, another 20 students in the pit band and crew, technical production from Mosaic and tiered seating in the Chapel, the six performances are going to be huge. 

It all starts the first week of Term 3 so ‘book early and book often’ for a show that will have you singing and laughing all the way home!

Season dates: 27, 28 July at 7pm, 29 July at 3pm, 2, 3, 4 August at 7pm. Buy Your Tickets.


Middle School Charity Drive

The Leukaemia Foundation was the Scotch College Middle School leadership team’s nominated charity for 2017. Posy Read and Eliza Maslin led an initiative to hold three major events throughout 2017; student attendance at the community Light The Night event, a fundraising lunch, hosted by the Middle School leaders, and the World’s Greatest Shave (WGS) event, where 8 students and 3 teachers raised sponsorship to have their heads shaved, or long hair cut off.

Collectively the yearlong initiative raised an amazing $24,944.50. Of note, Oli Birchby (9) and Harry Shearer’s (7) WGS fundraising efforts contributed to half of our total fundraising. Last week, Scotch College was recognised at the Leukaemia Foundation Thank You Ceremony receiving an award as one of the top 10 fundraising organisations in South Australia.

The ceremony was held at the Leukaemia Foundation Village. Posy Read and Lizzie Read (WGS participant) represented Scotch College. Preceding the ceremony, a tour of the village, which provides a home away from home for regional based cancer patients, and their families, put Scotch College’s fundraising efforts into perspective. Congratulations to Posy, Eliza, Harry, Oli, Maggie, Ewan, Zac, Seb, Lizzie, Jessie, Ms McCarthy, Ms Nickels and Mr Young.


Student Successes

(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) has been selected to participate in the School Sport SA interstate swimming championships in Tasmania in July.
  • Esther Boles-Frahn (Year 12 Gordon) has been selected in the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year.
  • Sarah Bosboom (Year 8 McGregor) won 4 Gold medals at a Highland Dancing contest.
  • Will Burton (Year 12 McGregor) was included in the Superband for Division 2 at the Generations In Jazz Music Festival. He was the best tenor saxophone player in the division.
  • Sophie Casey (Year 8 Cameron) has been selected to participate in the School Sport SA interstate netball championships in Werribee in July
  • Oliver Edwards (Year 11 McGregor) has been selected to participate in the School Sport SA interstate swimming championships in Tasmania in July.
  • Luca Ellingston (Year 8 Campbell) has become the South Australian U15 Team Pursuit and Team Spring record holder.
  • Laine Evans (Year 9 McGregor) won 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals at a Highland Dancing contest.
  • Luis Fazzalari (Year 7 McGregor) was selected to represent South Australia at the National Diving competition. Luis recently competed and won a Silver medal in the 1 metre springboard and a Bronze medal in the platform events.
  • Ruby Fidge (Year 7 McGregor) was selected in the Southern Heights SAPSASA Softball Team and this team won the tournament.
  • Adam Holland (Year 8 Gordon) has been selected to participate in the School Sport SA interstate swimming championships in Tasmania in July.
  • Sienna Johnstone (Year 7 Stewart) was selected in the Southern Heights SAPSASA Softball Team and this team won the tournament.
  • Annabel Kidman (Year 7 Cameron) was selected in the Southern Heights SAPSASA Softball Team and this team won the tournament.
  • Georgia King (Year 7 Campbell) was selected in the Southern Heights SAPSASA Softball Team and this team won the tournament.
  • Grace King (Year 11 Douglas) represented South Australia at the UN Youth’s National Finals of the Voice Competition.
  • Thangam Verghese (Year 8 Campbell) represented South Australia at the UN Youth’s National Finals of the Voice Competition.
  • Amelie Wakelin, Ruby Fidge, Lucy Voividich, Heidi Blieschke, Breanna Crowe and Ella Pascoe played in the SAPSASA A Grade Netball team for Southern Heights and won the tournament for Division 1, undefeated.  These girls represented 6 of the 10 girls selected to play in the A grade.
  • Annabel Kidman, Georgia King, Gemma Turnbull and Abby Young played in the SAPSASA B Grade Netball team for Southern Heights in Division 5 and played a strong tournament - Overall, Scotch made up 50% of the SAPASASA netball teams for Southern Heights. 
  • Ella Pascoe played in the winning U13 girls Adelaide Hockey Club team to win the State Championships on the June long weekend and has also been selected in the state U13 team playing at the National Tournament in Hobart in October this year.


Sub-School Contact Details

Please note the following direct numbers for each section of the College:

  • Early Learning Centre 8274 4311
  • Junior School 8274 4271
  • Middle School 8274 4261
  • Senior School 8274 4216

The automated absentee line is 8274 4242.


2019 Term Dates

Please see below the confirmed 2019 term dates:

  • Term 1: Thursday 31 January – Friday 12 April (3.30pm finish)
  • Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 28 June (3.30pm finish)
  • Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September (3.30pm finish)
  • Term 4: Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December (12.30pm finish)

For ELC term dates please contact the ELC office on 8274 4311.


Staffing Changes

  • Rebecca Osborne – Enrolments Administrator. Rebecca is a qualified Conference and Events Manager, who comes to us from her most recent role as Administration Assistant for DEA (Doctors for the Environment Australia). She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, an Advanced Diploma in Tourism Management and a Diploma Events Management.
  • Jodie Hausler – Administration, Mitcham Campus. After a number of years raising her 3 daughters and working as Office Manager in the family business, Jodie brings a broad range of experience including data management, event coordination, marketing, accounts and customer service. She has previously held roles including Executive Assistant and Events Assistant.
  • Claire Christiansen – Learning Strategies, Mitcham Campus.  Claire has been a regular relief teacher at Scotch over the past two years.  She will be working on Mondays and Thursdays, next semester, taking over some of Kate Barber’s middle and upper primary literacy and mathematics support groups, as Kate moves into her Prep teaching role.
  • Melissa Sheldon – Acting Head of Dance, Torrens Park. Melissa has been teaching at Wilderness School for the last 12 years. Melissa’s vast experience in Dance and Drama means that she will ensure the Dance program will continue to grow positively for Allison Patterson when she returns to us next year. 
  • Claire Charenton – French Teacher, Mitcham Campus. After 17 years in Melbourne, Claire comes to us from the Bilingual French Program at Annesley. She is primary trained and experienced in French and EAL/D
  • Rob O’Toole – Deputy Head of Mitcham Campus (please see article from Ms I Hampson)
  • Andrew Mittiga – Part time PE Teacher, Torrens Park. Graduated in 2017 from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Education / Arts. Since graduating, he has been working at St. Michael’s College, Mount Carmel College and Ocean View College.
  • Caitlin Mooney will commence Maternity Leave in Term 3 and we wish her well and we welcome back Steve Sparrow, who returns from Long Service Leave.
  • We farewell our GAP students, Morven McFarlane and Ben Bowring and wish them well on their return to the UK. Incoming GAP students from Robert Gordon’s College are Grace McDowell and Euan Smith who will be with us for the remainder of 2018.
  • Tom Linnell, our International Placement Student also leaves us and he will be replaced by Elly Chambers.


Mitcham Campus Update

In a changing of the guard, this week at Mitcham Campus, we thanked Mrs Anne Fromholtz for her very generous contributions, hard-work, expertise and professionalism as Acting Deputy Head over the past semester, as we awaited Mr. Robert O’Toole’s arrival. We are all extremely grateful to Anne for agreeing to fill this role until Rob was able to join us from Thailand. Anne will now take up her position as our Mitcham Campus Teaching and Learning Coach – in full. Anne is passionate about education, has a strong philosophy and is a master teacher. We are excited about the teaching and learning work she has already commenced with our staff teams and the growth we have seen through her work. This week Anne is in the United States, with our GAIL representative team from Torrens Park, where she is helping us to forge links with our International partners.

Mr Rob O’Toole joins the Mitcham this week, with considerable experience most recently as the Deputy Head of Student Welfare NIST International School BANGKOK. Rob has also served as the Acting Head of Secondary during a transition period for NIST International School. He has many years teaching experience, having taught in South Australia, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand, across sectors and at both Primary and Secondary levels. He has a strong commitment to Service Learning, Pastoral Care and Student Wellbeing. He has quickly connected with students, staff and families during his two visits to the Scotch earlier this year and is looking forward to building on these connections. I know that he will be warmly welcomed!

The end of Term 2 is a period of reflection, as we stop to celebrate student learning through online formal reports to parents, classroom Showcases and our Sounds of Scotch Jr. performance. This term our Year 6 Leadership Action Student Teams have already made an impact at Mitcham Campus through their Live Well focus areas of Global Responsibility, Physical Wellbeing, Food & Nutrition, Values Education, Sustainable Living and Service Learning, through a host of student initiatives. We have watched our Performing Arts program grow and enjoyed the strengthening of our cross campus connections through our Assemblies, the Taking Shape Dance concert and the Sounds of Scotch Jr concert a fortnight ago.

Mitcham Campus families are reminded that Semester 1 reports for children in Years Reception through to 6, are available through the Parent Portal from 3:30pm on Friday 29 June.

Highlights for the beginning of Term 3 include the Year 6 Sporting and Cultural Exchange to Kristin School in New Zealand in the second week, a Healthy Minds Workshop for parents with Clinical Psychologist Dr Tom Nehmy (7:30pm 1 August), a Take Flight in Year 5 experience on 6 August and the hosting of a study tour (via Adelaide International School) to Mitcham Campus for 28 Year 2 – 6 students on 7 and 8 of August.

We look forward to seeing you all on your return to Term 3.

Ms Ieva Hampson
Head of Mitcham Campus



The correct wearing of the College Uniform and following Appearance Rules are expected of all students. The way in which the uniform is worn reflects pride in school, preparedness to maintain the standards of the College and personal values. For the most part the majority of our students wear the uniform appropriately and present well following rules about make-up, hair and jewelry.

However, some individuals choose to push the boundaries and in some instances this is seemingly supported by their parents. It is important that we are all on the same page about this matter and set the standard. If there are extenuating circumstances for why the rules regarding uniform are unable to be followed, please email your Heads of Campus to discuss the implications and way forward. To view the Appearance and Uniform and Appearance Policy, click here for Torrens Park Campus and here for Mitcham Campus.


Drop off and pick up areas

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


2017 School Performance Information Report

Please note that this report is available on our website. Please click here for further information.


Notice of Withdrawal

Please can I remind parents that if you are considering withdrawing your child from Scotch College a full term’s notice in writing to the Principal or Head of Campus is required. I understand that some families may be juggling with decisions around possible transfers involving relocation and job opportunities and may not even have confirmed these moves yet. It is advisable to let the College know if there is a chance that a move may be possible, to avoid incurring any unnecessary fee penalty.


Extended Absences

Parents are reminded that if they intend to take their child out of school for an extended period of time (more than 5 school days), at least 6 weeks’ written notice must be given to the relevant Head of School. Students can miss out on vital school work and if given enough prior notice, teachers can set work for students to do while they are on leave.


Important Dates

Saturday 30 June STEM Trip to Europe departs
Monday 2 July School Holiday Program commences
Friday 6 July Netball Trip departs for Queensland
Saturday 14 July Netball Trip returns
Sunday 15 July STEM Trip returns
Friday 20 July School Holiday Program finishes
  First XVIII Football Tour to Melbourne departs
Sunday 22 July First XVIII Football Tour returns
Monday 23 July Term 3 commences
  Semester 2 commences
Tuesday 24 July ICAS English – Year 6
  Kristen Exchange Family Briefing, 3.45pm-4.15pm, Gilchrist Library
Friday 27 July Old Collegians Annual City Dinner, 7pm
  TP Musical, Legally Blonde, Opening Night, 7pm
Saturday 28 July TP Musical, Legally Blonde, 7pm
Sunday 29 July TP Musical, Legally Blonde, 3pm matinee session
  Pedal Prix, Race 3, Victoria Park
Monday 30 July Kristen Exchange to New Zealand departs
Tuesday 31 July ICAS English, Years 2-5
  Year 12 OE Training Day
  Year 7B Humanities Field Trip
Wednesday 1 August Winter Collegiate Cup v Pembroke commences
Thursday 2 August TP Musical, Legally Blonde, 7pm
Friday 3 August TP Musical, Legally Blonde, 7pm
Saturday 4 August TP Musical, Legally Blonde, 7pm
  Kristen Exchange to New Zealand returns
  Winter Collegiate Cup v Pembroke finishes
Monday 6 August Year 7C Humanities Field Trip
Tuesday 7 August Year 7D Humanities Field Trip
  Junior School Art Exhibition, 6pm
Wednesday 8 August Mini Walk A Mile In My Boots, 7.30am-8.30am
  ELC Tour, 9.15am
Thursday 9 August Year 11 Gordon Breakfast, 7.15am, Archives Room
  Torrens Park Tour, 9am
  Australian Maths Competition, MC and TPC
Friday 10 August Walk A Mile In My Boots, 6am-8.30am
  Blinman Community Dinner, 6.30pm
Saturday 11 August Blinman BBQ, 12 noon
  Scotch Mums Walking Group Fundraiser, 7.30pm
Monday 13 August Year 12 OE Expedition 3 departs
  Year 7A Humanities Field Trip, 10am
  Year 7B Humanities Field Trip, 12.30pm
  TPC Parent Teacher Interviews, 3.45pm
Tuesday 14 August ICAS Mathematics
  Junior School Tour, 9.15am
Wednesday 15 August APSMO Year 7 Maths Competition
  TPC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm
Thursday 16 August Mitcham Campus Photo Day
  Year 12 OE Expedition 3 returns
  Year 7C Humanities Field Trip
  High Performance Sports Seminar, 7pm
Friday 17 August SCOCA 50 Year Reunion Tour, 4pm followed by dinner
Saturday 18 August Teenage Fashion Awards
  Pedal Prix Cyclathon, commences at 12 noon
  SCOCA 30 Year Reunion, 7pm
Sunday 19 August Teenage Fashion Awards
  Pedal Prix Cyclathon, finishes at 12 noon
Monday 20 August Book Week commences
Tuesday 21 August Year 8 Immunisations
  Year 7D Humanities Field Day
Wednesday 22 August SA School Band Festival commences at Westminster School
  Winter Collegiate Cup v Pulteney commences
  One Look Fashion Parade, 7pm
Thursday 23 August Year 11 McGregor breakfast 7.15am
  Book Week Parade, 9am, Mitcham Campus
  Junior School/Middle School Soccer presentation, 3.45pm
  Mitcham Campus P&F meeting, 7pm
Friday 24 August Mitcham Campus Daffodil Day
Saturday 25 August Winter Collegiate Cup v Pulteney concludes
  Winter Sport season finishes
  Senior Netball/Football Presentation Dinner, 6.45pm
  Senior Soccer Presentation Dinner, 6.45pm
Monday 27 August Year 12 exams commence
  Year 11 Leadership Week
Tuesday 28 August Junior School/Middle School Football presentation, 6pm
  SACE Music Performance, 7pm, Drawing Room
Wednesday 29 August Year 11 City Challenge
  Year 11 travel to Adare, Victor Harbour @ 12.45pm
  Torrens Park Campus P&F meeting, 7pm
Thursday 30 August Junior School Father’s Day Afternoon Tea, 3.30pm
  Save A Life Road Safety Programme, Year 10, 6pm Lecture Theatre
Friday 31 August ELC Father’s Day Breakfast
  Year 6 Father’s Day Walk to Mt Lofty, 9.30am-2.30pm
  Rowing Season Launch Information Evening, 6pm
  Year 12 exams conclude
  Year 11 students return from Victor Harbour
Monday 3 September Whole College Student Free Day
  Summer Sport Pre-Season practice commences
  Year 9@ Scotch – Camp D commences
Tuesday 4 September Leadership 2019 nominations due
Wednesday 5 September APSMO – Year 7 Maths competition
  Junior School/Middle School Netball presentation, 6pm
Thursday 6 September Year 11 OE Training Day
  Students vs Old Collegians Winter Sport, 3.30pm
  Basketball Presentation, 6pm
Friday 7 September Founders’ Day Assembly, 11.35am
  Scotch Senior Luncheon, 12.30pm
Monday 10 September Year 7 Camp Coorong departs
  ELC Parent/Teacher Interviews, 4pm onwards
Tuesday 11 September Leadership 2019 Nomination Speeches – Captains, 1.05pm
  ELC Parent/Teacher Interviews, 4pm onwards
  Sounds of Scotch Bands, 6.30pm
Wednesday 12 September Leadership 2019 Nomination Speeches – SAT, 1.05pm
  Hockey presentation, 6pm
Thursday 13 September Year 11 Stewart Breakfast, 7.15am, Archives Room
  ELC Tour, 9.15am
Friday 14 September Year 7 Camp Coorong returns
  Year 9@Scotch Camp D returns
Monday 17 September Year 7 Camp Coorong departs
  Year 9@Scotch – Camp C departs
  Leadership 2019 Captains interviews, 3.45pm
Tuesday 18 September Leadership 2019 SAT interviews, 3.45pm
Wednesday 19 September SACE Dance Showcase Performance, 7pm
Thursday 20 September SACE Dance Showcase Performance 11am and 7pm
Friday 21 September Mitcham Campus Sports Day
  ELC Sports Day, 11am
  Pedal Prix teams depart
  Year 7 Camp Coorong returns
Saturday 22 September Pedal Prix races commences at 12 noon
Sunday 23 September Pedal Prix race concludes at 12 noon
Monday 24 September Year 11 Ag Camp departs
  Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews, 3.45pm onwards
  ELC Fraser transition visit, 4pm
Tuesday 25 September Junior School Parent Teacher interviews, 3.45pm
  ELC Learning Journey Information Night, 6pm
Thursday 27 September Year 10 Drama Performance, 7pm
Friday 28 September Year 9@Scotch – Camp C returns
  Term 3 concludes at 3.30pm
  Boarding House closes at 4pm