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End of Term 2 Update


25 June 2019

End of Term 2 Update

End of Term 2 Update

We are at the end of the first half of our centenary celebration year and what a semester it has been! 

The unveiling of the statue on Torrens Park Campus at the start of Term 1, to be mirrored by a similar event on Mitcham Campus in November, the Festival of Scotch and TEDxYouth in June all write large the depth and quality of the education we offer to our students.

It is easy to think that all schools do extra miles like this. It is not true. TEDxYouth is a case in point. Such an event is unique in schools in South Australia and almost unique to schools in Australia and the world. It was a high impact event which says Scotch does more than just the basics. Our offer is constantly distinctive, and we are grateful always for the way in which parents spread the good word about the value-added dimension to Scotch life. 

As we head into the second half of the year with the Junior and Senior School Musicals, the second half of the winter sports season, the full range of enrichment activities in the area of STEM, Entrepreneurship, Service Learning and Global Awareness, we remain confident that we offer a unique experience in the most sophisticated and supportive community I have experienced.

We wish well all those who travel over the holidays, whether for family events or for school activities. Congratulations to our Junior School on running an excellent Kristen Exchange and look forward to what the students bring back from the GAIL Conference in Shanghai in the mid-term break.

Next term we hold the Centenary Gala Dinner, where we will come together and celebrate all that is great about Scotch. In the latter part of the year you will also see increased information regarding the Wellbeing and Sports Centre – our Centenary Project. In all, it has been a remarkable 2019 thus far and we believe we are set fair to lay the foundations for an extraordinary next 100 years for this College.

I look forward to seeing you all safely back next term.

Dr John Newton


Mobile Phones in Schools

Parents will be aware of the recently announced ban on mobile phones in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Such a ban has been discussed in the last few days in the South Australian media and has been a hot topic across national newspapers and other news platforms for some years. Similar measures to those seen in Victoria have recently been taken in France, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. A mobile phone ban has been in place in New York (according to the article below) since 2006 but was rescinded in 2015.

I and my colleagues have been watching the debates on this matter for some time and are actively considering our response. We have sought views from around the community – from teachers, parents and students – because we want an approach that is right for Scotch.

One of the main drivers for banning these devices is cyber bullying. A recent Wellbeing Engagement Collection survey of Scotch students from Year 4 to Year 12 identified the prevalence of this form of bullying as very low in our community. It does happen, and we must constantly address it. However, we believe our messages have got through, and behaviour has changed. We remain, however, vigilant.

Another reason for such a ban was the express statement that mobile phones hinder learning. Scotch has used  devices of all sorts since the early 1990s to aid learning, and has seen its academic results strengthen in that time. We were 4th in the state last year for our ATAR results, and our former students at university anecdotally testify to the intuitive ease with which they adapt to a highly technological mode of learning.

All the same, our present position is that we do not allow mobile phone use at all in the Junior School, but do introduce our students to iPads in Year 5 for educational purposes. In the Middle and Senior School we allow phones and actively manage their misuse inside and outside the classroom, while using them where appropriate for teaching.

The edict from Victoria focuses on one kind of device – the smartphone. Our aim is to know how best to use any machine that gives us access to the glories and wonders of the internet, while informing and teaching students about the malign, addictive potential, for example, of social media, fake news and gaming. As ever we seek not an easy, one-size-fits-all, undiscriminating response, but one that accords with our wellbeing philosophy and our wish to see our children thrive, in a knowing and well prepared way, for what awaits them throughout adulthood. Everything we do must measure up to Scotch’s aim to provide our students, your children, with the very best preparation for a life fully lived.

Because of the close rapport we have with our community, anything we do in this area must be with the active support of parents. Not every parent will agree with every nuance of our practice and we will not please everyone. However both home and school have a role to play in getting this right. The Telegraph in the UK last year reported that 40% of mums and 32% of dads attested to phone addiction. The New York Times in May this year stated that: `Most parents worry that their kids are addicted to their devices, but about four in 10 teenagers have the same concern about their parents.’

This article comes from blog I read every day. It is edited by a team who draw on university commentators, researchers and teachers. It is balanced and clear, and sets out the debate very well. If parents wish to discuss this matter further, please come back to me in Term 3 or thereafter. I am happy to hear more as we continuously seek the right way forward for this unique and special College.

Dr John Newton


Annual Appeal 2019

A huge thank you to the hundreds of people who have been involved and have participated in our Annual Appeal this year. As I write this bulletin, we are at 803 against our participation target of 1,000 gifts (but we still have a couple days to go until the End of the Financial Year, if you would like to participate).

For any school in Australia, securing 1,000 gifts is a very ambitious target, but at Scotch we dare to be ambitious. For context, we did achieve that participation goal last year, and we still believe that we will get there in our Centenary year (for a live tally of our progress go to It is also worth mentioning that we have also raised a number of very significant leadership gifts from our community this year in the preliminary phase of our Centenary Campaign (more on that later in the year), which is not included in the tally above.

The fundamental reason we have an Annual Appeal is because while our significant fees cover the operating costs for the College, fees alone are unable to transform our College or achieve our ambitions. That is why we seek, and will continue to seek, the support of our community – alumni, staff, grandparents, past parents, students and parents. It is our school and it is up to each one of us to make that happen.

Thank you – each one of you – for all that you do for Scotch, and a special thanks to every family that helped us during our 100 Days to Make an Impact Appeal.

Ana Gozalo
Philanthropy Engagement & Stewardship


Musicals - Les Miserables & The Little Mermaid Jr


Les Misérablesis an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption set against a nation in the throes of revolution. Set in 19th century France, the story centres around Jean Valjean, a man desperate to redeem himself from a life of unjust imprisonment. Valjean is relentlessly pursued by Inspector Javert who believes that people can never really change their ways. 



Les Misérablesis the world’s longest running musical and features all the classic songs including I Dreamed A Dream, Castle On A Cloud and One Day More. It is a celebration of the survival of the human spirit. Using new innovations to stage the show in the Fisher Chapel, audiences are in for a treat this year with a bumper cast of over 70 students from Years 7-12, backed by a 17-piece live orchestra. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance to see this musical extravaganza from 26 July with a strictly limited season running until 3 August. Tickets $40 adults $20 concession. 

Book Tickets Online


The Little Mermaid Jr will be performed in the Chapel on August 8 & 9, over 4 shows. All Year 3 – 6 students feature in this all singing, all dancing colourful romp under the sea. A featured cast of auditioned Year 5/6 students will amaze you with their talent and our performers have been privileged to work with Nina Richards who is an amazing choreographer. Our costumes will bring a smile to your face and you will be amazed at the talent of our parents who have lent their skills in this area.

Come and support our hard-working cast and be amazed by the brilliance of our Junior school cast. Tickets will be on sale at the beginning of next term.


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.)

  • Congratulations to our Soul Collective Vocal Ensemble for their First Placing in the Small Choir section of the Adelaide Eisteddfod. They performed with beautiful expression and a high standard of technical control. Also our Soul Intent achieved a first placing and the Scotch Six a second placing in their divisions on the second night. 

  • Will Bastian (Year 12 St) has been selected in the U18 South Australian Touch Rugby team and will travel to Queensland in September.

  • Josh Davies (Year 11 Mc) has been selected in the South Australian U18 Rugby Union team and will travel to Canberra in the July holidays.

  • Reece Glovitch (Year 12 Do) has been selected in the U18 South Australian Touch Rugby team and will travel to Queensland in September.

  • Onor Nottle (Year 12 Cl) represented South Australia at the National Schools Debating Championships in Darwin.

  • Zoe Nunn (Year 9 St) has been selected in the School Sport SA U16 Girls Hockey team and will compete in Newcastle in August.

  • Georgie Raftopoulos (Year 10 St) will perform in the State Opera’s Boojum at The Dunstan Playhouse from 5-7 July.

  • Jack Raftopoulos (Year 11 St) has been selected to perform at the class of Cabaret.

  • Sebastien Skubala (Year 10 Campbell) is currently performing in the original play Well, Shut My Mouth for the Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Written by Adelaide personality Brenton H Whittle, the play runs until 29 June.

  • Sophia Craddock (Yr 8 Cameron) has been selected in the South Australian Interschool Equestrian Team and will travel to Sydney in October.  She will compete in the 90cm and 1m Secondary Show Jumping.  She was recently awarded overall State Champion for secondary 90 cm Show Jumping.  

  • Amy Wallace (Yr 6) has been selected for the FFSA Girls U13 State Identification Program Squad, and was also selected in the South Australian U12 Softball team. 


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


2020 Term Dates

Please see below the confirmed 2020 term dates:

Term 1

Thursday 30 January – Thursday 9 April (12.30pm finish)
Long Weekend: 9 March (Adelaide Cup)

Term 2

Monday 27 April – Friday 26 June (3.30pm finish)
8 June (Queen’s Birthday)

Term 3

Tuesday 21 July – Friday 25 September (3.30pm finish)
Monday 20 July – Staff Professional Learning Day
Monday 7 September – Pupil free day

Term 4

Monday 12 October – Tuesday 8 December (12.30pm finish)

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



Staffing Changes

  • Fernando Leon (JS French and Art teacher) will commence in Term 3. Fernando has recently relocated to Adelaide after working in Bali and has previously taught at Mercedes College and Pembroke School. He is originally from Peru and speaks French and Spanish.

  • April Lim (ICT Support Officer) commenced in May. April has over 13 years of IT industry experience in higher education and the corporate sector. She brings a wealth of knowledge in supporting multiple environments, IT processes and systems, along with strong interpersonal skills liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Anthony Jarrett (Grounds staff) commenced in April.

  • Ken Surridge returns from Long Service Leave.

  • Charlie Roberts commences Long Service Leave for the remainder of 2019.

  • Steve Sparrow commences leave for the remainder of 2019.

  • Claire Daniel (Administration Support Officer) in the Junior School has been on Long Service Leave this year and has recently resigned from this position after 12 years of service. We would like to thank Claire for her valuable and dedicated service.

  • We also farewell Hugh Drum and Stephen Larsen from our Infrastructure department and wish them well for their futures.

  • Shannon O’Toole (ELC teacher) will also finish at the end of this term.

  • Richard Scuteri (Torrens Park teacher) completes his contract this term.

  • We also farewell our GAP students Elly Chambers, Kirsten Watson and Millie Skidmore and welcome Hope Lushington, Eilidh Forrest and John Gamba.


Mitcham Campus Updates

Best wishes to Georgie Facci and Lee Campbell who will be presenting a workshop for teachers at this year’s EdTechSA Conference on the 17 July. Their robotics workshop for educators is entitled “Forces Fun with Sphero”. Lee and Georgie will sharing how they have drawn on Digital Technologies, Inquiry-based learning and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) approaches to engage students in learning abstract concepts using tangible methods.

In particular, they will be sharing a Year 4 unit of work where they had students build a Sphero-powered chariot and then measure the effect on distance when speed and mass were varied. During the unit, students observed the impact of friction on distance by using different covers for their Spheros and made predictions and drew conclusions based on these experiments.

Georgie and Lee will also be sharing how result can be recorded in Seesaw Activities to share at home with families. 

This is a great example of educator expertise we have throughout Mitcham Campus!

Ms Ieva Hampson
Head of Mitcham Campus


College Uniform

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. Most 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.


2018 School Performance Information Report

Please note that this report is available on our website (Quick Links -> Policies & Reports). 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.


Immunisation Catch Up Clinic

The City of Mitcham is conducting a FREE catch up immunisation service for students who missed their immunisations at school. The clinic will be open from 4-7pm on Tuesday 9 July. More details here.


Falls Creek SASKI Week 2019

Bec Chapman (parent of Henry, Y12 and Mary, Y10) would love to here from any Scotchies who will be in Falls Creen from 14-19 July (the final week of mid-year break) and may wish to race in the SASKI Schools Competition. Contact Bec on 0424 445 314 before 1 July if you would like to be involved. Any student registered at an SA school (in 2019) is eligible to enter. The races are very inclusive, welcoming all abilities, beginners through to advanced. For what’s on each day, and where for the SASKI week, visit the SASKI Week Program online. More details online at


Important Dates: Term 3 2019

Date Event(s)
Monday 1 July School Holiday Program commences
Friday 5 July Alice Springs Field Day
Saturday 6 July Alice Springs Field Day
  Boarders Ski Trip returns
Sunday 7 July GAIL Conference returns
  Japan Tour returns
Friday 12 July Caledonian European Tour returns
Thursday 18 July First XVIII Football Tour departs
Friday 19 July School Holiday Program concludes
Sunday 21 July First XVIII Football Tour returns
Monday 22 July Term 3 commences
  Semester 2 commences
Friday 26 July TP Musical, Les Miserables, 7pm
Saturday 27 July Netball Fundraiser, 10am
  TP Musical, Les Miserables, 7pm
Sunday 28 July Pedal Prix, Victoria Park
  TP Musical, Les Miserables, 2pm
Tuesday 30 July Year 12 OE Training Day
Wednesday 31 July ELC Tour, 9.15am
  Senior School Information Evening, 7pm
Thursday 1 August Australian Maths Competition, Yrs 7-11
  TP Musical, Les Miserables, 7pm
Friday 2 August TP Musical, Les Miserables, 7pm
Saturday 3 August TP Musical, Les Miserables, 7pm
Monday 5 August Year 12 (non-exam subjects) Parent/Teacher night, 3.45pm
Thursday 8 August JS Musical, Little Mermaid Jr, 11.30am and 7pm
Friday 9 August Walk a Mile
  JS Musical, Little Mermaid Jr, 7pm
  Blinman Dinner, 6.30pm
Saturday 10 August Blinman BBQ lunch
Monday 12 August Mitcham Campus Tour, 9.15am
Wednesday 14 August Torrens Park P&F meeting, 7pm
Thursday 15 August Mitcham Campus Photo Day
Friday 16 August Mitcham Campus P&F meeting, 8.45am
Monday 19 August Book Week
  Year 7-11 Parent/Teacher Interviews, 3.45pm-7.30pm
Tuesday 20 August ELC Tour, 9.15am
  Year 8 – Immunisation
Wednesday 21 August Year 7-11 Parent/Teacher Interviews, 4pm-7.45pm
Thursday 22 August Torrens Park Tour, 9am
Saturday 24 August Collegiate Cup
  Winter Sport Dinners, 6.30pm
Monday 26 August Year 12 trial exams commence
  Year 11 Leadership Week commences
Wednesday 28 August Year 11 students city challenge 8.35am
  Year 11 students travel to Victor Harbour, 12.45pm
Thursday 29 August Year 10 Road Safety Parent Session, 6.30pm
Friday 30 August ELC Fathers’ Day Breakfast, 8am
  Year 12 trial exams conclude
  Year 11 students return from Victor Harbour
Saturday 31 August Centenary Gala Dinner, 6.30pm
Monday 2 September 9@Scotch Camp 3 departs
  Old Collegians Week
Tuesday 3 September Kidz Biz Education – Family Evening, “Where did we come from” (Year 2-4), 5.40pm-6.30pm
  Kidz Biz Education – Family Evening, “What’s happening to us?” (Year 5-6), 6.40pm-7.30pm
Thursday 5 September Year 11 OE training day
  Old Collegians vs Students matches, 3.30pm-5pm
Friday 6 September Founders’ Day Celebrations, 11am-2.30pm
  Rowing Information Night, 6pm
Monday 9 September Year 12 (exam subjects) Parent/Teacher interviews, 3.45pm
  ELC Parent/Teacher interviews, 4pm
Tuesday 10 September ELC Parent/Teacher interviews, 4pm
  Sound of Scotch Bands, 6.30pm
Wednesday 11 September Pedal Prix departs for Queensland
Thursday 12 September Mitcham Campus Tour, 9.15am
Friday 13 September Riverland Field Day
  Mitcham Campus Cross Country
  9@Scotch Camp 3 returns
Saturday 14 September Riverland Field Day
Sunday 15 September City to Bay Fun Run
Monday 16 September Pedal Prix returns from Queensland
  9@Scotch Camp 4 departs
  Year 11 Ag Field trip
Tuesday 17 September Mitcham Campus Show Your Colours Day
  Dance Showcase, 7pm
Wednesday 18 September Dance Showcase, 7pm
Thursday 19 September ELC Tour
Friday 20 September Mitcham Campus Sports Day
  ELC Sports Day, 11am
Monday 23 September JS Learning Progress, 3.30pm-7.30pm
  Fraser transition, 4pm
Tuesday 24 September Yorke Peninsula Field Day
  JS Learning Progress, 3.30pm-8pm
  ELC Learning Journey Information Night, 6pm-7pm
Wednesday 25 September Yorke Peninsula Field Day
  Year 5/6 Dance Troup performance
Thursday 26 September Yorke Peninsula Field Day
Friday 27 September Term 3 concludes
Monday 30 September School Holiday Program commences