Calendar 2021

Jul
23
07:00PM 23 July
College Musical
Beauty and the Beast: The Musical
Jul
27
09:15AM 27 July
Week 2
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W2...
Aug
10
09:15AM 10 August
Week 4
Junior School Tour (T3W04 2021)
Aug
18
09:15AM 18 August
Week 5
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W5...
Aug
19
09:00AM 19 August
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Sep
09
09:15AM 09 September
Week 8
Junior School Tour (T3W08 2021)
Sep
14
09:00AM 14 September
Week 9
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Sep
16
09:15AM 16 September
Week 9
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W9...
Oct
19
09:15AM 19 October
Week 2
Junior School Tour (T4W02 2021)
Oct
27
09:00AM 27 October
Week 3
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Oct
28
09:15AM 28 October
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W3...
Nov
11
09:15AM 11 November
Week 5
Junior School Tour (T4W05 2021)
Nov
17
09:15AM 17 November
Week 6
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W6...
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Half Way There

News

21 May 2021

Half Way There

Half Way There

In what at times can seem like a never-ending journey, it’s always a good thing to pause and reflect at the mid-point of any term and consider what has been achieved and what we are working on. 

The Arts are a dynamic learning space for our students. The Torrens Park Campus Musical cast have only 14 rehearsals left before they will undoubtedly amaze us with their performances of Beauty and the Beast. Liz Young (Music Director) has pulled together a fantastic orchestra made up of students, Old Collegians and staff members and after sitting in on their first rehearsal, it was nearly impossible not to burst into “Tale as old as time…” with them! The Year 12 Drama classes combined to present The Dining Room as one of their key performances for this year. It was a stunning show and great to see packed houses appreciate the talents of our actors. Thank you to Melissa Sheldon and Nicola Triglau for once again creating a piece of theatre worthy of any professional playhouse. This week I had the pleasure of attending “Our Class” which was a showcase of where our Dance students (now over 100 students across the College) are at in terms of their dance development. It was a great opportunity for the audience to focus on technique, ensemble work and creativity in this classic art form. Purposefully unpolished performances such as these help us to understand the time, effort and challenges that dancers face as they prepare for the final outcome. It was the “draft” moment for the program before the final performances to be held in Week 8 of Term 3. Congratulations to all of our dancers and our Head of Dance, Allison Patterson, on their exceptional work. 

Sport is a constant story of development for us at Scotch. Win or lose, trainings and match days are a huge part of developing skills and teamwork throughout the ebbs and flows of weekly results. Jarrad Schar (Head of Sport) is leading a culture where development is as much of a focus as winning. Currently, Jarrad is also leading a review of our sports vision, working with students, parent support groups and coaching staff to help shape what we would like the Scotch journey to be over the next 5 years. It’s an exciting time to be at Scotch as our teams are competitive and our codes have great cultures - the teams currently undefeated this season include our Senior A Boys Basketball, Middle and Senior Girls Football, our Senior Boys and Girls First XI Soccer and most of our Netball teams!

Concussion has been a hot topic in the media of late. Recently Dr Newton organised for a group of staff to meet leading clinical specialists (including 2 Scotch parents Dr Dan Ellis and Dr Adam Wells) at the RAH to help us understand the physical treatment and expectation of the patient journey post head trauma. Max McKenzie and Gareth Thomas as part of their Research Project invited representatives from NeuroFlex VR (a research team who evaluate brain health through eye and head reflexes) to the school. This technology assists in the early diagnosis of concussion and we are having further conversations with the team to gain a better understanding of head trauma.  This week key staff also met to develop stronger processes and understanding of how we can best support students and families after a child has sustained a head knock. 

I cannot stress enough the importance we place on parents telling us in a timely manner about any head knock their child has received.

There is an increasing need for educators to continually develop knowledge, understanding and processes to work with sophisticated trauma injuries that students experience and our role as they transition back into the classroom. 

In this week’s Academic Matters Teresa Hanel (Head of Teaching and Learning) provides information about the supports available to students as they now turn their focus to final tests and half year examinations in just a few short weeks. 

The journey continues apace, and I know that in the coming weeks we will be ramping up the learning experiences for our students across the diverse opportunities we offer in our program. I urge you to be purposeful this weekend to check in on your child’s achievements and progress. There is much to be celebrated big or small and much more to come.

Have a great weekend!

Dale