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

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4 June 2021

An Imperfect World

An Imperfect World

The thing I love most about Scotch is our ability to be authentic and to know when we have and have not got it right. 

It is important to realise that our imperfections are not unique, and our students will do things typical of teens all around Australia (and indeed at times, the world). In recent years, tiktok and similar social media platforms have ensured global reach for some particularly poor behaviour. 

What sets Scotch apart is that we work to establish a solid foundation of mutual trust and respect with our students, which enables us to be transparent during the difficult times when we must confront challenging behaviour. Today, I am looking for your partnership in dealing with a trend which is a concern for all teenagers. I have included in today’s eNews an insight into vaping, an issue that is consuming the attention of most secondary schools in Australia. In recent weeks the Heads of House, Mathew Disher and I have been dealing with the emergence of this behaviour, with several individuals exploring the boundaries. I am confident that the student body is now well aware that this behaviour cannot occur on Scotch grounds, and you may have heard some fragments of conversation to this effect. I suspect, given its prevalence around the country and on social media, that teenagers may still be vaping off campus and with their friends. I hope you find the information useful, and I encourage you to have a conversation with your teen about this disturbing trend.

Over the last week and culminating in today’s assembly, we have been acknowledging National Reconciliation Week, now in its 20th year. We were reminded that as society, the relationship between our First Nations people and the multitude of other cultures in this great land remains a point of tension. I believe Scotch students have embraced the theme of action this week and engaged in lively conversation to help us better understand what we can do to bring about a reconciled Australian population. In our assembly today, Year 12 leaders Cheree Whyman and Tyler Slater led the student body on a wonderful exploration about how we have a role to play in bringing about a more just world for our indigenous culture. One of the provocative pieces for today was the showing of Stan Grant's a speech about the Australian Dream.

There was animated and engaged conversation after the viewing of this clip, followed by a panel forum of young First Nations people, including Year 9 Allen Wombat, Cheree, Tikari Rigney (a proud Kuarna woman and staff member in the Art department) and Jasmyn Lloyd, a proud Ngarrindjeri woman. The panel discussed student-generated questions. Matt Alderson was an effective host and kept the conversation moving to ensure the students were able to better understand not only the experience of Reconciliation, but also the importance of the voice of youth to engage and bring about change. The understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultures is a priority in the Australian curriculum and cannot be an isolated experience each year for Reconciliation week. We have in place a series of events, staff and classroom learnings each year. 

The world isn’t a perfect place and individual behaviours are not always perfect, but I am proud to be part of a culture where we can fail fast, respond quickly to changing trends, and contribute to making the world a better place. 

A great weekend of sport lies ahead of us and I’ll be dropping in on the musical rehearsal tonight to check the progress of the hard-working crew and cast. Tickets are now on sale for Beauty and the Beast and my advice is book now because as of this afternoon opening and closing nights are almost done! 

Have a great weekend.

Dale