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Learning Comes in Many Forms


7 May 2021

Learning Comes in Many Forms

Learning Comes in Many Forms

This week, like most weeks at Scotch, seems to have flown by.

Collectively we have achieved so much, from Year 12 music students completing their first performance assessment, a Year 11 History study workshop at the Holocaust Museum and Senior Art students attending the Clarice Beckett exhibition. Other students attended _SOUTHSTART Emergence, a national conference in which participants had the opportunity to learn and grow beyond the existing bounds of their reality, engage with pioneering minds, and walk away a better person. We had students attend two sessions; a select group of young entrepreneurs attended the Bright Ideas Youth Event and our Year 12 Agriculture students attended AgriFood Tech: The Emergence of the ecosystem. I encourage you to read the article from our students who attended the Ag program to understand the dynamic conversation of which they were a part.

In this week’s Academic Matters, Teresa Hanel updates us on NAPLAN and our involvement with the SACE Board on the Future Capabilities project. There is also a link to the review of the Australian Curriculum which you may like to explore. 

We ended the week with our Friday Forum time being used to explore important matters for our Senior students. Year 12s attended a Future Pathways session with Mr Kelly, providing an overview of 2022 University and TAFE entry, application processes for residential colleges and what if scenarios about the next steps. Please do not hesitate to contact our Careers Counsellors for further information. Year 11 had a Bonding with Bennett session and we looked at how they are travelling as a year group, the 2022 Leadership selection process, and our College values in action. The exciting part of this conversation was a decision by the students to do away with having voting as part of the leadership selection process. They have great ideas for how the process may run and I welcomed their agency in helping us to better understand the values and approaches they wish to see represented in their leaders. Year 10 enjoyed some down time with an inter-mentor challenge series.

Our Middle School students held the annual Grandparents assembly, albeit without our grandparents due to Covid. Our guest speaker was Kerri Kumnick, who reflected on the joys her grandchildren bring to family life and the positive impact the relationship has on them and on her. The photos were adorable! After the assembly our students returned to mentor to complete a special gratitude activity, which you can learn more about on Instagram.

In our Scotch community we have amazing women who are leaders and role models to us all. Many of them also happen to be mums. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the mums a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday. I am sure there will be many celebrations, be it a cup of tea in bed or a delicious meal prepared by the kids or in our family. Ned is taking Jane (and me) out to lunch - I’m loving the fact that he now earns enough to pay! 

This link from Michael Carr-Gregg on the history and significance of Mother’s Day is also a reminder that our mums need to look after themselves beyond Mother’s Day and be conscious that, to be the best mum you can be you need to nurture yourself. Michael shares with us a wonderful Jewish proverb Got hot nit gekent zayn umetum, hot er beshafn mames. “God couldn’t be everywhere, so He created mothers.”

We have performed strongly in trial matches for sport and have successfully started the winter sports competitions. At the commencement of each match, we observed 1 minute of silence in recognition of Tammy Parnell. Our host schools have been tremendously supportive of this tribute and our students have competed with the fierce desire to give of their best to honour the memory of a much-loved teacher and Head of House. 

In closing, I thank the many members of our community who have reached out to our staff over the last week offering support and condolences. Last Friday was a challenging day for us all. Our students have been amazing in the support of each other and our staff over this time. The College will be hosting a celebration of Tammy's life on Sunday 16 May.

Wishing all our families a wonderful weekend - especially our mums!