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A time to flourish


10 February 2019

A time to flourish

A time to flourish

Our year on Torrens Park Campus is off to a flying start with our community coming together on six separate occasions to prepare for, and then launch, the celebrations which mark the start of Scotch100.

A smooth start to the year for both staff and student programs has been the order of the day. Our staff learning sessions focussed on aspects of the new strategic plan for the next 3 years, which not surprisingly for Scotch has Wellbeing as its overarching theme. With the support of external presenters our staff explored the ever-changing nature of our relationships. We explored ideas about working together in cross generational teams as the Baby Boomers make way for Gen X and Y to take the College forward. We also discussed the nature of communication and relationships with our parents and how this has changed significantly over time. We will be sharing with you how we would like to further develop our communications and support of each other as we look after the wonderful and amazing Gen Z. We had a student panel work with Katie Iles (generational trend expert), examining how they learn best and the ways in which digital culture shapes their relationships, knowledge and lifestyle. An emphasis on staff wellbeing permeated through our training days and we start the year ready to roar (in the nicest of ways of course)!

The students have come back ready to learn and excited for the year ahead. The Commencement Chapel was always going to be a special occasion and we were blessed to have the Moderator of the Uniting Church SA, Rev Sue Ellis, deliver a thoughtful provocation on flourishing and the nurturing of a loving community through selfless action. Rev David Hoffman from Westbourne Park Uniting church officiated the ceremony and outlined the values of love, respect and inclusiveness that are symbolised in our special Centenary Candle, which will be lit at significant functions during the year. David often visits the school and serves as our Chaplain for significant services. Mandy Black (‘78) gave an eloquent Acknowledgement of Country in a year where we wil launch our Reconciliation Action Plan (in May) that has been developed by students, staff and community members. The Scotch Choir sang a beautiful a capella version of the traditional hymn “Be thou my vision”. The highlight of the ceremony was the recognition of Scotch90 award recipients. Off the back of a wonderful set of results that place us in the upper echelons of achievement for leading schools in the state, it was wonderful to welcome students back to the College and celebrate their achievement. The Class of 2018 have been accepted into a myriad of pathways for tertiary studies and in the work place. Keep an eye out for the Term 1 Scotch Reports for a greater insight into their success. One of the highlights for me was the singing of the National Anthem and College song by over 800 voices. We are in fine form and the pride in our College was palpable. 

Classes have settled into routine over the last week and the vibe around campus is great. Being Scotch, we know that the steady routine of classroom learning will soon be disrupted by a host of experiential and value ad learning opportunities. Year 10 this coming two weeks have a busy agenda with OE training and the Morrisby Profile Report program meaning they will be out of classes for 2 ½ days. The whole campus will soon be out for the Swimming Carnival and there are some exciting developments in the format of that day to enable greater opportunities to participate. 

Year 7 will soon start preparations and training for their transition camps at Robe. Year 8s have commenced the first elements of their Live Well program. 9@Scotch is underway, and this year parents and students can expect to see some changes to the program to take it to the next level of engagement. Year 11s are hitting the books hard and cracking into the Research Project. Finally, Year 12s have settled into their new common room and are getting used to taking the responsibility of that space, in addition to the provision of many student activities and opportunities over the coming weeks. I would encourage students and parents of the Senior School to come along to next Sunday’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast.  A fantastic annual fixture where we come to support the Breast Cancer Foundation – a touch of pink is dress du jour

DSC_0264-8 copy.jpgFriday was a hallmark day of the College with the unveiling of the centenary sculpture by artist Ken Martin. Students from Reception to Year 12 gathered on the Gratton Lawn to see what was under the big box!

What was unveiled by the College Captains, Lalla Nugent and Sam Subramanian, College Council Chair Mr Raymond Spencer and College Principal Dr John Newton was an inspiring and amazing bronze suspension piece of art that captures the spirit of our College. Not only marking this significant moment in time but also capturing our ideals for the future. The Junior School led the way with amazing “oooohs and ahhhs” as bit by bit the form was revealed. The Torrens Park Campus students burst into spontaneous applause in recognition of an art work that shines and feels as if it moves in space. 

On Friday night we had the community unveiling with College Foundation members, former Council Chairs, present and past parents, College committee volunteers and former students coming along for the unveiling. Our social media channels (Instagram & Facebook) have covered the event and I can assure you the pictures do justice to not only the art but the great sense of community and belonging that we enjoy at Scotch.

There will be many opportunities to say "thankyou" this year to those who are ensuring our journey is a special one. It would however be remiss of me if I did not mention the wonderful work of Mrs Natalie Felkl and her team, Mr Ewen Graham and the Caledonian Corp and Mr Antony Hubmayer and the Performing Arts staff and students in ensuring these events had the style befitting a true celebration of Scotch College culture and community. We will continue to see their leadership and support over the year – thank you!

As I close, the sports season is now underway and we have had a good start in this aspect of the offering. Our rowers and cricketers have had a big summer with camps and tours, and we look forward to seeing their performances strengthened by having had these opportunities. I will see many of you at the Back to the Boatshed function next week – don’t forget to wear your 80s gear! 

We’ve had a great start - wishing you all a great week.


Last night was a magnificent ANZAC Tribute at Centennial Park. 4,000 flags were laid, led by Scotch College student……