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Welcome to 2019


24 January 2019

Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

The academic year 2018 was crowned by an exceptional array of Year 12 examination results. The first major event of the academic year will be an assembly to celebrate the almost 50% of Year 12s who achieved more than 90% in their ATAR. Once more we find ourselves among the elite in terms of academic results in Adelaide.

It is a core value of the College that we take students further than they expected to go, whether naturally gifted or in need of extra support and guidance. We take this approach in music and drama, we see it in oratory and service learning, we see it in sport, and we see it in our academic achievements.  

This is an inspiring starting point for our centenary year. We have spent, and continue to spend, long hours laying the groundwork for significant developments in the College over the next 12 to 24 months. The work of our Council and our advisors has been unrelenting, and I am most grateful to them for the expertise they have brought to such exciting challenges.

The school otherwise begins the academic year with the healthiest numbers in its history and with the capacity to think ambitiously about its programs, its students and its infrastructure. A number of smaller projects have been undertaken over the holidays by our dedicated and hard-working Grounds and Maintenance staff, supported by both school finances and wonderful contributions by the Parents and Friends. In all, we are in a very good place to start a new year of work, achievement and progress on behalf of the exceptional young people we are here to serve.  

Please find below a number of other communications of interest and importance. In all, I look forward very much to looking your children in the eye again to see that spark of life and that commitment to thrive as Scotch enters its 100th year.  

I equally look forward very much to seeing you at the many events of 2019, and wish you all well as parents and carers for the start of the year.

Dr John H Newton


Welcome Back Morning Tea

31 January 2019: There will be a Parents Welcome morning coffee hosted by the Parents and Friends in the Webb Science Quad from 8.30am for Torrens Park parents.   Mitcham Campus parents are also invited at 8.30am for morning tea, which will be held on the Kallawar lawns.  


Centenary Sculpture Unveiling Event


Friday 8 February 2019: We are looking forward to seeing Torrens as many people at possible on Friday 8 February 2019, from 6.00pm until 8.00pm for the unveiling of the Centenary Sculpture. Please RSVP your attendance here.


New Staff

I am delighted to welcome the following new staff to our College:

  • Stephan Monach. Stephen joins us as a Teacherin the Mathematics Faculty. He has a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) and a Master of Teaching (secondary) and comes from Xavier College where he has taught for the last 5 years. Stephen had an interesting experience when he worked in Boston for 2 years as part of the AmeriCorps Program where he developed the framework for and personally deployed a mentoring program in 9 low socioeconomic schools.
  • Andrew Malcolm. Andrew joins us as a Mathematics and Science Teacheron Torrens Park Campus. He has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education and comes to us from Ceduna Area School where he has taught for the last 6 years. Andrew has a passion for STEM and in 2017 presented a state-wide STEM presentation on Effective Assessment and Feedback.
  • Laura Jeffries. Laura joins us in the ELC as an Early Years Teacher. She joins us from Coromandel Valley Primary School, Belair Primary School and St Peters Girls ELC and brings a comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework, the IB Primary Years Program and the National Quality Framework.
  • Shannon O’Toole. Shannon returns to Scotch ELC after several years working internationally and joins us as an Early Years Teacher.  Shannon holds a Bachelor of education (early Childhood) and a Post Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Amy Johnson. Amy is our newPhilanthropy Services Officer,assisting Abhra and the team for the Centenary Campaign She brings nearly 20 years of experience in providing high level administrative support to the team. Amy joins us from Walford, where she was the Marketing and Communications Assistant, before which she served as the Personal Assistant to the Principal at Tintinara Area School. Amy, and her husband Alastair have been a part of the Scotch Community for the past two years with step-daughter Bonnie Johnson currently in Year 7.  Their other children, Lucy (4) and Patrick (3) have also just enrolled in the ELC this year.
  • Emily Drewniak. Emily is our new Associate Director of Philanthropy, with a specific focus on major gifts for the centenary campaign. She brings more than 18 years of experience in fundraising, public relations and communications to Scotch.  Emily joins Scotch from St. Peter’s College, where she was the Development Manager, reporting directly to the Headmaster.  Before that she was the Donor Relations Officer at Flinders University.  Emily and her two teenage children are enthusiastic of the Adelaide Hills. She loves gardening and is passionate about the Arts. 
  • Brodie Gleeson. Brodie joins the Health and PE Faculty on Torrens Park Campus as a PE Teacher. Brodie holds a Bachelor of Education (Middle/Secondary) / Bachelor of Health Sciences. Brodie has worked at Wilderness, Pembroke and Marryatville High School. He loves the outdoors and has many years of camping experience.
  • Jacinta Hand. Jacinta has joined the Scotch Shop as the Customer Service Coordinator.Jacinta has owned and operated her own clothing store and brings strong operational business skills, and a well-developed understanding of the importance of front line customer focused service.
  • Rachel Swanson. Rachel joins the ELC as a Diploma Qualified Educatorand joined us from Halifax Street Children’s Centre.
  • Carole Taylor. Carole will be joining us as a Teachers Aideon Mitcham Campus. Carole has a Certificate 3 in Education Support and joins us from Linden Park Primary School, where she has been working for the last 3 years as an ESO.  In this role she focussed on the implementation and delivery of the Levelled Literacy Intervention Program (LLI). 
  • Our two new GAP students from Robert Gordon’s College are Kirsten Watson and Millie Skidmore.
  • We also welcome back returning staff members Alison Paterson (Parental Leave), Janet Rainey (Returning from Leave), Tamryn Pagsanjan (Parental Leave), Seb Le Feuvre (Sabbatical), Kate Cliff (Parental Leave), Jane Bauer (Parental Leave) and Lorraine Knight (Long Service Leave).


ICT Responsible User Agreement

At the beginning of each year, students on the Torrens Park Campus will be guided through a series of activities that reinforce the responsibilities that we all have for making smart choices when using technology. Our student leaders have produced a brilliant set of media to highlight these guidelines and will share this with everyone at our opening assembly. New students are given a detailed outline during their ICT orientation on laptop rollout day at the beginning of the term. Mentors, teachers, Heads of House, and visiting experts, support an ongoing commitment to these smart choices with regular conversations, training sessions and reminders about expectations.

Many of the resources that support this programme are available from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. There are some very useful tips for parents here as well.

The Responsible User Agreement that all students (in partnership with their parents) sign at the beginning of the term, clearly summarises expectations around security, privacy, harassment, copyright, plagiarism, data backup and safety. It refers to use not only of laptops, but all devices, and not just at school but anytime, anywhere. Your support in guiding smart technology choices is much appreciated and vital.

Marty Coombe
Learning Technologies Coordinator


Sports Update

Scotch College 1st XI Cricket Tour to Christchurch (New Zealand)
Trans-Tasman Cricket Festival 2019

A squad of 14 players toured Christchurch, New Zealand to participate in the annual Quadrangular tournament. St Andrews College, Christchurch was the host this year.

The boys enjoyed an excellent experience with some tough but highly enjoyable cricket against very strong opponents throughout. The matches commenced with our opening match versus Geelong College who ended up winning the tournament.  We competed well against them, going down by 30 runs.  All matches were highly competitive for us and it was a huge credit to our side that they competed so well throughout the tour.

Later in the week the T20 tournament commenced, which we won last year. We won our first game against Geelong College in a nail biter (they needed 7 off the final over but only got 3) but unfortunately lost to St Andrew’s in the final to finish runners-up overall.

All the games the boys played were keenly fought contests which could have gone either way and the boys showed an excellent approach and effort throughout. All the players were given ample opportunity to play in their roles. Highlights included both Angus Kitto and Ned Walter who were brilliant with the bat. Our bowling was good although lacking in real penetration at times. Sam Fuss, Finley Hyde and Will Jackson took wickets and were economical. 

There is lot of room still to improve, and the boys are keen to learn which is fantastic to see. At the end of the tour, the players were put into 3 groups to analyse the week and their performances. Some of the areas we identified are - technical improvement, game awareness, work ethics, train with a purpose, positive mind set and willingness to take risk to succeed. 

We spoke a lot to the boys before the tournament about playing the game in the correct spirit (hard but fair) and this was one of our trademarks for the week.  I was really pleased when our team was awarded the Spirit of Cricket Trophyby the umpires for the lads on field conduct.

Off field, the boys’ behaviour was exemplary.  The culture and environment created by the senior leadership group (Angus, Lachie, Ned and Sam) was first class and the other senior boys followed their lead and showed the younger ones the way to be model “cricket tourists”.  The boys were a pleasure to take away and this comment was echoed by Darius Wyatt and Peter Sleep (the other two coaches on the trip). 

On the final night we took the lads into Christchurch again for dinner before returning back to the boarding house to prepare for an early flight the following morning.  We arrived back into Adelaide early afternoon on Saturday, tired but content that the week had been a resounding success.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was an honour and privilege to be associated with the Scotch College First XI team.Finally, I would like to thank the fellow coaches Peter Sleep and Darius Wyatt, the leadership group, Nick Walter, Nick Fuss and the Parent Support Group for their support during the tour.  A big thank you to Head of Sport Darren Beanland and Sue Pomeroy for their support in organising the tour.

Head of Cricket


Important Dates

Date Event
Sunday 27 January West Lakes Rowing Training morning, Years 8 & 9, 7am-12noon
Monday 28 January Australia Day Public Holiday
  West Lakes Rowing Training morning, Years 8 & 9, 7am-12noon
Tuesday 29 January West Lakes Rowing Training morning, Years 8 & 9, 7am-12noon
  Boarders return 2pm
  Boarders Welcome Function, 5.30pm onwards
  ELC Learning Journey Parents meeting, 7pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 30 January Middle School Learning morning, 8.30am-10.30am
  Year 7, 8 9 & 11 Commencement meetings, 9am-5pm
  Year 10 Welcome to Senior School, 9am-11am
  Year 10 Commencement meetings, 11am-5pm
  Reception Families – Meet and Greet, 10.45am-3.45pm
  New Students Years 8 & 9 Laptop Induction, 12.30pm-2.00pm
  Year 12 Back in the Groove Commencement & House meetings, 1.30pm-3.30pm
  ELC Long Term Project Prep, 2pm-4pm
  New Students Years 10-12 Laptop Induction, 2.15pm-3.30pm
  Dance Information Evening, 6pm-6.30pm
Thursday 31 January Term 1 commences
  Mitcham Campus P&F Welcome Back morning tea, Kallawar Lawns, 8.30am-9.45am
  Torrens Park Campus P&F Welcome Back morning tea, Webb Science Courtyard, 8.30am-9.45am
  Music Information Session, 5.30pm-6pm
Friday 1 February Scotch 90 Commencement Assembly
  Musical Information Session, 5.30pm-6pm
Saturday 2 February Year 5 2020 Scholarship Testing, 8.45am
Monday 4 February Junior School Acquaintance Night, 6pm
Friday 8 February Music Camp departs, 7am
  Welcome to 2019 – 100 Years Sculpture Unveiling, 6pm-8pm
Saturday 9 February Sport commences
  ACER Scholarship testing, 8.45am
Sunday 10 February Music Camp returns
Monday 11 February Year 10 OE Training
  Personal Learning Plan Information Evening, 6pm-7.30pm
Tuesday 12 February Year 10 OE Training
  ELC Tour, 9.15am
Wednesday 13 February Year 10 Morrisby Testing, 8.30am-12.20pm
Thursday 14 February Year 10 Morrisby Testing makeup
Friday 15 February Year 12 OE Training Day
  Mitcham Campus Leadership Induction, 9.15am
  Principal’s Year 12 Student Commencement Function, Cameron and Campbell, 6pm-8pm
Saturday 16 February Back to the Boatshed, 7pm
Sunday 17 February Pink Ribbon Breakfast, 10am
  Year 8 GAIL exchange to Kristen departs
Monday 18 February Year 7 OE Training Day 1
Tuesday 19 February Year 7 OE Training Day 2
  Year 8 Immunisation
Wednesday 20 February Torrens Park Swimming Carnival
  Mitcham Campus Tour, 9.15am
Thursday 21 February New Parents Dinner, 6.30pm
Friday 22 February Year 7 OE Training Day 3
  Principal’s Year 12 Student Commencement Function, Douglas and Gordon, 6pm-8pm
Sunday 24 February Netball trials, 9am
Monday 25 February Year 12 OE Expedition 1 departs
  Year 3 Swimming Carnival, 11am
Wednesday 27 February Year 12 OE Expedition 1 returns
Friday 1 March Parent Meeting for Musical, 4pm
  Principal’s Year 12 Student Commencement Function, McGregor and Stewart, 6pm-8pm
Sunday 3 March Netball trials, 9am
  Musical rehearsal
Wednesday 6 March ELC Tour, 9.15am
Friday 8 March College Closure Day
Saturday 9 March Year 8 GAIL Exchange to Kristen returns
Monday 11 March Adelaide Cup Public Holiday
Tuesday 12 March Years 1 & 2 House Swimming Carnival, 1pm-3pm
Thursday 14 March Years 3-6 House Swimming Carnival, 9am-3.15pm
  Torrens Park Tour, 9am
Friday 15 March Torrens Park Sports Day
Saturday 16 March Rowing Jumper Presentation
  Years 8-12 Dance Excursion, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sunday 17 March SACE Dance excursion, 2pm-4.30pm
Monday 18 March Morrisby Testing Parent Information Evening, 7pm
  Year 7 Tarooki Expedition 1 departs
Wednesday 20 March Years 3-6 Camps depart
  Year 7 Tarooki Expedition 1 returns
  Year 7 Tarooki Expedition 2 departs
  ELC -Year 2 Grandparents Day, 9am
Thursday 21 March Reception Outdoor Excursion
  Year 2 Camp departs
Friday 22 March Years 3-6 Camps return
  Year 2 Camp returns
  Year 1 Outdoor Excursion
  Year 7 Tarooki Expedition 2 returns
  Film Night Senior School Students, 5.30pm-9pm
Saturday 23 March Head of the River
  Head of the River Dinner, 6.30pm
Monday 25 March Year 8 GAIL Kristen Students at Scotch
  Year 7 Tarooki Expedition 3 departs
  Years 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews, 3.45pm-7.30pm
  ELC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm-8pm
Tuesday 26 March ELC Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm-8pm
Wednesday 27 March Year 7 Tarooki Expedition 3 returns
  Years 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm-7.45pm
Thursday 28 March Middle School Cricket Presentation Night, 6.30pm
Friday 29 March Cycling and Equestrian Dinner, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Tuesday 2 April Years 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews, 4pm-7.45pm
Thursday 4 April ELC Tour, 9.15am
Saturday 6 April Scotch 100 Festival, 3pm-10pm
  Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
Sunday 7 April Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
Monday 8 April Mitcham Campus Learning Progress Meetings, 3.45pm-8pm
  ELC Fraser Transition visit, 4pm
  Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 9 April Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
  Years 10-11 Immunisation
  Mitcham Campus Learning Progress Meetings, 3.45pm-7pm
  ELC Learning Journey Information Night, 6pm
  Generations in Jazz Cabaret, 7pm-9pm
Wednesday 10 April Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
  Mitcham Campus Winter Student Information Session
  Year 8 OE Expeditions depart
Thursday 11 April Year 12 Agriculture Field Trip
  Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
Friday 12 April Centenary Light Show, 7pm-9.30pm
  Year 8 OE Expeditions return
  Year 8 GAIL Kristen Students return to NZ
  Blue and Gold Formal
  Term 1 concludes at 3.30pm