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Welcome to 2020 at Scotch!


28 January 2020

Welcome to 2020 at Scotch!

Welcome to 2020 at Scotch!

Welcome to the academic year 2020.  It has been a testing beginning to the year for our students on our rowing camp at Nelson. Please see my further comments below.

Last year saw a remarkable centenary celebration. This year we launch into our second century with significant investment in the College’s infrastructure, programs and people.  We are catching the upswing of positivity about Scotch and aim to be an even better organisation in the coming period. 

I trust therefore that your children (and you!) are refreshed and rested, and ready for a new academic year.  This very special place has high intentions for your children and high expectations of itself.  We remain utterly grateful for the support we have from you as parents in achieving the many wonderful things that you will see and hear about through social media and school communications in the coming months and years.

Much has taken place over the holidays.  The key matter to note is the disruption to our way of life due to building construction on the Torrens Park Campus in particular.  Please do be patient on this matter and raise any questions with the Head of Campus, Dale Bennett.

Dale has also been good enough to take on our co-ordinated response to the Bushfire Crisis which has affected Australia over the past few weeks and is still a threat for us today.  We aim to be supportive of our own community and communities beyond Scotch.  As an educational institution, we must equally help our students make sense of this phenomenon.  

The College itself is largely unaffected apart from some damage to our property on Kangaroo Island.    However, it is important for us to support those who were more seriously impacted. Our hearts go out to them.  

Please note the matters listed below and the events that will take place in this opening term of 2020.  Thank you once more for your support and we look forward to a wonderful 2020.

Dr John H Newton



Nelson Bus Accident Update

All students and staff have been out of hospital for some days now, but there is a small number undergoing medical checks and treatment. Injuries are not deemed to be critical, but we will provide appropriate support for these staff and students on a case by case basis.

Now we begin the important work of supporting the ongoing mental health needs of students, staff, ‘first responders’ and helpers. We have met with staff, parents and students directly involved to discuss the way forward. There is very much a desire to get back to normal business, but we remain very alert to the needs of individuals which may arise.

The Scotch community have been incredibly supportive through this process and we request that your support remains strong as we reintegrate students back into school life.


Coronavirus Update

We have been closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Novel coronavirus. To date, the advice given by SA Health and the SA Department for Education has not changed from yesterday’s communication from Jackie Newbegin, College Nurse. I remind you of the actions that we have taken as a College to minimise the potential for spread of infection.

We have requested that students are kept home if they have travelled to China over the break and are experiencing symptoms of the virus. Further, I wish to clarify that we also request students stay home if they have been in contact with someone who as travelled to China and is experiencing symptoms, even if they are asymptomatic themselves. In both of these circumstances, we require a medical clearance prior to the student returning to the College. 

We would ask that you notify the College if you have travelled to China over the summer break, to help inform management of any presentation of your child to the nurse over the coming 14 days. The ELC, Junior, Middle and Senior school offices can be points of notification.

We have commenced the assessment of boarders as they return to the Boarding House and have identified isolation and referral processes should they be required, as outlined in yesterday’s communication. We will also be reminding students about good general hygiene practices to prevent the transmission of illness as they return to school and ensuring hand sanitiser is available for staff and student use.

Some families who have travelled to China over the break have elected to keep their children home from school as a precautionary measure. This absence will be supported by the College but I do ask that you notify the relevant school office so the absence can be recorded.

The recommendations regarding how schools manage the potential threat of coronavirus are being reviewed continually, and I will continue to update the community should different steps need to be taken. The most recent advice for parents and schools from the Department of Education website, can be viewed here


Mobile Phone Usage on Torrens Park

I will write again to parents next week on a number of matters including our new mobile phone usage restrictions on Torrens Park. In summary, no Non-Mandated Personal Device (i.e. mobile phones and wearable technologies) usage will be permitted on the Torrens Park Campus (TPC) during lessons, recess, lunch, and Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) time.

We have informed students on this matter today at our first assembly of the year. My letter next week provides more details.


Welcome Back Morning Tea

There will be a Parents Welcome morning coffee hosted by the Parents and Friends on 30 January from 8.30am for both campuses. Torrens Park parents are invited to meet in the Webb Science Quad while Mitcham Campus parents are invited at 8.30am to meet on the Kallawar lawns.


Michael Carr-Greg Parent Seminar


We are pleased to welcome one of Australia's highest profile psychologists to Scotch for his seminar, The Five Greatest Challenges for Parents, on Thursday 13 February 2020.

His presentation covers what every parent needs to know about milennial parenting, covering alcohol, online safety, sleep and other key issues. Please note this is a PARENT ONLY seminar.

More details and booking information can be found online.


Torrens Park Campus House Welcome

Please join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and enjoy a short information session with your child’s Head of House and Mentor Team for 2020.

After your information sessions, there will be the opportunity to join with other parents in the Webb Science Centre precinct to enjoy music, mingle with friends and kick start the year.

Please RSVP your attendance online here.


East Lane (Middle School) Car Park Access

Over the break, one of our development projects has commenced, affecting the East Lane entrance to the Torrens Park Campus which will see upgrades to the entrance, walkway and car park (the entrance closest to the Middle School).

As a result, access will be affected for those visiting the Scotch Shop during the holidays, and for drop-off/pickup during Term 1. Please use the entrances on either Carruth Rd or Blythewood Rd for drop off and pick up.

There will be very limited, staff supervised pedestrian access at this entrance intended for students travelling to and from the Mitcham Campus. At drop off and pick up times, students should enter via the Blythewood Rd or Carruth Rd entrances to Torrens Park Campus. It's a few extra steps to be sure, but the improvements will be well worth it!


Cashless Canteen

In Term 1 2020, the Scotch College Canteen is transitioning to cashless payments for all canteen purchases. During Term 1, cashless payments will be available and preferred, and from the beginning of Term 2 2020, the Canteen will no longer accept cash payments. Families may choose to use Munch Monitor (compulsory for Mitcham Campus lunch orders) or use EFT and contactless (e.g. saving/credit cards or Apple Pay) facilities for purchases.

Mitcham Campus (Prep – Year 6)

Lunch orders are available for Mitcham Campus students only. Parents on the Mitcham Campus (Prep – Year 6) may order lunches for their children quickly and easily via Munch Monitor. Munch Monitor is a simple, easy to use service that allows you to order your child's lunch well in advance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while also helping to eliminate lost or forgotten lunch money. Please note: Orders need to be received by 7am each morning. If you miss the daily 7am deadline, simply call the Scotch College Canteen (8274 4284) by 9am to place an order, being sure to supply your child's name, teacher's name and the year of their class.

Torrens Park Campus (Year 7 – 12)

Students on the Torrens Park Campus may purchase items from the canteen using Munch Monitor’s prepaid card system or EFT (e.g. saving/credit cards) and contactless (e.g. Apple Pay) facilities. When using Munch Monitor, parents can top up the student balance online and opt to allow the student to have access to “snack money” with optional daily or weekly spending limits and/or restricted food item categories. Please note: To begin using cashless payments and Munch Monitor, students will need to link their student card to their family account by visiting the canteen – this cannot be done automatically.

More details and Munch Monitor setup guides: Canteen


Scotch OCFC Bushfire Relief Fundraiser

The Scotch community is invited to join the Scotch Old Collegians Football Club by running to support and raise funds for those who have been affected by the recent Bushfires that have ravaged our beautiful countryside (via the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund).

Beginning at the Scotch pavilion, there will be 6km and 12km courses beginning from 10:30am. A BBQ in the pavilion will be supplied to all runners upon their return. Spectator and supporters will be able to buy their BBQ lunch, with all proceeds to be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. The Bar will be open from 12pm.

For more details and to get involved, visit the Scotch OCFC event on Facebook.


Cricket Quad Tour Success


From 13 -17 January, Scotch hosted the Trans Tasman Quadrangular Cricket Tournament.

The three touring schools that we competed against over the week were Scots College from Wellington New Zealand, St Andrews College from Christchurch New Zealand and The Geelong College from Geelong Victoria.   The schools competed for the Oughton / Phillips Shield.

The Scotch team played some magnificent and inspired cricket during the week and managed to win the Shield for the first time in ten years against some quality opposition from the three travelling schools.

Congratulations to Cormack O’Reilly who won the Player of the Tournament Award with 199 runs and 9 wickets.  Other solid performers for the week with the bat were Captain Ned Walter with 180 runs and opening batsmen Hamish Lord with 112 runs.

With the ball, it was a very even contribution from all of the bowlers with Campbell Thompson (13 wickets), Will Jackson and Harry Chaplin leading the way. 

Congratulations to all the players and our Head of Cricket and First XI coach Madu and coach J C. Special thanks to Madu and Parent Support Group for all the hard work in making the week such a successful one for all of the teams and the travelling parents from the other schools. Special thanks also to the Scotch ground staff for presenting the Schools facilities so fantastically.

Muditha Maduwantha (Madu)

Head of Cricket


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. 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. Your support in guiding smart technology choices is much appreciated and vital.

Mike Roberts
Digital Technologies Leader


New Staff

A number of new staff will be joining us for 2020 or commenced late in 2019 - please welcome them!

Alice Kennett Diploma Qualified Educator
Mitcham Campus  
Betty Giouzelis MC Administration
Paisley Lowe MC Administration
Jo Rea Digital Technologies Teacher
Tara Hendry Teacher
Kate Snell Teacher
Torrens Park  
Morgan Collette Teacher (Learning Strategies)
Edward McInnes Teacher (Year 7)
Collette Smith Teacher (Maths)
Jessica Sweeny Teacher (Food Tech)
Rebecca Hyde Teacher (PE)
Nicholas Scalzi Teacher (Maths)
Charles Worthington Teacher (Film)
Janna Romeo Teacher (PA)
Vicky Wilkinson Learning Strategies
Kay Petherbridge Teacher (French)
Leanne Pace Teacher (Mathematics)
Geoff Abbott Business Manager
Danielle O’Neill Accountant
Clint McInnes Agriculture
Jacinta Hand Uniform Shop
Michael Williams Infrastructure
Essie Kruckemeyer Performing Arts Secretary
Cher Little Development
Sonia Roberts Head of Girls Sport
Harley Campbell Performing Arts Technician
Casey Harnett Admin Support - Rowing


2020 Immunisation Schedule (Middle School)

Year 8: HPV Dose 1 & Boostrix - Tues 18 Feb
Year 8: HPV Dose 2 - Tues 18 August

Year 10: Meningococcal B & ACWY - Tues 7 April
Year 10: Meningococcal B - Wed 10 June


Important Dates for Term 1

Date Event
Tuesday 28 January Beginner and Junior Rowing Training Day – West Lakes
  ELC Learning Journey Information Evening, 7pm
Wednesday 29 January Beginner and Junior Rowing Training Day – West Lakes
  Dance Tryouts
  Junior School Meet the Parents
  Year 7 Commencement Meetings 8.30am-3.30pm
  New Year 10, 11 and 12 students ICT Induction, 8.30am-10.30am
  New Year 8 & 9 students meet Heads of House and Mentors, 8.30am–10.30am
  Middle School and Senior School Leaders morning, 9am-10.30am
  New Students morning tea Years 8-12, 10.25am-11am
  New Year 10, 11 and 12 students meet Heads of House and Mentors, 11am-1pm
  New Year 8 & 9 students ICT Induction, 11am-1pm
  Club Scotch concludes
  Boarders return from 2pm
  Boarders function at 5.30pm
  Dance Information Evening, 6pm, Drawing Room
Thursday 30 January Classes commence
  P&F Welcome Back morning tea, 8.30am, Kallawar Lawns (Mitcham Campus and Webb Science Courtyard (Torrens Park Campus)
  Music Information Evening, 5.30pm-6.30pm
  9@Scotch Parent/Student evening. 6.00pm-7.00pm
Friday 31 January Scotch90 and Commencement Assembly
Saturday 1 February Year 5 – 2021 Scholarship testing
Monday 3 February Junior School Acquaintance Evening, 6pm
Thursday 6 February Torrens Park Campus ID photo catch up, 8.30am
Friday 7 February Torrens Park Campus House Welcome Function, 6-8pm
  Music Camp departs
Saturday 8 February ACER Scholarship testing, (Years 7 & 8, 2021),
Sunday 9 February Music Camp returns
Monday 10 February Year 10 Goose Training Day
Tuesday 11 February Year 10 Goose Training Day
  ELC Tour, 9.15am
Thursday 13 February Michael Carr-Gregg Evening, 7pm
Friday 14 February Junior School Leadership Induction Service, 9.15am
  Principal’s Year 12 Student Commencement Function, Cameron and Campbell, 6pm, Principal’s Residence
Saturday 15 February Kristen Exchange to New Zealand departs
  Back to the Boatshed, 7pm
Monday 17 February Year 7 OE Training Day
Tuesday 18 February Year 8 Immunisation
  Year 7 OE Training Day
  Year 5 & 6 Families Digital Citizenship Series, 7-8pm
Wednesday 19 February Torrens Park Swimming Carnival, all day
Thursday 20 February Junior School Tour, 9.15am
  `New Parents Dinner, 6.30pm
Friday 21 February Principal’s Year 12 Student Commencement Function, Douglas and Gordon, 6pm, Principal’s Residence
Wednesday 27 February Torrens Park Tour, 9am
Monday 2 March Junior School Learning Progress Meetings. 3.30pm-8pm
Tuesday 3 March Junior School Learning Progress Meetings, 3.30pm-8pm
Wednesday 3 March ELC Tour
Sunday 8 March Year 8 Kristin Exchange students return from New Zealand
Monday 9 March Adelaide Cup Holiday
Tuesday 10 March Year 12 OE Training Day
  Junior Primary Swimming Carnival, 1pm
Wednesday 11 March Mitcham Campus Tour, 9.15am
  Torrens Park P&F Meeting, 7pm
Thursday 12 March Junior School Swimming Carnival
Friday 13 March Principal’s Year 12 Student Commencement Function, McGregor and Stewart, 6pm, Principal’s Residence
Saturday 14 March Rowing White Jumper Presentation at West Lakes
Sunday 15 March One Table Luncheon, 11.30am-4pm
Monday 16 March Reception Swimming Showcase, 1.30pm
  Year 7 Tarooki Camp 1 departs
  Year 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews, 3.45pm onwards
Wednesday 18 March Years 3-6 Camps departs
  Year 7 Tarooki Camp 1 returns
  Year 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews, 3.45pm nwards
Thursday 19 March Year 2 Camp departs
  Reception Outdoor Excursion
Friday 20 March Lucindale Field Day
  Year 1 Outdoor Excursion
  Years 2-6 Camps return
Saturday 21 March Kristen Exchange at Scotch commences
  Head of the River
  Head of the River Dinner, 6.30pm
Monday 23 March Year 11 OE Expedition departs
  Year 7 Tarooki 2 Camp departs
  Year 10 Morrisby Testing
Tuesday 24 March String and Guitar Concert, 6pm
Wednesday 25 March Year 7 Tarooki 2 Camp returns
Thursday 26 March ELC Tour 9.15am
  Year 11 OE Expedition returns
Friday 27 March Torrens Park Athletics Day
  Sydney Community Drinks
Saturday 28 March Pedal Prix – Mt Gambier
Monday 30 March Year 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 31 March Torrens Park Tour, 9am
Wednesday 1 April Year 8 OE Expeditions depart
  Mitcham Campus Grandparents Day, 9.30am
  Morrisby Parent Evening, 7pm
Friday 3 April Year 8 OE Expeditions return
Saturday 4 April Blue and Gold, 6.45pm
Tuesday 7 April Year 10 Immunisation
  Generations in Jazz Cabaret
Thursday 9 April Term 1 concludes at 12.30pm
Friday 10 April Good Friday