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Positive Education 16 - 17, Boarding Update 18 - 19,
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Middle and Senior School students performing Pirates of Penzance.
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Term Dates 2014
Term 3 Monday 21 July Friday 26 September
Term 4 Monday 13 October Tuesday 9 December
Term Dates 2015
Term 1 Thursday 29 January Friday 10 April
Term 2 Monday 27 April Friday 26 June
Term 3 Monday 20 July Friday 25 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October Tuesday 8 December
The Importance of our
Scotch Community
As I reflect on the Oughton family involvement
in the Scotch Community over the past 8
years, I cannot help but appreciate that we
have something very special; something
that no other school community I have been
involved in (and there have been many) can
match. It really boils down to three things; true
friendship, a real sense of connection, and
genuine gratitude for the holistic educational
experience Scotch has provided over many
generations. In my mind one of Scotchs
greatest strengths is its sense of community.
While there continues to be discussion over
what actually defines a community, for me, it is
a sense of cohesiveness amongst a group of
people who support and interact positively with
each other. This is what really defines Scotch
and sets it apart from other organisations.
It takes a village to raise
a child
It takes a village to raise a child is a popular
proverb with a clear message; the whole
community has an essential role to play in
the growth and development of its young
people. In addition to the vital role that
parents and family members play in a childs
education, the broader community too has a
responsibility to assure high-quality education
for all students.
Recently I listened to a Scotch parent
addressing a Middle School assembly.
His theme was Persistence
and he related several of his own
life stories, all very entertaining
and captivating, to that theme.
Here was a Scotch parent
modelling the best of values to
over 300 teenagers. The sustained
ovation he received indicated that
his message was well received
and meaningful.
Over the past 18
months we have been
establishing another
dimension to our
community a global
alliance of schools
with a similar ethos
to Scotch. We have named
this consortium GAIL
GAIL will be restricted to 8
schools from all parts of the
globe; India, China, USA, South
Africa, UK, New Zealand, South
America and Australia.
The purpose of GAIL is simply to allow
sharing of ideas, practices and cultures so the
students, staff and parents can experience
alternative styles of education; essentially
an intimate global professional learning
community. In the future perhaps communities
like GAIL will become the most influential and
effective learning environments of all. Scotch
recently hosted the inaugural GAIL convention
for students from six different countries over
50 students assembled in our boarding house
for a 5 day program that incorporated some
of South Australias leading political figures,
business people, scientists, entrepreneurs and
educators. The convention was an outstanding
success; another international community has
been generated.
Tim Oughton
01 One Table 2014. Tim with Algis
Ignatavicius, Fairlie Delbridge
('84) & Kate Walter ('89).
02 Tim & Heather with Patrick &
Vienna O'Sullivan at the Back to
the Boatshed 2014.
03 Tim with Old Collegians Hugo
Twopeny ('10), Rory Laird ('11)
& Jack Young ('10)
04 Tim at Sports Day.
Council Reports
Report from the Chair
Leaders of all organisations feel comfortable
when everything is going well. As Chair of
the Scotch College Council I can report that
my Council is feeling very comforted by the
many positive indicators at Scotch:
Enrolments are at an all-time high and
will be well supported by the success of
the ELC
The enquiry rate for new students remains
Morale is high and advertisements for
teaching vacancies are attracting many
high calibre applicants,
Co-curricular activities are delivering
spectacular outcomes as evidenced by
the Pirates of Penzance performance, the
success of the First XVIII football team
and the outstanding performance of
many students competing at state and
national level,
Last month we hosted the inaugural GAIL
(Global Alliance for Innovative Learning)
conference for 6 like- minded international
schools this was an outstanding success
watch this space in years to come,
Most importantly, as I walk through the
College the students are polite, happy
and engaging.
Nevertheless, the Council, leadership team
and staff continue to be focused on areas
where we can do better and new initiatives
that will help us continue to offer a world class
educational experience to our students. We
have a comprehensive strategic plan and are
in no way resting on our laurels. We always
appreciate the input of parents, students and
the broader community to add to the thinking
of the staff and Council.
As previously advised, Tim Oughton will be
returning to New Zealand at the end of 2014.
Much of the comfort enjoyed by my Council
members today can be attributed to Tims
outstanding contribution as Principal. We
will soon be announcing several community
based events to be held later in the year to
celebrate Tims achievements and deliver a
Scotchie farewell to the Oughtons.
I am very pleased to report that Council
is well advanced in the selection of a new
Principal for Scotch College. The process
has been very rigorous and the field of
applicants outstanding.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Scotch
Raymond Spencer
Finance Report
Financial Sustainability continues
to be one of the six pillars of the
Colleges Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan also addresses
the development of a long term
view for the Colleges physical
and technological infrastructure
to ensure we continue to have
flexibility in program delivery
which is the hallmark of Scotchs
excellent teaching and learning
At Scotch we are proud of our
reputation as excellent educators
and being a leader in the use of
ICT in the classroom to support
quality teaching and learning.
We understand the importance of
not only having quality systems
to deliver for our children today
but also ensuring we continue
to investigate the best ways to
deliver teaching and learning, and then
adapting our delivery. We will continue to
develop an ICT infrastructure to create a
framework which is flexible, adaptable and
focused on the future.
Our People and their professional
development is also a key focus of the
Strategic Plan. We are investing in training and
resourcing for current needs and in parallel
proactively identifying and developing
leadership and planning skills critical to the
continued success of Scotch.
The Colleges enrolments for 2013 exceeded
budget targets and this trend continued into
the current year. To achieve this in the current
economic environment is a true testament
to the dedication of our teachers, the quality
education offered at Scotch and the passion
of our Principal. While growth has been
desirable in recent years and has helped
establish the financial health of the College,
Council sees enrolments stabilising around
current levels. A further sign of the Colleges
health is that some year levels were already
full before the start of the 2014 school year
and others are already nearing capacity for
the 2015 school year.
Income from those enrolments together
with the other elements of the operations
produced a net operating surplus for the
2013 year of $1.6 m (2012: $1.3m). This is a
healthy result. The College needs to generate
this level of surplus so that we can meet debt
repayment obligations and further develop
our physical and technological infrastructure
to support the education and wellbeing of
our students.
Operating Income 2013 Operating Expenses 2013
Tuition Related Fees 67%
Boarding Fees 6.0%
Australian Government
Recurrent Grants 13.0%
State Government
Recurrent Grants 5.0%
Trading Income 5.0%
Interest & Other Income 4.0%
Tuition Salaries &
Expenses 57.0%
Scholarships &
Bursaries - Tuition 9.0%
Trading Expenses 5.0%
Administrative & Utilities
Expenses 10.0%
Boarding Expenses &
Discounts 6.0%
Maintenance of Facilities 7.0%
Depreciation Expense 4.0%
Financing Expenses 2.0%
As reported last year, in 2013 our tuition fee
increase was the lowest in our peer group. The
College Councils commitment to achieving
fee increases that are commensurate with
CPI was achieved when the College set a fee
increase for 2014 of 3%, again the lowest in
our peer group by at least 1%.
Our focus for 2014 and beyond includes
some key development strategies:
We continue to expand the influence of
positive psychology into our education
and wellbeing programs. In 2014 we
are further engaging with our wider
community and establishing partnerships
with other organisations to spread the
benefits of this program.
Council and management are committed
to managing tuition fee increases in the
shadow of difficult economic times.
Continue planning for the best ways
to deliver teaching and learning, and
adapting our delivery, into the future.
Continue our development of non-tuition fee
income sources to reduce our reliance on
tuition fee increases and government funding.
In 2013, generous benefactors continued to
donate and supplement the Colleges $1.262m
capital works program. The purchase of plant
and equipment accounted for $290k of this
program and the remaining $972k covered a
number of projects including:
Torrens Park Campus: Blythewood Tennis/
Netball Courts Upgrade;
Torrens Park Campus - Webb Science
Precinct: new student toilet and change
room facility;
Mitcham Campus -
Kallawar House: new outdoor
farm and play areas;
Mitcham Campus -
Junior Primary Classrooms:
preliminary work for major
Mitcham Campus - Early
Learning Centre (ELC):
enhancements to outdoor
area; and
Both Campuses: Upgrading
internal power supply
During 2013, the College
received its final payment ($82k)
under the Commonwealth
Governments Digital Education
Revolution (DER) initiative. No
capital funding was received from
the State Government.
Tuition fees pay for our
running costs and we rely
heavily on philanthropy to
support the development of
and enhancements to our
infrastructure. Our target in
2014 is to raise capital funds of
$250,000 to $300,000 and in the
medium term lift this to at least
$500,000 every year ambitious
but with your support we can
do it.
Philip Paterson
Finance Committee
Early Learning
As a College we focus on identifying, teaching
and reinforcing character strengths as part
of our commitment to Positive Education.
The ability to rise when we fall demonstrates
resilience. Resilient children have healthy
thinking habits. They tend not to catastrophise
when things go wrong. They are optimistic
about themselves and the future and cope
well with the many transitions in their lives.
Transitions are the movements, passages
or changes from one position, state, stage,
subject or concept to another. These changes
can be gradual or sudden, and last for
differing periods of time.
Being able to transition is an important life
skill, as all of us, including our children, will
be exposed to many periods of transition
throughout our lives.
Children can face many types of
transition, including:
Starting kindergarten
Illness of a member of the family
Changing friends
Starting Junior School
Death of a family member
Separation from parents
Diagnosis of illness
Changing school
New siblings
Diagnosis of disability
Moving house
New step-parents
Living in a new home, including in a new
city, state, or country
Change of class teacher
In the ELC we have two significant transition
points: when children begin with us, often
in the Fraser room, and when they leave
the Buchanan room and begin school. A lot
of thought and effort goes into managing
these transition points and our staff work
with parents to ensure that all children are
successful in transitioning.
At the end of last term our Buchanan children
left the ELC to begin their formal schooling in
the Junior School. The Buchanan
program is designed to ensure that
the transition to school is seamless
and that all our children feel:
Comfortable, relaxed and
valued within their current
setting, which in turn results in
them feeling confident to take
the next step
Good about themselves as
learners, having experienced
an authentic, personalized
learning program which has
been engaging and relevant
A sense of belonging to the
College, which our thorough
transition program enhances.
Throughout the program the
Buchanan children have:
Had two terms of PE with
Ms Olivia Thoday, the Junior
Primary PE teacher
02 01
Had a Music lesson every week with
Ms. Jane Pope, the Junior School Music
Had a French lesson each week for a term
with Ms. Britta Corones, the Junior School
French teacher
Had a Library lesson with Mrs. Fiona Rowe
the Mitcham Campus Teacher/Librarian
most weeks, in the Junior School Library
Attended Junior Primary Assemblies in the
Junior School for a semester
Participated in Show Your Colours Day in
the Junior School
Visited Sports Day and Junior Primary
swimming carnivals
Participated in the student concert,
with the Junior School students, for
Grandparents day
Enjoyed regular visits from Mr. Robinson,
Head of the Mitcham Campus and Mr.
Oughton, College Principal
Used the Mitcham Campus oval for activities
Been buddies with Year 3 students
The inclusion of our Buchanan students in
all these activities creates for them a sense
of belonging to not only the ELC but also to
the wider Scotch College Mitcham Campus.
This sense of belonging, and the familiarity of
already knowing some teachers, as well as the
location of important rooms and places in the
Junior School, is comforting for the children as
they begin this next transitional phase.
Our Buchanan children also participate in a
formal transition to school program, which
includes visits to their new classroom and
visits with their teacher. The teachers also
visit the children in the ELC to get to know
them a little bit better.
Parents are not forgotten in the transition
process and a parent meeting occurs, with
the Junior Primary Coordinator, the College
psychologist and the Director of Early Years.
The parents also meet their childs teacher
for an Acquaintance evening prior to them
beginning at school.
At Scotch College we not only
accept that change in life is
inevitable, we embrace it, while
ensuring at the same time that
we have in place many structures
to make this transition as smooth
as possible.
The Buchanan children
celebrated their time in the ELC
with a formal graduation in the last
week of last term. Parents were
invited to share afternoon tea with
their children and their teachers.
This was a moving event where a
large group of family and friends
watched as their children each
were presented with a graduation
certificate, sang a farewell song
and then were piped out of the
ELC to celebrate this important
transitional stage in their lives.
Tania Darling
Director of Early Years
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall. - Nelson Mandela
03 04 05
We have transitioned from
the ELC to School
03 Sharing what we do with Junior
School teachers Mrs Dabrowski
& Mrs Oughton
04 Music lesson with Ms Pope
05 PE lesson with Ms Thoday
06 Families & friends share a
dance lesson
Junior School
A privileged community
Scotch is a beautiful school in a sylvan setting,
blessed with quality facilities, the finest
teachers, and parents who value the power
of education. Our students (and teachers)
are fortunate indeed, and whilst it is very
important that we foster confidence in our
students, we make a clear distinction between
confidence and arrogance.
Confidence is feeling sure and certain. It is
believing in our own ability. It gives a feeling
of security. Having confidence is a good thing
and our talented staff team encourages self-
confidence and self-trust in students, whilst
maintaining respect for all others.
Arrogance, on the other hand, is taking that
confidence too far. Arrogant people believe
that they are better than other people.
The scoff at others who they believe arent
as good as them and lack interest in those
around them. Sometimes arrogance might
stem from ignorance, from not having spent
time giving back to others.
Dovetailing beautifully with our
Positive Education programs is
our focus on service learning,
and this is an effective strategy
to stamp out arrogance.
Yes, we take a lot from our community, but
we give back as well. Recent examples of
serving others in our community include:
Doing chores to raise funds for the children
in Sunrise Orphanage
Rescuing battery hens and looking after
them in their new environment
Collecting items for the
backpacks for SA Kidss
Making soup regularly for
soup kitchens from vegetables
we have grown at school
Planting trees and other plants
around Scotch with funds
raised by our Green Team
environmental committee
Performing to and spending
time with residents at a local
nursing home
Knitting our own squares to
make rugs that we can add to
those collected through our
blanket appeal
02 01
Raising funds for the Cancer Council, Little
Heroes Foundation, Animal Welfare League
and the RSPCA
Sourcing board games to donate to the WCH.
The best way to nd yourself
is to lose yourself in the service
of others. - Mahatma Gandhi
The wait is over
Our New Junior Primary building is finished,
and it was well worth the wait. We are now
blessed with bright, spacious, state-of-the-
art learning spaces for all Reception and
Year 1 classes. Please drop in and see our
latest icon building if you had not had an
opportunity yet.
Thank you for tolerating some inconvenience
during construction.
Sports Day
All members of the Scotch College
community are invited to Mitcham Campus
Sports Day, on Friday, 19 September.
Certainly one of our biggest annual events,
a feature will again be the marching,
accompanied by the Scotch College Pipe
Band, and the event will be superbly catered
for by our magnificent Parents and Friends
team. We look forward to catching current and
past parents, grandparents, Old Collegians,
friends and other relatives on the day.
John Robinson
Deputy Principal
Head of Mitcham Campus
Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living
on this earth. - Shirley Anita Chisholm
01 Gardens are much more
meaningful when students are
involved in the planting
02 Our stunning new Junior
Primary building
03 Scotch features both indoor and
outdoor classrooms
04 Inside one of the spacious
new classrooms
05 The Scotch Pipe Band is a crowd
pleaser at Sports Day each year
06 Lachie Gardiner representing
the Scotch Equestrian
Community on 'Fenwick Jester'
Middle School
New Zealand Trip
During the first week of the holidays a group
of 31 Scotch students ranging from Year 9 to
Year 12 took part in a combined Boarders and
Leaders Ski Trip. The trip was a pilot program
using the alpine environment to challenge
our students in different ways developing
their resilience as they attempted to master a
new skill. The week included peer teaching,
individual reflections, peer votes of gratitude
and a group workshop. Students involved
have written the following pieces...
After spending a night in Melbourne watching
Carlton and Collingwood, we woke early to
get to the airport to fly off to Queenstown!
Our hotel was really nice, and the dinner
there was delicious. The next morning we all
got dressed in our ski gear for our first day
skiing. Being one of the many people that
hadnt seen snow before, it was a dream come
true to finally see it. The drive up to Coronet
Peak was beautiful, and the view from the
mountain was amazing!
Each day at the snow would start off with a
one hour lesson, then the people who had
some skiing experience took small groups of
novice skiers off to practice what they had just
learned and provide them with some more
tips. Then we were allowed free time. I enjoyed
skiing with some of the more experienced
skiers, as I felt it really enhanced my skills. I
picked up skiing after a couple of very funny
falls down the mountain. I finally faced my
fear of chairlifts, and learnt how to ski down
mountains I wouldnt have done by myself.
I can safely say that everyone had the time of
their lives, and it was an experience we will
never forget.
Jojo Laird (Y9)
On our New Zealand trip the Year 9 leaders
sat down with Mr Scholz to discuss what we
do at Scotch and how it works. We put our
heads together and discussed the positives of
our school and the aspects we could improve
and how we would bring that change about.
This was called appreciative inquiry and it
meant searching for the best in
our community and the people in
it. This process involved us asking
questions that led to us realising
and harnessing the potential of our
school. Having this focus on the
positive aspects of our school, led
to the discovery of changes that we
may not have considered before.
After brainstorming, we realised
that whilst Scotch has a unique and
welcoming community, we could
see ways to move it forward and
it would require staff and students
working together. Seeing a group
of my peers develop new ideas in
a quite sophisticated process was
quite an experience. It gave us all,
the realisation that we can change
how we as a community work and
the decisions we are making now
can change it for the better.
Eleni Vrodos (Y9)
Middle School Community
Scotch has a unique community. As a Scotchie,
we all enjoy learning in a co-operative, happy
and energetic environment. Every student
achieves their personal best here everyday
through having supportive teachers, parents
and friendships. One of the greatest aspects
of the Scotchie environment is the teachers.
Teachers are supportive, see you as an
individual and want only your personal best
and 100% effort for your schoolwork. They
help you to be able to see the light at the
end of the tunnel. Having positive and caring
friends make this school feel like a community
because no matter what happens everyone
will stand up for each other. This gives people
a sense of security in their schooling.
There are also fantastic school camps and
excursions. In week 6 this term we are lucky
enough to be going on the Outdoor Education
camp. For this camp we have six different
choices. These include rock climbing, caving,
walking and mountain biking. Each camp offers
each student a new and exciting experience.
During term 2, we were also fortunate enough
to go on a geography excursion to Rundle Mall.
This was really interesting and fun. We had an
Amazing Race through Rundle Mall where we
worked in pairs trying to find different brands
and then determining where they came from in
the world. This experience helped to give us a
global perspective of the clothes we wear and a
sense of what the term global economy means.
As Year 9s, Scotch has offered us a range
of different opportunities and with every
opportunity a strong supportive community.
Laura Nolan (Y9) & Brianna Watson (Y9)
The Middle School at Scotch College has
taught us values, growth and reward. Each
student acts with similar values and treats
others equally, developing long lasting life
lessons and friendships. People support each
other in many situations and help is available
whenever it is required. Everywhere you
go there are kind, generous peers who are
willing to encourage and support you.
The Scotch Middle School is a warm,
welcoming place where students look forward
to interacting with each other. Year levels
mix, as well as different genders; creating
a fun place for students to learn and also
providing a community feel for all students. In
our Scotch Middle School we have so many
opportunities available and the extensive
support and choices we have make the
Middle School at Scotch such a special and
diverse community to be a part of.
From our perspective, each individual is given
the opportunity to excel at whatever interests
him or her, and the house teams provide
a feeling of belonging for every student.
The house teams at Scotch also provide the
opportunity for different year levels to mix
and interact with each other, not only during
house events but also during day-to-day
learning. This helps strengthen the bond
between friends of different year groups.
Hudson Laycock (Y8) &
Sophie Fotheringham (Y8)
I was a bit scared moving to the Middle
School, but I quickly found out that I had
nothing to worry about. Moving to the Middle
School from the familiarity of the Junior School
was easy from the first day and I have loved
every moment of it. The teachers were great
at making us feel welcome and introducing us
to new subjects that we hadnt learnt before.
Also the teachers in the Middle School are
very nice and when you need help they are
always there to help you with whatever you
need. The students in Year 8 and 9 were very
welcoming and friendly and invite us to play
games with them at recess and lunch. Also we
have our own Year 7 playground which is great
fun. Year 7 is a great year, getting introduced
to new subjects, working on laptops, playing
and learning in a new atmosphere and also
making new friends with the Year 8 and 9
students. Being at a co-ed school is great
because you can make life-long relationships
with friends who are not always the same
gender. Among my friends, both boys and
girls have great relationships.
Will Bastian (Y7)
Da Vinci Decathlon
I along with 7 others participated in the
Da Vinci Decathlon. This is an academic
competition against many other schools.
The competition was held at Saint Peters
Girls School. All teams had to complete nine
booklets within a time frame, each containing
a different subject. The subjects included
maths, english, cartography, philosophy,
creative producers, engineering, code
breaking, art and poetry. We varied the team
members that did each booklet depending
on everyone's talents. Overall, our team
came 2nd out of many other schools, which
was a great effort by all of the members.
Our team worked well together, considering
that many of the booklets challenged us to
our maximum. To conclude, this opportunity
expanded all participants' knowledge, team
work and organisational skills.
Mackenzie Spencer (Y7)
Mind Lab
Mind Lab is a great subject
because it increases students'
strategic thinking and helps
them use their minds differently
to normal life. There are four
different Olympic games, Octi,
Abalone, Quaridor and Checkers
- I played Checkers. Being in the
Mind Lab team was really fun
because you get to go to different
schools and compete against
a broader range of students.
Scotch College has won this
trophy 3 years in a row. The Mind
Lab trophy that we won is in the
shape of Australia in wood with
gold shields that have the schools
name engraved on them. Mind
Lab is a subject in our curriculum
for all Year 6 and 7 students.
Samuel Harris (Y7)
Leading the Middle School at
Scotch College is a privilege
that I am so glad I have had the
opportunity to experience. To
work closely with the people
who comprise our community
on a day-to-day basis has
been interesting and extremely
rewarding. The students who have
written about their experiences
in our Middle School Community
sum things up extremely well
and show that whilst we have a
fantastic Year 9 leadership group,
there are so many students who
are able to add significant value
to our community by consistently
making good choices at good
times both in and out of the
classroom. They are a pleasure to
work with!
David Scholz
Assistant Head of Torrens Park
01 The victorious Mind Lab team
with their trophy
02 Fun in Queenstown,
New Zealand
Senior School
Learning for lifes purpose
On any given day I am able to walk with
confidence around the Torrens Park campus
knowing that what is going on inside and
outside of classrooms is an excellent
grounding for our students to lead successful
and fulfilling lives. I also know that many
lessons offer more than the necessary skills
and content to understand and develop
understanding of subject specific knowledge.
Scotch teachers create a learning culture that
is the university of life. They do this through
their daily interactions with students in the
grounds or in House or through co curricular
activities such as our Outdoor Education. And
life learning is also accomplished through
making relevant the content and concepts of
academic subjects to everyday life.
In Mrs Suzanne Farringtons Year 11 English
class you could be misled if you thought the
study of Macbeth was just about studying
one of the great tomes of English literature.
Shakespeare becomes the study of choices
and consequences in life and students are
asked to consider their own actions and how
they determine your future. In her Year 12
class the Folio task has students exploring
the appropriateness or success on an
audience of any given text. The emphasis
and value in this task from Suzannes delivery
is about the importance of future decisions.
As an English teacher Suzanne observes
We all hope elements of literature and plot,
issues and thematic structure resonate with
our classes and help them with their skills
for critical analysis, empathy with the human
condition and development of their ethical
framework rather than verbatim recall of
individual plots.
Our Research Project Coordinator and
Psychology teacher Samantha Smith offers the
following insights about the relevance of her
subjects. In the Research Project life learning
comes in the form of critical
thinking through understanding
the concept that not all published
information is to be trusted.
It also develops perspective
because students learn to
become discerning consumers
of all sources of information.
They learn to ask questions
about evidence, qualifications
of the author to make claims
(credibility) and the validity
of conclusions drawn. These
skills she notes are essential in
current climate of sensationalist
mass media and multimedia
texts of the www - wild claims
made with little substantiation!
As a teacher of Psychology,
Samantha acknowledges that
there are so many concepts that
students can apply to their own
lives now and in the future. The Stress and
Sleep topic comes to mind because students
love it- not just the physiological changes
accompanying both of these states but how
to prevent stressors or the perception of them
or the physical response to them. They
learn how to enhance sleep- daily routines
and pre-bedtime sleep hygiene. Many of her
students actively practise this and take it into
the future. Another important study is through
untderstanding the causes and consequences
of stigma surrounding mental disorders.
Through this topic each student gains a
practical application of empathy that we need
to lead connected and meaningful lives.
And if you thought Year 12 Mathematics
might be taking the proposition of real life
relevance one step too far I invite you to
reflect on the description of a recent unit of
study by our Head of Mathematics Mrs Olga
Kumar. Seemingly abstract, intangible ideas
such as Imaginary Numbers and Iterations
are threaded together with Quadratics and
Algebra to reveal the intricate, beautiful
imagery of the Mandelbrot set that our Year
12 students have just completed studying.
The ensuing patterns, or fractals, within the
set infinitely unfold again and again as the
set is magnified to convey many common
characteristics that are present in fact, in
organic living matter. The pattern of network
of blood vessels coming into the heart
is typically fractal, where the branching
structures look very similar in different scales.
Rivers, trees, ferns and snowflakes are other
examples of fractals. The cross-disciplinary
skills of observation, analysis and modelling
lead to the transfer of complex understanding
of ideas present in other subjects. The
marvels of nature and our physical existence
are better understood. Along with other
platforms of study, Mathematics enriches our
student with the necessary capabilities in
readiness for the next chapter of their lives.
These are just three of a
mutlitude of examples of our
formal curriculum in action and
the way we create meaning
for our students. It is only if
we understand ourselves by
developing empathy and the
ability to transfer our learning
across contexts that we are able
to be our best. If we are at our
best we can contribute to the
greater good. Great community
relies upon knowledgeable,
sophisticated and informed
people. Learning for life is the
most important outcome we can
collectively give our children
at Scotch.
Dale Bennett
Deputy Principal
Head of Torrens Park Campus
02 03
01 Ms Sam Smith teaching her
Year 12 Psychology class
02 Mrs Suzanne Farrington
discussing English
03 Mrs Olga Kumar explaining a
mathematical equation
Positive Education
Building a Community of Wellbeing
Since the last report we have continued to
teach, build and embed wellbeing practices
at Scotch. We have a number of innovative
projects planned but the focus this year has
been on connecting with the community and
getting our students excited about wellbeing
and positive education.
Expert Wellbeing Instruction
In 2014, we launched a wellbeing speakers
program where a number of engaging
presenters came into the community to bring
us up to date and share their expertise in
health and wellbeing. Given how dynamic
this space is, and the leadership position that
Scotch occupies, embracing outside experts
keeps us sharp and helps engage community
members, students, staff and parents. Last
year, Deputy Principal Dale Bennett and I
worked together to identify the areas of most
concern for child and adolescent wellbeing.
Our research identified the issues of body
image, conflict, stress at school, and bullying,
and we decided to cover these topics first
in the series. This has been a significant
commitment by the College and early
feedback, some of which is captured below,
has largely been very positive.
Making Choices about Alcohol and Drugs
Paul Dillon of DARTAPaul Dillon, one of
Australias leading experts in drug and
alcohol education, came back to Scotch in
Term 1 to speak to the Year 10 students, staff
and parents. One of the key messages was
the importance of knowing what to do if we
ever were to find ourselves or our friends
involved with drugs or alcohol. Pauls vast
experience with students across Australia
from Year 10-12 indicates that the message
is best received by students in Year 10 and
above. Even though they are below the legal
age for drinking, many of these students will
encounter such situations and they need to
know what are the right choices to make
before something goes horribly wrong. It was
a compelling and helpful presentation with
very practical lessons, and our community
will benefit from what we learnt.
Dealing with Conflict: Phunktional
Phunktional, a vibrant, innovative and cutting
edge arts company from Victoria performed
Who Stole The Sole, a play on cyber-
bullying, sexting and the cyber-world in
general. Their performance was entertaining
yet insightful, into the serious matter that is the
cyber-world. Targeted at Year 8 and 9, it was
an entertaining yet sobering perspective of
cyber-bullying and the rapid growth in harmful
activity online involving teenagers. It was a
creative and very effective way of influencing
kids positively and raising awareness around
cyber bullying.
Cybersafety: ACMA
In Term 2, the Australian Communications and
Media Authority (ACMA) worked with our
students to help them become self-aware of
privacy settings, self-regulating with the photos
they post and sensitive to asking permission
before posting a photo. Their cyber safety
presentation also reinforced our Positive
Psychology messages by communicating the
need for resilience, especially since something
posted online becomes impossible to reclaim.
The real eye opener was the whole danger of
cyber bullying and how quickly it can spread
in a community. Positive Psychology teaches
students to be resilient and bounce back,
and as a community we can make the choice
to block users, turn off social media sites on our
computers and phones, and identify those who
are not using social media constructively.
Measuring Wellbeing
As we build a community of wellbeing,
we need a baseline measure on which
to build. The Middle Years Development
Instrument (MDI) is a validated survey
conducted through the Department of
Education, SA. Nearly 5,000 South Australian
students took part of the first phase of the
MDI trial, and Scotch College Adelaide
students represented the Independent
Education sector.
The results of the survey have allowed us to
establish rigorous base-level data for our
current Year 7 cohort at Scotch. The results
are pleasing and indicate that
over 80% of our Year 7 students
have a high to thriving level of
wellbeing. The survey offers
specific information around our
state of wellbeing which we as
a Senior Leadership Team are
considering as we implement
strategies to sustain this high
level of wellbeing in students.
With this successful first step,
weve decided to continue
our involvement with the MDI
measurements and will be rolling
this out across other year groups.
Principal Tim Oughton also
represented the South Australian
independent school sector when
he presented at the Wellbeing
Measurement Conference
on how wellbeing is all that
college community
Our students continue to keep
wellbeing practice alive in their
school life with the Wellbeing Action
Team (WAT) meeting each week to
embed PERMAH (Positive emotion,
Engagement, Relationships,
Meaning Accomplishments and
Health) in school life. Inspired by
Martin Seligmans presentation to
build wellbeing in the State of
South Australia, Oliver Bevan,
Maddie Rock, David Spencer,
Henri Sheridan, and Matilda Welch
have worked hard to create a
wellbeing survey, building on the
work of visiting scholar, Ms Peggy
Kearn who was at Scotch earlier in
the year.
A lot of hard work went into
developing a student survey to
measure the current wellbeing
of our Year 11 and 12 students.
Here are the results of our first
survey, which will be used as base
level data:
Wellbeing is directly related to being
successful in all aspects of living. It has
recognized benefits in all areas of a students
life, including academics, sporting and co-
curricular areas. The WATs next steps are to
identify specific activities to improve PERMAH
and then motivate and engage the community
to do so. We know that doing this sets us up to
get the best out of ourselves in our academic,
sports and co-curricular pursuits.
Mentor as Coach
The Educational Coaching Program is
forging ahead. Educational Coaching aims
to improve the level of students engagement
at school, build relationships with teachers
and students, and grow the sense of mastery
in accomplishing learning goals. Staff
and students have been having coaching
conversations during their mentor time and
they record their progress over the course
of the term. Its early, but were making
sound progress and continue to work hard
at unlocking the potential of our students
through these coaching conversations. Each
student on the Torrens Park Campus has been
recording their goals through CONEQT, the
online learning system. We would encourage
parents to log on and track the progress of
these coaching conversations. Here are some
examples, excerpted from the system:
Phoebe. Yr 9: Personally I have found them
(the goals) to work well especially since my
mentor is new this year and this is a great way
for him to get to know me. I find it valuable
that were able to track our goals on Coneqt
where we first wrote them down and see if
were getting closer to them. Its also helpful
to know that there is someone (our mentor)
there to make sure we succeed in these goals
and are also there to tell us how to do them.
Jesse. Yr 9: My first thought when this process
was introduced was that it wasnt going to
work very well because we had done a lot
of goal setting in the past that hadnt really
meant anything. However, after the first
meeting with my mentor to discuss my goals I
found it extremely helpful. She gave me good
strategies and ways to help achieve my goals.
Sophie. Yr 11: The coaching sessions this
year have proven to be very useful and
effective. Creating a relationship with my
mentor has allowed me to discuss with
someone about my plans and take proper
action towards achieving them. In the Middle
School I set goals that I wanted to achieve
and they were reached. However with no
program before this in the Senior
School my motivation and drive
to create goals and achieve them
was not there. From this program
Ive achieved both goals I have set
with my mentor and found it very
useful to spend time focusing and
pursuing these.
Matteo. Yr 8: This year was the
first year that I have experienced
the coaching conversations with
my mentor. I have enjoyed the
process of setting goals and I have
found that this has been helpful
in overcoming issues with my
writing and therefore achieving
better results for me.
Tess. Yr 8: I believe that this
process to set goals with our
mentors is really helping me.
It keeps me refreshed with my
goals and Im wanting to strive to
achieve them. With doing this it
keeps your mind think about what
and how you will achieve this and
the steps behind it.
Andrew Monk
Director of Student Wellbeing
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Record Reflect
Readiness & Intent
Steps of Coaching
Survey Results on Levels of PERMAH
Among Year 11 & 12 Boys and Girls
Y11 Boys
Y11 Girls



Y12 Boys Y12 Girls
Developing Scotch Community
At the beginning of the year my family and I
were welcomed into the Scotch Community.
Over the last 6 months, working at Scotch
College, I have come to realise how important
this sense of community is to the fabric of
the College. While living on a campus or
attending a College could mean you are
part of a community, being part of the Scotch
Community means so much more than this.
In my experience, during this relatively short
time, being part of the Scotch community
is more to do with the connectivity and
belonging that comes through the tapestry
of relationships between the many different
people across the whole organisation. It is this
sense of belonging and being made to feel
welcome that has made the transition for my
family and myself such an enjoyable one.
What has impressed me is the strong sense
of pride there is at belonging to the Scotch
community. Some students talk with pride
about being third generation Scotchies. This
has been particularly evident for me when I
have had the pleasure of attending field days.
In Term 1 I attended the South East Field days
in Lucindale with Kate Cliff and Meredith
Ridgway and more recently in Term 2, I went
to the Broken Hill Ag Fair, along with Tim and
Heather Oughton and Jane Bourne. It was a
great opportunity to get together with families
from the region for a chat at the Scotch
stand, at drinks or at dinner. It was great to
see so many Old Collegians from at least 3
generations pop in to see us and reflect with
pride on their connection with the College.
The drinks and dinner at both events were
the highlights and reinforced the sense of
community at its best.
It is this very sense of belonging
that is so important in boarding.
At Scotch College we like to view
our boarding house as a home
away from home. The greater
school community works together
to do everything possible to
ensure that the students feel
that way about it. The boarding
community is the students
extended family. It is important
that our Boarders feel part of the
community and have a sense of
belonging. This is not something
that just happens by itself, but
develops as the boarders become
comfortable living in the Boarding
House, with the people around
them and with their surroundings.
In the Boarding House we have many
structures in place to help foster that sense of
community. It is important to expose students
to, and encourage their participation in, many
diverse opportunities. Outings and activities
encourage the development of good, strong
friendships and enhance relationships across
the boarding community. So far we have run a
number of very well supported outings; these
include a trip to the Marion Aquatic Centre,
paintballing, laser skirmish, ice skating, a trip
to the football at Adelaide Oval, a trip to the
Netball and Go-Karting.
Students have enjoyed many activities in the
Boarding House. Coordinated by our Girls
Captain, Kate Collins and Vice Captain,
Kendal Scobie, the Senior Girls invited all
the Junior Girls to their common room for a
surprise Cold Rock night, consisting of ice
cream and many lollies and chocolates to
mix in. The Senior Boys ran a Kick-Cricket
competition in the Gym. Every day Boarders
play basketball in the gym, or play pool in the
common room.
Each boarder is placed in a Home Group,
with a Year 12 Leader and is supervised by a
member of staff. Each Home group is made
up of boarders from Year 7/8 to Year 12. These
groups are designed to help boarders from
all year levels interact on a regular basis. They
provide a platform for the older students to
support and mentor the younger ones.
The dinner table is a time and place for many
families to be together to catch up and talk
about the day. The boarding house is no
different. Eating together is one significant
way in which relationships are strengthened.
We take advantage of dinner times as an
opportunity to come together as a boarding
family and eat as one large group. This gives
us an opportunity to celebrate
special events, such as birthdays,
and to also allow each Home
Group the chance to eat dinner
once a fortnight together in the
Archives Display Room. We feel
it encourages a stronger sense of
community and makes meal times
feel more homely.
The Rosevear Boarding House is
a happy and thriving community
within the broader Scotch
community. It is a credit to the staff
and students who have worked hard
to develop this positive environment
and it has been a pleasure to
become part of this community.
Graham Duffy
Director of Boarding
01 Millie Dutton & Belle Spehr at the
Lucindale Field Days
02 Courtney Gunn, Shahleena
Martin & Issy Phillips
03 Laser Skirmish
04 Having fun at the Pembroke
Pool Party
Annual Appeal 2014
When it comes to the Annual Appeal, one of
the big things that we have pushed is the idea
of participation. I am pleased to report that
this year we have had over 400 separate gifts
already come in before the 30 June, end of the
tax year, ranging from $5 to $25,000.
Once again this year, I am happy to report
that we had 100% participation in the Annual
Appeal from the Scotch College Council,
and 100% participation from the Senior
Leadership Team. We continued to have
strong participation from the Scotch College
staff, our current parents and grandparents
and very strong participation from our Old
Collegians community.
The contribution of the Scotch community and
the 100% participation of the leadership of
the college tells a very powerful story. It has
allowed us to raise over $102,000 this year, a
record achievement for any Annual Appeal.
The New Picket Fence
Brings the Scotch
Community Together
All visitors to the Torrens Park Campus will
appreciate the new picket fence on the
Prince of Wales Oval completed on 3 July
2014. One of the very few remaining picket
fenced ovals in South Australia, the new picket
fence is a proud testament to the support and
generosity of the Scotch College community
and their commitment to the College.
The actual construction project occurred
under the guidance of Councils Chair of
Infrastructure, Peter Tulla (83), and the
incredibly high quality project management
of Scotch parent Ian Deans, who has spent
hours on the tools on this project with all
of its hurdles since late 2013. Not only
has every picket been replaced around a
lengthened oval, but the project has extended
the spectator terracing overlooking the
oval by 13 metres, which takes
our seating area to 360 seats
and standing room on the top
terrace path for a further 140.
When the northern goal posts
are repositioned for the 2015
football season, the main oval will
be 160 metres long or the exact
length of the MCG (Adelaide
Oval is 167 metres long) and
123 metres wide the exact
width of the new Adelaide Oval
(the MCG is 145 metres wide).
As this Scotch Reports goes to
print, planning approval is being
sought for the new 4 metre high
Peter Michael Allen Memorial
incorporating an exciting new
electronic scoreboard with full
DVD capabilities.
A long history of collaboration
and partnership
A project of this size and sensitivity requires
a great deal of planning. The planning began
in 2012 when the Chair of the Development
committee of Council, Fairlie Delbridge
(84) and former Director of Development,
Libby Blake, approached the Old Collegians
Football Club for their support to improve the
appearance of the Prince of Wales Oval picket
fence, which was in a very untidy condition.
It didnt take too many fencing experts to
convince everyone that there was very little
to salvage from the existing fence which had
many ongoing repairs since it was last rebuilt
in 1988.
In 2013, former Council member Chris
Codling (60) expanded the project to
include a new electronic scoreboard.
Principal Tim Oughton was also a tireless
and articulate advocate of this project and
the many steps involved.
This project brought together tremendous
community support and donations from the
Scotch Old Collegians Football Club, the
Scotch Old Collegians Association, the
Scotch College Football and Cricket Parents
Support Groups, the Old Scholars Cricket
Association and a great individual input from
Hamish Kennedy (93).
A number of other individual donors also
supported this project generously through an
outright donation, or by sponsoring a number
of individual fence panels.
All donations received by Club 500 members
up to 30 May 2014 also supported this
project, minimising the financial burden on
the Colleges operating budget.
Scotch parent, David Heaslips contribution
of making and supplying six new steel
single and double gates at no charge was a
great saving and a very useful donation, as
was fellow parent Craig Daykin supplying
the labour and equipment to remove the
old fence, dig all the new fence holes and
demolish the scoreboard.
We also appreciated the support of a number
of parents and students who turned up on
a work day and helped take the old picket
fence down.
Support Group Major Donors
Scotch Old Collegians Football Club
Scotch Old Collegians Association
Scotch Football Parents Support Group
Old Scotch Cricket Association
Scotch Cricket Parents Support Group
Club 500 Donors (see below)
Major Fence Panel(s) Donors
Hamish Kennedy
Joff Allen
Judy Allen
Richard Allen
Abhra Bhattacharjee
Chris Codling
Bob Cottle
Nick Dobson
Nick Emmett
Tom Emmett
Jonathon Freeman
Rick Goode
John Hart
Peter Harvey
Christine Heard
Geoff Heard
John Heard
Mark Heard
Andrew Just
David Kidman
Mark Kidman
Nick Kidman
Tom Kidman
Nick Lagonik
Mark Landau
David Mann
Stephen Mann
Tony Moore
Tim Oughton
Andrew Saies
David Smoker
John Weir
Major Project Contributors
Chris Codling
Craig Daykin
Ian Deans
David Heaslip
Peter Tulla
John Walter
Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of
statistics, its about experience, its about participation, it is
something more complex and more interesting than what
is obvious. - Daniel Libeskind, master plan architect for the
reconstruction of the World Trade Center site
Club 500 Donors
Bruce Arrowsmith
David Ball
Bill Barton
Abhra & Sandra Bhattacharjee
Howard & Anne Bone
Philip Camens
Tim Clarke
Tony Colyer
Bob & Margie Cottle
Andrew Craddock & Mary Ash
Darren Bilsborough &
Fairlie Delbridge
Brian & Pauline Dungey
Dale English & Susan
Natalie & Rene Felkl
Georgia Freeman
Sarah Freeman
John & Kim Gibson
Geoff Heard
Andrew & Anita Just
Alan & Nina Key
Dean & Carol Lindstrom
David Mann
Elaine Melhuish
Gavin Moss
Warren & Jackie Newbegin
Tim Oughton
Philip & Sandra Paterson
Simon & Jenny Putna
Meredith & David Ridgway
John & Cathy Robinson
Andrew Saies
Anthony & Joan Seymour
Paul Starling
Peter Trumble
Peter & Heather Tulla
David Uhrig
Ben Williams
Abhra Bhattacharjee
Director of Advancement
Continuing the longstanding tradition of
educational innovation, Scotch College
Adelaide hosted nearly 50 students and 12
staff from six different schools in the Rosevear
Boarding House for six days for the first
GAIL convention. During this time, a number
of activities were planned to help bridge
geographic and cultural barriers, expose
our delegates to top-level speakers and
force disparate young people to collaborate
to create a video. By all accounts, the
Convention was a success and almost every
single goal we set out with was achieved.
Every Scotch delegate to the GAIL convention
has been powerfully impacted by what they
went through together during the week.
Today, not only do they have a transformed
perspective on some of the thorniest global
issues, but they have also established contact
with other like-minded young people, so that
they might even be part of the solution to this
worlds challenges.
Other direct benefits to the Scotch Community
from the GAIL Convention include:
Global perspective amongst Scotch
students The biggest beneficiaries were the
$800, we had a 30 second Scotch
ad shown four times during the
game to near capacity crowds of
over 50,000 fans.
Leadership Positioning
In many ways Principal Tim
Oughton and Scotch have been
a catalyst for the formation of
GAIL and by delivering this level
of quality for the first convention
establishes our stake and
commitment to this initiative
Abhra Bhattacharjee
Director of Advancement
Scotch students, the largest delegation to the
Convention. Not only were they intellectually
and socially challenged, but they really
connected well with other students from
Scotland, South Africa, China and New Zealand.
Public Relations We were able to
generate some excellent publicity in the
local media for the College around this event
including a photo and story in the Mitcham &
Hills Messenger as a curtain raiser, a segment
on the Channel 9 News of the Premier
inaugurating the Convention and a story in the
weekend footy pages to close the convention.
The messaging in each was outstanding, as
were the visuals.
Opportunities for engagement with high
level speakers The Premier had never
been to Scotch before and his mentioning
that highlighted how this was an excellent
opportunity to engage with high level people
in a way that showcased the Colleges
commitment to a global perspective
Advertising The GAIL Convention gave us
an opportunity to test electronic advertising
at the Adelaide Oval during the Friday night
Crows game. At the cost of approximately
The Inaugural GAIL Convention
Scotch College, 6 - 11 July 2014
Honour Board
Scotch College was founded in 1919 by the
Presbyterian Church as a memorial to the
sons of Scotland who had died in the war to
end all wars, World War I. The east wall of
the Chapel reminds us every day of the 188
Old Boys of Kyre College, the fore-runner
of Scotch, who served and those who died
during the 1914-18 war.
After the Second World War of 1939-45,
the Scotch Old Collegians who served in
Australias armed forces also have their names
recorded on the same Chapel wall and those
who gave their lives on active service are
permanently emblazoned on the large bronze
plaque on the western end of Gratton House,
built in 1949 as a memorial to all those men.
None of this remembrancing in any way sets
out to glorify war. It does recognise, however,
the bravery and dedication of those hundreds
of young men who sacrificed the comfort of
home and risked their lives in defence of the
values to which we all hold dear.
Post World War II
As we approach the centenary of Scotch in
five years time, we realise that no organised
steps have been taken in the 70 years since
the end of World War II to identify the Scotch
Old Collegians who have answered the call to
duty in the many conflicts and peacekeeping
operations around the world.
We have decided, as part of the lead-up
to celebrating Scotchs Centenary, to try to
rectify this omission.
Accordingly a small team has been setup
up under my chairmanship to undertake
this task. It is not a simple task because
the number of military actions involved is
considerable and they have been conducted
under a number of different auspices, but
mainly the United Nations.
The team comprises two men especially
well qualified for the job. They are firstly Ray
Stanley, for ten years in the 1950s, senior
chemistry master and resident house master;
highly regarded on both counts
and still at heart a Scotch man.
Ray moved to St Peters College
in 1960 and later became Deputy
Headmaster in which capacity
in the 1980s he oversaw for St
Peters College the same task as
we are now contemplating for
Scotch; his experience in that
is invaluable.
The second is Patrick Beale (57),
the most senior Australian Army
officer ever produced by Scotch,
who served with great distinction
in Borneo and Vietnam, being
awarded a MC and a DSO, and
rising to the rank of Brigadier.
Another member is Peter
Harvey (91) current president of
the Old Collegians Association,
ensuring that support and active
links are maintained with all
Old Collegians.
Recognising War & Peacekeeping
Service since WWII
Then there is David Saies (49), a Scotch
Legend, whose experience and know-how
in locating missing members of the Scotch
Community is likely to be of key importance as
this project proceeds.
Abhra Bhattacharjee, Director of
Advancement, is executive member of the
team and will bring the resources of the
Development Office into play, as and when
needed. He is ably supported by Warren
King, the new Digital Communications
Coordinator in the Development Office, who
brings an array of design and technical skills
to the committee.
The Task
We have decided to keep the boundaries
wide and so want to include Australian
peacekeeping missions for eligibility as
well as more outright actions of conflict. A
partial list of the areas we have recognised so
far is shown.
What do we do now?
The support of the whole Scotch Community
will be needed if we are to identify all Old
Collegians who should be recognised. I ask
that anyone who knows (or thinks they know)
of any former Scotch student who served in
any of the listed actions to advise us of names
and any relevant details in support. To make it
easy for you, we offer three avenues of contact:
A website has been established at
exclusively for receiving information
about nominees. This gives a framework of
details which will be helpful.
The wrapper of this issue of Scotch
Reports has a pro forma which will help
you provide any details in our possession.
It can be mailed to the Post WWII Service
Recognition Committee, c/o Development
Office, Scotch College Adelaide, Carruth
Road, Torrens Park SA 5062.
Recognised Areas of Military Service
The following eight conflicts in which Australian forces have
taken part are officially recognised for active service:
1. Malayan Emergency (1950-60)
2. Korean War (1950-53)
3. Indonesian Confrontation (1963-66)
4. Vietnam War (1962-72)
5. First Gulf War (1990-91)
6. East Timor (1999-2003)
7. Afghanistan (2001-)
8. Second Gulf War (2003-)
Peacekeeping Operations
Australian forces and / or police have been involved in nearly
40 peacekeeping operations, mainly under the auspices of the
United Nations. The following is a short indicative list:
Missions beginning between 1947 and 1987, including
Indonesia, Kashmir, the Middle East, Congo, Cyprus, and
Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Missions beginning between 1988 and 1991, including
Namibia, Iran, Pakistan/ Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf
and Kuwait
Missions beginning from 1991, including Western Sahara,
Iraq, Cambodia, and former Yugoslavia
Missions beginning from 1992, including Somalia,
Mozambique, Rwanda, Haiti, Eritrea, Guatemala and
Sierra Leone
Missions in the Pacific region since the mid-1980s, including
Bougainville, the Solomon Islands, and other deployments
Overseas emergency relief operations, including Papua New
Guinea, Sumatra, Pakistan, Iran, and various Pacific nations
For further or more detailed information, please:
Phone Peter Trumble at (08) 8179 5745
Email to warservice@scotch.sa.edu.au
Post a letter to Post WWII Service Recognition Committee,
c/o Development Office, Scotch College Adelaide,
Carruth Road, Torrens Park SA 5062
A Final Word
The success of this project depends entirely on the supply
of information from you. Please give some thought to putting
forward the name of any Scotch Old Collegian who you know or
think may qualify for well-deserved recognition.
If you prefer, you can phone
me on (08) 8179 5745 on
any day, at any time between
9am and 9pm, or email me at
We believe this a most worthy
task, appropriate to be
undertaken at this stage in the
history of Scotch College. In
due course, consideration will
be given to the form in which
recognition might be given to the
nominees but right now we need
to find out who they are! Your help
is essential.
Peter Trumble (44)
Chairman of the Post WWII
Service Recognition Committee
01 Junior School students
studying the WWI Honour Board
in the Chapel
Speech Night
At Speech Day 2013, three members of the
illustrious Heard family were inducted as
Scotch Legends for their contribution to
Scotch College Adelaide. Graeme Heard was
represented by his wife, Christine, daughters
Jackie Freeman ('85) and Geordie Nehme
('87), and Jackies husband Jonathan ('85).
Graeme Heard (62) (posthumous)
Graeme attended Scotch College from 1951
to 1962 and served as the President of the
Scotch Old Collegians Association from 1981
to 1985 and on the Committee for a total of 8
years. Graeme also served as a member of
the Council of Governors from 1981 to 1988,
was a member of the Building and Grounds
Committee from 1982 to 1988 and Chairman
of Council from 1987-88. He also served as
the Chairman of the 75 Years at Torrens Park
Committee in 1994. Graeme played a key role
in the formation of the Old Scholars Cricket
Association (OSCA) in 1968 and was on the
OSCA Committee from 1968 to 1975. He
played for OSCA from 1968 to 1984, playing
in a club record 7 Premierships. Graeme
was on the Old Collegians Football Club
Committee for 11 years including 3 years as
President, 2 years as A Grade Captain, played
181 games, twice won the A Grade Best and
Fairest and was runner up in the SAAF League
medal in 1966. He was mainly responsible for
the first of the main oval lights in 1967 and the
fundraising for the change rooms to be added
to the pavilion in 1983.
John Heard (64) AM, F.C.A., F.A.I.C.D.
John attended Scotch College from 1954
to 1964 and was a member of the Scotch
College Council of Governors from 1978 to
1994, the Finance Committee for 17 years,
the Council Executive Committee from
1991-94, and also served as President of the
Parents and Friends Committee from 1979-
81, which included organizing Scotchs first
major community fund raising event, the
Scotch Fete, in 1980. The Scotch College
Foundation was established by John in 1988
and he served as Chairman of the Foundation
until 1994. John was on the Old Collegians
Football Committee from 1967 to 1972, was
President in 1976 and played 148 games for
the club. John was the key organiser of the
replacement main oval picket fence in 1988.
Geoff Heard (69)
Geoff attended Scotch College from 1957 to
1969. His involvement with the Scotch Old
Collegians Football Club spans 44 years,
including 5 years boundary umpiring As and
Bs from age 10 and playing 156 games. He
was on the SOCFC Committee for 30 years
including 23 as President and the Scotch
OC Delegate to the SA Amateur Football
League (SAAFL) General Committee for 31
years. Geoff also played cricket for OSCA
for 17 years, was Captain of the A Grade and
on the Committee for 8 years. He was the
instigator of the pavilion foyer and interior
toilets in 1997 and the revamped pavilion
precinct viewing area including the paved
terracing, seating and deck beginning in
2007. Geoff has held various roles with the
SAAFL since 1989 and in 2011 was made the
29th Life Member of the SAAFL.
Bequest Notification
As part of the work being
done by the Scotch College
Foundation and the Development
Office, it has become apparent
that a number of Bequests have
been planned of which the
College had been unaware. For
many, a bequest gift provides
an enduring legacy, which
acknowledges and recognises
a life long association with the
school. We suspect that there
may be a number of other
members of our community
who have made some provision
to the College in their Will.
The College is eager to
acknowledge such Bequests
during the life of the donor.
Notification of a Bequest gives
the donor membership of the
Gratton Society. This involves
presentation of a certificate
and a tie to men and a scarf
to women. It also provides an
invitation to certain College
events and the name of the
donor appearing on the Gratton
Society Honour Board. Some
donors may prefer their bequest
to remain anonymous and
the College will respect their
wishes and work with the donor
personally to acknowledge their
contribution in private. If you do
intend Scotch College Adelaide
to be a beneficiary of your Will,
please do let us know by calling
the Development Office at
8274 4314 or emailing
01 (1st Row, L to R): Jenny Ramsay, John Heard
(64), Christine Heard, Linda Hillbery,
Jonathan Freeman( 8)5. Back Row: Anne
Heard, Geoff Heard (69), Ian Ramsay, Jackie
Freeman (nee Heard) (85), Geordie Nehme
(nee Heard) (87).
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Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance is one of Gilbert and Sullivans best
known and most loved musicals. Under the direction of Adam
Goodburn and musical direction of Antony Hubmayer, Scotch
College Adelaide students produced a musical to be proud of,
with a pleasing design concept, strong principal performances,
and consistently high energy and enthusiasm from the
supporting cast and musicians. Indeed, the calibre of talent
at Scotch was so high that the principal roles were able to
be cast twice over and these performers share the roles on
alternating nights.
This was a production which any amateur company in Adelaide
would be proud of. The quality of the production highlighted the
dedication of the student cast and crew, the perseverance of their
parents and the efforts of the staff involved.
Rowing Update
Now that we have a successful 2013-2014
season of rowing behind us, preparations
for the next season and beyond are well
underway. With the memories of the bagpipes
playing on the shores of West Lakes, the
lifetime bonds that were created within the
community and the personal achievements
that were reached, it is evident that the lessons
beyond the classroom have been abundant
with all experiences providing opportunities
to grow personally and as a team.
Rowing is a unique sport due to the physicality
and the team environment that it demands.
However, it offers much more than the students
sometimes realise with key lessons in discipline,
self belief, resilience, leadership, dedication,
gratitude and teamwork being learnt.
Year 7/8 Program
We have recently expanded our rowing
program with the inclusion of Year 7/8 in Term
4 utilising our River Torrens boatshed. This
program is designed to enhance students
coordination, technical ability and general
boatmanship of the equipment and not to
increase any unnatural strength.
Training will begin in Term 4 after a 2-day
camp during the September/October
holidays. On the occasional weekend, Scotch
may be invited to be involved with mini
regattas on the River Torrens. As this is the
first year of the Year 7/8 program, rowing is
only offered as a secondary sport and must
not replace existing summer commitments.
Training days will be as follows:
Boys: Tuesday 3:40-5:45pm
Girls: Thursday 3:40-5:45pm
New Equipment
It was identified earlier this year that the
program has been building in numbers and
our current boat fleet is unable to support
the growing participation and the clubs
performance goals. With the fantastic support
of the school, parents and the wider community,
we have been able to prepare a long term
strategy and place an order for a new fleet
of boats that will ensure quality equipment
continues to be provided to all students for the
long term. This will give our students greater
opportunity to perform at their best and
achieve their and the clubs goals.
The College has been very generous and
has lent the rowing program and the Parent
Support Group the money to purchase five
years' worth of equipment in advance. The
order for this season includes 2 eights, 8 quad
sculls and 16 single sculls with an
additional eight and double scull
to arrive in September 2015.
Scotchs fresh container load is
due to arrive at the end of August.
Please join us for our fleet naming
ceremony on Friday 17 October
2014 on the Rosevear house
lawns for drinks and christening
of the fleet. Further details will be
released closer to the date.
Boatshed Modifications
Thanks to the Parent Support
Group and Bone Timber,
modifications and required
updates to the West Lakes
boatshed change rooms have
recently been made. This will
provide students with a larger and
more user-friendly area which will
enable quicker preparation times
and safe storage of school bags.
The space above the change
rooms has been constructed to
enable greater storage of spare
parts, excess equipment and tools,
creating a less cluttered space for
the students.
A special thank you to the Bone family
who kindly donated the materials for the
construction, while the school have provided
much needed support with the electrical and
plumbing services.
Old Collegians Rowing
After much interest we are hoping to launch
an Old Collegians Rowing program called
Scotch Rowing Club. The program will
be built on the framework of bringing the
greater community together, whether you are
a novice or keen rower, we would welcome
your involvement in the club. Based out of our
River Torrens boatshed, the program has the
equipment and resources to get started this
We are currently asking for expressions
of interest for both rowers and committee
members that would be motivated in shaping
the club in its inaugural year. If you are
interested in participating in this exciting
opportunity, contact jstratfold@scotch.sa.edu.
au and register your interest in receiving
further information.
Toby Lister
Director of Rowing
Being a Scotch Rower
Rowing for Scotch is where some of my best
memories have been created. When I first
moved to Scotch in term 4 of 2010, I began
attending rowing training before I even
started attending school. Coming from a
school where I had faced some bullying, I was
so surprised by the friendliness and family-
like feel of the rowing club. I couldnt think of a
better way to create new friendships and get
to know my new classmates. Back in my Year
8/9 and 9/10 seasons, rowing was very much
about learning to work together, bonding
with peers and always having fun. It gave me
confidence to work with people I hadnt really
known that well and taught me the importance
of a tight community. No one was ever left out
or made to feel like they werent important.
As I moved up into my senior years from Year
10 to 12, rowing stepped up a little as well as
my schoolwork. To some this may be a little
daunting, and if Im honest I was a little worried
I wouldnt be able to balance so much school
work, a social life and up to 6 trainings a week.
But choosing to row through my senior years
has possibly been one of the best decisions
Ive made. Not only was I physically improving
each day but rowing also improved my outlook
in many other areas of my life.
Having so many long trainings and
so many tests and assignments to
worry about, I learnt very quickly
how to organise my life on a daily
basis. Rowing also gave me the
toughness and determination to
constantly want to improve myself
in everything I do. I find I now
deal with stressful situations and
challenges a lot more effectively.
On top of all this, being so close
to the members of your crew for
7 months means many life long
friendships are made.
To be a rower is one thing, but to
be a Scotchie rower is something
that Im extremely proud of. It
has made me the confident, hard
working person I am. I will always
cherish my time rowing at Scotch.
Tess Robertson
Girls Captain of Boats 2013-2014
Straight Scotch
Old Collegians News
Issue No. 160 August 2014
Presidents Report
Catching up with a few Scotch parents at the
local tonight, our discussions briefly turned
to how time poor we all were, yet, so many
people continue to volunteer their valuable
time within the community. I was confident
in saying that our Old Collegians pulled
their weight in this area and were extremely
generous in giving their time, resources and
financial contributions to the College and the
greater Scotch community.
This has been evident on numerous
occasions recently, including the involvement
of high profile Old Collegians, Professor Jock
Findlay (61) and Senator Penny Wong (85),
who provided mentoring roles in the GAIL
program, a fantastic new education initiative
for the College (see article on page 22).
Our Old Collegians continue to play a
vital role in motivating and guiding current
students across a diverse range of subjects.
In a financial sense, the iconic Prince of Wales
Oval and picket fence redevelopment was
underpinned by excellent Old Collegian
support and those involved should be
congratulated. Another fantastic effort
was from Old Collegian and Member of
Council, Fairlie Delbridge (84) , who has
been busy working with the College and
rowing enthusiasts to set up an Old Collegian
and community rowing club. This is a
fantastic opportunity and I look forward to
participating in their Learn to Row program.
These are just a few examples
where our Old Collegians
continue to step up to the plate.
Old Collegians Annual
City Dinner
We live in busy times and there
are so many events that command
our attention. So it was pleasing
to see everyone having a fantastic
night at the Old Collegians
Dinner held at the Sebel Playford.
Seeing Principal Tim Oughton
receive a well-deserved standing
ovation after his emotional speech
and an inspirational story of guts
and determination from World
Champion and Olympic Flag Bearer, Jacqui
Cooper, were two highlights. Scotchies of all
ages bonded well beyond the end of the
dinner; vindication there is still a place for
Scotch traditions in our changing world.
I thank all those who attended and organised
a great night.
Old Collegians Service Recognition
Hopefully, you have taken time to read Peter
Trumbles article (page 24) "Recognising
War & Peacekeeping Service Since WWII".
The goal is to formally recognise all Scotch
College Old Collegians who have served in
the theatre of military conflict since WWII,
including United Nations Peacekeeping
forces. This project can be made significantly
easier with input from our Old Collegian
community. If you have not done so, please
read Peters article and contact us if you have
any information or Old Collegian nominations.
Upcoming Events
There are a huge range of events coming
up. What better way to catch up with lifelong
friends than getting back to your Alumni
Reunion? I cannot emphasise how much
fun these are so be sure to make the effort.
We also have Old Collegians Week, Old
Collegians Golf Day and Sydney Community
Drinks all in the next couple of months.
In addition, one of our oldest interest groups,
the Scotch Old Collegians Netball Club
celebrate their 25 year anniversary on
13 September 2014. All former
players, regulars and ring-ins,
are welcome.
Please check out the diary dates
section or www.scotchoc.com.au
for further details.
Peter Harvey (91)
Old Collegians enjoying catching
up at the 2014 Annual City Dinner
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Christopher Harrison (88) and his wife
Barbara Mssmer welcomed a son,
Alexander Harrison Mssmer on 9 July in
St Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria. A brother
for older sisters Victoria and Isabella.
Charlie Pocock (97) and Aimee Chadwick
welcomed a son, Jack Clive Pocock 25
November 2013.
Scott Rickards (76) and his wife Niina
welcomed a daughter Bonnie Finniss Rickards
on 19 April 2014.
Hamish Archibald (00) and his wife
Christie welcomed a daughter Ella Violet on
3 June 2014.
Warren Farrington (00) and Sarah Beven
welcomed a son Easton Waverley Beven
Farrington 25 Friday July 2014.
Tim Cosh (97) to Casey Saint.
Justin Hardi (00) married Katharine Wirth on
31 May near Stuttgart, Germany.
John K Fraser (34)
Malcolm I Badger (39)
Maurice Carter (44)
Reginald J Walker (45)
James (Jim) D Ramsay (48)
Robert W Andersen (51)
Ronald W Keene ('51)
Stowe B Penniment (52)
David I Bagshaw (53)
William L Parry (54)
Rev John H Stephenson (55)
Mr Peter M Grant (60)
James (Jim) S Horwood (65)
Douglas M Lehmann (70)
Ross J Wilkinson (74)
Ethan MartinDonald (95)
William Llewellyn Parry
Bill Parry entered Scotch in 1950 and was
a student here until part way through 1954
when he accepted an offer of employment
with the Shell Company. At Scotch, he
excelled as an all-round sportsman,
captaining the 1st XI and the College athletics
team and serving as vice-captain of the 1st
XVIII. He was a school prefect in 1953 54
and an outstanding member of the cadet unit.
Bill was the last commissioned
cadet lieutenant at Scotch before
that rank was replaced by cadet
under-officers. He capped
his cadet service with two
memorable ceremonial roles.
In 1953 he commanded an
honour guard of cadets to attend
the governor of South Australia
(Sir Robert George) on a
ceremonial visit to Mitcham to
commemorate the centenary
of local government in the area.
This achievement was outshone
in February 1954 when he was
selected to be guard commander
of an honour guard of cadets
from all over Australia for Queen
Elizabeth when she opened the
National Parliament in Canberra.
After leaving Scotch, Bill played
many matches for the Old
Collegians football team as a
nippy wingman and in 1968 was
one of the leaders instrumental in
the formation of the Old Scotch
Cricket Association, negotiating
with Bob Gilchrist to secure the
use of the Montrose Oval as a
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home ground. He was the first OSCA Captain
and as a batting all-rounder helped lay the
foundation for what continues to be a strong
club in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association.
In his professional life, he became a very
successful and highly respected man in
the world of insurance. One of his proudest
moments in a varied life was to be chosen to
run a leg in Adelaide of the 2000 Olympics
torch relay.
Until Alzheimers disease took its toll about four
years ago, Bill enjoyed his active participation
in the Black Label Group luncheons.
Peter Trumble (44)
Professor DJM (Judge) Bevan
The Scotch College Community was
saddened to learn of the death of Professor
DJM Bevan, known universally as Judge
Bevan. Judge had been a longstanding friend
and supporter of the College as a Council
Member, parent and most recently as a
grandparent. Judge first came into contact
with Scotch on the enrolment of his sons
Michael and Andrew.
Following this he took up a position on the
College Council which he served for some
28 years. Judge had previously served on the
Council of another Adelaide Independent
School. He described that Council as being
somewhat of a social club and he welcomed
the vigour and decision-making approach of
the Scotch Council
One of the first significant roles which Judge
performed on behalf of the Council was as a
member of the committee formed by the then
Headmaster Philip Roff to explore the College
making what was then a radical change from
a single-sex boys school to a coeducational
school. The success of this change is now
part of the College history and Judge moved
his daughter Nicky to Scotch as a foundation
female student.
When I joined the staff of Scotch as Head of
Chemistry there were five active Chemistry
Professors either on the Council or as parents.
I was teaching the children of four of them
and found this quite daunting as a young and
new member of staff. Judge was also the chair
of the Examining Board for Chemistry at the
time and on many occasions I turned to him
for advice. This was always given with no
questions about my own knowledge or ability.
Indeed Judge held a session at the end of
the year with each of the two Year 12 classes
at which he scrupulously answered any
questions the students had without
raising concepts or topics himself.
During the 80s Judge took on
the role of Chair of the Education
Committee. He particularly
enjoyed the educational arguments
which accompanied the discussion
topics of the committee. He liked
to describe it as the Headmasters/
Principals Kite-Flying Committee
and embraced any innovation
which might be brought forward
while at the same time demanding
that this was supported by sound
argument. When he gave up the
Chair he remained an active
member during much of my time
as Principal.
Judge was a fine man and a
great friend. His support of the
College, the students and the staff
was unwavering. He was never
one to interfere but was always
ready with wise counsel when he
was asked for it. His work left a
lasting effect on the governance of
Scotch College.
Ken Webb
Past Principal
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01 Jack Clive Pocock
02 Bonnie Finniss Rickards
03 Ella Violet Archibald
04 Easton Waverley Beven
Farrington with parents
05 Gemma Hardi (03), Katharine
Wirth, Justin Hardi (00) &
parents Penny & Mitch Hardi.
06 Bill Parry escorting Sir Robert
George as the Governor inspects
a cadet guard of honour on the
occasion of the celebrations of
the Centenary of Mitcham.
07 Professor DJM Bevan
Old Scotch Cricket Association
Old Scotch 2014/15 cricket season
commences on 11 October the club is
looking forward to the coming season.
OSCA is fielding three teams in the ATCA
competition. The A Grade will compete in
the A2 two-day competition. The B Grade will
also play 2 day cricket in the B3 competition
while our C grade will again compete in the
LOA one-day format in with home games at
Montrose Oval.
OSCA will also field teams in the ATCA
Twenty20 Competition.
The A Grade will be again led by John Clifford
('02) & along with club coach Jeff Schmidt will
be looking for big seasons from Tom Bourne
('04), Ed Weaver ('03), Max Collett ('08),
Nathan Fox ('06), Toby Rogers ('09) & Jared
Schmidt ('99).
The B Grade team coming off another grand
final appearance last season will feature many
young players pushing for A Grade selection
including Nick Blight ('03), Harry White ('10),
Chris Landau ('10) & Stefan Carlson ('06).
The experienced C grade side will enjoy the
confined spaces of Montrose oval which suits
veterans Peter Feeney ('81), Tom Kidman ('92),
David Kidman ('89), & Peter Harvey ('91).
Trainings are held on Tuesday & Thursday
nights at Scotch, from 5.30pm under the
watchful eye of Jeff Schmidt. Full details of
trainings, match programmes and club history
can be found on the website www.scotchoc.
Contact Sean MacGregor ('89) at
oldscotchcc@gmail.com or phone 0407 188
078 for further information. All new players
are welcome.
Sean MacGregor ('89)
Old Collegians Football Club
At the time of writing, SOCFC is enjoying a
very successful year. The A Grade sit second
on the ladder with only four losses for the
season, B Grade are in eighth position and
the C Grade, like the As, are second on the
ladder with only 3 losses.
Both the A and the C Grade are looking
forward to playing finals and it is expected that
there will be at least one finals game on the
Prince Of Wales Oval making the investment
into the new picket fence, extended terracing
and improved surrounds worthwhile.
It was fantastic to see Will Thorpe ('09) and
Lachie Giles ('08) make the State U23 Team,
playing in Perth recently. Lachie kicked a
solid three goals and Will scored one, both
performing well in the winning side.
Off the field, the connections across the
club from past players, parents, current
players and supporters is going from strength
to strength. A successful business lunch with
guest speaker Ken Hinckley was followed
up the next day with the 1989 Premiership
reunion celebrations. The involvement of
parents in the off-field activities is greatly
appreciated by both the players and the
management committee.
After the successful
Black Tie Awards
Dinner to celebrate
the 2013 season, the
Social Committee are
expecting an even
greater turnout this
year at the Crowne
Plaza on Friday 17
October; enquiries for
tickets can be emailed
to Jack Young (10)
com Chair of the
Social Committee.
The committee extend their
thanks on behalf of all the players
to the Clubs major sponsors -
The Cremorne Hotel, Karl
Chehade, Hyundai, Cook Building
& Development, Positive Lending
Solutions, Zema Estate, Emmett
Property & Construct and the
Old Collegians Association. We
also thank the 200+ Rampant
Lions supporters and our donors
represented through the Geoff
Heard Club. The generosity
of these organisations and
individuals has certainly been a
driving force behind the clubs
continued success in Division 2.
Finally congratulations must go
to the Colleges First XVIII side
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and their successful 2014 season. The Old
Collegians had the privilege of playing Harry
Eden, Nick Heaslip, Angus Winwood, Cam
Harper, Charlie Moore and Henry Sheridan
in a few B Grade games during the
season. The Old Collegians Football club
is encouraged by the level of talent and
commitment of the players coming from
the College and hopefully we will see them
during the 2015 pre-season.
To keep up to date with our other events,
match results and other SOCFC news please
join the Scotch Old Collegians Football Club
group on Facebook and by visiting the Old
Collegians website http://www.scotchoc.com.
See you during the finals.
Tom Kidman (91)
SOCFC President
Old Collegians Netball
It looks as though the 2014
Winter season will be another
successful one for the Scotch
girls with some teams already
securing their spot in the
Once again the A1 competition has been
tight with positions on the premiership table
changing weekly with constant upsets on the
court, their position in finals unknown until
the final minor round. The team took a tough
blow 2 weeks ago losing their star GK, Amy
Geue, to a snapped Achilles the club wishes
her all the very best with her recovery and
expect her back on the court in 12 months
time. The defensive line up has been strong
this season staring Trudy Robb, Kelly Keast
and Jen Summerton both in and around the
circle, saving the day on multiple occasions.
Although spending limited time on the court
Donna Gunn has helped the ever-reliable
mid-courters of Sirelle Mollison, Olivia Hume
(95) and Erica Slattery feed and support
goalies Rachel Taylor and Kate Pennington.
Thanks must go to amazing fill-ins Sonia
Roberts (88) and Ros Sayers, both previous
full time players, and members of the A3
squad for filling the injury gaps when needed.
The A3 squad are having a spectacular season
currently sitting top of the ladder with only one
round to go. With no injuries to date, the squad
has been very settled throughout the season
hoping to take their winning streak all the
way through to the grand final on 23 August.
The club is excited to welcome back Verity
Johnson and Emily Heading for the upcoming
summer season following their break to
welcome their new babies into the world.
Congratulations girls and welcome back!
Having a fairly settled squad has proven
magic for the B3 girls this season, currently
sitting second on the ladder with one round
to go. Losing key defender Cassie Rex part
way through the season to a whirl wind
holiday to the USA, only to return as a married
woman, was a slight bump in the road that
the girls have recovered from. With only one
(recovering) injury to speak of the girls look
strong heading in to the finals. The squad
has performed exceptionally well in tough
situations pulling off a few nail biting wins and
upsets along the way congratulations girls!
Fingers crossed the fighting spirit continues
into the finals in two weeks time. A big thanks
to all the fill-ins from the season you have
been a big help.
Steady improvement and close games have
been the story of our B4 squad this season.
There have been a number of injuries ranging
from thumbs, knees and ankles to a broken
wrist and elbow however, the girls have
soldiered on. The club wishes Georgie Allen
(11) a speedy recovery from her broken
bones and hope to have her back on the court
as soon as possible. With these injuries the
results have been mixed, but the girls have
managed to settle recently with wins in the
last four rounds to finish fifth on the ladder
by percentage only. It has been great to see
a number of recent Old Collegians join the
squad and we are hoping they continue to play
for many seasons to come. A big thank you to
Holly Collingridge for roping in some of our
soon-to-be club members who will be joining
us full time in summer as fill-ins for the B4s
during winter you have been a life saver!
The summer season will start in October
2014 and finish in March 2015 with a break
over the Christmas period. Anyone who is
interested in learning more about the club,
or interested in joining, can contact Belinda
Gordon (05) on 0431 074 558 or can visit us
on the Old Collegians website www.scotchoc.
A reminder that the
25th Anniversary &
End of Season Function
is being held for
all current and past
players of the club on
13 September 2014
at the Majestic Roof
Garden Hotel. Tickets
are available via our
website until the end
of August. We look
forward to seeing you
all there for a fantastic
night of celebrations!
The club would like to thank
all the supporters, scorers and
fill-ins who came out during the
season we could not function
without you, and most importantly
to our sponsors Scotch College
Old Collegians Association and
Holdfast Insurance Brokers for the
ongoing support.
Belinda Gordon (05)
01 Peter Feeney ('81)
02 Toby Rogers ('09)
Where are they now?
Clyde Thomson (63) was honoured with an
AM in this years Queens Birthday Honours
List For significant service to community
health, particularly through the Royal Flying
Doctor Service in Australia.
This is the most recent in a long list of
achievements, including being awarded the
George Medal for Bravery in 1966. Clyde joined
the RFDS in 1974 and recently retired after 39
years of service and 25 of those as CEO.
In the recent RFDS newsletter the current
President of the South Eastern Section paid
this tribute to him. Clyde has word tirelessly
to develop every aspect of the service,
driven by an unwavering desire to continually
improve access to health services for people
in rural, remote and regional areas.
His passion for the RFDS was ignited when he
met the Rev. Fred Mackay, John Flynns successor,
and it has not dimmed or faltered since.
Clyde has been a pro-active, energetic
and visionary leader. He was first the RFDS
CEO to win a commercial contract in 1997,
helping to underpin the government funding
and charitable donations with the long-term
financial viability of commercial operations.
He oversaw the introduction of a fleet
of modern aircraft, the construction of
new bases in Broken Hill and Dubbo, the
expansion of medical services in the Bass
Strait islands, the introduction of a new
patient transfer system in Victoria and the
development of primary healthcare services
across the South Eastern Section.
Working with Dr Jack Best AM and Dr Sue
Morey AM, Clyde introduced a rural health
medical training school in Broken Hill linked
to the University of Sydney, and with Prof.
David Lyle he has worked to develop that
school and expand rural training for students
from a number of universities. Subsequently
a clinical training school in Dubbo was also
developed with the University of Sydney.
Aside from his full-time role as CEO of the
South Eastern Section Clyde has found time to
serve as president of the Board of the Broken
Hill Hospital, to assist in the development of
a Flying Doctor service in Africa, to serve on
the Medicare Local Board and to
help set up a charitable arm of the
RFDS in England.
In 2003 he was named CEO
of the year by Equity Trustees.
Clyde has championed the
cause of rural and remote health
with politicians at both state and
federal level, from all sides of the
political spectrum. His passionate
and persuasive arguments always
speak on behalf of the people we
serve those whose voices are too
far away to be heard by anyone
but the Flying Doctor.
While completing a First Class
Honours degree in Mechanical
Engineering at The University
of Adelaide, Alexander Geary
(98) worked as a ski instructor in
Australia and in Whistler, Canada.
He then worked in London for
a year as an engineer, before
deciding to follow his passion for
ski mountaineering. He now has
his own company Stratus Guiding situated in
Revelstoke, BC, Canada where he lives with his
wife and young son. He has worked in various
roles including ski coaching, ski patrolling,
avalanche forecasting, guiding heliskiing,
catskiing, ski mountaineering, mountain
safety for mining, and teaching avalanche
courses. This work has taken him to Chile, New
Zealand, France, Switzerland and Italy.
In the summer months, Alex guides various
activities in the mountains, including rock
climbing, hiking and backpacking, glacier
walking, mountaineering, and via ferrata.
Alex has one exam left to achieve the ultimate
certification as a Mountain Guide with the
Internal Federation Of Mountain Guides
Association and as a Mountain Guide with the
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
He has won prizes for these courses, which
he has completed with Thompson Rivers
University, BC. Much of Alexs interest in the
great outdoors can be attributed to his father
Bob, family holidays to the Australian Alps and
the Scotch Outdoor Education program led
by Mark Kelly.
Simon Hodge (11) is currently undertaking
a mechanical engineering degree but has
also managed to record the fastest lap time
at the Clipsal 500 this year in the Formula
3s return to the opening round of the V8
Supercar championship. His star is certainly
on the rise and he described this as a dream
come true. To win on a circuit that I used to
come here and watch all my racing heroes, to
do well here means a whole lot.
While his eyes remain firmly on the V8s he
admits that heading overseas could definitely
be an option. I view Formula 3 as a fantastic
development category for me, I believe the
next step would be Porsche Carrera Cup and
then targeting a co-drive from there, he said.
Tori Horgan (07) has maintained her
passion for singing, songwriting and
performing and managed to carve a career
out of it now too. During her years at Scotch,
Tori was Music Captain and she achieved a
Merit for Music in her SACE. She is now living
her dream of working in the US writing and
recording songs. Toris music clip can be
viewed on Youtube (Tori Horgan Not Today).
Dr Chien-Wen Liew (97) is
an Adelaide trained orthopaedic
surgeon who is now using a
new hip replacement technique
which is significantly reducing
operative pain and recovery
time. Chien-Wen trained to use
this new technique in France and
Since training and buying the
specialized medical tools,
Chien-Wen has done about
150 operations using this new
technique. While the technique
has been used in the Eastern
States for some years, Chien-Wen
believes he is the first offering
this in South Australia. The Direct
Anterior Approach does not
require cutting through muscle
and tendons that cause patient
pain and longer post-operative
care. It also leaves a smaller
scar and allows patients to be up
walking almost immediately.
Important Dates
Friday 5 September Scotch Senior Luncheon
Saturday 13
Scotch Old Collegians
Netball Club 25 Year
Anniversary and Winter
Season Presentation Night.
For information Contact
Erica Wadham
0431 147 387
To be confirmed
Scotch Old Collegians
Golf Day
Friday 10 October Sydney Drinks (TBC)
Friday 17 October
Scotch Old Collegians
Football Club
Presentation Night
Alumni Reunions
Friday 10 October 2009 5 Year Reunion
Friday 17 October 1964 50 Year Reunion
Saturday 18 October 1984 30 Year Reunion
Saturday 25 October 1989 25 Year Reunion
Saturday 1 November 1974 40 Year Reunion
Saturday 8 November 1994 20 Year Reunion
Saturday 15 November 2004 10 Year Reunion
Please refer www.scotchoc.com.au for tickets and
more reunion details as they are confirmed.