The College weekly news highlights all activities throughout the College each week. A reminder of weekly news is distributed to the College community via email each Friday but can be viewed online at any time.

Across Campus

Principal’s Message

Another busy week

Last Friday night the 2017 Friends Of Scotch Oakburn Annual Dinner was held in Helix. The dinner this year was redefined as a Mid-winter Culinary Event and catered for by Hubert and Dan. It was a full house, with 145 staff, parents and past parents in attendance and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the venue, the format consisting of a mix of relaxed drinks and nibbles followed by the more formal meal and finally the entertainment. On behalf of all who attended, I’d like to pass on a huge thank you to Claire Allen, Claire Warren, the Works Team, Ian Chesterman and our student waiters and waitresses. A special thank you to our performers on the night, Stay Sharpe (Grace Badcock, Hanlon Innocent, Caitlin Silberberg, Sam Byron and Clare Munnings). We were also graced with a beautiful duet sung by Hanlon and his mum, Denise Sam, that brought a tear to many an eye. It was a wonderful night and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

This week has been Science Week at Scotch Oakburn. There have been a range of Science activities across the week at both the Elphin and Penquite campuses; experiments, guest speakers, 3-D Google glasses, rockets and much more. Students’ natural curiosity and inquiring minds are just what are needed to learn about the science behind everyday occurrences, materials, machines and the life all around us on this amazing planet. In fact, early scientists were called ‘natural philosophers’ and they didn’t limit themselves to just one discipline of science, they simply investigated the world around them. It has been inspiring to witness our natural philosophers of all ages throughout this week.

With the push by the Government for our young people to Enrol to Vote in order to be heard in the plebiscite on same-sex marriage, four of our Year 12 students, Lachlan Hinds, Victoria Eastoe, Ben Grayson and Max Stevens, provided the drive and the momentum to ensure that all eligible Scotch Oakburn students are enrolled to vote. The Examiner and Southern Cross News were at school and Lachlan took on the role as spokesperson for the group. As expected, he was extremely articulate and diplomatic in the role.

On Wednesday, Mrs Madeleine Scott and her Agricultural Science class were featured on the ABC Rural News. Championed by Mrs Scott, Scotch Oakburn is the only school to offer Level 3 or pre-tertiary Agricultural Science. It has been quite a process to get to this stage but Mrs Scott’s perseverance to pilot the subject at Scotch Oakburn has paid off with an enthusiastic class of Year 11 and 12 students, finding out about the science, processes and planning that goes in to one of Tasmania’s key industries. Listen to the interview here –

Late last week parents and the College received the 2017 NAPLAN results for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN results are a snapshot in time for each learner’s development in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. The real value in NAPLAN is in each student gauging their own development from one testing period to the next. The public feedback, that the College receives and that is ultimately available on the Myschool website in the following year, is of a global nature. Individual results are collated and those results then distilled down to provide single pieces of data, and consequently, I am always careful about interpreting them in isolation. However, what is very pleasing to see is, that as an open entry school with a broad spectrum of students, all with their individual strengths and weaknesses, we had an average of over 98% of students at or above the National Minimum Standard at each year level.

Andy Müller

String Workshop Day

On Thursday the College’s Junior, Middle and Senior School string players participated in a number of workshops with Dr Susan Collins from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.

Dr Collins, the Conservatorium’s Coordinator of Strings and Orchestral Music, ran workshops/rehearsals with the College’s three large string ensembles that provided a unique opportunity for our students and staff to learn from one of the country’s foremost violinists and teachers.

I know our string musicians not only benefited from the workshops, but were also inspired to continue to develop as musicians.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts

s.p.a.c.e. Gallery Exhibition

Our College photographer, Jasper da Seymour, will be exhibiting in the s.p.a.c.e. Gallery, commencing 8 September.

The solo exhibition, entitled Retrospective, will be a collection of Jasper’s work spanning his career to date, showcasing  a variety of one off prints featuring a wide range of photography techniques and genres.

All exhibited pieces will be available for sale and Jasper will be donating 30% from all works sold to “Just Like Jack”.

More information about the opening of the exhibition will follow in next week’s news.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ticket’s for this year’s Senior Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, are now available.

If you are not familiar with the story –

The forest outside Athens is a busy place on this magical night! Four runaway Athenian lovers (Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius) find themselves in the middle of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies. And, as if that wasn’t enough merriment and confusion, a troupe of amateur actors led by our two Bottoms (the Mechanicals) are trying to rehearse their play about Pyramus and Thisbe in preparation for presenting it on the eve of the marriage between the Duke of Athens – Theseus and Hippolyta. Between these unlikely groups flies in our mischievous Pucks, armed only with their wicked sense of mischief and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong?

Directed by our very talented Georgie Todman and Sonya Batten, and with an amazing cast of students,  it is sure to be a great production.

Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September, 7.00pm.

Book your seats now.

National Cross Country Championships

Four Scotch Oakburn College students were selected to compete for Tasmania at the National Cross Country Championships held at Rokeby last week.  The selections followed impressive runs at the earlier State Championships at Symmons Plains.

Lucy Jones (Year 10) was selected in the U18 female race and Jack Nicholls (Year 7) in the U14 male event.

In the primary section, Jasmine Irani (Year 6) was selected in the 12 year old girls’ team and Sophie Marshall (Year 4) in the 10 year old girls’ team.

We congratulate them on their selection and performances at the event.

Fathers’ Day Breakfast

The ever-popular Fathers’ Day Breakfast is being held this year on Friday 1 September.

As always, the aim of this occasion is to create a happy time for children to share with the adult males in their lives, be it dad, big brother, uncle, grandad, stepfather or a friend.

Date: Friday 1 September
Time: 7.15am – 8.20am
Venue: HPEC@Elphin, Junior School, Elphin Campus
RSVP: by Wednesday 23 August (unless sold out prior)


Adult: $18.50 per person for a hot breakfast or a light buffet option.

Child: $10.00 per child for a hot breakfast or a light buffet option.

Please advise of any dietary requirements when making your booking.

Entertainment will be provided by the Year 2 Choir and the Junior School Man Choir led by Andrew Sulzberger.

Ange Edwards
Parent Representatives Chairperson

Parking 1 Amy Road

Please refrain from parking / waiting to collect children in the car park behind the businesses at 1 Amy Road.  The business owners have again asked for our community support on this matter.

Thank you

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Community News

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting news from the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • Primary Stompin Show call – children aged 10-12
  • Stompin Dance workshop – for children 13 and over
  • Army Reserves information evening
  • Children’s events at Junction Arts Festival
  • Futsal roster U6 – U18, register a team
  • Futsalstate representative trials U9 – U16

Junior School

Science Week

Science Week in conneXions…

– Using Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Goggles with various apps (visiting Antarctica, interacting with 3D pop-up books, cleaning up Cleanopolis, and more)

– Using iPads and the Quiver app to convert children’s traditional ‘colouring in’ pages to 3D interactive models (folding 3D shape nets, playing soccer, flying a plane)

– Testing on the paper plane runway

– Discovering what lies hidden beneath using a metal detector

– Interacting with programs created by Year 5 Music students using Makey Makey to make music using fruit/vegetables/play dough

– Using the hover-cam to zoom in and get up close and personal with various objects

– Watching some science cinema ‘Scinema’

– Checking out robotics teams in their final week of preparation before RoboCup on Saturday

Students from across the campus from Early Learning to Year 5 have been making discoveries through these activities this week. Some have also visited Helix at the Penquite Campus, others have been to the Planetarium or met the Mad Scientist at the QVMAG. Sustainable environment investigations have been a focus for Early Primary classes and  parents have joined students for science experiments in Year 3 among other learning experiences focused on developing knowledge and skills and inspiring engagement with science on the Elphin Campus through the week.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Book Week August 19-26

Each year Children’s Book Week provides another stimulus to build children’s love of books and reading. books together celebrating CBCA Children’s Book Week. The celebration of Australian children’s literature through our own book collection, LINC and visiting authors engages all students from Early Learning to Year 5. This year’s theme, ‘Escape to Everywhere’ encourages young readers to immerse themselves in the magic and mystery of books. Early Learning students were captivated by ‘Diary of a Wombat’ this week as they started Book Week early, and Prep students met author Leigh Hobbs. Visiting authors in the week ahead are:

Monday 21 August : Lyndon Riggall : Launching BookWeek in conneXions (Prep to Year 3)

Wednesday 23 August : Graphic artist and author Jennifer Cossins visit in conneXions (Prep to Year 2)

Friday 25 August : Graphic illustrator Dale Newman and Author Julie Hunt combined workshop for Year 5 students as the culmination of a 6-week digital workshop together.

Student Led Conferences

All families with students in Prep to Year 5 will now have received details of bookings for the student Led Conference day on Wednesday 6 September. Times can be arranged online or through the Junior School office.

All students across these years will lead a conference with their parents, sharing their portfolios reflecting 2017 learning goals and progress across the curriculum.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


More than 50 Year 4 students, and 2 Year 5 students, will spend this Saturday at UTas (Launceston) for the State Robocup finals. Their robots and the remarkable programming which has gone into these over the course of the year, their accompanying journals, their drama and teamwork skills, and their knowledge and composure when interviewed by the judging panel, will be all be demonstrated on the day.

We wish all 12 teams well as they embrace the challenges of this annual event.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Elphin Road parking

Road safety for students and all pedestrians on the Elphin Road frontage of the Campus needs constant vigilance by all drivers and pedestrians in this area.

Pedestrians should only cross Elphin Road at the traffic lights. Cars should not stand or park on bus stops – either the College bus drop off/pick up zone opposite the school (as signposted) or the Metro stop in front of Lemana.

Elphin Road car park spaces are marked and where time restrictions apply these are signposted.

Thank you to all members of our school community for your assistance with safety precautions here, especially in the peak times at the start and finish of the school day.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

2018 Enrolments

August is a key time in the year for enrolment planning for the following school year. At all year levels new enrolment applications, interviews and placement offers are currently being confirmed. Current school families looking to enrol younger family members are reminded of the need to submit a formal enrolment application at the earliest opportunity. All applications are processed in order of receipt. For some levels (Early Learning and Year 5 in particular) 2018 places are now limited.

Further information is available from our College Registrar, Trish Reid, or from reception at both Elphin and Penquite Campuses.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Junior School Friendology 101 Update

During Terms 2 & 3 students from Years 3 to 5 have all been participating in ‘Friendology 101’ sessions in their class groups, facilitated by Megan and their class teachers.

They have been learning the skills and strategies to make friends and grow healthy friendship through participation in role plays and group discussions.

A number of classes have now completed the 8 week program. So far the pre and post testing indicates that our students are feeling more confident in their friendships, more confident in their ability to manage conflict independently (or as we now say “put out friendship fires”), and they are more confident in managing ‘Mean-on-Purpose’ behaviours.

Students are able to use the ‘Friend-o-meter’ and ‘Friend-o-cycle’ to quickly assess the health of their friendships and make healthy decisions and choices in managing their relationships. It has been fantastic to hear students, parents and staff using URSTRONG’s terminology as their ‘language of friendship’ when problem solving and thinking about their friendships.

Later this term and early next term students from Years 1 & 2 will have the chance to participate in the ‘Friendology 101 Junior’ program too (4 sessions). What we know is that there is a direct correlation between the quality of students’ friendships, their wellbeing and their learning and we will continue to up-skill students to enable them to increase their capacity to grow healthy friendships.

Megan Booth
Junior School Counsellor

Middle School

Year 7 Parent Student Teacher conferences

A reminder that Parent/Student/Teacher conferences for Year 7 students is being held in the Middle School on Tuesday, 22 August.

Bookings can be made online or alternatively please contact Mrs Kendal Selby on 6336 3401 to schedule appointments.  Please be aware that online bookings will close at 10.00am.  Phone bookings will remain open until 12noon on Tuesday.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School


Our Year 6 debating team, consisting of Isabella Gillies-Parsons, Ashlea Ranson, Chelsea Byerley and Daisy Willows took part in the first semi-final of the Virtual Debating Competition this week.  They were narrowly defeated by St Paul’s Lutheran School by 1 point. The girls did very well and are to be congratulated for their fine efforts throughout the year.  They achieved a top 8 placing in the nation.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

Year 6 Science Investigations Display

Over the past 10 weeks all Year 6 students have been undertaking detailed science investigations and learning about the Scientific Method in the process. The culmination of this work is now on display in the Year 6 classrooms in the form of corflute board presentations and accompanying scientific reports. No matter what the content of an investigation has been, all students have discovered the components and aspects of a rigorous scientific study, this exercise is aimed at preparing them all for the challenges of more advanced science investigations that will take place from Year 7 through to Year 12.

The display will be available for viewing over the next two weeks and parents and other community members are invited to wander through the Year 6 area after school each day between 3.30pm and 5.00pm, should they wish to view the student work. The work will be judged by independent judges next week, and the outcome of this process will determine which investigations are entered into the UTAS Science Investigations Fair on 5 September at Newnham Campus.

Congratulations to all Year 6 students who have risen to the challenge of rigorous scientific investigation.

Stuart Walls
Year 6 Science Coordinator

Subject Selection for Year 9 and 10

A reminder that there will be information evening for parents and students commencing year 9 and 10 in 2018 on Wednesday 23 August in the Horton Auditorium.  All current Year 8 and Year 9 students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Senior School

Football dinner

On Monday 14 August Scotch Oakburn College held its annual Senior Boys Football Presentation Dinner. The event was well attended by over 80 students and parents.

Senior Firsts Coach, Andrew McLean and Captain of Football, Will Edmunds gave a review of the season, as did Senior Seconds Coach, Carlton Heres and Seconds Captain, Hugh Bradley.

Various awards for Firsts and Seconds are presented to players to recognise individual achievement during season. The awards presented and award winners’ for 2017 were – 2nd XVIII Awards – Gift of the College (1992) Most Consistent Player: William Beattie, Runner-Up Most Consistent Player: William Harper; Gift of the Chorley Family (2012) Contribution to the Team: William Birchmore; Leading Goal Kicker: William Harper. 1st XVIII Awards – G.M Briggs Memorial Trophy (1957)  Most Consistent Player: Will Edmunds; Runner-Up Most Consistent Player: Connor Dixon; Peter Read Perpetual Trophy (1967) Contribution to the Team: Matt Duggan; G.G. Wardlaw Memorial Cup (1947) Most Improved Player: Nick Taylor; Gift of the Leonard Family (1997); Best Team Man: Lachlan Gee; Gift of the Old Scotch FC (2007) Best First Year Player: Ben Simpson; Leading Goal Kicker: Connor Dixon. Players of the winning SATIS Senior Seconds Football team were recognised and presented with individual medals to commemorate their win and the College’s third consecutive SATIS Senior Seconds Football premiership.

Thank you to the College, parents, coaches and players for making 2017 another enjoyable and successful SATIS Senior Football season.

Jamie Breden
Person-in-Charge Football

SATIS Football Representative game

On Saturday 12 August a SATIS Senior Boys Football team travelled to Melbourne to play its inaugural match against an Associated Public Schools (APS) representative team.

Six players from Scotch Oakburn College, Year 11 students Tim Auckland, Fletcher Bennett, Lachlan Gee, and Miller Hodge, and Year 12 students Connor Dixon and Will Edmunds, were chosen to participate. Although SATIS were beaten by APS 106 to 50, this event provided an opportunity for our students to be seen by AFL talent ID staff that attend the annual APS v AGSV game. A number of our students were recognised by recruiters, with comments made on the AFL Draft Central Facebook page.

Jamie Breden
Person-in-Charge of Football

Utas Taster Days

Experience a day in the life of a student at the Utas Taster Days.

Interactive workshops will give you an insight into what it’s like to study a health degree.

Thursday 7 September 2017
Session One: 9.00am – 11.30am | Session Two: 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania

This Taster Day is open to Year 12 students who are interested in studying Health Science (including Nutrition, Exercise Science and Medical Radiation), Laboratory Medicine, or Nursing with the University of Tasmania.

Register your interest online at

A reminder that you can visit the Futures Centre any time with questions about your future pathway.

Teresa Darcy
Careers Advisor / VET Coordinator

REIT School Auctioneering Competition

On Wednesday night Year 12 students Clare Broomby and Ben Grayson represented Scotch Oakburn College competing in the REIT School Auction Competition against Launceston Church Grammar.  This schools based program gives students an insight into selling property by public auction, understanding legal terms and contracts, thinking under pressure and expanding their public speaking skills. Beyond that, we know the program value adds to their developing armoury of life skills in, for example, job interviews and general decision making processes.

The competition was very strong this year and we congratulate Clare and Ben on their performances.

Subject Selection for Year 9 and 10

A reminder that there will be information evening for parents and students commencing year 9 and 10 in 2018 on Wednesday 23 August in the Horton Auditorium.  All current Year 8 and Year 9 students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Round Square

Oscar Healey on exchange, South Africa

Year 10 student, Oscar Healey, is on an eight week exchange at Stanford Lake College in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. He has thoroughly enjoyed his first few weeks which have included a trip to his host family’s game farm in Zimbabwe. His host mum has written the following:

“We had a wonderful time and LOTS of adventures.  I think Oscar got the full African experience this week.   The swags had their inauguration with both Casper and Owen cuddled up every night in them.  Casper and I just want to say to you how much we are enjoying having Oscar in our home.  He has fitted in well and seems completely at home.  He is great company, he has an excellent sense of humour, he engages in every conversation,  he shows interest in everything around him and he shows his appreciation of everything from food to every experience he has.”

Oscar and his host, Casper Venter, will join the Round Square International Conference group on their pre-conference service project at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in late September. We look forward to seeing them both then and hearing about this memorable exchange experience.

Stuart Walls
Round Square Representative


Wellbeing Wednesday

Senior students this week attended a very informative and fun session by teacher and nutritionist Mrs Kyla Thorp. Students were taught a healthy way to look at their eating habits and the increasing evidence of the “mood food” connection was highlighted.

Our Middle School students will have the benefit of Kyla’s talk next Wednesday.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

Eating Healthy to feel Healthy

Let me give you this scenario: You rush out the door and forget to eat breakfast. By recess, you are hungry and shaky and feel irritable, confused and anxious.

You are experiencing symptoms of hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar. Your body and your brain rely on a type of sugar called glucose for energy.

When you eat irregularly or make poor food choices, your blood sugar spikes and crashes and you feel miserable. Eating regular, healthy meals and snacks will give you all-day energy and will help elevate your mood.

Foods to help elevate your mood include bananas, nuts such as pecans, walnuts, and almonds, cheese, eggs, fish and meat.  These foods contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which helps your body produce another compound serotonin, which plays a role in restful sleep and a stable mood.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning you have to get it from your diet. Iron, vitamin B-6 and riboflavin are also necessary for tryptophan to work properly.  There has been many recent studies completed showing a correlation with an increase of processed foods with high refined sugar and the increase in mental health issues, and therefore being mindful of what foods can help elevate your mood can only be beneficial for everyone.

Other foods to include in your daily diet should be:

  • Wholegrain foods, i.e those foods which have not been refined and therefore had parts of the grain removed e.g. wholegrain breads, brown rice, wholemeal pasta.
  • Green leafy vegetables, which contain fibre. Fibre helps to slow the release of glucose into the body and therefore gives you a prolonged energy.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables: any fruit that is in season.  If you chose, tinned/ canned fruit make sure it contains natural juice, not syrup, which will limit the amount of added sugar.
  • Dairy foods: dairy is high in calcium and most teenagers are not getting their recommended daily intake of dairy food. Calcium is laid down in the bones throughout our teenage years and supports bone mass and strength as we age.

Kyla Thorp