On behalf of the Scotch Oakburn College community, I wish to extend a warm welcome to you and your family.

Here, at the College we hold dear the idea that creating a safe and nurturing space, where our students feel known, valued, and cared for, is truly special. It is all about embracing the values of commitment, compassion, courage, respect, and responsibility, weaving them into the fabric of every child’s journey towards growth.

Scotch Oakburn is a superb institution with a welcoming and engaged community of students, staff, and families. As I navigate the campus, attend co-curricular events, and observe classes as a new member of the community, I am continually inspired by the quantity, scale, and ambition of the activities on offer. The engagement of our students is a testament to the fact that learning and personal growth are embraced at all levels.

Far from being elitist, Scotch Oakburn is a community that values effort, encourages self-belief, and instils a growth mindset in students. ‘Having a go,’ regardless of abilities or skills, is not only encouraged but richly rewarded. The comprehensive programs provide myriad opportunities for students to explore their talents and potential while forming lasting relationships with others.

Our commitment to holistic education at Scotch Oakburn extends beyond academics. We aim to develop well-rounded individuals equipped with essential life skills. Fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy are complemented by communication, collaboration, inquiry, reflection, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and a commitment to life-long learning. It is this philosophy that empowers us to create an environment where students are not only encouraged to step out of their comfort zones but are challenged to move into their stretch zones.

As a parent myself, I understand that selecting a school that is deemed the ‘right fit’ for your family is a decision of unparalleled significance, one that shapes not only the academic years but also lays the foundation for a fulfilling life beyond the college gates. I understand the weight of this decision and the aspirations you have for your child – to experience success both in and out of the classroom, feel connected, develop a love of learning, explore passions, and, most importantly, to be happy.

To determine whether Scotch Oakburn is the ‘right fit’ for your family, I sincerely invite you to contact the College and arrange a tour of our vibrant learning community. This will offer you the chance to meet myself, our dedicated staff, witness the enthusiasm of our students, and experience firsthand the engaging atmosphere at Scotch Oakburn College.

Together let us kindle the flame of learning, nurture growth, and foster dreams.

Ross Patterson