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27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T12:50:00+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

What makes a good leader? If you could choose someone to be your leader, what would you look for?

At this time of year, we have been selecting student leaders for 2021, and it is an interesting process to reflect on the skills and attributes that are required from our students to lead the College. If you read anything about leadership, you will soon see that many of the abilities expected of a leader are contradictory. Leaders are expected to be decisive, but also are expected to be consultative; they are expected to be agile and flexible, but also to provide […]

27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T12:23:09+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Junior School|

Learning Celebrations

It has been wonderful to see so many families able to attend class Learning Celebrations across the Junior School this week  – thank you to all who have enjoyed this time with their children and their classes.

The week ahead has Celebrations for more classes in both the Early Primary and Primary year levels and students and staff are looking forward to sharing learning highlights and special on-campus moments that have been part of our 2020 experiences.

Details of all these events, together with the details for registering, have been sent to all families.

All visitors to the Campus are reminded of […]

27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T12:42:22+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

Year 9 Community Service Expo

What is Poverty? What is the difference between situational and generational poverty? Why is wealth distribution an issue in Australia? What resources are needed to change a person’s current situation? These are just some of the questions Year 9 students have been confronted with over the past three days whilst involved in the first Community Service Expo event at the College.

With the unsettled year, we have had the regular community service offering was not possible, and so we thought if our students could not go into the community, […]

27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T12:43:04+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School|

Ten teams, four boys teams and six girls teams, consisting of 82 students, have participated in the Primary School Basketball Championships.

In the Grade 5/6 competition, teams achieved a total of nine wins and one draw. An awesome effort with two teams making it through to a semi-final.  In the Grade 3/4 competition, we achieved a total of four wins and three draws (edge of your seat games!). We had a few more losses than wins but the teams improved immensely in skill level both personally and as a team as the weekend progressed. All teams […]

27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T11:17:08+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Round Square, Senior School|

On Monday, 23 November, Scotch Oakburn College Year 10 and 11 students hosted a group of Year 5 and 6 students from St Marys District School and Bicheno Primary School at the Valley Campus in Fingal.

The day was populated with fun group-based activities, allowing both the younger and older students to bond in an environment outside of school. The novelty of the situation was not lost on any of us as the day was designed to help the St Marys and Bicheno students bond before they enter the same grade at the same school next year. […]

27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T11:06:44+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Dr Jodi Richardson


“The mental load means always having to remember.”

Emma, a French cartoonist summed up the mental load that most mothers carry in her 2017 viral comic, ‘You should’ve asked’. In the opening scene, a very hassled mother was preparing for a dinner party, while feeding her two young children, dealing with a noisy dog and answering the phone, all while she was hosting a colleague for dinner. As the dinner boils over the stove and onto the floor she looked at her partner imploringly. He unwittingly answered, “But you should’ve asked! I would have helped.”

This scene artfully […]

27 11, 2020


2020-11-27T09:58:13+11:0027 November, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|


We congratulate those students that were selected for the 2020 Tasmanian State All School Athletics Track and Field Team.  Although the Australian All Schools competition dod not go ahead, students were still recognised in a virtual team.

Under 14 Women

Abbey Berlese (Year 7)
Tahlia Muller (Year 7)
Sophie Marshall (Year 7)
Blaise Fitzallen (Year 7)

Under 16 Women

Kate Atherton (Year 9)

Under 16 Men

Tom Watters (Year 8)

Under 18 Women

Amy Campbell (Year 10)
Kate McShane (Year 10)

Under 18 Men

Alexander Creak (Year 11)

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

20 11, 2020


2020-11-20T13:51:40+11:0020 November, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Last week at the College, eServices ran our first cybersecurity drill at the College to educate staff on the issue of people trying to steal their username and password.

Cybercrime is certainly on the rise, with 1 in 3 adults being affected and at a cost of $29 Billion in 2019 in Australia alone. This event led to some rich discussions around the College this week and stories of encounters with scammers. The internet is a place of great resources and information. For example, I am particularly fond of learning new card […]

20 11, 2020


2020-11-20T14:48:23+11:0020 November, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Michael Grose

This has been a tough parenting year. On a personal level it’s been challenging, but when you add the extra difficulty of helping children and young people navigate this year, you’d be forgiven for feeling like you’ve had enough.

It’s timely to look at US-based academic Dr. Brene’ Brown’s research that informed her book The Gift of Imperfect Parenting. Brown’s core finding was that the best parenting strategies rely on modelling for them to be adopted by children. That’s a little scary as it means we need to be the adults that we want to our kids to become.

There […]