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3 08, 2020

Tuckshop online ordering

2020-08-07T12:43:58+10:003 August, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

A reminder of the new online ordering platform for the College tuckshops via My School Connect.

Thus far around half of our parent community have registered with My School Connect, with the tuckshops open and now providing lunches to students that have pre-booked their lunch via the ordering platform. Please note that, as part of our COVID management strategies, lunches are delivered to collection points for students rather than all students converging on the tuckshop.

I’d like to thank the College implementation team that has worked hard over past weeks to provide this new service to families to assist with opening the […]

31 07, 2020


2020-07-31T11:47:26+10:0031 July, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

“Nationally and Internationally, there is unequivocal evidence that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school factor affecting student outcomes.” (Australian Teacher and Performance Development Framework, AITSL, 2012)

In 2016, I authored a News story outlining the College’s Performance and Development Framework for teachers, LearningEDGE (Engage, Develop, Grow, Enrich) which was designed to enable teachers to focus on improving their teaching in order to improve student outcomes.  The framework comprises the following elements:

Engage – genuine commitment and engagement in professional learning through the appraisal process

Develop – wanting to build/evolve teaching […]

31 07, 2020

From the Junior School

2020-07-31T11:13:52+10:0031 July, 2020|Categories: Junior School|

2020 Virtual ArtStart Exhibition: Stay Home, Stay Safe

The brief for this exhibition encouraged students to express their feelings including their fears, hopes and dreams in response to the initial phase of the pandemic when they were learning from home.

Congratulations to the following Year 5 artists who have mixed media artwork included in the first online ArtStart exhibition.

Luka Polson
Nico Devin
Scarlett Glover
Elizabeth Moore
Isaac Dhanaraj
Hudson Bonham
Elise Kwong

Their work can be accessed on The City of Launceston QVMAG website under Blended Schools (slides 20 to 26)

Suzanne Creese


100 Days of School Celebration!

Prep students reach the milestone of their first 100 days of school […]

31 07, 2020

From the Middle School

2020-07-31T15:11:15+10:0031 July, 2020|Categories: Middle School|

Year 8 Odyssey program

This week saw 8W participate in their Odyssey program in the Fingal Valley. The students enjoyed a vast array of activities, including group initiative activities, learning about Indigenous activities and experiencing authentic bush tucker. Through the Odyssey program the students learn communication skills, teamwork and self-awareness, just three of the 12 Round Square Discoveries. Next week 8X will spend three days at the Valley Campus.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School


Year 6, 7 & 8 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews

Parent/Student/Teacher interviews for all Middle School students will be held on Tuesday 18 August. Information regarding the booking process has been sent […]

31 07, 2020

From the Senior School

2020-07-31T11:15:13+10:0031 July, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

Year 9 and 10 Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Conference Bookings

Parents of Year 9 and 10 students were sent an email on Monday regarding the upcoming virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences being held on Tuesday 11 August. We are once again offering 3 options: Microsoft Teams meetings, a telephone call or an email and the booking details can be found in the email.  Please also note that staff will contact you when time permits and this may mean communicating with you on a day close to 11 August.  Bookings will close at 12:00pm on Monday 10 August.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Student […]

31 07, 2020

Missed school immunisations

2020-07-31T09:40:56+10:0031 July, 2020|Categories: Community|

For any students that have missed their immunisations earlier in the year when Council visited the school, you are able to catch up any that are now due at the weekly Wednesday Immunisation clinic which has now been moved back to Town Hall as of 1st July 2020. (Temporarily held at Tram Sheds and is stated on correspondence sent home).

There is now a booking system in place to help comply with the Covid19 social distancing rules.

You can book your time slot online via this link  or contact staff at City of Launceston on 6323 3208.

31 07, 2020

Athletics Tasmania Cross Country Championships 2020

2020-07-31T09:31:54+10:0031 July, 2020|Categories: Community|

Newstead Athletics have advised that any student interested in competing for State Cross Country representation is able to join them as an Out of Stadium member for the event.

Athletics Tasmania has announced that there will be a State Cross Country Championship event held at the Domain Cross Country course on Saturday 22 August, 2020 and that this event will be used as the selection event for State teams to compete in the National Championships scheduled to be held in Adelaide on 3-4 October, 2020. Age groups for the Championships are Men and Women:

 Under 14
 Under 16
 Under 18
 Under […]

30 07, 2020

Round Square Scotch Oakburn community flag project

2020-07-31T10:15:22+10:0030 July, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Round Square, Senior School|

We need your help in developing a new Round Square project! A flag display is to be installed on both the Penquite and Elphin campuses to represent the diversity of backgrounds amongst families at Scotch Oakburn College and to remind us of our interconnectedness with the international community, in accordance with the Internationalism IDEAL of Round Square. Each flag displayed will represent the backgrounds, ethnicities and countries of birth of the Scotch Oakburn community.

The display will not only be appreciated by the students, staff and the community of the College, but […]

30 07, 2020

Why Learn A Language?

2020-07-31T09:44:50+10:0030 July, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

I often get asked, why study a language? After all, as the conversation sometimes continues, everyone speaks English anyway.

Scotch Oakburn College has a long, successful, and rich history in the study of additional languages other than English. The important place that languages other than English have within the College’s curriculum continues to this day with three distinct languages being offered: Chinese, French and Japanese. So why has Scotch Oakburn College continued to recognise the fact that the study of additional languages other than English is integral to the learning of its students?

The same question is regularly discussed by teachers from […]

29 07, 2020

Hacking Happiness

2020-07-31T10:34:52+10:0029 July, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

I am often amazed at the multitude of books, courses, seminars and podcasts held every year with the ultimate objective of assisting people to become happier.

We know that finding our purpose, living in the present moment and practising gratitude are all extremely helpful and beneficial strategies that we can adopt to be happier, but what else can we do?

Lately, as we all know, things have been quite difficult and many students have been speaking to me about their worries and concerns for the future.  I have found myself more and more […]