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18 08, 2020

Daily lessons in resilience for kids

2020-08-21T15:01:05+10:0018 August, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

by Michael Grose

Recently, I saw a mother give a simple, yet profound resilience lesson to her three-year-old. The toddler fell into his dog’s bowl, saturating his t-shirt and giving himself a fright. His mum quickly helped him saying, “Oh well!” The three-year-old bravely parroted his mother, saying, “Oh well!” and dashed off to play.

It’s in our reactions to these and other everyday mistakes, mess-ups, muck-ups and hurts where the big lessons in resilience are taught and reinforced.

The lessons for the three-year-old were simple but profound. “Oh well” meant:

  • Stuff happens
  • Don’t look for fault or blame
  • Keep your perspective
  • […]

21 02, 2020

Harvest Harmony

2020-02-21T11:21:26+11:0021 February, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|


Join us at Harvest Harmony on the Elphin Campus, from 4.30pm on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Watch this space and keep an eye of the SOC Facebook page, but some of the activities planned are clay bead jewellery making, flag making, succulent potting and canvas bag painting. Of course, there will also be a jumping castle, face painting, crazy hair, virtual drumming and opportunities for kids to try something they haven’t before.

There’ll also be opportunities to purchase some tasty food from a range of many different cuisines including Zambrero, Small Grain, Mama’s […]

30 04, 2019

State Public Speaking Winner

2019-05-03T13:06:33+10:0030 April, 2019|Categories: Senior School|

Ethan Hamilton (Year 11) has clinched the titles of “Best Public Speaker” and “Overall State Winner” in Lions Youth of the Year in Forth on Sunday 14 April.  As part of the journey, Ethan submitted a lengthy application on his achievements, passions and aspirations, undertook three lengthy interviews with different judging panels and delivered his prepared speech and responded to impromptu questions to three different adult audiences. He will now attend the National Final in Geelong over four days (Friday 3 May – Monday 6 May).

As a result of Ethan’s Tasmanian success, […]

12 04, 2019

Principal’s Message Term 1 Week 10

2019-04-12T14:33:07+10:0012 April, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Enjoy the break

How quickly Term 1 has gone; a term that has provided so many opportunities for our students and extended community to show the Scotch Oakburn spirit. I am sure that after so many events, activity and involvements, everyone is looking forward to being able to relax, rejuvenate and spend time with family and friends.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the College community for your involvement this term and your on-going support.

Whilst on the topic of community, I’d like to take this opportunity to advertise a number of College events in the year ahead. The […]

12 04, 2019

College Shop

2019-04-12T14:15:48+10:0012 April, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

The College Shop is open 9.00am – 5.00pm on Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 April for winter uniform requirements. Normal term hours from Monday 29 April.

Please remember that winter uniform must be worn from the first day of Term 2.

Melissa Heather
College Shop

12 04, 2019

Term 2

2019-04-12T10:48:22+10:0012 April, 2019|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

Classes for all students on the Penquite Campus resume on Tuesday 30 April.  Week One is a busy week of term with the Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 1 May and Winter Sports meetings being held on Friday 3 May.

If any student in Year 7-12 wishes to change their Winter sport options, they need to make contact with Mr Jeffery as soon as possible.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


12 04, 2019

Winter Uniform

2019-04-12T10:17:40+10:0012 April, 2019|Categories: Junior School|

A reminder to students in all year levels that winter uniform should be worn from the start of Term 2. As winter approaches it is important for everybody to have a school jumper at school daily, along with a waterproof parka or raincoat (see school uniform list) in the school bag for use as needed during the school day.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

12 04, 2019

End of Term

2019-04-12T10:18:03+10:0012 April, 2019|Categories: Junior School|

Thank you to all students, staff and families for their contributions to the College learning community this Term. Belonging, compassion and respect head the College values which have drawn us all together through a very engaging and productive Term’s learning experiences.

Best wishes to all members of our community for an enjoyable school holiday break and for a happy and safe Easter.

The Elphin Campus office is closed during the break, reopening on Monday 29 April when all Junior School classes resume. The College office at the Penquite Campus will be open in normal business hours next week, closing for Good Friday. […]

12 04, 2019

Middle and Senior School House Athletics Carnival

2019-04-12T14:45:07+10:0012 April, 2019|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

Wednesday 1 May 2019 ( Week 1, Term 2 ) is the Middle and Senior School House Athletics Carnival Day at St Leonards Athletics Centre, commencing at 8.30am, concluding at 3.30pm.

Students should be dropped off at St Leonards Athletics Centre at 8.15am and be collected from St Leonards at 3.30pm. Bus transport will be available in the morning for those students who catch country buses, departing from the Penquite Campus turning circle at 8.30 am. Scotch Oakburn buses from Blackstone Heights, Cressy and Riverside will drop students at St Leonards in the morning.

Upon arrival at the athletics centre all students […]