17 06, 2022


2022-06-17T14:26:47+10:0017 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

One of the most common research areas in global learning throughout the past two years has been around the term ‘academic balance’.  This is not just in schools, it is applicable to almost all settings. With the impacts of COVID on many work environments, a new meaning has been enlightened on what ‘balance’ really is and isn’t in terms of learning, efficiency, effectiveness and community connection.

For the past two years, a major focus for Scotch Oakburn has been the embedding of our SOC2035 Strategic Strands.  These strands combined strive to ensure that […]

17 06, 2022


2022-06-17T14:26:57+10:0017 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

This term the Student Executive and Round Square Committee were involved in the World’s Greatest Shave, an event run by the Leukaemia Foundation to support families throughout treatment and fund further research into blood cancer.

Our event took place on Tuesday 14 June, where five incredibly brave students, Ebony Richardson (Year 9), Charlotte Ball (Year 10), James Marshall (Year 12), Elion Sharp (Year 12) and me, shaved their heads in solidarity with those undergoing Leukaemia treatment. Thanks to our three amazing volunteer hairdressers Sharon Lawson (staff member, who has helped with our event for many […]

17 06, 2022


2022-06-17T14:27:08+10:0017 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

This week the Church celebrated The Trinity, Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit (The Spirit of God).  In Christian Theology, the Holy Spirit is usually known as the feminine of God.

The Trinity (Russian: Троица, tr. Troitsa, also called The Hospitality of Abraham) is an icon created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It is his most famous work and the most famous of all Russian icons, and it is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Russian art.

The Trinity depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon […]

17 06, 2022


2022-06-17T15:19:54+10:0017 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School|


‘Learning can happen anywhere anytime. It is a complex process and works differently for every learner. Learning does not occur simply by being exposed to or receiving information. Learning is an act of meaning-making where individuals connect new experiences to existing schema and reflect, process and construct understanding over time. Learning is driven by a sense of purpose, curiosity and ownership. Our relationship with others has a powerful influence on our learning. The social and emotional climate of the classroom has direct impact on learning…. We are still learning about learning and our understanding of it will continue to grow […]

10 06, 2022


2022-06-10T14:01:07+10:0010 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Students across the College from Prep onwards are engaged in The Resilience Project. This involves three key strands of learning – Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness – providing a foundation for Emotional Literacy development. Devoting a brief, focused time to this personal development learning on a regular (daily) basis helps learners embed these traits ‘within themselves’, enact them in interactions with others, and in turn enhance the effectiveness of academic learning time.

The goals of The Resilience Project are ‘to teach positive mental health strategies to help children to be happy and become more […]

10 06, 2022


2022-06-10T14:04:10+10:0010 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

The new format of Connect in the Junior School has been very uplifting and encouraging.

This first round is all about Commitment and particularly what it means for student life at this young age.   I am astounded more and more how the students realise that once they are dressed in our school uniform whether on the way to/from school or at school, living the school values is paramount in how they are seen by the public and their peers.

It has been a great joy to allow the students to explain what commitment means for them, and how […]

10 06, 2022


2022-06-10T14:04:45+10:0010 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School|

Prep-Year 1 Fun Run

As the cross country season for Junior School students nears a close, all Prep and Year 1 students will enjoy a ‘Fun-Run’ on the Elphin Campus on Thursday 16 June – Prep at 1.00pm and Year 1 at 2.00pm. Spectators are welcome and families of Prep and Year 1 students have been sent details of COVID protocols for this event.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Storytelling Workshop

This week, interested Year 4 students joined live with the Sydney Opera House for an engaging new storytelling workshop that began with a scavenger hunt. We printed images of objects (something round, […]

10 06, 2022


2022-06-10T14:02:32+10:0010 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Student Achievements

Last week pakana woman, Ruby Hall (Year 9) was selected as a member of the National AFLW woomera’s team. In addition to representing the College in the Senior Firsts XVIII, she also represents Tasmania in the Devils U18 squad and plays for Scottsdale FC. We celebrate with her as she enjoys her football and keeps developing from strength to strength.

Fiona Taylor

Congratulations to Year 8 students Nate Henrys and Eddie Toohey on their selection to play in the Under 15 Northern Tasmania Rugby Union team, winning against the […]

3 06, 2022


2022-06-03T13:48:35+10:003 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

While attending a New Metrics partnership seminar at the University of Melbourne with Sarah Lillywhite and Fiona Auton last week, I had the pleasure of listening to a panel of experts from across the education sectors, discussing the importance of helping our young people to develop complex competencies by having robust systems in place to recognise these and assess them. Complex competencies can be likened to what we call the Learner Attributes here at Scotch Oakburn and go way beyond the understanding and mastery of content. Skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical […]

3 06, 2022


2022-06-03T13:48:45+10:003 June, 2022|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

This week marks the start of Pride Month in Australia and in support of the College’s Diversity Group we will be raising the Vecchietti Progress Flag daily between Monday 6 and Friday 10 June. To learn more about the Vecchietti Progress Flag click here.

The College’s Diversity Group is a group consisting of LGBTQI+ individuals, neurodivergent individuals and allies of both. The group’s purpose is to help support minority groups within the College community, both with personal/social support and by taking larger actions to help the school’s inclusivity. They want […]