12 02, 2021


2021-02-12T12:06:13+11:0012 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School|

Learning Culture

The first days and weeks of the new school year herald the building of a culture of learning in each Junior School classroom, under the umbrella of the whole College ethos and learning vision.

Classroom culture determines the way students come to see themselves as learners and how they see learning itself. Teachers and students together are building this culture through words, actions and modelling day by day.  A recent blog by well-known learning consultant and researcher Kath Murdoch, inspired by the Oliver Jeffers book, ‘What We’ll Build’, poses a number of questions that learners in the classroom (teachers and […]

12 02, 2021


2021-02-12T11:12:18+11:0012 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Michael Grose


“Don’t do it!”

I sat in the back of the classroom and I saw a fourteen-year-old student taunt his teacher in a way that only young adolescent boys can do.

The teacher asked the student to get back to work and stop disturbing others, reminding him that his behaviour was out of order.

The student grudgingly resumed his task. But just before he put his head down, he threw out a comment about it being a stupid piece of work that he had to do.

This young fella’ threw down an ‘imaginary rope’ (the last word, a taunt, a jibe, a […]

9 02, 2021


2021-02-12T09:45:29+11:009 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting events in the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • East Launceston Junior Football Club – registration U9 to U16 now open
  • The South Launceston Uniting Church meets every Sunday on the Penquite Campus.  All welcome.
  • Launceston United Soccer – Intro sessions 5-9 years and Junior and Senior female development
  • Grasshopper Soccer – 2-12 years
  • Life Centre Music – babies to pre-kinder
  • Play junior badminton

Go to community news

5 02, 2021


2021-02-08T08:54:59+11:005 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Welcome to 2021, and what I hope is a far simpler year than 2020. I also wish all our new families an especially warm welcome and look forward to meeting you soon. From all that I have seen and from what I have been told by students, parents and staff, it has been a wonderful start to the year.

The energy, enthusiasm and excitement that our students bring to the College certainly makes it feel like a school again and it was wonderful welcoming them into the campuses on Monday morning. Whether it be […]

5 02, 2021


2021-02-05T12:46:53+11:005 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Whilst Scotch Oakburn has been without a school-based Chaplain for three years, we have maintained the spiritual element of our holistic education through our Wellbeing and Values Education (WAVE) Ambassadors (students who volunteer to take on this important role) under the guidance of our Wellbeing Coordinator, Kylie Wolstencroft. In addition, from time to time we have also had the pleasure of guest Chaplains presiding over important occasions on the College calendar.

During December 2020 and January 2021, Rohan Pryor, Scotch Oakburn College Board of Directors member and Synod Liaison Minister for the […]

5 02, 2021


2021-02-05T13:40:10+11:005 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Music plays a vital role throughout the Scotch Oakburn College curriculum across Elphin and Penquite campuses,  Junior, Middle and Senior School. With over 300 students participating in the Music Program’s instrumental and vocal lessons, bands, choirs, orchestras and small ensembles every week, music is alive and well at the College!

In recent years there has been a great deal of research into the benefits of learning a musical instrument and its direct relationship to academic success and well-being. Students who study music achieve higher academic results across the curriculum have a greater connection to their peers and the world around […]

5 02, 2021


2021-02-05T13:08:55+11:005 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School|

Welcome all families both new and returning to the 2021 Junior School learning community. Students right across the campus have certainly hit the ground running this week. The energy and engagement, with new experiences in classrooms and in outdoor learning spaces, has generated a really positive vibe from day 1.

What’s new? Early Learners having a first taste of school life or increasing weekly attendance days, Preps launching into full-time school, Year 1’s starting swimming lessons in HPE, Year 2’s stepping up to wider campus experiences in the Primary area, Year 3’s getting to […]

5 02, 2021


2021-02-05T13:13:22+11:005 February, 2021|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Michael Grose


Parenting is the ultimate long game. You are in it for the long haul. You can’t change your mind, although there are times that you’d like to refund or at least trade a child in for a more agreeable model. You have to gird your loins, put a smile on your face and cope.

In the last few years, there’s been a great deal of attention and resources directed toward teacher wellbeing, which is commendable. It’s not just teachers who need some TLC. Parents who spend a great part of their day looking after, caring for and worrying […]

4 12, 2020


2021-02-05T09:33:32+11:004 December, 2020|Categories: Archive, Archive 2020, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Over the past 23 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed all facets of College life and I have certainly learned so much as an educator in my time at Scotch Oakburn!

As I contemplate leaving Scotch Oakburn to take up the role of Deputy Principal – Learning at Carey Grammar School in 2021, I have very mixed emotions.  It is very hard to leave the Scotch Oakburn family.

I have been incredibly fortunate to meet many wonderful families throughout my time at Scotch Oakburn. I thank you, the community, for allowing me the honour and […]

4 12, 2020


2021-02-05T09:33:32+11:004 December, 2020|Categories: Archive, Archive 2020, Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

As we approach the end of what has been an extraordinary year, it is important to take the time to reflect on the year that has been; the growth of our students both personally and in their learning, the way our whole community has adapted to change and how we have all met the challenges of COVID and e-learning. COVID has magnified so many elements of our lives, none more so than our need to connect with our family, friends, peers and colleagues. In a moment of reflection recently I thought […]