27 09, 2019

Principal’s Message

2019-09-27T14:19:38+11:0027 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|


What a fantastic term

How quickly the term has come to an end and as I reflect on all that has happened, and as befits a school that promotes a holistic education, it has been a term filled with many, many events and opportunities for our students. To emphasise the breadth of opportunities available to our students, at Briefing this week I reflected on the second half of this term and highlighted a number of the activities that the commitment of the College’s staff has provided for our students. Although not exhaustive, the following is a summary of many of […]

27 09, 2019

Great horsemanship and fabulous friendship at Equestrian Competitions

2019-09-27T09:25:14+11:0027 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

The past two weekends have been a flurry of activity with the first of the Interschools Gymkhana in Deloraine and then Northern Schools dressage and showjumping this past weekend at Westbury.

While the team has been successful, bringing home numerous trophies and ribbons, the success of these events goes well beyond what were superb results.

View some great video footage of the events on our Facebook page – see it via this link

It was a huge team effort from both parents and students, and it was wonderful to be part of the strong and supportive team spirit that makes equestrian […]

26 09, 2019

Wellbeing and Values Education (WAVE)

2019-09-26T14:13:35+11:0026 September, 2019|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

This week in WAVE Scotch Oakburn College Penquite campus once again held a much enjoyed Blessing of the Animals Chapel Service. The staff and students prepared for this service by donating goods and contributing photos of their beloved pets for a blessing montage that was played during the service. Reverend Chris Duxbury presided over the proceedings offering a special blessing to the animals present assisted by Mr Rohan Pryor. Dr Andrew Byrne from the RSPCA and Rachel Beech from Just cats spoke about their work and the need for us all to be responsible and involved in animal welfare […]

26 09, 2019

Fitness Centre

2019-09-26T12:30:48+11:0026 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

It has been another busy term in the fitness centre with plenty of hard work taking place and many new faces. I always take this opportunity to extend the invitation to all of our College community to come along and join in the classes. Alternatively, Tim or I can create a workout to suit your needs regardless of your fitness level. We all know that exercise is so important each day to maintain our health and wellbeing and this can be one step forward to feeling better.

Over the holidays, the fitness centre will be open 6.30am until 8.30am on […]

26 09, 2019

Sustainability Popup

2019-09-27T14:04:42+11:0026 September, 2019|Categories: Middle School, Round Square, Senior School|

Today students from the Elphin and Penquite campuses created a ‘sustainability pop-up’ at the senior school. Students gave short talks on a range of sustainability issues, Clare Munnings and Lucy Chesterman provided some great music, and a range of sustainable products was on display. Here are some great tips from Year 3 student Grace Watters for reducing our day-to-day plastic use:

1. When you go to the store take a reusable bag with you

2. Choose foods which are in recyclable or biodegradable packaging

3. Did you know that lots of fruits come in […]

25 09, 2019

Youth Climate Leaders

2019-09-25T14:41:46+11:0025 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

On Tuesday 17 September, a team of Scotch Oakburn students from Junior, Middle and Senior School made their way to West Launceston Primary School to attend the second Climate Leaders Conference for 2019. Students and teachers from Deloraine High School, Scottsdale High School, St Patricks College and West Launceston Primary School, along with many ‘mentors’ including Toby Thorpe (all experts in Climate Change and contributing factors) and TV personality Costa Georgiadis came together to discuss the effects of climate change, report sustainability projects they’d attempted, achieved and /or failed at their […]

25 09, 2019

SATIS Athletics

2019-09-25T14:36:31+11:0025 September, 2019|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

On Saturday 21 September the Scotch Oakburn College Athletics team took part in the annual SATIS Athletics carnival. In testing conditions, all students rose to the occasion. There were many outstanding results and overall the team was performed exceptionally. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we weren’t able to finish the meet, but all athletes are commended on how they represented the College. Many thanks to all the coaches that helped in the lead-up, and to Paul McKendrick, Rob Jeffery and Julie Kemp for their assistance throughout the whole process.

I am pleased […]

25 09, 2019

Integrated learning unit – Asterix

2019-09-26T12:49:20+11:0025 September, 2019|Categories: Middle School|

In the past few weeks, Year 7 students have worked on an integrated unit, exploring the French comic “Astérix the Gladiator”. The famous little Gaul is a character created by French writers and drawers Goscinny and Uderzo.

In English, students have studied the structure of the book and worked on the comic aspects; in Humanities, they have discovered more about the Ancient Rome civilisation; in French class, students have discovered parts of the book in French and worked with recognizing the words and their Latin forms. In other subjects (science, Chinese, French, […]

25 09, 2019

Backpack challenge funds make a difference

2019-09-25T08:33:37+11:0025 September, 2019|Categories: Middle School, Round Square|

The World Vision Backpack Challenge is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of children that are displaced by war and civil unrest.

Scotch Oakburn College has been an active participant in this worthy cause. This year 44 Middle School students participated and were able to raise a combined total of $2224.00 (surpassing their $2000 target).

Here are some key facts to put the effort of SOC students into perspective:

  • Scotch Oakburn College was the highest fundraising school in Tasmania.
  • 7 participants raised over $100 each.
  • Asha Dawe raised an individual total of […]
25 09, 2019

Equestrian riders to compete in Sydney

2019-09-27T08:27:00+11:0025 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

Several riders will be competing in Sydney at the National competition over the term break, representing Scotch Oakburn College and Tasmania.

We would like to wish our riders the very best for their competitions.  They include:

Ashlea Rees (Year 6)
Georgia Clements (Year 11)
Harry Furzer (Year 10)
Jess Grove (Year 10)
Bethany Hirst (Year 10)
Ruby Hirst (Year 6)
Lucy Johnston (Year 5)
Jock Johnston (Year 6)
Chloe McFarlane (Year 10)
Ella Nast (Year 7)
Abby Clements (staff member)

Joy Russell
Person-in-Charge of Equestrian