5 08, 2020

University Virtual Open Days and Scholarships

2020-08-07T11:27:37+10:005 August, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

Victoria University Virtual Open Day

On 29 August Victoria University will be launching it’s Virtual Open Day – an interactive, immersive and personalised experience that puts students in control.

What students can expect at VU’s Virtual Open Day:

  • Course and study area panel sessions
  • Unique study area and student life content
  • Information about the benefits and success of the award-winning VU Block Model and community
  • Learn about higher education degrees, TAFE courses, pathways and admissions

And much more to be revealed on the day…

RMIT Virtual Open Day

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 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 […]

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 […]

29 07, 2020

Digital Technology Club

2020-07-31T09:51:10+10:0029 July, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

This week the Digital Technologies Club had their first official meeting. Year 12 Student, Lachie Stewart, led participants in the explanation and understanding of some programming and coding terminology and skills. Students were engaged and enjoyed their first official meet up.

The group is open for all students from beginners to an advanced skill level. If you are interested in being involved, the group meets at lunchtime on Monday in Davinci 2, (upstairs in the Middle School).

Bring your device and lunch, and we will see you there!

For more information please contact Ms […]

29 07, 2020

Round Square

2020-07-31T09:38:11+10:0029 July, 2020|Categories: Round Square, Senior School|

Senior Students Participate in Round Square Global Community Conversation

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA held their second Global Community Conversation last week on Thursday July 23. The virtual conversation was student-led by the Round Square leaders from BBN, Aanika and Daniel. The discussions are held without input from adults to ensure that students can independently understand each other’s thoughts and experiences on the chosen topic. The theme last week was “Stigmas”. The following SOC students took part in the conversation: William Scott, Joe Clyde, Lucy Chesterman, Millie Duigan, […]

28 07, 2020

Pyjama Day

2020-07-31T12:09:01+10:0028 July, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

The Student Executive invites Middle and Senior School students to Pyjama Day.  Wear your pyjamas on Wednesday 5 August and bring a gold coin donation to support the Vinnies Winter Appeal.