6 April, 2023


As we approach the Easter term break, it’s a great time to reflect on the exciting events and activities that have taken place across the College over the past term and look ahead to what’s to come in Term Two.

One of the highlights of the term has been our Education Outdoors program for Years 4, 5, 6, and 7 students. Our students have participated in a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and surfing based at the Valley Campus. These experiences have not only helped to develop their physical skills but have also taught them the importance of teamwork, resilience, and problem-solving.

We have also seen some fantastic student-led initiatives take place this term, including the MS Swimathon, led by our Student Executive. The students swam a total of more than 6000 laps, raising funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis research.

In addition, our Penquite Inter-House Athletics and Swimming Carnivals and Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival were a great success, with Fox House winning all three events. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the carnivals for their outstanding achievements and sportsmanship. Congratulations also to Dean House on winning the Spirit Award.

Looking ahead to Term Two, we have a number of exciting events and activities to look forward to. Rehearsals for our College production of Seussical the Musical will be in full swing, with students from across the school coming together to bring this beloved story to life. Our annual Autumn Concert will also take place, featuring performances from our talented musicians across all year levels. In addition, we will have our Scholars’ Concert, where we recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of our top-performing students.

On the sports front, the AFL football season for boys and girls will be in full swing, providing a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and teamwork on the field.

At Scotch Oakburn, we are committed to providing a holistic education that not only focuses on academic achievement but also on student wellbeing. This term, we have been focusing on our wellbeing priorities, including life satisfaction, belonging and school climate, resilience, and engagement/flow.

We believe that by prioritising these aspects of student wellbeing, we can create an environment where our students feel supported, connected, and empowered to achieve their full potential. To this end, we have been working on various initiatives to promote wellbeing across the school.

For example, we have implemented mindfulness practices and other wellbeing activities in the classroom, providing our students with tools to manage stress and develop a positive outlook. We have also been actively promoting inclusivity and belonging, with initiatives such as peer support programs and student-led diversity groups.

In addition, we have been focusing on building resilience and fostering engagement/flow in our students. We believe that by helping our students develop these skills, we can empower them to face challenges head-on, stay motivated, and achieve their goals.

Overall, we are proud of the progress we have made in promoting student wellbeing this term, and we remain committed to continuing this important work in the future. We believe that by prioritising wellbeing, we can create an environment that supports our students’ academic success, personal growth, and overall happiness.

In closing, I would like to wish all of our students and their families a safe and happy Easter term break. I encourage everyone to take some time to relax, recharge, and reflect on the term that has passed. We look forward to welcoming our students back in Term Two and continuing to provide them with a holistic education that supports their academic, social, and emotional growth. With so many exciting events and activities on the horizon, we are confident that Term Two will be just as fulfilling and rewarding as the first. Thank you to our entire College community for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing everyone.

Ben Marsland
Deputy Principal