19 May, 2023


Road Safety Week

This week is an opportune time to remind ourselves of the importance of road safety – for both drivers and pedestrians – around the Elphin Campus, in particular between 8:20 am and 8:45 am and 2:50 pm and 3:15 pm daily.

Close supervision of children around the gates, on footpaths, when getting in or out of vehicles and when crossing streets is vitally important. Pedestrians crossing Elphin Road should use the traffic light crossing and in Claremont and Erina Streets (there are no pedestrian crossings) an adult should always support children crossing the road.

Drivers should adhere to all traffic rules as well as being alert to the presence of young children at all times. Parking only in marked spaces (not over driveways nor double parking) and complying with all road signage are imperative for safety as well as courtesy.

Thank you to everybody for prioritising care and safety for all students as well as all road users, especially in the short but busy drop-off and pick-up times each school day.

Round Square

Scotch Oakburn is part of the Round Square schools organisation which is made up of more than 250 schools globally. Visitors to the Elphin Campus will have seen the Round Square emblems on the pavement in front of the Jean Gardner Wing and inside the Claremont St gate near Lemana. There are many layers of learning and personal development underpinning Round Square and embedded in age-appropriate daily learning experiences at all year levels across the Junior School. More details of these can be readily found on the Round Square website. At the top level there are six key IDEALS which are shared by all member schools.

Internationalism: Discovering and embracing similarities and differences between countries and cultures, promoting lasting transnational understanding and respect.

Democracy: Developing a personal compass for equality, fairness, justice, self-discipline, responsibility and a desire to do what is right for the greater good.

Environmentalism: Broadening horizons to understand humanities place in the universe, the forces that shape our surroundings and the impact we have.

Adventure: Pushing ourselves beyond perceived limits, crossing boundaries and discovering capabilities more than we thought possible.

Leadership: Recognising that successful leaders are driven by a desire to be of service to others and to nurture, guide, develop and help others to improve and succeed.

Service: Being ready and willing to volunteer and help where needed, applying and developing our skills and understanding in support of individuals and communities both close to home and further afield.

House Captains

Year 5 students have a range of leadership development experiences throughout the year as well as a number of opportunities to take on leadership roles. These include House Captaincy and the next set of House Captains were recently elected and will lead their House teams in the lead-up to, and at, next week’s Inter-House Cross Country afternoon for Years 2-5. Congratulations to:

Briggs: Luca Sluce, Victoria Allen
Dean: Harriet Kearns, Alfie Beaumont
Nance: Lucy Veerhuis, Sam Sullivan
Fox: Hamish Cooper and Alice Hyde

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School