19 November, 2021


Athletics – NIJSSA

The Year 3-5 members of the team representing Scotch Oakburn at this year’s NIJSSA Athletics Carnival are all congratulated on a wonderful day of personal bests. Our Year 3 Girls, Year 4 Boys  Year 5 Girls each finished first, the Year 3 Boys second and the Year 4 Girls and Year 5 Boys fourth, with the whole Year 3-6 team placed second in the overall results for the day.

21 members of the team won individual events, with Year 5 girls Bronte Krapf (5+ Relay), Zoe Jarvis (4+ Relay) Poppy Beaumont (3+ Relay), Year 4 Boys Deacon Sims (2) , Hugh O’Connor (2) and Year 3 Girls Alice Hyde (3), Georgia Byrne (2) Clementine Gee (2) all multiple event winners.

Thank you to Mrs Claire Rockliffe, Mrs Kiran Oates-Pryor and Mr Tim Bristow who accompanied our team.

Close to 500 athletes from nine schools enjoyed the full-day program with the whole event which was coordinated this year by Scotch Oakburn. Thank you to Ms Justin Clarke from our Community and Marketing team who oversaw the COVID linked protocols for the whole event, to all staff and parents who worked as officials, and particularly Ms Nicky Reid who led the planning of the full carnival.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


The latter part of the school year includes a lot of transition support for all students. The finish of one school year and the beginning of another is a time of significant change for students, parents and staff. Through this time it is important to bear in mind that many important ‘big picture’ aspects of school life and relationships do remain constant. Enjoying and celebrating the finish of the current year with current teachers and peers is to be savoured at the same time as planning and preparing for the excitement and opportunities of the new school year with new teachers and classmates in our sights.

This week’s Orientation Days for all Year 5 students at the Middle School, and for all new students joining the College in Prep-Year 5 in 2022 have been important steps in the transition process for students. The recent Parent Information evenings for 2022 Early Learning, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 families are also part of the process.

Transitioning from Early Learning into Prep, and from Year 5 into Year 6, are identified as key change points and in recent weeks students at these levels have had a number of visits to meet staff and experience facilities in their new areas. For three-year-olds (and their parents) starting school for the first time will be a major change and this Term’s Learning Together program in the Early Learning Centre is designed to support everyone involved in this.  At an individual level, many students at different levels across the Junior School have had arranged visits to 2022 indoor and outdoor learning areas and time with a House Head or other staff who will be working with them next year.

Behind the scenes, the passing on of student learning and wellbeing information and records between staff teams at different levels is taking place and will be an important focus as class teachers and class placements are finalised during the next month.

A major benefit of being part of one Early Learning to Year 12 College is transition support at all levels as we ensure the move from one school year to the next is as seamless as possible for every student and every family.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Cast your vote for fishing!

Year 3 students Zachary Dondas and Henry Bishop are looking to establish the Barracudas Fishing Club for 8 to 14 year-olds.  They have entered The Great Regional City Challenge competition in the hope of gaining some funds to start the club.  You can support the boys by voting in the competition for their project.

Go to to find out more and cast a vote!


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