7 May, 2021


Finding the Gold Within

Several years ago, I was privileged to accompany a group of Year 5 and Year 6 students to a Junior Round Square Conference, titled: Finding the Gold Within!

The concept was clear, we all have strengths to share with others, to help others, for others to benefit from us, it is the gold within!  Term Two, 2021 offers us all a chance to share our strengths, to further improve and to empower our confidence from these personal ‘strengths’ and to try new opportunities.

One of these opportunities for Year 8 is the EY8 Project.  This is a focus upon ‘servant leadership’ providing a long-term vision to benefiting others from a personal passion or pursuit, supported and guided by a mentor.  This project is definitely a ‘finding the gold within’ moment!  For some students, it is career-defining, for others it is soul-searching, but for all of us, it provides a chance for the Year 8 students (our Middle School Leaders) to lead by example in their learning, to bring enthusiasm, tenacity and resilience to their project, so that the entire Middle School benefits from their approach and attitude.

I look forward to learning more about the ‘gold’ from our community in the coming weeks and months.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School

Children’s Day Japan

This week the Year 6 Japanese classes celebrated Children’s Day. In Japan, this day is on the 5 May and is a national holiday.  It is a time to celebrate children.  Families pray for their children to grow up healthy and strong.  Koi (carp) kites are flown to symbolise the qualities people hope for their children.  Carp swim upstream, against the current and must be determined, show perseverance and have the strength to do this. Our Year 6s made a koi kite each and hung these in a beautiful display from the Year 6 balcony.  Look up when passing the Middle School over the next week and you will see them.

Happy Children’s Day everyone.

Hayley McLeod

Year 6 Passion Projects

Each week 6 Dondas and 6 Robinson collaborate to complete passion projects. The aim of these student-initiated activities is to promote creativity and innovative thinking. Students develop self-awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making skills and are able to solve real-world problems with a group of like-minded peers.

This term there are groups experiencing cooking, woodwork, band, arts and crafts, sports, entrepreneurship, book club and gardening.

Meg Dondas

Student Achievements

On Saturday 24 April Little Athletics Tasmania hosted a state competition at the St Leonard’s athletics track for all of the athletes selected in the 2020 and 2021 Tasmanian state teams who have been unable to compete at a national level due to COVID-19 cancellations of the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC) in these years.

Six Scotch Oakburn College students were selected in these teams and participated in this event including Tom Watters (Year 9), Year 8 students Abbey Berlese, Mia Green, Tahlia Muller and Blaise Fitzallen, and Bella Shaw (Year 7).

Ben Green 
Head of Middle School



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