A busy Term

Term 3 has certainly been a busy term and it has been wonderful to see Inter-house Singing, Debating, Athletics and some Public Speaking in the past few weeks. Thank you to all students who have participated in these events and the Heads of House and other staff who have been responsible for organising these.  I wish all families a restful break and look forward to Term 4, beginning on Monday 12 October.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

House Athletics

Cool, but dry conditions welcomed us yesterday for the Senior School House Athletics Carnival. With no limits on events or participation, numbers were high and students enjoyed the open space at Scotch Oakburn Park. With the new format, we were able to introduce novelty and House based challenges to keep everyone active.  We will announce  results and age champions at the conclusion of the Middle School Carnival, which is on Tuesday 20 October.

I would like to thank Ali Foot for his tireless efforts in preparing for this carnival. Also Cale O’Keefe for taking on the role of Field Event Marshall, the grounds and maintenance staff for their tireless efforts, Tania Gaby and Michelle Stevenson for helping with Sportstrak, along with all of the other staff who either helped in the lead up or on the day of the carnival.

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education


Student Executive – Operation Christmas Child

A reminder to all students in Years 6-12 to bring items to school on Friday 16 October for the packing of the Christmas boxes.  Communications were sent home on Thursday with details for each year levels.  Thank you for your support, we really appreciate the assistance of the College community for this appeal.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Sports Group Photo Day on Friday 16 October

Students that are having a photograph for a sports team may wear their full College sports uniform on this day.  Students should also bring with them specific sports items such as the relevant basketball top or netball dress for the photograph.  This applies mainly to the Firsts and Seconds teams, however please check the list & schedule on the ePlanner to see if your child is required. Students not involved in sports photographs should wear their normal summer uniform.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Nance wins House Debating

The topic for this years House debating was ‘COVID19 is the pandemic we needed’.

Nance House was affirmative and they won!! Fox House came second and Dean and Briggs were equal third on one win each. Particular thanks must go to Helen Dosser for her support of the College debating program, and this competition, as a mentor and adjudicator.

Sharon Beattie
Person-in-Charge of Debating

RACI Titration Competition

This year, as a part of Science Week, all TCE Physical Science students took part in the state titration competition coordinated by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Excellent state awards were achieved for the following students at Scotch Oakburn College for accuracies of less than 1% error:

1st Ashleigh Reid and Hannah Scott
2nd Lauren Gleeson
3rd Ben Marshall and Mia Pribil, Lauren Knight, William Scott, Trinity Latt, Bronte Legro

Fiona Taylor

Senior Foundation Oratory

It was an exciting battle, watching three of our senior public speakers battle it out to win this year’s Senior Foundation Trophy!  It was the third year Zahara Walker Smith (Year 12) and Dean Power (Year 11) have been head to head and this year Ishani Kataria (Year 10) put her hat in the ring too. All three chose highly academic subjects that were both thought-provoking and engaging.  Under the watchful and experienced eyes of our adjudicators: Joyce Williamson, Rod Fraser and David Morris, a winner was announced: Dean Power!  Congratulations Dean on your charismatic and smoothly delivered speech on freedoms we have in Australia.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge of Public Speaking


Senior Japanese Speech Competition

TCE students of Japanese had the opportunity this week to enter the Tasmanian Japanese Speech Contest which involved being asked a series of questions in Japanese and responding in Japanese.  This year it was done via Zoom.  It is my pleasure to announce that Dean Power (Year 11) was awarded second prize and Aruna Rungmang (of LCGS, but studies Japanese here at SOC) received third prize.  Congratulations to both these students.

Jenny Banbury
Coordinator of Japanese

Outdoor Leadership

This week, the TCE Outdoor Leadership class had their final trip for the course. The class have been studying a unit about human/nature relationships and learning about how different people will perceive nature very differently depending on different factors such as their culture, upbringing, and choice of employment. The class headed to Derby, which provides an excellent example of this. There have been Aboriginal people, tin miners, loggers, and now mountain bikers who have all used and perceived the same patch of land around Derby very differently. Students started the day with an interactive and informative session with Aboriginal elder Patsy Cameron, before heading to the Schoolhouse Museum to learn about the tin mining history of the town. The class then spent the afternoon on mountain bikes exploring the myriad of purpose-built tracks that are now world-renowned.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

Object Design

Scotch Oakburn College TCE students have had the amazing experience of being enrolled in the UTAS course Object Design. This course is offered to Year 12 students who have a passion for design and are mentored throughout the course by Scotch Oakburn staff and UTAS project officers. Students explore design and varied manufacturing processes to produce a personalised journal and project. This is assessed by UTAS project officers and this course counts towards the student’s ATAR at the end of the year. Changes to learning this year has made the course a challenging one.  The topic for the project was Transmogrify.

The brief provided a great challenge to the students as the result was to display evidence of research and understanding of the topic. Students were encouraged to explore and use a designer’s licence to work their way through the design process to research concepts that supported their thinking that guided them to their final ideas. This allowed for broad and varied concepts covering Transmogrify.

Students work is currently displayed at UTAS in Inveresk but unfortunately due to the current restrictions, the work is not open to the public to view at this time.

The students who completed the course: Liam Hughes. Luke Sherriff, Farrah Henderson, Mason Bennett, Finn Wallace, Miranda Houlahan, Holiday Holcombe-James, Caleb Thompson, Jack Schouten, Jonty Darcy, and Tom McShane, gained much experience from the course and now have the opportunity to pursue design pathways at university level in future years.
They have been a pleasure to work with and have provided all our design staff great joy to experience their learning journey during this year.

Roger Carey


SATIS Basketball win

Our Senior Firsts Boys team travelled to Hobart on Wednesday to play in what was the College’s third SATIS State Final in the past five years and came away with a nail-biting win against Guilford Young College, winning by 4 points, (47–43).

From the start, it was obvious that both teams meant business. The pressure defence from both sides saw baskets difficult to attain and the scores at quarter-time reflected this low scoring, with Guilford taking only a very narrow early lead, 10 – 13 at the first quarter break.

We certainly retaliated after the break and secured some early baskets with Alex Davies shooting three baskets in quick succession, turning the game in Scotch Oakburn’s favour and entering the half time break with a 5 point buffer, 25 – 20.

Whilst the boys increased that lead to over 10 in the early stages of the third quarter Guilford Young was never going to give up and fought their way back into the game with scores with four points difference at the end of the third (35-31).

This set the scene for a very physical last quarter, where both teams were hungry for the win and Guilford Young were relentless. They came within a one point difference in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, but it was sheer determination by Scotch Oakburn and some great shooting by Henry Cox in the dying minutes of the game that secured the State Final Premiership win for our boys.

The team’s limited preparation over a very difficult and unusual year, due to COVID-19, certainly did not hinder them in their pursuit of a State Final win for 2020.

Congratulations to all the boys for their fantastic contributions to basketball at Scotch Oakburn and to their coach, Mr Rick Wyllie, who has provided great direction and mentorship. The boys have certainly proven that hard work and determination to succeed certainly does pay off.

Scorers: Henry Cox (23), Alex Davies (9), Tom McShane (7), Hamish Auton, Harry Corbould, Theo Ives, Alex McCowan (2)

Natalie Good
Director of Basketball