30 April, 2021


Senior School focus on leadership

Welcome back to Term 2 and I trust everybody has had a refreshing break. As we approach winter, school life will be as busy as ever with many co-curricular activities already well underway. I encourage all students to seize all opportunities in order to develop what they are already passionate about and also to jump out of those comfort zones and try something new.

We welcome Mrs Fiona Taylor back from long service leave, into her new leadership role as Year 9/10 coordinator. The Senior School looks forward to Mrs Taylor’s energy and passion as she joins our leadership team.

Leadership is an important part of the focus during this term. A group of Year 10 students perform an important role in the Helix building environment as mentors to younger students. They set an example by keeping the student spaces clean and tidy and facilitating the use of microwave ovens, toasted sandwich makers and the new boiling water urn. This group of students have all volunteered to be part of this duty roster and all users of the Helix space are very thankful for their efforts. The students involved are:

Charlie Skipper, Josh Lyne, Chloe Davis, Daisy Willows, Bridie Maynard, Bella Lee-Archer, Charlotte Pilsbury-Milne, Alice Lindsay, Kim Latt, Thomas Gleeson, Zoe Bremner, Scarlett O’Keefe, Stephanie Wilks, Amelie Hughes, Archie Jones, Lucien James-Wever, Sven Stopford, Lachie Goldschmied, Charlie Crosby, Jasmine Irani.

This is also the term when our Year 11 students are asked to start thinking about how they would like to be involved in leading the college in Year 12 in 2022. Yesterday saw the first of the Principal’s lunches where the students contribute ideas to the running of the College through discussions with senior staff. Following these lunches, students will have the opportunity to apply for over 75 leadership roles that are available for them to consider. Students are encouraged to put themselves out there and identify the areas where they see themselves best serving the College community.

Scotch Oakburn believes in a Servant Leadership model and hence it is important for anybody considering leadership to always ask the question “What can I do to serve others?” A Servant Leader will prioritise the highest needs of their community rather than focussing on their position in the ranks or hierarchy of the community. Leaders who demonstrate this style of leadership aim to elevate others by helping them to achieve their goals.

Becoming involved in leadership at Scotch Oakburn is not about a badge and it is not something separate from the learning program. Leadership is viewed as a fundamental part of our student’s learning journey and we look forward to working with all the Year 11s as they navigate this path over the coming months.

Wishing everybody a very successful Term 2.

Stuart Walls
Head of Senior School

William Scott clinches the crown

Year 12 student William Scott has won the State Final of Lions Youth of the Year!

This is an enormous feat and is evidence of Will’s strength of character, public speaking skills and courage.  He is now off to Canberra to compete in the Nationals in May.  What an excellent ambassador for our school!  We sincerely wish him all the best.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge of Public Speaking


From the Futures Centre

May events students and parents should be aware of.

Early May     UTAS Years 10 – 12 Virtual Medical Careers Information Evening – Register here

3 May          Orthotics & Prosthetics Presentation lunchtime in the RDSSC

6 May          Newman College visit (Uni of Melbourne & RMIT Accommodation) lunchtime in the RDSSC

10 – 14 May Year 10 Work Experience

17 – 23 May National Career Development Week

19 May        ADF Information session lunchtime in the RDSSC

24 May        University College visit (Uni of Melbourne & RMIT Accommodation) lunchtime in the RDSSC

24 May        ANU 2022 Course applications close

25 -28 May  Year 9 Community Service Week Dean & Nance

31 May        St Marks College visit (South Australian University Accommodation) lunchtime in the RDSSC

31 May        Ormond College visit (University of Melbourne Accommodation) lunchtime in the RDSSC

31 May        UTAS 2022 course applications open

As always, should you have any questions or need assistance, we are available to help.

Teresa Darcy
Careers Advisor / VET Coordinator


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