On Thursday this week whilst the students in Dean and Nance House packed and prepared for their Education Outdoors Adventure trips next week, the remaining Year 9 students travelled to Devonport to visit the distribution facility of Loaves and Fishes. A Tasmanian based not-for-profit organisation, Loaves and Fishes repurposes packaged food from Coles, Woolworths and other businesses, and fresh vegetables from local farmers from around the state. Each week their warehouse and kitchen prepares and packages up this food into more 5,000 meals to be distributed around the state by more than 300 community agencies to support local communities, households, and schools.
Like all community agencies across Tasmania, Loaves and Fishes heavily rely on volunteers to collect and sort much needed food, clothing and other essential items that many of us take for granted. Year 9 Scotch Oakburn College students had the opportunity to contribute by packaging up more 1,000 food hampers that will go to families via the various community agencies between Christmas and New Year when lots of families around Tasmania are doing it tough. We also helped with sorting two big crates of onions and potatoes.
Jamie Breden Year 9 Community Service Coordinator
Debaters visit Parliament House
On Tuesday 23 November our winning Parliamentary Plate debating team visited Parliament House at the invitation of Minister Michael Ferguson. Students attended question time in both Houses, toured the House and had lunch in the parliamentary dining room with the Speaker of the House, Mark Shelton. Alysha Carins, Harry Furzer, Alex Munro, Jack Oates Pryor and William Scott were able to chat with our parliamentarians and ask a range of questions about life as a politician and the political process. They represented Scotch Oakburn College with distinction and we wish them all the best for their studies and any future debating opportunities which will no doubt come their way.
Sharon Beattie Person-in-Charge of Debating
Year 11 students lead Adventure Day
On Monday 22 November, eighteen Year 11 students volunteered to be leaders on an Adventure Day for Year 6 students from St Marys and Bicheno Primary schools. Our students planned and ran a range of activities at the Valley Campus. This is the second year we have conducted this partnership with the two east coast schools. The day provided authentic leadership experiences for our Year 11’s while providing a great day of fun and learning for the younger students.