10 December, 2021


Gratitude and Best Wishes from the Senior School

As the school year draws to a close, I would like to express grateful thanks to all those that have made 2021 such a successful year in the Senior School. The time has come to slow down and reflect on the busyness of the year and celebrate the contribution of all concerned.

To all staff, teaching and non-teaching, we are always grateful for everything you do to make the experience of our students so fulfilling. So many staff put in extra time and effort, beyond what is asked of them, and this does not go unnoticed. Working in education is often referred to as a ‘calling’ rather than a job, and many of the Scotch Oakburn staff are living proof of this.

To all parents and guardians, the Senior School community thanks you for your continued support and collaboration in making the experience of your children exceptional. Teenagers sometimes do not express their gratitude openly, but you can always be assured that they genuinely appreciate the opportunities that you afford them by sending them to Scotch Oakburn.

To all our students, we thank you most of all because without you there would be no school. Your enthusiasm and willingness to lead the College and set an example for the younger students is very evident. Your participation in such a wide range of activities and programs is a joy to witness, we know that this will be the key that contributes to your own success in the Senior School and in life.

A special word to the current Year 8 cohort, it has been a joy spending time with you over the past week, both in your classes and on transition day. I am very excited to welcome you into the Senior School in 2022 as Year 9 students and I can tell that your move across the road into the Helix space will make the Senior School an even better place. Congratulations on graduating from Middle School today.

To all members of our wider community, we wish you a safe and happy holiday period. Wishing you everything that is good in the world, be grateful to each other and to those around you for the very lucky life we all lead here in Tasmania.

Stuart Walls
Head of Senior School

Senior School Transition Day

Students in Years 8 and 9 combined for activities and challenges designed to build links between the future students leading the Senior School. Leadership and respect were common themes and these attributes were lived and experienced by staff and students on the day. Year 8 students finished the day with a Race Around the Campus to find people and places they will need to connect with in the future. Many thanks to all the staff and Year 9 students who helped develop a spirit of positive collaboration throughout the day.

Fiona Taylor
Year 9/10 Coordinator

Students selected for ArtRage 2021

ArtRage is an annual exhibition that showcases the talents of students across the state, who have just completed TCE Art Production or Art Studio Practice. Scotch Oakburn College has had 5 students selected to be in this year’s show: Eva Baonza, Sally Smith, Olivia Willows, Sydney Carnie and Hannah Seymour.

All of our TCE Art students have worked incredibly hard to produce their folios of work and should be proud of what they have created. For Eva, Sally, Olivia, Sydney and Hannah to achieve the additional recognition of being selected to be in ArtRage is very special.

ArtRage opens this weekend at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk for family and friends of participating students. It will be open to the general public in the new year before travelling to Hobart.

Carmel Dilger

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Gold Award

The end of November 2021 saw the first opportunity in two years to celebrate the success of those young people from across Tasmania who achieved the highest possible standard within the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Gold Award. This particular award is highly regarded due to the dedicated commitment required over at least 18 months and with the added component of a Residential Project, in addition to other standard categories that require completion; Physical Recreation, Service, Skill, and an Adventurous Journey.

Very few students complete their Gold Award, this year only 12 students from across Tasmania were welcomed to Government House in Hobart to receive their award from Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Tasmania’s 29th Governor.

Angus Foster (Year 12) was one of those students honoured at the proceedings at Government House. His Residential Project took him out of his comfort zone of agriculture and immersed him in the world of aquaculture. Angus spent 12 days at Freycinet Marine Farm as a farmhand with his aim being to learn more about these two industries, as a whole, but also about their similarities, differences, and best practice opportunities. His activities ranged from harvesting and grading oysters, repacking oysters for sale, shucking oysters in the cellar door, as well as preparing mussel lines for the upcoming season by placing droppers on the line in Great Oyster Bay.

The College would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Angus on this achievement and his commitment to achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Simon Dray

Library returns

We are seeking to have all items on loan that are due back this year to be returned by Tuesday 14 December.  If there are any problems with returning items, please alert Library staff before then.

We encourage students to use the Libraries Tasmania network – all public libraries throughout the state are part of this network.  It is easy to join up online through the Libraries Tasmania portal.

Wishing you all happy holiday reading!

David Morris

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