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Principal’s Message Term 1 Week 3

Community and Connectedness

At a number of recent events Mark Hassell, Dean of Students at the Penquite Campus, has spoken of the importance of social connections. He highlighted the findings of a long-running study of individuals that commenced in 1938. The purpose of the study was to identify what elements are key to people living happy and fulfilling lives. The key aspect that was common to all participants who rated their life positively was the number and depth of their family and social relationships; their connection to others.

The concept of connectedness is a core component to our sense of community and is an element that the College relies and thrives on to ensure that we can continue to provide an exceptional holistic education for our students. The following is a list of the many groups within our community with whom we maintain strong links.

  • Current families, students and parents
  • Collegians
  • Staff
  • Numerous Launceston & Tasmanian communities
  • Uniting Church in Australia
  • Round Square
  • East Launceston Junior Football Club
  • School Sporting Associations
  • Educational organisations – Association of Heads of Independent School Australia (AHISA) and Independent Schools Tasmania (IST)

There are a range of events and activities that ensure that Scotch Oakburn maintains positive relationships with all of our immediate community, associated groups and professional bodies. Already this year we have had class meetings, information evenings, commencement House chapel services, assemblies, House swimming, a staff reunion and informal coffees at the Middle and Junior Schools. And our largest event of the year is just around the corner, the College Fair.

Scotch Oakburn greatly values our community and via the many events throughout the year, we all enjoy the sense of belonging and connectedness that is so vital to us living happy and fulfilling lives.

Andy Müller
Principal

GRIP Leadership Conferences

On Monday and Tuesday this week, a number of Year 8 and Year 6 students attended the Grip Leadership conference at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston.

These conferences targeted both primary and secondary student leaders and covered information such as the characteristics of a leader, how to involve more people in school events, how to maximise my contribution to my team, how to create an amazing school culture and how to choose and advance a cause.

The students who attended felt that the conference had provided them with an opportunity to think differently about leadership and sparked ideas they could implement throughout the Middle School.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Junior School Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

All families (from Early Learning to Year 5) will have received details of the process for booking a time to meet with their class teacher for a Term 1 Parent-Student-Teacher conference.

For Prep -Year 5 it is expected that the conference is a 3-way conversation between teacher – parent – student. For Early Learning families, student attendance is optional.

For any family not able to make a time in the available schedule, an alternative time can be arranged directly with their class teacher. Similarly, families wanting to meet with a subject teacher can arrange a time directly with the relevant teacher.

The importance of developing student investment in, and ownership of, their own learning process (often referred to as personalising learning) is well-documented in education research. As well as helping students to build an understanding of the value of goal-setting it helps them in striving to learn more, to learn better, and (importantly for long term learning and life success), to become better learners.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Middle and Senior School House Swimming

The Middle and Senior School House Swimming Carnival saw over 625 students compete in a great day of House and College spirit and participation.  Thank you to everyone who was able to help and to the many parents were visited throughout the day.  A detailed report, including records broken, will follow next week.

See more of the day on the gallery link below.

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Rob Jeffery
Sports Administrator

/ Middle School, Senior School

Year 7 ‘Valley Life’ – Dean and Nance

The Year 7 Education Outdoors program ‘Valley Life’ is a core component of the curriculum of Scotch Oakburn College and is a five-day, four-night program based at the Valley Campus. Student accommodation will be a mixture of cabins and tents. Major focuses for the program will be adventure, self-awareness and living and working together in specific House groups. The Round Square IDEALS characteristics of Courage, Inventiveness and Communication Skills will be modelled and implemented to engage students living as a small sustainable community. These are important aspects in the development of all students, and the Year 7 ‘Valley Life’ program has been planned to foster these outcomes.

Specific information about Year 7 ‘Valley Life’ has been emailed to parents this week.  Please complete the consent and equipment hire form by Monday, 25 February.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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House Chapel services

Congratulations to Year 11 Dean and Nance House students who led very creative and engaging Chapel services this week.

Kindness or “kind-dean-ness”  was the theme of the Dean House Chapel and through their role play, reflections and the original song that was performed, they were able to deliver a very powerful message encouraging us all to reflect on how we care and treat each other and build positive relationships.

Nance House challenged us to pursue our passions and we heard of some great examples of how some students were pursuing some activities that they were really passionate about.  Thank you to the Heads of House and House Tutors for your attendance at these important community events.

A reminder to Briggs House, your House Chapel service is on Tuesday 5 March and Fox House Thursday 7 March. We look forward to seeing all families at 5.45pm.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Year 6 & 7 Pastoral Parent Student Teacher conferences

The Year 6 and Year 7 Pastoral Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are being held on Tuesday, 26 February from 4.00pm until 8.00pm in the Middle School building in core classrooms.  To allow all parents and students to meet with their core team of teachers (Year 7) and class teacher (Year 6), we ask that bookings are limited to 10 minutes. Interviews can be booked through our online booking system – https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code.  Information was sent home this week which included the booking code needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Michelle Robins at Middle School Reception on 6336 3401 or via email, middleschool@soc.tas.edu.au.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

 

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Middle School at House Swimming

Congratulations to all students for their participation in the Middle and Senior School House Swimming on Wednesday.  There was a fine display of sportsmanship throughout the day and the school and house spirit were exceptional.

There were a number of standout performances throughout the day but special mention must go to the Year 6 Fox girls relay team for breaking the record, which stood since 2001, Mollie Gray (Year 6) for breaking the Under 12 25m Breastroke record in a time of 19.78, Bella Muldoon (Year 6) for breaking the U12 25m Freestyle in a time of 14.37, Rebecca Clarke (Year 7) for breaking the U13 50m Freestyle in a time of 31.18, and Emily Mitchell (Year 8) for breaking the Under 14 girls 50m Butterfly record in a time of 32.07 as well as the 50m backstroke record in a time of 35.46.  Fox House also broke the Under 14 4 x 50m freestyle relay in a time of 2:14.86.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

(a full list of records and achievements will be posted in next weeks news)

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The Fair needs you!

The College Fair is fast approaching and volunteers and donations are needed!  How can you help?

Cooking Bee & Cakes/Sweets Stall
We are seeking volunteer assistance with the operation of the Cooking Bee and Cakes & Sweets Stall. If you are able to assist with the Cooking Bee and/or help out on the Cake & Sweets stall on the evening please click here .

Fresh Produce Stall
Any surplus fresh produce that your garden may yield would be warmly received, from apples to zucchinis and all chutneys, herbs and jams in-between. We are also seeking any plants or freshly cut flowers for the stall this year.  If you are able to provide produce and/or help out on the stall at the Fair, please click here.

Craft Stall
Calling on assistance from those creative parents in our community who could make crafts that would be available for sale at the Fair.  If you are able to provide crafts and/or help out on the stall at the Fair, please click here.

The Book Stall

Do you have good quality, pre-loved books you have read that you would be happy to part with? We will be providing details of where you can donate.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 1 March at the Fair.

 

Junior School House Swimming Carnival

All Years 3-5 students will be participating in the House Swimming Carnival at the College pool on Wednesday 27 February.  Year 2 students will also have an opportunity to experience the event for the first time as they swim in a class group at set intervals in the day’s program. The carnival commences at 9.45am and finishes at 3.00pm and spectators are most welcome at all times throughout the day.

Students bring their own cut lunch, morning tea, snacks and water bottle as usual.

For spectators, the Junior School tuckshop has sandwiches ($4.00), Sushi ($6.00) and muffins ($1.50) available during the day and a coffee van (coffee, biscuits) will be on-site.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Lamingtons

This year lamingtons are once again available for order through the Nance 2 and Dean 5 Tutor Groups, as a part of our fundraising for the College Fair.

Lamingtons are a great idea for school lunches, afternoon teas, or desserts (sliced with jam and cream) and are able to be frozen and thawed quickly and conveniently.
Please download the order form using the link below to complete your order, returning to a Junior School class teacher, or a Middle or Senior School reception. The form also includes details on when and how your order will be delivered.

Orders need to be completed by Wednesday 20 February. Thank you for helping support the College Fair.

Download order form – College Fair – Lamington order form

Margaret and David Hughes
House Tutors

Early Primary Family Picnic

We are looking forward to seeing as many Early Learning, Prep and Year 1 families as possible at the Family Picnic from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Tuesday 26 February at the Elphin Campus.

This is an informal event, enabling parents and children to spend time and have some fun together, families to meet other families in the same class and year levels, and to meet/chat with staff across the Early Primary part of the College.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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No TCE classes 12 March

A reminder that as per the College calendar, there are no scheduled classes for TCE students on Tuesday 12 March due to Moderation Day.  Students will have plenty of home learning to do during this day.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Resilient Kids Conference

The Resilient Kids Conference is being held in Launceston Saturday 23 March.  Hear from Australia’s top experts on issues affecting children and teens.

Go to http://www.resilientkidsconference.com.au/ for details and to book seats. A fantastic opportunity to hear a wide range of experts and topics.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist 

 

Climate Leaders workshop

Last Saturday, senior students Clare Munnings, Dean Power, Zahara Walker Smith and Chloe McCann attended a Climate Leaders workshop at UTas in Hobart.

The workshop was a combination of guest speakers, discussions, small and large group exercises, and global simulations. As Zahara explained, “climate change is a daunting and polarising issue. It is always difficult to confront an issue that looms menacingly on the horizon, but like all issues, it is easier when you break it down. Being a teenager, the amount of action we can effectively take is limited, but the most important thing we learnt from this conference is the power of education. By educating people, breaking down the issue and explaining it, rather than using fearful rhetoric, the people will become more informed and more likely to act.”

The College would like to extend a big thank you to Mrs Helen Dosser who drove the group to and from Hobart and chaperoned them throughout the day.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

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Senior School Round Square bake sale

At the Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival, students ran a Round Square bake sale raising money for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) in South Africa.

Scotch Oakburn students have had a relationship with HESC for several years, and visit the centre as part of the South Africa IDEALS Service Adventure (SAISA) trip offered to Year 10 students. HESC specialise in breeding and rehabilitating cheetah and rhino, and other species that are under pressure from poaching and loss of habitat. While at HESC our students spend a week working ‘behind the scenes’ with rangers to feed and care for the animals and learn first-hand about a range of African wildlife.

The bake sale raised $584.20, which will be greatly appreciated by the staff (and animals!) at HESC. Thank you to the students who donated baked goods and operated the stall throughout the day.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

Middle School Maths Club

Middle School Maths club is now in full operation.  Parents need to register their child at Middle School Reception each week.  Students must sign in upon arrival.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Middle School – Forms and Lost Property

Lost Property

There are a number of lost property items that were left over from the House Swimming on Wednesday.  These are located in the Middle School Reception.  Please collect as soon as possible.

Immunisation forms returned

Please return all Year 7 Immunisation forms to Middle School Reception as soon as possible.  If you decide not to receive the immunisation at Scotch Oakburn College, you are still required to return the forms.

 

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College Fair

The annual Scotch Oakburn College Fair is a major community event. Thank you in advance to all families who are supporting Junior School class activities as each year level is planning and preparing their contribution to the Fair.

We look forward to seeing as many families and friends of the College as possible at the Fair from 5.00pm-8.00pm on Friday 1 March.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Summer Sport

A reminder that should a student be unable to attend an allocated training session or match, we ask that they notify their coach or Person-in-Charge as a courtesy to advise.  All contact information can be found on the Sportal on The Dash.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

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Intermediate Concert Band and String Orchestra Rehearsals

Rehearsals for the Intermediate Concert Band and String Orchestra are on Tuesday afternoons 3.30pm-5.00pm.

The band is directed by Ms Kylie Long and the strings by Mrs Clare Corba-Banks.  If you play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument, Ms Long would love to see you at Intermediate Concert Band.  If you play the violin, viola, cello or double bass Mrs Corban-Banks would welcome you to Intermediate Strings.

If you require further information, please contact Ms Long on Kylie.Long@soc.tas.edu.au or Mrs Corban-Banks on Clare.Corban-Banks@soc.tas.edu.au.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts

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Middle School Choir Rehearsals

Rehearsals for the Middle School Choir are commencing this coming Monday morning, 25 March at 7.30am.  If you enjoy singing and want to be part of this fun and exciting choir, then come along to the Leigh Speedy Room in the Performing Arts Centre.

The choir’s director, Ms Denise Sam, is looking forward to welcoming 2018 Middle School Choir members and all new members to rehearsal on Monday.

If you require further information, please contact Ms Sam on Denise.Sam@soc.tas.edu.au.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts

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Quinn O’Loughlin to perform with international jazz giant

Captain of Music and trombonist, Quinn O’Loughlin, has been invited to perform with a jazz big band comprised of students from across Australia under the guidance of jazz master Wynton Marsalis (USA).   Marsalis and his “Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra” from New York, are touring Australia and performing with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra over the coming weeks.

Marsalis is a winner of multiple Grammy Awards and is the first performer and only musician to win Grammys for best jazz album and best classical album in the same year.  As well as a masterful musician, Marsalis is a strong voice and advocate for music education and the cognitive, social and emotional benefits of music and learning a musical instrument.

I am positive that Quinn will be inspired and learn a great from his experiences over the coming days as he works alongside one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts

/ Senior School

Why it’s important to read aloud with your kids

Maggie reading to Paddington

Author: Amy Joyce, The Washington Post


One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.

We spoke with Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Scholastic, which just released its Kids & Family Reading Report.

“It’s so important to start reading from Day One,” she says. “The sound of your voice, the lyrical quality of the younger [books] are poetic … It’s magical, even at 8 weeks old they focus momentarily, they’re closer to your heart.” As they begin to grow, families should make sure books are available everywhere in the home, like it’s your “daily bread.” (Amen.) But it shouldn’t end when kids begin to read on their own. “As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents,” Baker says. “We’re blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together.”

Here, Baker shares highlights of the report and offers tips for parents on how to turn their babies and children into readers.

Read aloud early — and keep it going! The good news, according to the new Kids & Family Reading Report by Scholastic, is that more than three out of four parents who have children ages 5 and younger start reading aloud before their child reaches his first birthday. This practice increased to 40 percent in 2016 from 30 percent in 2014 among parents who read aloud before their baby is 3 months old. The research also showed that more parents of 3- to 5-year-olds are reading aloud frequently, with 62 percent of these parents reading aloud five to seven days a week, compared with 55 percent in 2014.

But it’s not all great news: There’s been a drop in parents continuing to read aloud after age 5.

Read more…

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

Maggie reading to Paddington

Author: Amy Joyce, The Washington Post


One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.

We spoke with Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Scholastic, which just released its Kids & Family Reading Report.

“It’s so important to start reading from Day One,” she says. “The sound of your voice, the lyrical quality of the younger [books] are poetic … It’s magical, even at 8 weeks old they focus momentarily, they’re closer to your heart.” As they begin to grow, families should make sure books are available everywhere in the home, like it’s your “daily bread.” (Amen.) But it shouldn’t end when kids begin to read on their own. “As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents,” Baker says. “We’re blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together.”

Here, Baker shares highlights of the report and offers tips for parents on how to turn their babies and children into readers.

Read aloud early — and keep it going! The good news, according to the new Kids & Family Reading Report by Scholastic, is that more than three out of four parents who have children ages 5 and younger start reading aloud before their child reaches his first birthday. This practice increased to 40 percent in 2016 from 30 percent in 2014 among parents who read aloud before their baby is 3 months old. The research also showed that more parents of 3- to 5-year-olds are reading aloud frequently, with 62 percent of these parents reading aloud five to seven days a week, compared with 55 percent in 2014.

But it’s not all great news: There’s been a drop in parents continuing to read aloud after age 5.

Tip to keep it going: Have fun and be playful. Use this as an opportunity to ham it up and perhaps create different character voices to really engage the child. Don’t be shy about not perfecting the read aloud — especially with little ones. Don’t feel discouraged if a younger child gets distracted or interrupts story time with questions. That’s all part of the learning journey and reading process. In fact, books like those in the new StoryPlay series feature prompts and questions for the parent to ask throughout the story to keep young kids engaged and to enhance early reading comprehension.

As for kids in the early elementary level, it’s still important to read aloud, and there are many books to choose from. Try Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, to associate reading as a laugh-out-loud experience. For kids ages 8 and beyond — who still love being read to, according to our research — go for modern classics like the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, a perfect family read aloud, including the new illustrated editions with art by Jim Kay.

Be a resource to your kids for book ideas — even if they don’t ask — especially for infrequent readers. Scholastic’s research shows that parents underestimate that kids need help finding books. Only 29 percent of parents agree “my child has trouble finding books he/she likes,” whereas 41 percent of kids say finding books they like is a challenge. This number increases to 57 percent among infrequent readers.

Tip: For younger kids, see which titles they gravitate toward. Do they like animals?  Try Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon, or Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin. Do they like interactive books? Try Are You My Cuddle Bunny? by Sandra Magsamen, What’s in My Train? by Linda Bleck, or I Love Music: My First Sounds Book by Marion Billet.

Research shows kids of all ages want books that “make me laugh.” Parents can also get in on the fun with these silly books. For younger kids, go with King Baby by Kate Beaton or I’ll Wait Mr. Panda by Steve Antony. For the elementary level and early chapter book stage, go for the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey or check out the Branches series with Press Start: Game Over Super Rabbit Boy! by Thomas Flintham. For middle-grade readers, try the Crimebiters series by Tommy Greenwald or the Swindle series by Gordon Korman. For the Young Adult crowd, go for Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky.

Don’t forget adding books in your home library that showcase diverse storylines and characters. When looking for children’s books to read for fun, both kids (37 percent) and parents (42 percent) mostly agree they “just want a good story” and a similar percentage want books that make kids laugh. One in 10 kids ages 12 to 17 say they specifically look for books that have “culturally or ethnically diverse storylines, settings or characters.”

Tip: Look for stories that showcase different experiences, backgrounds, religions, identities and more to help your child find him or herself in books — as well as learn about other people’s lives. This will teach children the importance of empathy and kindness. Some top picture books include Cleonardo, the Little Inventor by Mary Grandpré, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, and Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock. Some great chapter books include Ugly Cat and Pablo by Isabel Quintero and Emma is on the Air by Aida Siegal. For middle grades, check out Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan and George by Alex Gino. For YA readers, go for Drag Teen by Jeffrey Self.

It takes a village — look to teachers, school librarians and more for book suggestions. Scholastic asked kids where they get the best ideas for books to read for fun. Overall, kids say teachers and school librarians (51 percent), followed by their peers (50 percent). Younger kids (6 to 11) are the most likely to get great picks from school book clubs and fairs, and older kids (15 to 17) are the most likely to find book suggestions on social media.

Tip: Ask your teacher what she or he has heard of that will help even the most reluctant reader stay engaged. Teachers see firsthand what works. Don’t forget your public or school librarian. They are vital to the community, as research showed 95 percent of parents agree that “every community needs to have a public library” and “every child deserves a school library.” I’m so grateful for our town library and the wonderful librarian there. She is a central force in our town, and I am in frequent touch with her for book suggestions. Recently, my eldest son became very interested in history, but he craved a story framework. Our terrific librarian, Carolyn, introduced him to the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis, and it was a total fit for him age-wise and content-wise. She knew the perfect book to get him started — and off he went — tackling that series book by book.

Never forget — choice rules when kids read for fun. Eighty-nine percent of kids ages 6 to 17 agree that the favourite books “are the ones that I have picked out myself.” And book choice starts early, as 67 percent of parents with kids up to age 5 reported that their kids choose the books for read-aloud time. This goes up to 81 percent of parents with kids ages 3 to 5.

If you are stumped for great books for kids to choose, the top books that parents reported reading aloud over and over again for little ones include Dr. Seuss books such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

For all kids, parents with children up to age 17 recommend that the books that every child should read are Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Magic Tree House and The Chronicles of Narnia. Book series are a great way to get kids hooked on storylines and characters.

Tip:  Make books accessible.  Make sure your bookshelves are low enough for kids to reach the book that they want to read. Keep books by your children’s bedside, in the playroom — all over the house. Bring books with you on car trips, to the grocery store, or even to the doctor’s office waiting room. Rather than handing them a device, hand them a book they love. The more accessible you make books, the more you’ll see their reading frequency grow. Also, if your child needs a bit more guidance on choosing books, narrow it down to a nice range of selection and invite them to pick the book they want for that moment. It will change day to day and month to month, so be open and ready to grow and change along with your budding lifelong reader.


Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

/ Junior School, Wellbeing

Penquite Student Drop Off/Pick Up

A reminder to all parents that the pick and drop off lane in front of Briggs House is for pick and drop off only.  Cars should not park in this lane to wait for students as this backs up traffic. Parents may consider parking in the surrounding streets for pick up, or arrange to drive through if needed when students are ready and waiting to be collected.

The middle lane is a drive-through lane for direct access to the car park. There is no standing in this lane to allow traffic to move through to the car park and limit traffic banking back up onto Penquite Road.

I appreciate your consideration of others in following these guidelines.

Shaun O’Loughlin
Facilities and Property Manager

/ Middle School, Senior School

Outdoor Leadership

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Last week the TCE Outdoor Leadership class headed out to the Valley Campus for their first overnight trip of the year. The focus was on teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and using initiative, as well as brushing up on outdoor skills that will be used throughout the course. The group also focused on developing their ability to assess a changing situation and seamlessly switch between being in a leadership role and being a supportive team member. The group proved to be a well-functioning team and are excited for the learning and challenges that lay ahead in the course.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

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Community news

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting events in the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • Esk Netball – looking for boys and girls 8-13 years
Go to Community News

 

Principal’s Message Term 1 Week 2

Stress: understanding it and dealing with it

On Wednesday in WAVE at the Penquite campus, I spoke to our Year 6 to 12 students about stress, in an effort to help them understand about stress and how we can then use it to motivate us, rather than to detract from our performance and wellbeing.

In nature, stress helps things to adapt and grow. Take a small plant, a seedling, a breeze will help it grow sturdier. A tree actually needs a strong wind so that its roots will grow deeper so the tree can grow taller. The tree accepts the wind as a blessing that helps it grow. However, if we Google ‘stress’ we get a range of images that create negative connotations of stress and demonise it….as if it’s something to be avoided at all costs.

On Wednesday, we defined stress as a state of physical, mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. I note that, very importantly, we identified that stress is different from distress and that we must not confuse the two.

I commenced by discussing physical stress. Our bodies are amazing machines with multiple systems operating in wonderful harmony that all respond in a positive way to stressful situations. For example, with regular physical stress (exercise) we get fitter, stronger and healthier as we adapt our mind and body. Hence, stress becomes our friend, a positive.

In addition, part of the body’s response to exercise is the release a number of hormones that include:

Read more…

Andy Müller
Principal

Middle and Senior School House Swimming Carnival

When: Wednesday 20 February 2019

Where: Launceston Aquatic Centre – High Street Launceston

Program of race timesMiddle and Senior School Swimming 2019

What time: Students should be at the pool by 8.30am.  The first event is at 8.45am.  Students are asked to enter and exit through the back gates (near Memorial Hall).  The gates will be open before the carnival, however, if you are there early you may need to go in through the front entry.  All spectators are asked to enter normally through the front entrance.  On arrival, students should move to their House areas – attendance will then be taken.  Students will be dismissed at 3.30 pm (unless they are catching buses, in which case they will be dismissed earlier). Buses will use the drop-off/pick-up zone at the front of Launceston Aquatic (High Street).

What to wear:

  • School tracksuit/sports uniform
  • A plain House-coloured polo top
Read more…

Rob Jeffery
Sport Administrator

/ Middle School, Senior School

Year 5 Leadership

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Year 5 is an exciting year of leadership and of leadership skill development for all our Year 5 students. The final year in the Junior School sees a focus on peer role-modelling for the whole Campus, supporting younger students in school activities, and representing the College when we host visitors or in off-campus events. Round Square involvement also steps up to another level with all Year 5’s undertaking Service projects and all having the opportunity to apply for a place at interstate conferences.

Last week all Year 5 participated in an inspiring Year 5 Leadership Day, planned and coordinated by Mr Ben Green and with Mr Mark Hassell (Dean of Students) and Year 11-12 students from the Outdoor Leadership class leading key sessions.

This week the first group of Year 5 Peer Leaders were appointed. Over the course of the year, all Year 5’s will have a period as a Peer Leader. This is just one of a number of leadership roles which will enable students to put into practice some of the leadership skills they are developing.

Mary Gale, Oceana Blundstone, Lily Clark, Kai Randall, Lachlan Corp and James Walker are the first group taking on the responsibilities of Peer Leaders.

Next week all Year 5’s will be engaged in an Education Outdoors program at the Valley Campus. Leadership will be a central element of learning experiences there, along with the other Round Square IDEALS of Service, Environmental Stewardship and Adventure.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Early Primary Family Picnic

All families with students in Early Learning, Prep and Year 1 are warmly invited to the Family Picnic at the Elphin Campus from 4.30-6.30pm on Tuesday 26 February.

This is an informal opportunity to meet other families and staff, visit Claremont Garden, play some games and share time together as a community. BYO picnic rug, food and drinks. The BBQ’s will be available for anybody wishing to use them.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School 

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Woodwind and Jazz masterclass

This is a FREE event open to Scotch Oakburn students and students from the wider Launceston community.

Scotch Oakburn College’s “The Artist Series” provides musicians with the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest teachers and performers.  In 2019 The Artist Series sees
Spike Mason a multi-instrumentalist, jazz performer, composer and educator present workshops, masterclasses and individual lessons.

Spike Mason is a highly experienced and sought-after performer and teacher.  Until recently he was Head of Jazz at The Scots College (Sydney) and is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Tasmania.  He has recently returned from Sydney where he recorded his ninth album from the “10 Albums in 10 Years” project.  This album is due for release later this year.  He is an energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, and loves to pass on his knowledge and experiences to the next generation of students.

Spike’s workshop on “Improvisation – starting on the journey” is based on a method of improvisation Spike has developed over many years that works on all levels of musicians. In its simplest form, it is safe and easily attained by musicians beginning to explore improvisation. In its most complex form, it can inspire professional musicians and experienced improvisers. It is very hands on for any instrumentalists who attend.  This workshop is open to all instrumentalists and not just woodwind players.

There will also be a masterclass for woodwind players that covers concepts such as tone production, breathing, posture and other important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument.  It will also provide an opportunity to explore and experiment with the improvisation techniques covered in the workshop.

Woodwind players are also afforded the chance to have a 45-minute individual lesson with Spike.  The opportunity to have a lesson with a master musician and teacher is one that should not be missed.  Places are limited, so return your registration form as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to me at Stephen.King@soc.tas.edu.au.

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts

Wellbeing and Values Education

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This week in WAVE we welcomed our new Year 12 Ambassadors. These students have chosen to be involved in the organisation and running of Wellbeing and Values Education at Scotch Oakburn College Penquite Campus. We welcome Madeline Bell, Nathan Cocks, Nicolas Draper, Lily Fontyn, Tamika McHenry, Tariqua Midson and Quinn O’Loughlin to their new positions. We also met our new Middle and Senior School therapy puppy Paddington who will be part of our everyday school life.

Our Principal Mr Andy Muller then delivered a presentation on stress management. Mr Muller highlighted the importance of our attitude in dealing with stress and how to use it to our advantage.

Kylie Wolstencroft 
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Tyson Rusden (Year 5) on his selection in the Under 11 Australian Futsal team. This selection follows his performances in the National Championships in Sydney in January where he represented Tasmania. Tyson will now be representing Australia at the Montesilvano Futsal Cup in Italy in June this year.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Penquite Road eastern footpath and car parking spaces closed Monday

On Monday, 18 February, the footpath and car parking spaces on Eastern side of Penquite Road outside of Ravenscraig will be not accessible due to the installation of the NBN.

Students will not be able to park in the parking spaces nor walk along the footpath to access the college.

Students will need to use the traffic lights at the corner of Amy and Penquite Roads and access the underpass via the Middle School to access the Eastern side of the college.

Staff will be present to direct students on Monday morning and afternoon.

Thank you.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

 

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Head of the River Luncheon

 

 

The Head of the River is a fantastic event held at Lake Barrington each year.  The College rowing community invites you to come and help support our rowers and come along to the Head of the River Luncheon.  Costs and more details will be available soon.  In the meantime, please save the date!

Senior School Round Square

All students in the College are part of Round Square, an international network of over 200 schools across 50 countries. The IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service are interwoven through all our school programs, and there are many opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for students to get further involved.

Clare Munnings, our Round Square Chair, hosted our first Senior School Round Square committee meeting this week. With a solid turnout of interested students, Clare started the process of setting goals and deciding what the committee wants to achieve this year. All students are welcome to be part of the committee; just turn up to the weekly meetings (Thursday lunchtimes in the Robert Dean Centre) with a passion for improving the world around you and a commitment for putting your ideas into action.

This Wednesday at the Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival we will be running a fundraising bake sale, so be sure to drop by to treat yourself to some home-made goodies!

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students / Senior School Round Coordinator

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Round Square in the Middle School

Two weeks into the new school year and Middle School students are already immersed in Round Square. Our Year 6 students have just returned from Narawantapu National Park. They engaged in various activities that challenged their thinking around environmental issues. These activities included wilderness appreciation, understanding human impact on the environment, understating issues affecting specific wildlife species and what is being done to help them, and finally developing the social and emotional skills to ensure success for the year ahead.

In addition to the Year 6 camp, Year 7 and 8 students have been given the opportunity to apply for leadership positions relating to the Round Square IDEALS. Year 8 students have submitted applications for going on exchange and Round Square conferences taking place in April, and finally, Fred French and Migrant Resource Centre visits will be commencing next week.

I look forward to keeping you posted on events as they unfold throughout the year.

Clyde Goosen
Middle School Round Square Coordinator

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Student Achievements

There were many Scotch Oakburn students swimming at the recent 2019 Tasmania Sprint Championships. Many achieved medal placings.  We congratulate all who participated.

Oliver Atkins (Year 6) – Gold 50 Free, Silver, 50 Back, Bronze 50 Fly
Benjamin Atkins (Year 8) – Silver 50 Breast
Jono Clarke (Year 10) multi-class – Silver 50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Breast & 50 Free
Rebecca Clarke (Year 7) – Gold 50 Back, Bronze 50 Free
Miranda Hevey (Year 6) – Bronze 50 Breast
Emily Mitchell (Year 8) – Gold 50 Fly, 50 Back & 50 Free
Amy Muldoon (Year 9)- Silver 50 Fly & 50 Back
Bella Muldoon (Year 6) – Gold 50 Fly, 50 Back & 50 Free
Xavier Nesbit (Year 7) – Silver 50 Breast
Jonty Pretorius (Year 11) – Gold 50 Fly & 50 Breast, Silver 50 Back, Bronze 50 Free
Edward Watson (Year 11) – Bronze50 Fly & 50 Back

The following students were also a part of medal placing relay teams:

Emily Mitchell (Year 8) – Gold 400 Medley Relay, Silver 200 Medley Relay, Gold 200 Free Relay
Amy Muldoon (Year 9) – Gold 400 Medley Relay, Gold 400 Medley, Gold 200 Free Relay, Silver 400 mixed Medley Relay, Gold 400 Free Relay, Gold 800 Free Relay
Jazz Irani (Year 8) – Silver 200 Medley Relay, Gold 200, Free Relay
Oliver Atkins (Year 6) – Bronze 200 Medley Relay, Silver 200 Free Relay
Miranda Hevey (Year 6) – Gold 200 Medley Relay, Silver 200 Free Relay
Grace Mitchell (Year 6) – Gold 200 Medley Relay, Silver 200 Free Relay
Bella Muldoon (Year 6) – Gold 200 Medley Relay,  Silver 200 Free Relay
Ella Fischer (Year 7) – Silver 200 Medley Relay, Gold 200 Free Relay
Jonty Pretorius  (Year 11) – Silver 400 Medley Relay, Silver 400 Free Relay, Gold 400 Free Relay
Lachie Robins (Year 8) – Gold 200 Free Relay
Rebecca Clarke (Year 7) – Silver 200 Free Relay
Edward Watson (Year 11) – 800 Free Relay

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Language of independence building

Author: Michael Grose


Families always develop shared language around the values that have strong meaning for them. If independence and self-sufficiency are important then it will be reflected in your family’s proprietary language.

In fact, it’s through shared language that culture exists. If you are looking to building a culture of independence in your family (or in your classroom) then creating your proprietary language around independence is a great way to start. The following twelve examples of independence-building language and principles behind them that will help you create your own family’s language.

1.“Never regularly do for a child the things a child can do for him or herself” Goal: Independence

This is perhaps the original parenting-for-independence manifesto, and it’s a philosophy that guides many teachers and parents today. In effect, this sentence means that wherever possible we give children the skills and competencies to look after themselves physically and emotionally. It requires a great deal of patience, time and courage from parents and teachers as the sentence is easier to say than put to put into practice. But it’s a worthy guiding principle that leads to self-sufficiency in children, and ultimately redundancy as parents.

2.“Is this something you can do?” Goal: Self-help

Independence takes many forms but perhaps the most common is the development of self-help skills. The confidence, pride and, for most, sheer pleasure that kids doing the simple things for themselves such a toddler tying his shoelaces or a child

Read more…

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

Middle and Senior Student photos

Anyone who missed their school photograph during the first week of term can have their photograph taken on Monday 18 Februaury from 8.40am in the Briggs House Dining Room.  Year 6 will have their photographs taken on this day as well.  Sibling photographs will also be done on this day.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

 

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East Launceston Junior Football Club

East Launceston Junior Football Club (ELJFC) partners with the College to provide football as a winter sport. The club is seeking girls to play in all 3 age groups  (U11s,  U14s  & U17s).

Under 11s is a great introduction to the game. Games are not played for competition points but simply played for fun, fitness and with vigour.

If you love AFL and making new friends register with the ELJFC today!

ELJFC provide the perfect environment for girls and boys to have fun learning through play, making new friends and creating memories that last a lifetime.

Register at  www.register.eljfc.com.au.

 

Junior School Swimming

Water safety and swimming are the focus of the HPE program for all Year 1-5 students over the first 6 weeks of Term 1. Supplementing these classes, additional learn-to-swim sessions are provided for individual students on an ‘as needed’ basis and before-school sessions from 7.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays are offered for those wanting to improve their stroke techniques. For all Prep students, an introductory Water Orientation program is scheduled daily from Tuesday 5 March to Friday 8 March.

Alongside all of this, we have a short House Swimming season for all Years 3-5 students. Last Monday the House Trial sessions were held for Thistle, Oak and Willow Houses and on Wednesday 27 February the Junior School House Swimming Carnival will be held in the College pool. Spectators are most welcome to attend this event which runs from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

House meetings last week saw the appointment of Swimming Captains for this season. Congratulations to Lucy van der Aa and Nate Henrys (Oak), Isla Lifshen and Abhinav Sundaram (Thistle), Jack d’Emden and Isabella Wilson (Willow) on their leadership roles.

The swimming season will conclude with the NIJSSA inter-school carnival on Thursday 14 March.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

 

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Year 6 photos

On Monday, 18 February all Year 6 students will have their school photos taken, along with any student who was absent for school photos on Thursday last week.

Information was distributed to all students in Week 1.  Please return all envelopes either to Middle School Reception or to the photographer when having photos taken.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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House Chapel services

A reminder that on Tuesday, 19 and Thursday, 21 February, Dean and Nance Houses respectively will hold their annual House Chapel Service followed by supper in the Briggs House Dining Hall.  All Dean and Nance students and parents are warmly invited to attend.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Middle School Maths Club

The Middle School Maths Club will be held on Day 2 and Day 9 (Tuesday Week A and Thursday Week B) from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in da Vinci Studio 1.  Mrs Margaret Hughes will be running these sessions.  If you would like your child to attend, please contact Middle School Reception to book a place.  Students will need to sign out when they leave at the end of every session.

Julie Kemp 
Head of Middle School

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Student Achievements

Congratulations to Year 7 boys Archie Edwards, Freddie Cox and Riley Donlon who won the grand final in the 3 x 3 Big Hustle basketball tournament last weekend.  This achievement is even more special as the boys had no subs and no coach, and Riley had never played basketball prior to this tournament.  Well done!

Congratulations also to Chelsea Byerley (Year 8) who will be competing at a national level in Cheerleading in New Zealand later this year.

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Scholarship Information Evening

A Scholarship Information Evening is being held on Wednesday, 20 February commencing at 5.45pm in the Helix.  If you are interested in learning more about scholarships at Scotch Oakburn College you are invited to come along. Please register to attend.

Register to attend
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Year 5 Leadership Day

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The Round Square Discovery Framework (RSDF) characteristics of courage and self-awareness were at the forefront of the 2019 Year 5 Leadership Day.  Inspired by our guest Mr Mark Hassell (Dean of Students) and Senior students from the TCE Outdoor Leadership class, the Junior School leaders of 2019 were challenged to go outside their comfort zone and embrace the opportunities that leadership presents.

The inspiration from the question ‘What influences our choices?’ provided the thinking and problem-solving mindset for developing an understanding of teamwork. Learning to support each other creates a greater sense of confidence, a concept that is highlighted in our leadership development this year.  A great opportunity is waiting for the Year 5 students next week when they will apply this thinking and learning to their Education Outdoors experience at the Valley Campus, embracing the learning as Adventurer’s and Trekkers!

Ben Green
Junior School Round Square Coordinator

 

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Principal’s Message – Term 1 Week 1

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WELCOME TO 2019

 

Welcome back to school and to the 2019 academic year. There was certainly a great sense of excitement, and a few nerves, on Monday morning as our students returned and our campuses once again felt like a school. Students and staff alike have returned with a positive approach to what promises to be a great year.

There are many new students and families, and some new staff members at the College this year and I extend a special welcome to all of them. I encourage you to be involved in the Scotch Oakburn community where you will experience a tangible sense of welcome and mutual support.

I thank our Grounds, Works and Maintenance teams who, as always, have been busy right across the holiday period with significant refurbishment, redevelopment work and extensive cleaning and preparation of facilities across all three campuses; we certainly enjoy a beautiful environment across the entire College.

Classes across the College have commenced smoothly and we’ve all slotted back into the familiar and reassuring routines that school provides. Our first formal assembly for the year on the Penquite campus was the Honours Assembly where we recognised those Year 12 students from 2018 who achieved outstanding academic results and then inducted our 2019 Student Executive. It was an excellent way to start the year and I am sure that hearing the goals and the achievements of our most recent Collegians will inspire others to set their goals and dream of what can be achieved.

I am sure 2019 will be another brilliant year for the College and our community and I have encouraged students to find ways to engage in what it is that they are passionate about and makes a positive difference to the community. In so doing they can set themselves aspirational goals in order to achieve their potential. Consequently, every person will be playing their part in creating an environment where everyone can experience success. I wish our community all the very best for 2019.

Andy Müller 
Principal

The Effect of Music on Learning

I have spoken to students and written articles previously about the research connecting the negative correlation between wellbeing, pro-social skills and connectedness to your peers and the environment, and screen-time. That is why there is to be no personal use of mobile phones during the school day. Student reception at each campus can pass on any urgent messages to students.

A phenomenon that I have only witnessed here at Scotch Oakburn, and only in the Middle and Senior Schools, is the listening to music through headphones while learning. Rather than make an uninformed conclusion, I undertook research over the recent holidays that identified a number of key findings:

1. Learning a musical instrument, including voice, improves your learning capacity. It is primarily due to activating and connecting neural pathways between the two hemispheres of the brain.

2. Listening to non-lyric, quiet music can calm us before undertaking a learning task. The ability to think clearly when working on a cognitively complex task is vital and being in a calm and relaxed mood is beneficial.

Read more…

Andy Müller 
Principal

Welcome to Junior School

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Welcome to all students and families across the Elphin Campus as the new school year has commenced with much excitement around new classes, new friends, new opportunities and new challenges. Along with all returning students it was wonderful to especially welcome many new students this week – from the 3 year and 4 year olds for whom it was their first experience of school life, to all the Early Primary and older Primary students moving from another local school or from interstate or in some cases just settling into life in a new country.

Last week was a professional learning and planning week for all staff as we welcomed a number of new teachers together with many familiar faces returning.

We all learn so much from each other – in every classroom there are learners bringing their personal interests, passions and strengths to the collective inquiries and investigations of the collective group and to the wider school learning community. The questions they ask and the ideas that they share will often be the spark that ignites the creativity and innovative thinking of peers and teachers as they pursue issues and topics together.

All parents are most welcome to visit classrooms, to attend on-campus events in which their child is involved and to discuss any aspect of their child’s school progress with teachers throughout the year. The school-home partnership is a crucial element of the learning success of each student.

Best wishes to every member of our community as together we seek to make 2019 a productive and memorable one for us all.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Round Square

The newly painted Round Square logos at the Claremont Street and Jean Gardner Wing entrances will have been noticed by many families this week.

Scotch Oakburn is Tasmania’s only member of the international Round Square network of more than 200 schools in 50 countries across 6 continents. Round Square schools share a commitment to character education and experiential learning built around the six themes or IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. These are embedded in learning experiences for students at every age level across the College and the Round Square Discovery Framework plays a core role in learning program planning for all year levels.

The influence of Round Square principles on academic and personal development of students will be apparent in many ways throughout the course of the school year and for older students, the increasing opportunities to participate in interstate and international conferences and exchanges will play a significant part in their lives.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Middle School Maths Club

Middle School Maths Club will be held on Day 2 and Day 9 (Tuesday Week A and Thursday Week B) from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in da Vinci Studio 1.  Mrs Margaret Hughes will be running these sessions.  If you would like your child to attend, please contact Middle School reception to book a place.  Students will need to sign out when they leave at the end of every session.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Year 6 Canberra Experience

To provide advance notice for family planning, the Year 6 Canberra Experience is being held from Tuesday 22 October to Friday, 25 October.  Details of the trip will be provided later in the year.

Julie Kemp
Head of Junior School

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Welcome to Senior School

Welcome to the 2019 school year at the Senior School.  It was wonderful to welcome back all of our current and new students to the College on Monday.  I hope that all families have had a restful summer break and have had the opportunity to spend valuable time with family and friends.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Junior School class meetings

All Junior School families should now have received details of evening Class Meeting times for parents scheduled over the next two weeks.

These sessions provide an opportunity for building school-home learning partnerships through the sharing of some key focus areas for 2019 programs at school and class levels as well as meeting class teachers and other staff working with students at the respective year levels.

Each meeting will be for less than an hour and childcare is available on-campus for every meeting.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Coffee under the Oaks

Coffee under the Oaks has been rescheduled to Wednesday 13 February.  Please join us in the Laneway (near tuckshop) anytime between 8.00am and 9.30am and meet your Year Group Parent Reps for 2019. New parents especially welcome! We look forward to seeing you.

Nicole Willcox 
Community and Events Manager

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Start of the Year

We began the year with the Honours Assembly and Induction of the 2019 Student Executive on Tuesday. Our class of 2018 performed extremely well and it was incredibly interesting to hear each student speak of their plans for the future.  The enormous range of study options, work and gap year adventures we heard about speaks volumes about the diverse group of valedictorians.

I wish the class of 2018 all the very best for the future and, as they were told many times during the farewells at the end of last year, stay connected to the College.  We love to hear where life takes you.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Signing in/out of Middle School

If for some reason a student needs to attend an appointment off campus during school time, a note must be provided, and students are required to sign out and back in again at Middle School Reception.  The same applies to students who have music tuition during the school day.

If your child is unwell and away from school, please notify Middle School Reception.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Middle School Pick up and Drop off

The gates to the Middle School are closed in the mornings and afternoons and we would ask parents to drop their children off on the Senior School side in the drop off zone, or alternatively make arrangements to pick students up from one of the neighbouring streets.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Contributing to the College

I warmly encourage all community members who are able, to contribute to the various community events; the College Fair, sporting fixtures and carnivals throughout the year.  These activities and social functions are pivotal in helping to maintain and further develop the links we have with each other that strengthen our College community. It is well documented that the greater the family involvement in a school, the greater the outcome for the student, the family and the College.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Scotch Oakburn College Fitness Centre

With the new school year in full swing, it is an appropriate time to remind the Scotch Oakburn community of our wonderful fitness centre, located on the Penquite Campus (Middle School side). It is open for use for both students from Year 6 to 12 as well as parents, all free of charge.

There is never a better time to start that new fitness regime, maintain a fitness level or even move to the next level. We have a fully qualified personal trainer, Tim Reese,  who runs many of the classes available mornings and afternoons (see flyer) and I cover the classes and facility later in the week. We have the ability to individualise a program to suit your needs if that is what you want to do, rather than participate in the available classes. The fitness centre opens at 6.00am each morning, with classes starting at 6.15am and ending at 7.00am. Students have access from 7.15am until 8.15am each morning. Parents can attend during these times as well. In the afternoon, students have access from 3.30pm until 5.00pm (once again parents are also welcome at this time). Parents and staff have full access from 5.00pm until 6.00pm with a class starting at 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday), ending at 5.45pm.

I invite you to come along at any time and check out the facility and have a chat with either Tim or myself. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Download class timetable and information – Scotch Oakburn College Fitness Centre Term 1 2019

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

Elphin Campus traffic

The streets adjacent to the Elphin Campus can be very busy in the immediate before and after school times – many pedestrians (including very young children) and a lot of vehicle traffic, including buses. At all times this requires safety awareness and much care, and often it can require patience! Allowing a few extra minutes for arriving at, or leaving school can make quite a difference to this.

In the interests of student safety, all pedestrians crossing Elphin Road are requested to do so at the traffic lights, even where it means walking a few extra metres. Staff are present at the crossing point before and after school to assist students and especially those arriving or leaving on buses.

All drivers are asked to ensure that street parking complies with road markings and signs. At times this may mean a short walk, but there are many parking spaces within 150-200m of the school in Claremont St, Elphin Rd, Cypress St, Erina St, College St and Clear Place.

Vehicle entry/exit from the campus during the school day is restricted to essential service traffic only as the driveways are used by class groups and for recreation activities.

Thank you for your support as we prioritise student safety and work together to make daily arrivals and departures as smooth as possible.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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East Launceston Junior Football

East Launceston Junior Football Club works in partnership with Scotch Oakburn to provide football as a winter sport at the College. Football season is fast approaching, and pre-season training is soon to commence (or possibly has started!). Boys and girls interested in playing football, including Auskick, and U9 to U17 teams are encouraged to register now.

Round 1 commences Sunday 31 March – only seven weeks away.

Download complete details on teams and training times here – ELJFC registration and team information 2019.

You will see some teams are still looking for coaches and team managers. If you wish to assist, please email info@eljfc.com.au.

To register to play go to www.register.eljfc.com.au or www.auskick.eljfc.com.au for Auskick.

Year 6 & 7 Information Evening

This Monday, 11 February we are holding an Information Evening for parents of Year 6 & 7 students.  The evening will commence at 6.00pm in the Horton Auditorium.

Parents are invited to join us for supper in Cafe 8 at the conclusion of the evening.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet key staff including Year 6 class teachers and House Heads.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids

Author: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.


While adulthood is filled with serious responsibilities, childhood isn’t exactly stress-free. Kids take tests, learn new information, change schools, change neighbourhoods, get sick, get braces, encounter bullies, make new friends and occasionally get hurt by those friends.

What helps kids in navigating these kinds of challenges is resilience. Resilient kids are problem solvers. They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions.

“When they step into a situation, [resilient kids] have a sense they can figure out what they need to do and can handle what is thrown at them with a sense of confidence,” said Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxious families and co-author of the book Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children with anxiety expert Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

This doesn’t mean that kids have to do everything on their own, she said. Rather, they know how to ask for help and are able to problem-solve their next steps.

Resilience isn’t a birthright. It can be taught. Lyons encouraged parents to equip their kids with the skills to handle the unexpected, which actually contrasts our cultural approach.

Read more…

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

Middle School House Swimming Trials

Next week the House swimming trials for Years 6-8 will take place after school at the Junior School pool from 3.45pm – 5.00pm. A bus will transport students to the Junior School.  Students will need to be collected from the Junior School at 5.00pm.

Tuesday, 12 February Briggs and Fox
Wednesday, 13 February Dean and Nance

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Senior Student Leadership

At the end of last year we ran a leadership workshop for the 2018 Student Executive and as a group, spent considerable time discussing the year ahead and formulating a plan to lead the student body in 2019.  On Friday the College ran TCE leadership sessions specifically for all Year 11 and 12 students to focus on the year ahead.  As you would remember, at Celebration in 2018, we announced a number of leadership positions and look forward to supporting our Year 12 cohort in contributing to leadership during the year.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Year 9 and 10 Information evening for parents and students

An information evening will be held in the Horton Auditorium on Tuesday 12 February at 6.30pm for Year 9 and from 7.45pm for Year 10.

The sessions will run for approximately 45 minutes.  Key staff will be covering important information with regards to specific year level programs (Education Outdoors, Work Experience, Community Service etc), routines, study skills, wellbeing, managing time, career information and much more.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the staff that are directly involved with the Senior School programs and to ask questions.  I thoroughly recommend all Year 9 and 10 students coming along with a family member.  Students do not need to wear their school uniform on the evening.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Summer Sport

All students in Years 7-10 should now be signed up for a summer sport.

Students in Years 11 and 12 may wish to apply for an exemption if they are contributing to the College cocurricular program (please use the form on The Dash to make application).   Any questions related to sport should be directed to our Sports Administrator, Mr Rob Jeffery at rob.jeffery@soc.tas.edu.au.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Science Tutoring

The after-school Science tutorial program will begin this year on Tuesday 12th February 2019.

This is a free program that offers help to students who are experiencing difficulties with their Science.  The program is available on most Tuesday afternoons from 3.45pm to 5.00pm and is held in HX1-6.  If there is to be a change to the program, a notice with the amended night will be placed on my office window in the Helix.  Further details are available from any Science teacher but feel free to contact me on 6336 3300.

Ian Britcliffe
Head of Mathematics and Science

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Mathematics Tutoring

The after-school Mathematics tutorial program will begin this year on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

This is a free program that offers help to students who are experiencing difficulties with their Mathematics.  The program is available on most Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45pm to 5.00pm and is held in HX1-6.  If there is to be a change to the program, a notice with the amended nights will be placed on my office window in the Helix.  Further details are available from any Mathematics teacher but feel free to contact me on 6336 3300.

Ian Britcliffe
Head of Mathematics and Science

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Middle School Home Learning timetables

Middle School home learning timetables have been sent home with students today.  These are for students in Year 7 & 8 and are based on individual timetables.

Home learning timetables outline the subjects that students are required to undertake each day for home learning.  Please be aware that Year 7 students are required to undertake a minimum of two subjects (but up to three subjects) per evening for approximately 20 minutes per subject.  Year 8 students are required to undertake three subjects per evening, including 10 minutes of Mathematics each day they have Mathematics at school.

Students have been briefed about the correct way to use their Student Planner, which includes the subject, task and due date.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Tennis in Term 1

Tennis training starts at Scotch Oakburn Park in Week 2 for Senior 1sts and Senior 2nds squads, and in Week 3 for all other squads.  This term’s Tennis Information Sheet is available on The Dash’s Tennis page here.  It lists all uniform requirements, training and match arrangements, and lists the coaches involved.

Two streams of tennis are offered:  the competitive stream for more advanced players (Div. 1, 2 and 3), and a social tennis stream for recreational players.  Students in the recreational stream may try out for the competitive stream in the first third of the season – just turn up at a senior training.  No player is guaranteed a position in any team, and retention in a team is based on performance.

Students are required to attend one training per week.  Rosters for Div. 1, 2 and 3 and the competition rules are published on the NSATIS website; a link to this is also on the Tennis page on The Dash.  Students are required to access their match rosters via the Tennis page.

Roger Carey
Person-in-Charge of Boys Tennis

David Morris
Person-in-Charge of Girls Tennis

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Year 10 students Kate Sherriff and Alice McLauchlan who have been selected to play cricket for Tasmania in the Under 15 National competition in Canberra.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School 

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Year 7 Immunisations

All Year 7 students have received information regarding immunisations.  Year 7 Immunisations will be taking place on Monday, 18 March.  Please return all immunisation forms to Middle School reception, regardless of whether students will be receiving the immunisation.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Glass drink bottle and lunchboxes

Students should avoid bringing glass drink bottles and lunch boxes to school please as these are more likely to break and thus create a hazard from themselves and others.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Emily Mitchell (Year 8) who recently set a new state record in the girls 13 years 50m Back Stroke.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Confirmation of Middle School Important dates

Please be advised that there were several errors in the recent Middle School Important Dates sent out to all families in the Middle School.  The Time and Space program is for current Year 7 & 8 families only.  Parent/Student/Teacher Pastoral conferences are being held on Tuesday, 26 February.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

 

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Community News

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting events in the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • Rugby Union – women’s senior team (16years and over) recruiting
  • Dance Tribe – weekly sessions
  • TOPS – Therapist-assisted Online Strategies Program (TOPS) designed to help parents to reduce anxiety and depression in their adolescents
  • Northern Junior Soccer – club and registration details

 

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