College News2018-08-17T13:10:15+00:00



The College weekly news highlights all activities throughout the College each week. A reminder of weekly news is distributed to the College community via email each Friday but can be viewed online at any time.

Across Campus

Principal’s Message

Compassion for Interstate Farmers

The devastating drought that interstate farmers in NSW and Qld are in the grips of, has struck a chord with many in the Tasmanian community and our students are no exception. Over the past week, students from both the Elphin and Penquite Campus have approached staff to voice their concern for those farmers doing it tough through the drought and with ideas of how we might be able to help.

The culmination of this desire to do something constructive has resulted in a day of awareness and fundraising next Tuesday with a ‘Dress as a Farmer’ day, which includes making a gold coin donation to this very worthy cause. Students have advertised this to their peers during this week and everyone, students and staff, are asked to add a touch of farmer to their uniform, come in full farm wear, or somewhere in between.

Many farming families are too proud to ever ask for assistance, and I feel that the community are very aware of that. Even so, the empathy and compassion that our students have shown and their determination to do something that makes a difference to those in need is not only commendable but inspiring and I congratulate our students for rallying to the call.

Andy Müller

Middle and Senior School Athletics Program

The Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival is being held on Tuesday 4 September at St Leonards Athletics Centre. The program is now available (without student details).  Transport details and other information needed for the day will be posted in next week’s news.

Download the program here – 2018 Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival program

Rob Jeffery
Sports Administrator


Middle and Senior School House Singing Competition

This week in the Senior assembly, I spoke to the students about the importance of team work and I encouraged all students to work as a ‘House team’ in the lead up to the House Singing Competition next week.

The Houses have been preparing their song and College War Cry for a few weeks now and we look forward to seeing them in action next Friday in the HPEC beginning at 2.00pm.

Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Junior School

What is Learning?

Students in Year 2 Ballard have been investigating this question and this week they shared some of their work in LIVE@Elphin. Learners are:

Thinkers: considering carefully things they are working out or problems they are trying to solve.

Collaborators: working together, working as a team, sharing ideas and sparking others ideas

Communicators: talking to others, listening to others, singing, writing, messaging and using sign language or symbols.

Researchers and Explorers: asking questions, looking for information in books, looking carefully at things in the world, using laptops to find out things, investigating ideas.

Self Regulators: concentrating, staying calm, stopping and thinking before going ahead, avoiding distractions, knowing the right thing to do.

Much contemporary research on learning stresses the importance of students reflecting on their own learning processes (metacognition) and on the development of self-regulation skills (executive function) in maximizing learning outcomes. High-achieving learners have well-developed metacognitive and executive function skills.

Year 2 Ballard students, with much enthusiasm, have demonstrated and shared some very thought-provoking work in both these areas.

They also shared examples of ways of communicating through symbols (as metaphors for learning), through sign language and through visual art.

Parents and friends are always most welcome to attend LIVE@Elphin, which commences at 8.45am on Thursdays for Years 2-5 and fortnightly on Wednesdays for Year 1 and Prep. Each LIVE is led by a class group and highlights a range of recent and current learning experiences  – both the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ of learning across the Campus. Each Friday morning a class from Year 2-5 also leads Connect@Elphin, focusing primarily on links to College values and supporting important social-emotional learning for every student. Visitors are also welcome to attend Connect at any time.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Book Week – Find Your Treasure

Children’s Book Week, 18-24 August, offers another special opportunity for us all – students of all ages, including adults – to focus on books and reading. The theme for this 99th annual Book Week of ‘Find Your Treasures’ invites readers to seek, find and enjoy the magic of quality literature from picture books to novels, fiction or non-fiction.

Children’s author Claire Saxby,  and author and illustrator Anna Walker will be visiting the Junior School to lead workshops for students during Book Week. On Tuesday 21 August there will be Family Reading Picnics at school for Early Learning students – 9.30am-10.30am for EL Erina classes, 2.15pm-3.00pm for EL Elphin classes.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Early Primary Learning Celebrations

All families of students in Prep and in Early Learning Erina classes (EL Tandy, EL Black and EL Hurd) have been invited to share the mid-year Learning Celebration events next week.

For Prep students, the first 100 days of fulltime school is celebrated on Tuesday 21 August from 8.45am-11.00am, and for EL Erina students the mid-year sharing of learning is Wednesday 22 August from 9.00am-11.00am.

Both celebrations will enable families to share in the student’s excitement of personal 2018 learning progress, to experience firsthand examples of learning which students are immersed in daily, and to see a little more of the breadth of opportunities which students have in their Elphin Campus experiences.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Year 4 robotics teams will be participating in the State Robocup event at UTas in Hobart on Saturday 25 August. This draws together almost 3 term’s work for students in teamwork skill development, creative thinking and designing, construction, computer programming, journal writing, as well as interview technique and presentation planning.  The teams will have a full and challenging day of interviews and public presentations of their work in what is a valuable learning experience in itself.

Thank you to Mrs Marissa Saville, Mrs Naomie O’Loughlin and all parents who are supporting the 53 students involved.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Middle School

8Z “Odyssey”

This week 8Z were challenged by strong winds on the “Odyssey” experience and as a result, some modifications to the program were in order. The students were fabulous at adapting to these conditions and changes and yet still had a wonderful experience, demonstrating tenacity, teamwork and courage.

The students participated in an interpretive movement and sound workshop, which they will present in assembly in a few weeks time.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

Year 7 Parent Student Teacher conferences

A final reminder that Year 7 Parent Student Teacher conferences are being held on Tuesday, 21 August from 4.00pm – 8.00pm in the Middle School building.

If you have not yet booked a time with your child’s teacher, please go to the online booking system – Information has been sent via email which will include the booking code.

If you have any questions or difficulty booking online, please contact Mrs Michelle Robins at Middle School reception on 6336 3401 or via email,

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

Year 6 Robinson visit Elphin

For the past two weeks, Year 6 Robinson have been busy writing books about their Early Learning buddies as part of our buddy program with students at the Junior School.

Next week 6R will travel to Elphin and present their books to Early Learning Black for Book Week. Early Learning parents have been invited to attend this presentation from 9.00am – 10.30am on Wednesday in conneXions.

We look forward to reading their stories.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

Welcoming Year 5 to Middle School

This term all Middle and Senior students have been busy learning lines and rehearsing for the House singing competition, which is being held on Friday, 24 August from 2.00pm – 3.30pm in the HPEC.

This year we look forward to welcoming our Year 5 students to the Middle School to view the House performances.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

Year 9/10 Information evening

On Monday, 20 August, there will be an important Year 9 and 10 subject information evening. All current Year 8 students and their parents are encouraged to attend. The evening commences at 7.00pm in the Horton Auditorium.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

Senior School

Student Achievement

Lucy Jones (Year 11) has been named Cross Country Captain for the Tasmanian Athletics Cross Country team for the upcoming National Championships next weekend. We congratulate Lucy on her selection to the team and being awarded this leadership position.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal  / Head of Senior School

RACI Titration Competition

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Science week activities in the senior school included many science students from TCE Physical Science and Year 12 Chemistry, taking part in the RACI Tasmanian Titration competition. During the day, we conducted over 45 titrations and used 15L of solution to discover the mass of unknown samples.

Fiona Taylor

Science Week with Dr Karl

Last Friday, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki appeared at Albert Hall as part of National Science Week. He captivated and challenged over 800 teenagers with a range of Science facts and predictions. He explained the current research in fields such as Engineering, computing and nanotechnology. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn.

Fiona Taylor

Pierre de Coubertin Award 2018

Expressions of interest are now open for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 interested in representing the College for the Pierre de Coubertin Award.

To be considered for selection students need to be able to show that they:

  • have participated in the school sport program with a consistently positive attitude;
  • have demonstrated the attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement;
  • have at some stage throughout Years 7 to 12 represented the school in at least one sport on the current Olympic program (including AT LEAST ONE of Swimming, Athletics or Cross Country), and participated in at least TWO other sports (individual or team).

Download the form on the link below and return to me by Friday 7 September 2018.

Further details of the criteria and process are available online –

Download Expression of Interest form

Rob Jeffery
Sports Administrator

Information Evening for 2019 Year 9 and 10 Students and Parents

At 7.00pm on Monday, 20 August we are holding an important information evening in the Horton Auditorium for all students entering Year 9 and 10 in 2019.

The purpose of the evening is to help students and parents manage their transition to the Scotch Oakburn Senior School.

In Years 9 and 10, students have a wide choice of subjects in our Electives Program.  The way this program operates and the opportunities for breadth of choice will be explained.  Heads of Departments of elective subjects will be present for informal discussions with individual parents and students after the presentation.

The 2019 course handbook will be available on the night, and also on the Scotch Oakburn College website and The Dash afterwards.

We look forward to welcoming families on Monday, 20 August and helping to guide you and your child through the subject selection process for Years 9 and 10.

Helen Dosser
Director of Curriculum 6-12

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Let consequences do the talk

by Michael Grose


Behavioural consequences are a parent’s best friends. When consistently applied, behavioural consequences will improve kids’ behaviour and increase personal responsibility.

Too often parents will over talk or repeat themselves to get cooperation from their kids. Too much talk and most kids tune out.

Alternatively, parents who protect their kids from the consequences of poor or selfish behaviour aren’t doing them any favours as they are robbing them of terrific learning opportunities.

I love the notion of behavioural consequences as they teach kids to take responsibility for their lives and to make smarter choices. They are also a non-punitive discipline measure, enabling kids to keep their dignity and ensuring that learning is maximised.

Parents can use two types of behavioural consequences: natural and logical.

Natural consequences

A natural consequence involves no adult interference. For instance, a child who leaves an excursion note at home will miss the excursion; a child who spends all his pocket money on the first day will have nothing for the weekend and a child who oversleeps and misses the bus walks to school. In these examples, children learn from the direct consequences of their own decisions and thus they are not protected from negative outcomes by their parents.

“It’s your fault, mum!”

Some kids are experts at manipulating their parents to rescue them from experiencing the consequences of their poor choices. They’ll blame their parents for not getting them out of bed on time, or for not reminding them about their responsibilities. It’s best to stand back and let the consequences work their magic!

NOTE: you shouldn’t use natural consequences when safety is an issue. Act decisively to ensure your child is safe.

Logical consequences

A logical consequence is used more frequently in family situations as it is the type of consequence that requires some form of adult intervention. A logical consequence is used when a child’s behaviour disturbs other people, infringes on others’ rights or is unsafe. A child who makes a noise in the family room is asked to leave; children who refuse to clean up their toys lose them for a period of time; a child who comes home late from a friend’s house loses the right to go out next time.

The 3 Rs of logical consequences

Consequences often involve the withdrawal of a privilege or a right. For example, a teenager who spends more time than agreed on Facebook may lose access to technology for a day or two.

Restitution, or making up to someone for unfair treatment or for loss of a possession, is another form of consequence. A child who willfully breaks his sister’s toy may make full or part payment for a replacement. In both these examples, the consequences are related to the child’s misdemeanours, are reasonable and are respectful of their dignity.

Here are four simple tips to help make sure your consequences are effective:

Tip 1: Set consequences “like whatever?”
Much of your success with the use of consequences lies in the manner in which they are issued. Issue a consequence using sarcasm or anger and your kids will be angry at you. Issue it free from emotion and without being heavy-handed and your kids are more likely to be mad at themselves.

Tip 2: When possible, negotiate consequences
If a child is going to a friend’s house for the first time at night, talk about their behaviour and home time. Also, discuss the likely consequences if they don’t stick to the agreement. As a rule, kids are more likely to abide by consequences when they’ve had a say in deciding them.

Tip 3: Avoid life sentences
Ban a child from a going out for a few days rather than leaving the duration open-ended. Set a time frame for the consequences and remember the second of the 3 Rs – reasonable – means that parents shouldn’t go overboard with consequences.

Tip 4: Don’t acquiesce to terrorism … or guilt
If your child issues a threat saying something like, “There’s no way you can make me come home at six o’clock,” don’t rise to the bait. Deflect it by saying, “We’ll talk about this tomorrow.” Don’t give in to threats of running away or non-cooperation. “I hope you don’t run away. It’s great having you at home. I want what is best for you.” Avoid stating what you would love to say, which may be something like, “Yeah, try running away. You wouldn’t last outside two days before you are back here begging for a good feed and comfortable bed!” Bite your tongue instead, and let the consequences do the teaching!

Kids in the early stages of adolescence draw strength from each other and rarely make parental challenges individually, or at least not without some back-up. “Everyone else is going…” “Bonnie’s mum is letting her go…” are the catchcries for this age group as they battle to get into the headspace of their parents. That’s why they gang up on parents. Not only is it more effective but working together gives them false bravado.


Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist