Acting Principal, Ben Marsland, looks back at an action-packed Term 3.


/ Middle School, Senior School

The northern heat of the annual MAT Mathematics Relay was held at Scotch Oakburn last weekend. Congratulations to the Year 11/12 team comprised of Chi Canty, Cassie Silberberg, Addison Djatschenko and Sandy Wood who came first in their event.

The second Year 11/12 team of Zoe Bremner, Lachie Frame, Zara Richman and Tom Gatenby also did very well, placing third.

In the Year 9/10 event, the two teams of Xavier Nesbit, Charlotte Ball and Nandun Harry Peiris (Jhett Marshall was absent) and Lincoln Giasli, Madeline Mitchell, Varani Harry Peiris and Chloe Robins came equal third – a great achievement.

The Year 7 team of Gina Kumar, Gomanth Lokesh and Ben Giasli (Harriet Woolley was absent) came 8th, while the Year 8s, Himash Keerthiratne, Angus Poulsen and Abel Lim (James Walker unavailable) came 5th.

The Year 6 team comprising Justin Thompson, Lexie Carins, Charlie Johnstone and Finn Harris came 10th out of 23 teams.

Congratulations to all participants on a fantastic weekend of results.

Jane Gregg
Acting Head of Senior School


/ Middle School, Senior School

It is extremely pleasing to be able to announce the results of the recent Tasmanian Japanese Speech Contest where over 300 contestants from around the State competed.  This enrichment activity gave students an opportunity to use their spoken Japanese skills.  Year 7 students prepared and delivered a self-introduction about 20 sentences long, while the Year 8 students delivered a memorised speech about “My Place – Tasmania”.  Year 9 students delivered a pre-prepared speech, which they constructed themselves, about what they did last Saturday. All students worked hard for this event and perhaps the hardest part was being videoed, as entries were via video.

Year 7 students: Annie Laws –  Honourable Mention, Olivia McLeod – Honourable Mention

Year 8 students: Emily Atherton – Participation, Erin Grubert – Participation, Makaela Fulton – Participation

Year 9 students: Lincoln Giasli – Honourable Mention, Elise Kingston – Third Place

Congratulations to all participants for their efforts.

Jenny Banbury
Coordinator of Japanese



/ Junior School

House Athletics

Yesterday’s House Athletics Carnival for Years 2-5 students was a wonderful way to draw the Term to a close (images below). Thank you to all students for the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the day and for their efforts in striving to achieve their personal best on the track and in the field.

Thank you to the Physical Education staff team led by Nicky Reid for all the planning, preparation and organisation of the full-day program designed to enable every student to have a number of opportunities to support and represent their House team. Also thanks to all staff and parents who acted as officials or supervisors throughout the day.

Finally, thank you to all family members and friends who were able to support the students as spectators.

End of Term

Thank you to all members of the Junior School learning community for your contribution to a very busy and productive Term 3. In particular, the efforts of students across all Year levels from Early Learning to Year 5 in supporting their peers, pursuing the questions and interests which are intriguing them and striving hard with the progression of their thinking and core learning skills are commended.

As we look forward to an action-packed Term 4 and consolidating the year’s learning, the holiday break might also be an opportunity for us all to reflect on our underpinning College values: Commitment, Courage, Compassion, Respect, and Responsibility. How can each of us ‘live’ and model these values day in, day out? The better we are able to do this in all pockets of our College community the more we will thrive together.

Best wishes to all students, staff and families for an enjoyable break that includes some time for rest.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Inter-House Athletics

The sun was shining at Scotch Oakburn Park for the 2022 House Athletics Carnival.  A rainbow of colours competed in events throughout the day displaying wonderful persistence and resilience. The House spirit displayed in tug of war and relays was a highlight, with the crowd loudly cheering on.

Congratulations to Hunter Fitzallen (Year 5) who smashed 3 records in the field set back in 2007:

Discus: Old Record: 19.5 New Record 23.12m
Javelin – Old Record: 22.12m, New Record 22.8m
Shot Put –Old Record: 8.01cm, New Record: 8.68cm

Maia Barritt (Year 3) broke the Year 3 High Jump record, jumping an impressive 1.15cm (old record 1.14m)

Final placings were Fox House first, Nance House second, Dean third and Briggs House fourth.

Thank you to the parent officials who supported the field program, and to Rob Breier and the Grounds team for preparing the grounds so beautifully.

Nicky Reid
HPE Teacher 


/ Middle School

Explore Year 8 (EY8)

Raising the profile of being a servant leader, is at the heart of the EY8 process.  This week, the Middle School was an epi-centre of pride and community connection.  Students displayed their EY8 projects to visitors and peers, these projects included: assisting animal welfare programs, neighbourhood improvements, teenage health habits, rural communities affected by floods and fire, enabling remote communities to gain access to sporting facilities, welding creations to enhance community projects, celebrating culture and food, exercise challenges to improve community health, motorbike rides to raise awareness of women’s health,  assisting local charities through awareness raising, refurbishing a College Sail Boat to its former glory and many more…these are just some of the EY8 projects that have been positively impacting our community over the past 16 weeks.  The sense of pride from the Year 8 students is the rewarding lens our Year 8 Mentor Teachers and families enjoyed the most this week.  Our next challenge is to encourage our Middle School student leaders to keep this ‘servant mindset’ as they continue on through their learning and aspire to ‘look outward’ and inspire others.


Ben Green
Head of Middle School


/ Senior School

Term 3 Reflections

After an incredibly busy Term 3, we can stop and reflect on the achievements, both individual and collective, of the College.

As we continue to embrace the Learner Attributes, we see these play out more and more in our everyday activities, whether that be in the classroom, on the sporting field, in the Performing Arts or in the Public Speaking arenas. More recently, in assembly this week, we recognised and celebrated student success in the Mat Mathematics Relay, the Evatt UN Debating Competition, Social Innovations award recipients for the Enterprising Students Workshop, inaugural SATIS Volleyball finalists, as well as recipients of Colours, NSATIS and SATIS Athletics certificates. These are just a handful of events that our students are involved in on a daily basis.  On a community level, past students and staff gathered for the Milestone Reunion where past students reconnected and reminisced about fond memories of their time at the College and and our parent community came together for Spring Fever. All this has happened on the domestic front whilst a small delegation of our students continue to be outstanding ambassadors for the College on the international scene, participating in the International Round Square Conference in the UK. What wonderful opportunities our students are provided and how wonderful they embrace these with such verve. I wish everyone a relaxing and well deserved break and look forward to the same energy and enthusiasm displayed in Term 4.

Jane Gregg
Acting Head of Senior School

EVATT UN Debating Success

The Evatt Trophy Competition is one of Australia’s most prestigious High School Model UN competitions. The Competition engages high school students across Australia in world affairs and issues through debating mock Security Council resolutions from the position of an assigned country.

The 2022 Evatt UN Debating Competition was held at Marist Regional College on Tuesday 20 September. The following students represented the College with distinction and have gone through to the finals; Charlotte Ball, Charlotte Oates Pryor, Amelia Corrigan, Stephanie Dunphy, Ella Fischer and Indra Gurudoss.  The finals take place today (Friday 30 September), in Launceston. We wish the team the very best of luck in what is a highly competitive and intense competition.

Jane Gregg
Acting Head of Senior School

Outdoor Leadership

Last Friday the Outdoor Leadership class headed to Derby for their final trip of the year. The class has been doing a unit on human/nature relationships, and how people perceive nature. Derby is a great venue to explore this, as there have been Aboriginal people, tin miners, loggers, and now mountain bikers who have all looked at the same piece of land very differently over time. The day started with a session with Aboriginal Elder Aunty Patsy Cameron, who ran a fascinating and very interactive workshop on Aboriginal relationships with the land. Throughout the day we also learnt about the tin mining history in Derby and finished off mountain biking some of the world-class trails in the area. The trip was an opportunity to bring a lot of the classroom theory to life in a memorable and practical way.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students


/ Senior School

UTAS Schools Recommendation Program

A reminder that application for the UTAS Schools Recommendation Program is open. Go to for details.

Need help?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your future studies, please you can contact UTAS at or call 1300 363 864 between 9.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.


Important Dates

Open Days

For information on other Open Days and registration details, please visit your chosen university web page.  Here is a guide to upcoming Open Days but please do check each website for the most up-to-date information.


On time interstate university applications close at the end of September!

September 29        Year 11 applications for the Tasmania Police Career Development Program are open now!

September 29        On time VTAC applications close (late penalty applies after this date)

September 29        UTAS Second Round of Offers released

September 30        UAC on time applications close (late penalty applies after this date)

September 30        UNSW Co-op Scholarship applications close

September 30        SOC Gap Year Marketing Assistant role applications close


October 6              Occupational Therapy as a Career Online Info Session 5:30 – 7:30pm Register at

October 7              VTAC Special Entry Access Schemes and VTAC Scholarship applications close

October 7              Applications for the final round of UTAS Schools Recommendation Program Early Offers close

October 11            Camp America Online Information Session – Register Here

October 13            UAC Pathways to University Webinar, 7:00pm – Register Here

October 18            Applications for the AgCareer Start Gap Year Program closes

October 27            UTAS Women in Technology event, 3:00pm to 5:00pm Register Here

October 31            UTAS Scholarship Applications close

A reminder to follow the Scotch Oakburn College Futures Facebook Page to be kept up to date with events and career-related information.

Teresa Darcy 
Careers Advisor / VET Coordinator


/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

This week saw our Therapy Dog, Paddy, as our special visitor at our Blessing of the Animal Service and who, I believe, barked at just the right place.  He is such a precious animal for us all to see, pat and engage with, as we walk around the Penquite Campus, so blessing him for his purpose was a real honour.

Next Term, the theme for the Term will be ‘kindness’, our students’ 4th Spiritual Core Value.  I am looking forward to serving our community with the wondering of “how do we actually embody kindness?”; so that it is not an afterthought or something to consider, but is ingrained into our spirit and minds so that kindness is always how we live and give to this wonderful world of ours.

As we now break for two weeks, I offer a morning prayer for us to enjoy and relax each and every day of our holidays:

As Morning Dawns

As morning dawns,
And the planet turns,
Possibility stretches before us,
So much potential within and ahead.

Let us love deeply and richly into the new day,
Letting go what failure and regret may linger,
Laying aside any hurt and anger,
For such things are too heavy a burden to journey into the present with.

Let us live,
Walking in your way,
Full of faith and hope,
Knowing that all may not be easy,
But that you are with us as we go.

This, God, we pray for all our community here at Scotch Oakburn.


Rev Grace
College Chaplain


/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

With the spring holidays upon us and the College Fitness Centre will be open for our community on specific days over the term break.  As always if you want to get an individualised program or join a class then come along.

Week One

Monday 3 October   6:00am – 8:00am

Wednesday 5 October 6:00am – 8:00am

Friday 7 October 6:00am – 8:00am

Week Two

Monday 10 October 6:00am – 8:00am

Wednesday 12 October 6:00am – 8:00am

Friday 14 October 6:00am – 8:00am

Opening hours return to normal on Monday 17 October (6:00am to 8:15am and 3.30pm to 6:00pm).

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make contact.

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education


/ Middle School, Senior School


A reminder to all students that have selected football as their winter sport for 2023, you will need to register with East Launceston Junior Football Club. Registration goes live on 1 November. Register immediately so you don’t miss out. Registrations that are late may not be accepted once teams are full, so it is important that you are a member in time for the next football season.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Sporting Mindset

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As we look forward to our summer sports in Term 4, I wonder what you are concentrating on in your mind.

For example, this week saw the last game for tennis great Roger Federer.   When asked about mindset once, he said, “There is no way around hard work.  Embrace it.  You have to put in the hours because there’s always something which you can improve.”

As I think of the rowers and their early mornings, loss of weekends through the Christmas period and beyond, who have already started their fitness – they are already experiencing what sacrifice and hard work is, to achieve their goals.

Let’s set our focus to the hard work that Roger talks about and achieve our winning spirit.

Enjoy your break everyone, see you back in Term 4.

Rev Grace
College Chaplain

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