College News2018-11-23T11:23:12+00:00



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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

Peace be with you

In the Year 8 Graduation Assembly last week I was given the honour of saying the final words to the students and guests. I thought it appropriate at that stage to pay homage to our Scottish forebears who started both Scotch College and MLC many years ago, with a Scottish Blessing:

If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be!

Given the festive season we are entering and the thought that so many people around the world are caught up in conflicts and tensions, I feel that these simple words give us a guide to a more harmonious world.

Merry Christmas and I hope that everyone in our community enjoys the love of their family and friends and has a safe and peaceful holiday over the coming weeks.

Andy Müller


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On Tuesday 11 December, Celebration was held at the Albert Hall, Launceston.  It included a wonderful evening of performances from events throughout the year, an opportunity to thank our Year 12 cohort for their time at the College and the announcement of our 2019 student leadership team.

A highlight of the evening was our College choir, made up of students from all year levels and staff.

Thank you to all our performers and participants for a great evening.

College Shop uniform sales for 2019

The College Shop will be open for ‘Back To School’ uniform sales from Monday 21 January 2019.

During the week of 21 January – 25 January, the College Shop is open by appointment only.

From Tuesday 29 January to Friday 1 February, appointments are available in the morning, 9.00 am – 12.00pm, with the shop then open for general sales from 12.30pm – 5.00pm.

Appointments can be booked via the College Shop page on our website.

Students requiring full uniform fittings, new students, or families with multiple children will need to book a one-hour appointment for uniform fittings.

Students entering Early Learning should book a 30-minute appointment, and those people that just need a top-up, please book a 30-minute appointment.

Book an appointment

Mel Heather
College Shop Coordinator


Junior School

December 2018 and January 2019 Vacation Care

The January Vacation Care program and booking form is now available.  Download the form for more information and to reserve days as needed.  The December program can also be downloaded from the same link below.

Vacation Care program

Holiday learning reflection

Alongside lots of reading for pleasure, the holiday break might offer a chance for students to reflect on this ‘Creative Thinking’ whiteboard which was a feature of the Elphin Art Studio this year and was shared with the audience at last week’s Final Assembly for the Year 5 class of 2018.

Early Learning Orientation Morning

All students in the Early Learning Elphin class groups (3-year-olds in Term 1) are invited to the  Orientation Morning (9.30-11.00am) on Friday 1 February. This is an opportunity to meet class teachers and learning assistants in home classrooms prior to the term commencing.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

End of school year

All classes finish the school year today. The Vacation Care program, open to all students aged 3-12 from Scotch Oakburn or other local schools, commences on Thursday 13 December and runs from 8.00am -5.30pm each weekday until Friday 21 December.

The program resumes on Monday 7 January and continues until Friday 1 February.

The Junior School office closes at 4.30pm on Wednesday 19 December and reopens at 8.00am on Tuesday 28 January.  The Penquite Campus office re-opens on Thursday 3 January after the Christmas break and the Junior School can be contacted via this office as required.

Thank you to all students and families for your support and contribution to the school year.

‘May the gifts of love, happiness and peace fill your hearts and homes this Christmas.’

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Lost property

There is still a significant amount of un-named lost property which has accumulated over the year – uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles – at the Junior School reception.  Please visit to claim any items.

Year 3 Art

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Congratulations to the following Year 3 students whose Batik artwork was selected for inclusion in the ArtStart Exhibition, ‘Cobwebs, Tangles and Networks’.

This exhibition is currently showing at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Wellington Street until June 2019.

Madeleine McLarty
Benji McDermott
Eva Shaw
Alex Miller
Clancy Lillywhite
Arlo Lancaster
Miya Springer

Suzanne Creese

Middle School

Middle School Cricket Tour

Fourteen Scotch Oakburn Middle School cricketers travelled to Melbourne for 3 days of cricket against Carey Grammar, Mentone Grammar and Wesley College last weekend.

Staying at the University of Melbourne (Queen’s College), the boys played three 50 over games. The first game was against Carey Grammar with Scotch Oakburn winning by just 6 runs. A wonderful game of cricket played in great spirit by both teams. Oliver Hadley was the top scorer followed by Tom Gatenby and Tom Keach. In the bowling, Hamish Knowles and Roy Penn took 2 wickets each with all other bowlers sharing the wickets – Charlie Skipper, Sam  Simpson, Casey Power, Tom Gatenby and Ollie Hadley.

The next game saw Mentone Grammar score 146 off their 50 overs. Casey Power, Kieran Towns and Tom Keach each took 2 wickets. In the run chase Scotch Oakburn was 5 for 51 and then an outstanding partnership of 90 runs between Ollie Hadley and Jack Nicholls took the score to within 6 runs followed by Ollie hitting the winning runs. Ollie Hadley finished 87 not out and Jack Nicholls made 24. Both innings by the boys showed a lot of concentration and maturity. Another fantastic effort.

The last game on tour was against Wesley College.  The team was feeling the heat and the effects of plenty of cricket. Wesley College had a very strong batting team and scored 209 off their 50 overs. Sam Simpson, Casey Power, Ollie Hadley,  Tom Keach and Wills Moses all took wickets. In the run chase, we managed 93 with Ollie Hadley again batting beautifully with 33 and Jack Nicholls with 17. All players in this game had a bat and bowl to finish what was a very enjoyable and successful tour.

These tours are more than just playing cricket. It is a great opportunity to be part of a team, and it great for individual development and social skills. Thank you to Mr Bo Power for his assistance, to parents who made the trip and other parents who supported their son in being able to participate and travel.

The squad was James Marshall, Wills Moses, Ollie Mcfarlane, Ollie Hadley, Tom Keach, Casey Power, Will Farquhar, Tom Gatenby, Jack Nicholls, Sam Simpson, Hamish Knowles, Charlie Skipper, Roy Penn and  Hamish Knowles.

Rob Jeffery
Director of Cricket

Indian Round Square Immersion

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The past week has been an awesome experience for six Middle Schoolers (and their escort) as they enthusiastically embraced the Round Square Conference at The Doon School in Dehradun, Northern India. While the conference theme related to the leadership and service IDEALS mainly, all six pillars were well and truly being lived. There were 154 students from 22 schools and only two delegations were not Indian Schools. As outsiders to this region, we were completely welcomed and our students did not seem to notice that they were the different ones this time. This is a credit to the way they embraced the experience and approached all their new friends with enthusiasm. We are now travelling in Agra, Jaipur and Delhi with the Danish delegation on an eye-opening post-conference tour.

Comments from the students on their experience thus far follow:

On Service Day I noticed the classrooms in the small rural school we were working in was jam-packed with students from all different ages and with not much space, this made me realise that I was very privileged to be here to help.

Amity Hodgetts

Through the Baraza sessions, I was made aware of the multiple traits needed to become a valuable leader, including consideration of people’s beliefs, skills and ideas.

Abirami Raj

As soon as I step off the bus for service day I’m hit with the reality of this world. Soon after the first shock, I am trudging through the ocean of stick huts, with little kids running around, smiles from head to toe and weary adults who look longingly towards the kids, wishing for the freedom of childhood.

Chloe Davis

Rishikesh was a phenomenal experience, the rafting kicked our group off with some adrenaline. I knew that the Ganges was a spiritual river, so I decided to cleanse myself and take a dip, this was relaxing, after the swim I took a really positive turn and especially liked the meeting we witnessed about making peace between Hindus and Muslims. I even got a chance to talk to one of the senior people in the Ashram about it and ask her some questions, I found this all very inspiring.

Lucien James-Wever

On the Service Day, it gave me great pleasure to do the painting work because it was fun and I learned how to paint while doing something for someone else.

Oliver Newman

Our Baraza group was appointed to paint some steps in a school to look like times tables. The looks on the children’s faces when they passed by put a smile on my face. The feeling of accomplishment and knowing that you have done something that will positively affect the students was humbling.

Oscar Winspear

Stuart Walls
Round Square Representative

Lost Property

There is still a significant amount of un-named lost property which has accumulated over the year – uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles – at the Middle School reception.  Please visit to claim any items.

Senior School

End of year

In finishing the year, I would like to thank senior students and their families for their contribution to the school year. It has again been a full and busy year with many highlights in a range of areas.

Wishing you all a safe and restful holiday break with the family and a wonderful Christmas.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Student achievement

Mia King (Year 11) has been selected in the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s Academy Squad. Mia is one of 48 players to have been named in the third intake of this Academy, with academy members receiving a NAB AFL Women’s Academy scholarship that provides high-performance camps and personal development opportunities over a 12-month period. Mia also played in a practice game against North Melbourne recently in Hobart and has been asked to start travelling to Melbourne regularly for training with the North Melbourne team.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Lost property

There is still a significant amount of un-named lost property which has accumulated over the year – uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles – at the Senior School student reception.  Please visit to claim any items.

Australian Schools Basketball Championships

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Our Senior boys travelled to Melbourne for the Australian Schools Basketball Championships from 2-7 December to participate in the U/20 Mens Division. They faced some very tough competition playing against the following schools: Mount Lilydale Mercy College (VIC), The Scots College (NSW), Hunter Sports High School (NSW), Reddam House School (NSW) and Newington College (NSW).

The boys won two games against Reddam House and Scotts College and only lost by under 10 points to the majority of the other schools, a slow start in a few of the games a contributing factor. The boys were challenged all week with both the competitive teams they faced and the stifling heat they had to endure. Most importantly, however, the boys gained so much from their experiences and developed as a team. It was certainly pleasing to see them come together and bond both on and off the court. Some great memories for all!

The team: Solomon Berechree, Nick Cario, Harry Corbould, Henry Cox, Will Harper, James Kingsley, Alex McCowan, Ben McShane (Captain), Angus Youl. Coach: Rick Wyllie, Assistant Coach: Shane Good, Team Manager: Natalie Good.

This year, for the first time, each of the boys also participated in a 3×3 Hustle competition at the start of the Championships. The team of Nick Cario, Henry Cox and Alex McCowan, progressed to the grand final. They matched up against the team from Endeavour Sports High in the U/17 Division. It turned out to be a thrilling final with the boys only losing by 2 points. Their highlight was definitely getting to experience what it was like to play on the show court at the State Basketball Centre.

On behalf of all the coaching staff that accompanied the team, we would just like to say that it was a fantastic trip and that all boys are congratulated for not only the great basketball that they played all week but also the sportsmanship they displayed.

We have definitely had another successful year in basketball and we look forward to 2019.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our basketball families a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Natalie Good & Virginia Berechree
Persons-in-Charge of Basketball

Round Square

Paying it forward @ Year 4 Leadership Day

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On Thursday eight of the Year 8 students who attended the “Discover More” Round Square conference in Thailand in April and two visiting exchange students from Radford College in Canberra, shared their learning about the Round Square Discoveries with the Year 4 students at their 2018 leadership day.

Sarah Gower ran a session on COMPASSION during which students wrote greeting cards to residents at the Fred French Aged Care home.

Kate McShane focussed on PROBLEM SOLVING with her chicken and fox riddle activity.

Ben Findlay, Lily Cleeland and Ellen Mihaljevic(exchange student from Radford College) tested student’s INQUISITIVENESS by challenging them to find clues which helped them to open a box with a surprise in it.

Sophie Chugg and Will Gray showed the Year 4s how to exercise the greatest TEAMWORK during an activity where all group members were blindfolded

Jack Briggs and Imogen Duigan helped students to practice their COMMUNICATION SKILLS as they tried to describe a word to a blindfolded member of their class without using certain words.

Cassie Silberberg and Sam Lloyd (exchange student from Radford College) used a stepping stones activity on milk crates to teach the Year 4s about TENACITY.

Students (The Explorers) were asked to reflect on their learning about each of the attributes (Discoveries) and then explain how they may apply these to their leadership of the Junior School in 2019. Scotch Oakburn’s newest group of young leaders learnt that knowledge and learning are far more powerful if you have the character skills and attributes to use that knowledge effectively in your day to day lives.

Stuart Walls
Round Square Representative



Make yourself redundant these holidays!

The basic task of parenting, whether you have a 2-year-old, a 12-year-old or even a 22-year-old is to work yourself out of a job. There is no better time for this than during the holidays!

Holidays are a great time for parents to move closer to redundancy. Of course, we never become redundant in a relationship sense – the emotional connection between our children and ourselves is never severed and hopefully only deepened over time. In practical, physical ways however we NEED to make our children less, rather than more reliant on us.

It is easy as parents during rushed school term time to take on some jobs and responsibilities that really should belong to our children. We find ourselves waking teenagers, making lunches and cleaning out school bags rather than giving these basic tasks of living over to them. Yes, it is often easier to do it ourselves but is it assisting with their development of independence?

The school holidays provide a good opportunity to reflect on the whole notion of job allocation. It is also a good time for children and adolescents to increase their job load when they are not burdened with schoolwork and extra-curricular activities.

Here’s my holiday challenge for you: Think of a job or two that you regularly do for your child that he/she can do for themselves. Then step back and let them do on a permanent basis. If you do that you are one step closer towards redundancy!

Hoping you all have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer break.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist