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Principal’s Message – Term 4 Week 8

 

Merry Christmas

As we approach the end of the academic year, it is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been; the growth of our students both personally and in their learning, and the many activities they have been involved in, and excelled at, that has made this year special for each and every one of them. It is the combined engagement and involvement in the classroom and beyond, that collectively develops the dynamic and vibrant learning community that we enjoy at Scotch Oakburn. For that, I thank all students, staff, parents and supporters of the College for your attitude and efforts throughout the year.

Over this week, a number of wonderful events have been held that signal the end of the school year as well as celebrating the learning of the students throughout 2019. We started with the Prep and Year 1 Christmas Carols at the Junior School, followed by the Carol Service at Penquite on Wednesday and the Junior School Carol Service Thursday night. Final Assemblies and Graduations were held for our Year 5 and 8 students as they prepare to transition to the Middle and Senior School respectively. Next week we complete the year’s farewells and recognise student achievement at Celebration on Tuesday evening. The events over this week and a half have, and will, celebrate what has been a fantastic year for Scotch Oakburn College.

This being the final news for 2019, and for those who cannot make it to Celebration next Tuesday, I trust you will all have a safe and relaxing summer holiday break and enjoy time with family and friends. As I said at the Penquite Christmas Carol Service, “If the very least that Christmas accomplishes is to bring families and friends together, to share a meal, laugh and enjoy the company of those we love and hold dear, then that is a wonderful thing.” Merry Christmas.

Andy Müller
Principal

Junior School end of year

As the school year draws to a close the Junior School is abuzz with excited learners from Early Learning to Year 5, along with their families,  celebrating a wonderful year of new discoveries, skill development and personal growth while at the same time looking forward to the new opportunities, friendships and adventures that await in 2020.

This week the Prep and Year 1 cohorts wowed their friends and families with Christmas celebrations highlighted by a strong sense of togetherness and spontaneous enjoyment of learning. Their music, public speaking and self-belief as learners in front of large audiences made these events very special moments for all who were present.

The Early Learning Erina 4-5 year olds brought similar joy to a gathering of families in Claremont Park, a setting which has been an integral part of their learning and fun together right through the school year.

On Thursday evening Year 4 students, supported by Year 2,3 and 5 musicians, led our Family Carol Service in a packed HPEC@Elphin. The confidence, flair and skill of the singers, storytellers and readers was a testament to an outstanding year’s growth and learning.

As this news is being published, the Year 5 ‘Class of 2019’ are farewelling the Junior School at their Final Assembly with family and friends in the Horton Auditorium as they look to embrace 2020 in the Middle School.

On Monday this year’s Early Learning Elphin group, the youngest students at the College, will celebrate the end of the first stage of their learning in the school environment with singing, games and a picnic together on the Elphin Campus.

All Junior School learners have much to be grateful for and to be proud of in the memories created through our shared experiences across an action-packed school year. Thank you to all who have contributed to the learning and life of the Junior School in 2019 and best wishes to all members of our community for a happy and safe Christmas and New Year holiday season.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Vale James McKenzie – Year 12, 2008

It was with great sadness that the College heard the news that James McKenzie (Year 12, 2008) passed away earlier this week. The College’s thoughts and prayers go out to Gina and Hugh, James’ parents, and Alexander, Marcus and John, James’ brothers, at this very sad time.

Andy Müller
Principal

Middle School End of Year

I would like to wish all students and families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.  I look forward to seeing everyone when school resumes on Monday, 3 February 2020.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

National Evatt Final

Year 11 students Zahara Walker Smith and Ethan Hamilton travelled to Brisbane to attend the National Evatt final as a part of the Tasmanian delegation.

The event sees the top 30 debating teams from around the country come together. Preliminary debates included topics on issues such as Kashmir, multilateralism, Boko Haram in the Chad river basin and issues about eco-terrorism. The judges spent a day deliberating to determine which teams from each chamber would progress to the final day of debates in the grand final.

We asked Ethan about the grand final experience. He said “All the Tasmanian teams made it to the grand final which was exciting and after a late night of research we were tired but proud to have even made it to the grand final. After a long day of debates and an even longer wait while the judges deliberated it was finally announced that Tasmania had won the best delegation overall and that Zahara and I had won the best team overall in our chambers of debate.”

We congratulate Zahara and Ethan on a fantastic achievement.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge of Debating

 

/ Senior School

Maths Club

Please note that there will be no Middle School Maths Club on Tuesday, 10 December due to Celebration being held on Tuesday evening.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Students hit the boards in Twist

Sixteen students from Scotch Oakburn Junior School performed in Twist this week at the Earl Arts Theatre. It received fantastic reviews over the three nights. The students worked exceptionally hard, displayed great teamwork, character, focus and camaraderie, but most importantly, put on a great show!

Back (L-R) Alexis Taylor, Lulu Palmer, Amelie Donald, Eloise Breden, Kirri Piper, Annabelle Sanzaro, Isabella Shaw, Grace Watters, William Donald, Eva Cetti

Front (L-R): Eva Shaw, Abigail Dracup, Lily Finlay, Sebastian Noonan, Lydia Sanzaro and Alyx Cetti.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Celebration – Tuesday 10 December

All students and families in Years 9-12 are invited to Celebration on Tuesday evening and will have received an invitation.  Students must wear their full winter uniform on the evening and arrive from 6.30pm, seated ready for a prompt 7.00pm start. Students in performances should arrive from 6.00pm.   I would ask that all students please ensure that they make a big effort with their uniform for this formal occasion.  It promises to be a wonderful night celebrating the highlights and student achievements and farewelling our Year 12 leavers of 2019.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

/ Senior School

Year 7 French

Year 7 French classes have visited Manu Bread in Invermay. Manu Bread is a renowned bakery that has just opened a café next to its production site in Invermay.

Propse r, the pastry chef from France, gave classes a tour of the installations. Students had the opportunity to try their French with him. He told them about the art of baking bread, and they even got to roll croissants. This was a great excursion that offered us a glimpse into the French passion for making bread and pastries. The students extended this fun trip with the lovely cakes prepared by our French host.

Merci, Prosper for having us. C’était délicieux!

Fabrice Dauchez
Teacher

/ Middle School

Junior School Summer Break

 

The end of term for all Junior School classes is at 3.00pm on Wednesday 11 December. After School Care closes at 6.00pm on the same day.

The December Vacation Care program commences at 8.00am on Thursday 12 December and closes at 6.00pm on Friday 20 December.  The January Vacation Care program commences at 8.00am on Monday 6 January and closes at 6.00pm on Friday 31 January. Full details of the Vacation Care programs and registration for attendance on a regular or occasional basis can be found on the link below or through the Junior School reception or the Outside School Hours Care room in the Early Learning Centre on the Elphin Campus.

The Elphin Campus reception closes at 4.30pm on Wednesday 18 December and reopens on Tuesday 27 January. Penquite Campus reception reopens 6 January and the Junior School can be contacted via this office if needed in January.

Term 1 2020 commences for all students on Monday 1 February. This follows an Orientation morning for all Early Learning students on Friday 31 January from 9.30am-11.00am.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

WAVE (Wellbeing And Values Education)

This week in WAVE the students at the Penquite campus participated in a Christmas Carol Chapel Service. Mr Andy Muller spoke about the history of Christmas and its interpretation. The WAVE Ambassadors then told the biblical story of Jesus’ birth through readings from Matthew and Luke punctuated by carols being beautifully sung by the Choir and school led by Denise Sam.

A big thank you to our WAVE Ambassadors of 2019 for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the WAVE program is informative, engaging and a reflection of our school values.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

/ Middle School, Senior School

Chess Nationals

From Sunday 1 December to Tuesday 3 December, nine students from the Middle and Senior School participated in the 2019 Chess Nationals at the University College near Melbourne University. It continues a long tradition of chess excellence at Scotch Oakburn as it is our third consecutive trip to the highest level of school chess in Australia.

Chess requires intense focus and lots of practice and it is very challenging to do well against the best in the nation. Despite doing consistently well for years at State level, our students don’t have the same regular exposure to quality opposition and their rankings are generally lower than those of students from the mainland. However, they all raised to the challenge and nobody won fewer than two matches out of seven which really is a great achievement considering the quality of chess played at this tournament.

Addison Djatschenko (Year 9) had a fantastic tournament in the Middle Year division (Year 7 to Year 9). He finished with five wins and he only narrowly lost to the overall winner to claim 15th in the nation.

James Banbury (Year 12) confirmed a stellar first (and unfortunately last) year of chess and defeated four opponents who were better ranked than him. He claimed 29th position in the nation. Chess Captain, Siddhant Kohli (Year 11) also had a great tournament finishing with four wins and a draw, claiming a superb 16th position in the nation.

It was a fun trip and everybody had a great time and enjoyed the intellectual exercise. Students learnt a lot about chess, resilience and perseverance and more importantly, they had a lot of fun with like-minded people.

They represented the College proudly and it was very gratifying for me to have taken a lovely group of exemplary students to this event.

Fabrice Dauchez
Person-in-Charge of Chess 

/ Middle School, Senior School

Student Achievement

Charlotte Fontyn (Year 10) was a member of the Tasmanian team that won the Open Co-ed Level 2 National Title at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation Nationals held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The first Tasmanian team to win a title, a fantastic achievement!

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

/ Senior School

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awarded

Congratulations to India Veevers (Year 12)  who, on Friday evening at Government House in Hobart, was presented with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award from Her Excellency The Honorable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania. This is an exceptional achievement and we congratulate India on her commitment in achieving this award.

Lauren Knight
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

/ Senior School

College Fitness Centre

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the staff, students and parents who have been active in the fitness centre throughout the school year. Many have made some outstanding gains as a result of their willingness to work hard and apply themselves at every session. I am sure they will be setting some new targets for the next school year.

The fitness centre will be open as normal next week (9-12 December) during the mornings, but open Monday and Tuesday afternoons only.

Over the holiday break, the fitness centre will be open from 6.00am until 8.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with classes at 6.15am and repeated at 7.15am. Of course, if you just want to come along with friends or train individually, we are always more than happy to see you.

The Fitness centre will operate as normal from 6.00am until 8.15am Monday to Friday and 3.30pm until 6.00pm Monday to Thursday from 3 February.

Have a wonderful holiday period!

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

Cricket

Last weekend saw our Middle School cricketers tour Melbourne and Geelong. Matches were arranged against Carey Grammar and Geelong College,

Our young cricketers performed extremely well winning a close game against Carey Grammar and losing a rain-affected match against Geelong College.

Over the two days, we were able to involve all players in games. Captained by Charlie Skipper, the team consisted of a lot of characters and personalities. They not only gave their best but also enjoyed each other’s company throughout the weekend.

Highest scores were Oscar Winspear 42 and Ollie McFarlane 37 not out. Tom Keach and Quinn Elliott were the highest wicket-takers taking 3 wickets each over the weekend. All the remaining players namely Ben Atkins, Rory Dick, Archie Edwards, Oliver Knowles, Josh Lyne and William Moses played important parts during the games and contributed to the team.

Thank you to Mr John Gaby for accompanying the group, umpiring and driving the bus.

Our Senior cricketers will be playing next Monday and Tuesday in the SATIS 20/20 tournament at Scotch Oakburn Park. On Wednesday a Scotch Oakburn cricket development team will play against Mentone Grammar from Melbourne. This match will also be played at Scotch Oakburn Park.

During January (13- 18) we will be hosting games against the Kings School (Sydney), Southport School (Queensland) and Pulteney Grammar (Adelaide).

Rob Jeffery
Director of Cricket

/ Middle School

Mannalargenna Day Celebration

This Saturday 7 December is the Mannalargenna Day Celebration, hosted by Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation at Musselroe Bay.

This celebration is to be opened by the Hon. Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania and features student William Scott (Year 10) paying tribute to Alfred Hearps, a fallen World War One soldier. Events start at 9.30am and William’s presentation is at 10.30am. I know that William would appreciate any support from our community if there are those who are able to attend.

Sarah Lilywhite 
Head of Humanities

Year 3 get into dumplings

After learning all about Chinese dumplings in Term 4, our Year 3 students had a great day making and eating dumplings. From rolling the dough to sealing the fillings, the Year 3s did an amazing job and learned a useful life skill!

For most students, this was their first time making dumplings and for others, they tasted dumplings for the first time. It was such a unique experience cooking, eating and sharing in the classroom.

Lutong Cordell
Teacher

/ Junior School

College Shop

The College Shop staff look forward to continuing to assist the College community with uniform requirements in 2020. Our opening hours prior to the start of Term 1 2020 will be:

Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January

– 9.00am to 5.00pm – by appointment only

Monday 27 January CLOSED (Public Holiday)

Tuesday 28 January to Friday 31 January

– 9.00am to 12.00pm – by appointment only

– 12.30pm to 5.00pm – General sales

Visit the College Shop page on our website to book your appointments and view stationery and uniform requirements.

Merry Christmas!

Deanne Dietrich
College Shop

Books from conneXions

A reminder as we approach the end of the year that all student loans from conneXions need to be returned.  Details have been sent home in your child’s planner. We seek your kind assistance in arranging for the return of these by Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Please contact conneXions staff if you have any questions about your child’s book loans.

/ Junior School

Hosting a Japanese girl

The College is seeking a family to host a Japanese girl for 2 weeks in March.  She will be 15 or 16 years old.  Should you be in a position to host, please let me at your earliest convenience at jenny.banbury@soc.tas.edu.au.  Thank you to those families who have already responded about hosting our other visiting girls.

Jenny Banbury
Coordinator of Japanese

/ Middle School, Senior School

When a child loses a pet

Author: Michael Grose


 

New Zealand singing sensation Lorde created a social media frenzy recently when she announced that she’s putting her new recording on hold while she deals with the death of her dog.

The immediate reaction of this writer was not supportive. I shared a link to an article in UK newspaper The Independent titled “Lorde delays new album release after death of dog” and commented “Sorry, is it just me or can others see a problem with this? 7.6 million followers (presumably mostly young) are influenced by her. A little more resilience may be in order. Am I being too harsh?”

Presumably yes, if the majority of the replies I received were an accurate indicator of the general public’s opinion. This reply from a lady named Sarah got me thinking, “…is she saying that it’s ok to grieve……?” A great reminder that as humans become closer to their pets we also need to grant ourselves permission to grieve when they pass away – especially children and young people.

Kids grow close

Children’s pets come in all shapes, sizes and types. Whether it’s a goldfish in a bowl, the family pooch or a horse kept in a nearby paddock, kids grow attached to their pets.

When I was 11 I bought a guinea pig at my school’s fete. I was excited as this was the first pet that I’d owned. With my father’s help I built an enclosure in our back yard. I cared for my new furry friend with great earnestness– feeding it daily, cleaning its enclosure each weekend and letting it wander free range every now and again.

Unfortunately, a friend’s dog clawed its way into the enclosure and killed my guinea pig. It was my first close-up experience of death. I moped around for days, thinking that I’d never recover. Fortunately, my mother allowed me to be sad rather than insist that I get over it. Her patience was a blessing.

Nothing is permanent

Keeping pets teaches kids so much about living a fruitful life, including caring for others, taking responsibility and being organised. However the biggest lesson for kids about the whole pet-keeping caper is that nothing in life is permanent. Even good things come to an end. There is a transience to life that can be both wonderful and hurtful. The passing of a loved pet can teach kids to value what they have rather than wish it away when the going (feeding, caring, cleaning the pen) gets tough.

Attachment can hurt

The lesson of loss is a harsh but important one for kids though it can be difficult for a child to absorb at the time when a cherished pet passes. It can feel like nothing will ever be the same. But kids move on. They learn that these difficult feelings pass over time, which is a vital resilience lesson to absorb.

Permission to feel

The attitude of parents when kids experience loss influences how they cope. My mother intuitively knew that she needed to give me time and space for my hurt to heal. Her empathetic response gave me the permission I needed to grieve and be genuinely sad about my loss. The fact that I remember this incident and her response after many decades shows the impact of both the event and her response.

Giving permission to experience feelings is particularly important for boys who’ve been conditioned for centuries to bury their sadness rather than recognise it, feel comfortable with it and carry it with them. When sadness is denied it almost always shows itself as anger – it’s got to come out somewhere.

There’s a lesson to be learned from Lorde’s response to her dog’s death. Putting an important recording on hold (which would impact many people including those whose income relies on her) may be an extreme response, but grieving is a process that takes time, requires mental space and needs others to make allowances for personal struggles.


 

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

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Principal’s Message – Term 4 Week 8

 

Merry Christmas

As we approach the end of the academic year, it is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been; the growth of our students both personally and in their learning, and the many activities they have been involved in, and excelled at, that has made this year special for each and every one of them. It is the combined engagement and involvement in the classroom and beyond, that collectively develops the dynamic and vibrant learning community that we enjoy at Scotch Oakburn. For that, I thank all students, staff, parents and supporters of the College for your attitude and efforts throughout the year.

Over this week, a number of wonderful events have been held that signal the end of the school year as well as celebrating the learning of the students throughout 2019. We started with the Prep and Year 1 Christmas Carols at the Junior School, followed by the Carol Service at Penquite on Wednesday and the Junior School Carol Service Thursday night. Final Assemblies and Graduations were held for our Year 5 and 8 students as they prepare to transition to the Middle and Senior School respectively. Next week we complete the year’s farewells and recognise student achievement at Celebration on Tuesday evening. The events over this week and a half have, and will, celebrate what has been a fantastic year for Scotch Oakburn College.

This being the final news for 2019, and for those who cannot make it to Celebration next Tuesday, I trust you will all have a safe and relaxing summer holiday break and enjoy time with family and friends. As I said at the Penquite Christmas Carol Service, “If the very least that Christmas accomplishes is to bring families and friends together, to share a meal, laugh and enjoy the company of those we love and hold dear, then that is a wonderful thing.” Merry Christmas.

Andy Müller
Principal

Junior School end of year

As the school year draws to a close the Junior School is abuzz with excited learners from Early Learning to Year 5, along with their families,  celebrating a wonderful year of new discoveries, skill development and personal growth while at the same time looking forward to the new opportunities, friendships and adventures that await in 2020.

This week the Prep and Year 1 cohorts wowed their friends and families with Christmas celebrations highlighted by a strong sense of togetherness and spontaneous enjoyment of learning. Their music, public speaking and self-belief as learners in front of large audiences made these events very special moments for all who were present.

The Early Learning Erina 4-5 year olds brought similar joy to a gathering of families in Claremont Park, a setting which has been an integral part of their learning and fun together right through the school year.

On Thursday evening Year 4 students, supported by Year 2,3 and 5 musicians, led our Family Carol Service in a packed HPEC@Elphin. The confidence, flair and skill of the singers, storytellers and readers was a testament to an outstanding year’s growth and learning.

As this news is being published, the Year 5 ‘Class of 2019’ are farewelling the Junior School at their Final Assembly with family and friends in the Horton Auditorium as they look to embrace 2020 in the Middle School.

On Monday this year’s Early Learning Elphin group, the youngest students at the College, will celebrate the end of the first stage of their learning in the school environment with singing, games and a picnic together on the Elphin Campus.

All Junior School learners have much to be grateful for and to be proud of in the memories created through our shared experiences across an action-packed school year. Thank you to all who have contributed to the learning and life of the Junior School in 2019 and best wishes to all members of our community for a happy and safe Christmas and New Year holiday season.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Vale James McKenzie – Year 12, 2008

It was with great sadness that the College heard the news that James McKenzie (Year 12, 2008) passed away earlier this week. The College’s thoughts and prayers go out to Gina and Hugh, James’ parents, and Alexander, Marcus and John, James’ brothers, at this very sad time.

Andy Müller
Principal

Middle School End of Year

I would like to wish all students and families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.  I look forward to seeing everyone when school resumes on Monday, 3 February 2020.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

National Evatt Final

Year 11 students Zahara Walker Smith and Ethan Hamilton travelled to Brisbane to attend the National Evatt final as a part of the Tasmanian delegation.

The event sees the top 30 debating teams from around the country come together. Preliminary debates included topics on issues such as Kashmir, multilateralism, Boko Haram in the Chad river basin and issues about eco-terrorism. The judges spent a day deliberating to determine which teams from each chamber would progress to the final day of debates in the grand final.

We asked Ethan about the grand final experience. He said “All the Tasmanian teams made it to the grand final which was exciting and after a late night of research we were tired but proud to have even made it to the grand final. After a long day of debates and an even longer wait while the judges deliberated it was finally announced that Tasmania had won the best delegation overall and that Zahara and I had won the best team overall in our chambers of debate.”

We congratulate Zahara and Ethan on a fantastic achievement.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge of Debating

 

/ Senior School

Maths Club

Please note that there will be no Middle School Maths Club on Tuesday, 10 December due to Celebration being held on Tuesday evening.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Students hit the boards in Twist

Sixteen students from Scotch Oakburn Junior School performed in Twist this week at the Earl Arts Theatre. It received fantastic reviews over the three nights. The students worked exceptionally hard, displayed great teamwork, character, focus and camaraderie, but most importantly, put on a great show!

Back (L-R) Alexis Taylor, Lulu Palmer, Amelie Donald, Eloise Breden, Kirri Piper, Annabelle Sanzaro, Isabella Shaw, Grace Watters, William Donald, Eva Cetti

Front (L-R): Eva Shaw, Abigail Dracup, Lily Finlay, Sebastian Noonan, Lydia Sanzaro and Alyx Cetti.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Celebration – Tuesday 10 December

All students and families in Years 9-12 are invited to Celebration on Tuesday evening and will have received an invitation.  Students must wear their full winter uniform on the evening and arrive from 6.30pm, seated ready for a prompt 7.00pm start. Students in performances should arrive from 6.00pm.   I would ask that all students please ensure that they make a big effort with their uniform for this formal occasion.  It promises to be a wonderful night celebrating the highlights and student achievements and farewelling our Year 12 leavers of 2019.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

/ Senior School

Year 7 French

Year 7 French classes have visited Manu Bread in Invermay. Manu Bread is a renowned bakery that has just opened a café next to its production site in Invermay.

Propse r, the pastry chef from France, gave classes a tour of the installations. Students had the opportunity to try their French with him. He told them about the art of baking bread, and they even got to roll croissants. This was a great excursion that offered us a glimpse into the French passion for making bread and pastries. The students extended this fun trip with the lovely cakes prepared by our French host.

Merci, Prosper for having us. C’était délicieux!

Fabrice Dauchez
Teacher

/ Middle School

Junior School Summer Break

 

The end of term for all Junior School classes is at 3.00pm on Wednesday 11 December. After School Care closes at 6.00pm on the same day.

The December Vacation Care program commences at 8.00am on Thursday 12 December and closes at 6.00pm on Friday 20 December.  The January Vacation Care program commences at 8.00am on Monday 6 January and closes at 6.00pm on Friday 31 January. Full details of the Vacation Care programs and registration for attendance on a regular or occasional basis can be found on the link below or through the Junior School reception or the Outside School Hours Care room in the Early Learning Centre on the Elphin Campus.

The Elphin Campus reception closes at 4.30pm on Wednesday 18 December and reopens on Tuesday 27 January. Penquite Campus reception reopens 6 January and the Junior School can be contacted via this office if needed in January.

Term 1 2020 commences for all students on Monday 1 February. This follows an Orientation morning for all Early Learning students on Friday 31 January from 9.30am-11.00am.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

WAVE (Wellbeing And Values Education)

This week in WAVE the students at the Penquite campus participated in a Christmas Carol Chapel Service. Mr Andy Muller spoke about the history of Christmas and its interpretation. The WAVE Ambassadors then told the biblical story of Jesus’ birth through readings from Matthew and Luke punctuated by carols being beautifully sung by the Choir and school led by Denise Sam.

A big thank you to our WAVE Ambassadors of 2019 for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the WAVE program is informative, engaging and a reflection of our school values.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

/ Middle School, Senior School

Chess Nationals

From Sunday 1 December to Tuesday 3 December, nine students from the Middle and Senior School participated in the 2019 Chess Nationals at the University College near Melbourne University. It continues a long tradition of chess excellence at Scotch Oakburn as it is our third consecutive trip to the highest level of school chess in Australia.

Chess requires intense focus and lots of practice and it is very challenging to do well against the best in the nation. Despite doing consistently well for years at State level, our students don’t have the same regular exposure to quality opposition and their rankings are generally lower than those of students from the mainland. However, they all raised to the challenge and nobody won fewer than two matches out of seven which really is a great achievement considering the quality of chess played at this tournament.

Addison Djatschenko (Year 9) had a fantastic tournament in the Middle Year division (Year 7 to Year 9). He finished with five wins and he only narrowly lost to the overall winner to claim 15th in the nation.

James Banbury (Year 12) confirmed a stellar first (and unfortunately last) year of chess and defeated four opponents who were better ranked than him. He claimed 29th position in the nation. Chess Captain, Siddhant Kohli (Year 11) also had a great tournament finishing with four wins and a draw, claiming a superb 16th position in the nation.

It was a fun trip and everybody had a great time and enjoyed the intellectual exercise. Students learnt a lot about chess, resilience and perseverance and more importantly, they had a lot of fun with like-minded people.

They represented the College proudly and it was very gratifying for me to have taken a lovely group of exemplary students to this event.

Fabrice Dauchez
Person-in-Charge of Chess 

/ Middle School, Senior School

Student Achievement

Charlotte Fontyn (Year 10) was a member of the Tasmanian team that won the Open Co-ed Level 2 National Title at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation Nationals held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The first Tasmanian team to win a title, a fantastic achievement!

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

/ Senior School

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awarded

Congratulations to India Veevers (Year 12)  who, on Friday evening at Government House in Hobart, was presented with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award from Her Excellency The Honorable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania. This is an exceptional achievement and we congratulate India on her commitment in achieving this award.

Lauren Knight
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

/ Senior School

College Fitness Centre

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the staff, students and parents who have been active in the fitness centre throughout the school year. Many have made some outstanding gains as a result of their willingness to work hard and apply themselves at every session. I am sure they will be setting some new targets for the next school year.

The fitness centre will be open as normal next week (9-12 December) during the mornings, but open Monday and Tuesday afternoons only.

Over the holiday break, the fitness centre will be open from 6.00am until 8.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with classes at 6.15am and repeated at 7.15am. Of course, if you just want to come along with friends or train individually, we are always more than happy to see you.

The Fitness centre will operate as normal from 6.00am until 8.15am Monday to Friday and 3.30pm until 6.00pm Monday to Thursday from 3 February.

Have a wonderful holiday period!

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

Cricket

Last weekend saw our Middle School cricketers tour Melbourne and Geelong. Matches were arranged against Carey Grammar and Geelong College,

Our young cricketers performed extremely well winning a close game against Carey Grammar and losing a rain-affected match against Geelong College.

Over the two days, we were able to involve all players in games. Captained by Charlie Skipper, the team consisted of a lot of characters and personalities. They not only gave their best but also enjoyed each other’s company throughout the weekend.

Highest scores were Oscar Winspear 42 and Ollie McFarlane 37 not out. Tom Keach and Quinn Elliott were the highest wicket-takers taking 3 wickets each over the weekend. All the remaining players namely Ben Atkins, Rory Dick, Archie Edwards, Oliver Knowles, Josh Lyne and William Moses played important parts during the games and contributed to the team.

Thank you to Mr John Gaby for accompanying the group, umpiring and driving the bus.

Our Senior cricketers will be playing next Monday and Tuesday in the SATIS 20/20 tournament at Scotch Oakburn Park. On Wednesday a Scotch Oakburn cricket development team will play against Mentone Grammar from Melbourne. This match will also be played at Scotch Oakburn Park.

During January (13- 18) we will be hosting games against the Kings School (Sydney), Southport School (Queensland) and Pulteney Grammar (Adelaide).

Rob Jeffery
Director of Cricket

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Mannalargenna Day Celebration

This Saturday 7 December is the Mannalargenna Day Celebration, hosted by Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation at Musselroe Bay.

This celebration is to be opened by the Hon. Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania and features student William Scott (Year 10) paying tribute to Alfred Hearps, a fallen World War One soldier. Events start at 9.30am and William’s presentation is at 10.30am. I know that William would appreciate any support from our community if there are those who are able to attend.

Sarah Lilywhite 
Head of Humanities

Year 3 get into dumplings

After learning all about Chinese dumplings in Term 4, our Year 3 students had a great day making and eating dumplings. From rolling the dough to sealing the fillings, the Year 3s did an amazing job and learned a useful life skill!

For most students, this was their first time making dumplings and for others, they tasted dumplings for the first time. It was such a unique experience cooking, eating and sharing in the classroom.

Lutong Cordell
Teacher

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College Shop

The College Shop staff look forward to continuing to assist the College community with uniform requirements in 2020. Our opening hours prior to the start of Term 1 2020 will be:

Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January

– 9.00am to 5.00pm – by appointment only

Monday 27 January CLOSED (Public Holiday)

Tuesday 28 January to Friday 31 January

– 9.00am to 12.00pm – by appointment only

– 12.30pm to 5.00pm – General sales

Visit the College Shop page on our website to book your appointments and view stationery and uniform requirements.

Merry Christmas!

Deanne Dietrich
College Shop

Books from conneXions

A reminder as we approach the end of the year that all student loans from conneXions need to be returned.  Details have been sent home in your child’s planner. We seek your kind assistance in arranging for the return of these by Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Please contact conneXions staff if you have any questions about your child’s book loans.

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Hosting a Japanese girl

The College is seeking a family to host a Japanese girl for 2 weeks in March.  She will be 15 or 16 years old.  Should you be in a position to host, please let me at your earliest convenience at jenny.banbury@soc.tas.edu.au.  Thank you to those families who have already responded about hosting our other visiting girls.

Jenny Banbury
Coordinator of Japanese

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When a child loses a pet

Author: Michael Grose


 

New Zealand singing sensation Lorde created a social media frenzy recently when she announced that she’s putting her new recording on hold while she deals with the death of her dog.

The immediate reaction of this writer was not supportive. I shared a link to an article in UK newspaper The Independent titled “Lorde delays new album release after death of dog” and commented “Sorry, is it just me or can others see a problem with this? 7.6 million followers (presumably mostly young) are influenced by her. A little more resilience may be in order. Am I being too harsh?”

Presumably yes, if the majority of the replies I received were an accurate indicator of the general public’s opinion. This reply from a lady named Sarah got me thinking, “…is she saying that it’s ok to grieve……?” A great reminder that as humans become closer to their pets we also need to grant ourselves permission to grieve when they pass away – especially children and young people.

Kids grow close

Children’s pets come in all shapes, sizes and types. Whether it’s a goldfish in a bowl, the family pooch or a horse kept in a nearby paddock, kids grow attached to their pets.

When I was 11 I bought a guinea pig at my school’s fete. I was excited as this was the first pet that I’d owned. With my father’s help I built an enclosure in our back yard. I cared for my new furry friend with great earnestness– feeding it daily, cleaning its enclosure each weekend and letting it wander free range every now and again.

Unfortunately, a friend’s dog clawed its way into the enclosure and killed my guinea pig. It was my first close-up experience of death. I moped around for days, thinking that I’d never recover. Fortunately, my mother allowed me to be sad rather than insist that I get over it. Her patience was a blessing.

Nothing is permanent

Keeping pets teaches kids so much about living a fruitful life, including caring for others, taking responsibility and being organised. However the biggest lesson for kids about the whole pet-keeping caper is that nothing in life is permanent. Even good things come to an end. There is a transience to life that can be both wonderful and hurtful. The passing of a loved pet can teach kids to value what they have rather than wish it away when the going (feeding, caring, cleaning the pen) gets tough.

Attachment can hurt

The lesson of loss is a harsh but important one for kids though it can be difficult for a child to absorb at the time when a cherished pet passes. It can feel like nothing will ever be the same. But kids move on. They learn that these difficult feelings pass over time, which is a vital resilience lesson to absorb.

Permission to feel

The attitude of parents when kids experience loss influences how they cope. My mother intuitively knew that she needed to give me time and space for my hurt to heal. Her empathetic response gave me the permission I needed to grieve and be genuinely sad about my loss. The fact that I remember this incident and her response after many decades shows the impact of both the event and her response.

Giving permission to experience feelings is particularly important for boys who’ve been conditioned for centuries to bury their sadness rather than recognise it, feel comfortable with it and carry it with them. When sadness is denied it almost always shows itself as anger – it’s got to come out somewhere.

There’s a lesson to be learned from Lorde’s response to her dog’s death. Putting an important recording on hold (which would impact many people including those whose income relies on her) may be an extreme response, but grieving is a process that takes time, requires mental space and needs others to make allowances for personal struggles.


 

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

Principal’s Message Term 4 Week 7

Wellbeing: Mobile Phones and Alcohol

Many of you may have read the article that appeared in the Examiner yesterday announcing the banning of mobile phones in Government Schools from the start of Term 2, 2020 – a portion of which is below.

“As of Term two next year the use of mobile phones by students will be banned in all state government schools. Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced the ban, which will apply to all students from primary school until Year 12.”

As you are aware this has been in place at Scotch Oakburn for quite some time, as was reported in the Examiner in June this year http://www.examiner.com.au/story/6245361/students-share-the-impact-of-losing-a-mobile-phone/.

Ultimately we want our students to be independent learners who can self-regulate and make good choices about how they use technology, realising that at times it can be a hindrance to their learning, to social interactions and their personal development. The addictive physical responses via hormones released by the brain as a consequence of some uses of technology are the same addictive responses as those from the use of tobacco and alcohol. It is therefore appropriate, as we learn more about these effects on developing brains, that we monitor and restrict the use of technology where we know that it has a detrimental effect on wellbeing.

Another wellbeing topic that appeared in the media recently is the consumption of alcohol by teenagers. In recent years the College has engaged the services of Paul Dillon to speak to our students, staff and parents about drugs and alcohol. Paul’s presentations are factual and non-judgemental and his manner and style ensure that our students eagerly look forward to his presentations. One message he has been pushing for some time is that the earlier young people are introduced to alcohol, the greater the risk of negative impacts on their health and wellbeing, regardless of whether that is in an adult-supervised environment or not. Recently research has emerged to support his experience-based position: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0376871619302881.

Learning, wellbeing, a sense of belonging and involvement in the broader life of the College, are inter-dependent and support each other in the holistic education of our students. Therefore, sound research findings are important in determining decisions and actions the College takes, especially in matters relating to student wellbeing.

Andy Müller
Principal

Spring Fundraiser

Wow – what a night! Thank you for embracing the combination of the annual Spring Cocktail Party and Rowing Fundraiser. It was a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and support our students and the College.

Our College community provided incredible support in terms of the items donated for both the live and silent auctions – thank you.

Thanks also to the rowing parents who prepared & cooked the food, our rowing students who looked after the food & beverage on the evening and our Year Level Parent Representatives for their support in encouraging attendance.

It was fantastic to be able to use Laneway@Elphin for this year’s fundraising event. The transformation of the area is excellent and it allowed us to keep our costs to an absolute minimum.

Thanks again for joining us to celebrate our community and to help raise these valuable funds.

Andy Müller
Principal

Family Carol Service

All members of the College community are warmly invited to the annual Family Carol Service at the Elphin Campus (oval), commencing at 6.30pm on Thursday 5 December. The Service will be led by Year 4 students and features singers and speakers from Years 2-5.

Bring a rug or picnic chairs and enjoy an hour with Junior Students as they lead us into the spirit of Christmas.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Global competence

In a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent, the Round Square pillar of Internationalism is a crucial component of a 21st century education.

Internationalism, also known as ‘global competence’, can be defined as being open to diversity, concerned for others elsewhere in the world, respectful of other cultures, and able to understand others’ perspectives. However, many educators around the world have grappled with how best to teach global competence and to help students to connect and interact respectfully with people from other cultures. As such, Round Square commissioned a team of researchers from Harvard University and Research Schools International to undertake a study into how Internationalism can best be taught in schools. The study involved over 11,000 students and 1,900 teachers in 34 countries across 6 continents, and identified 5 effective ways for students to build their global competence:

Volunteering services to help people in the wider community
Participating in events celebrating cultural diversity throughout the school year
Learning how people from different cultures can have different perspectives on some issues
Participating in classroom discussions about world events
Learning to solve conflicts with other people in the classroom

The research team leader, Dr Christina Hinton, also added that: “Students will need global competence to engage in international collaborations in fields such as science, health, and technology, navigate an internationally interdependent economic and political landscape and tackle global issues like climate change.” The ability for students to engage in Internationalism in a practical, personal way cannot be understated. One student from Brookhouse school in Kenya, who went to Nepal on a Service trip, noted that: “Prior to the trip, my perception of service was donating money and goods to people in need. However, this project taught me to think of service as a partnership, essentially helping people to help themselves. For the first time, I truly understood the value of extending a hand out as opposed to giving a hand-out.”

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

UNSW Global Assessments

Each year students across Years 3-5 are offered the opportunity to undertake UNSW Global assessments (ICAS and Reach) through the University of New South Wales online educational assessment program for students across Australia and internationally. Tests are available in English, Writing, Spelling, Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies and these provide another avenue for interested learners to build their experience in working under test conditions as well as challenging themselves in their learning.

This year 30 Junior School students opted in to one or more papers through UNSW Global and all are commended for their efforts. Special congratulations go to Isaac Dhanaraj (Year 4) who was awarded a medal as the highest-scoring Tasmanian Year 4 student on the ICAS Writing test.

Information about the 2020 program can be found online and will also be available to families early in Term 1.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Junior School Final Assembly

Friends and family of Year 5 students have been invited to the Junior School Final Assembly to be held in the Horton Auditorium (Penquite Campus) from 1.30pm on Friday 6 December.

The assembly is led by the Year 5’s as their time at the Junior School is drawing to a close and they are preparing for the transition to the Middle School in 2020. Over the last two weeks Year 5 students, accompanied by their parents, have been signing the Valedictory Register at the Junior School reception and at the Final Assembly all members of the year group will be presented with their Mary Fox Certificate as a memento of their Junior School years.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Vacation Care

Full details of the programs and registration process for the summer Vacation Care programs are available on the College website or through the Junior School reception or Outside School Hours Care room at the Elphin Campus.

The December program runs from Thursday 12 December to Friday 20 December, weekdays from 8.00am -5.30pm.

The January program commences on Monday 6 January and runs until Friday 31 January, weekdays (except Australia Day public holiday) from 8.00am -6.00pm.

Children aged from 3-12, from Scotch Oakburn or other local schools, are able to register on either a regular or an occasional basis.

Download December and January programs and forms here.  Note:  2020 bookings will also need to complete a new 2020 Outside School Hours Care enrolment form which is available on the same link.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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