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Principal’s Message – Term 4 Week 5

Vision 2035 Update

Scotch Oakburn College’s current ‘Strategic Plan 2016-2020’ concludes in December of next year and consequently, the College Executive, supported by the Board of Directors, are in the process of developing the next strategic plan: Vision 2035.

This is a plan that will ambitiously span 15 years, an endeavour in keeping with the demands of the rapidly changing world in which our students will be adults. Educational research, staff professional development and workplace projections and forecasts all point strongly towards the need for a longer-term strategic plan as we provide for our Early Learning students right through to our current Year 12s. We are determined to do this plan justice, consult widely and involve our community throughout as a school’s strategic plan guides the educational programs and structures that will evolve over time to prepare our students for their future.

In August, the College commenced the public consultation phase of the process. The survey that was sent out electronically to all members of our community produced a large amount of data and valuable written feedback. Since then, the College Executive has spent considerable time respecting the efforts of all responders and doing due diligence in analysing all feedback, collating the elements that naturally align, and then marrying it against our research into the future of education.

Over the October holiday period, the Executive gathered for two externally facilitated days to identify overarching themes that the significant volume of data we’d collected, sat under.

From this process, we settled on four ‘strands’ of the future strategic vision. These strands are:

• Your Learning: student, staff and parent;
• Wellbeing: student and staff;
• Community: students, families, Collegians, past parents, Uniting Church in Australia, Round Square, external organisations and industry;
• Sustainability: social, environmental and financial.

Using our research and your feedback, the College is now working to create a draft of Vision 2035 by early 2020. At that stage we will commence our second consultation phase, where we will hold community forums on each strand to hear your thoughts and for you to test the College’s thinking and rationale behind Vision 2035.

At the conclusion of that consultation phase, we will be in a position to review all feedback and refine Vision 2035 in order to have it finalised by the second half of 2020 and launched by the end of the year.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued enthusiasm and involvement with this project. We are fortunate indeed to have a community of great intellect and experience upon which to draw, and I look forward to working together with you all to create a strategic plan that is robust, relevant and visionary.

Andy Müller
Principal

Spring Fundraiser

Spring Fundraiser - Friday 22 November

We invite you to join us for a casual and fun get together in the Laneway on the Elphin Campus for our Spring Fundraiser.  Come along and enjoy a catch up as we head towards the end of the year and enjoy good company, drinks, canapes, curries and ice cream!

Friday 22 November 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Our online auction is getting very competitive.  A great opportunity to grab a Christmas gift or just to spoil yourself.  Make sure you visit the app to view everything on offer.

Just a few on offer:

  • Bay of Fires Lodge 4 Day Guided Walk package for 2 people on the fabulous East Coast
  • Freycinet lodge Package with a luxury vehicle to get there
  • Flinders Island getaway
  • Succulent Wreath from Lady Gray Designs
  • Home safe
  • Sunglasses
  • Crossfit Agema gym voucher
  • 2018 signed Hawks Jersey
  • John Deere toy tractor
  • Mobile phone gimble and beard shaver
  • and of course your chance to pick up a years supply of toilet paper!
  • Plus lots lots more!

Keep an eye on our facebook page for updates on items.

Book your tickets Now

Northern High School Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to all players for their efforts over the weekend of 9-10 November at the Northern High School Basketball Tournament. All teams were very competitive and the sportsmanship displayed over all the games by all players was excellent.

Results – Girls Teams
The Year 7/8 Div 1 team, coached by Pip Robinson, finished on top, defeating St Patrick’s College (37-36) in the final and have qualified for the State Championships.
The Year 9/10 Div 1 team, coached by Kellie Smith, lost to Kings Meadows High in the final (36-40), and have qualified for the State Championships.
The Year 7/8 Div 2 team, coached by Solomon Berechree and Kate Wallace, played extremely well together over the weekend and finished 6th in their division.

Results – Boys Teams
The Year 9/10 Div 1 team, coached by Dylan Warren, lost to Riverside (40-53) and finished 3rd in their division.  They have qualified for the State Championships.
The Year 9/10 Div 2 team, coached by Brett Hadley, had a couple of good wins over the weekend and finished 3rd in their pool.
The Year 7/8 Div 2 team, coached by Brett de Hayr, finished 3rd with a close win over St Patrick’s College (27-21)
The Year 7/8 Div 1 team, coached by Ben McShane has some hard games over the weekend and finished 5th overall.

All in all a very successful tournament with three out of a possible four teams now qualifying for the State Championships which are being held over the weekend of 23-24 November at Elphin Sports Centre.

A huge thank you to all players, parents, team managers and our coaches as events like this are only as successful as the people involved. Your support and participation certainly ensured that this was the case this year.

Trish Reid and Tim Batten
Persons-in-Charge of Basketball

/ Middle School, Senior School

Year 4 Leadership Day

As part of Leadership Day, our Year 4 students learned about tenacity, character and building leadership skills with explorer Doug Grubert. For a person who describes himself as local, boring and anonymous, Doug’s infectious personality had the students transfixed with stories of his sailing expeditions to Antarctica. Doug discussed strategies we could use when confronted with a setback or obstacle and posed scenarios that were easily relatable for the students.  During the afternoon, a series of challenges were presented that required students to work as a team using problem solving and perseverance. Through these challenges, students learned that tenacity is:

“Pushing through your comfort zone” – Alex Musk

“It’s like when you get a stitch and still keep going” – Isaac Dhanaraj

“It’s making the best of what you’ve got and not wishing you had something else” – Elizabeth Moore

“It’s like having the chance to cheat and not doing it” – Miya Springer

“It depends on the task but you could break it up into sections and do them one at a time” – Annabel Sanzaro

Students learned how important it is to start with a passion for developing tenacity and enhancing their personal character traits.  We look forward to seeing these students enter Year 5 as future young leaders.

Ben Green
Deputy Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Middle School final assembly

The Middle School Final Assembly will be held on Friday, 6 December commencing at 9.00am in the Horton Auditorium. Parents and friends of Year 8 students are warmly invited to attend this special assembly to farewell our Year 8 students from the Middle School.

Morning tea for all Year 8 parents and Year 8 students will be served in Café 8 after assembly.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Grandparents and Friends Day

Year 5 students hosted their Grandparents and Friends at the Junior School this week. The day is a special tradition at the College as Year 5’s near the end of their time at the Junior School. More than 140 visitors came from the UK, Singapore, interstate and locally to attend the Grandparents and Friends Service, take a Campus tour led by their hosts, be entertained by Year 5 musicians and have morning tea together.

Thank you to all families of Year 5 students who supported the day, to Year 5 teachers Mrs Claire Cullen, Mrs Renee Hodgetts and Miss Hannah Lee, the Junior School music staff and Mr Ben Green, and Community Relations staff Mrs Nardia Deverell and Mrs Jayne Bayles for the organisation and coordination of the day.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Launceston Historical Society Writing Awards

A group of Year 6 students entered the Launceston Historical Society’s Writing Awards in Term 3 which had a category specifically for 5/6 students. Student were given the writing focus of choosing a Launceston building of significance to research and write about. Our students chose a range of buildings to explore including Duck Reach, The Old Umbrella Shop, C.H.Smith and Franklin House.

Tahlia Muller and Quinn Elliot were both awarded Highly Commended certificates for their research and 400 word paper and were presented with a book on the history of Launceston by Mayor Alfred Van Zetten. The college has also notified by the Society they have chosen Tahlia’s piece which is to be published in The Examiner 17 November.

Congratulations to the students who entered and thanks to the Launceston Historical Society and Launceston City Council for coordinating these awards focusing on our beautiful city.

Fiona Auton
Year 6 Coordinator

/ Middle School

Year 7 Maths Probability

Over the past few weeks of Term 4, two Year 7 Maths classes (7Y and 7W) combined to work their way through various activity stations.

These stations incorporate a plethora of enjoyable activities including scavenger hunts, alternative worksheets and games, that require students to test their knowledge of their most recent math units in a more engaging way. Such exercises also give students the opportunity to seek out a practical approach to the material of the Australian Curriculum, while allowing them to interact with students from other classes. It has been an eye-opening experience to watch both classes’ engagement levels dramatically improve with this different learning method.

We look forward to introducing more ‘hands-on’ initiatives in other subject areas before the end of the year.

Jess Bertram and Jaci Noonan
Teachers

/ Middle School

Learning to be better learners

Thank you to all families who have been able to attend recent events to support their children’s learning or have helped their children prepare for specific activities.  These include the Year 2 and Year 3 overnight Education Outdoors Programs, 2020 Parent Information Meetings, Year 4-5 Instrumental Concerts, Prep and Year 1 Sports Morning, Walk to School Day, Prep Learn-to-Swim program, Year 5 Grandparents and Friends Day and more!

Next week brings the Year 3 Bike Education Program, two more Instrumental Concerts in Laneway, an Elphin Campus Open Day and 2020 Orientation Day for Year 5s moving to the Middle School. The final weeks of the school year will bring a number of celebratory events across all year levels.

These events are really just the tip of the iceberg in a very dynamic daily learning environment inside and beyond classrooms. An extremely important benefit of all this is the organisational skill learning and growing sense of personal responsibility and independence that students at all levels from Early Learning to Year 5 are developing. Time management and personal belongings-equipment management are essential skills underpinning academic learning and the guidance, support with and teaching of, these skills is a constant thread running throughout the school day as well as at home. When the home-school partnership is on the same page with this, learning and wellbeing are optimised, not only for the present but importantly for the future. Well-known education researcher Guy Claxton has been quoted saying that ‘school is about helping students to learn more, to learn better, and particularly to become better learners.’

Families wanting additional information on school activities at any time are most welcome to contact class teachers or the Junior School reception as required.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Interactive creative writing

Interested students in Year 2 joined the Sydney Opera House for an interactive creative writing session on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Dialling into the Digital Learning Team, students firstly created a character by identifying the 4 F’s about their character; that is, their character’s flaws, their friends, something funny about their character and what they would save in a fire. This was an engaging way of creating a character with depth and motivation and then testing the character’s emotional reactions to a variety of crazy obstacles and dilemmas. The second session involved brainstorming about the WHERE, WHAT and WHY of plots and focussing on identifying different obstacles (Physical, Mental and Emotional) that characters could face in your story.

Kylie Brewster
21st Century Literacy Teacher

 

 

/ Junior School

Middle School Basketball

Congratulations to all Middle School students who competed in the Northern High Schools’ Basketball Championships last weekend.  There were some great performances by all players, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the coaches of all teams: Pip Robinson, Solomon Berechree, Kate Wallace, Ben McShane and Brett de Hayr.   The Year 7 and 8 Girls Division 1 team played in a very close Grand final coming out victors ahead of St Patrick’s College (SPC), 37 – 36.  The Year 7/8 boys Division 2 side finished 3rd against SPC 27 – 21.  The Year 7/8 boys Division 1 team came 5th overall and the Year 7/8 girls Division 2 team came 6th.

Well done to all involved.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Curriculum Assessment Day

A reminder that Friday, 22 November is Curriculum Assessment Day and there are no timetabled classes for Years 7, 8 and 9 on this day.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

/ Middle School, Senior School

Middle School Orientation Day

On Friday, 22 November all current Year 5 and Year 6 students will participate in Orientation Day in the Middle School.

This will enable our Year 5 students to become more familiar with the Middle School environment and to meet the key staff who will be involved in their learning in 2020.  Our current Year 6 students will engage in activities with the new Year 7 students for 2020 and this will enable friendships to be developed prior to the start of the school year.

All students will be wearing free dress on this day and should wear clothing and shoes appropriate for active activities.  We look forward to welcoming both the Year 5 and Year 6 students, along with all new students to the College on this day. Further details regarding the day have been communicated via email to families.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

 

/ Junior School, Middle School

Student Safety

It has come to our attention that a number of families are allowing their child to disembark from their vehicles while queued in traffic on Penquite Road.  Students are then running into the path of buses oblivious to moving traffic.

Student safety is a priority for us at Scotch Oakburn College and we would ask that parents please park their vehicles prior to students disembarking, or alternatively, use the drop off zone on the Senior School campus.  We appreciate your support.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

2019 Australian Mathematics Competition

In July this year, 15 Scotch Oakburn College students took part in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). Three students achieved High Distinctions, placing them within the top 3% in the country, and six students achieved Distinctions, placing them within the top 20% in the country.

Please join me in congratulating the following students for their exemplary achievements:

High Distinctions:
Addison Djatschenko who placed in the top 1% for Year 9 in the country
Abirami Raj who placed in the top 2% for Year 9 in the country
Alexander Wood who placed in the top 3% for Year 9 in the country

Distinctions:
Ryan Puccetti who placed in the top 5% for Year 7 in the country
Harry Furzer who placed in the top 6% for Year 10 in the country
Shrimant Siddant Kohli who placed in the top 12% for Year 11 in the country
Ella Fischer who placed in the top 13% for Year 7 in the country
Charlotte Ball who placed in the top 15% for Year 7 in the country
Zara Musk who placed in the top 17% for Year 7 in the country

Nathan Peterson
Teacher

/ Middle School, Senior School

2020 changes to school Metro bus services

Metro Tasmania has advised that commencing 5 February 2020 a new school bus network and timetable will commence. Details of all changes are available on the Metro Tasmania website at https://www.metrotas.com.au/timetables/schools/.  All families who utilise this service are encouraged to view the changes before the start of the 2020 school year.

 

Why validation is the best parenting skill of all

Author: Michael Grose


 

At a time when the mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers is firmly in the spotlight, validation is an essential parenting skill.

When a child or teen comes to you when they are struggling emotionally, they want you to understand their dilemma. They don’t want to be dismissed or told to ‘get over it’. They generally want someone to acknowledge that their concern is real with comments such as:

“I see you’re worried about going to camp. I can understand that. “
“Thanks for telling about the scary monsters in your bedroom. Let’s see what we can do about them.”
“I’d be afraid too if I was left alone on my own for that long.”

Validation of a child’s struggles helps them

Validating a child’s struggles helps in a number of ways. It works to:

Build deep connection: Relationships built at the time of vulnerability go deep and are hard to break.

Promote a child’s wellbeing: Validation helps kids feel safe, which is what ‘worry warts’ and anxious kids want. Lack of understanding rather than fear itself often impacts negatively on a child’s happiness.

Overcome disappointment and build resilience: Validation encourages kids to give voice to their concern or disappointment and either takes steps to rectify it or move on.

Develop emotional intelligence: Parental validation models emotional intelligence for children and teens. It requires you to identify the emotions that may be behind their language or behaviour.

Encourage empathy: Validation requires you to stop, listen and get on the same wavelength as your child.

Four steps to validating your child’s emotions

Follow these steps when your child comes to you with their worries or concerns to make sure they feel understood.

  • Attend: Stop what you are doing and give your child full attention.
  • Observe: Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.
  • Reflect back their worries: Get down to their eye level if necessary, saying something like, “I see concerned about this.”
  • Touch: If appropriate, gently touch their shoulder or give them a hug when you speak to them. This will help them feel safe and comforted.

There’s no better feeling for a child or teen who is struggling than knowing someone they value truly understands them.


 

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

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Principal’s Message – Term 4 Week 5

Vision 2035 Update

Scotch Oakburn College’s current ‘Strategic Plan 2016-2020’ concludes in December of next year and consequently, the College Executive, supported by the Board of Directors, are in the process of developing the next strategic plan: Vision 2035.

This is a plan that will ambitiously span 15 years, an endeavour in keeping with the demands of the rapidly changing world in which our students will be adults. Educational research, staff professional development and workplace projections and forecasts all point strongly towards the need for a longer-term strategic plan as we provide for our Early Learning students right through to our current Year 12s. We are determined to do this plan justice, consult widely and involve our community throughout as a school’s strategic plan guides the educational programs and structures that will evolve over time to prepare our students for their future.

In August, the College commenced the public consultation phase of the process. The survey that was sent out electronically to all members of our community produced a large amount of data and valuable written feedback. Since then, the College Executive has spent considerable time respecting the efforts of all responders and doing due diligence in analysing all feedback, collating the elements that naturally align, and then marrying it against our research into the future of education.

Over the October holiday period, the Executive gathered for two externally facilitated days to identify overarching themes that the significant volume of data we’d collected, sat under.

From this process, we settled on four ‘strands’ of the future strategic vision. These strands are:

• Your Learning: student, staff and parent;
• Wellbeing: student and staff;
• Community: students, families, Collegians, past parents, Uniting Church in Australia, Round Square, external organisations and industry;
• Sustainability: social, environmental and financial.

Using our research and your feedback, the College is now working to create a draft of Vision 2035 by early 2020. At that stage we will commence our second consultation phase, where we will hold community forums on each strand to hear your thoughts and for you to test the College’s thinking and rationale behind Vision 2035.

At the conclusion of that consultation phase, we will be in a position to review all feedback and refine Vision 2035 in order to have it finalised by the second half of 2020 and launched by the end of the year.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued enthusiasm and involvement with this project. We are fortunate indeed to have a community of great intellect and experience upon which to draw, and I look forward to working together with you all to create a strategic plan that is robust, relevant and visionary.

Andy Müller
Principal

Spring Fundraiser

Spring Fundraiser - Friday 22 November

We invite you to join us for a casual and fun get together in the Laneway on the Elphin Campus for our Spring Fundraiser.  Come along and enjoy a catch up as we head towards the end of the year and enjoy good company, drinks, canapes, curries and ice cream!

Friday 22 November 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Our online auction is getting very competitive.  A great opportunity to grab a Christmas gift or just to spoil yourself.  Make sure you visit the app to view everything on offer.

Just a few on offer:

  • Bay of Fires Lodge 4 Day Guided Walk package for 2 people on the fabulous East Coast
  • Freycinet lodge Package with a luxury vehicle to get there
  • Flinders Island getaway
  • Succulent Wreath from Lady Gray Designs
  • Home safe
  • Sunglasses
  • Crossfit Agema gym voucher
  • 2018 signed Hawks Jersey
  • John Deere toy tractor
  • Mobile phone gimble and beard shaver
  • and of course your chance to pick up a years supply of toilet paper!
  • Plus lots lots more!

Keep an eye on our facebook page for updates on items.

Book your tickets Now

Northern High School Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to all players for their efforts over the weekend of 9-10 November at the Northern High School Basketball Tournament. All teams were very competitive and the sportsmanship displayed over all the games by all players was excellent.

Results – Girls Teams
The Year 7/8 Div 1 team, coached by Pip Robinson, finished on top, defeating St Patrick’s College (37-36) in the final and have qualified for the State Championships.
The Year 9/10 Div 1 team, coached by Kellie Smith, lost to Kings Meadows High in the final (36-40), and have qualified for the State Championships.
The Year 7/8 Div 2 team, coached by Solomon Berechree and Kate Wallace, played extremely well together over the weekend and finished 6th in their division.

Results – Boys Teams
The Year 9/10 Div 1 team, coached by Dylan Warren, lost to Riverside (40-53) and finished 3rd in their division.  They have qualified for the State Championships.
The Year 9/10 Div 2 team, coached by Brett Hadley, had a couple of good wins over the weekend and finished 3rd in their pool.
The Year 7/8 Div 2 team, coached by Brett de Hayr, finished 3rd with a close win over St Patrick’s College (27-21)
The Year 7/8 Div 1 team, coached by Ben McShane has some hard games over the weekend and finished 5th overall.

All in all a very successful tournament with three out of a possible four teams now qualifying for the State Championships which are being held over the weekend of 23-24 November at Elphin Sports Centre.

A huge thank you to all players, parents, team managers and our coaches as events like this are only as successful as the people involved. Your support and participation certainly ensured that this was the case this year.

Trish Reid and Tim Batten
Persons-in-Charge of Basketball

/ Middle School, Senior School

Year 4 Leadership Day

As part of Leadership Day, our Year 4 students learned about tenacity, character and building leadership skills with explorer Doug Grubert. For a person who describes himself as local, boring and anonymous, Doug’s infectious personality had the students transfixed with stories of his sailing expeditions to Antarctica. Doug discussed strategies we could use when confronted with a setback or obstacle and posed scenarios that were easily relatable for the students.  During the afternoon, a series of challenges were presented that required students to work as a team using problem solving and perseverance. Through these challenges, students learned that tenacity is:

“Pushing through your comfort zone” – Alex Musk

“It’s like when you get a stitch and still keep going” – Isaac Dhanaraj

“It’s making the best of what you’ve got and not wishing you had something else” – Elizabeth Moore

“It’s like having the chance to cheat and not doing it” – Miya Springer

“It depends on the task but you could break it up into sections and do them one at a time” – Annabel Sanzaro

Students learned how important it is to start with a passion for developing tenacity and enhancing their personal character traits.  We look forward to seeing these students enter Year 5 as future young leaders.

Ben Green
Deputy Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Middle School final assembly

The Middle School Final Assembly will be held on Friday, 6 December commencing at 9.00am in the Horton Auditorium. Parents and friends of Year 8 students are warmly invited to attend this special assembly to farewell our Year 8 students from the Middle School.

Morning tea for all Year 8 parents and Year 8 students will be served in Café 8 after assembly.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Grandparents and Friends Day

Year 5 students hosted their Grandparents and Friends at the Junior School this week. The day is a special tradition at the College as Year 5’s near the end of their time at the Junior School. More than 140 visitors came from the UK, Singapore, interstate and locally to attend the Grandparents and Friends Service, take a Campus tour led by their hosts, be entertained by Year 5 musicians and have morning tea together.

Thank you to all families of Year 5 students who supported the day, to Year 5 teachers Mrs Claire Cullen, Mrs Renee Hodgetts and Miss Hannah Lee, the Junior School music staff and Mr Ben Green, and Community Relations staff Mrs Nardia Deverell and Mrs Jayne Bayles for the organisation and coordination of the day.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Launceston Historical Society Writing Awards

A group of Year 6 students entered the Launceston Historical Society’s Writing Awards in Term 3 which had a category specifically for 5/6 students. Student were given the writing focus of choosing a Launceston building of significance to research and write about. Our students chose a range of buildings to explore including Duck Reach, The Old Umbrella Shop, C.H.Smith and Franklin House.

Tahlia Muller and Quinn Elliot were both awarded Highly Commended certificates for their research and 400 word paper and were presented with a book on the history of Launceston by Mayor Alfred Van Zetten. The college has also notified by the Society they have chosen Tahlia’s piece which is to be published in The Examiner 17 November.

Congratulations to the students who entered and thanks to the Launceston Historical Society and Launceston City Council for coordinating these awards focusing on our beautiful city.

Fiona Auton
Year 6 Coordinator

/ Middle School

Year 7 Maths Probability

Over the past few weeks of Term 4, two Year 7 Maths classes (7Y and 7W) combined to work their way through various activity stations.

These stations incorporate a plethora of enjoyable activities including scavenger hunts, alternative worksheets and games, that require students to test their knowledge of their most recent math units in a more engaging way. Such exercises also give students the opportunity to seek out a practical approach to the material of the Australian Curriculum, while allowing them to interact with students from other classes. It has been an eye-opening experience to watch both classes’ engagement levels dramatically improve with this different learning method.

We look forward to introducing more ‘hands-on’ initiatives in other subject areas before the end of the year.

Jess Bertram and Jaci Noonan
Teachers

/ Middle School

Learning to be better learners

Thank you to all families who have been able to attend recent events to support their children’s learning or have helped their children prepare for specific activities.  These include the Year 2 and Year 3 overnight Education Outdoors Programs, 2020 Parent Information Meetings, Year 4-5 Instrumental Concerts, Prep and Year 1 Sports Morning, Walk to School Day, Prep Learn-to-Swim program, Year 5 Grandparents and Friends Day and more!

Next week brings the Year 3 Bike Education Program, two more Instrumental Concerts in Laneway, an Elphin Campus Open Day and 2020 Orientation Day for Year 5s moving to the Middle School. The final weeks of the school year will bring a number of celebratory events across all year levels.

These events are really just the tip of the iceberg in a very dynamic daily learning environment inside and beyond classrooms. An extremely important benefit of all this is the organisational skill learning and growing sense of personal responsibility and independence that students at all levels from Early Learning to Year 5 are developing. Time management and personal belongings-equipment management are essential skills underpinning academic learning and the guidance, support with and teaching of, these skills is a constant thread running throughout the school day as well as at home. When the home-school partnership is on the same page with this, learning and wellbeing are optimised, not only for the present but importantly for the future. Well-known education researcher Guy Claxton has been quoted saying that ‘school is about helping students to learn more, to learn better, and particularly to become better learners.’

Families wanting additional information on school activities at any time are most welcome to contact class teachers or the Junior School reception as required.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Interactive creative writing

Interested students in Year 2 joined the Sydney Opera House for an interactive creative writing session on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Dialling into the Digital Learning Team, students firstly created a character by identifying the 4 F’s about their character; that is, their character’s flaws, their friends, something funny about their character and what they would save in a fire. This was an engaging way of creating a character with depth and motivation and then testing the character’s emotional reactions to a variety of crazy obstacles and dilemmas. The second session involved brainstorming about the WHERE, WHAT and WHY of plots and focussing on identifying different obstacles (Physical, Mental and Emotional) that characters could face in your story.

Kylie Brewster
21st Century Literacy Teacher

 

 

/ Junior School

Middle School Basketball

Congratulations to all Middle School students who competed in the Northern High Schools’ Basketball Championships last weekend.  There were some great performances by all players, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the coaches of all teams: Pip Robinson, Solomon Berechree, Kate Wallace, Ben McShane and Brett de Hayr.   The Year 7 and 8 Girls Division 1 team played in a very close Grand final coming out victors ahead of St Patrick’s College (SPC), 37 – 36.  The Year 7/8 boys Division 2 side finished 3rd against SPC 27 – 21.  The Year 7/8 boys Division 1 team came 5th overall and the Year 7/8 girls Division 2 team came 6th.

Well done to all involved.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Curriculum Assessment Day

A reminder that Friday, 22 November is Curriculum Assessment Day and there are no timetabled classes for Years 7, 8 and 9 on this day.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

/ Middle School, Senior School

Middle School Orientation Day

On Friday, 22 November all current Year 5 and Year 6 students will participate in Orientation Day in the Middle School.

This will enable our Year 5 students to become more familiar with the Middle School environment and to meet the key staff who will be involved in their learning in 2020.  Our current Year 6 students will engage in activities with the new Year 7 students for 2020 and this will enable friendships to be developed prior to the start of the school year.

All students will be wearing free dress on this day and should wear clothing and shoes appropriate for active activities.  We look forward to welcoming both the Year 5 and Year 6 students, along with all new students to the College on this day. Further details regarding the day have been communicated via email to families.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

 

/ Junior School, Middle School

Student Safety

It has come to our attention that a number of families are allowing their child to disembark from their vehicles while queued in traffic on Penquite Road.  Students are then running into the path of buses oblivious to moving traffic.

Student safety is a priority for us at Scotch Oakburn College and we would ask that parents please park their vehicles prior to students disembarking, or alternatively, use the drop off zone on the Senior School campus.  We appreciate your support.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

2019 Australian Mathematics Competition

In July this year, 15 Scotch Oakburn College students took part in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). Three students achieved High Distinctions, placing them within the top 3% in the country, and six students achieved Distinctions, placing them within the top 20% in the country.

Please join me in congratulating the following students for their exemplary achievements:

High Distinctions:
Addison Djatschenko who placed in the top 1% for Year 9 in the country
Abirami Raj who placed in the top 2% for Year 9 in the country
Alexander Wood who placed in the top 3% for Year 9 in the country

Distinctions:
Ryan Puccetti who placed in the top 5% for Year 7 in the country
Harry Furzer who placed in the top 6% for Year 10 in the country
Shrimant Siddant Kohli who placed in the top 12% for Year 11 in the country
Ella Fischer who placed in the top 13% for Year 7 in the country
Charlotte Ball who placed in the top 15% for Year 7 in the country
Zara Musk who placed in the top 17% for Year 7 in the country

Nathan Peterson
Teacher

/ Middle School, Senior School

2020 changes to school Metro bus services

Metro Tasmania has advised that commencing 5 February 2020 a new school bus network and timetable will commence. Details of all changes are available on the Metro Tasmania website at https://www.metrotas.com.au/timetables/schools/.  All families who utilise this service are encouraged to view the changes before the start of the 2020 school year.

 

Why validation is the best parenting skill of all

Author: Michael Grose


 

At a time when the mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers is firmly in the spotlight, validation is an essential parenting skill.

When a child or teen comes to you when they are struggling emotionally, they want you to understand their dilemma. They don’t want to be dismissed or told to ‘get over it’. They generally want someone to acknowledge that their concern is real with comments such as:

“I see you’re worried about going to camp. I can understand that. “
“Thanks for telling about the scary monsters in your bedroom. Let’s see what we can do about them.”
“I’d be afraid too if I was left alone on my own for that long.”

Validation of a child’s struggles helps them

Validating a child’s struggles helps in a number of ways. It works to:

Build deep connection: Relationships built at the time of vulnerability go deep and are hard to break.

Promote a child’s wellbeing: Validation helps kids feel safe, which is what ‘worry warts’ and anxious kids want. Lack of understanding rather than fear itself often impacts negatively on a child’s happiness.

Overcome disappointment and build resilience: Validation encourages kids to give voice to their concern or disappointment and either takes steps to rectify it or move on.

Develop emotional intelligence: Parental validation models emotional intelligence for children and teens. It requires you to identify the emotions that may be behind their language or behaviour.

Encourage empathy: Validation requires you to stop, listen and get on the same wavelength as your child.

Four steps to validating your child’s emotions

Follow these steps when your child comes to you with their worries or concerns to make sure they feel understood.

  • Attend: Stop what you are doing and give your child full attention.
  • Observe: Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.
  • Reflect back their worries: Get down to their eye level if necessary, saying something like, “I see concerned about this.”
  • Touch: If appropriate, gently touch their shoulder or give them a hug when you speak to them. This will help them feel safe and comforted.

There’s no better feeling for a child or teen who is struggling than knowing someone they value truly understands them.


 

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

Principal’s Message Term 4 Week 4

Literacy

Our Mission is to provide the opportunity for all students to maximise their potential, with the notion of potential being unique for each student. It follows that students’ skills in the area of Literacy will also be unique and, nurtured correctly, will allow them to pursue their interests and dreams.

Even though Literacy is the responsibility of all teachers, 12 months ago the College took the step of appointing a Literacy Coordinator to lead a group of colleagues who up until that point were working with all students across Prep to Year 5 to assist with their Literacy development. The Coordinator was appointed to bring synergy and continuity to the teaching and learning of Literacy by the Literacy teachers working with the classroom teachers and utilising a range of strategies that best meet the needs of the students at the particular stage of their Literacy development.

We want all of our students to have a love of books and of reading, and to gain confidence in creating their own literary works. It starts with modelling of reading by the adults in our young people’s lives and is built on during their schooling. However, for some students, the development of these skills is extremely difficult and for these students, working with them to help bring their skills up to speed, as well as determining ways for them to access their learning and show their understanding, is vital.

By focusing on Literacy students grow their confidence in a range of associated areas: reading and writing, their love of literature, their ability to access their learning, and express their thoughts and ideas verbally as well as in written form. One only need observe a LIVE@Elphin to witness the ability of our students to present in front of their peers and family to appreciate the confidence our students have. I can still remember ‘freezing’ on stage in a Year 4 play and am constantly amazed by the poise our students show in public speaking. All of the aforementioned examples reflect the numerous ways that our students’ Literacy learning is on track and in so doing providing them with the skills needed to maximise their potential.

Andy Müller
Principal

Spring Fundraiser online Auction

Our Spring Fundraiser online auction is up and running and seeing some competitive bidding!  Make sure you register and have a look at the great range of prizes.

You can register on your phone by sending an SMS to +61458678678.  Send “soc your name” eg “soc John Smith” and you will receive a return text with link to register.

Or, register via a browser by going to https://app.galabid.com/soc and clicking ‘register’ on the menu provided.  After registering you will then receive a text to your mobile phone with a verification link. Clicking the link will take you to the auction where you can log in with the password you entered during registration.

Want to bid anonymously? – just tick the anonymous box when registering.

 

 

Back to back Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize achievements for History students

Congratulations to Chi Canty (Year 9) who last week was announced as one of the recipients of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize for 2019-2020.

This is a wonderful achievement for Chi and follows on from William Scott’s receipt of this same prize last year. It is rare to have two students from the same school achieve this prize consecutively and this is a testament to the opportunities for research into World War One that are available for our Year 9 Humanities students. Chi will follow in Will’s footsteps and travel to France and Belgium next year to take part in ANZAC Day commemorations.

Well done Chi!

Sarah Lilywhite
Head of Humanities

/ Senior School

Walk to School – change of date

Walk to School Day, postponed due to this week’s inclement weather, will now be on Friday 15 November, commencing at 7.30am at the Penquite Campus.

All members of the Junior School community are invited to join the group walk. This is an opportunity to start the day with a catch-up with friends and families as we encourage active lifestyles through the Move Well – Eat Well program.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Music Concerts

On Tuesday 12 November Year 4 and 5 instrumental students will showcase this year’s learning with two short outdoor concerts in Laneway@Elphin. At 9.30am the flutes, trumpets, euphoniums and trombones will entertain us, and then at 11.00am the string players will be on stage.

All members of the College community are warmly invited to drop by to grab a coffee and enjoy the music.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Year 5 Grandparents and Friends Day

Year 5 students will host their Grandparents and Friends at school on Friday 15 November.  More than 100 visitors are expected to attend the morning which will include an assembly, campus tours, classroom visits and a morning tea.

This annual event as the Year 5 students near the end of their Junior School years is another longstanding College tradition.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Prep-Year 1 Sports Morning

All Prep and Year 1 students will be participating in the annual Sports Morning at the Elphin Campus on Wednesday 13 November.

Parents and families are invited to join their children and to participate in games and activities with the students.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Middle School Orientation Day

On Friday, 22 November we will be hosting an Orientation Day for all current Year 6 students, current Year 5 students and new students to the College in 2020.

Students will meet in the HPEC at 8.45am for a 9.00am start.  School will finish on this day at 3.00pm.

Throughout the day, students will be involved in various activities with their House Head, class teacher and other teaching staff, and will enjoy a BBQ lunch.

Students are to wear neat casual clothes (suitable for PE activities) and bring a hat, morning tea and a water bottle.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Junior School, Middle School

Prep Learn to Swim

All Prep students have enjoyed the first week of their 2-week learn to swim program in the College pool.

With the acquisition of pool platforms to provide appropriate pool depths for this age group this is the second year that students have benefited from the program being delivered on the Campus with our own staff.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

2020 Parent Information Meetings

Thank you to all families of 2020 Early Learning, Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students who were able to attend this week’s information meetings to learn more about key focus areas of wellbeing and learning programs along with the transition process for students leading into next year.

Junior School staffing for 2020 is currently being finalised and next year’s class placements will be confirmed following this. Information will be sent directly to all families as soon as staffing and classes are settled.

Families wanting more information about the transition to new year levels are most welcome to discuss this with class teachers at any time.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

 

/ Junior School

Curriculum/Assessment Day

A reminder that Friday, 22 November is Curriculum/Assessment Day.  Students in Year 7 & 8 are not required at school on this day.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Canberra experience

At the beginning of the term, Year 6 cohort travelled to Canberra on our Civics and Citizenship tour to explore the Australian political system. We left Launceston Airport on Tuesday morning with an extremely excited group of students and staff members.

Our Canberra trip commenced with our first destination being The High Court followed by hours spent exploring The War Memorial. All students agreed this was a place that warrants a trip of more than a few hours, as there are so many areas of focus Australia has been involved in. The graphic displays of World War 2 and Vietnam were talked about animatedly on the bus home.

On Wednesday morning, we travelled to the Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre where the students used sphero robots to design and create machines that could be controlled to clean up a simulated ocean. There were some highly effective designs created which were inspiring to see considering this is such a crucial issue for our futures. After this hands-on activity, we moved to Parliament House for some hospitality from our Bass member Mrs Bridget Archer MP who had arranged for us to attend Question Time in the House of Representatives. This was a wonderful opportunity for the students and one I have never been successful at securing before, so we thank Bridget for her efforts! The afternoon saw a drive up to the Mount Ainslee lookout so the students could view the parliamentary triangle and see the visual connections of the different arms of our democracy at work.

That evening we visited Questacon, which was a very different but enjoyable experience. Many of our students (and staff!) took part in the big drop slide which was hair-raising but fun.

Thursday morning saw us visiting the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery to explore our nations past and many artists representation of that journey. After much pondering and pontificating, some exercise was required so we headed to The Arboretum Pod Playground, a 250-hectare area that was created as a result of the Canberra bushfires in 2003. It was a wonderful chance to let off some steam in the beautiful playground made from recycled timbers and shaped like trees and acorn pods.

Our final morning in Canberra saw us packing up our accommodation and travelling to Sydney Airport for our departure home. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education and assists with the cost of the excursion by contributing funding per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program.  This allows students to travel at a reduced cost which is fantastic.

Canberra 2019 was a wonderful opportunity for the students to get together and share a fantastic learning opportunity with their friends from other Year 6 classes. Thank you to the Year 6 Team: Mr Andrew Robinson, Ms Meg Dondas, Mr Clyde Goosen, Mrs Penny Dixon together with Miss Abi Clements and Miss Pheobe Rae and Miss Jules Kemp who joined the Year 6 team for the week.

Fiona Auton
Year 6 Coordinator

 

/ Middle School

Clean up the Catchment

Following Maddie Hassell’s Year 5 Leadership Project (a rubbish clean up along the North Esk), she was asked if she might consider coordinating a site for Catch it in the Catchment.

She was very happy to do so and this Sunday 10 November asks for your support and assistance. Catch it in the Catchment is a community rubbish clean up of our beautiful kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary. Maddie will be situated behind the museum at the Esk Market site. There will be multiple sites on the same day all working together to catch the rubbish before it makes it to the river.

This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and be the change you want to see in the world!

Following the clean-up there will be a BBQ at one of the clean up sites, which is a great chance for everyone to come together.

What: Catch it in the Catchment – A community clean up!

When: Sunday November 10 at 9am

Where: Esk Market site, 1A Forster St Invermay

What to bring: gardening gloves, water bottle, hat, closed-toe footwear. Dress for the weather.

More information – follow this link

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