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 2022. We started with the Prep and Year 1 Learning Celebrations, followed by 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 2022, 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 Elphin 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 it is a wonderful time of the year.” Merry Christmas.
Recovery efforts continue from the flood event at Scotch Oakburn Park with respect to necessary cleaning and restoration. Grounds and Work teams, and external contractors continue to monitor the situation and provide necessary support in assisting with restoration processes. A full update on the process can be found on this link.
Early in 2023, you, our College community, will experience a new way to receive a lot of the College’s day-to-day communications. We’re more than aware, that, for some, at times, our school to home communications can be somewhat overwhelming and hard to navigate.
For the past several months, the College has been investigating ways in which this can be significantly improved.
These improvements will be focussed on an enhanced Dash user experience and notifications that you will receive from it. It will become the College’s primary way that you will receive its day-to-day communication.
In the New Year, information will be circulated on how to log in and set up your personal Dash experience. We will also be encouraging all College parents to download our App.
The College Shop will open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday for uniform purchases and collection of second-hand uniform items. The Shop will close on Friday 16 December and re-open on Monday 16 January.
As mentioned in last week’s College news, the Penquite Green is being resurfaced to provide better drainage which will prevent waterlogging and allow year-round use.
This has involved a variety of different machines such as excavators, graders, dump trucks, and bobcats to dig, push, and smooth the soil across the oval. But how were things such as this done years ago, before heavy machines were widely available? In the College Archives, there are a couple of photos from 1917, which show an industrious group of boys who decided they needed soil to create a new cricket pitch and then got to work building it themselves. The Weekly Courier newspaper picked up the story:
“In order to procure material for a new wicket, which is about 150ft above the bed of the North Esk River from which soil is procurable, the boys of the Scotch College, Ravenscraig, have by means of fencing wire, rope and pulleys, rigged the ‘flying fox’ shown and bring up the soil in their spare time”. Weekly Courier, 20 September, 1917.
It is fascinating to see the initiative and ‘can do’ attitude of these students who saw a need and worked out how to create a solution and put it into action. It is also great to see that this ethos lives on in many of the learning and service projects that our current day students are involved in, although with a bit more of a focus on safety and supervision!
It has been a wonderful year for Round Square at Scotch Oakburn College with the return of many events and activities including Year 8 exchanges and the College sending six student delegates to the Round Square International Conference in the UK.
In 2023, it is expected that there will be even more opportunities for students. Regional conferences will return aimed at students in Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Year 8 exchange program will see more schools participating in the Asia Pacific Region, and our Year 10 students will be venturing further afield with the return of international exchanges. Year 10 exchanges have already been arranged to many countries including Scotland, England, Germany, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, the USA, and more.
The application process has now also commenced for the Round Square International Conference 2023. Students of Year 10 and Year 11 in 2023 are all invited to apply.
Dates: Sunday 8 October – Saturday 14 October 2023 (Term 3 / 4 holidays) with a pre-conference tour expected prior. For: Year 10 and Year 11 students (in 2023) Hosted by: Brookhouse School Location: Nairobi City, Kenya Theme: The New Africa
As the year draws to a close for many, it is at this time of year that the Performing Arts Department kicks into full gear across the whole of the College. With planning for next year well underway, I am excited to announce next year’s College Productions.
Following on from the success of the Jungle Book in 2022, Year 5 students will be returning to the Horton Auditorium at the end of Term 2 to perform Disney’s The Lion King Kids. The African savannah will come to life on the Horton stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
In Term 3 of 2023, Middle and Senior School students will return to the Princess Theatre to perform Seussical: the Musical. It is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza and is one of the most performed shows worldwide! All of your favourite Dr Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a child with a big imagination – Jojo. The colourful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. We are thrilled to announce that Renee Bakker has joined the production team as Director. Renee brings a wealth of experience with her and I can’t wait to see the cast grow under her direction.
This is an exciting time to be a part of the Performing Arts Department. As always there will be multiple opportunities to be a part of the productions, be it on or off stage. Please look out for further details with regards to auditions in early Term 1, 2023 for both productions.
All Middle and Senior School student loans were due back on Wednesday 7 December, which also marked the end of student borrowing for this year. A notice of overdue loans was emailed to Penquite students on Thursday 8 December. If needed, that will be followed by an email home on Monday 12 December. This will allow time for students who have overdue loans to locate and return them prior to the holidays. If there is any need for a student to borrow from now to the end of Term, they should ask their class teacher to let Library staff know so we can look after individual needs.
We invite students to join the town library and use the public library network over the summer holidays. This is part of the path to life-long learning available in Tasmania. We wish you all hours of enjoyable holiday reading over the break.
All students in Prep to Year 11 have now received their copy of the Yearbook. Year 12 will receive their copy at Celebration. Any students who were away on the day of distribution should see their class teacher / Head of House to get their copy. The Yearbook is also available online should you wish to share with family further afield. Go to https://yearbook.soc.tas.edu.au to view.
Thank you to all families who were able to attend end of year celebration events with their children on the Elphin Campus this week. It has been a very exciting week for students as the end of the school year draws near. The support of parents and families right across the Junior School throughout 2022 has been greatly appreciated by all Staff as we work together to achieve the best for each and every student. Thank you!
To students and families leaving the College this year, we wish you every success in your new schools. To everybody continuing at Scotch Oakburn in 2023, we look forward to seeing you at the beginning of Term 1.
Best wishes to all members of our learning community for Christmas, the New Year and the summer holiday break.
The Season for Giving
Thank you to all members of the Junior School community who so generously supported the College’s Salvation Army Red Bag appeal for local families this Christmas. Thank you also to our Year 5 students who donated to the ABC Giving Tree appeal this week. Lucie Ackers and Chloe Hassell from Year 5 delivered this donation to the ABC on behalf of all Year 5’s.
End of Term
The School year finishes for all Junior School classes at 3:00 pm on Wednesday 14 December. After School Care finishes at 6:00 pm the same day. The December Vacation Care program commences on Thursday 15 December and runs until Thursday 22 December – weekdays, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Junior School Office closes for the summer break at 4:00 pm on Thursday 22 December. The January Vacation Care program commences on Tuesday 3 January and details of this are available online or via the Junior School Office or from the Outside School Hours Care room.
The Junior School office reopens on Friday 27 January, the Early Learning Orientation morning is on Tuesday 31 January. Term 1 2023 commences for all classes on Wednesday 1 February. The main Penquite Campus office reopens on Tuesday 3 January and the Junior School can be contacted via this office if needed through the holiday period.
As Summer commences it is a sign of adventure, relaxation and reflection. During 2022 our Middle School community has embraced the theme #beyou! This commitment to developing personal strengths and displaying compassion to others is something that is not just related to Term time. My wish is that all Middle School students find the time to give to others this Christmas, provide time to listen and to enjoy the chance to be in the outdoors.
On behalf of the Middle School community, I wish to express my gratitude to the entire team of teacher, teacher assistants, mentors, coaches and volunteers who contribute to the life-long pursuit of learning. Thank you to our Year 8 leaders for giving back to our community. Some images from our Middle School final assembly today are above. I look forward to an exciting year ahead in 2023.
Ben Green Head of Middle School
The Science and Engineering Investigation Awards (SEIA) allow Year 5 – 12 students to investigate a topic of their choice, either by following the scientific method of inquiry or engineering a physical solution (prototypes) to address specific problems or needs. Students plan what they are going to do, carry out their experiments or create their prototypes, then present their findings to judges from research, industry and education.
Year 6 students had an opportunity to create a science report in Term 3 and ten projects were entered into the competition. We are excited to announce the following awards from the Scotch Oakburn entries:
Best Project – Charlie Graham – Explosions with mentos’ Highly Commended by Judges – Lexi Cairns and Aggie Lyne – Vinegar vs Dishwashing Liquid
Charlie commented, “I was worried that completing the project by myself was going to be hard, but I persisted, and I am very happy I did!”.
Winners were celebrated in assembly and received a voucher and prize pack. We are thankful to the University of Tasmania for this wonderful opportunity.
Meg Hughes Teacher
Year 6 MusicFest
The College’s Performing Arts Centre was a hive of activity and full of nervous excitement on Tuesday 6 December as the Year 6 students prepared for their final performance of the year, the Year 6 MusicFest. During the concert, students shared performances of the music they have been learning in recent weeks. These performances were the culmination of a great deal of learning that has taken place this year.
This year, Year 6 students have been learning a brass, woodwind, percussion, or string instrument during their Music classes. Students formed class concert bands and string ensembles where they learnt not only to read music and play their instrument, but to work as a member of a supportive team.
During their MusicFest performance, students introduced the pieces they were to perform and shared what they had learnt during the year. These reflections included “I enjoyed learning to read the music notes on the page and pushing down the right buttons”; “learning counting skills with Miss Sian Parry that we also used in band”; “I have enjoyed playing my sax because it is fun, I love playing it”; “I have overcome the challenge of being able to practice at home and finding time to help me become a better musician”; “keeping in time”; “I have worked hard to fix my hand position when playing my trumpet and correct my posture”; “we have been pushed to be the best musician we can be, and I’ve enjoyed more advanced pieces of music we have played compared to last year”; “to work as a team and to turn all the notes into music”; and “the thing I have enjoyed most is being able to have the opportunity to be in music class with such great friends, peers, and teachers”.
The audience was treated to performances by two concert bands and two string ensembles, with “We Need a Little Christmas” concluding the Year 6 MusicFest. This is a song the students learnt with Miss Parry in their musicianship classes. The entire Year 6 cohort formed a choir and presented the song as a musical Christmas gift to their parents, grandparents, and teachers.
The students’ reflections capture in their own words that they have learnt a great deal about perseverance, commitment, teamwork, patience, mentoring, and much more through learning to play an instrument. Throughout the entire process of learning to play and to perform, they discovered that making music is fun when the hard work is done, and you walk off stage knowing you have shared something that has created an intangible connection between the musician and audience member.
At the conclusion of the Year 6 MusicFest, the students’ buzz of nervous energy had transformed into the buzz of satisfaction at a job well done!
The Music team used the College’s Learner Attributes as focus points in every lesson. These were on the wall in our classroom as a reminder to the students and embedded in the teaching and learning. Each lesson, the students were reminded to:
Be ready to collaborate. Let’s work together to learn and make music, respecting everyone.
Be curious about learning to play your instrument.
Be prepared to focus and regulate your behaviour.
Be courageous and willing to have a go especially when the going gets tough.
Finally,, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Heidi King, Miss Sian Parry, Ms Anna Tieman, Mr Ben Marsland, Mr Andy Prideaux and Mr Roger Tattersall for their work in the Year 6 Music program this year.
The last few weeks of the year have seen many transition activities focussed on our current Year 8 and 9 students preparing for the move to Years 9 and 10 next year. Change is challenging for most people, and we therefore provide as many opportunities as possible to make this transition smooth and positive.
Year 8s enjoyed a full day of transition activities on Thursday 24 November with Mrs Fiona Taylor, who is the Year 9-10 Coordinator, and the four Senior School Heads of House. Time was spent enjoying team-building activities in mentor groups, during which most students were able to meet their new mentors. Heads of House ran a session setting out expectations for Senior School and getting to know their new charges. A barbeque lunch was then followed by an amazing race around the Senior School campus – a fun way of familiarising themselves with their new environment.
As Head of Senior School, I have had the pleasure of spending time with each Year 8 class focussed on getting to know the students and discussing what the changes will be like for them next year. The very diverse nature of our community was highlighted with all students being encouraged to venture across Penquite Road with a broadminded positive attitude. It was emphasised that the change to Senior School requires an element of maturity in each student’s approach to each other and their new environment. At the same time, students were reassured that we focus on them all as individuals and help them to strive for personal success.
Year 8 and 9 students will be in combined mentor groups in 2023, as they were this year, and this creates an element of vertical pastoral care which helps both Year levels integrate into the more adult environment that they will now be part of. During Week 8, students in both year levels have had the opportunity to meet the other students in their mentor groups and spend time with their mentors.
The Year 9 cohort has had an excellent year and has been praised for being a very settled year group. They have spent time with the Futures Centre team in the past few weeks learning about the opportunities that exist for planning their TCE journey which begins in 12 months. The Futures program has also given students an opportunity to put together a resume that they may use when seeking part-time employment over the coming months. Mrs Judy Poynter and Mrs Teresa Darcy from our Futures team were very impressed with the engagement of Year 9 students in this program and are looking forward to guiding the students through their careers learning and future pathway options over the next three years.
The activities of the last few weeks have gone a long way towards preparing our students for the 2023 school year and, following a relaxing summer break, it is envisaged that students will be ready to take on their new challenges with enthusiasm.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Senior School families a safe holiday break, during which quality family time is enjoyed by all. This is a great time to reflect on the last twelve months and set fresh goals for 2023.
Stuart Walls Head of Senior School
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Congratulations to the 17 students who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the past six months.
The following students received their certificates at a recent assembly and should be very proud of their efforts in building personal skills and contributing to the community.
Bronze Award: Jack Duncan, Sophie Marshall, Lily Ayre, Ella Fischer, Charlotte Oates-Pryor, Annabel Peddie, Lara Hoare, Stephanie Wilks, Amelie Hughes, Lucien James-Wever, Georgie Watson, Lily Cleeland.
Silver Award: Charlotte Oates-Pryor, Clair Russel, Oscar Winspear, Lachlan Robins, Kate McShane.
Lauren Hayes Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Coordinator
Year 9 Education Outdoors Aurora program
Last week students from Dean and Nance House spent the week exploring the beautiful Tasmanian wilderness on their bushwalking journeys. Students at Freycinet National Park enjoyed warm weather and sunny beaches while students in the Mersey Valley experienced lush rainforests, blooming wildflowers and alpine tarns, and even snow!
Accompanying photos are from the Walls of Jerusalem and Lee’s Paddocks groups.
Lauren Hayes Education Outdoors
Debaters visit Parliament House
On Thursday 24 November, the members of our winning Parliamentary Plate debating team were invited to visit Parliament House in Hobart and to have lunch with the Speaker of the House and the Deputy Premier. Stephanie Wilks, Jasmine Irani, Amelie Hughes and Chloe Davis were the winning team members. Students toured the House, including the Speaker’s private chambers and reception rooms, the Long Room, committee rooms, the parliamentary museum and both chambers of the House, which were sitting on the day. It was an excellent opportunity to observe the daily workings of our State parliament.
A big thank you to students, staff and parents who have used the fitness centre this school year. It is always wonderful to see people active, no matter their fitness level, trying to improve their overall fitness and well-being. A massive thank you to Tim Reese, Jemma Blair and Liam Canny for their work throughout this year.
Over the break, the fitness centre will be open from 6:00 am until 8:00 am on the following dates. Tim will be on-site to set individualised programs and run classes.
Monday 19 December 19 Wednesday 21 December
Monday 9 January Wednesday 11 January Friday 13 January Monday 16 January Wednesday 18 January Friday 20 January Monday 23 January Wednesday 25 January Friday 27 January Monday 30 January
Normal hours return Wednesday 1 February (6:00 am until 8:15 am and 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm Monday to Friday, except Friday afternoon)
I hope everybody has a safe, healthy and active summer break.
Paul McKendrick Head of Health and Physical Education
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our College-wide Christmas Project where we joined hands with the Salvation Army Red Bag Appeal. Last night we generously gave 66 Bags of Hope to the two representatives of the Salvation Army, Roderick and Kelly Brown.
It was a joyous occasion at the Family Carol Service when the Year 4 students were hiding in the Art Room and at the right time, came out bag in hand and circled the oval to arrive at the stage as Santa’s helpers. They presented the bags to Kelly and Roderick and then proceeded to fill up our sleigh. It was a truly beautiful sight when even the big sleigh we had wasn’t big enough to fit all the Bags of Hope in them.
Then at the Year 8 Final Assembly this morning, we handed Kelly and Roderick, 97 bags full of gifts of food, toys, stationery, games and personal toiletries. This was a big feat from the Middle and Senior Schools as our Year 12 students had finished when the project started and our Year 10s and 11s finished last week.
So well done everyone. With the 2020 statistics showing that 1 in 5 families can’t put food on their table in Tasmania, this College-wide project will ensure that the blessings we have received in our lives are contributing to the blessing of others who are not as so well off.
Next week is our Closing of the School Year Chapel, the highlight will be a presentation of a special gift to the College for the ongoing journey of its spiritual development.
We will show a picture and what it all means at its first use in 2023.
May you all have a very blessed, and joyful Christmas. May you all stay safe and know that you are loved, known and cared for by our Scotch Oakburn community.
There were certainly some great games of basketball for our Grand Finals and one nailbiter!
We had three of our Division 1 teams recognised as Grand Finalists this term:
The Year 9/10 Firsts Boys team, coached by Mr Brett Smith, matched up against St Patrick’s College (SPC) – Green in their final. Scotch Oakburn dominated from the outset and took an early lead with a 12 to 2 split at quarter time! The boys continued to build on that lead, eventually winning the game 67-30 and certainly deserved to be presented with the Adam Gibson Cup! Congratulations to all these boys and their coach on an excellent term and season of basketball.
In stark contrast, the Year7/8 Firsts Boys team, coached by Mr Jake Kilby, played a very close match against SPC – Gold and were only 2 points down at the halftime break 19-21. SPC then outscored our boys in the third and held a 9-point lead going into the last quarter. To their credit the boys were relentless and never gave up, playing some great defence they clawed their way back into the game and after some key successful foul shooting the boys were only one point down with 36 seconds remaining in the game. They then stole the ball and secured a basket that placed them 1 point in front with 3.9 seconds to go. SPC couldn’t convert in that time and we secured the win 41-40! It was certainly, a great game to watch and the consistent effort from all our boys was excellent.
The Year 7/8 Firsts Girls team, coached by Miss Madi Shaw, played against Deloraine High School, a team that had already beaten them twice in the roster. Despite not having three of their players due to injuries for the final, the girls fought hard and were up by 1 at half time 15 to 14. But the third quarter saw Deloraine score some key baskets and take the lead by 8 points going into the last. Our girls, with only six players, struggled with the intensity in the latter stages of the last half and went down by 14 (20-34). I congratulate the girls for their efforts.
Congratulations to all players and coaches in our teams this Term, what a fantastic effort to even make so many finals! Once again, a huge thank you to all our players, coaches and parents for your commitment to basketball this term. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas as we look forward to recommencing in Term 1 2023.
Natalie Good Director of Basketball
All Schools Athletics
On Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 October, The Tasmanian All Schools Athletics Championships were held at the Domain Athletics Centre in Hobart.
Scotch Oakburn College was represented by Kate Atherton (Year 11), Tom Watters (Year 10), Macie Petterwood (Year 7), Zoe Jarvis (Year 6) and Brontè Krapf (Year 6).
All athletes performed exceptionally well.
Both Zoe (age 12) and Brontè (age 11) finished third in the girls age combined events.
Kate, Tom and Macie placed in the top two for many of their events and have been selected to represent Tasmania at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Adelaide from 9 to 11 December. They will compete in the following events:
Kate (Under 18) 200m, 400m and 800m Tom (Under 17) high jump and 110m hurdles Macie (Under 14) high jump and long jump
We wish them every success at the event this weekend.
Ali Foot Head of Sport
Tasmanian Devils Trials
All the best to our students playing in the Tasmanian Devils trial football matches at Campbell Town this Saturday. The students invited to trial are:
Ella Nast (Year 10) Harriet Bingley (Year 9) Patrick Gatenby (Year 10) Zac Reynolds (Year 10) Charlie Skipper (Year 11) Oscar Harper (Year 11)
Ali Foot Head of Sport
Basketball – The Dr Dish Shooting Machine has arrived
We were so amazed and so grateful for the support received for our Basketball Bonanza Raffle and I am very pleased to advise that we now have the shooting machine up and running for all our players to use.
This complete training system is a valuable piece of equipment for our basketball program given its extensive features, for not only individual, but group workouts.
Students are able to track their progress on their mobile phones by downloading the Dr Dish App directly.
Our Basketball students are able to book their individual or small group 20-minute sessions in the mornings themselves via this link ! And now that the basketball rosters are coming to a close there will also be times available in the afternoons/evenings up until the 22 December that can be arranged by emailing me at Natalie.Good@soc.tas.edu.au.
Please note that booking requests will then recommence in the New Year from 16 January.
Any questions please contact me directly.
Natalie Good Director of Basketball
From Brain Network Neuroscience, we learn that there are five major networks in our Brain and funnily enough, they match an acronym of T.I.M.E.S; it stands for:
Thinking Network (Central Executive Network) where we do all our thinking, processing, decision-making.
Imagination/Creativity Network – where we imagine and create, design and dream about what it actually is that we want to create in our lives.
Motivation Network – this is the distributor of dopamine into other networks when we are fired up and passionate to achieve a particular goal.
Emotions Network – which is governed by our seven primal emotions; and our
Salience Network – this is the non-language area of our brain, our social norms that we do automatically as human beings, our values and our spirituality.
Knowing this framework, we are able to work out where we are at any given moment, and what we need to do or where we need to change to achieve the results we want.
Further, from FMRI scans, we now know that a person cannot be in two networks at the same time and this is important to know as we develop our sporting skills
For example, for rowers, it is very important to know how long they are spending in their Thinking Network, thinking about the process they need to do in the boat, to win their race. The same of course can be said of other sports as well.
This is crucial for a rower in particular because of the pain that they experience when they are rowing. If they are concentrating on their pain too much, and it is getting the better of them, they need to change into their Thinking Network and concentrate on the process they need to be doing to compete and not stay in their Emotional Network, where they will feel the pain and possibly end their race without realising their dream.
More fully, because you can’t be in two networks at the same time, if you are allowing the pain to get to you, you are in your Emotions Network, which is not going to let do your very best as you are concentrating on the pain, not the race. If you change over to your Thinking Network, you will overcome the pain and make the correct decisions regarding what to do to have the best race that you can.
Have a good ‘sporty’ weekend and see you all next year.
Rev Grace Reynold College Chaplain & Sports Mindset Coach
 www.MarkRobertWaldman.com  Archaeology of Mind by Jaak Panksepp