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Principal’s Message

What a fantastic term

How quickly the term has come to an end and as I reflect on all that has happened, and as befits a school that promotes a holistic education, it has been a term filled with many, many events and opportunities for our students. To emphasise the breadth of opportunities available to our students, at Briefing this week I reflected on the second half of this term and highlighted a number of the activities that the commitment of the College’s staff has provided for our students. Although not exhaustive, the following is a summary of many of those activities:

• Book week at Elphin;
• The Backpack Challenge;
• Fathers’ Day Breakfast;
• Robotics;
• Year 5 Service Program;
• s.p.a.c.e. Gallery exhibitions;
• Year 8 Cows Create Careers;
• IGNITE@Elphin and the Year 4 production;
• Author visits;
• Education Outdoors camps;
• Sustainability Pop-ups;
• The Spring Concert and Singfest;
• Student-Led Conferences and Parent/Student/Teacher interviews, and Information evenings;
• sporting competitions and finals in Athletics, Netball, Soccer, Hockey and Equestrian;
• Inter-house Singing, Debating, Spelling Bee and Cultural Carnival; and
• Foundation Oratory Public Speaking.

If we look ahead to the coming holiday period we have a group of TCE students partaking in an Outdoor Education camp, five senior students heading to India for the International Round Square Conference, 12 senior students travelling to China to further their language skills and visit our sister-school, the Jingshan School, in Beijing, and finally, we are hosting alumni reunions in Melbourne and Sydney on 8 & 9 October, respectively.

Additionally, I thanked staff for their care of our students; this is central to who we are. All teachers are pastoral carers and the saying, ‘students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’, holds as true today as it ever has.

The staff’s preparedness to go ‘one step beyond’ is the culture that helps set Scotch Oakburn apart. So I wish to take this opportunity to say very publically, “thank you” to all staff for their care for our students and the vast array of opportunities that enable our students to grow and flourish; I greatly appreciate it. To the students, I congratulate your endeavours in engaging with the life of the College and contributing so positively to the dynamic of our school.

I wish all of our community a safe and relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready for Term 4 on Monday 14 October.

Andy Müller
Principal

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

This week in the Junior School

Congratulations to all Year 3 students on their leadership of this week’s Sustainability Pop-Up. The passion demonstrated in their ‘Ted style’ talks, along with the research that had gone into these, was most impressive. This whole event was another wonderful example of students leading the way in prodding us all to heighten our awareness and consider our actions with respect to a wide range of environmental sustainability issues.

Congratulations also this week to the Year 5 choir who represented the College proudly with a wonderful singing performance at Singfest 2019. The choir sang ‘Hold Back the River’ in their single school item, and then were part of the massed choir of 650 Primary students from eight local schools for a further 6 items. A packed Albert Hall enjoyed a fantastic night of choral singing.

All Year 4 students shared three short drama pieces with a Junior School audience to conclude their Term 3 Ignite@Elphin project on ‘What makes a production?’ The energy, passion and teamwork complemented some quality public speaking and acting skills. Watch the short video below –

The enthusiasm for learning demonstrated through these activities is indicative of so many other experiences for students right across the Campus in Term 3.

Best wishes to all students and families for a well-earned holiday break as we all take the opportunity to reflect on progress and to re-set learning goals for the new term ahead.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

/ Junior School

Prep Black and Year 5 Lee Service Project

This year Prep Black, as part of Prep Ubuntu, have considered an African phrase. ‘I am because we are.’

Through many conversations, the children have deepened their understanding of what it means to work together in order to achieve more.

Year 5 have had a focus on participating in a Round Square Project, with an emphasis on the ‘Service’ IDEAL throughout Term 3 and across the year with the aim to raise awareness of community needs and supporting these through action.

Working together, the two “Buddy” classes decided to come together to support Bella’s (Year 5) and Jossie’s (Prep) Service Project.

Jossie’s grandparents emigrated from South Africa in the early eighties and set up an orphanage for children in need. This is Jinda, a non-profit organisation children’s home and care centre.

Prep and Year 5 students have spent time together creating unique gift boxes to give to children at Jinda this Christmas. We wish to thank our College community for the kind donations of gifts which we were able to place in the boxes.

Renee (Jossie’s mum) visited us today to collect these gifts, which will be delivered to Jinda Orphanage in South Africa these coming school holidays, in time for Christmas!

Louise Black and Hannah Lee
Teachers

/ Junior School

Great horsemanship and fabulous friendship at Equestrian Competitions

The past two weekends have been a flurry of activity with the first of the Interschools Gymkhana in Deloraine and then Northern Schools dressage and showjumping this past weekend at Westbury.

While the team has been successful, bringing home numerous trophies and ribbons, the success of these events goes well beyond what were superb results.

View some great video footage of the events on our Facebook page – see it via this link

It was a huge team effort from both parents and students, and it was wonderful to be part of the strong and supportive team spirit that makes equestrian such a compelling sport. Great horsemanship and fabulous friendship and mentoring really made the events, and I would like to thank all the families for their time and support.

Joy Russell
Person-in-Charge of Equestrian

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

Wellbeing and Values Education (WAVE)

This week in WAVE Scotch Oakburn College Penquite campus once again held a much enjoyed Blessing of the Animals Chapel Service. The staff and students prepared for this service by donating goods and contributing photos of their beloved pets for a blessing montage that was played during the service. Reverend Chris Duxbury presided over the proceedings offering a special blessing to the animals present assisted by Mr Rohan Pryor. Dr Andrew Byrne from the RSPCA and Rachel Beech from Just cats spoke about their work and the need for us all to be responsible and involved in animal welfare issues.

The Combined Choir sang a beautiful rendition of All things Bright and Beautiful as all the animals present displayed their best behaviours.

Our heartfelt thanks to all families who donated and a special thank you to Rev Duxbury for her thoughtful blessings and presence at our unique and special event.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

/ Middle School, Senior School

Fitness Centre

It has been another busy term in the fitness centre with plenty of hard work taking place and many new faces. I always take this opportunity to extend the invitation to all of our College community to come along and join in the classes. Alternatively, Tim or I can create a workout to suit your needs regardless of your fitness level. We all know that exercise is so important each day to maintain our health and wellbeing and this can be one step forward to feeling better.

Over the holidays, the fitness centre will be open 6.30am until 8.30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with classes happening at 6.30am and repeated at 7.30am. Of course, if you just want to come along with friends or train individually, we are always more than happy to see you.

After the holidays we will return to 6.00am until 8.15am each morning (staff and parents – 6.00am until 7.00am, students 7.00am until 8.15am) and in the afternoons (students 3.30pm until 5.00pm and staff/parents from 5.00pm until 6.00pm Monday to Thursday).

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

Year 12 Parent Student Dinner – help needed

College parent Tammy Gray is coordinating the decorating for the Year 12 parent/student dinner on Thursday 31 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

She is in need of volunteers to help her decorate the tables.

If you are available 10.30am – 11.30am on Thursday 31 October and are able to help please contact Tammy on 0439639269 prior to Monday 28 October.

 

/ Senior School

Sustainability Popup

Today students from the Elphin and Penquite campuses created a ‘sustainability pop-up’ at the senior school. Students gave short talks on a range of sustainability issues, Clare Munnings and Lucy Chesterman provided some great music, and a range of sustainable products was on display. Here are some great tips from Year 3 student Grace Watters for reducing our day-to-day plastic use:

1. When you go to the store take a reusable bag with you

2. Choose foods which are in recyclable or biodegradable packaging

3. Did you know that lots of fruits come in their own packaging? Why put nearly all fruits in a plastic bag? They have their own natural packaging.

4. Use bulk bins more often such as cereals, nuts and pretzels.

5. If you are shopping in the supermarket, use scoop and weigh. Forget about the plastic bag use the mushroom brown paper bag instead. You won’t get into trouble.

6. There are shops in Launceston that are bulk food shops and don’t use any plastic bags. Why not try shopping there?

7. Grow your own vegetables and fruit and you don’t even have to go near a supermarket.

8. Cook at home with the fruit and veg that you have grown in your garden. Forget about take-away in a plastic container.

9. Bake biscuits and cakes at home instead of buying them in plastic packaging at the shops.

10. Most importantly, remember to make a shopping list. Being organised means not getting the wrong things.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

/ Middle School, Round Square, Senior School

Youth Climate Leaders

On Tuesday 17 September, a team of Scotch Oakburn students from Junior, Middle and Senior School made their way to West Launceston Primary School to attend the second Climate Leaders Conference for 2019. Students and teachers from Deloraine High School, Scottsdale High School, St Patricks College and West Launceston Primary School, along with many ‘mentors’ including Toby Thorpe (all experts in Climate Change and contributing factors) and TV personality Costa Georgiadis came together to discuss the effects of climate change, report sustainability projects they’d attempted, achieved and /or failed at their schools and inspired each other to further climate action.

Each school presented a short summary of initiatives, programs and projects their school had undertaken since the last Climate Conference. Discussions included the successes of new bin systems implemented in their schoolyard, a raffle initiative which acted as a reward system for sustainable acts, the use of eco-bricks to build a veggie garden and the recycling of old school chairs by sending them to lower socio-economic countries. Students and teachers also discussed setbacks they faced whilst attempting to increase sustainability in their schools such as economic challenges, staffing challenges, disinterest from peers & staff and difficult discussions with Business Managers and Principals. Collectively, all the attendees of the conference congratulated and offered constructive feedback to each school’s presentation, encouraging them to keep working towards their goals.

It was a fabulous opportunity for our students to share the projects they had implemented in the past year such as a worm farm, compost system, a reduction in general waste bins, a nude food canteen and many other sustainability initiatives whilst also being inspired to try out some of the projects that other schools shared. All students were very inspired and motivated to play their part in mitigating climate change by the conclusion of the day.

Greta Brown and Lucinda Ashman
Year 11 & Year 7 Students

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

SATIS Athletics

On Saturday 21 September the Scotch Oakburn College Athletics team took part in the annual SATIS Athletics carnival. In testing conditions, all students rose to the occasion. There were many outstanding results and overall the team was performed exceptionally. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we weren’t able to finish the meet, but all athletes are commended on how they represented the College. Many thanks to all the coaches that helped in the lead-up, and to Paul McKendrick, Rob Jeffery and Julie Kemp for their assistance throughout the whole process.

I am pleased to advise the age champions for athletics for 2019:

Year 6 Girls Champion- Sophie Marshall
Year 6 Girls Runner- Up- Tahlia Muller

Year 6 Boys Champion – Oliver Atkins
Year 6 Boys Runners-up – Campbell Skirving, Sam Mulford

U13 Girls Champion –Mackenzie Buck
U13 Girls Runner-up – Ashlee Davey

U13 Boys Champion – Riley Donlon
U13 Boys Runner-up –Thomas Watters

U14 Girls Champions –Kate Atherton, Jasmine Irani

U14 Boys Champion – Bryce Lawes
U14Boys Runner-up –Mackenzie Connell

U15 Girls Champions – Amy Campbell, Jessica Taylor

U15 Boys Champion –Alexander Wood
U15 Boys Runners-up –Jai Davies, Oliver Waldron

U16 Girls Champion – Ashleigh Reid
U16 Girls Runner-up –Isobella Larby

U16 Boys Champion – Alexander Creak
U16Boys Runner-up – Tom Harriman

U/17 Girls Champion – Isabella Foster
U/17 Girls Runner-up- Louise Tyson

U/17 Boys Champions- Tom McShane and Alex Davies

Open Girls Champion- Lucy Jones
Open Girls Runners-up – Amy Halaby, Hayley Kroon

Open Boys Champions – Tamru Midson and Sam Gray

Andrew Robinson 
Person-in-Charge of Athletics

/ Middle School, Senior School

Integrated learning unit – Asterix

In the past few weeks, Year 7 students have worked on an integrated unit, exploring the French comic “Astérix the Gladiator”. The famous little Gaul is a character created by French writers and drawers Goscinny and Uderzo.

In English, students have studied the structure of the book and worked on the comic aspects; in Humanities, they have discovered more about the Ancient Rome civilisation; in French class, students have discovered parts of the book in French and worked with recognizing the words and their Latin forms. In other subjects (science, Chinese, French, English), teachers have asked students to create comics illustrating a topic recently learnt in class.

As seen in the image above of students of French displaying their works, there were some great artistic and IT skills used.

The unit was a great example of 21st-century education where students learn to transfer skills into different subjects and tasks. Scotch Oakburn continues to develop and implement interdisciplinary programs to help students think about their learning as a whole. Joining the dots between disciplines and working as teams is important for our students as they prepare for a future that is constantly changing and where boundaries will tend to disappear.

Fabrice Dauchez
Teacher

/ Middle School

Hockey Achievement

Congratulations to Alice McLauchlan (Year 10) and Sam Williams (Year 12) who received awards for receiving the most points in their division in the Northern hockey competition. Alice was the best Under 16 female player and Sam won the prestigious Tim Deavin Medal, named after Collegian, Tim Deavin (2002) who represented Australia in hockey 138 times. It is a great achievement for both those players and we are very proud to see Sam’s final year of playing hockey at Scotch Oakburn crowned by such an award.

Fabrice Dauchez
Person-in-Charge of Hockey

/ Senior School

9 ALIVE

The 9 Alive program is a week-long program giving Year 9 students the opportunity to learn more about the environment around us. It includes studying the properties of fire/combustion and its impact on the local ecology at St. Johnstone Farm, collecting and analysing marine debris along the Tasmanian North Coast and spending time at Fosterville farm learning about sustainable agriculture and exploring the science and technologies that are interwoven into successful modern farming practices.

As a part of the program, groups are given two tasks, to create a magazine article for our college focus magazine that reflects on your learning and encourages the reader to respond to a call to action and to create a short video outlining their learning (also with a call to action).

This year’s winning magazine article was written by Abirami Raj, Ruby Tiller, Kate McShane and Tiana Philp.  Their article, Our Plastic World, focused on their beach clean-up experience and plastic marine pollution.

An excerpt from their article states, “As our teacher, Mr Hassell has reiterated, ‘every piece counts.’ We are the generation who will be affected by climate change, and the increasingly large amounts of plastic in our ocean are slowly suffocating the Earths’ waterways and eventually, us. We must decide if we want oceans of plastic along with the rising temperatures from climate change to be our bedfellows in the future. Life as we know it can potentially change: fewer marine life, poisoned seafood, contaminated water and grey plastic for miles below our deep blue seas.”.  You can read their full article via this link.

The winning video was produced by Mietta Gray, Lily Cleeland, Ollie Lindsay and Wylie Howell and is shown above.

Steve Jacobs
Education Outdoors Teacher

/ Senior School

Backpack challenge funds make a difference

The World Vision Backpack Challenge is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of children that are displaced by war and civil unrest.

Scotch Oakburn College has been an active participant in this worthy cause. This year 44 Middle School students participated and were able to raise a combined total of $2224.00 (surpassing their $2000 target).

Here are some key facts to put the effort of SOC students into perspective:

  • Scotch Oakburn College was the highest fundraising school in Tasmania.
  • 7 participants raised over $100 each.
  • Asha Dawe raised an individual total of $621

It is equally important to understand the impact this amount of money has on communities in need:

  • 41 students will have access to quality education in emergency situations such as refugee camps.
  • 87 mothers and their children will have access to health care for a year.
  • 332 children will have access to a safe space in refugee camps for a year.

These numbers tell a story of how Scotch Oakburn College students can make a difference on a global scale when they work as a team towards a worthy cause.

James Hansen, the Relationship Coordinator for World Vision, commented that Scotch Oakburn’s effort will have a significant impact on communities around the world.

Clyde Goosen
Middle School Round Square Coordinator

 

/ Middle School, Round Square

Senior Foundation Oratory prize

Three experienced speakers battled it out in the recent Senior Foundation Oratory on Monday 23 September.  Dean Power (Year 10), Ethan Hamilton (Year 11) and Zahara Walker Smith (Year 11) were each impressive but the adjudicators, David Morris, Jenny Fraser and Sharon Beattie had to decide a winner.

For the second year in a row, Zahara Walker Smith was awarded the trophy and medallion for her passionate and eloquent speech, this time on freedom and democracy.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge Public Speaking

/ Senior School

Equestrian riders to compete in Sydney

Several riders will be competing in Sydney at the National competition over the term break, representing Scotch Oakburn College and Tasmania.

We would like to wish our riders the very best for their competitions.  They include:

Ashlea Rees (Year 6)
Georgia Clements (Year 11)
Harry Furzer (Year 10)
Jess Grove (Year 10)
Bethany Hirst (Year 10)
Ruby Hirst (Year 6)
Lucy Johnston (Year 5)
Jock Johnston (Year 6)
Chloe McFarlane (Year 10)
Ella Nast (Year 7)
Abby Clements (staff member)

Joy Russell
Person-in-Charge of Equestrian

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

Year 5 Round Square project success

On Sunday a group of around 20 people participated in my rubbish clean up along the North Esk River. The weather was beautiful and we successfully collected over 60 kg of rubbish plus 5 bins full of recycling. I’d like to say thank you to all involved and thank Scotch Oakburn College and the Launceston City Council for their support of this valuable service project. We successfully diverted a huge amount of rubbish from our environment! Well done to everyone!

We are thinking we could do much more so stay tuned if you’d like to be involved in a clean up in the future.

Thank you!

Maddie Hassell
Year 5 

 

/ Junior School, Round Square

Student Achievements

Representing St Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band, students Kael Haysom (Year 12), Lachlan Stewart (Year 11) and Pipes & Drums tutor Dr John Ralph combined to take the title at the Piping Trios competition at Campbell Town yesterday.

Kael also won the C Grade solo piping competition against an open field.

/ Senior School

SOC Running Group

A big thank you to all those who have attended the running group over the past two terms. We have had a good number each week and we encourage everyone with the warmer weather to get out and be active. The SOC running group will commence again Term 2 next year. In the meantime, grab a few friends and go to one of our excellent locations like the Cataract Gorge, Punchbowl Reserve and Tamar River Precinct and either brisk walk or up the tempo to a jog. The Park Runs are also a great opportunity for a Saturday morning stroll commencing at 9.00am either behind UTAS stadium or Windsor Park. Participants run/walk over a flat 5km course.

The run calendar- https://runcalendar.com.au/tas has a list of events happening around Tasmania. So set yourself some goals and challenge yourself to one of the many events available. Good luck!

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

Outdoor leadership


[images: Isabelle Wynwood]

As one of their practical experiences for the TCE Outdoor Leadership course, the class undertook a two-day, overnight trip to Derby, north-east of Launceston.

The students have been studying human-nature relationships and Derby provides a striking example of how the same area has been viewed and treated very differently by Aboriginal people, tin miners, loggers, farmers, and now mountain bikers. To bring their theoretical learning to life, students undertook practical activities such as fossicking for gemstones, mountain biking, an Indigenous session with a local Elder, a visit to the tin museum, solo time in the forest, and a visit to the Blue Derby Pods to learn about environmentally sensitive design. The trip allowed students to relate first-hand as to how and why people perceived and treated the land very differently over time, and to learn about sustainable ways to treat the land into the future.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

/ Senior School

Student Achievement

Sophie Marshall (Year 6) recently competed for Tasmania at National School Sports Australia in Darwin, coming fifth in the 1,500m (12 year old girls).  Her time broke the Tasmanian record held since 2013 and is in the process of being formally verified as the new Tasmanian record.  A great achievement.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

 

/ Middle School

Middle School Maths Club

After school maths tutoring will re-commence in Week 2, Term 4 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm and then each Tuesday, Week A and Thursday Week B thereafter. Please register your child at Middle School reception.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

/ Middle School

Rail Trail Ride

Our entire Year 5 and 6 cohort travelled to Scottsdale today for our annual Rail Trail Ride and activities day. There was an assortment of activities for the students to enjoy which included: an advanced rail trail ride, a regular ride, bush cooking with Craig, Ben & Janine Williams of Pepper Bush Adventures, panning for gems or a bushwalk/fossil hunting tour.

The students had an amazing day together in the bush. This was a great opportunity for our Year 5’s and Year 6’s to reconnect as Year 5 begin their transition activities for their move to Middle School next year.

Thanks to Verity and Jim Wilson for their efforts in organising this event together with Ben Green from the Junior School.

Fiona Auton
Teacher

/ Junior School, Middle School

Readers’ Cup

Congratulations to team ‘LEMME Read’, made up of Year 7 students Leelah Jacobs, Ella Wong, Matilda Legro, Maya Martin and Eliza Chapman, who won the Northern Secondary Schools’ Readers’ Cup on Friday 20 September. It is a tremendous achievement to return the trophy to Scotch Oakburn College for the first time since 2013.

The competition was tough, with the girls competing against much older students from Prospect and Queechy High schools. They tied with Queechy High School in the quiz but came out winners in the creative section due to their polished performance. This win was the culmination of two months of hard work from the girls in reading the six texts numerous times and developing an original creative piece.

Kate Wallace
Teacher

/ Middle School

Legacy Junior Public Speaking

On Friday 20 September, Charlotte Ball (Year 7), Hamish Fyffe (Year 8) and Dean Power (Year 10), participated in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition against nine others from around the state. Each spoke passionately and convincingly and enjoyed the tight competition. Dean Power won second prize due to his well prepared and passionate speech on Indigenous Representation in Parliament and his excellent impromptu response on social media in the real world. Both the winner and runner up will now compete in the nationals in Melbourne in November. Congratulations Dean and everyone who participated!

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge Public Speaking

/ Middle School, Senior School

Healthy rites of passage

Author: Dr Arne Rubinstein


 

Rites of passage have always been a significant part of community life, until now. Each stage of a person’s life was marked and celebrated including the significant step of moving into adulthood.

The shift from childhood to adulthood has always been marked by a rite of passage, which represents entry to the adult world and the rights that go with it. This new set of rights is also accompanied by a responsibility to serve and contribute to the community.

The loss of healthy rites of passage

For many young people Schoolies Week, the annual Year 12 endless party, is the only rite of passage they have. The loss of meaningful rites of passage is having disastrous consequences on young people.

Too often we see young men in their twenties and beyond acting like boys in constant need of acknowledgement from their peers, dodging responsibility and still seeking approval from their mother. Many young women are stuck in perpetual adolescence, more worried about how they look than how they can contribute to their communities.

Adults have a role to play

It’s the role of adults to recognise and bring out children’s strengths and natural gifts so they can contribute fully to their communities as adults. One of the most significant roles of the elderly is to care for and pass on wisdom to the young. Not surprisingly in the past, it has been the elders who were responsible for overseeing rites of passage and their timely delivery.

Rites of passage are not supposed to be done in isolation. As a child becomes a young adult, parents also need to take a step and move to the next stage in their lives. Each new stage of development for a child or young person represents a new beginning for parents as well.

Unfortunately, elderhood is not highly coveted or respected in these modern times and there is a global marketing campaign telling us that youth is the desirable and only really acceptable life stage. When adulthood is not fully appreciated or understood, then it’s little wonder that many young people are hanging on to their adolescence well into their twenties. Some never make the leap into adulthood.

5 features of healthy rites of passage

There are five distinct parts to healthy rites of passage activities. These rites features are common in all rites of passage activities created by First Nations people across the globe.

  1. An event: Usually there is a gathering of significant adults in a young person’s life to mark their coming of age
  2. Story: Rather than telling young people how to live their life adults tell them stories of their lives, their challenges and their joys.
  3. Challenge: In the absence of overcoming an adult-initiated challenge that signifying the moving away from adulthood teenagers will often create their own high risk-taking challenges. The challenges adults provide can be physical (difficult hike), intellectual (speak to a group) or spiritual (spend time on their own).
  4. Vision for the future: It’s important to provide young people with the opportunity to voice their vision for their future life.
  5. Honouring: A valued adult, often a parent, should acknowledge the gifts, talents and special genius of the young person in front of others

Families and communities can rediscover the notion of rites of passage and begin to invent their own pathways to adulthood, complete with markers and appropriate recognition.

Parents and schools can put their own celebrations in place that mark significant ages, and the all-important transition to adulthood. These celebrations should include a bringing together of significant adults and a passing on of wisdom and stories from past generations to a young person. These rites of passage can be creative, must be inclusive and need to be appropriate to each family or community situation.


 

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

TasTAFE Apprenticeship Expo

TasTAFE will be running Apprenticeship Expo for school/college students, parents and anyone considering an apprenticeship or looking to develop their skills.

You can start an apprenticeship as a school leaver,  or you can even begin an apprenticeship while finishing secondary school.

Employers looking to recruit apprentices for 2020 will be on hand with upcoming apprenticeship opportunities.

The expert apprenticeship panel will discuss:

  • why apprenticeships are a great career option
  • what’s involved with an apprenticeship
  • pathways to gaining an apprenticeship
  • how the apprenticeship system works – role of the apprentice, employer, Apprentice Network Provider and training provider
  • apprentices and employers will share their personal stories

Location:  Alanvale Campus Cafeteria, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham

Tuesday 22 October 6.00pm – 7.30pm

For further information, visit https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/apprenticeship-expo/

/ Senior School

Community news

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting events in the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • A range of holiday prigrams have been listed in the last few weeks.  Click through to view some options
  • Kid I Am – 26 October – over 60 activities for 0-12years
Go to Community News

 

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Principal’s Message

What a fantastic term

How quickly the term has come to an end and as I reflect on all that has happened, and as befits a school that promotes a holistic education, it has been a term filled with many, many events and opportunities for our students. To emphasise the breadth of opportunities available to our students, at Briefing this week I reflected on the second half of this term and highlighted a number of the activities that the commitment of the College’s staff has provided for our students. Although not exhaustive, the following is a summary of many of those activities:

• Book week at Elphin;
• The Backpack Challenge;
• Fathers’ Day Breakfast;
• Robotics;
• Year 5 Service Program;
• s.p.a.c.e. Gallery exhibitions;
• Year 8 Cows Create Careers;
• IGNITE@Elphin and the Year 4 production;
• Author visits;
• Education Outdoors camps;
• Sustainability Pop-ups;
• The Spring Concert and Singfest;
• Student-Led Conferences and Parent/Student/Teacher interviews, and Information evenings;
• sporting competitions and finals in Athletics, Netball, Soccer, Hockey and Equestrian;
• Inter-house Singing, Debating, Spelling Bee and Cultural Carnival; and
• Foundation Oratory Public Speaking.

If we look ahead to the coming holiday period we have a group of TCE students partaking in an Outdoor Education camp, five senior students heading to India for the International Round Square Conference, 12 senior students travelling to China to further their language skills and visit our sister-school, the Jingshan School, in Beijing, and finally, we are hosting alumni reunions in Melbourne and Sydney on 8 & 9 October, respectively.

Additionally, I thanked staff for their care of our students; this is central to who we are. All teachers are pastoral carers and the saying, ‘students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’, holds as true today as it ever has.

The staff’s preparedness to go ‘one step beyond’ is the culture that helps set Scotch Oakburn apart. So I wish to take this opportunity to say very publically, “thank you” to all staff for their care for our students and the vast array of opportunities that enable our students to grow and flourish; I greatly appreciate it. To the students, I congratulate your endeavours in engaging with the life of the College and contributing so positively to the dynamic of our school.

I wish all of our community a safe and relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready for Term 4 on Monday 14 October.

Andy Müller
Principal

/ Junior School, Middle School, Senior School

This week in the Junior School

Congratulations to all Year 3 students on their leadership of this week’s Sustainability Pop-Up. The passion demonstrated in their ‘Ted style’ talks, along with the research that had gone into these, was most impressive. This whole event was another wonderful example of students leading the way in prodding us all to heighten our awareness and consider our actions with respect to a wide range of environmental sustainability issues.

Congratulations also this week to the Year 5 choir who represented the College proudly with a wonderful singing performance at Singfest 2019. The choir sang ‘Hold Back the River’ in their single school item, and then were part of the massed choir of 650 Primary students from eight local schools for a further 6 items. A packed Albert Hall enjoyed a fantastic night of choral singing.

All Year 4 students shared three short drama pieces with a Junior School audience to conclude their Term 3 Ignite@Elphin project on ‘What makes a production?’ The energy, passion and teamwork complemented some quality public speaking and acting skills. Watch the short video below –

The enthusiasm for learning demonstrated through these activities is indicative of so many other experiences for students right across the Campus in Term 3.

Best wishes to all students and families for a well-earned holiday break as we all take the opportunity to reflect on progress and to re-set learning goals for the new term ahead.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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Prep Black and Year 5 Lee Service Project

This year Prep Black, as part of Prep Ubuntu, have considered an African phrase. ‘I am because we are.’

Through many conversations, the children have deepened their understanding of what it means to work together in order to achieve more.

Year 5 have had a focus on participating in a Round Square Project, with an emphasis on the ‘Service’ IDEAL throughout Term 3 and across the year with the aim to raise awareness of community needs and supporting these through action.

Working together, the two “Buddy” classes decided to come together to support Bella’s (Year 5) and Jossie’s (Prep) Service Project.

Jossie’s grandparents emigrated from South Africa in the early eighties and set up an orphanage for children in need. This is Jinda, a non-profit organisation children’s home and care centre.

Prep and Year 5 students have spent time together creating unique gift boxes to give to children at Jinda this Christmas. We wish to thank our College community for the kind donations of gifts which we were able to place in the boxes.

Renee (Jossie’s mum) visited us today to collect these gifts, which will be delivered to Jinda Orphanage in South Africa these coming school holidays, in time for Christmas!

Louise Black and Hannah Lee
Teachers

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Great horsemanship and fabulous friendship at Equestrian Competitions

The past two weekends have been a flurry of activity with the first of the Interschools Gymkhana in Deloraine and then Northern Schools dressage and showjumping this past weekend at Westbury.

While the team has been successful, bringing home numerous trophies and ribbons, the success of these events goes well beyond what were superb results.

View some great video footage of the events on our Facebook page – see it via this link

It was a huge team effort from both parents and students, and it was wonderful to be part of the strong and supportive team spirit that makes equestrian such a compelling sport. Great horsemanship and fabulous friendship and mentoring really made the events, and I would like to thank all the families for their time and support.

Joy Russell
Person-in-Charge of Equestrian

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Wellbeing and Values Education (WAVE)

This week in WAVE Scotch Oakburn College Penquite campus once again held a much enjoyed Blessing of the Animals Chapel Service. The staff and students prepared for this service by donating goods and contributing photos of their beloved pets for a blessing montage that was played during the service. Reverend Chris Duxbury presided over the proceedings offering a special blessing to the animals present assisted by Mr Rohan Pryor. Dr Andrew Byrne from the RSPCA and Rachel Beech from Just cats spoke about their work and the need for us all to be responsible and involved in animal welfare issues.

The Combined Choir sang a beautiful rendition of All things Bright and Beautiful as all the animals present displayed their best behaviours.

Our heartfelt thanks to all families who donated and a special thank you to Rev Duxbury for her thoughtful blessings and presence at our unique and special event.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

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Fitness Centre

It has been another busy term in the fitness centre with plenty of hard work taking place and many new faces. I always take this opportunity to extend the invitation to all of our College community to come along and join in the classes. Alternatively, Tim or I can create a workout to suit your needs regardless of your fitness level. We all know that exercise is so important each day to maintain our health and wellbeing and this can be one step forward to feeling better.

Over the holidays, the fitness centre will be open 6.30am until 8.30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with classes happening at 6.30am and repeated at 7.30am. Of course, if you just want to come along with friends or train individually, we are always more than happy to see you.

After the holidays we will return to 6.00am until 8.15am each morning (staff and parents – 6.00am until 7.00am, students 7.00am until 8.15am) and in the afternoons (students 3.30pm until 5.00pm and staff/parents from 5.00pm until 6.00pm Monday to Thursday).

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

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Year 12 Parent Student Dinner – help needed

College parent Tammy Gray is coordinating the decorating for the Year 12 parent/student dinner on Thursday 31 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

She is in need of volunteers to help her decorate the tables.

If you are available 10.30am – 11.30am on Thursday 31 October and are able to help please contact Tammy on 0439639269 prior to Monday 28 October.

 

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Sustainability Popup

Today students from the Elphin and Penquite campuses created a ‘sustainability pop-up’ at the senior school. Students gave short talks on a range of sustainability issues, Clare Munnings and Lucy Chesterman provided some great music, and a range of sustainable products was on display. Here are some great tips from Year 3 student Grace Watters for reducing our day-to-day plastic use:

1. When you go to the store take a reusable bag with you

2. Choose foods which are in recyclable or biodegradable packaging

3. Did you know that lots of fruits come in their own packaging? Why put nearly all fruits in a plastic bag? They have their own natural packaging.

4. Use bulk bins more often such as cereals, nuts and pretzels.

5. If you are shopping in the supermarket, use scoop and weigh. Forget about the plastic bag use the mushroom brown paper bag instead. You won’t get into trouble.

6. There are shops in Launceston that are bulk food shops and don’t use any plastic bags. Why not try shopping there?

7. Grow your own vegetables and fruit and you don’t even have to go near a supermarket.

8. Cook at home with the fruit and veg that you have grown in your garden. Forget about take-away in a plastic container.

9. Bake biscuits and cakes at home instead of buying them in plastic packaging at the shops.

10. Most importantly, remember to make a shopping list. Being organised means not getting the wrong things.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

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Youth Climate Leaders

On Tuesday 17 September, a team of Scotch Oakburn students from Junior, Middle and Senior School made their way to West Launceston Primary School to attend the second Climate Leaders Conference for 2019. Students and teachers from Deloraine High School, Scottsdale High School, St Patricks College and West Launceston Primary School, along with many ‘mentors’ including Toby Thorpe (all experts in Climate Change and contributing factors) and TV personality Costa Georgiadis came together to discuss the effects of climate change, report sustainability projects they’d attempted, achieved and /or failed at their schools and inspired each other to further climate action.

Each school presented a short summary of initiatives, programs and projects their school had undertaken since the last Climate Conference. Discussions included the successes of new bin systems implemented in their schoolyard, a raffle initiative which acted as a reward system for sustainable acts, the use of eco-bricks to build a veggie garden and the recycling of old school chairs by sending them to lower socio-economic countries. Students and teachers also discussed setbacks they faced whilst attempting to increase sustainability in their schools such as economic challenges, staffing challenges, disinterest from peers & staff and difficult discussions with Business Managers and Principals. Collectively, all the attendees of the conference congratulated and offered constructive feedback to each school’s presentation, encouraging them to keep working towards their goals.

It was a fabulous opportunity for our students to share the projects they had implemented in the past year such as a worm farm, compost system, a reduction in general waste bins, a nude food canteen and many other sustainability initiatives whilst also being inspired to try out some of the projects that other schools shared. All students were very inspired and motivated to play their part in mitigating climate change by the conclusion of the day.

Greta Brown and Lucinda Ashman
Year 11 & Year 7 Students

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SATIS Athletics

On Saturday 21 September the Scotch Oakburn College Athletics team took part in the annual SATIS Athletics carnival. In testing conditions, all students rose to the occasion. There were many outstanding results and overall the team was performed exceptionally. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we weren’t able to finish the meet, but all athletes are commended on how they represented the College. Many thanks to all the coaches that helped in the lead-up, and to Paul McKendrick, Rob Jeffery and Julie Kemp for their assistance throughout the whole process.

I am pleased to advise the age champions for athletics for 2019:

Year 6 Girls Champion- Sophie Marshall
Year 6 Girls Runner- Up- Tahlia Muller

Year 6 Boys Champion – Oliver Atkins
Year 6 Boys Runners-up – Campbell Skirving, Sam Mulford

U13 Girls Champion –Mackenzie Buck
U13 Girls Runner-up – Ashlee Davey

U13 Boys Champion – Riley Donlon
U13 Boys Runner-up –Thomas Watters

U14 Girls Champions –Kate Atherton, Jasmine Irani

U14 Boys Champion – Bryce Lawes
U14Boys Runner-up –Mackenzie Connell

U15 Girls Champions – Amy Campbell, Jessica Taylor

U15 Boys Champion –Alexander Wood
U15 Boys Runners-up –Jai Davies, Oliver Waldron

U16 Girls Champion – Ashleigh Reid
U16 Girls Runner-up –Isobella Larby

U16 Boys Champion – Alexander Creak
U16Boys Runner-up – Tom Harriman

U/17 Girls Champion – Isabella Foster
U/17 Girls Runner-up- Louise Tyson

U/17 Boys Champions- Tom McShane and Alex Davies

Open Girls Champion- Lucy Jones
Open Girls Runners-up – Amy Halaby, Hayley Kroon

Open Boys Champions – Tamru Midson and Sam Gray

Andrew Robinson 
Person-in-Charge of Athletics

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Integrated learning unit – Asterix

In the past few weeks, Year 7 students have worked on an integrated unit, exploring the French comic “Astérix the Gladiator”. The famous little Gaul is a character created by French writers and drawers Goscinny and Uderzo.

In English, students have studied the structure of the book and worked on the comic aspects; in Humanities, they have discovered more about the Ancient Rome civilisation; in French class, students have discovered parts of the book in French and worked with recognizing the words and their Latin forms. In other subjects (science, Chinese, French, English), teachers have asked students to create comics illustrating a topic recently learnt in class.

As seen in the image above of students of French displaying their works, there were some great artistic and IT skills used.

The unit was a great example of 21st-century education where students learn to transfer skills into different subjects and tasks. Scotch Oakburn continues to develop and implement interdisciplinary programs to help students think about their learning as a whole. Joining the dots between disciplines and working as teams is important for our students as they prepare for a future that is constantly changing and where boundaries will tend to disappear.

Fabrice Dauchez
Teacher

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Hockey Achievement

Congratulations to Alice McLauchlan (Year 10) and Sam Williams (Year 12) who received awards for receiving the most points in their division in the Northern hockey competition. Alice was the best Under 16 female player and Sam won the prestigious Tim Deavin Medal, named after Collegian, Tim Deavin (2002) who represented Australia in hockey 138 times. It is a great achievement for both those players and we are very proud to see Sam’s final year of playing hockey at Scotch Oakburn crowned by such an award.

Fabrice Dauchez
Person-in-Charge of Hockey

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9 ALIVE

The 9 Alive program is a week-long program giving Year 9 students the opportunity to learn more about the environment around us. It includes studying the properties of fire/combustion and its impact on the local ecology at St. Johnstone Farm, collecting and analysing marine debris along the Tasmanian North Coast and spending time at Fosterville farm learning about sustainable agriculture and exploring the science and technologies that are interwoven into successful modern farming practices.

As a part of the program, groups are given two tasks, to create a magazine article for our college focus magazine that reflects on your learning and encourages the reader to respond to a call to action and to create a short video outlining their learning (also with a call to action).

This year’s winning magazine article was written by Abirami Raj, Ruby Tiller, Kate McShane and Tiana Philp.  Their article, Our Plastic World, focused on their beach clean-up experience and plastic marine pollution.

An excerpt from their article states, “As our teacher, Mr Hassell has reiterated, ‘every piece counts.’ We are the generation who will be affected by climate change, and the increasingly large amounts of plastic in our ocean are slowly suffocating the Earths’ waterways and eventually, us. We must decide if we want oceans of plastic along with the rising temperatures from climate change to be our bedfellows in the future. Life as we know it can potentially change: fewer marine life, poisoned seafood, contaminated water and grey plastic for miles below our deep blue seas.”.  You can read their full article via this link.

The winning video was produced by Mietta Gray, Lily Cleeland, Ollie Lindsay and Wylie Howell and is shown above.

Steve Jacobs
Education Outdoors Teacher

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Backpack challenge funds make a difference

The World Vision Backpack Challenge is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of children that are displaced by war and civil unrest.

Scotch Oakburn College has been an active participant in this worthy cause. This year 44 Middle School students participated and were able to raise a combined total of $2224.00 (surpassing their $2000 target).

Here are some key facts to put the effort of SOC students into perspective:

  • Scotch Oakburn College was the highest fundraising school in Tasmania.
  • 7 participants raised over $100 each.
  • Asha Dawe raised an individual total of $621

It is equally important to understand the impact this amount of money has on communities in need:

  • 41 students will have access to quality education in emergency situations such as refugee camps.
  • 87 mothers and their children will have access to health care for a year.
  • 332 children will have access to a safe space in refugee camps for a year.

These numbers tell a story of how Scotch Oakburn College students can make a difference on a global scale when they work as a team towards a worthy cause.

James Hansen, the Relationship Coordinator for World Vision, commented that Scotch Oakburn’s effort will have a significant impact on communities around the world.

Clyde Goosen
Middle School Round Square Coordinator

 

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Senior Foundation Oratory prize

Three experienced speakers battled it out in the recent Senior Foundation Oratory on Monday 23 September.  Dean Power (Year 10), Ethan Hamilton (Year 11) and Zahara Walker Smith (Year 11) were each impressive but the adjudicators, David Morris, Jenny Fraser and Sharon Beattie had to decide a winner.

For the second year in a row, Zahara Walker Smith was awarded the trophy and medallion for her passionate and eloquent speech, this time on freedom and democracy.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge Public Speaking

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Equestrian riders to compete in Sydney

Several riders will be competing in Sydney at the National competition over the term break, representing Scotch Oakburn College and Tasmania.

We would like to wish our riders the very best for their competitions.  They include:

Ashlea Rees (Year 6)
Georgia Clements (Year 11)
Harry Furzer (Year 10)
Jess Grove (Year 10)
Bethany Hirst (Year 10)
Ruby Hirst (Year 6)
Lucy Johnston (Year 5)
Jock Johnston (Year 6)
Chloe McFarlane (Year 10)
Ella Nast (Year 7)
Abby Clements (staff member)

Joy Russell
Person-in-Charge of Equestrian

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Year 5 Round Square project success

On Sunday a group of around 20 people participated in my rubbish clean up along the North Esk River. The weather was beautiful and we successfully collected over 60 kg of rubbish plus 5 bins full of recycling. I’d like to say thank you to all involved and thank Scotch Oakburn College and the Launceston City Council for their support of this valuable service project. We successfully diverted a huge amount of rubbish from our environment! Well done to everyone!

We are thinking we could do much more so stay tuned if you’d like to be involved in a clean up in the future.

Thank you!

Maddie Hassell
Year 5 

 

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Student Achievements

Representing St Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band, students Kael Haysom (Year 12), Lachlan Stewart (Year 11) and Pipes & Drums tutor Dr John Ralph combined to take the title at the Piping Trios competition at Campbell Town yesterday.

Kael also won the C Grade solo piping competition against an open field.

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SOC Running Group

A big thank you to all those who have attended the running group over the past two terms. We have had a good number each week and we encourage everyone with the warmer weather to get out and be active. The SOC running group will commence again Term 2 next year. In the meantime, grab a few friends and go to one of our excellent locations like the Cataract Gorge, Punchbowl Reserve and Tamar River Precinct and either brisk walk or up the tempo to a jog. The Park Runs are also a great opportunity for a Saturday morning stroll commencing at 9.00am either behind UTAS stadium or Windsor Park. Participants run/walk over a flat 5km course.

The run calendar- https://runcalendar.com.au/tas has a list of events happening around Tasmania. So set yourself some goals and challenge yourself to one of the many events available. Good luck!

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education

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Outdoor leadership


[images: Isabelle Wynwood]

As one of their practical experiences for the TCE Outdoor Leadership course, the class undertook a two-day, overnight trip to Derby, north-east of Launceston.

The students have been studying human-nature relationships and Derby provides a striking example of how the same area has been viewed and treated very differently by Aboriginal people, tin miners, loggers, farmers, and now mountain bikers. To bring their theoretical learning to life, students undertook practical activities such as fossicking for gemstones, mountain biking, an Indigenous session with a local Elder, a visit to the tin museum, solo time in the forest, and a visit to the Blue Derby Pods to learn about environmentally sensitive design. The trip allowed students to relate first-hand as to how and why people perceived and treated the land very differently over time, and to learn about sustainable ways to treat the land into the future.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students

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Student Achievement

Sophie Marshall (Year 6) recently competed for Tasmania at National School Sports Australia in Darwin, coming fifth in the 1,500m (12 year old girls).  Her time broke the Tasmanian record held since 2013 and is in the process of being formally verified as the new Tasmanian record.  A great achievement.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

 

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Middle School Maths Club

After school maths tutoring will re-commence in Week 2, Term 4 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm and then each Tuesday, Week A and Thursday Week B thereafter. Please register your child at Middle School reception.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School

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Rail Trail Ride

Our entire Year 5 and 6 cohort travelled to Scottsdale today for our annual Rail Trail Ride and activities day. There was an assortment of activities for the students to enjoy which included: an advanced rail trail ride, a regular ride, bush cooking with Craig, Ben & Janine Williams of Pepper Bush Adventures, panning for gems or a bushwalk/fossil hunting tour.

The students had an amazing day together in the bush. This was a great opportunity for our Year 5’s and Year 6’s to reconnect as Year 5 begin their transition activities for their move to Middle School next year.

Thanks to Verity and Jim Wilson for their efforts in organising this event together with Ben Green from the Junior School.

Fiona Auton
Teacher

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Readers’ Cup

Congratulations to team ‘LEMME Read’, made up of Year 7 students Leelah Jacobs, Ella Wong, Matilda Legro, Maya Martin and Eliza Chapman, who won the Northern Secondary Schools’ Readers’ Cup on Friday 20 September. It is a tremendous achievement to return the trophy to Scotch Oakburn College for the first time since 2013.

The competition was tough, with the girls competing against much older students from Prospect and Queechy High schools. They tied with Queechy High School in the quiz but came out winners in the creative section due to their polished performance. This win was the culmination of two months of hard work from the girls in reading the six texts numerous times and developing an original creative piece.

Kate Wallace
Teacher

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Legacy Junior Public Speaking

On Friday 20 September, Charlotte Ball (Year 7), Hamish Fyffe (Year 8) and Dean Power (Year 10), participated in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition against nine others from around the state. Each spoke passionately and convincingly and enjoyed the tight competition. Dean Power won second prize due to his well prepared and passionate speech on Indigenous Representation in Parliament and his excellent impromptu response on social media in the real world. Both the winner and runner up will now compete in the nationals in Melbourne in November. Congratulations Dean and everyone who participated!

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge Public Speaking

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Healthy rites of passage

Author: Dr Arne Rubinstein


 

Rites of passage have always been a significant part of community life, until now. Each stage of a person’s life was marked and celebrated including the significant step of moving into adulthood.

The shift from childhood to adulthood has always been marked by a rite of passage, which represents entry to the adult world and the rights that go with it. This new set of rights is also accompanied by a responsibility to serve and contribute to the community.

The loss of healthy rites of passage

For many young people Schoolies Week, the annual Year 12 endless party, is the only rite of passage they have. The loss of meaningful rites of passage is having disastrous consequences on young people.

Too often we see young men in their twenties and beyond acting like boys in constant need of acknowledgement from their peers, dodging responsibility and still seeking approval from their mother. Many young women are stuck in perpetual adolescence, more worried about how they look than how they can contribute to their communities.

Adults have a role to play

It’s the role of adults to recognise and bring out children’s strengths and natural gifts so they can contribute fully to their communities as adults. One of the most significant roles of the elderly is to care for and pass on wisdom to the young. Not surprisingly in the past, it has been the elders who were responsible for overseeing rites of passage and their timely delivery.

Rites of passage are not supposed to be done in isolation. As a child becomes a young adult, parents also need to take a step and move to the next stage in their lives. Each new stage of development for a child or young person represents a new beginning for parents as well.

Unfortunately, elderhood is not highly coveted or respected in these modern times and there is a global marketing campaign telling us that youth is the desirable and only really acceptable life stage. When adulthood is not fully appreciated or understood, then it’s little wonder that many young people are hanging on to their adolescence well into their twenties. Some never make the leap into adulthood.

5 features of healthy rites of passage

There are five distinct parts to healthy rites of passage activities. These rites features are common in all rites of passage activities created by First Nations people across the globe.

  1. An event: Usually there is a gathering of significant adults in a young person’s life to mark their coming of age
  2. Story: Rather than telling young people how to live their life adults tell them stories of their lives, their challenges and their joys.
  3. Challenge: In the absence of overcoming an adult-initiated challenge that signifying the moving away from adulthood teenagers will often create their own high risk-taking challenges. The challenges adults provide can be physical (difficult hike), intellectual (speak to a group) or spiritual (spend time on their own).
  4. Vision for the future: It’s important to provide young people with the opportunity to voice their vision for their future life.
  5. Honouring: A valued adult, often a parent, should acknowledge the gifts, talents and special genius of the young person in front of others

Families and communities can rediscover the notion of rites of passage and begin to invent their own pathways to adulthood, complete with markers and appropriate recognition.

Parents and schools can put their own celebrations in place that mark significant ages, and the all-important transition to adulthood. These celebrations should include a bringing together of significant adults and a passing on of wisdom and stories from past generations to a young person. These rites of passage can be creative, must be inclusive and need to be appropriate to each family or community situation.


 

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

TasTAFE Apprenticeship Expo

TasTAFE will be running Apprenticeship Expo for school/college students, parents and anyone considering an apprenticeship or looking to develop their skills.

You can start an apprenticeship as a school leaver,  or you can even begin an apprenticeship while finishing secondary school.

Employers looking to recruit apprentices for 2020 will be on hand with upcoming apprenticeship opportunities.

The expert apprenticeship panel will discuss:

  • why apprenticeships are a great career option
  • what’s involved with an apprenticeship
  • pathways to gaining an apprenticeship
  • how the apprenticeship system works – role of the apprentice, employer, Apprentice Network Provider and training provider
  • apprentices and employers will share their personal stories

Location:  Alanvale Campus Cafeteria, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham

Tuesday 22 October 6.00pm – 7.30pm

For further information, visit https://www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/apprenticeship-expo/

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Community news

We are pleased to provide a community news section in our news highlighting events in the wider Launceston community that may be of interest to families. Included this week:

  • A range of holiday prigrams have been listed in the last few weeks.  Click through to view some options
  • Kid I Am – 26 October – over 60 activities for 0-12years
Go to Community News

 

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Principal’s Message Term 3 Week 9

Our students came together in March to support School Strike 4 Climate

School Strike 4 Climate

Last week three of my senior students came and saw me about today’s ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ wanting to work with the College to enable those students who wished to attend the rally, to do so. I applaud this wonderfully mature approach.

Previously we have discussed whether holding a rally is the most productive way to get those people in positions of authority who have the capacity to affect change, to do so. On this point, I am not so sure. Students skipping school to protest in the streets has the potential to muddy the waters, create negative sentiment in the community and lose the point of the students’ actions. This is why we held an in-school protest assembly at the Penquite campus earlier this year. We are a school, we educate so that students can understand the issue from a number of perspectives. Our students need to know not only what the Greenhouse Effect is but why life on earth depends on it, they need to know what causes it and why a rise in CO2 levels of 120 parts per million (ppm), from 280 ppm to 400 ppm, is so significant. Why has this had such a dramatic effect on global temperatures? In understanding the issue, our students can make informed decisions – isn’t that an important element of what education is about?

As the three students pointed out, this is something that is incredibly important to them and their generation. With advances in medicine, it’s not unfeasible to think that many of our students will be on this earth to welcome in the 22nd Century. Consequently, they have a lifetime to live through the impact of climate change. And yes, there are Climate Change Sceptics out there who have their opinion and rather than rely on the findings of expert independent scientists, such as those on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they confidently promote their own rhetoric and deny that human activities are having any discernible impact on climate. By the way, the finding of the IPCC is that ‘human-made effects are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed global warming since the mid-20th century (SPM 1.2, p4)’; ‘extremely likely’ equates to 90 – 95% confidence. Everyone has their opinion, but at the end of the day, they are just that, opinions.

As our conversation continued I asked the students, “What of those students who will want to attend the rally but don’t use the recycling bins we have available? Aren’t they being hypocritical?” Their answer – attending the rally could inspire them to take this issue more seriously and so have a positive impact in the future. As the meeting progressed my thinking ventured beyond the issue of the rally. We educate our young people to think critically, to be courageous and make a stand for what they believe is right, to live out the Values of the College in the face of potential criticism and not sit back and be a bystander when a perceived wrong is occurring, to not be afraid to lead. My students were doing all these things and so how could I criticise them for the strength of their convictions?

In addition to my students’ urgings, I recognise that being a Round Square school places a responsibility on us to uphold the IDEALS; primarily in this case Leadership, Environmental Stewardship and Internationalism. Even the Uniting Church has voiced its support for the rally and urged members to participate in the action on 20 September.

So do I think students should attend the rally? Ultimately, what I think doesn’t matter because the Education Act doesn’t allow me to approve their absence from school. What I will say is that as the Principal of Scotch Oakburn College, I respect all those who have made an informed decision on this matter and am proud that we have students who show the sort of leadership that we encourage and stand up for what they believe is a vitally important issue for their future.

Andy Müller
Principal

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Final week at Junior School

Another busy week at the Junior School as we head to the end of the term:

  • Monday 23 September- school team at the annual Schools Trout fishing Championships at Brumby’s Creek
  • Wednesday 25 September – Elphin Sustainability Pop Up led by Year 3, 12.00-2.00pm, visitors invited (Also at Penquite Campus on Thursday 26 September)
  • Thursday 26 Year 5 Choir singing at Singfest, 6.00pm at the Albert Hall, families invited.
  • Friday 27 September Footy Colours Day

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

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