Welcome to Term 4 and I hope all families enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing break. This term we welcome 26 new students to the College, eight in Early Learning and 18 across Prep to Year 9. Enrolments for 2022 are being finalised and we now have waiting lists in Early Learning 4-Year-old, and Years 2, 6, 7 and 8. In addition, a number of other year levels are filling. The College has maximum student numbers designated at each year level to ensure that our total enrolment is appropriate for our facilities, programs and spaces and that we can guarantee that our students are known, valued and cared for.
We also welcome five new staff to the College: James Adams as Head of Education Outdoors, Suzie Kidd who is teaching Andrew Robinson’s Year 6 class while he is on leave, Deenie Campbell in the Human Resources Department, Kylie Hughes in the Grounds Team and Reid Dolbey in the IT Team. Welcome to all.
Recently three existing staff members have taken on new responsibilities: Leigh Cordell is the College’s Round Square Director, Lauren Hayes is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator and Cale O’Keefe is the Acting Head of House for Middle School Nance for Term 4. I wish them well for the new roles.
The term breaks always provide an opportunity to attend to repairs and maintenance as per our yearly schedule, as well as some spontaneous events such as the localised flooding on Friday 1 October. Works attended to at each of our three campuses, as well as attention to our grounds and have ensured that the College remains in pristine condition and is a beautiful environment for our College community.
Our review of staffing to ensure that it has the capacity to deliver the strategic goals in SOC2035 has focused initially on Wellbeing. If people are ‘well’ – socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually – they will flourish. Therefore, we are researching and implementing the staffing structure, programs and support mechanisms to ensure that our students have the opportunity to be all that they have the potential to be.
Finally, College Leadership has been using the events in other states to forecast possible scenarios for 2022 and ‘Educating with COVID’. Our systems, logistics and preparations are in place, as best as they can be at this stage, ready for 2022 when the state is open to interstate and international visitors and we all learn to live with COVID. We will of course be guided by the Government in many aspects but will also use our own experience and common sense to minimise risk and do all we can to keep our community safe.
As Term 4 commences, there are two key pieces of information that I want to pass on to all parents in the ongoing evolution of COVID protocols and actions.
Firstly, if parents are entering the school grounds to drop their child(ren) off at their classroom or similar and then leave the campus, there is no requirement to sign in or use the Check-In TAS App. However, should you be staying longer than two or three minutes, for example meeting a teacher, enjoying a coffee at Laneway on Thursday or attending LIVE, then you are still required to check-in. Thank you.
Secondly, in a change to previous advice we were given by the Government and the Health Department last term, Year 7 – 10 students will not be vaccinated at school as per the TCE student vaccination program. Hence, we have been asked to advise all families that you must organise these vaccinations yourself through your local vaccination centre.
VIBES is a FREE outdoor concert held on Thursday 21 October on the Penquite Campus Green from 4.30pm – 7.00pm.
The line-up for VIBES features Collegians, Angus Leighton (’13) and his Jump-Jive/Swing Band, as well as Fergus Poynter (’14) and Emily Sanzaro (nee Husband ’99). There will also be performances from current students including the Year 5 Rock Band and a Community Jamming session.
VIBES will be a licenced event and feature the culinary delights from Small Grain, Seoul Food, Toong Thong Thai, Nitro Ella, Little Devil Donuts and the good old BBQ. It will be a cash-less event.
This Saturday 16 October the Scotch Oakburn College community is supporting the White Ribbon Foundation’s call for boys and men to stand in solidarity with all the women in our lives and say a loud NO to the abuse of women and children in our community.
We will be part of a powerful photo of men and boys standing together with George Bailey and Launceston’s Mayor, Albert van Zetten and Deputy Mayor, Danny Gibson.
The photo will be taken on the UTAS Stadium playing surface at 10.30am (sandshoes only). Students are requested to wear full summer uniform and will be free to leave shortly after. Bring as many of your brothers, sons, dads and mates as we join together with men and boys from other workplaces, sporting clubs, schools, unions, church and performing arts groups and send a powerful message of support.
Excitement plus! Starting school for the first time, starting at a new school, being back at school, renewing and making friendships, resetting personal goals, embracing new learning challenges in the classroom, exploring the playground… all these and more were awash across the Junior School this week.
Welcome to the new Term to all students and families, with a particular welcome to those who have just joined the College learning community for the first time and to the Early Learners who started their school life this week. Best wishes to every student for a Term that opens new learning opportunities, leads to the asking of many new questions and exploration of these, further consolidates key learning skills and keeps building fulfilling relationships. Work hard, dream big!
Term 4 Events
The Term 4 calendar is a very full one with a wide range of scheduled events right across all year levels. Details of coming activities are always sent directly to families in advance, but everyone is encouraged to scan the ePlanner on The Dash and diarise events specific to their child’s class or year level.
In our immediate sights are the Year 5-6 Regional Basketball Championships this weekend (and Year 3-4 next weekend), rescheduled Years 2-5 House Athletics Carnival on Monday, weekly Learning together sessions for new 2022 Early Learning families starting on Monday, State Chess Finals on Monday, Lemana Day for EL-5 and VIBES for the whole College community on Thursday next week.
UV radiation in Launceston edged up to ‘High’ (6+) this week, even on the wet and cloudy days. We all need to keep reminding ourselves of the importance of sun protection in outdoor learning activities and break times.
Thought spark for the week:
Developing the trait of being compassionate is one of the ten core learner attributes that are at the heart of the ‘Learning’ strand of the College’s SOC2035 vision. We define being compassionate as “taking on the feelings and perspectives of others with humility and acting intuitively to support them through the development of emotional intelligence (EQ). In the words of Year 8 student Lincoln Giasli whose EY8 project focused on the Learner Attributes, ‘In learning and group work it is important to understand the emotions of others…. Helping others with your learning will be a good way of understanding how others can sometimes feel. You should also talk to people during group tasks to ensure they feel safe in the environment and are enjoying themselves.’
Lachie Wright Head of Junior School
Year 5 Rock Band at the Harvest Market
The Year 5 Rock Band will be performing at the Launceston Harvest Market next Saturday 23 October. They will be performing two sets, one at 9.15am and the second at 10.30am. They would love to see you there!
“Tell me and I will forget. Teach me and I will remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
As we return to enjoy the many opportunities that Term 4 provides, I encourage all students to springboard their learning from their strengths (interests and passions) to further make progress with their learning goals. Transferring learning from one context to another is such an important attribute and a focus that will continue to be in the Middle School curriculum design. I encourage all students to continue to try new pursuits, attempt challenges and approach difficult tasks with courage and tenacity.
Middle School Buskers going on Tour!
In the coming weeks the vocal skills of the Middle School Buskers will be ‘touring’ the Senior and Junior Schools to share their joy for singing and their skills in harmony. A great example of passion-based learning in action!
Throughout the Middle School, basketball participation is thriving. So many students are representing the College in basketball, along with endless lunchtime minutes crafting new skills and moves! This weekend we wish our Year 6 students all the very best for the Northern Primary Schools Basketball Classics. Thank you to our dedicated coaches and support staff for providing our students with such a positive experience.
Chess Regional Finals
This Monday, we are proud to be hosting the Regional Chess Finals in the HPEC. A great opportunity for our strategic thinking gamers to make their best move! Good luck to all students involved.
Next weekend, is a great opportunity for new and keen young rowers to familiarise themselves with the Scotch Oakburn College Rowing program. Thank you to Mr Jamie Bredan and our coaches for providing this orientation.
Be Year 6!
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Middle School community is excited to welcome our current Year 5 students to the Penquite Campus, for a two day ‘Be Year 6’ learning initiative. This program enables our future Year 6 students to experience learning life on the Penquite Campus, ahead of upcoming Orientation Day and transition activities. This opportunity is enabled through our current Year 6 students enjoying their Education Outdoors Program. I am sure this program will be positive for all!
Ben Green Head of Middle School
Community Benefits from EY8 project
Year 8 student Brody Wallace delivered a total of 115 balls and a frisbee to Life without Barriers at Rocherlea in the Term 3 holidays as a result of his EY8 efforts.
The staff and clients were totally overwhelmed with the donation and so very grateful. Brody and his mother, Naomi, were invited for a tour and the staff spent much time chatting to them about what they do. Brody was also presented with a small gift as a thank you.
The balls will be used for physio and fitness classes, casual recreational uses and sports days. This trip was a big eye-opener for Brody and a very humbling experience for him. Along with many other Year 8s, Brody’s learning journey and the positive community connections he has made to serve others through his EY8 cannot be underestimated.
And what an experience it was! Accompanied by their parents, Charlotte Ball (Year 9) and Dean Power (Year 12) represented our College at the Statewide Youth Speakout event at both Government House and Parliament House on Tuesday 12 October and presented their speeches on subjects that mattered to them. It was an action-packed day with opportunities to meet political leaders including our premier, The Honourable Peter Gutwein MP. All student presentations were formally recognised by our Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC. We congratulate two of our accomplished public speakers for their initiative in entering the event and their noteworthy participation.
Katie Lester Person-in-Charge of Public Speaking
Performance Exam Audience
It’s that time of year again, where the TCE Drama/Theatre Performance students showcase the amazing performance skills they have developed and impress the TASC Examiners in their Practical Exam. I warmly welcome the Scotch Oakburn College community to be an audience member and support these talented students in one or all of the following shows:
Theatre Performance Play Exam (Horton): ‘A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ a play adapted by Simon Stephens from the popular novel by Mark Haddon. Tuesday 19 October 7 – 8.15pm (Show 1) Wednesday 20 October 7 – 8.15pm (Exam Show 2)
Drama Exam (Drama Studio): Extracts from David Williamson’s ‘Brilliant Lies’ and Kieron Barry’s ‘Numbers’ Tuesday 19 October 6-7pm (Show 1) Thursday 21 October 2-3pm (Exam Show 2)
Theatre Performance Monologue Exam (Drama Studio): Thursday 21 Oct 5 – 5.30pm (Show 1) Friday 22 Oct 2 – 2.30pm (Exam Show 2)
Please email me at Kathryn.Gray@soc.tas.edu.au to confirm the performances you wish to attend. There is no cost involved but there are limited numbers for the shows in the Drama Studio.
I look forward to welcoming you.
Kathryn Gray Teacher
Xavier Nesbitt (Year 9) has been awarded a 2020/2021 Young Leadership Award by Swimming Tasmania, winning the Bill and Shea Henderson Trophy. Xavier was nominated for his composure and commitment to the sport of swimming through training, competition and club support. Xavier was commended for being a fierce competitor but for taking both success and failure in his stride. Xavier is considered a leader in his club, showing great maturity and focus by assisting coaches and helping junior swimmers develop their skills. Swimmers were nominated by their coaches and then the Swimming TAS board chose who they thought was worthy. Congratulations Xavier.
Stuart Walls Head of Senior School
Hockey season ends
On Wednesday 13 October, the Launceston Golf Club was the pleasant venue for this year’s Annual Hockey Dinner and Trophy Presentation Evening. Sixty parents, players and coaches attended the event which celebrated the College’s 116th Hockey season. Trophies were presented to:
First Girls XI
Best & Fairest Player: Alice McLauchlan Most Improved Player Award: Maddie Fenner Coach’s Award: Kate Sherriff
First Boys XI
Best and Fairest Player: Carl Els Coach’s Award: Alfie Neville-Clark Most Versatile Player Award: Connor O’Sign Distinguished Service Award: Theo Wolfhagen
Certificates were presented to Will Gray, Top Goal Scorer, and Alexander Creak, Certificate of Appreciation.
Thanks were expressed to our Captains of Hockey, Alice McLauchlan and Carl Els, and to all parents for their marvellous support of Hockey this season. Thanks were also extended to all our hockey coaches and managers for the 2021 season, without whom we would not operate: Mr Simon Dray, Mr Rory Kruijswijk-Walsh, Mrs Alison McLean, Mr Richard Nichols, the Revd Grace Reynolds, Mr Daniel van der Aa, Mrs Karen van der Aa, Mr Simon van der Aa, Mr Brendan Vince, and Head of Sport Mr Alister Foot.
Term 4 marks the start of our summer sports season. We have many of our sports commencing competitions this week and some over the weekend. For your son/daughter’s specific sports information, please view The Dash page for the information relevant to their chosen sport.
Any students that are wishing to compete at the Tasmanian All Schools Athletics Championships to be held on 23/24 October can find out more information and enter the competition, by visiting the Athletics Tasmania website www.tasathetics.org.au.
Are you looking for a new way to exercise after school? How about exploring some of Launceston’s parks and schools from a new perspective?
Well, Launceston Spring Twilight Orienteering Series 2021 is here. The new series is starting Wednesday 20 October. No experience necessary – just come along and have a go! Start between 4.00pm and 6.00pm, finish by 7:00pm.
October 20 – Royal Park October 27 – Scotch Oakburn College November 3 – Trevallyn Primary School November 10 – St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School and Windsor Precinct November 17 – Queechy High School November 24 – City Park – Central Launceston
More information about specific event starts and directions is available at www.tasorienteering.asn.au or contact Christine Brown 0439 443 367 or Donelda Niles 0419 358 385.
Good luck to all our basketball teams commencing their matches this week in the NHSSA rosters. The teams have been busy training from term 3 and I would like to thank Mrs Natalie Good for her coordination in getting the teams ready to go for round 1.
Cricket training is off and running for all boys and girls this season under the eye of our new Director of Cricket, Mr Dean Hawkins.
Games for this weekend are at Scotch Oakburn Park for Year 8 boys and at Launceston Grammar School for Year 7 boys. It is great to see some new players coming along to play cricket and we are looking forward to seeing your improvements across Term 4.
The girls will commence their first matches in November at the NTCA ground. As well as the Hurricanes High School Cup competition, which will be played on Thursday 4 November from 9.00am to 3.00pm and finals on Thursday 11 November at Scotch Oakburn Park. There will be more information to be released on these two competitions shortly.
The start of the sailing season is upon us, and we’ll be back on the water this Saturday! We’ll be commencing the season with a come ‘try sailing day’ to hopefully get some new students involved with our amazing sport.
The plan for Saturday:
Meet at the sailing club at 10.30am and get the boats rigged and ready for a day of sailing (try day sailors arriving at 11). Casual sailing with new sailors prior to lunch (Lunch can be purchased at the club or BYO). Post lunch, enter a race or casual sailing for the afternoon with some boat changes to give everyone a go in a boat. Pack up and wash down boats. Finish up at the club at approximately 4.30pm. It should be a fantastic day out with good weather forecast and hopefully some new sailors! Bring your friends along!
What you will need to bring:
Wetsuit- rug up, the water will still be cold! A pair of bush walking thermals work well under your wetsuit of you need more warmth. Personal Flotation Device / Life Jacket (SOC have club jackets) Closed toe shoes suitable for the water (old sneakers with woolly socks or sailing shoes) Swimmers Spray Jacket to keep the wind of your body Sailing gloves (optional but help with grip and comfort) Hat Sun Glasses Plastic water bottle for out in the boat. Spare gear is nearly always available from the club or members, so there is no need to panic if you don’t have everything you need and Tamar Marine is the best retailer in Launceston for all the gear you need.
Rob Bastick Person-in-Charge of Sailing
Our Mountain bike riders have begun the twilight season on offer from the Launceston Mountain Bike Club on Wednesday nights. Mr Luke Hammond was excited to see our students racing again. I would like to thank Mr Hammond for organising the racing season. The results and racing times can be found at LMBC – Home (launcestonmountainbikeclub.com).
This weekend sees the beginning of the rowing season and students will be participating in the North Esk Rowing Club long distance races on Sunday. Races start at 8.30am with the single skulls. We welcome our community to come along and help support our rowers.