It has been a very busy term. Principal, Andy Muller looks at some of the highlights.


Who can believe another school term is nearly over? Term 2 has seen many highlights spanning the academic and co-curricular lives of our students. They have excelled in equal measure on the sporting field, on stage and in their academic pursuits.

Our Senior School students have now completed their mid-year tests and examinations. We encourage students to carefully review their results and take every opportunity to learn from them as we head into Semester 2. To our TCE students, the remainder of the year will pass by quickly, so now is the time to prioritise your academic goals.

This term our teaching staff have continued their journey towards becoming a Professional Learning Community. Professional Learning Teams have refined their individual and collective teaching practice through focused cycles of learning. I have enjoyed working alongside some of the teams and supporting their work.

On the sporting field, it has been a highly successful season in AFL. Our Boys Firsts made it through to the Elimination Final and our Girls are all set to fight for the Premiership tomorrow. You can watch a livestream of our girls in action against Guildford Young College here at 12:30pm. We wish them every success. Our Badminton teams finished Runners Up in the NSATIS first grade roster and were Premiers in the second grade roster. In other sports, our athletes took out the Junior and Senior Trophies at the Newstead Athletics School Series, and all other teams have enjoyed a successful Winter season.

The Middle School production of Fantastic Mr Fox kicked off the term for our Middle School performers and the TCE Play, Blithe Spirit, showed the road ahead. The comedic acting from our senior students was enough to raise the dead! We look forward to our youngest performers taking to the stage in the Junior School production of The Jungle Book next term.

The Autumn Concert heralded a welcome return to the Horton Auditorium stage and last week our Year 6 instrumentalists shared their learning at the inaugural Year 6 Music Showcase. On Wednesday our Junior School musicians performed to appreciative audiences at the Elphin Music Soirees in the Mary Fox Hall.

Year 9 Education Outdoors students recently spent a week in various locations around the state, including the beautiful Freycinet National Park. Back on campus, their peers engaged in our Community Service Program, connecting students to a range of community organisations, including The Tasmanian Fire Service, the S.E.S., The Royal Flying Doctors Tasmania, St. Vincent De Paul, The Salvation Army, and Red Cross. Over the term break, some of our students will participate in an Entrepreneurship Development Program in partnership with UTAS.

Earlier this week I addressed our Year 9 and 10 students about the results of the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Survey, conducted at the end of Term 1. It is reassuring that most of our students are doing well most of the time. We know that students across the state typically experience lower levels of wellbeing in the pre-TCE years, so a key message in my presentation was that we need to include them in the process of understanding and responding to this data.

Of course, a significant opportunity in this process will be identifying wellbeing trends over time and knowing where to focus our energy to ensure every student feels that they belong, that they feel safe and that they have a trusted adult they can speak to at school.

I again encourage everyone to access SchoolTV. It is an invaluable wellbeing resource, designed to empower parents with credible and sound information and provides realistic, practical ongoing support strategies.

Wherever you may be over the coming weeks, I wish everyone a safe and relaxing term break in the company of family and friends.

Ben Marsland 
Deputy Principal 


/ Middle School, Senior School

Once again, with past staff member and Collegian Jenny Fraser OAM (’74) leading the charge, the state final of Rostrum Voice of Youth was held here at Scotch Oakburn College on Saturday 25 June.

Collegians Dean Power (’21), 2020 state winner, and Jack Oates Pryor (’21), 2021 state winner, were invited to return to help adjudicate proceedings, which was highly appreciated by our younger students. A representation of over eleven schools around the state all met and delivered some exceptional speeches.  James Walker, our Year 8 student, did us proud! Rostrum has long recognised that effective communication is important and encourages all students to share their views on their world.

We sincerely thank both Jenny and Rod Fraser OAM (’74)  for their unrelenting support of the program and of our school.

Katie Lester
Person-in-Charge of Public Speaking


This week, saw our last Chapel addressing our students’ spiritual value of love.  We looked at the 2021 Census Report that was released by the Federal Government this week with particular emphasis on the large percentage of migrants who make up our country.

The reason for this focus was to discuss ways that we could intentionally improve the way we love each other, considering the diversity of cultures that now call Australia home.  There were four areas of a person’s life that students engaged with.  They are:

  • Religion
  • Culture
  • Family Traditions
  •  Values/Beliefs

The students broke into pairs and shared one thing about themselves for each of the four categories and at the end, many hands went up when they were asked, “Did you learn something about your partner that you didn’t know before this exercise?”

They then reflected upon the times that they were taunted by someone with unkind and unloving words that could stop them from feeling that they belonged, were accepted and even included in our College cohort and beyond as they listened to the song “Beautiful” reminding them that no matter what anyone says, ‘they are beautiful.’

We now move on to their spiritual value of friendship next term which will be highlighted by the first five weeks of being with their friends as they prepare for the House Singing Competition.

I hope, trust and pray that all of our community, staff, students, and families all have a refreshing three weeks, and no matter what you are doing, please stay safe, be well and may the Joy of the Lord always be your strength.

See you in Term 3 everyone,

Rev Grace


With the dark and gloomy time of the year upon us and motivation sometimes at our lowest, there is always an opportunity to get out and active.

The fitness centre is available for the whole Scotch Oakburn community free of charge and provides a wonderful opportunity to either begin or continue your fitness journey. With certified instructors who can either provide individualised help creating a program specific to your needs or a whole group fitness class, you have the best of both worlds. Below is a list of morning and afternoon sessions available for staff and parents/guardians.


Over the term break, the fitness centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6.00am until 8.00am. Group sessions will be made available at 6.00am and again at 7.00am over this time. The fitness centre will resume normal operating hours on Monday 25 July; 6.00am until 8.15am and 3.30pm until 6.00pm.

For those that are able to take some time off, have a wonderful break and don’t forget to keep moving.

Paul McKendrick
Head of Health and Physical Education


/ Junior School

End of Term

Thank you to all students, families and staff for such a productive and successful Term 2 in so many respects.  The recent bread-making project in an Early Learning 3 class incorporating learning through Claremont Garden over many weeks (olive and rosemary bread!), and the Year 5 Habitats for Humanity inquiry unit Exhibition celebrated this week, bookended what has been such an exciting Term’s learning for all Junior School students.

Music soirees led by Year 5 musicians, and LIVE@Elphins led by Prep Shaw and Year 3 Gillet students this week, are further examples of the many and varied learning experiences which have inspired learners across the Campus over the last few weeks.

The Elphin Office is closed from Friday 1 July (4.00pm) until Monday 25 July 25 (8.00am).  During this time the Junior School can be contacted via the Penquite Campus if required. This office is open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm during the break.

Thank you to all members of the Junior School College learning community for your contribution to a wonderful Term 2. Best wishes to everybody for an enjoyable, restful and safe mid-year break.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Vacation Care

The Vacation Care program based at the Elphin Campus is open to all SOC students from Early Learning to Year 6. The program runs daily (Monday to Friday) from 8.00am -6.00pm.

Full details of the day-by-day program and registration process are available on the College website or from the Outside School Hours Care room.

Lunar Module has landed

Students visiting conneXions this week were captivated by the replica lunar module and night sky backdrop display which greeted them. The vibrant space which is the conneXions learning hub and home to the Junior School library collection is designed to excite and engage young learners. Mrs Dana Hinds, Mrs Katrina Edmunds, Ms Kylie Brewster and Dr Marissa Saville are key staff members who are continually developing new displays, promoting books and reading, exhibiting student work,  and reimagining learning prompts to ignite the ideas and interests of students of all Junior School ages in this space. Parents with a few spare minutes at drop-off or pickup time are welcome to visit conneXions with their child at any time through the Term.


/ Middle School

Time as your friend!

As we prepare for the end of Term 2, it provides an opportunity to use time as your friend.  Time to refresh, relax and recharge.  Time to reset, refocus and reinforce your goals.  During a busy term, often time is not our friend, it is part of a pressurised feeling of never-ending commitments, due dates and deadlines for tasks.  I hope that all students, staff and families enjoy the chance in coming days to reconnect with time being your friend so you can deeper connect with learning, your relationships and your world.

Looking ahead Term 3 will certainly be an exciting time for our Middle School. The life that our EY8 projects will bring into the community will be significant, these projects motivate so many others around our College and the greater community.  The upcoming Inter-House Singing competition will be a great showcase of collaboration and student-led leadership.  SOC2City will be a major part of the learning program for Year 7 in Term 3, exploring the ‘liveability of Launceston’ with many investigations in and around our city.  There is so much to look forward to, it will be rewarding to see our students continue to connect to these and many other learning opportunities.


Ben Green
Head of Middle School

Readers’ Cup 2022

The Northern Secondary Schools Readers’ Cup was held this year on Thursday 16 June at St Patrick’s College. The Cup requires teams of up to six students to read a set of six books to develop a thorough appreciation of all aspects of the stories. Teams then develop a four to six minute presentation in response to three or more of the set books, being judged on their creativity, relevance, quality of performance, adherence to the time limits and evidence of teamwork. They also undergo five rounds of quiz questions to test their knowledge of the texts. The challenge requires students to work collaboratively over a period of approximately six weeks without any external assistance.

After beginning the process with four Scotch Oakburn teams, we narrowed them down to two and then our representative team was chosen. Year 7 students Gina Kumar, Sammy Randhawa, Gomanth Lokesh, Nathan Abbott, Isaac Dhanaraj and Hudson Bonham, delivered a really insightful and engaging performance on the day, which effectively combined drama and poetry in a play reading, enhanced by some well-selected costumes and prop items.

Congratulations to the team, who did a fabulous job preparing for the event despite a rather interrupted lead-up, coming fourth overall in this year’s Cup (narrowly missing out on third by half a point!). The day was a whole lot of fun (including lollies and a pizza lunch) with lots of positive and creative energy in the room.

Well done also to the Year 8 team on their fabulous sock puppet presentation, and other Middle School students who participated in this year’s Readers’ Cup in different capacities. I am very much looking forward to coordinating this again in 2023! Thanks also to Mr David Morris for all the work he does in organising the event, through the Australian School Library Association. The event is also supported by the Tasmanian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Gina Slevec
Coordinator of Extension and Enrichment

Year 5/6 Sport

Today concludes our Friday afternoon Winter sports competition. Throughout this Semester, students from Year 5 and 6 have had a wonderful opportunity to interact in a team environment, fostering our learner attributes of cooperation and collaboration.

Students have participated in a variety of sports including hockey, AFL, soccer, netball, badminton and table tennis, with weekly competitions against different independent schools in Launceston. Thank you to all staff who have been involved in Friday afternoon sport.

Esther Croft-Elliott
Year 6 Coordinator

Year 6 Buddies

Year 6 students had an opportunity to meet with their buddies from Early Learning Erina (4-year-olds) this week. The smiles and laughter spoke volumes, conveying the importance of building cross-campus relationships. We are looking forward to organising more activities with our buddies next term.

Meg Hughes

Japanese Calligraphy

Year 7 students of Japanese this week hooked into the Year 7 theme of “water” by inking the characters for “water”. Using real ink and brushes requires courageousness as once the first stroke is made, you are committed to complete! Year 9 students of Japanese also had the opportunity to hone their calligraphy skills.

Jenny Banbury
Coordinator of Japanese


/ Senior School

Celebrating Student Success

As we come to the end of a very busy term, with TCE students engaged in mid-year examinations,  this week our Year 10 Leaders had the opportunity to lead and present at the Senior School Assembly and Round Square Forum. Students chose the themes, Celebrating Student Success for assembly, whilst the theme for Round Square was NAIDOC (Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!).

In assembly, students presented an array of examples of student involvement and achievement, including individual performances from a flautist and a vocalist, the delivery of a speech espousing the benefits of the Work Experience program and a Community Service presentation. On both occasions, it was wonderful to see many of the College Attributes in action: Agility, Collaboration, Courage and Effective Communication. Through these presentations and other activities such as the Food Trucks provided in the Helix, Year 9 and 10 Camps, Music and Drama Productions, Public Speaking and Debating and the Sports Programs, our students continue to develop as lifelong learners, demonstrating integrity, inclusivity, resilience and diversity.

Next term we have the opportunity to develop further these attributes with the first five weeks devoted to House Singing in preparation for the much anticipated House Singing Competition later in August. In the meantime, our students have a well-deserved three week break, where they have the opportunity to reflect on their achievements and rest and recuperate in preparation for the implementation of a new set of goals and aspirations. I wish all families a wonderful break and look forward to students returning refreshed and rested, ready to embrace a new Term of learning, adventure and challenge.

Jane Gregg
Acting Head of Senior School

Year 9 Aurora

The Year 9 Education Outdoors ‘Aurora – Bushwalking Program’ was at Freycinet this year.  Students lead in the decision-making process, manage their food and take on leadership roles in their bushwalking group. Student Mollie Gray wrote some highlights:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Freycinet camp this year. I was challenged in many aspects including both my physical and mental abilities. Some of my highlights throughout the trip included getting to know other peers on a deeper level, as the group was smaller than in previous years, and reaching the summit of Mt Amos, as it was a challenging climb but was very rewarding when we reached the top. The descent from Mt Amos was also another highlight as it was a very big challenge. Overall, I really recommend the Freycinet Year 9 program.” 

Nuccia Rantieri
Education Outdoors

Choosing your attitude

Last week I was the phone contact person for the Year 9 Education Outdoors bushwalking program. Each evening the Outdoors staff would call in from the field and we would discuss their day, the wellbeing of the group, the latest weather forecast, and plans for the following day. It was a challenging week with a mix of rain, cold temperatures, and muddy trails, but when we would discuss how the students were doing, the staff were so impressed with the positive attitudes and resilience shown by our students. Across the board the Year 9’s were very supportive and encouraging of each other, they would approach challenges with optimism and determination, and they would create a fun and positive atmosphere, regardless of the conditions. One staff member, after a long day of hiking, described his group with one word: inspirational.

This is a great life lesson about the power of choosing your attitude. No matter what the circumstances, we have the freedom to choose our own attitude and to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. It is a credit to our students to see them rise to the occasion and have a fantastic week outdoors, regardless of the conditions.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students


Term 2 wrap up

Thanks to everyone who was involved in training, matches and the running of our winter sport programs. It has been a short but busy term with many students involved across multiple sports.

A reminder to our community that our Girls SATIS football final is on at 12.30pm at St Patrick’s College as part of the football SATIS final gala day where they will play Guildford Young College. It would be great to see a sea of Gold, Navy and Maroon up at SPC in support of our girls!  Should you be unable to be there you can still watch online at

Students, please be mindful that there is a Period 3 sports meeting on Wednesday 27 July. If you are unable to attend training matches for any reason, please communicate as early as possible with your coach and PIC.

I hope you all enjoy the holiday break and I look forward to getting everyone back on deck in term 3 for another big term of sport.

Download sporting fixtures coming up this weekend here – Sport Fixtures – Week 9

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Tasmanian All Schools Cross Country Championships

What a day for the College at the Secondary All Schools Cross Country Championships held at Symmons Plains Tuesday 28 June. We had several top ten performances, with fourth place performances from Cameron Parker in the U18 Boys event and Bella Shaw in the U15 Girls event. Ben Findlay and Maya Martin also finished in 5th position in the U20 boys and U17 girls events respectively.

Our standout performances on the day came from our Boys Cross Country Captain Sandy Wood in the U20 Boys event finishing in third place, and Sophie Marshall, finishing first in the Girls U16 event. Sophie has now been crowned State All Schools Champion five times, competing in the primary and secondary events. Sophie has had a long time on the sidelines with a foot injury, so it is fantastic to see her back at the top of her game competing again.

A number of students have been invited to compete for Tasmania at the National All Schools Championships in Adelaide in late August. We wish each of them every success at this event.

Thank you to our staff, Kim Badcock and Cale O’Keefe, for supporting the team at the event and also to parent, and coach of many of the team, Mrs Liz Gray for her assistance.

A full list of results can be found at this link 2022 Tasmanian Secondary Schools Cross Country // TheTimingGuys Results.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport


A big congratulations to our Seconds Badminton team, Preston, Hamish, Shinu, Mohak, Arlo, Emily, Ithara and Elise, winning the second grade roster this week.

Well done also to our Firsts team who were named runners-up in the NSATIS final.

Thanks to all players, but particularly those who made a strong commitment to the team and our Year 12s who are leaving us. Also, a big thanks to Ishani and Navida for their leadership on and off the court.

I look forward to working with those that continue to play. Keep working hard to improve your game.

Paul McKendrick
Person-in-Charge of Badminton

Sporting Mindset

Anyone who knows me, knows that this week’s chapter in Legacy is an important one for how we are being when we are playing our sport.

The chapter is called “Expectations” and is written in Maori. Translated into English it says “My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.”  In it, we are encouraged to Embrace Expectations and Aim for the Highest Cloud.

This weekend our Girls Firsts AFL team play their SATIS Grand Final.  They will be aiming for their highest cloud of winning their final and we all stand with them and support them to reach it.

“Loss Aversion” is something the All Blacks learned from the research of Devon Pope and Maurice Schweitzer at the University of Pennsylvania which discusses the ‘relative strength of two motives’ in the statistics of professional golfers. “Whether the putt was easy or hard, at every distance from the hole the players were more successful when putting for par than for a birdie’.  The difference in motivation resulted in a success rate of more than 3.6 per cent.  They didn’t play to win, they played not to lose.

The history of the All Blacks became so high after that, everyone expected them to win, right across their nation from the Government down, and the highest level of the Loss Aversion that drove them to greater sacrifice – and success on the field – was experienced.

The All Blacks had a saying, “Don’t be a good All Black.  Be a great All Black.  Don’t just be satisfied to reach your targets.  Go higher.”   In the words of Jonah Lomu, “We hate coming second to ourselves”.

This is a statement that I concur with – we should never come second to ourselves.  That grates against our very souls.

So be free in your sporting endeavours, Scotch Oakburn, to embrace expectations.  They take us from good to great, and remember, in the words of the poem called Invictus by William Ernest Henley:

 “I am the master of my fate
I am the Captain of My Soul”

Go Scotch Oakburn!

Rev Grace
College Chaplain


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