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Principal’s Message

Exploring @ the Round Square conference in Bunbury

Farewell Term 1

It has been a fantastic start to the year and another brilliant term at Scotch Oakburn, with so many events, activities, opportunities, camps, excursions and guests at the College. From a community perspective, the Fair was a real highlight for me, with all of the planning and preparation coming to fruition on a perfect Autumn evening. The atmosphere was one of enjoying friendships and all the fun the Fair had to offer, for the young and the young-at-heart.

Summer sport Gala Days and the House swimming have been thoroughly enjoyed by our Year 3 – 6 students. For the Middle and Senior School students’ summer sport has concluded with teams in both boys and girls tennis, basketball, rowing and cricket all making finals. The House competitions have provided further spirited competition and I’d like to congratulate all students for the wonderful manner in which they represent themselves, their House and the College.

Service to the community is an important aspect of living out our Values from the perspective of both our Christian heritage and our Round Square membership. Many students across the College are involved in all manner of charitable activities with the nucleus of these activities being both within and beyond the classroom. Currently the College is supporting ‘Mission Possible’, in conjunction with City Mission and the Examiner, and I encourage everyone who is able to donate some non-perishables to this very worthy cause to do so.

Internationalism is another of the Round Square IDEALS and in the final few weeks of this term we have, or have had, six separate groups travelling interstate and overseas on Round Square and Language/Academic tours. Students from Years 5 to 9 have taken part in Round Square Conferences to Bunbury WA, Armidale NSW, China and Thailand. In the senior years, students are currently travelling in France, on a language trip, and in Italy exploring the archaeology of the Roman Empire. In addition, Year 9 have spent three days in Southern Tasmania as part of their 9 Alive experiential learning program. What a way to end the term!

I wish all families a safe and relaxing holiday break and I look forward to seeing everyone back for the start of Term 2 on Monday 30 April. And don’t forget, it is Winter Uniform in Term 2.

Andy Müller

College Production – Avenue Q

We are very excited to announce this year’s College Production is ‘Avenue Q’ (High School Edition).

Avenue Q is a puppet-filled comedy which follows a group of twenty-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life.  The story tells of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a New York apartment out on Avenue Q. Princeton soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighbourhood. Together, Princeton and his friends struggle to find employment, dates and their purpose in life.

Filled with lots of humour and very catchy songs, and don’t forget puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favourite for audiences everywhere.

Directed by Ms Denise Sam and with technical assistance from Ms Katie Hill this year’s production is going to be fantastic.  The show runs  Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August and is a show not to be missed!  Tickets will go on sale early Term 2.

Cast Members:
Princeton: Hanlon Innocent
Kate Monster: Clare Munnings
Nicky: Charlie Byron
Nicky Hand: Harry Johnston
Rod: Quinn  O‘Loughlin
Trekkie Monster: Michael White
Trekkie Hand: Mark Prewer
Lucy: Josie Penn
Brian: Mason Bennett
Christmas Eve: Shione Takata
Gary Coleman: Harrison Andersen
Bad Idea Bears: Caitlin Cutler, Zoe Sherriff, Lucy Chesterman, Jordan Hodges, Will Bennett
Mrs Butz: Meg Crocker
Ricky: Nick Draper
Newcomer: Harry Johnston
Ensemble: Erin Dalton, Lily Fontyn, Emily Foster, Emma Harwood, Miranda Houlahan, Jasmin Macfarlane, Ezri Nicholas, Phoebe Rae, Caitlin Silberberg,  Amy Williams

Stephen King
Head of Visual and Performing Arts

College Gym – Term 2 classes

Schedules for Term 2 gym sessions are shown below.  We invite the College community to come along.  Any questions can be directed to our Head of HPE, Paul McKendrick, at


TIME Monday to Friday

7:15am till 8:15am


Open Gym


3:45pm till 5:00pm


Open Gym

*Classes, like those listed for staff and parents can always be requested for student sessions.

Staff & Parents

  6.15am – 7.00am 8.45am to 9.30am 5.00pm to 5.45pm
Mon Strength HIIT Cardio HIIT
Tues Boot Camp HIIT Training Strength HIIT
Wed TRX – Kettlebell circuit Cardio HIIT
Thurs Cardio HIIT HIIT Training (Week A only) Crossfit

Workout descriptions:

Cardio-HIIT- High intensity interval training. This type of training improves cardiovascular fitness and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time using a variety of body weight exercises provides the challenge and intensity you need to get results fast.

Strength-HIIT- High intensity interval training. Completes shorts bouts of moderate to intense exercise, followed by short bouts of rest. Participants use a variety of weight based equipment to complete the session. Another great way to maximise your results.

TRX – Kettlebell circuit- used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

Boot camp- A circuit-based group class done to time or repetitions, that consists of constant variety.

Cross-fit – Individual/Partner/Team- A variety of exercises that works a wide variety of muscles. Participants will move through different types of activities. These create a good insight into different exercises. The exercises can be modified as required.

F45- F45 Training combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. This combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training has been proven to be the most effective workout method for burning fat and building lean muscle.

Soccer Coaches needed

We are in need of soccer coaches for the Term 3 and 4 season for our girls and boys teams.  If you are able to help or know someone who may be interested, please contact our Sports Administrator, Mr Rob Jeffery, as soon as possible on 0408 543 178  or

Middle & Senior School House Cross Country

The Scotch Oakburn Middle & Senior School House Cross Country Carnival will be held on Tuesday 15 May, 2018 at Scotch Oakburn Park.

Starting times are as follows –

  • Year 6 Girls and Boys  12.50pm
  • U/13 Girls and Boys  1.05pm
  • U/14 Girls and Boys   1.20pm
  • U/15  Girls and Boys   1.40pm
  • U/16 and  Open Girls   2.10pm
  • U/16 and Open Boys    2.40pm

In order to guarantee the safety of students on the cross country course, no student, staff or parent vehicles will be allowed to enter or exit the grounds at Scotch Oakburn Park throughout the duration of the carnival (12.00pm – 3.50pm ). Please park in the College Car Park or on Penquite Road. All students must walk up to be collected from the turning circle at the completion of the Carnival.

We wish all runners the best of luck and look forward to a great day.

Rob Jeffery
Sports Administrator

Paul Dillon – Teenagers; Alcohol & Other Drugs

Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), he has been contracted by many organisations to give regular updates on current drug trends. Paul works with many school communities, including Scotch Oakburn, to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.

In conjunction with Paul’s visit to the College for student workshops, he will be presenting a parent information session on the evening of Tuesday 8 May, at 7.00pm in the Horton Auditorium.

This is a free community event and we invite parents and guardians from the wider Launceston community  to attend.

RSVP essential using link provided below.

Middle and Senior School Winter Sport

Students are asked to see our Sports Administrator, Mr Rob Jeffery, as a matter of urgency if they wish to change their winter sport commitment.

We will be having winter sports meetings during Week One next term so it is is important that all students are listed on the correct lists to start the season.

Coaches are allocated and teams are entered based on student choices so it is very important that this information is correct.  All students should be signed up for a summer and winter sport. Exemptions are only granted to those students in state or national teams, on medical grounds, or in the case of TCE students, they may have a cultural exemption. This means, they are a committed member of a school based activity such as choirs, bands, orchestra’s, debating, public speaking, or drama (musical/play).

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

ANZAC Day March

All students are invited to participate in the ANZAC Day Remembrance March on Wednesday 25 April (second week of holiday break).

Students are asked to meet near the fountain in Princes Square, Charles Street at 9.45am, reporting to a College staff member who will take attendance. Students are required to wear their full winter uniform for the parade. If students wish to wear medals of those who gave service in your family, they must be worn above the right breast.

We anticipate that the parade and civic service will finish at approximately 11.45am and request that students be collected at that time from the Launceston Cenotaph in Paterson Street.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Equestrian success

Congratulations to Chloe MacFarlane (Year 9), riding Jimmy, and Ruby Hirst (Year 5), riding Pretzel on their wins at the State Pony Club Championships.

Chloe won the Grade 2 Showjumping and Ruby the Grade 3 Junior Showjumping. There were many Scotch Oakburn students past and present who qualified to ride over the day.

Post College Fair Raffle – your chance to win

We would like to thank our wonderful community for your combined efforts for this year’s successful Fair.

We also thank those in our community who provided some wonderful prizes for us to use in our Chocolate Wheel. Given time constraints on the evening we were not able to utilise all the prizes provided and therefore would like to offer these in a Post-Fair Raffle to you all.

Tickets:  3 for $10

Thank you for supporting the College!

Junior School

Early Learning and Child Care Subsidy Changes

The new Commonwealth Government changes to Child Care payments come into effect from July 2, 2018. All families who receive Child Care Benefits or Rebates will need to complete ‘an online Child Care Subsidy assessment using your Centrelink online account through MyGov.’

Child Care support applies to Early Learning (all Early Learning classes, 3-5 year olds), Before and After School Care, and Vacation Care (for children up to 12 years of age) for all families who meet Government Child Care eligibility criteria.

Full details of the July changes can be found at

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Vacation Care

Vacation Care enrolment is open to current Scotch Oakburn students and students from other local schools, for ages 3-12.

Enrolment can be for specific days or for the full school holiday period.

The program runs Monday – Friday (not Public Holidays) from Monday 16 April – Friday 27 April, 8.00am – 5.30pm, and is based at the Elphin Campus. Full details of the program, including off-campus excursion activities and registration process, are available online.

Winter Uniform

All students should be wearing winter uniforms from the start of Term 2. This applies through all of Terms 2 and 3.

As we move towards winter, it is important for students to have warm clothing (school jumper) and a raincoat or japara at school daily.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

School Photographs

Annual school photographs for all Junior School students and classes are scheduled for Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May. All families will receive detailed information about this at the end of the first week of Term 2.

Term 2

Term 2 commences for all classes on Monday 30 April. Before School Care resumes from 7.30am on the same day and the Junior School re-opens at 8.00am.

The main school office at the Penquite Campus will be open from 9.00am to 4.00pm throughout the holiday period and messages for the Junior School can be left at this office as needed.

Best wishes to all families for an enjoyable and restful school holiday period.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Middle School

Buddy visit to Middle School

Thursday morning we welcomed Year 3 Jones to the Middle School to visit their Year 6 Marson buddies.

Some had never been to the Middle School before, so were delighted to have a good look around.  We gave them a tour of the school, including the HPEC, Helix, John Morris Centre, s.p.a.c.e. Gallery and the canteen, which seemed to be a priority for all.

Afterwards, due to the rain we shared games back in our Year 6 classroom.  It was a wonderful morning and the Year 6’s were very proud to show off their school.

Katie Marson

Senior School

Year 9 Southern Experience

This week Year 9 have been immersed in the Year 9 Southern Experience to complement the Science and Humanities Curriculum.

Students began with a visit to the Female Prison Factory at Ross, followed by a trip up Mt Wellington (Kunyani) to view the rock formations and terrain.

They then enjoyed the opportunity to role play passing a Bill through the House of Assembly at Parliament House, and viewed the historical memorabilia in the museum downstairs;  followed by an informative session at the Sustainability Learning Centre on Mt Nelson, where students learnt a great deal about recycling, reusing and building to maximise energy consumption from solar energy. The last  location visited on Day 1 was the Signal Station, which provided the group with amazing views of Hobart.

Day 2 began with a most informative presentation at the Cascades Female Factory where students were given an insight  into the extreme and harsh conditions women were exposed to in an unforgiving location under the mountain.  The activities undertaken at TMAG  were based around the Tasmanian History of convict transportation, and life in the early settlement, along with activities based around the Islands to Ice exhibition.

Lunch at the Botanical Gardens provided a surprise visit by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, which provided great excitement for the students (and staff!).

Following lunch, students visited the Grote Reber Radio Telescope at Richmond to listen to a presentation, then travelled south, viewing the Tessellated Pavement, and considered the geography of Eagle Hawk Neck (including the Dog Line) in relation to the decision behind the location of the Penal settlement at Port Arthur.

The final evening and day were spent participating in a Ghost Tour and most informative tour of the Port Arthur site and Point Peure.

It was a most successful Year 9 excursion and all students are to be commended for their engagement, behaviour and respect for  presenters at every venue.

Jane Gregg


The Scotch Oakburn Girls AFLW team enthusiastically began preparations for the coming season with a trial game on Friday 6 April, playing against a touring Victorian squad from the Ballarat region.

It was fantastic to see our experienced players matching it against strong and skillful teamwork. The team included a number of new players who represented the College with flair and determination.

Thank you to our coach, Mr Paul McKendrick, and to our runner Cameron George (Year 12), and parents and friends for your support.

Fiona Taylor
Person-in-Charge Girls Football

Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School

Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School (VIEWS), which is being held 7-14 July 2018.

VIEWS is an exciting week long residential program that gives Indigenous students an insight into what it’s like to study at university and the field of engineering.

There is no cost to attend, all expenses are covered including meals, accommodation, social activities and travel to and from Melbourne from anywhere in Australia.

Since beginning in 2016, 31 students have attended, and there are already a total of 6 students (4 females, 2 males) now studying engineering or science related courses across the country as a result.

Please note that this program is open to Years 10,11 & 12 students (despite the website only mentioning Year 11&12).

For more info and to apply visit:

Download the flyer – MSE VIEWS Flyer 2018

Visit the Futures Centre anytime with questions.

Teresa Darcy
Careers Advisor / VET Coordinator

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Senior school families (Years 9-12) have this week received instructions on how to book conferences online with your child’s teachers via School Interviews.

As per the College calendar, the TCE evening will take place on Tuesday 1 May, Year 9 on Monday 7 May and Year 10 on Monday 14 May.

Each evening will commence at 4:00pm and appointments are kept at 10 minutes to enable all families this opportunity.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Round Square

Round Square cluster conference opportunity

This two night, three day cluster conference aims to use the Round Square Discovery Framework to guide Year 5 and 6 students from the Victoria/ Tasmania cluster of Round Square Schools on a journey of expanding their comfort zone, by exploring their COURAGE and TENACITY.

They will be asked to be INVENTIVE as they SOLVE PROBLEMS and to be COMPASSIONATE as they demonstrate TEAMWORK in their Baraza groups.

By being SELF-AWARE and enhancing their COMMUNICATION SKILLS students will increase their APPRECIATION OF DIVERSITY.

Through their INQUISITIVENESS and their SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY students will leave with a greater COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY.

Students in Year 5 and 6 are encouraged to apply to be a part of the Scotch Oakburn delegation.  For full details download the information sheet – Round Square Valley Campus Cluster Conference 2018

Stuart Walls
Deputy Head of Middle School


Helping your child navigate tricky friendships

Author Sharon Witt

Friendships are an important aspect of all of our lives – perhaps even more so for our children as they navigate the often complex years of growing up and discover their place in the world. As our young people grow and develop, so do their friendships.

In the early years, many friendships are developed through manufactured situations and groups we are involved in as parents. First time mother’s groups, antenatal birthing classes, playgroup, church groups and other friendship groups for mothers, often become the first opportunities that our children have to play and develop these early skills of relating to their peers. It is during these early toddler years that we can safely observe and guide our children’s play time. We can help them deal with minor disputes over whose turn it is to play with the truck, use the dress up cape or the blocks. We teach our children to play fairly, share and take turns.

As our children enter their early Primary School years, these friendships develop more out of our earshot. Some parents may even feel a little concerned that they will not know each of your child’s friends at school and whom they choose to be influenced by. However, there is a lot we can do as parents to help guide our children through these years of critical relationship building. Developing the strategies to deal with friendship conflicts, tricky situations and issues of bullying are lifelong skills that will stand them in good stead for the years ahead.

What makes a good friend?

From an early age, we can have conversations with our children around what makes a good, healthy friendship. What are the qualities we look for in a friend? I have asked this very question of hundreds of chldren over the past two decades and the same qualities are mentioned time and time again:


These qualities are probably the same for many of us parents too. However we also need to remember that we should also display these qualities if we are seeking positive and healthy friendships. We will actually attract these same qualities in the friendships we make when we model these ourselves.

Lead by Example

Whether we like it or not, our children are observing us all the time. They watch how we speak, act and conduct our own friendships.

A few days ago, I was astounded by an exchange I observed on social networking site Facebook between two grown women – mothers – right in front of their children’s watchful gaze. What was perhaps the most distressing for those observing, were a few comments posted intermittently by the young children of these women – who were observing every hurtful missile fired between the two! One child simply wrote: ‘Please! will you stop calling my mum names!” “Please will you stop speaking to my mum that way, she doesn’t deserve it!’ And my heart broke!

These parents were clearly having a very heated falling out – but to play this out in a very public way and under the ever-watchful eyes of their children was just so sad. To these children, the modelling is already occurring before their eyes.

Model your own positive Friendships

As parents, we can do a lot to teach our children about navigating friendships by modelling our own in a positive way. Demonstrate that a friendship is a two-way street by phoning your friend occasionally, sending an encouraging note or card, or making a meal for them if they are unwell. When we do these things naturally in our own relationships, we are teaching our children how supportive real friendships can be.

Dealing with Tricky Friends

We will always encounter friendships that can become a little complex or tricky at times. Our children will find this very difficult when it occurs but we can teach them how to handle this effectively and let them know that it is okay to set their own boundaries and enforce these when necessary.

Hurt Feelings

Feelings will often be hurt during our friendships- that is the nature of living in relationship and part of a community. However, it is how we deal with hurt feelings – that is most important. When your child experiences hurt feelings, try and use this as a teachable moment!

Recently my daughter came home from school feeling down. A girl in her class had distributed her birthday party invitations in front of a gathered group of friends – however she did not invite my daughter.

My daughter was clearly stunned as she relayed the story to me.

‘Why would someone DO THAT?!’ she questioned. ‘It is just SO mean!’

It became a great teachable moment for her. We talked about how this girl must be feeling about herself and her position amongst the girls if she has to noticeably, in front of everyone, NOT invite a well-liked, popular girl in the group. It was all about this girl’s feelings of power, or lack of. I talked to my daughter about how she was feeling at that moment, and explained to her that there will always be people who deliberately (in this case) or accidentally hurt our feelings. What my daughter could learn from this is how NOT to treat others – whether they are your closest friend or just a part of your social group at school. Be mindful of other’s feelings.

When it came time for my daughter to plan her own birthday party, and she had a limited number of guests allowed, she made it a point to hand out her invitations in private and at a time that would not cause upset to others.

We cannot possibly protect our children from having their feelings hurt or having to deal with difficult people – but we can teach them how to respond and learn valuable life skills about navigating tricky friendships.

Most Friendships won’t last Forever

If you had have told me at age 8 that my best friend in the entire world, would not have been my lifelong friend forever, I would simply not have believed you! But to our children, their friendships do seem ‘lifelong’ and permanent. They cannot imagine these relationships ever drifting apart. However, the reality is, most of our early friendships don’t continue on forever and this is a good point to teach our children. Some friends are with us for a reason, and some for just a season. But each will bring something unique to our lives and perhaps teach us a lesson – even if that lesson is what we don’t want or need in a friend.

Be Friendly!

As much as this may seem like such a simple point to make, it is important that our children learn to be friendly – even to those who are unkind or cause conflict in our lives. There will always be people who annoy us, speak rudely to us for no apparent reason. But we are not always privy to what is going on in their lives. If someone is mean or nasty to your daughter, explain to her that we don’t always understand why people choose to be rude to us or react in certain ways. What we can do is demonstrate some grace and act with kindness.

Elbert Hubbard said: ‘In order to have friends, you must first be one.’

This is a good mantra to teach our young people. So often, our children complain that they have no real friends, or they are not popular at school. But this quote is a timely reminder that they need to practice being a friend. The more you practice being friendly and being interested in others, the more people will be drawn to you.

Friendships will always be a lifelong learning opportunity. Hopefully, as we navigate and manage our own friendships as adults, we can model to our own children how to best take this journey through life.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist