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


Having completed most of my learning through the 1980s and 1990s the use of technology in the classroom and at home has changed immensely. I remember fondly my first interactions with educational games on the BBC computer that would be wheeled into our classroom from time to time. Move forward 40 years and the landscape of using technology to support learning has changed.

On Tuesday, I spent some time at the Junior School in classrooms looking for tasks that may need to be completed over the holidays for the eServices team. I witnessed amazing learning taking place. One that caught my attention was a young boy using the classroom interactive smart board to learn different shapes. The joy and the happy jumping that was taking place upon every correct answer was reinforcing the learning that must have taken place earlier. I would have loved to sit down and work with the students in a Year 3 class who were totally engaged with their spark Lego creations and busily programming and testing them.

Recently, in Year 7 maths we have completed a unit on chance. I love practical activities and we completed many dice rolls looking at how theoretical probability differs from experimental probability. However, with limited time it is difficult to complete many rolls. In my days, simulation software was not available, but with a quick search of the internet we were able to find an excellent site that enabled us to complete larger numbers of rolls. Then as a class, we discussed the trends we were seeing and how they differed from the lower ones we had completed.

At the College, we utilise many different technologies to support and enhance the learnings that take place in and out of the classroom. These technologies can be broken down into different categories:

  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Programming and data
  • Reinforcement of learning
  • Virtual reality and simulations
  • Supporting personalised learning

These types of technology are used to support and enhance the amazing learning that occurs in all parts of College. This is achieved through the provision of hardware and software that students and teachers have access to daily.

Late last year we received a request from the senior art department to trial new technology. The devices have been provided this year and incorporated into the Artscope Launch Pad project, where students devise a visual response to a chosen stimulus word. They determine the theme and subject matter they wish to explore, after researching the work of artists who can help them develop their ideas. Students are able to create their artwork in a medium of their choice. This student chose to create their artwork on the iPad, drawing in the Procreate app. The design is a visual response to the word ‘brink’.

In the example shown above, after successfully developing her understanding of how to use the Procreate app, this student then used the platform to design another artwork that will be produced as a reduction linocut print.

Using digital technologies in this creative way can allow students the ability to quickly test multiple design alternatives such as colour schemes, textures and the variation of scale of elements within a design and this can aid a more adventurous and fluid approach to problem-solving and decision-making. Digital technology can become the medium of the artwork or can be used as a planning tool.

This is just a small snapshot of how technology is supporting students at the College.

Brendan Vince
Head of eLearning and IT Services
Carmel Dilger


/ Middle School, Senior School

Twenty students across Years 6-12 competed recently in an Interschool Chess Competition against schools from Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. The day, led by Miss Anne Jones, was a success, with many positive results across all divisions; students placing high and others developing their tactics further.

Our Year 6 team came second overall with both Shiv Kataria and Tristan Nel both finishing seventh and ninth on 5/7 wins.

Our middle years team, Years 7-9, tied in second place, but eventually placed third on a countback, with Himash Keerthiratne (Year 8) winning the tournament with a perfect 7/7. Also, a shout out to James Walker (Year 8) and Harry Lillywhite (Year 9) winning 5/7.  Our Seniors also could not quite get over the line, finishing with second place. A special mention to Addison Djatschenko (Year 12) who finished third with a score of 6/7. Next best placed was Hamish Knowles (Year 12) in eighth with a score of 4½/7.

All in all, it was a great day with lots of hard-fought chess. We look forward to another tournament next term where hopefully we can all go one better, before we play in the state competition with a view to qualifying for the Nationals for the sixth time in a row.

Hamish Knowles
Chess Captain


This week, I travelled to Queensland to see how Chaplaincy is operating with three UCA-associated schools and to interview the Uniting Church’s Queensland Synod School’s Commission.  This is part of a larger overview as we take into account what other UCA and Presbyterian Schools around Australia are doing with respect to the Spiritual Wellbeing of their students.

This will be a long process over a number of terms, states and schools to ensure that whatever we are doing in Chaplaincy at Scotch Oakburn is best practice and a current and effective model that engages our students, embraces all our community and welcomes people from diverse backgrounds of all faiths and none.

As we enter the last week of term, I would like to offer a prayer for teachers, staff and students that I hope will help the culture of our organisation and help support the TCE in their exams.

O Holy One,
As we near the end of term, please keep us refreshed every day
Help our minds relax as we near the end of term
Keep us focussed towards the achievement of our goals
Help our students’ minds be focussed, especially our TCE students as they sit their exams
And may we all experience love, joy and peace as we enter our final week of this Semester
May positive energy be our flow
May compassion be our heritage
May Life, Love and Courage always be ours to enjoy
May Respect and Responsibility be a joy to give and receive
May Commitment be always at the forefront of our lives,
Holy Spirit, help the grieving, support the poor and let us contribute to our world with justice, kindness and a giving spirit, and
May all who live in our community be blessed by your goodness at Scotch Oakburn.
In Jesus Name we pray,

Have a great final week to Term 2 everyone.

Rev Grace
College Chaplain


/ Junior School

Choose Your Own Adventure Workshop

A small group of interested Year 4 students joined me in connexions today to work with the Sydney Opera House and participate in a choose your own adventure style workshop.

We needed to collaborate with other students to solve a mystery by first inventing the story elements of Who, What, Where, and Why. Our ideas were based around the Silver Shadow disappearance, and our skills of improvisation and play building were certainly stretched to connect materials from an evidence box and some sketchy witness accounts! A bit of fun at the end of Term 2.

Kylie Brewster
conneXions Teacher

Aboriginal Culture incursion

Children in Prep have been thinking about Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and fine-tuning their noticing and wondering skills.

The Prep community visited the QVMAG Gallery to experience The First Tasmanian exhibition. Children noticed shell necklaces, spears, a paperbark canoe and shelters. We then welcomed Geoff McLean to the Junior School to explore Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and practices. We experienced some ochre painting, shelter (lone-ne-gar) building and fire starting. The children handled furs, shells, bush foods and medicine. This will lead to a further inquiry during our Bush Learning next Term at Cataract Gorge.

We finished the day with a fire and an Acknowledgement of Country…. and some rain! A wonderful day of rich learning for all.

Nerida Schulz

School-Home Learning Partnership

The final week of this Term and the beginning of Term 3 provide a number of wonderful opportunities for parents and families to visit the Elphin Campus to share aspects of their child’s learning. Widespread research expounds the importance of home-school partnerships for the positive impact they can have on students’ motivation, engagement, behaviour, and academic and social outcomes. Importantly, as we continue to transition from several Terms of COVID-linked restrictions for on-campus activities, the sense of community that is so important for everybody’s wellbeing is now being re-established.

Monday 27 June: Year 5 students invite families to conneXions for the presentation of their ‘Habitats for Humanity’ projects. Year 5 Robinson will be from 9:00am-9:30am, Year 5 Bristow from 10:30am-11:00am, Year 5 Hodgetts from 11:15am-11:45 and Year 5 Cincotta from 2:15pm-2:45pm.

Wednesday 29 June: Prep Shaw will lead the Prep-Year 2 LIVE@Elphin in the HPEC@Elphin from 8:45am – 9:10am and families of students in this class are warmly invited to attend.

Wednesday 29 June: Music Soirees presented by Year 4-5 students in the Mary Fox Performing Arts Centre. 1:15pm-1:45pm Wind and Percussion Ensembles, 2:15pm-2:45pm Violin and Cello Ensembles. Families of all students in these groups are invited to attend.

Thursday 30 June:  Year 3 Gillett will lead the Years 3-5 LIVE@Elphin in the HPEC@Elphin from 8:45am-9:10am and families of students in this class are warmly invited to attend.

Note that Laneway Coffee is open for all Junior School parents on Wednesday 29 June and Thursday 30 June from 8:00am-9:00am. This is an opportunity to drop in for an end-of-term catchup with other parents.

Term 3
Wednesday 27 July: Early Learning Erina Learning Celebration.  All parents of children in these classes will be invited to a sharing of Bush Learning, Music and HPE from 8:45am – 11:30am.

Tuesday 2 August: We celebrate 100 Days of School morning for Prep students. All Prep families are invited to share the morning with the students from 8:45am – 11:00am.

Lost Property

As the Term draws to a close it is timely for students who may have lost uniform items or lunchboxes and drink bottles to check the Lost Property shelves at Junior School reception. Misplaced items which are named are usually able to returned to their owners, but there are many unnamed items currently in Lost Property.

Elphin Campus Traffic

Thank you to all drivers who have supported our focus on reducing traffic volumes and speeding up ‘drive-throughs’ near the school gates at daily drop-off and pick-up times this Term. The increased number of families opting for a ‘park and walk’ approach – even in the May-June weather – has made a noticeable difference from both traffic flow and road safety viewpoints.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


/ Middle School

Year 6 Music Showcase!

This week our Year 6 students enjoyed the performance opportunity to share their instrumental learning in the Horton Auditorium.  The morning commenced with some short rehearsals before the audience was welcomed for the Showcase Spectacular in the Horton Auditorium. Some of our students also shared insightful reflections on their learning in music.

In 2022, the Year 6 Music program has been transformed to align more closely to the Junior School Instrumental Program, while concurrently providing stepping stones towards the Middle School Ensemble and Band opportunities.  The element of instrumental choice is certainly providing high levels of engagement and enthusiasm toward the creative and collaborative learning environments in the music program.  Today’s ‘showcase’ provided the important element of performance in the cycle of learning. It is important that all learning areas provide a chance to show and demonstrate understanding and capability.  Our Year 6 students should be proud of their achievements so far, keep at it!

Thank you to our music staff and tutors for their mentoring, teaching and encouragement of our musicians and to all the parents and carers who made the time to attend this morning. We look forward to seeing you at the Year 6 Concert in Term 4.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School


/ Senior School

Biggest Morning Tea fun

The Seniors’ Committee had a blast creating a bake sale for the Middle and Senior School to help support the Cancer Council in the Biggest Morning Tea last Thursday 16 June.

All students came together to help bake a wide range of yummy treats for all to enjoy. Recess saw a huge crowd gather in the Robert Dean Senior Student Centre, both staff and students. It was great to see everyone in the College support the huge effort made by all Senior Committee members and show their support for the Cancer Council. Over $300 was raised through the bake sale, and all funds made will be donated to help the Tasmanian Cancer Council in its efforts to support all those affected by cancer.

Sarah Gower and Amelia Donaldson
Year 12

From the Futures Centre

Have you thought about working in the Aged Care Sector?

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) is excited to advise that the Women Discovering Aged Care Careers Program is being delivered statewide.

Registrations are open for 3 key components of this FREE Program

Women’s contribution to the sector in providing quality aged care to older Australians is invaluable. ACSA is supporting women (aged 16 – 64) to gain a greater understanding of career pathways and job roles within the aged care sector. We are connecting women across Tasmania and encouraging them to explore the diverse range of careers on offer in aged care. Through the program, ACSA will provide the information and resources for women to have an awareness and understanding of the skills employers are looking for. Our work will assist women from all backgrounds and in all stages of life to build their confidence, connections and work capability.

Registrations are now open for (women aged 16 – 64) for these 3-hour sessions in various venues around the State:

Career Discovery Days: providing opportunities for women to learn about the sector, diversity of job roles and career pathways and hear from staff who work in aged care.
Practical Experience Days: providing ‘hands-on’ practical experience to support women who have an interest in and want to increase their understanding of the skills and aptitude employers are looking for. Note: attendance at a Career Discovery Day is recommended prior to attending this session.
For further information, dates and REGISTRATION, go to

If you are a young woman or identifier in Years 10 to 12, this is an event for you!!

Get hands-on and immerse yourself with careers and opportunities you have always wanted to know more about; becoming an Electrician, Mechanic, Engineer, Carpenter, Builder, Plumber, Lawyer, Accountant, Business Advisor, Police Officer, Fireperson, or Paramedic. Learn about Higher Education, MasterClass Kitchens, Site Visits, Specialist Hospitality Experience and much more. So join us at the Festival and lock in the FREE Gala dinner on Friday night with some truly inspiring women in leadership who share their stories and wisdom. The Future ignores stereotypes, the future is FEARLESS!!

Interested? Hurry as there are only 12 spots available.  Be quick to register your interest by emailing

Remember to register to join UTAS on the Cradle Coast or in Launceston or Hobart for their School Leaver Expos!

The School Leaver Expos are just 2 weeks away! By registering early to let UTAS know you’re coming, you have a chance to win a MacBook Air! You’ll also have a free merch bag waiting for you to pick up on the day.

These events are for current year 11 or 12 students, or anyone thinking about studying with us. They’re a great opportunity to explore your study options and ask us any questions you have about going to uni. UTAS will guide you through the Schools Recommendation Program and help you find your perfect course, plus we can talk with you about scholarships, applications, accommodation, and more.

Parents, guardians, and friends are all welcome to come along and learn all about studying with us in 2023.

Cradle Coast
Thursday 30 June
3.00pm – 7.00pm
Cradle Coast Campus

Saturday 2 July
10.00am – 2.00pm
Inveresk Campus Library

Sunday 3 July
10.00am – 2.00pm
42 Melville Street

Register at

Gap Year?

Letz Live applications for their New Zealand gap year program and working holidays in the UK are open now.  For more information and to apply – Gap Year and Working Holiday Organisation | Letz Live

Interested in Agriculture? Would you like to travel Australia, build your skills, and get paid?  Why not consider

ADF Gap Year – A great range of paid opportunities ranging from submariner roles to cabin crew are available across the Army, Navy and Airforce for 2023 Gap Year applicants, but hurry as positions fill quickly! Defence Jobs Australia – Discover your path in an ADF GAP year

Important Dates


June 30       UTAS Schools Recommendation Program Opens


July 2          Year 11 & 12 Launceston School Leavers Expo – School Leaver Expo | University of Tasmania (

July 5-7       Girls in Business Camp UNSW for Years 10, 11 & 12 students – Girls in Business Camp 2022 Registration, Tue 05/07/2022 at 9:00 am | Eventbrite

July 24        University of the Sunshine Coast Open Day

July 30        Bond University Open Day

July 30        ACU Open Day

July 30        QUT Open Day

July 30        University of Newcastle Open Day

July 31        Edith Cowan University Open Day

July 31        Swinburne Open Day

For information on other Open Days and registration details please visit your chosen university web page.  Here is a guide to upcoming Open Days but please do check each website for the most up-to-date information.

Reminder to follow the Scotch Oakburn College Futures Facebook Page to be kept up to date with events and career related information.

Teresa Darcy
Careers Advisor/VET Coordinator


Newstead Athletics School Series

Each Year, Newstead Athletics invites schools to participate in their Cross-Country School Series, which consists of a series of six races for both Primary (up to Year 6) and Secondary (Year 7 and above) students. Many Scotch Oakburn athletes and their families have participated each Saturday to run a variety of exciting cross-country courses, while also enjoying the community feel Newstead Athletics has created. Saturday 17 June was the final event for the School Series, which took place at Trevallyn Reserve.

We would like to congratulate all who participated in these fun events. Scotch Oakburn College had tremendous participation and all of our athletes should feel very proud of their achievements. We also celebrate the support and encouragement our athletes gave to one another as well as the broader community!

We are pleased to share with you that Scotch Oakburn has won both the Junior and the Senior Aggregate trophies for 2022! A fabulous achievement for all involved!

There were also a number of individuals and teams to who we would like to give a special mention for their achievements across the series:


Under 7 Males: 3rd Jagger Liu
Under 9 Males: 2nd Reuben Derbyshire
Under 9 Females: 2nd Katie Horsman, 3rd Jasmine Liu
Under 13 Males: 3rd Bobby Byrne
Under 15 Females: 1st Bella Shaw, 3rd Chloe Horsman
Under 17 Females: 1st Sophie Marshall 2nd Abbey Berlese
Under 20 Males: 1st Cameron Parker, 3rd Hamish Fyffe


Primary: 3rd SOC ROCKETS: Katie Horsman, Jasmine Liu, Mariella Rigney, Hudson Battese
Senior: 3rd SOC NAVY: Eva Shaw, Bella Shaw, Sophie Marshall

Thank you to all who participated in the School Series this year! We also thank all families and staff involved for their encouragement and support.

Finally, a very special thank you to Newstead Athletics for putting on such a great series for our school-aged athletes. If anyone would like to continue running with Newstead Athletics, there are still a number of events in the coming weeks. Please visit Newstead Athletics –

Rachel Buck
Co-curricular Coordinator – Junior School

Student Achievements

Mackenzie Buck (Year 10) achieved two personal best lifts to win gold for her age group in the Push and Pull category at the Tasmanian State Powerlifting Titles.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have been selected to represent Tasmania in the 2022 School Sports Australia national competition to be held in Brisbane 15 – 23 August.
Emily Atherton (Year 8), Taylor Brock (Year 9), Ella Fischer (Year 10), Grace Mitchell (Year 9), Isabella Muldoon (Year 9), Jessica Muldoon (Year 6), Sienna Nesbit (Year 5), Isabella Shaw (Year 8), Atlan Devin (Year 9), Samuel Fischer (Year 7), Sam Mulford (Year 9), Xavier Nesbit (Year 10), John Skipper (Year 9).

We wish you well!

Jane Gregg
Acting Head of Senior School

Looking ahead to Week 9

Monday 27 June will see our Firsts and Seconds badminton teams take on St Patrick’s College (SPC) and Launceston Christian School respectively in their NSATIS finals. All three of our teams have had excellent seasons and have worked collaboratively in training to have a great season. Our next big challenge will be the Girls Senior SATIS football final at 12.30pm on Saturday 2 July at SPC 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!

Download sporting fixtures – including the All School Cross Country timetable – here: Sport Fixtures Week 9 Term 2 2022

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Sports Mindset

Our sports mindset is one that is often spoken about as teamwork, friendship, and supporting your mates, but I wonder what learning we are actually getting from all these catchphrases – are they just words, or do they actually mean something to us, individually and corporately as a team and a College representative.

This week in Legacy, we are looking at creating a learning environment. The All Blacks have a system called Whanau which means Hold to the spearhead formation of the Kawau (a flock of birds – a kind of cormorant).  It is represented in this diagram

One bird leads, the rest follows and the formation stays the same, even though the leaders change as they follow a synchronised support system, much like the peloton of professional cyclists.

Ornithologists say that flying this way is 70% more efficient than flying solo.  That is why school sport is a must for every student.  It is how we fly – to help you become the physical and social human being you want to become.  Without it, you would be flying solo and in whanau terms, that would be a total loss because, as with these birds, if a bird falls out of formation, it feels the wind resistance. It re-joins the flock for support.  If one falls behind, others stay back until it can fly again.  No bird gets left behind.

In our College sport, many wonder why we make it compulsory.  It is so that no one gets left behind.  We are all working towards the physical aspect of our wellbeing, with teammates who support you, even when you’re down, we won’t leave you behind.

So for whanau to function, everyone must move towards the same point.   You are still free to choose the course you take, but the spearhead is most effective if we all work together.

How do we achieve this mindset in our sporting programs – fly in formation – go with us; be of one mind – all learning and achieving our goals for our teams, follow the spearhead by listening to our captains and coaches and acting upon their advice.  This is the ‘being of team’ and the essence of success.

May you all have a winning mindset that is healthy, physically, and mentally, to achieve your team goals and our College Sporting Spirit.

Rev Grace
College Chaplain


One of the most common research areas in global learning throughout the past two years has been around the term ‘academic balance’.  This is not just in schools, it is applicable to almost all settings. With the impacts of COVID on many work environments, a new meaning has been enlightened on what ‘balance’ really is and isn’t in terms of learning, efficiency, effectiveness and community connection.

For the past two years, a major focus for Scotch Oakburn has been the embedding of our SOC2035 Strategic Strands.  These strands combined strive to ensure that our learners, our people and our community experience and flourish in a holistic learning experience.  At the heart of this is the explicit teaching and learning with our College’s Learner Attributes.  These attributes are critical if we are going to achieve a ‘sense of balance’ in learning.

At this time of every Term, a feeling of due work and upcoming assessment tasks fill the air and conversations are heard in and around the Middle School learning studios.  These set learning tasks, assessments or tests are all part of a holistic approach, but they are not everything! They are important but underneath the test result or score is much deeper learning.  The chance to learn more about yourself as a learner is just as important in this process.  Self-reflections such as ‘how have I time managed my learning?’, ‘did I ask deep questions?’, ‘have I explored a concept deeper or worked well with others?’.  These will all significantly contribute to achieving a holistic experience, an emphasis on process and product is the ‘balance’ intended.

Often I am asked about the importance of formal test scores.  My response is all about balance.  At times it is really important to prepare well for a known test and do your best at it, at other times it is just as important to test yourself and not wait to be asked to be tested. Put yourself forward and find out more about your own abilities.  This could mean joining a new team, accepting an invite for an art project, choosing a camp experience based on your interests and not following your peers, or being a leader for a new student for a day. We must all keep the perspective that we need to have balance in all aspects of our learning: academic, social, emotional and physical.

Some of the greatest advice I can share is that ‘academic balance’ is never achieved for long!  Keep finding yourself in respectful dynamic teams, where you learn from the attitudes, attributes and knowledge of your teammates. Use this to then be best prepared for the known formal tests and also for the ‘testing moments’ where you need to be creative, analytical and ethical.  In short, be ready for the known headwinds and the unpredictable storms!

Ben Green
Head of Middle School


This term the Student Executive and Round Square Committee were involved in the World’s Greatest Shave, an event run by the Leukaemia Foundation to support families throughout treatment and fund further research into blood cancer.

Our event took place on Tuesday 14 June, where five incredibly brave students, Ebony Richardson (Year 9), Charlotte Ball (Year 10), James Marshall (Year 12), Elion Sharp (Year 12) and me, shaved their heads in solidarity with those undergoing Leukaemia treatment. Thanks to our three amazing volunteer hairdressers Sharon Lawson (staff member, who has helped with our event for many years), Angela Edwards (parent) and hairdresser Fiona Plummer from Kameleon. Our incredible Ms Carmel Dilger (teacher) and Ishani Kataria (Year 12) also shaved/cut their hair in support prior to this event. Ms Dilger’s number 4 shave came as a result of raising over $2000. In addition to our shavers, five very adventurous Year 12 boys also put their hands up to get their legs waxed.

A very successful orange-themed free clothes day was held on the day to help raise funds for this fantastic cause. On Friday 17 June, Gaye French, the Leukaemia Foundation representative from Hobart, travelled to Launceston and spoke to us about the impact of our fundraising efforts, in addition to hearing some heartfelt stories relating to the reasons why students participated in the World’s Greatest Shave. Currently, the College has surpassed the goal of $10,000 and we are excited to see a final figure in the days to come.

Kate McShane
on behalf of the Student Executive and Round Square Committee

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