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

FROM THE CHAPLAIN

This week the Church celebrated The Trinity, Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit (The Spirit of God).  In Christian Theology, the Holy Spirit is usually known as the feminine of God.

The Trinity (Russian: Троица, tr. Troitsa, also called The Hospitality of Abraham) is an icon created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It is his most famous work and the most famous of all Russian icons, and it is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Russian art.

The Trinity depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity.

At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility, all the character traits I believe we are developing here at Scotch Oakburn.

I wonder when you reflect on this icon, what you might see?  Email me and let me know and maybe we can have a competition for the best piece describing a metaphor of what is depicted.

Next week, I will be travelling to Queensland, engaging with three large independent UCA-associated schools that are also on the journey of offering a 23rd-century Chaplaincy that incorporates all faiths and none.  As well, I will be having discussions with the Queensland UCA Schools Commission to give us a broader view of what the Church is doing nationally to incorporate care for all and not just for some.

Our next chapel service is on Wednesday 29 June, an all-Penquite Campus Chapel to finish off our Term and dedicate our work to the Lord for His blessing.

With all kindness

Rev Grace
College Chaplain

FROM THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

/ Junior School

Learning

‘Learning can happen anywhere anytime. It is a complex process and works differently for every learner. Learning does not occur simply by being exposed to or receiving information. Learning is an act of meaning-making where individuals connect new experiences to existing schema and reflect, process and construct understanding over time. Learning is driven by a sense of purpose, curiosity and ownership. Our relationship with others has a powerful influence on our learning. The social and emotional climate of the classroom has direct impact on learning…. We are still learning about learning and our understanding of it will continue to grow and change over time.’

This snippet from ‘Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning’ (a 2022 publication by Australian researcher and consultant Kath Murdoch) invites us all – teachers, parents, students – to reflect on the nature of learning, particularly in the contemporary school setting but also from a parent-child perspective at home.

What will our homes be like 20 years from now?

This Term all Year 5 students have been immersed in their ‘Habitat for Humanity’ inquiry unit. They have been working in small groups to research, design and construct a house that reflects what they believe will help to meet our lifestyle and environmental requirements 20 years from now. The sense of purpose, curiosity and ownership driving the learning has seen the students engrossed in their work from the moment they walk into the classroom every morning.

Year 5 parents have been invited to view and hear the students share their learning process and outcomes from this work in conneXions on Monday June 27.

Cross Country

The final cross country meeting for Junior School students this season is the Athletics Tasmania State All Schools Championships being held at Symmons Plains on Tuesday 21 June. A team of over 50 runners from Years 3-6 will represent the College at this event.

Thank you to everybody involved with the 2022 Junior School cross country season – all students who have represented their House or the College, all staff involved in coaching, training and organisation, and all parents who have assisted as officials, supported teams or attended as spectators.

Vacation Care

Vacation Care is available for students from Early Learning to Year 6 each day (Monday-Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm) during the July school holiday period. This is based on the Elphin Campus and details of the program, as well as the registration process for attendees, can be found on the College website or obtained from Junior School Reception or the Outside School Hours Care room in the Junior School.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Prep and Year 1 Fun Run!

On Thursday the Prep and Year 1 learning community came together for the Prep and Year 1 Fun Run. This is an exciting annual event that takes the children across the whole of the Elphin Campus in a fun cross-country style run. With their families encouraging and cheering them on and the Year 5 students running with them, all of the Prep and Year 1 children participated showing incredible persistence, sportsmanship, House spirit and athleticism.

Well done to all Prep and Year 1’s! A big thank you to your families, the Year 5’s and the HPE and grounds team for helping make this event so special!

Becca Biggs
Early Primary Coordinator

FROM THE SENIOR SCHOOL

/ Senior School

Acting Head of Senior School

From today, and for the duration of Term 3, Stuart Walls will be taking some well-deserved leave. We are pleased to announce that Jane Gregg has accepted the role of Acting Head of Senior School until the end of Term 3.

Jane brings considerable pastoral and leadership experience to this significant role, most recently as Head of Fox House and Person-in-Charge of Swimming.

We wish Jane every success in the role.

Ben Marsland
Deputy Principal


TCE Outdoor Leadership

Last week the TCE Outdoor Leadership class completed a three-day bushwalk around the Freycinet Peninsula circuit. The students had done all the planning for the trip, including the logistics, budget, menu, risk management, and emergency plans. During the trip, students took turns leading different sections and guiding the group safely around the peninsula. There was snow on the road as we drove through Lake Leake, but it disappeared as we dropped down to the coast. There was a cool westerly wind blowing over the three days, but once we were on the track we were quite sheltered amongst the shrubs and trees. On the first night, we camped at Cooks Beach, close to the old stone farmhouse built there in the 1850s when the surrounding area was a farm. Day two saw the group climb Mt Freycinet and Mt Graham, before descending to the sheltered campsite at the southern end of Wineglass Bay. Day three was a short walk along Wineglass Bay and over the lookout and tourist track back to the car park. All students did a great job leading and supporting each other over the three days, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed being out on the beautiful east coast.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students


Year 9 Community Service Week 20-24 June 2022

Next week students in Year 9 Dean and Nance House will be participating in their Community Service Week. Through this service program, the College aims to inform students about the value and hidden understandings of our service agencies. It is an action-packed week with students participating in a two-day workshop led by Will Smith from JCP Youth and listening to guest speakers from Ambulance Tasmania, Tasmania Police, the Red Cross and a special guest speaker. An Agency Expo on Tuesday 20 June will allow students meet and speak with representatives from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, State Emergency Service, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army. We will also be hosting The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal BBQ at lunchtime on Tuesday 21 June. Students and staff will have the opportunity to get a sausage and a drink for a gold coin donation. Anyone who may wish to is welcome to donate via the online digital doorknock platform – Digital Doorknock Scotch Oakburn College.

The week also coincides with the Vinnies 2022 Community Sleepout on Friday 24 June. Next week, we are supporting the Community Sleepout by seeking donations from the College community of blankets, sleeping bags, gloves and warm socks for the Vinnies Van. Donations can be brought to school and left in the Briggs House Dining Room all next week. Please lend us a hand to help those sleeping rough in our community.

Jamie Breden
Community Service Coordinator


From the Futures Centre

Are you considering a career in Accounting, Auditing or Advisory?

 Newton & Henry are proud to give students and parents the opportunity to talk to their team and tour their offices.  Students can learn about work experience, career paths and the opportunities to combine work and university while pursuing their career pathway.

If you would like to learn more, register now for the Newton & Henry Insight Evening being held in Launceston on June 20 at 5:30pm, by visiting Careers Evening 2022 — Newton & Henry (newtonhenry.com.au)

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 www.agcareerstart.com.au

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

June 20       UTAS School Recommendation Program Info Session Lunchtime  Don Wing Lecture Theatre

June 20       Newton & Henry Accounting, Auditing & Advisory Information Evening 5:30pm  – Careers Evening 2022 — Newton & Henry (newtonhenry.com.au)

June 21       UNSW Year 12 online Degree & Scholarship Evening 6pm – UNSW Year 12 Degrees & Scholarships Information Evenings Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

June 21       RMIT Health Science Webinar – Discover What’s Next: Health Science – RMIT University

June 23       UNSW Year 12 online Degree & Scholarship Evening 6pm – UNSW Year 12 Degrees & Scholarships Information Evenings Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite Additional opportunity for those unable to attend online on June 21

June 23       RMIT Biomedical Science Webinar – Discover What’s Next: Biomedical Science – RMIT University

June 30       UTAS Schools Recommendation Program Opens – SRP-2022-timeline.pdf (utas.edu.au)

JULY

July 2          Year 11 & 12 Launceston School Leavers Expo – School Leaver Expo | University of Tasmania (utas.edu.au)

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

A 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

SPORT

/ Middle School, Senior School

Week 7 Wrap Up

Week 7 saw our Girls Firsts footy team crowned NSATIS champions and they will now play in the SATIS final on Saturday 2 July, most likely at St Patrick’s College with the time to be confirmed. The girls kicked the first goal of the game in very wet conditions to take control of the low-scoring match.

Our Boys Firsts team put up a great battle against Guildford Young College (GYC) in the semifinal but were out gunned missing their SATIS final spot by four goals. The boys played with character all match and never gave up against the very well drilled GYC team. I would like to thank the boys and coaches for representing the College in the roster and for the way they played the game throughout the season, well done.

Download fixtures for the upcoming week here – Sport Fixtures Week 8 Term 2 2022

Ali Foot
Head of Sport


Improving our Sports Mindset

Congratulations to everyone for their sports achievements this week especially our AFL Girls Senior Firsts team who won their Northern Final and are now off to play the SATIS final against Guildford Young College.

This week’s chapter in Legacy is all about learning and how to provide the learning environment needed to improve our excellence. Sean Fitzpatrick, one of the undisputed great All Blacks, having played for them 92 times, says “Be the Best that you can possibly be”.

Sean says that success comes from “modest improvement, consistently done”.  For him, it is the unrelenting focus on the big goals – winning and leaving a legacy – with consistent attention to the details of practice and preparation. “The best sports people in the world practise more than they play…to be good at something takes practice and lots of it.”

I had the pleasure of seeing this in our own Scotch Oakburn AFL Boys Senior Firsts team this week.  They didn’t win their final yet they played their best, reaping the rewards of their increased mindset, skills and knowledge they have grown each week.   I asked them on the way home, what they got from their game:

  • “Teamsmanship.”
  • “Never lower your head, you can always have impact.”
  • “Brotherhood.”
  • “Practice more so I can play.”
  • “Never give up.”
  • “Memories.”
  • “Passion for the game.”
  • “Pride.”
  • “Friendship.”
  • “Getting to know the boys.”
  • “Learnt how to play on a tough ground.  It was very wet,  everything is not always going to go our way so it was good to learn how to play on a wet ground.”

These comments showed me that they were learning to have the mindset that builds winners.  They are making those incremental changes that will serve them and the Scotch Oakburn community in the future.   They are true role models.

Remember, it is never too late to become positive – every little change we make works.  Your impact as a player, a team player, a SOC representative, builds upon the changes you made last week and the week before, and in the end, you can achieve your goals.  Little by little, improvement upon improvement brings success.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Rev Grace
College Chaplain

THE RESILIENCE PROJECT

Students across the College from Prep onwards are engaged in The Resilience Project. This involves three key strands of learning – Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness – providing a foundation for Emotional Literacy development. Devoting a brief, focused time to this personal development learning on a regular (daily) basis helps learners embed these traits ‘within themselves’, enact them in interactions with others, and in turn enhance the effectiveness of academic learning time.

The goals of The Resilience Project are ‘to teach positive mental health strategies to help children to be happy and become more resilient’ and the Project defines the strands as follows:

‘Gratitude is about paying more attention to the things and moments we have right now and not worrying about what we don’t have. This can be practised by consciously noticing the positives that exist around us and by being thankful each day for things, places and people in our lives.’

‘Empathy and kindness are closely linked. So are empathy and compassion. To be empathetic is to put ourselves in the shoes of others to see and feel what they are. We practice this by being kind to other people in our words and actions.’

‘Mindfulness activities help us to be present in the moment and have a calming effect. They support concentration and self-regulation. We practice mindfulness by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time.’

Emotional Literacy centres on self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills and means ‘the ability to understand ourselves and other people, and in particular to be aware of, understand, and use information about the emotional states of ourselves and others with competence’.

As with all areas of learning, there is a wide range of developmental stages in emotional literacy development among students in a class or cohort or school. To continually build happiness and resilience all students need to have their emotional literacy nurtured, supported and encouraged through talking, teaching, practising and empowering them to navigate the emotional ups and downs of growing up successfully.

A wealth of further information for families can be found on The Resilience Project website.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

FROM THE CHAPLAIN

The new format of Connect in the Junior School has been very uplifting and encouraging.

This first round is all about Commitment and particularly what it means for student life at this young age.   I am astounded more and more how the students realise that once they are dressed in our school uniform whether on the way to/from school or at school, living the school values is paramount in how they are seen by the public and their peers.

It has been a great joy to allow the students to explain what commitment means for them, and how they can assess, through story, whether the storyline is about someone committing to their task or belief system or not and the results of their choices.

Those insights are pure joy when you realise that our students at Scotch Oakburn, even at this tender age are already developing into excellent global citizens with a commitment to do good for all.

Have a blessed long weekend everyone.

Rev Grace
College Chaplain

FROM THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

/ Junior School

Prep-Year 1 Fun Run

As the cross country season for Junior School students nears a close, all Prep and Year 1 students will enjoy a ‘Fun-Run’ on the Elphin Campus on Thursday 16 June – Prep at 1.00pm and Year 1 at 2.00pm. Spectators are welcome and families of Prep and Year 1 students have been sent details of COVID protocols for this event.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School


Storytelling Workshop

This week, interested Year 4 students joined live with the Sydney Opera House for an engaging new storytelling workshop that began with a scavenger hunt. We printed images of objects (something round, something you love, something to play with..) to inspire a fun and unique story. Our presenter worked hard to combine our ideas to create an original story using our chosen stimulus – he demonstrated how to take an idea, flip it around, turn it inside out to think ‘What if?’, and ‘What might happen next?’. We explored the structure of a narrative – Orientation, Complication and Resolution while encouraging the development of an imaginative story inspired by the students. Guinea pigs in South Africa, a chicken hunt and Rodger the best friend giraffe were all part of our hilarious creation. Lots of fun as we developed our speaking, listening and storytelling oral skills.

Kylie Brewster
conneXions Teacher


NIJSSA Cross Country Carnival

On Wednesday 8 June an excited team of students from Years 3-6 participated in the NIJSSA Cross Country Carnival at Windsor Park. Although the weather was cold, College spirit was high! Scotch Oakburn College students lined the start and finish lines, and loudly cheered on our runners.

Congratulations to all our runners on the way they acquitted themselves and represented our school. Special mention goes to the Year 3 Boys and Year 3 Girls teams, who both finished in first place.

Top 10 individual finishers included:

– Maia Barritt (3),  Lucy Kershaw (3), Hamish Woolley, Lachlan Kleinig (3), Jasper Clifton (3), Alice Hyde (4), Alfie Beaumont (4), Sarah Horsman (5), Chloe Hassell (5), Harriet Rigney (5), Sophia Vincour (5), Bobby Byrne (5), Poppy Beaumont (6), Eve de Deuge, Josh Mau (6) .

Overall, Scotch Oakburn finished in second position behind Sacred Heart School.

Nicky Reid
HPE Teacher


 

Coffee@Laneway

Join us at the Junior School for Coffee@Laneway on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 8.00am and 8.45am. All drinks are $4.00.  Grab a loyalty card and get every fifth coffee for free! Don’t forget to bring your Keep Cup and we’ll see you there.

 

FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

/ Middle School

Learning the ‘art’ of giving!

The Reggio Emilia pedagogical approach is founded on the understanding that we learn through 100’s of ‘languages’.  This is true for the young and more mature learner; it is a lifelong concept.  If we reflect on our preferred learning, it most likely originates from our strengths, our interests, that then become our passions and for some an area of mastery.  From this, we further develop the attributes to ‘try’ new pursuits.  One of ‘languages’ that is throughout all phases of learning, is the language of ‘giving’.  Giving in terms of giving time, being present, listening, encouraging and being yourself!

During the past week, many potential new 2023 Middle School families have been visiting and meeting our community in readiness for the transition to Scotch Oakburn. A key focus on these meetings is the thinking towards, ‘what will you give to our community?’ and  ‘what strengths do you have that will positively impact others?’.

Recently the Middle School learning opportunities have been reflective of giving, with our Year 8 leaders, focusing upon ‘servant leadership’ projects with their EY8 concepts.  These concepts are being designed to also raise the awareness of giving to others.  There are so many examples that will shine brightly in our community and beyond in the coming weeks and months, all based on the art of giving!

#beyou!

Ben Green
Head of Middle School

FROM THE SENIOR SCHOOL

/ Senior School

Parliamentary Shield Debating

On Friday 27 May and Saturday 28 May our senior debaters contested the annual Parliamentary Shield Debating competition at St. Patricks College. Both our teams won through the rounds to their respective finals on topics such as: “Democracy’s days are over” and “Harry Potter should be cancelled.” In the Parliamentary Shield Final, our team of: Maya Gurudoss (C), Imogen Duigan (C), Cassie Silberberg, Georgie Watson and Bianca Lockwood were valiant runners-up. In the Parliamentary Plate final, Amelie Hughes, Stephanie Wilks, Jasmine Irani and Chloe Davis were victorious, taking out the Parliamentary Plate and scoring an invitation to dine with the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Michael Ferguson, at Parliament House. The topic of this final was that: “All students should attend public schools”. We won the argument for the negative. It was an excellent weekend of verbal combat and all nine students represented Scotch Oakburn College with distinction. We now look forward to the hotly contested House debating in Term 3.

Sharon Beattie
Person-in-Charge Debating


From the Futures Centre

Are you considering a career in Accounting, Auditing or Advisory?

Newton & Henry are proud to give students and parents the opportunity to talk to their team and tour their offices.  Students can learn about work experience, career paths and the opportunities to combine work and university while pursuing their career pathways.

If you would like to learn more, register now for the Newton & Henry Insight Evening being held in Launceston on 20 June at 5:30pm, by visiting Careers Evening 2022 — Newton & Henry (newtonhenry.com.au)

  

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 www.agcareerstart.com.au

 

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

June 14       CQ University Parent & Student Webinar  – Parents and Year 12s Webinar – CQUniversity

June 14       Boarding to University Information Webinar 7pm – Meeting Registration – Zoom NEW

June 15       Deakin Residential Visit – Lunchtime Don Wing Lecture Theatre NEW

June 16       Healthy Careers (Medicine & Allied Health) Panel Webinar 6:30pm –  Personal Information – Healthy Careers Panel (cvent.com)        

June 20       UTAS School Recommendation Program Info Session Lunchtime  Don Wing Lecture Theatre NEW

June 20       Newton & Henry Accounting, Auditing & Advisory Information Evening 5:30pm  – Careers Evening 2022 — Newton & Henry (newtonhenry.com.au) NEW

June 21       UNSW Year 12 online Degree & Scholarship Evening 6pm – UNSW Year 12 Degrees & Scholarships Information Evenings Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite NEW

June 21       RMIT Health Science Webinar – Discover What’s Next: Health Science – RMIT University

June 23       UNSW Year 12 online Degree & Scholarship Evening 6pm – UNSW Year 12 Degrees & Scholarships Information Evenings Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite Additional opportunity for those unable to attend online on June 21

June 23       RMIT Biomedical Science Webinar – Discover What’s Next: Biomedical Science – RMIT University

June 30       UTAS Schools Recommendation Program Opens – SRP-2022-timeline.pdf (utas.edu.au)

JULY

July 2          Year 11 & 12 Launceston School Leavers Expo – School Leaver Expo | University of Tasmania (utas.edu.au)

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

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

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