TCE Headstart is coming up, starting Tuesday 23 November. Joy Russell, Year 11 and 12 Coordinator,
and Sarah Lillywhite, Director of Curriculum, discuss what the program is all about.


/ Middle School, Senior School


The Northern High School Hurricanes Cup finals were played at Scotch Oakburn Park yesterday.

In the first of the semi-finals, SOC Maroon defeated Riverside High School in a great game with Maroon running out victors by 22 runs.

In the second semi-final, SOC Navy defeated Queechy High School 151-94 but it wasn’t until the last few overs that Navy drew away in a convincing win.

The Grand Final couldn’t have been a better stage as both SOC teams made it through; a great result for our girls and our coaches Naomi O’Loughlin and Belinda Wegman. It was a tight final as momentum swung both ways throughout, however Navy ran out eventual winners 6/144 to 9/100, to become the Northern High School Hurricanes Cup champions.

A presentation by Cricket Tasmania will be held in the coming days to our winning team at assembly.

A terrific day for girls cricket and a very proud moment for the College.

Dean Hawkins
Director of Cricket

Tasmanian State High School Basketball Championships

This weekend will see two of our teams competing in the Tasmanian High School Basketball Championships being held at Elphin Sports Centre in Launceston.

Our Senior Girls, coached by Mrs Gelinda Dell and our Junior Boys, coached by Mr Elliot Warren will be competing against the best High School teams from each region of Tasmania in the hope of winning a State Final for their respective age group.

Overall 36 teams will be participating in this Championships in what is shaping up to be an exciting weekend of basketball.

The teams have been allocated to pools over the weekend based on their specific rankings in each region and a summary of their Saturday 20 November games is as follows:

Game times on Sunday 21 November will be determined by the placings of each team after Saturday games.

The teams would certainly appreciate support from our Scotch Oakburn community if you have time to call into a game or two.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those staff and parents who will be assisting with all teams over the weekend and wish all teams the best of luck for their games.

Natalie Good
Director of Basketball


As one of our College’s Learning Attributes, being Inclusive, is a constant, everyday expectation in every learning moment, in every team/choir/band or club.  The connection to a community and being truly included, welcomed and valued is one of the greatest social and emotional aspirations for our young leaders.  Earlier this week, I had conversations and discussions with many students about their important role in leading the way of being ‘inclusive in their communication in a digital world’.  The intent of modern technologies is to connect people, make our globe borderless and ensure we can all keep up-to-date on the learnings and explorations of our ‘like-minded’ friends.

One of the greatest insights this year into this world of digital technologies is how our young communicators can easily make others feel disconnected, excluded or left out of conversations due to the selections or choices of who is in the group on TicTok, Snapchat or other social media genres.  This thought process and decision making is a big area of development for us all, young and old!  However, the approach of considering others, connecting with our peers is a real measurement of being inclusive.  I encourage our young leaders to continue to measure their ‘digital footprint’, ensure that this footprint is inclusive and positive so the genre creates a sense of connection.  Never before has our communication methods been so visible, so easy to copy or to see, therefore we must explicitly uphold the values of being inclusive and respectful in the development of collaborative communication.  Couple this with the increasingly younger accessibility to mobile devices, our mentoring requires prior learning expectations and clarification of the positive use of such a communication method.

During the last century, our communication skills have been enhanced by a thirst for global languages. Currently, we have thriving numbers in the Middle School in all three offerings; Japanese, French and Chinese.  Learning a second or third language requires an understanding of the origin, the intent of the characters in the language and an appreciation of the culture.  This approach is exactly what is needed in our daily communication in the digital world, including the development of the ‘characterised genre’ of emojis and symbols! Our digitalised communication world can lead to a ‘gap’ in tone and expression if some of these understandings of origin, intent or culture are not inclusive. It is our combined responsibility, student, parent and staff, to reset the rules of engagement as we continue to learn about how the message/communication is received.

As we approach a very busy end to a hugely successful year, I encourage our young leaders to continue to think others, bring their groups closer through inclusive communication skills and enjoy the rich and diverse conversations that can come from an almost borderless audience rather than worry about how many ‘likes’ they can count from unknown ‘friends’.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School


/ Junior School

Remembrance Day

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Junior School students came together in the beautiful Claremont Park setting to remember those who have served our country in times of conflict during and since World War 1. The short ceremony was led by our Year 5 House Leaders and the address was delivered by our Principal, Andy Muller. A wreath was laid and the trumpet sounds of the Last Post and Reveille, punctuated by a minute’s silence, rang among the trees on a very still morning. Lest we Forget.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Grandparents and Friends Day

This week our Year 5 students hosted their Grandparents or special family friends at the Elphin Campus. Almost 150 visitors joined the students for a Welcome Service, campus tours and morning tea on a day which is an annual tradition at the College.

This day is a small opportunity to enable members of students’ extended families to spend time together in a setting that plays such an important part in the lives of our students.

There is a wealth of social research confirming that when children can have time with members of their extended family and be loved and cherished, and then go home to more people who love them, they are more connected to the love and goodness in humanity and better able to live positive and productive lives.

We have a repertoire of strategies and programs at school for students to learn to care, be compassionate, to know respect and empathy and humility and commitment, but it is the generational conversations, modelling and mentoring through family and friends that is the glue that brings all this together as children’s independence and sense of responsibility develop on their pathway to adulthood.

Thank you to all our visitors and to our Year 5 staff and Marketing & Community team for coordinating such a memorable day.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

2022 Information Meetings

All parents of 2022 Early Learning, Prep and Year 1 students have been sent details of the Information Meetings scheduled for next week. The Prep and Year 1 meeting is on Tuesday 16 November and Early Learning meeting on Wednesday 17 November. Both sessions commence at 7.00pm in the Mary Fox Performing Arts Centre and include visits to the 2022 learning spaces for these year levels.

Details of the online booking process were included in the information sent to families.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

Year 5 family Get together

Some of our Year 5 families recently gathered for a Sunday afternoon at the Hoo Hoo Hut for an afternoon of fun. Teams used a custom-coded digital treasure hunt app to explore the area. Braving some brisk winds, attendees feasted on a Gather&Graze spread and enjoyed live music by local musician Tom Fowkes. Fires were lit and new friends were made as the afternoon progressed.

Diego Munoz Lagos led his determined team to become outright champions, by completing a series of physical challenges as well as local and school-based trivia.

It was a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Softly Dunstan and Vanessa Wolf
Parent Year Level Representatives


/ Middle School

Middle School Orientation Day for 2022

Year 6 and Year 7 students, Friday 19 November, from 8.30am – 3.00pm.

The Middle School community is looking forward to the Orientation Day program, full of creative and collaborative learning for our 2022 Year 6 and Year 7 students.  Current Year 7 and Year 8 families please be aware that on this day, it is a student-free day with no classes being held.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School


Our Year 8 debating team compete in the quarter-finals of the Virtual National Competition today. The team of Mollie Gray, Eliza Duigan, Harriet Lynch and Blaise Fitzallen were runners up in the Northern Debating Competition.  We wish them the very best of luck.

Ben Green
Head of Middle School 


/ Senior School

From the Futures Centre

Online Parent TAS Ed Talks Program

As part of the 2021 TAS Ed Talks, online evening sessions have been scheduled for parents/carers who would like to learn more about the career and pathway opportunities open to students in Years 9 to 12 and beyond.

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Tools for building career competencies and exploring pathways – showcasing digital career services
  • Pathways to post-school life and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Pathways from school to further education and training (hear first-hand from UTAS and TasTAFE)
  • The role of Apprenticeships and Traineeships for School-Aged Learners (ApTSLs) for preparing learners for work and life

Parent/Carer Registration is now open and registration needs to be completed by 30 November – register via this link.

Are you looking for work this summer?

Summer’s almost here and school is almost over! It’s the perfect time to start thinking about combining getting out and having some fun with earning dollars. There are opportunities in tourism and hospitality across the state. It doesn’t matter what experience you have, if you love talking to people, being part of the action, you know all the best places to go and things to do, there’s potentially a job waiting for you. It’s your chance to learn new things, meet new people, and pick up new skills.

In November, the Tourism and Hospitality industry will be launching a new jobs hub to help match people with jobs solely in Tourism and Hospitality. To get a head start, simply send your name and email address to: and they will let you know when it’s up and running.

Upcoming Date and Events


15-19 November   Year 10 Work Experience – Group 2

21 November         UTAS Open Day – HOBART in person and virtual – Register Here

22,23,24, 26          Year 9 Futures Program

22-26 November  LaTrobe University Bendigo Campus Talk and Tour

26 November         Last round of UTAS SRP applications due


1-10 December      Online TasED Parent & Carer Career Information Sessions

6 December          Monash Clayton Campus Discovery Day

6-9 December       LaTrobe University Melbourne & Albury Wodonga Campus Talk and Tour

8 December          Monash Caulfield Campus Discovery Day

8 December          Monash Parkville Campus Discovery Day

8 December          Monash Peninsula Campus Discovery Day

15 December         TASC Results released


Teresa Darcy
Careers Adviser/VET Coordinator


/ Middle School, Senior School

Year 6 at the NJISSA Athletics

Last Friday 5 November saw the NJISSA athletics carnival held at St Leonards Athletics Centre. The College sent a large number of Year 6 students to compete. With a large gap of time between our Penquite House athletics carnival and the NIJSSA carnival, our Year 6 students competed very well and are commended on their efforts. The Year 6 Girls team placed first and the Year 6 Boys finished in third in their respective year level pennants. Thank you to Mrs Esther Croft-Elliot for accompanying and supporting the team along with Year 12 students Ashleigh Reid, AJ Creak and Harrison Gee for coming along to support the junior students.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Hurricanes Cup Cricket

Congratulations to both our boys and girls teams that competed in Cricket Tasmania’s Hurricanes Cup Cricket competition. All three of our teams had predominantly students from the Middle School playing against students from other schools in Years 7-10.

Our boys played very well to narrowly miss playing in the finals 18 November. Our girls teams both won their way through to the finals next Thursday at Scotch Oakburn Park. A big thank you to Mr Dean Hawkins, Mr Sam Nugteren, Mrs Naomie O’Loughlin and Mr Jamie Breden for their coaching on the day as well as Ms Belinda Wegman for providing coaching to our girls in the leadup.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Tasmanian Trampolining Championships

The Tasmanian Trampolining Championship was held at the Launceston PCYC. Grace Culhane (Year 8) won the Level 5 Women’s Tramp and Level 4 Double Mini events. Congratulations Grace.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Examiner Junior sports awards

Congratulations to all Scotch Oakburn College students who were involved in the Examiner Junior Sports awards on Wednesday. Finalists were invited to the Country Club Casino for a two-course meal and to enjoy a Q and A with Arianne Titmus.

The College was represented with finalists in every category, a fantastic achievement. In the up-and-coming rising star female section, we had Ella Nast, Ruby Hirst and Abbey Berlese. For the up-and-coming junior male section, we had Matias Munoz Lagos. College parent Chris McLarty coached the premiership ELJFC under 14 Girls team and was a finalist in the Ricky Ponting service to sport category. Bella Shaw was a finalist in the sports scholarship for providing a short story of ‘What sport means to me’. For the Junior Sports Team of the Year, we had finalists Anna Day with her Launceston United junior soccer team, the ELJFC U14 Girls premiership team and the winners of the award, the Scotch Oakburn Girls First VIII rowing crew. This is the fourth time in eight years the College has won the award. In the Junior Female Athlete of the Year, Lindsay Calvert was a finalist and in the Male Junior Sportsman of the Year, Alexander (AJ) Creak was announced as joint winner of the award, a fantastic effort with both Lindsay, Heidi and AJ all representing Australia this year in their chosen sports.

I would like to congratulate our winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements in 2021. Thanks also to the Examiner newspaper and Woolworths Ltd for sponsoring the evening.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Basketball Tasmania – Northern High School Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to all players for their efforts over the weekend of the Northern High School Basketball Tournament held on the weekend of 6-7 November. All teams were very competitive and the sportsmanship displayed over all the games by all players was excellent.

Results – Girls Teams
The Year 9/10 Girls Div 1 team, coached by Mrs Gelinda Dell, played in a combined Division 1 and 2 roster and won all their games convincingly, progressing to the Semi-Final. The setup of the pools made it very difficult for the top two Division 1 teams to meet in the Grand Final. Our girls matched up against the very strong St Patrick’s College 1 team in the semi and despite the girls playing great basketball, it wasn’t to be. Instead, the girls played off for third place (and what was designated as a Division 2 Grand Final), playing the other Riverside High Div 1 team. The girls were determined to prove that they were State Championship material and were rewarded with a 41 point (57-16) victory, a Division 2 shield and qualified for States.

Our Year 7/8 Girls Div 1 team, coached by Miss Jordan Holloway-Clarke, finished their pool games in fourth place and progressed to the play-off game for third. It was a thrilling game going down to the last dying seconds, the girls were narrowly defeated by St Patrick’s College (SPC) by 1 point (34-35) and unfortunately missed out on qualification for the State Championships.

The Year 7/8 Girls Div 2 team, coached by Miss Kate Wallace, were all Year 7 Girls except for 1 player and were matching up against many Year 8 students. They performed extremely well against these older players and were very competitive over the weekend. Our Year 9/10 Girls Div 2 team, coached by Miss Madi Shaw, were also very competitive in their games and played some great games, their best performance was against Prospect High School where they went down by only nine points.

Results – Boys Teams
Our Year 9/10 Boys Div 1 team, coached by Mr Dylan Warren, faced some very tough competition in all their pool games and whilst they didn’t secure a win, their final match saw them nearly defeat Launceston Church Grammar School (LCGS), losing by only 5 points in the last minute of the game. LCGS finished runner-up for the tournament, which demonstrated just how competitive our team was.

Our Year 7/8 Div 1 Boys, coached by Mr Elliot Warren, finished in third place when winning two games quite convincingly against Queechy High School and St Patrick’s College Gold. The boys have now progressed to the State Championships.

Our Year 9/10 Div 2 Boys team also performed very well. The team, coached by Mr Brett de Hayr, played some tough competition. Their best games were on Day 2 in their cross-over playoffs where they won against Queechy High School (52-23) and only lost their second game by six points to Scottsdale High (23-29).

Both Year 7/8 Boys Div 2 teams, Blue coached by Mr Tim Batten and Gold by Mr Alex McCowan, also had some very challenging matches over the weekend. Blue won two of their four matches and Gold won one, losing their other pool games by only small margins of seven points to Riverside and two points to Kings Meadows.

All in all, it was a very successful tournament with two of a possible four teams now qualifying for the State Championships being held 20-21 November at Elphin Sports Centre. These Championships are the pinnacle of the Basketball Tasmania program where all winning schools from across the North, South and North West will all meet.

A huge thank you to all players, parents, team managers and our coaches, as events like this are only as successful as the people involved. Your support and participation certainly ensured that this was the case this year.

Natalie Good
Director of Basketball

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