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.


/ Senior School

Students and Staff join White Ribbon Event at UTAS Stadium

On Saturday 16 October a group of Scotch Oakburn’s senior male students and staff attended the White Ribbon event at UTAS stadium to show their support for women and children who suffer through abusive behaviour. The Launceston White Ribbon Committee organised an event that was hosted by the Mayor of Launceston, Albert van Zetten and Australian cricketer George Bailey. The event was attended by a wide range of men and boys from the Launceston area, including many schools and sports clubs.

Attendees were reminded that abuse suffered by women is not just physical but includes pay inequity, sexist jokes, sexist language, stalking, deprivation of money, social life or education, threats to children and pets and coercion. Abuse of women almost always impacts their children. We were reminded that every week in Australia at least one current or former intimate partner kills their female partner; that domestic violence is the leading contributing factor in the death, disability and illness of women aged between 15 and 44; that family violence costs Australia billions of dollars per year and that 1 in 5 women experience harassment in the workplace.

Attendees were reminded of strategies to use if they suspect abuse and what to do about it in their social group – tell your friends that you do not approve of their words or behaviour, convince your friends to stop, walk away to signal your rejection of the behaviour, remind friends to be their best selves, use your friendship to give advice, invite group pressure by asking if anyone else thinks this is OK?

Thank you to those who took their time on a Saturday morning to help create awareness about this very important issue. It was great to see senior boys in our community, along with staff, parents and board members standing up to abusive behaviour.

Stuart Walls
Head of Senior School


/ Middle School, Senior School

Rowing Captain’s 2021-22

On Wednesday the College announced the Rowing Captains and Vice Captains for this upcoming season. It gives me great pleasure to announce Will Gray and Harry Birchmore and as Boys Co-Captain’s and Charlotte Loane as Girls Captain and Emma Jepson as Vice-Captain for 2021-22. For Will and Harry, this season will be their third year in Open Boys First Eight, following a successful end to last season winning Gold in Schoolboys Eight Sprint and Bronze in the Schoolboys Coxed Four. Charlotte was a member of the drought-breaking Open Girls First Eight winning the 2021 SATIS Head of the River. The last win was in 1997, 24 years ago, when both the Open Boys and Girls Eight won the historic double Head of the River titles. Emma was a member of the Open Girls Second Eight that also won the Division 2 2021 Head of the River. Congratulations to all four outstanding individuals on their appointments. I look forward to working closely with them and our other senior rowers this season.

Jamie Breden
Director of Rowing

Student Achievement

Year 8 student James Robinson has been awarded the Launceston Golf Club Junior Champion Cup for 2021.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport 


Scotch Oakburn currently has a record number of 13 teams competing in the Northern High Schools Sports Association rosters across Years 7 to 10 and all teams have been training together since last Term. A huge thank you for the fantastic efforts of students, parents and coaches for such a great start to Term 4 games!

Our 2022 NSATIS Squads (Boys & Girls) are also training weekly in preparation for their rosters that commence in the first week of Term 1 2022 and for the first time we have also introduced Development Squads. These squads are being coached by our current Senior Firsts Coaches to assist in the development of key players for our future pathways within our Basketball program.

Over the weekend of 6-7 November, we will also have nine teams competing in the Basketball Tasmania’s High School Tournament. More details will be released in relation to this tournament once draws have been issued.

I am also very pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to represent Tasmania at the 2022 Adelaide Invitational Challenge. Congratulations to all players and we wish you all the best for your games:

Esme Dell – U14
Amelie Djatschenko – U15
Blaise Fitzallen – U16
Ella Youd – U16
Angus Scott – U16
Brody Wallace – U16

Natalie Good
Director of Basketball


Welcome to Term 4 and I hope all families enjoyed a relaxing and refreshing break. This term we welcome 26 new students to the College, eight in Early Learning and 18 across Prep to Year 9. Enrolments for 2022 are being finalised and we now have waiting lists in Early Learning 4-Year-old, and Years 2, 6, 7 and 8. In addition, a number of other year levels are filling. The College has maximum student numbers designated at each year level to ensure that our total enrolment is appropriate for our facilities, programs and spaces and that we can guarantee that our students are known, valued and cared for.

We also welcome five new staff to the College: James Adams as Head of Education Outdoors, Suzie Kidd who is teaching Andrew Robinson’s Year 6 class while he is on leave, Deenie Campbell in the Human Resources Department, Kylie Hughes in the Grounds Team and Reid Dolbey in the IT Team. Welcome to all.

Recently three existing staff members have taken on new responsibilities: Leigh Cordell is the College’s Round Square Director, Lauren Hayes is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator and Cale O’Keefe is the Acting Head of House for Middle School Nance for Term 4. I wish them well for the new roles.

The term breaks always provide an opportunity to attend to repairs and maintenance as per our yearly schedule, as well as some spontaneous events such as the localised flooding on Friday 1 October. Works attended to at each of our three campuses, as well as attention to our grounds and have ensured that the College remains in pristine condition and is a beautiful environment for our College community.

Our review of staffing to ensure that it has the capacity to deliver the strategic goals in SOC2035 has focused initially on Wellbeing. If people are ‘well’ – socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually – they will flourish. Therefore, we are researching and implementing the staffing structure, programs and support mechanisms to ensure that our students have the opportunity to be all that they have the potential to be.

Finally, College Leadership has been using the events in other states to forecast possible scenarios for 2022 and ‘Educating with COVID’. Our systems, logistics and preparations are in place, as best as they can be at this stage, ready for 2022 when the state is open to interstate and international visitors and we all learn to live with COVID. We will of course be guided by the Government in many aspects but will also use our own experience and common sense to minimise risk and do all we can to keep our community safe.

Andy Müller


As Term 4 commences, there are two key pieces of information that I want to pass on to all parents in the ongoing evolution of COVID protocols and actions.

Firstly, if parents are entering the school grounds to drop their child(ren) off at their classroom or similar and then leave the campus, there is no requirement to sign in or use the Check-In TAS App. However, should you be staying longer than two or three minutes, for example meeting a teacher, enjoying a coffee at Laneway on Thursday or attending LIVE, then you are still required to check-in. Thank you.

Secondly, in a change to previous advice we were given by the Government and the Health Department last term, Year 7 – 10 students will not be vaccinated at school as per the TCE student vaccination program. Hence, we have been asked to advise all families that you must organise these vaccinations yourself through your local vaccination centre.

Andy Müller



VIBES is a FREE outdoor concert held on Thursday 21 October on the Penquite Campus Green from 4.30pm – 7.00pm.

The line-up for VIBES features Collegians, Angus Leighton (’13) and his Jump-Jive/Swing Band, as well as Fergus Poynter (’14) and Emily Sanzaro (nee Husband ’99). There will also be performances from current students including the Year 5 Rock Band and a Community Jamming session.

VIBES will be a licenced event and feature the culinary delights from Small Grain, Seoul Food, Toong Thong Thai, Nitro Ella, Little Devil Donuts and the good old BBQ. It will be a cash-less event.

To join us for VIBES please make sure you register your attendance via this link. So come along, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the good vibes!

Justin Clarke
Community Coordinator


This Saturday 16 October the Scotch Oakburn College community is supporting the White Ribbon Foundation’s call for boys and men to stand in solidarity with all the women in our lives and say a loud NO to the abuse of women and children in our community.

We will be part of a powerful photo of men and boys standing together with George Bailey and Launceston’s Mayor, Albert van Zetten and Deputy Mayor, Danny Gibson.

The photo will be taken on the UTAS Stadium playing surface at 10.30am (sandshoes only). Students are requested to wear full summer uniform and will be free to leave shortly after.
Bring as many of your brothers, sons, dads and mates as we join together with men and boys from other workplaces, sporting clubs, schools, unions, church and performing arts groups and send a powerful message of support.

Ben Marsland
Deputy Principal

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