Welcome to 2020


7 February, 2020


Welcome back to school and to the 2020 academic year. There was certainly a great sense of excitement and a few nerves, understandably, on Monday morning as our students returned and our campuses once again felt like a school. In speaking to students and staff it seems that almost everyone did something exciting over the holidays and all are ready to begin the school year. Students and staff alike have returned with a positive approach to what promises to be a great year.

There are many new students and families, and some new staff members, at the College this year and I extend a warm welcome to all of them. I encourage you to be involved in the Scotch Oakburn community where you will experience a tangible sense of belonging and mutual support.

I thank our Grounds, Works and Maintenance Teams who, as always, have been busy right across the holiday period with significant refurbishment, redevelopment work and extensive cleaning and preparation of facilities across all three campuses; we certainly enjoy a beautiful environment across the entire College.

Our first week has run very smoothly, getting numerous start-of-the-year administrative matters completed, inducting our 2020 Student Executive and recognising those Year 12 students from 2019 who achieved outstanding academic results. At the Honours Assembly, we recognised 59 of our Year 12 2019 cohort who achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) of 80 or more, placing them in the top 20% of students nationally. It was an excellent way to start the year and I am sure that in hearing the goals and the achievements of our most recent Collegians our current students will be inspired to achieve highly.

I am sure 2020 will be another brilliant year for the College and our community and I have encouraged students to be actively engaged in and beyond the classroom, try new things and set themselves aspirational goals in order to feel a sense of struggle and accomplishment, and possibly go beyond that which they currently think is possible. Consequently, every person will be playing their part in creating a culture where each individual can experience success. I wish our community all the very best for 2020.

Andy Müller

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