The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

The Pursuit of Excellence

The pursuit of excellence can at times be mistaken for perfection or success and is characterised by winning or trophies or being the best. The pursuit of excellence is a mindset, it is an attitude; an attitude of setting a bench mark, a Personal Best, and then planning on how to improve upon it. Pursuit of excellence is about yourself and can be applied as a concept in all domains of life: in an academic sense, sporting or health sense, to relationships, how we communicate to how we become more artistic. For me the pursuit of excellence is an individual thing and is about sitting down and thinking: What is important to me now, and how do I get better at it?

We will be supporting your son in his pursuit of excellence at the beginning of next term as he sits down and determines what he views as being important, what is worth aiming for and writing some goals and action plans to achieve them. Vincent Lombardi is quoted as saying, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."

A reminder that this Wednesday Middle School will be having a Free Dress Day. The gold coin donation will go toward the UnitingCare West Winter Appeal. Donations of warm clothing, or blankets and sleeping bags can still be received up until this Friday. Thank you to all so far for your generosity.

Mr Richard Ledger
Head of Middle School