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

Performing Arts

It is my privilege this year to join the very hard working and highly skilled Performing Arts team at Scotch College. I am looking forward to serving the Scotch community and driving a thriving performing arts culture.

A very full calendar of learning experiences awaits all boys, with some exciting developments occurring in music and drama.



Ben Anderson (2017 graduate) was accepted into the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) studying a Diploma of Music (Jazz), majoring in double bass.

KImlah JBanks

Kyle Imlah (Year 12, Keys)Music Captain 2018 and Joseph Banks (Year 12, Anderson) were successful in their auditions for positions with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). This is a significant achievement for both boys, as many of the chairs in the WAYJO ensembles are occupied by tertiary students.

Scotch College Production - The Wedding Singer

Rehearsals for the 2018 College production The Wedding Singer have begun. All boys should have received a rehearsal schedule and production contracts. Parents, families, friends, save the date: Thursday 14 June through Saturday 16 June.

Performing Arts Perspectives

On Tuesday 10 April, students studying Music and Drama in both Year 11 and Year 12 are invited to attend the annual Performing Arts Perspectives showcase at the Perth Concert Hall. I encourage all boys in these courses to attend the evening, which showcases the highest achieving students across the performing arts disciplines from the 2017 ATAR practical examinations. For more information, contact Ms Sarah Combes, Head of Drama.

Co-Curricular Music

Part of our strategic plan for 2020 involves building and developing local and global alliances. This not only contributes to being part of a community which gains strength from honouring members' contributions, ultimately it enhances student learning.

With this in mind, we have been reviewing the co-curricular music programme and will continue to review and rework this programme over the coming year. One of the immediate changes parents and students will notice is the more deliberate collaboration between Scotch and PLC Music. Many ensembles, bands and orchestras will be restructured and now operate as combined ensembles, with opportunities for students and staff from both Colleges to work together.

In the immediate short term, some combined ensembles will move to a common Tuesday evening rehearsal timeslot. As the year progresses, more ensembles will move to the common Tuesday rehearsal time. Further information will be provided through direct communication from Music Administration.

Friends of Scotch Music

The next Friends of Scotch Music meeting is being held in the Senior School Music building on February 12 at 7.00pm. This incredible group of people are always seeking other parents, passionate about music at Scotch College, to join them. Interested parties should contact

Mr Scott Loveday
Head of Performing Arts