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

2020 Exchange applications due now!

As written about in June, the Round Square network is extensive and allows us to implement a diverse exchange programme for the students. Year 9 parents are reminded that exchange applications are due on 22 August and they received a form on Friday via email.    

Exchanges are a great way to undertake an experience that will truly assist in building self-awareness and maturity. The opportunity to spend a significant amount of time overseas while still being in a structured school environment will not occur again and all boys are encouraged to apply. The only major cost of going on an exchange is the flights and visa and, being a reciprocal program, families do host a student at some point.  

If you'd like any more information, please let me know or visit this link. 

Please see the map of schools that we exchange with.

Dr Sujit to speak to medicine hopefuls

The Institute for Indian Mother and Child (IIMC) is a non- governmental organization with its main office in Kolkata, India. In 1989 the Indian physician Dr. Sujit founded the IIMC with the aim to improve the living conditions of the poorest in Calcutta and its surroundings on a long-term basis. Dr Sujit is visiting Perth as a guest of UWA and alumni who have spent time in India on medical exchanges at IIMC. See here for details of a talk next Monday evening at Iona. We are fortunate that Dr Sujit will visit Scotch in the afternoon and Year 11 and 12 students interested in studying medicine will have the opportunity to hear him speak during Period 6.  

Homelessness Week

This week is Homelessness Week, designed to raise awareness of homelessness around Australia. Statistics show that around 1000 people sleep rough in Perth each night and the anecdotal evidence is that the economic downturn is seeing this number increase. Throughout the week, Uniting Care West's Tranby Centre is opening 24/7, with the aim of increasingly the chances of their clients getting a good rest and being well prepared to do what they can to secure ongoing accommodation. Offering a 24/7 service is set down as a trial with hopes that it may become more permanent. We wish UCW all the best in their endeavours.      

The Final Quarter

On Friday at assembly, Harry Gilchrist and Dr O'Connell spoke about the final quarter of the academic year and the need to push through until the end. It reminded me of a recent documentary, The Final Quarter, that documented the last three years of Adam Goodes' illustrious football career. The documentary is an excellent way to encourage students to consider diversity and discuss empathy, respect and trust. As the College celebrates NAIDOC week, I encourage families to watch it together and discuss each other's opinions. It can be watched for another two weeks on

Best wishes for the term ahead!