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

Welcome Back

Welcome back to school and to Winter Term. I hope you enjoyed a great three-week break. During the holidays, we had 262 boys across Years 9 to 12 depart on Outdoor Education expeditions and schools tours. The three Outdoor Education expeditions experienced Sea Kayaking at Ningaloo, Scuba Diving at Exmouth and Whitewater Canoeing on the Murray River through Dwellingup. Boys on the Year 9 Canberra Tour, along with PLC, enjoyed skiing and a visit to our nation's capital, the European History Tour travelled to France and Germany, and the Pipe Band Tour performed at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland. All sensational adventures for our students.

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There is a great collection of photographs from each of these tours on Vidigami, the online photo gallery. Supporting the tours were thirty-one staff who devoted a good chunk of their holiday to accompanying the boys and I take this opportunity to thank them for their time and commitment to managing and supervising these amazing broadening experiences for our boys.


This week the College celebrates NAIDOC Week. Across the three sub-schools there will be activities that help us learn, celebrate and respect Australian indigenous culture. In Senior School, our Hospitality boys are preparing kangaroo casserole, emu and crocodile meatballs, and lemon and myrtle herbed mashed potato served with butter and honey covered damper for anyone to try. Our Indigenous boys have challenged the staff to a basketball game on Thursday at lunchtime and will present a special ball to the staff member voted MVP (Most Valued Player). Prior to Marching and Assembly last Friday, we had a smoking ceremony before listening to our guest speaker Mr Darryl Bellotti, a well-respected artist who most recently designed and presented the West Coast Eagles with their Indigenous Round football jumper. Over the course of the next few weeks, Senior School boys will also be meeting and talking with Yarlalu Thomas (OSC 2015) and Kam Bin Salleh (OSC 2010) who are both working on design projects with our students. Activities in other parts of the school include sand mandalas on the grass area outside Keys House and Senior School boys running an art and language lesson with Junior School boys. It promises to be a really engaging week.