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

Love Your Neighbour

The College is incredibly fortunate to have Lake Claremont, a world class wetland and designated Bush Forever site, as one of its primary neighbours. Through its history, the Lake has been an important meeting site and area for hunting and gathering for the Mooro people, a farm and dairy, a market garden, a rubbish tip and a golf course.

In recent years, the Lake has come under the care of the Friends of Lake Claremont leading to its rejuvenation as a thriving ecosystem largely populated by native flora and fauna, with a stable and healthy water table that is the envy of many. For Scotch College this has meant that we have a location for our ELC Thursday Bush School, a site for our cross-country races and buffer of great beauty and value that keeps the urban world at bay from our incredible playing fields.

Friends of Lake Claremont (FOLC) was established in 2003 and works closely with the Town of Claremont to improve the Lake. They receive a significant number of grants, a reflection of their professionalism and passion, and have won many awards, for the quality of their work. Scotch College has a strong history of working with FOLC mainly through our Year 10 Service Programme, having a sitting member on the Town's Lake Claremont Advisory Committee, and through our grounds team assisting FOLC and the Town in monitoring water quality and improving the area on the western side of the Lake. We are also currently looking at a global project whereby our students can monitor the migratory birds at the Lake and report this to a database of schools doing similar work in wetlands in their part of the world. A big thanks to Nick Cook from FOLC who visited the College and spoke to our Service Captains of each House about what they could to assist FOLC in their mission.

If you are keen to assist FOLC, they regularly have talks and session open to the public. They also have a regular Sunday Busy Bee that meet at the Old Tin Shed in the north eastern corner of the Lake at 8am. More details below.

The College is so fortunate to have the Lake as our neighbour and we thank the FOLC for all their work over many years.

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All Abilities is back

Unfortunately, the opening session for the Claremont Nedlands Cricket Club All Abilities Team was rained out on Friday. A big thanks to Ralph Goodman and the Club for inviting our boys to be involved and we look forward to starting next week. It is great that we can assist in an area where we have real skills and passion.

The first half of the All Abilities season runs on Friday evenings from 5.30pm at Cresswell Park from now until 13 December.

CNCC is another example of a neighbour we are fortunate to have. The Club is having great successes both on and off the field and we wish them well in season 2019/20.