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

From the Deputy Head of Junior School

I often refer to leadership as 'influence' when talking to Junior School boys. Historically leaders have influenced people in both positive and negative ways. Each of us has opinions about the ways in which leaders have used their position for the benefit or detriment of mankind. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Hitler, Trump – the discussion about these leaders and their influence is many and varied.

One of the most wonderful things in working with the leadership of students is watching influence take shape. The Year 5 boys often aren't aware of the influence they have on the younger Junior School students. Our Senior School boys also forget what a significant contribution and influence they have on the Junior School boys.

This year alone, we have seen the older boys interact with us through the Year 2 and Year 12 events and the Year 5 and Year 12 events. The Pipe Band have come down to share and influence, we've had community projects, NAIDOC Week, speakers at assemblies, art projects and ongoing buddy programmes are a few influencing events we've shared in the Junior School. The level of commitment from the older boys is seen as such a powerful connection and opportunity for the sub-schools to intermingle.

When Harry Gilchrist spoke at March Out, he mentioned the sub-schools and acknowledged the work performed, so I want to take this opportunity to reply. Harry came to many Junior School events and often addressed the boys and our community. I loved that he included the Junior School and he was a strong advocate of ensuring a connection as well as being a wonderful ambassador for the whole school.

To all of the Middle School and Senior School boys who came down to the Junior School throughout the year, we thank you for your time and camaraderie. Your company and visits to the Junior School are very much appreciated and the boys absolutely love it.

Miss Penny Hooper
Deputy Head of Junior School