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

Summer is here!

Although the recent heat makes it feel like summer started months ago in fact it only officially began yesterday and this means  tomorrow is Boardies Day!

Wear your board shorts with your school uniform. Please note, school shoes and socks must be worn and shirts must be tucked in. Surf caps are also encouraged.


Boardies Day is designed to raise awareness of water safety, particularly as we head into the long summer break. Importantly, it is also in aid of our Surf Lifesaving community who do a wonderful job patrolling our beaches all over our great state. These days surf patrol includes drone, jet ski and helicopter patrols, as well as the traditional beach patrols and the wonderful traditions of surf clubs that are part of the Australian culture. Surf Lifesaving WA's motto is  Saving Lives & Building Communities  and is the perfect organisation for Scotch to support. All funds raised tomorrow go to our local surf club, Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Lifesaving Club.    

When Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound, Round Square, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, and the Gordonstoun school in Scotland first began his career he wrote extensively about the Australian surf lifesaving culture. It played some part in inspiring his belief in a life of Service and the implementation of the  Gordonstoun Coast Guard Service  and most of his speeches and papers made some reference to Australian surf lifesaving clubs. We can be proud of the place of volunteers in our national psyche, with the organisations such as the State Emergency Service, volunteer fire brigades and the Army Reserve all playing important roles both at home and abroad.     

The College already has a large number of boys who are members of surf clubs and in 2020, we are trialling a 10-week introduction to Surf Lifesaving program with North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club and we hope that encourages even more of our community to join a surf club.  

We wish everyone a joyful and happy festive season and we hope you enjoy a safe and relaxing summer with plenty of time spent in the water.