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

As we marched out of last Friday's assembly, there was the annual air of anticipation, associated with setting up for the Year 12 Ball. It will come as no surprise to everyone that yet again our ball proved to be a huge success. Well done to each and every boy and their partners for ensuring the night was one of enjoyment and quality.

In the days leading up to the big night many parent volunteers, through their own hard work and dedication, ensured that our boys and their partners would have a fantastic experience. It is the spirit of the parent and student volunteers that carries the night. In particular, I would like to thank the Ball Committee and all other volunteers for the many hours of work and dedication that went into ensuring the Ball was a huge success. Likewise, a big thanks to all of the staff who attended to support our boys and celebrate in their special night.

Scotch has an incredible history of parent and community participation. This has been demonstrated via the work of groups such as the Scotch Parents, supporter groups and many other individuals.  All of our volunteer groups across the college are aimed at achieving one major outcome, that is, Engaging the Community. There is a wonderful saying that sums up Scotch to a tee.

'Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless'


Unfortunately, there has been a hold up with the new building due to an issue with the original soil and the embedding of the new green space. The grass has now been re-laid. I have told the boys that we will be in and operating for term two at the latest.  This allows all of us to plan accordingly with greater certainty knowing that the space is not available for general usage. Obviously if we can move earlier, we will.

Congratulations to all of the staff and the boys for surviving a busy period of house swimming carnivals and inter school training competitions leading up to the formal JPSSA and PSA Inter-School carnivals. The house spirit across all three sub-schools carnivals has been fantastic.

Have a great fortnight.