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

Dear Community

I aim to keep this note as COVID-19 free as possible given the amount of communication we are all dealing with. All I want to say is thank you for your support and understanding. We very much appreciate the way families are responding to our requests.  Please be assured that our COVID-19 Response Team, chaired by myself, is keeping abreast of changes and, more importantly, are trying to respond in a calm and measured manner. Just to reiterate that any changes or information pertaining to Scotch College, will only be confirmed via my office.

Fortunately, before we had other instructions, last Thursday we were able to share in what was an amazing PSA swimming carnival. Our boys were simply outstanding in achieving 3rd place and finished very close to Hale who took out second. Congratulations to CCGS on their well-deserved victory.

Thanks must go to Mr Ryan Steenkamp, our new Head of Swimming, the other coaches, parents, and of course the amazing group of boys who performed out of their skin on the night. Well done everyone.

At times like these it is easy to forget that our focus remains on teaching, pastoral care and ensuring our boys get a great experience. Our sub schools continue to be engaged in a myriad of curriculum and curricular activities. We are not far away from taking over the new Mathematics and Business building which will certainly add to our educational focus and programmes. Last week I went through the building, and with the addition of the furniture it is simply amazing. I look forward to all of you being able to see what we have achieved with the goal of providing our boys with a set of world class facilities.

As you are no doubt aware, the College has a significant role within the Round Square group of schools. The College has recently been selected as one of 12 Round Square schools to take part in a research project in conjunction with Education University Hong Kong. The project is focused on leadership and what it looks like in different parts of the world, the sort of thing the organisation is perfectly set up to do. This is part of a wider effort by Round Square to conduct research projects into areas the organisation particularly promotes and values. The first project, undertaken and released last year, focused on global competency, and can be found at the link below.

The next few months will no doubt hold some experiences that we were not particularly planning for at the start of 2020.  One of our great strengths has always been our ability to respond and adapt to whatever situation lies ahead.

Again, thank you all for your support over the last few weeks and no doubt the coming months in an ever-changing landscape.

Dr A J O'Connell