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

Old Scotch Collegians

As we write this, the Coronavirus is making its impact on our planned programmes, events and initiatives for the year ahead. Unfortunately, at this stage we will be deferring all of our upcoming events, including reunions and our Seniors Lunch (planned for 22 May) until we can identify a time when it is safe to reschedule.

OSC is taking its lead from the College on its response to the Coronavirus. This allows us to access the best evidence-based advice available about how we can keep all our members safe and prioritise your health. We will keep you all regularly updated about OSC events in the future as things develop.

While we are unable to connect with our alumni in a physical sense, we are doing our best to connect in other ways. We recently delivered a number of care packages to our senior alumni, that consisted of some food from our Dining Room staff, a bit of light reading and drawings and letters from Junior School students. This week we will also be rolling out a letter writing programme, connecting Senior School students with a senior OSC. These initiatives are to let our alumni, who may be feeling isolated and alone at this time, know that we are thinking about them.

We are also looking at ways to showcase our OSC businesses. The past few weeks have been tough on our small businesses, and it doesn't look like anything will ease in the coming weeks and months. We want to try and do our part to ease the burden on those OSCs who may be feeling the pressure due to reduced business. Whether you are a tradie who is following all the protocols, or a cafe who is now moving to a takeaway or delivery service, let us know! We will be also rolling out a tutorial on how to utilise the business directory feature on the alumni website, both as a business owner and a business seeker.

If you have any concerns or queries, or if you want to help out in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the OSC office.