14 March 2003 No. 7
From Head of the Junior School
Welcome back to Year Five who have enjoyed the last four days at their annual camp at Kangaroobie. With hot conditions most days, boys enjoyed a variety of adventure and farm activities that kept them very busy indeed. Again, I thank the Year Five and specialist staff who attended, for giving of their own time and effort in ensuring the camp was successful.
After fielding many comments from parents about the conditions in Callantina Road at pick up and drop off times and having spoken directly to many 'illegal parkers', I have again been in touch with the City of Boroondara, who reassure me their Traffic Officers will be blitzing the area over the coming weeks. It is not my wish for parents/carers to be booked, but it is my wish to ensure the safety of the boys. I am always amazed at how smoothly the traffic flows when the Officers are present. I hope their presence will encourage motorists to follow the regulations in place, in order to ensure the safety of every boy, not just that of their own son/s.
Congratulations are extended to Campbell Ferguson (6P) who competed in the Victorian Surf Life Saving Little Nipper titles at Torquay on 1 and 2 March. Campbell received gold, silver and bronze medals for the wade, beach and Cameron relays. Well done Campbell.
As this has been a shortened week, we have had no theme running. I do however, leave you with the following as my thought for the week….
I am only one,
Guy B Mason
The Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC) are offering a range of student and family activities during the year. You do not need to be a member to attend any of the activities.
Also The Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) is offering a weekend information course for parents about 'Your Gifted Child'. Venue: University of NSW, Kensington Campus. The same organization is also hosting The Australian Primary Talent Search for Year 4 - 6 gifted children.
If you are interested in your child or family attending any VAGTC activities, please call in at my office to pick up a flyer explaining activities, dates, times and cost. If you are interested in attending the parent information course or would like more information about The Australian Primary Talent Search, please see me ASAP.
Please note that I am neither, promoting or recommending these programs, just merely passing on the information to interested parents.
Cheryl Harrison - Director of Educational Support
A reminder that payment is now due for all boys who have been invited to attend the Music tour to Adelaide in Term Two. Final day for payment will be Wednesday, 19 March.
Years Five and Six Choir
The following arrangements have been confirmed for the Years Five and Six Choir for the remainder of the term - Thursday 13 March - Altos ("thirds") rehearsal - Upper Shergold 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm
Thursday, 20 March - After-School rehearsal - ALL TO ATTEND - Upper Shergold 3.30 pm - 5.15 pm
Jenni Allen - Head of Junior School Music
Accompanying this newsletter is a leaflet advertising newsletter Aussie SPELLFORCE. This is said to be a spelling software package that contains extensive spelling lists suitable for students from K - High School and on to Adulthood. The lists are combined with four educationally sound games. Scotch is providing families with the opportunity the purchase this software with the advertised discount. Please note - this software is not part of the Scotch Language programme or endorsed by the school but may help to reinforce spelling concepts. Aussie SPELLFORCE usually costs $59.95 but is available through the Community Licensing Programme for $29.95. Please return your orders to the school by Friday, 28 March.
Congratulations are extended to all our boys who represented Scotch College at these Championships on Wednesday March 5 at Haileybury College Aquatic Centre Keysborough
10 Years - William Morrell, Anthony Fearn-Wannan and Timothy Light
11 Years - Oliver Tarrant and Dougal Hurley
12 Years - James Simpson, Charlie Maginness, Andrew White, Anthony Bordonaro, Edward Marks, Alex Cross, Jack Acton, Samuel Bordonaro, Charles Tiernan, Sebastian Woodard, Derek Yu
11 Years -Cameron Rees
12 Years -Nicholas Paltoglou
Well done to all boys who went through to the Finals and especially the 12 Years Freestyle Relay Team of James Sansom, Edward Marks, Anthony Bordonaro and Andrew White and our 2 divers, Cameron Rees and Nicholas Paltoglou whom won or very narrowly came second in their Final and will now go on to the Victorian Championships to be held early in April. Well Done!
Mr Webster and Mr Leith
It is hard to believe that our Prep boys are only just finishing their fifth full week of school. They have settled into Scotch and their school routine so quickly. Here are a few comments from Prep H about school and what they enjoy. Next week we will include the comments from the Prep J boys.
Bron Dandie - Director of Junior Primary
At school I really like making things with the cogs and seeing them go around - Michael
Dr Kenyon-Smith will return next Thursday 20 March from 10.00am-11.30am to fit the mouthguards for which he has already taken impressions.
He will be in the technology room next to Ms Carney's Room.
Ian Leith - Head of Junior School Sport
Fun & Sports Camps
Fun Camps: Camp Australia will be conducting 2 Fun Camps over the Easter Holidays at Xavier College with themes including the Amazing Race and Awesome Adventure. The themed weeks will involve an excursion, inclusion, sports sessions, drama, art and craft as well as plenty of fun!
Sport Camps: Camp Australia Sports Camps sponsored by Nike will enable campers to develop their passion for sport through qualified coaches, skills, drills and the opportunity to meet leading Nike athletes. All children will receive a free Nike Camp T-shirt, assessment report, drink bottle and group photo. Sports for Easter include: Netball, Soccer, Basketball and AFL. New for Easter, a Netball Round Robin tournament, enter as an individual or get your friends together to make a team!
For further information call Camp Australia
9859 8199 or visit www.campaustralia.com.au.
What a beautiful day it was for the Tennis Day, I'm sure that all participants had a wonderful time. Congratulations to our prize winners:
Group 1 - Sandra Dick and Mandy Woodard
Runners up - Fance Morrell and Barbara Hurley
Group 2 - Sally McIlraith and Genevieve White
Runners Up - Lisa Webber and Antonia Wills
Thanks to Toptenn Tennis for donating tennis balls for use on the day and also for providing a wonderful prize of a tennis lesson which was won by Jay Hurley.
Special thanks to those on the Committee who organized this great day - Jennifer Jarman, Sui Tham and Lyndall Watson.
Jan Maclean - President, Junior School Parents Association