A strong emphasis on academic success

Greatscot _dec 2011_35g

Mr Chris Braithwaite – a Scotch senior physics teacher since 1987 and a member of the boarding house staff since 1995 – will take over from Mr Doug Galbraith as Dean of Boarding in 2012.

With his two sons – Adam (’00) and Rhys (’03) – having attended Scotch, and his wife Isobel well known around the campus as manager of the bookroom for the past six years, Chris has a firm handle on what makes Scotch tick.

He also knows the boarding house well. The Braithwaite family moved into Monash Lodge in 1995 when Chris became a tutor in McMeckan House under Mr Don Davenport, and he was made Deputy Head of House in 1997. During 1998, Chris was appointed Head of Arthur Robinson House.

Chris started teaching in 1976. On arrival at Scotch he first served in the Army Cadets, and then moved to Social Services, also coaching soccer and volleyball teams. He was Head of Lawson House for several years, but relinquished this position to become Head of Arthur Rob.

As Dean of Boarding, Chris says he plans to build on Doug Galbraith’s strong legacy. ‘I would like to further develop greater ties between the day school and the boarding community, with a strong emphasis on academic success,’ Chris told Great Scot. ‘The Hill brings together a diverse group of staff and boys who have many different skills and interests. This offers boys the opportunity to interact on many different levels.

‘Through this I would like to see the boys challenged and encouraged as they mature into confident young men, ready to meet the opportunities that await them after Scotch.

‘I consider myself to have been very fortunate to be involved in boarding at Scotch, and it has been immensely fulfilling. I am looking forward to meeting the challenges inherent in this continually evolving aspect of Scotch life.’