Junior boys do it again
Year Three Concert
This year's Year Three concert was a fine example of subject integration and the combination of the many different talents of both students and teachers. 'Die Vogelhochzeit' is a delightful tale of a bird that goes looking for, and finds a partner. They fall in love and marry, then witness the birth of their first child. He grows up, leaves home and eventually finds himself in search of a partner, just as his father, years before.
Hamburg singer / songwriter Rolf Zuckowski composed 12 songs to tell this story so beautifully.
The boys from Grade Three began the mammoth task of learning the songs and narration during term 2 and after a good dress rehearsal on June 6, performed beautifully for their parents and some special guests, including Dr. and Mrs. Donaldson, Education Ministry adviser for German, Mr. Christoph Arnold and former adviser, Mrs. Barbara Imberger-Sonntag.
Tabulam is an aged care facility in the eastern suburb of Bayswater catering for German speaking people. Its recent amalgamation with the adjoining Templar hostel has meant it now has a total of 84 residents, with additional people in separate units, and a total staff of 110.
In the early years of the Junior School German programme, Scotch extended an invitation to residents to attend the Junior Primary Christmas Carol Concert (which always contains two or three German carols), and they have been regulars in the audience ever since. The boys displayed their flexibility and professionalism by adapting so quickly to the very different conditions, and the performance proved to be an enjoyable and moving experience for both audience and boys alike. Many of the songs were familiar to the German residents and brought back fond childhood memories, (including quite a few tears)! Many staff assisted with the production, including sound engineers on performance day, Andrew Murdoch and John Ferguson, and Bev Richardson's terrific costumes.
MS Jenni Allen and MR Ian Clarke
New Junior Primary Playground
After nearly eighteen months of planning and works, the newly constructed section of the Junior Primary playground, situated behind the Arthur Robinson boarding house, was declared open on Tuesday, 11 July. After a short speech from the Head of Junior School, Harry Hughes of Year Three officially opened the playground by cutting ribbons of cardinal, gold and blue, and playtime commenced!
Built, thanks to the generous support of the School Council and Junior School Parents' Association (JSPA), the playground includes exciting and challenging climbing equipment, a sand pit, amphitheatre, grassed area and landscaped gardens, just waiting to be planted. All of this is nestled beneath beautiful, established elm trees.
Since the opening, the playground has been in heavy use, and has received a huge seal of approval by the Primary boys, who rate this new addition ten out of ten.
Junior School Boys from Years 5 and 6 have been working on a large banner which depicts 100 years of the Scotch College Junior School. The Banner was for the International Children's Festival, at Warrnambool during July, 2000. All over Victoria have been invited to draw artistically the centennial of their school, or local area. Banners are then to travel to International Children's festivals in Seattle, Vancouver and Edinburgh in 2001.
Our banner shows the Junior School buildings at Eastern Melbourne in 1901, then Glen House, the mansion on the hill in Hawthorn in 1916, and then the modern school building of today in 2001 and the Chapel in the trees. There is the Yarra River and Gardners Creek, Glenferrie Road and the railway line, framing the buildings and the green ovals of the school.
The boys have painted old fashioned coaches and horses and then modern trains, trams and cars. Paintings of many Scotch boys playing a variety of sports and boys playing instruments were depicted on the banner. Some of the school buildings were open to show the 'chalk and talk' teaching and then computers and modern teaching methods. We hope the banner which is artistically pleasing, will showcase the history of our school.
Head of Art and Craft
Australian Rules Football Future Stars
The great history and tradition of Scotch College students being involved in Australian Rules Football is still alive and well in the new millennium.
On Friday 21st July 2000, all boys in the Junior Primary section of the school (Prep, Year 1 and Year 2) were involved in a football day. Our footballers were joined by three of the stars from the Richmond Football Club in the AFL. Matthew Richardson, Darren Gasper and Andrew Kellaway chatted to the boys about who they used to barrack for; what positions they play, who are difficult opponents and about Richmond's position on the ladder. After a great pre-match song from the boys in Year 1R, the year level groups headed off to their oval. The Prep boys participated in a skills clinic with the help of some Year 6 footballers. Years 1 and 2 boys participated in a round robin series of matches; umpired by the Junior Primary teachers and assisted by the Richmond players. In front of an enthusiastic crowd of parents, there was plenty of eye-catching form in all levels. The day concluded with all boys enjoying a pie, sauce and cordial. It was great to see a variety of AFL jumpers mixed amongst the cardinal, gold and blue jumpers. I'm sure we will see many of these faces in the years ahead, representing Scotch, and perhaps a future AFL star.
Peter Hawkins Physical Education Department