First sod ceremonially turned
It was a day to dig deep, and celebrate the first ceremonial step in a project to deliver Scotch’s most ambitious process in a century.
More than 250 Scotch Family members were on hand at the Turning of the First Sod ceremony, held on Tuesday 9 December 2014 on the site of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science.
Guests took a last, fond look at the buildings which were to be removed as part of the project, including the Scout Hut, where many a boy had learned the basics of Scouting, and some had sat exams.
The 2014 School Captain Jack Otter and his deputy Paul Colman, backed by the internationally-acclaimed Scotch College Pipes and Drums, presented a sample of the sandstone that will adorn the new building. Lady Cowen was joined by Charles Goode AC (’56), John Hilton-Wood (’41) and Junior School leaders Simon Tarrant (7B), Mitchell Chang (6C) and Bailey Dann (6M) to turn the first sod, marking the formal commencement of construction.
The silver spade used at the ceremony was the one used at similar functions for the Cardinal Pavilion, the Lithgow Centre and the James Forbes Academy. The sandstone was piped away in the safe hands of 2015 School Captain James Zagame (12FG) and Vice Captain Tom Anderson (12BD).
Guests lingered to enjoy refreshments on the soon-to-be building site.
ABOVE: 2015 VICE CAPTAIN TOM ANDERSON (12BD), 2015 SCHOOL CAPTAIN JAMES ZAGAME (12FG), 2014 VICE CAPTAIN PAUL COLMAN AND 2014 SCHOOL CAPTAIN JACK OTTER.
ABOVE: LEE BATTY, LADY COWEN AND TOM BATTY.
ABOVE: JACKSON GREEN (12SS), TOM ANDERSON (12BD), TIM SHEARER (’85), TOM EDNEY (12SS) AND JAMES FAY (12LJ).
LEFT: ROBYN ZEIDLER, LADY ZEIDLER, NAN RODD, BRIAN RANDALL ('52), SCOTT MONTGOMERY ('85)
LEFT: BAILEY DANN (YR 6), JOHN HILTON-WOOD (’41), LADY COWEN, CHARLES GOODE AC (’56), SIMON TARRANT (YR 7) AND MITCHELL CHANG (YR 6)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jocelyn Pride AND KYLE DEAN