Term 2, Week 5 2024

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The Torch

Term 2, Week 5 2024

  • Whole School Notices
  • Junior School Notices
  • Senior School Notices
  • Sports & Co-Curricular
  • Boarding Notices
  • Upcoming Events
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Whole School Notices


    Principal’s Message

    The Scotch Family’s generosity has again created new opportunities for First Nations students to attend Scotch on full scholarship from 2025. The Goolagong-Cawley First Nations Scholarship is a remarkable achievement and I want to thank everyone who was able to contribute to this wonderful cause.

    Congratulations to our Foundation team, led by Tim Shearer, for their organisation and oversight of this event. Scotch is indeed privileged to now have this strong association with Evonne Goolagong-Cawley and Roger Cawley, two great Australians who exemplify service and giving to others.

    Scotch is a community that looks outwards to the needs of others and rightly seeks to serve the greater good. Such an occasion is important for our boys to witness. The creation of this new scholarship models giving and provides a concrete example of doing something for others.

    I cannot help but draw links between our society’s concerning mental health statistics and the embrace of individualism. Acts of service enable all of us to look outwards and often bring perspective. They remind us that life is not all about ‘me’. Acts of service foster feelings of connection, belonging and purpose; all key determinants of a happy and fulfilling life.

    Thank you for looking outwards and for supporting this great cause.

    God bless.

    Dr Scott Marsh



    Whole School Announcements

    Cordner-Eggleston Cup

    Next Friday 24 May, the Scotch First footballers take on Melbourne Grammar once again for the Cordner-Eggleston Cup. This is always a brilliant community event for both schools, and we are delighted to be hosting the event at Scotch this year. For the first time ever, the afternoon will begin with a Junior School opener game between Scotch and Melbourne Grammar at 12 noon, followed by the main event commencing at 2.00pm.

    Parking on the day will be very limited and public transport is highly recommended. We suggest anyone driving to park on the other side of Glenferrie Road and in surrounding streets, entering the school via Monash Gate. Junior School after school pickup remains on Callantina Road, and parents collecting Senior School students should arrange to collect on Hawthorn Glen and Fordholm Road to avoid congestion. Please do not enter Morrison Street between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

    Read more about the history of the Cordner-Eggleston Cup

    Tips for Reading The Torch

    The Torch is essential reading for all Scotch parents. For those still getting used to it, here are a few tips to make sure you don’t miss important notices:

    • Click on any link in this email to go to the full Torch newsletter microsite
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    • Most importantly, don’t miss the Junior School and Senior School Notices. This is where important information relating to each year group is listed – if you only have time to read one section, this is it!


    The Scotch Collegian: Community Feedback

    Thank you to all students, parents and staff who completed last week’s survey on The Scotch Collegian. We have received some excellent feedback that will help the editorial team as they continue to develop this much loved annual publication.

    The survey will remain open until tomorrow, Friday 17 May.

    Complete survey


    Key Dates

    Please note the following Term 2 dates:

    • Report Writing Day (no Junior or Senior School classes: Friday 7 June
    • King’s Birthday Public Holiday: Monday 10 June
    • Last day of Term 2 for all students: Thursday 20 June
  • Junior School Notices


    Head of Junior School Message

    In this week’s ‘People are more than they seem’ assembly, Mr Marr shared his lifelong management of Type 1 Diabetes. Mr Marr was very generous, sharing personal insights into the challenges associated with learning of his diagnosis at a young age and many of the sacrifices he had to make. However, his overarching message for the boys was that of the benefit of connecting with each other for support and recognising that there are likely to be others out there who can identify with your personal struggles. It was also powerful for the boys to note that Mr Marr’s diabetes did not stop him from engaging in a wide array of activities, most notably his cricketing aspirations. Next week we look forward to welcoming Dr Marsh.

    Congratulations to all boys who participated in the House Cross Country event on Monday. Every boy who ran contributed points to his House. It is an event in which each boy sets his own competitive target, be that winning the race outright, beating a personal best time or simply finishing the course. Thank you to all families who came to support and reinforce the efforts of the boys. Results shall be shared in due course.

    I share a sincere thank you to Eliza Ashton and the Mother’s Day Auxiliary for last Friday’s wonderful Mothers’ Day Lunch. It was a wonderful balance of fundraising and friendraising whilst also allowing time to celebrate the fabulous contributions the mums of our community make.

    Later this week, we host the first of our Term 2 coffee mornings. I look forward to sharing a ‘cuppa’ with those who can make it. The ‘Key Dates’ link below will help clarify the dates for each year level. We will be gathering in the Library from 8.00am as in previous years.

    A call to action! As you may have noticed we are seeking permissions from all families for the ability to use photos and videos in our various publications. If you have not completed the consent form, please do so such that we can start to include more images in this newsletter and help paint a more colourful picture of the boys’ experiences at school. Thank you to those who have already submitted the update.

    Tom Savill
    Head of Junior School


    Junior School Notices

    Year 6 Information Night: Transitioning to Year 7

    All Year 6 parents are invited to an important Year 7 information session in the Geoffrey McComas Theatre (GMT) at the James Forbes Academy on Monday 27 May at 7.00pm. Head of Languages, Karine Coste, will share an outline of the language choices available in Year 7, while Deputy Director of Year 7 & 8, Robert Blackmore, will explain the transition from primary to secondary school. Katrina Stalker, Director of Year 7 & 8, will explain the structure of Year 7 and share a little more about the language selection process.

    Please note you do not need to register for this event, and it is intended for for parents, rather than the boys who we will welcome later in the year at orientation events. If you are unable to attend the presentation, a recording will be shared in The Torch the following week as well as on the parent portal.

    Junior School Dates

    View the key Term 2 Junior School dates

    Junior School Science Talent Search 2024

    A final reminder for any Junior School boys wishing to take part in the annual Science Talent Search, a science-based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. For further information, please click here or email Steven Paneras at steven.paneras@scotch.vic.edu.au (Science Talent Search Coordinator and Year 5 Classroom Teacher).

    Please note participation is optional and there is no expectation all boys participate.


    Junior School Music News

    Junior School Orchestra Blampied Trip

    Next week our Year 5 & 6 Junior School Orchestra members will be heading to Blampied, near Daylesford, for two days of intensive rehearsals. Good luck to all boys and string staff involved in this camp. We look forward to hearing your repertoire at the concert later in the term.

    Upcoming Recitals

    There are many recitals coming up this term; the first being the Voice Recital on Tuesday 28 May at 1.00pm in the Junior School Assembly Hall. Parents are welcome to attend. Week 8 is also a very busy week with the Brass and Woodwind Recital, and the Year 3 to 6 Piano Recitals.

    Piano Festival

    It was wonderful to see a number of Junior School students attend various events at the Piano Festival held last week, participating in masterclasses, discovery sessions and concerts. Junior School students joined the Senior School students in the opening night concert, the Tchaikovsky Project Plus and the annual Steinway Recital.

    Congratulations to our pianists, harpist and narrators for their brilliant playing and presentations. It was great to welcome students and teachers from other schools during the four days, and we look forward to more students being involved at the next festival.

    Instrumental Lessons

    It is not too late to submit tuition forms for your son to begin learning an instrument at Scotch. Please complete the Music Tuition Form here.

    Please note, if your son is in Lower Primary and you wish to accompany him to his Suzuki lessons, you must submit a current Working with Children Card to your son’s music teacher or Emma Macrae, Head of Junior School Music. A green lanyard must also be collected from the Junior School Office on arrival and worn while on campus.

    Music Dates

    There are many wonderful performance opportunities throughout the year for all boys in the Junior School with numerous concerts, instrumental recitals and performances coming up. View the Junior School Music Events Calendar


    Junior School Sport

    House Cross Country

    House Cross Country was a wonderful day on Monday. Thank you to the myriad of families and supporters who came to cheer on the boys from the side lines. The energy and enthusiasm of the day certainly pushed the boys to achieve their best times. The boys are learning that the place they run is not as important as the effort they give towards running their best time.

    Cross Country, as much as any sport or activity, teaches the boys that hard work brings results. The boys have the immediate feedback of the time on the clock, and to see the faces of boys who have run a personal best (PB) time is priceless.

    The House Cross Country results will be published in next week’s issue of The Torch.

    Congratulations to the below boys who qualified for the APS Cross Country Championships to be held on Wednesday 29 May at Haileybury Berwick, which is a new course this year. An email will be sent directly to parents shortly with APS information.

    U10 APS Team (2km)

    1. Christian Burnet 7.23
    2. Harry Millen 7.30
    3. Jack Roosenburg 7.51
    4. James Ballantine 8.03
    5. Robbie Bobeff 8.05
    6. Dean Xue 8.10 (Year 3)
    7. Ben Gaidzkar 8.13
    8. James Steedman 8.15 (Year 3)

    U11 APS Team (3km)

    1. James Hall 10.03
    2. Sam Beaurepaire 11.40
    3. Freddie Forsyth 11.44
    4. Aiden Boyd 11.44
    5. Jenson Ooi 11.58
    6. Will Staughton 12.11
    7. Axel Ashton 12.14
    8. Hugo Hooper 12.16

    U12/13 APS Team (3km)

    1. Alexander Rajan 10.10
    2. Mark Ballantine 10.52
    3. Noah Kroschel 11.03
    4. Jayden Millie 11.04
    5. Nico Zandona 11.08
    6. Oliver Roche 11.14
    7. Nicholas Valmorbida 12.02
    8. Hamish Lowndes 12.04


    Year 5 & 6 APS Sports

    Follow the links below for:


    Years 5 & 6 Term 3 APS Sport

    Year 5 and 6 boys have now chosen their Term 3 APS Sport from Hockey, Soccer, European Handball and Basketball. Scotch has entered the following APS teams, based on the choices the boys made:


    • Year 5 has two teams, A and B that will train on Thursday before school.
    • Year 6 has two teams, A and B that will train on Tuesday before school.
    • Boys need shin guards and mouthguards are optional.
    • Boys can wear either a short or long sleeve APS shirt.



    • Year 5 have three teams, an A, B and C. The A and B teams train before school on Thursdays while the C team trains after school.
    • Year 6 have four teams, an A, B and two C teams. The A and B teams train before school on Tuesdays while the two C teams will train after school.
    • Trials will be held later in the term so families will know their Term 3 schedule.
    • Basketball singlets will be handed out to the boys at the start of Term 3 and need to be returned at term’s end. Boys wear them to school under their APS shirt each Wednesday.


    Hockey and Handball:

    • Both sports have combined Year 5 and 6 teams that will train Tuesdays after school.
    • Hockey boys need both shin guards and mouthguards to play.
    • Boys can wear either a long or short sleeve APS shirt.


    Cordner-Eggleston Cup Update

    The annual Cordner-Eggleston Cup is coming up next week on Friday 24 May. This is an annual football game played between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar, which has been held each year since 1858. This year, we begin a new tradition, where the respective Junior Schools will play a curtain raiser to the main game between the 1st XVIII’s. A combined team of Year 5 and Year 6 will be announced in the coming days to compete before the main game, which will be coached by Luke Daffy. Selection priority will be given to Year 6 if ability levels are similar. The Junior School game will commence at 12.00pm, with the boys playing four 10 minute quarters. The Senior School game begins at 2.00pm and Junior School families are welcome to attend. The game will be played on Main Oval at Scotch.

    Read more about the history of the Cordner-Eggleston Cup

    Sports Queries

    Sporting queries should be directed to our new Junior School Sport email juniorschoolsport@scotch.vic.edu.au These will be responded to by Lucia Thompson, our Junior School Sports Administration Assistant.


    If your son is interested in getting involved or you have any further queries, please email juniorschoolsnowsport@scotch.vic.edu.au. We will add you to the mailing list to receive all further Snowsports content for 2024.

    View important dates for Snowsports this year.


    Junior School Parents’ Association

    A Message from the JSPA

    We hope all the families had a great weekend celebrating their beautiful mums and special friends. The Junior School boys and mums had a lovely time in the lead up to Mother’s Day.

    The Mother’s Day Stall Auxiliary organised a wonderful stall which enabled the boys to buy something special for their mums and special friends. There were lots of curious little shoppers looking for great bargains with plenty of options for every budget.

    Thank you to the many parents that helped at the stall – we are grateful for your time and effort.

    The biggest highlight of any Junior School mum’s journey is attending the Mother’s Day Lunch with their friends from the Junior School.

    This year over 270 mums enjoyed lunch at The Glasshouse in Olympic Park along with the Junior School Captain Luke Heng and Vice Captain Rupert Herron. The mums enjoyed a poem by Mr Savill and a prayer by Mr Strempel.

    There were many teary eyes in the room watching the boys’ video and reading their handwritten letters. We thank all the teachers who enabled the letters to be prepared during their busy classroom schedule.

    We are very grateful to Kerry Arthurs and Debra Ayers, in the Junior School office, for their ongoing support with JSPA events.

    The Mother’s Day Lunch Auxiliary worked tirelessly over many months to bring this lunch together. We acknowledge and thank the parents who organised the donations and goodie bags for the mums to take home.

    This week was also a very special week supporting the Goolagong-Cawley First Nations Scholarship. The Junior School boys wore casual clothes and donated towards the 24 hour fundraiser. It was a great effort by the boys knowing the funds raised will help in giving the gift of education to well-deserved boys.

    For any feedback/suggestions, please email dryogita.gupta@gmail.com.

    Yogita Gupta
    JSPA President 2024

  • Senior School Notices


    Head of Senior School Message

    What a privilege it was welcoming Evonne Goolagong and her husband Roger Cawley to our Senior School Assembly last Friday. Our past School Captain, Dion Whitfield (’23), spoke about the work that Evonne and Roger’s foundation does to support young First Nation people around Australia, both in the tennis academy and in completing their studies, and the opportunities that a scholarship to Scotch College provides for these students.

    I thank the many staff, students and families of Scotch who gave generously, so that we were able to exceed our target.

    We celebrated Mother’s Day on Thursday with a Year 8 Breakfast in the Boykett Room and a Year 12 gathering at Leonda. I hope that families had an opportunity to celebrate the special women in their lives on Sunday and that the boys suitably spoiled their mothers!

    As I related to the Year 8 mothers last week, a boy’s first important relationship with a woman is with his mother or carer and in this, you are laying the seeds for the way that they will go on to treat all women in their lives; work colleagues, bosses, friends and, in some cases, wives and partners.

    Your influence can outweigh negative societal influences. We have seen in recent media coverage that there are challenges in ensuring that boys and young men value women as inherent equals who deserve to be treated with respect.

    Those boys that see an empowered woman at home who is respected and valued, will treat the women they meet in the same way. Those boys who see a woman at home who is comfortable in her own skin, fit and healthy, and who focuses on what her body and brain do, what her heart feels and how she treats others, will focus on these things in the women they meet.

    I know that together we can ensure that the students of Scotch, who are the leaders of tomorrow, are fully equipped to flourish in their lives, in all aspects, and live alongside all people with a respect for their inherent worth.

    To Scotch mothers, I thank you for your support, admire your great work with your own sons and respect you for all those little moments that make up the life of a mother.

    Katrina Brennan
    Head of Senior School


    Senior School General Announcements

    Upcoming School Photos

    Annual school photos, including individual portraits and class/form photos, will take place on the below dates:

    • Year 9 and 10: Thursday 30 May
    • Year 7 and 11: Tuesday 4 June
    • Year 8 and 12: Tuesday 11 June


    Students are reminded to wear full winter uniform, with trousers (no shorts). This includes the candy coat blazer for Year 12 students. Please ensure you have completed the required consent form for your son to be photographed.

    No Wednesday Afternoon Activities Next Week

    Please note there will be no after school activities on Wednesday 22 May, due to an all staff meeting being held that afternoon.

    Cordner-Eggleston Cup 

    On Friday 24 May, the Scotch First footballers take on Melbourne Grammar once again for the Cordner-Eggleston Cup. This is always a brilliant community event for both schools, and we are delighted to be hosting the event at Scotch this year. For the first time ever, the afternoon will begin with a Junior School opener game between Scotch and Melbourne Grammar, followed by the main event commencing at 2.00pm.

    Arrangements for Senior School students on the day are as follows:

    Year 7 to 10:
    Students must attend their usual classes after lunch (P5 and P6), and may then watch the match from 3.15pm. They will be allocated to specific year level areas.

    Year 11 and 12:
    Students are to report to their P5 class for attendance and are then able to watch the match or go home.  There will be a designated area for Year 11 and 12 students and their families.

    Parking on the day will be very limited and public transport is highly recommended. We suggest anyone driving to park on the other side of Glenferrie Road and in surrounding streets, entering the school via Monash Gate. Junior School after school pickup remains on Callantina Road, and parents collecting Senior School students should arrange to collect on Hawthorn Glen and Fordholm Road to avoid congestion. Please do not enter Morrison Street between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

    2025 Subject Selection Underway

    The 2025 subject selection process has commenced for all Senior School students. The subject selection guide , subject-specific videos, and further information on how to access and submit preferences is available on the Subject Selection page of the parent portal.

    Student support during the subject selection process is multi-faceted. Tutors, Form Teachers and Heads of House provide guidance to students who will have the opportunity to engage directly with subject areas and Heads of Department in the Lithgow Centre expo space over the coming weeks. Our Future Pathways team are also available for advice. This comprehensive approach ensures students receive personalised assistance in exploring and deciding their future academic paths.

    Below is further information on the selection process at each year level:

    Current Year 7:
    A parent/guardian is required to complete the language selection for current Year 7 students. Information for this process can be found in Student Academic Information. To make your selection please discuss these with your son and navigate to the Language Preferences (Year 7 and 8) to complete the process.

    Current Year 8 to 11:
    You son is required to complete his subject selection via the Year 7 & 8 Subject Selection Form on the portal. As part of the process, your son will be asked to enter an email address for one or two parents or guardians, depending on your family circumstances. This will allow the subject preference information to be sent to you for approval by providing an electronic signature. Your son’s subject preferences will be confirmed upon receipt of the electronic signature(s).

    Please note subject preferences are required to be submitted and approved by Wednesday 17 July.

    If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact your son’s Head of House, Form Teacher or Verity Scott, Director of Academic Care verity.scott@scotch.vic.edu.au

    History Subject Information Sessions

    Current Year 8 to 11 students wanting to know more about History subjects offered in Years 9-12 in 2025 should come along to a lunchtime Q & A session with our History teachers. Those studying a VCE subject in 2025 are invited to meet on Wednesday 22 May, and those entering Years 9 and 10 in 2025 are invited on Friday 31 May. Both sessions will be held in the Fraser Smith Theatre.

    New York Art and Drama Tour 2025

    It’s not too late to submit your expression of interest for the Art and Drama Tour to New York in 2025! This trip will occur over the Term 1 Easter holidays with exact dates to be confirmed.

    This trip will be open to current Year 9-11 students, and will include Broadways shows, a Brooklyn Street Art Tour, various performance workshops, tours of The Met, Whitney, Guggenheim and other major galleries, a Harlem street tour and more. Forms are due early May.

    Complete the expressions of interest form | Read more information

    UNSW and IBSC Boys’ Wellbeing Project

    Scotch College is participating in an exciting research project that aims to identify strategies to enhance and sustain boys’ academic and social-emotional well-being. All Year 7 to 12 students will undertake the UNSW and IBSC Boys’ Wellbeing project survey during their tutor/form time next week, which will take approximately 20 minutes.

    Parent/guardian consent is not required for this project as the students can provide their own consent while completing the survey. However, this Parent/Guardian Information Form provides an option to opt-out if any parent or guardian would prefer their child does not participate.

    Scotch/PLC Workshop with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    Together with PLC, our Academy Strings boys will rehearse and perform with Michelle Wood and her colleagues from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) this weekend.

    This is an invaluable opportunity for the boys to be tutored, mentored and inspired by MSO’s finest musicians and educators. They will coach the boys in the art of player-lead chamber music with repertoire from the Baroque master Handel to modern day music by Eric Whitacre. The workshop will involve 80 students and will culminate in a short concert in the Ian Roach Hall at 1.30pm on Sunday 19 May. All are welcome to attend.

    Principal’s Art Prize Entries Close Next Week

    Senior School students are reminded to finalise their artworks and submit their entries for the Scotch College Principal’s Aquisitive Art Prize. There are some great prizes for the best entries. Entries close Friday 24 May.

    View the entry form (also located on Scotch Streams) or contact your Art teacher for more information.

    International Chemistry Quiz

    Year 9 to 12 Chemistry students are invited to participate in the International Chemistry Quiz run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. The competition tests students’ general knowledge in Chemistry against more than 95,000 students across the world.

    Interested students should email Renee Hill renee.hill@scotch.vic.edu.au with their name, House and Year Level to register their interest before Thursday 20 June. The quiz will run after school on Thursday 22 August.

    View the poster

    Upcoming Extension Studies Dates

    We have extensive opportunities coming up for boys participating in the Extension Studies program.

    View important dates

    School Leaders 2024

    As the list of 2024 Prefects and House Leaders was missed in the transition to the new format of The Torch, please take a moment to view the lists of our exemplary student leaders this year.


    Year 9 & 10 Notices

    Year 9 Mother’s Day Lunch

    It’s not too late to book your tickets to the 2024 Year 9 Mother’s Day Lunch. It will be held next Friday 24 May at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets are $100 per person, including a two-course menu and welcome drink. For any queries, please contact Alexa Jones by email alexa.jones@mirvac.com.

    RSVP Friday 17 May

    View invitation| Book tickets

    Year 10 Work Experience Reminder

    This year our Year 10 boys have the option to take part in a week of work experience from Monday 23 to Friday 27 September. Please click here for further information, guidelines and forms for the program.

    Mark Zannoni is coordinating the program this year and you can forward all queries and completed paperwork to workexperience@scotch.vic.edu.au All forms and test certificates must be submitted via email no later than Tuesday 23 July. This means that the upcoming break will effectively be the last opportunity for boys to arrange placements for this year.

    Boys who have already submitted the required paperwork will receive a student pack via email which confirms their placement details. Please ensure your boys read this email and its contents carefully upon receipt and again before they go on placement. We will also contact employers to confirm details.

    Year 10 Fathers/Carers and Sons: Wallabies v Wales Rugby Game

    Year 10 Fathers, Carers and Sons are invited to attend the Wallabies v Wales Rugby game on Saturday 13 July at 7.50pm at AAMI Park. There is a special allocation of tickets behind the goals so the Scotch Family can sit together in the Gold Brigade.

    Please note this is the last Saturday night of the July school holidays.  Tickets are $49.90 for adults, $39.90 for boys. For any queries, please contact Kate Nurse 0417 539 514 or kate.nurse@myer.com.au

    RSVP 18 June 2024

    View invitation | Book tickets


    Year 11 & 12 Notices

    Year 11 Work Experience

    Boys in Year 11 who missed out in 2023, or would like to participate again, have the option to take part in a week of work experience from Monday 23 to Friday 27 September. Please click here for further information, guidelines and forms for the program.

    All forms and test certificates must be submitted no later than Tuesday 23 July to Mark Zannoni workexperience@scotch.vic.edu.au

    Year 11 VIA Character Survey

    Following the personal branding session that took place earlier this term, Year 11 boys will participate in a VIA character survey later this term to help them identify their personality strengths, character strengths and values that will help them to choose work and study options which feel meaningful to them. This report will provide details on their top five personal character strengths/qualities, which will help them better understand themselves and how others perceive them, leading to a more effective personal brand and pitch.

    Character strengths are positive traits – capacities for thinking, feeling, and behaving in ways that benefit you and others. The VIA Classification of Character Strengths is comprised of 24 character strengths that fall under 6 broad virtue categories. This report can easily be paired up with the insights gained with Morrisby profiling last year, and/or can stand alone as a great way to generate careers conversations at home. More details about how boys can access the survey and how to access the reports will be issued later this term.

    Year 11 Mentoring Breakfast Resources

    Last week we held our second Year 11 mentoring breakfast, where the boys and their mentors explored key concepts of employability skills and goal setting. These are important skills for Year 11 students to develop as they explore the world of work and life beyond the gates. Resources to support further conversations at home are below, which can assist with study motivation as exams approach. It can also be helpful to discuss how you have used some of these key employability skills in your own workplace setting, and why they matter, to give a real-world context.

    Thank you to our wonderful Scotch Family volunteer mentors and to the OSCA team for its support in developing this invaluable program.

    Parent resources: Setting Smart Goals | How To Write Smart Goals | 8 Employability Skills

    Year 12 Parents & Carers ‘Final Fees’ Party

    A final reminder that bookings are closing soon for the Year 12 Parents and Carers Final Fees Party. It is a great excuse to come together and celebrate your boy’s school journey!

    Venue: The Conservatory, Studley Park Boathouse
    Date: Saturday, 25 May
    Time: 7pm – late
    Price: $63 includes welcome cocktail, canapes, DJ and dancing!

    Book tickets

    Class of 2024 Cardinal Dinner Dance

    Bookings for the Cardinal Dinner Dance are now open.

    Venue: CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park (next to Rod Laver Arena)
    Date: Saturday, 15 June
    Time: 6.45pm – 10.45pm
    Dress: Black Tie/Dinner Suit
    Price: $180 single / $360 couple

    Booking instructionsBook tickets


    Future Pathways Careers News

    Tips for 2025 Subject Selection

    As outlined in the Senior School General Announcements above, the 2025 subject selection process is now underway for all Senior School students. This is an important decision and it is essential that as boys begin to explore, that they talk about their options at home and with their Subject Teachers, Form Teacher or Tutor and Head of House.

    If boys are moving into electives at Years 9 and 10, they should consider the breadth of their study choices, plus subjects they are interested in and enjoy are key in making an appropriate selection.

    Boys in Year 11 who are thinking about making changes to their VCE for Year 12 must see their Future Pathways Counsellor to check they are not making choices that will impact their future goals.

    Boys in Year 10 moving into VCE need to take their time in selecting the subjects and really understand what each subject they are selecting involves. They should aim to choose subjects which they know they will perform well in, will keep them engaged for two years and which will meet the pre-requisites for any future goals/ interests.

    Parents and boys are encouraged to sit down and go through the handbooks and introductory videos provided above; carefully considering assessment style suitability and content for subjects of interest. The Future Pathways team are here to support boys and their families as they make this important choice.

    View subject selection guides

    Is Your Son Interested in Studying at Harvard?

    On Monday 20 May at 5.30pm, Young Old Boy Max Fan (’21) is returning to Scotch to speak about his experience studying at Harvard, the application process, and more broadly about studying at Ivy League institutions in US. All Year 10 to 12 boys and parents are invited to attend.

    University Pathways Follow Up

    It was great to see so many boys and parents at the University Pathways Night this week. We hope the boys came away with a better understanding of where a broad degree in an area of interest could take them. If you would like to access and explore University and TAFE courses available across Victoria, please refer to VTAC and CourseSearch.

    Bond University Scholarships Now Open

    Scholarship applications for high achieving Year 12 students are now open at Bond University. Bond University provides a range of awards including full-fee scholarships awarding from $102,240 – $204,480 in value, and part-fee scholarships awarding from $25,560 – $102,240 in value.

    Explore Bond scholarships | Download scholarships guide |Apply

    Future Pathways Newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the Future Pathways Newsletter

    This edition features:

    1. Discover Monash Uni sessions
    2. Degrees in Architecture, Construction & Surveying
    3. Australian Institute of Music Couse Information
    4. National Careers Week sessions
    5. UniMelb Course Information Sessions
    6. William Angliss Q&A
  • Sports & Co-Curricular


    Weekend’s Sports Fixture

    View this weekend’s APS Sports fixture

    Please note this is a live link, and changes are occasionally made on a Friday. You may check back at this link any time for the most up to date schedule.


    Sports Newsletters

    SCRUM Club

    Read this week’s SCRUM Club newsletter

    Slam Dunk Club

    Read this week’s Slam Dunk Club newsletter

    Submit Your Sports Newsletter!

    We welcome all Scotch sports to share their newsletters via The Torch. Submit your newsletter by emailing a copy to communications@scotch.vic.edu.au by 10am each Wednesday.

  • Boarding Notices


    Dean of Boarding Message

    A huge thank you to the Boarders’ Parents’ Association (BPA) for hosting a very successful social function on Saturday 11 May. Held at a local wine bar, this was a wonderful event where everyone enjoyed meeting other boarding parents and enjoying the hospitality on offer.

    Under the guidance of BPA President Eliza Leake, parents and friends raised over $7,000 on the night to fund various activities and equipment for the boys on the Hill.

    Thank you to all those who donated generously to our raffle and auction.

    Tim Byrnes
    Dean of Boarding


    Boarding Notices

    Boarders’ Closed Weekend

    Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June is a closed weekend for all boarding students. Boarders will remain on the Hill and compete in a wide range of activities as part of the Wedderburn Competition.


    Boarders’ Exeat Weekend

    Following the closed weekend is the Boarders’ Exeat, beginning on Thursday 6 June after classes conclude. Boarders return to the Hill Monday 10 June, after 4.00pm. Boarders cannot return before 4.00pm due to supervision requirements. Special arrangements are in place for Year 12 students who are completing SACs on Friday 7 June.

    Boarding Parents’ WhatsApp Group

    All Boarding parents and guardians are invited to join the Scotch Hill 2024 Boarding WhatsApp group. Please contact Eliza Leake on 0408 372 720.

    Returning from Weekend Leave

    A reminder to parents and guardians that all boarders need to return from weekend leave by 6.00pm for Chapel at 6.30pm.

  • Upcoming Events


    Year Level Events

    Year 9 Mother’s Day Lunch

    It’s not too late to book your tickets to the 2024 Year 9 Mother’s Day Lunch. It will be held at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club on Friday, 24 May. Tickets are $100 per person, including a two-course menu and welcome drink. For any queries, please contact Alexa Jones by email alexa.jones@mirvac.com.

    RSVP Friday 17 May

    View the Mother’s Day Lunch invitation| Book Tickets



    Year 12 Parents & Carers ‘Final Fees’ Party

    A final reminder that bookings are closing soon for the Year 12 Parents and Carers Final Fees Party. It is a great excuse to come together and celebrate your boy’s school journey!

    Venue: The Conservatory, Studley Park Boathouse
    Date: Saturday, 25 May
    Time: 7pm – late
    Price: $63 includes welcome cocktail, canapes, DJ and dancing!

    Book Tickets Here


    Clubs and Auxiliary Events

    Book Chat with the Library Auxiliary

    The Library Auxiliary invites to all parents and guardians to our next Book Chat, to be held on Friday 31 May in the Reading and Discussion Room (in the library). Morning tea will start at 8.45am, followed by the book chat.

    Come along and share an interesting book you have read or discover book recommendations from others in a welcoming and friendly environment. Michelle Sweeney, our librarian, will share her own recommendations for parents and boys. A lovely morning tea will is provided and it is a great way to connect with other parents.

    For catering purposes, please RSVP to scotchlibraryauxiliary@gmail.com if you would like to attend. Please email any questions you may have in relation to the book chat or the library committee.



    Snowsports Cocktail Party

    Venue: Private Home
    Date: Thursday, 23 May 2024
    Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
    Price: $90.00 per person (includes canapes and drinks)
    RSVP Monday, 20 May

    Book Tickets Here


    Music and Drama Events


    Scotch Arts – Wilma and Friends

    Wednesday 29 May, Tuesday 17 September

    Wilma Smith (Concertmaster MSO 2003 – 2014) brings a delicious, predominantly French piano trio program, followed by groups featuring wind instruments, including a Wilma & Friends first, the bassoon!

    Book Wilma and Friends Tickets Here



    Autumn Concert Festival

    Thursday 16 May, Wednesday 22 May

    The Scotch College Music Auxiliary invites all members of the Scotch Family to our annual Autumn Concert Festival.

    Book Autumn Concert tickets here | More Information




    Dracula: The Vampire Play

    Thursday 23rd May, Friday 24th May, Saturday 25th May

    Don’t miss the Year 9 & 10 performance of Dracula, a joint Scotch College and Strathcona Girls Grammar production. Get ready for a thrilling performance, held in the Geoffrey McComas Theatre in the James Forbes Academy at 7.30pm.

    Book Dracula Tickets Here


    Winter Concert

    Tuesday, 11 June

    The Winter Concert is the Symphony Orchestra’s main performance of the year. It typically includes an overture and concerto, followed by a symphony or a large scale orchestral work. In recent years these have included complete performances Beethoven’s 7th symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony, Elgar’s Enigma variations and Holst’s Planets.

    This Concert is open to the general public as well as the school community.

    For more information view the Winter Concert flyer.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    Each week in The Torch, our Psychology and Health teams explore a topic related to boys’ health and wellbeing.

    This week, we’re talking about social media and digital reputation.

    Social media has become such an integral part of a teenager’s life. However, many miss out on some critical social skills with most communicating whilst looking at a screen instead of another person! Statistics show that 60 per cent of 10-11 year olds are using at least one social media site, with the majority using age-restricted platforms. What kids do, post and say online is permanent and most are not mature enough to manage their own digital footprint. Friendships, relationships and even future job prospects are all put at risk.

    Parents need to be aware of what picture their children are painting of themselves online. Unfortunately, many parents do not see the dangers inherent of these sites, as they form opinions based on their own experience. But predators are usually not interested in grooming adults. Over the years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of primary schoolers owning mobile phones, highlighting the importance to teach kids about the dangers of social media and the implications it can have.

    Read more about social media and digital reputation.

    As always, if you have any concerns about your child, please contact the Psychology team for further information or seek medical or professional help.