From the Principal - Mark Geraets
ANZAC day was a memorable way to start the week. It was a day when old and young recognised those who paved the path of freedom for both Australians and New Zealanders. I am always incredibly proud to see so many people turn out to remember those who sacrificed so much.
Usually, our students, pipe band and staff would have marched down Dean Street along with other district schools and service clubs, veterans and bands but this year school groups were not permitted due to Covid restrictions.
So it was heartwarming when our Pipe Band was invited to represent the school in the Dean Street March, and at numerous marches and dawn services throughout the district.
Our 2nd 23rd Battalion Student Ambassador Lily Turner laid a wreath on behalf of The Scots School and Battalion at the 10am service at Monument Hill. Lily and I also laid a wreath on behalf of School and Battalion at the service at The Commercial Club Albury.
I am always moved at these Anzac ceremonies, and I was very proud of Lily and Billy, our wonderful bugler, who represented Scots so beautifully.
Then on Monday, we held our annual ANZAC Day Service in Chapel Hall in front of representatives of the 2nd 23rd Battalion local RSL Branch and invited guests. Following the service the students, staff and guests were able lay a sprig of rosemary at the two remembrance walls at the school.
We are just two weeks away from Curtain Up for our Showcase musical Matilda. I have been lucky enough to catch some of the rehearsals so I know we are going to be in for a great show.
It will be our director, Liz Heitmeyer’s 14th Showcase Musical which is really quite an achievement. More than 120 students are involved in the production, including all Year 5 and Year 6 students and most of our Year 12s. We have student musicians in the pit orchestra, as part of the backstage crew and as ushers on the night. In order to provide the exciting opportunity of a stage performance to a broader range of students, the cast differs slightly at each performance: the Thursday Matinee and Saturday Showcase will feature: Mya Player as Matilda, Cove Taylor as Bruce, Millie Wilkerson as Lavender and the Year 6 and Year 12 Chorus. The Friday Showcase and Saturday Matinee will feature: Saraya Essop as Matilda, Billy Paffen as Bruce, Patience Joss as Lavender, and the Year 5 and Year 12 Chorus.
Tickets are now on sale. Don’t miss out. Book at https://www.trybooking.com/BQNOM
Design for Deep Learning
It was good to meet parents who were able to attend our Design for Deep Learning workshop and information session on Tuesday this week. I am passionate about the benefits Design for Deep Learning will bring our students and staff by underpinning what we do in the classrooms by adding clarity and purpose to our curriculum. Design for Deep Learning integrates academic skills with personal and social capabilities and gives priorities to those capabilities and dispositions that support whole-school learning and living.
For those who weren’t able to make it, I have included the link to the powerpoint presentation here.
ATAR Medal winner
During the holidays, I had the honour of presenting the Class of 2020 ATAR Medal to Luke Marsh. Luke is currently studying a double degree in Mathematical Sciences and Applied Data Analytics at ANU in Canberra. When he completes his studies he hopes to work in the data science field, mathematically modelling financial and practical situations.
Fundraising Car Raffle
Our architect has been engaged and we are now in the midst of Design for our Senior Study Centre. Our amazing new facility is only made possible through the generosity of our community. There will be several fundraising opportunities in the coming months, but the first one is our Car Raffle. Every Scots family will have a 1-in-1000 chance to win a new car when they purchase a ticket in our Senior Study Centre fundraising car raffle with the grand prize of the award-winning compact SUV, the new Subaru XV 2.0i All Wheel Drive.
Scots will offer only 1000 tickets at $100 each and draw the raffle in October. Even if you miss out on the grand prize, there are some other exciting prizes. Second prize is $1000 off your school fees or a $500 gift voucher, third prize is a 1-night luxury stay at Circa Albury and fourth prize is a full car detail at Baker Motors Albury.
The limited-ticket fundraiser is the brainchild of Scots Foundation members, in partnership with Baker Motors, and all proceeds will go towards construction of the $2m Senior Study Centre. We will be asking our families to help with sale of the tickets. Tickets will be allocated to every family and sent home with students but also will be available at the Senior School Reception and at major school events such as Matilda.
A Whisky & Gin Affair gala event
Who needs an excuse to dress up and celebrate? Well, we are providing just the event with A Whisky & Gin Affair gala event on Saturday 5 June at the Entertainment Centre.
The whisky and gin tasting evening will feature live music, fine dining celebrating local chefs using regional seasonal produce and high end refreshments from our generous whisky and gin suppliers, Corowa Distilling Co. and Essence of Harrogate.
I believe the event has the promise of becoming our social Event of the Year for parents - an annual fundraising event with a focus (this year) on raising funds for the construction of our Senior Study Centre.
After so many events and social occasions were cancelled last year, we thought this was a great way to bring our Scots community of parents and alumni together to enjoy good food and beverages, good music and great company.
We are offering tickets in three categories for gin and whisky tastings: Whisky Worshipper: for guests who want to taste four different varieties of whisky; Gin Junkie: for guests who want to taste four different varieties of gin; and Best of Both: for guests who want to taste two samples of whisky and two of gin.
Our pipe band will give an authentic Scottish feel to the evening and there’s even a growing number of people who are electing to wear Highland Dress! It has all the hallmarks of being a fun night.
Tickets are available on Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/BQSTB