From the Principal - Mark Geraets
Awards put Scots among Australia’s best
As we prepare to celebrate our first live musical production since Covid, as shared by email yesterday, I’m delighted to announce that Scots has been recognised with an Excellence Award in the category of Best Co-Curricular Program in the 2021 Australian Education Awards.
With the quality of our musical productions about to be displayed once again, the award is a timely reminder of all the additional activities students enjoy at Scots. We also received our fourth consecutive excellence award in the category of Regional School of the Year. These accolades are welcome recognition of the school’s innovative curriculum and co-curricular activities; its pursuit of excellence, of academic rigour and its system of values.
I’ve always felt our Co-curricular program is something that really sets us apart from other schools. The depth and breadth of activities we offer is nothing short of amazing and I thank all the teachers, coaches, and parents who have played a role as team manager, coach or supporter for their efforts.
The program, which is divided broadly into the four categories of Service Learning, STEM & Innovation, Sport and the Arts, encompasses more than 50 individual and group activities. Most of these are offered in a variety of age categories from Kindergarten to Year 12 and focus on developing fundamental skills acquisition in the Junior School for higher level involvement in the Senior School. There are far too many activities to list here, but the wide range of activities allows students to find something they love.
We have all played our part in earning the Regional School of the Year award. Together, we weathered a year of pandemic uncertainty last year, but we came through stronger, more resilient and more prepared than ever. Our new $500,000 Agriculture Learning Space, our swift move to online learning during Covid and a hybrid version implemented to accommodate the closure of the Victorian/NSW border, coupled with an online Co-curricular Challenge, our award-winning boarding house and exceptional teachers clearly contributed to the award wins.
While we await the announcement of the overall winner, at a Gala Awards night in Sydney in August, we can celebrate this wonderful acknowledgement of excellence bestowed upon our school and our co-curricular program.
Tonight is the opening night of our Showcase Musical, Matilda.
We had our performance for the community yesterday and more than 600 guests from schools, aged care facilities and community groups enjoyed the splendour of a well-run musical - for which we are renowned.
Congratulations to the cast and crew on such a fine performance. I know they will be eager to put on three more amazing shows: opening night tonight, a matinee tomorrow and the closing night performance in the evening. There are still some limited seats available. Book at https://www.trybooking.com/BQN...
Study groups and camp
At Scots, we are leaders in innovating ways to support our Year 12 students in their HSC endeavours and from next week, we will start the first of our after-school Year 12 study sessions. Then in the July school holidays, we will offer a two-day camp for Year 12 students to be run by a specialist third party organisation, Art of Smart. It will be a bespoke program for Year 12s that will look at study skills, prep, subject specific skills and wellbeing.
Our Head of Senior School Kelly McKay has more detail in her newsletter section.
In another innovation, this time in the area of music, The Scots School Albury is partnering with Murray River Fine Music to present an advanced masterclass for vocal, violin and piano students in the July school holidays.
Aptly titled Get Your Act Together: An Advanced Performance Workshop Intensive, the three-day program will feature Merlyn Quaife AM (soprano), Kaori Sparks (violin) and our own Helena Kernaghan (piano). The event runs from 4pm Friday 9 July to 4pm Sunday 11 July at Scots.
This will be a must-attend for all advanced musicians who are looking to take their craft to the next level. It will cater mainly to Year 11 and 12 students as well as high-achieving younger students. Scots students will be given priority entry and then it will be opened up to students from other schools. See more information in this newsletter. Registrations open next week.
SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge
Thanks to our Head of Technology and Innovation, Brad Murphy, Scots has won a $20,000 grant to run the The International SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge here at the school in the September school holidays.
As part of a mission team, participating students will literally design spacecraft, navigate to another planet, land their vehicle, build a planetary habitat, and explore a new planet to find resources in order to sustain human life. Students will learn from subject matter experts including astronauts, scientists and engineers who are directly involved in ongoing missions as they compete with other teams for the best mission design.
See more information about the program later in this newsletter
A Whisky & Gin Affair gala event
Tickets are selling fast for our premier social event of the year, the Whisky & Gin Affair gala event on Saturday 5 June at the Entertainment Centre.
Tickets are available on Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/BQSTB
Every student should by now have taken home their tickets in the Senior Study Centre fundraising car raffle. If your son or daughter hasn’t brought them home, please check with them or contact reception at the school. Every family has been allocated two tickets. We hope you will either purchase the tickets yourself, or encourage family and friends to support the fundraiser. Tickets need to be returned along with the credit card form as no cash is being accepted.
If you would like additional tickets to purchase or sell, please get in touch with reception in the Senior School.