From the Principal
Welcome back to an exciting final term of school.
Our Year 12s are closing in on their final days of schooling after 13 years of formal education. This year’s Year 12 cohort has had some of the most challenging challenges of any cohort in our long, distinguished history here at Scots.
There is no doubt a lot is riding on these final exams which start on November 9 and the students are under an immense amount of pressure as they navigate the last 10 days - ever - of their school career before they go into study break and then exams.
But, while we are doing everything we can as a school to ensure our students put their best foot forward in the exams, it's worth remembering that each student is so much more than their ATAR score.
Each student has developed from a little child of five or six years old who ventured into the school gates, either here or at another school, 13 years ago. They will leave us as well rounded young adults who have much to offer the world and many will find, as time goes by, that some of the things the ATAR doesn’t reflect are some of the most important traits that will serve them well in life.
That includes kindness, humility, a can-do attitude, the willingness to try new things no matter how embarrassing it might seem at the time and the courage to stand by their beliefs.
School Captains Dylan Forge and Ziggy Lamond reflected on this in our Spring Edition of The Drum.
Dylan commented that his favourite memories of Scots were the broad range of co-curricular opportunities which unlocked passions for hiking, music and theatre that he never knew he had.
When asked what legacy he hoped to leave, he wrote: “I hope people remember my kind and understanding attitude, but also my drive to do well in everything I tried….Those experiences have given me my passions that I will continue far beyond my schooling life.”
Ziggy conveyed her hope to be remembered for her willingness to speak up about things. She wrote: “I hope that I will be remembered as having used my position to make Scots a place that both accepts and promotes diversity.”
That is the beauty of an education at Scots. We provide fantastic academic rigour, which is reflected in acknowledgement by the Better Education guide as the top academic school on the Border. And we provide amazing opportunities to challenge, expand and nurture each individual through our award-winning Co-curricular Program.
So when you see our Year 12 students over the next few weeks, of course wish them well for their exams - but remind them of the wonderful people they have become and that these traits are not tied to an ATAR score.
Better Education Ranking
We hope you see plenty of Scots in the paper, on social media, on television and on the radio over the coming weeks as we launch our marketing campaign around our Better Education ranking.
Scots was ranked by Better Education as the top academic primary school and the top academic secondary school when compared with other schools in Albury and Wodonga.
Scots was ranked No.1 in the area with a national overall score of 98 in the primary school section and 97 in the secondary school section.
You can view the results at www.bettereducation.com.au
This acknowledgment comes on top of our national Excellence Awards for Regional School of the Year and Best Co-curricular Program as recognised by the 2021 Australian Education Awards.
Winners of these two categories will be announced in December during an online gala awards night.
Many in our community expressed concern and disappointment when our email system was misused by a student last week. The cyber attack on a couple of teachers and students is not acceptable and was extremely disappointing to see.
However, I am pleased to say the response from parents and students has been one of overwhelming support and concern for those targeted. Teachers have met with all students in the cohorts impacted and provided support and guidance around appropriate online behaviour.
Our service provider, 5G, has moved to implement safety parameters to ensure such an incident cannot happen again.
Please see additional items in the newsletter relating to our vaccination policy, fee policy and information about Term 4 events.