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Important Announcement from Mr Jeof Falls

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 28 Mar
To all staff, parents, students and other stakeholders,
We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the various forums and meetings over the past several weeks; for your feedback and emails, encouragement and prayers. All views have been considered in the following decisions, which have been made with the absolute priority of ensuring the best possible educational and pastoral outcomes for students.
We are very excited to announce the name of the new school and the structure of the integrated school from the start of 2019. These decisions have been made jointly by the two school boards and the Trustees, with the assistance and support of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW.
Firstly, the name of the new school will be ‘Scots ASC College’. While it was acknowledged that the majority of staff, students and parents preferred a new name, Scots ASC College connects and builds on the best of both The Scots School and All Saints’ College. We resolved that it was important to maintain the strong ‘ASC’ brand acronym in the new name while also including ‘College’. The name also more closely connects the new school with the Presbyterian Church’s other independent colleges: The Scots College, Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney and Presbyterian Ladies’ College Armidale.
Secondly, it has been resolved to combine all boarders on the Scots campus, maintaining the commitment by the two schools to co-ed boarding on the one site. Upgrading of some facilities to accommodate all students to a standard that we expect all boarding students will enjoy will be undertaken before the end of this year.
Thirdly, we are excited to announce the formation of a new Junior, Middle, Senior School structure from the start of 2019, with the Junior School (Kindy to Year 4) and the Middle School (Years 5 to 8) located on the All Saints’ campus, and the Senior School (Years 9 to 12) located on the Scots campus.
Our main reasons for this decision include:
• A K-8 structure located at All Saints’ campus, will allow a K-4 and Years 5-8 sub-school structure to provide a more tailored approach to the developmental needs of students in both these stages, whether they be independent learning needs or accelerated programs for Junior and Middle School students.
• The creation of a Middle School allows for an educational model that is replicated in many outstanding independent schools in Australia but which will be unique in Bathurst.
Such a model allows for home room teachers for some core subjects in Years 7 and 8 so that the ‘jump’ from primary school to secondary school is not as great. This model also allows for some specialist secondary school teachers to teach Years 5 and 6 at a time when they are ready to experience more diversity in teaching style and content.
• Similarly, a Year 9-12 ‘Upper School’ (Stages 5 and 6) located at the Scots campus will provide opportunities for new integrated (and accelerated) classes and programs, which we believe will have a real impact on subject choices and the outcomes for senior students.
• A Junior, Middle, Senior School structure allows and supports our commitment to the benefits of a ‘small-school, home-based’ culture and values which we know our parents deeply appreciate in their school of choice.
• It maintains the excellent pastoral care and sense of community, and allows us to strengthen the co-curricular and other ‘home-based’ activities offered to students, tailored to each stage in the student’s development.
• The Junior and Middle Schools located at the All Saints’ campus and the Senior School located at the Scots campus allows the opportunity for both sites to be maximally utilised for the benefit of all students now and well into the future.
The existing Pre Kindy classes at Scots campus, All Saints’ campus and Lithgow campus will not change, as convenience of location for Pre-Kindy children is so important.
We thank you for your patience over the past two months as we have engaged with staff, students, parents and a range of other stakeholders involved directly in our two great schools.
We realise that these changes will impact on most parents and students. In particular, it will impact on the parents and students attending Junior School at the Scots campus. It will also impact on boarding students in Years 7 and 8, who will be travelling from ‘home’ to ‘school’ each day by bus. We plan to meet with these parents in particular as soon as possible to discuss the implications.
These decisions reflect our vision for an interconnected multidisciplinary school, focused on excellence, utilising the best teachers and school facilities with which we have been blessed through both The Scots School and All Saints’ College.
But the Presbyterian Church’s vision is even bolder than this, in that Scots ASC College will be connecting with our other leading colleges in Sydney and Armidale: The Scots College; PLC in Sydney and PLC in Armidale, for the benefit of students, and teachers.
All our colleges orient their educational programs to the formation of the whole human – an ethos that assumes the need for connections and collaboration, and the development of the spiritual, intellectual and emotional character of each person.
All our colleges are non-selective, and all celebrate the individualism and character of every student in their care. All celebrate a love of learning and the achievement of the potential in every person, whether they be student, or teacher, or support staff member.
We want to be future-focused and connected not only to the best that we offer through our other schools, but connected to the best communities of knowledge and practice globally. We want our students, irrespective of where their careers or employment lead them in the future, whether on the land or in manufacturing or service industries, to be open to the possibilities of global knowledge and best practice.

We know there will be many questions as we develop the Integration Plan and look forward to your further input as we continue down this path over the coming months.

Kind regards,

Jeoffrey R Falls
General Manager
Presbyterian Church
of Australia in NSW

David Gates
The Scots School
Bathurst and Lithgow

Stewart Ross
Acting Headmaster
All Saints’ College

Maya Brooking - Rowing

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 13 Mar
Maya Brooking (Year 10) rowed in the NSW State Championships on the weekend of the 17th and 18th February. She made the finals in her two events, coming 7th in the U17 Single scull, and 7th in the U17 Double sculls. Maya also competed in the Sydney Rowing Club regatta on Saturday 24th February where she finished 2nd in the U17 single scull and 1st in the U19 double scull. Well done Maya.

Fantastic Effort by Tyler Puzicha

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 13 Mar
Congratulations to Tyler Puzicha (Year 8) who competed in the Australian Junior Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne from the 21-24 February. Tyler broke her own Australian record in the U15W 200m flyer with a time of 12.576 which seeded her number 1 for the sprints. After proceeding through the 8 elimination rounds in the sprint derbies she fought the final out to win Gold in the sprint derbies. Tyler also won Gold in the 500 time trial and made the final for the Keirin where she won the silver medal in a photo finish. In her last race, the 20 lap scratch, Tyler was clipped with 5 to go which put her out the back where she gradually fought her way back through the pack. This is an outstanding achievement from a highly talented athlete.

Memorial Service for Reagen Skinner

Friday, January 19, 2018 19 Jan
A Memorial Service
will be held for

Reagen Skinner

The Scots School, Bathurst Class of 2013

8.5.96 – 16.1.2018

2pm Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018
Aikman Hall
The Scots School, Bathurst


Wednesday, December 06, 2017 06 Dec
The Presbyterian Church of NSW exchanged contracts on the purchase of All Saints’ College on Friday 24th November. A Parent Forum was presented by the General Manager of PCNSW , Mr Jeof Falls, on Monday 27th November. The Youtube link for the Parent forum is . Please note that this is an unlisted Youtube video, ie not accessible without this link. . The Survey Results and the second FAQ Sheet are below .

FAQ Sheet
Survey Results

Media release confirming the Exchange of Contracts for the sale of All Saints’

Friday, November 24, 2017 24 Nov
Please find a media release confirming the Exchange of Contracts for the sale of All Saints’ College to the Presbyterian Church in NSW which occurred today.

Bishop Ian Palmer and Mr Jeof Falls, the General Manager of the Presbyterian Church will be speaking with staff on (insert your details of your talk). They will be happy to address questions at this gathering.

Mr David Gates | Headmaster

End of Year Celebrations

Friday, November 24, 2017 24 Nov
Families are invited to attend our end of year celebrations. For more details, please see the Highlander Newsletter

End of Year Celebrations as listed below:

Thursday 30th November at 6.30pm.  Junior School Production  'The Lion’s Pride', the story of The Scots School, will be performed. Tickets available at the door of the Aikman Hall. All welcome.
Thursday 7th December.
Junior School Awards Assembly 9.00 am
Senior Awards Assembly 12.30 pm
Cadet Ceremonial Parade 4.30
Christmas Carols 6.00pm

Friday 8th December.
Speech Day 11am  BMEC ( Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in William St)

From The Headmaster

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 15 Nov
The Blue, Black and Gold Ball was a wonderful occasion on Saturday night. Once again the event was very well supported by the wider school community with almost 300 in attendance. It was particularly good to see the number of old boys and girls who were present. The traditional photo on the stairs was incredible. Gordon Larkings (President of the OBGA) and Tess McPhee (Vice President of the OBGA) welcomed the past students and the newest members of the OBGA, the Year 12 of 2017, into the OBGA Association.

The Pipes and Drums provided much of the entertainment under the leadership of Gil McKenzie and Drum Tutor Millaine Longmore (Old Boy and School Captain 2011). They entertained the audience with a wide range of pieces which were well received by all present. Our Highland Dancers are going from strength to strength under the leadership of Mrs Kim Durie who has been working with our dancers for the last three years. This year, both the Senior and Junior Troupes performedaccompanied by Gil MacKenzie and the Pipes and Drums.

I wish to acknowledge the tireless work of Mrs Belinda Boshier for her organisation of the Blue, Black and Gold Ball, ably assisted by Mrs Michelle Simcock and the team of helpers who assisted with the set up on Friday afternoon.

The academic year is rapidly drawing towards its finale with Year 7-10 Examinations concluding this week. Of course, many wonderful educational opportunities will take place over the next few weeks as curriculum programs are completed and excursions take place for some units of work. The Senior School students have been very busy preparing for the House Drama Competition on 24 November and the Junior School students have been preparing for their School Musical to be held on 30 November. The Year 6 Graduation Dinner on Wednesday 29 November is another highlight for students and their parents too.

The Cadet Ceremonial Parade and Carols at Karralee Garden promise to be wonderful occasions on Thursday 7 December from 4.30pm. I encourage strong support for these whole school events that represent so much that is important about our school. Our Cadet leaders are busy preparing Year 7 students for the Cadet Ceremonial Parade and Mr Gittins and Mrs Garland are working to prepare a wonderful Christmas celebration at the front of the school.

I wish to commend Year 11 for the way they have embraced the opportunity to take a strong lead in theSchool. Many of the new Prefects and Program Leaders have made a real impact already and their presentations on Assembly have been impressive. I particularly wish to acknowledge the outstanding Remembrance Day Service lead completely by the students under CUO Julia Ross and RSM Jaimie Balske. Once again the Catafalque Party were impressive too as they set the tone for the occasion through their respectful demeanour and attention to excellence in presentation. I also wish to commend the Junior School students for the proud way they sang the National Anthem. I think the older students can learn a great deal from our younger students in terms of the pride we should show as we sing our National Anthem. This is something we will work on in preparation for Speech Day!

I will be absent from School from Wednesday 15 November until Friday 23 November. Please refer any matters which would normally come to me, directly to Ms Tracey Leaf (Head of Senior School) or Mr Anthony Roohan (Head of Junior School). I am visiting China during this time with a small delegation of Heads of School and Educational Agents. This recruiting and promotional trip to China is to meet educational agents and prospective parents and students. It is also a fact finding trip to consider the possibility of setting up a separate educational ELICOS Centre. ELICOS is an acronym for English Language Intensive Centre for Overseas Students. Should such a centre eventuate, it would bring many wonderful benefits to the school.

2018 OPEN DAY PROGRAM- Bathurst Campus

Monday, October 16, 2017 16 Oct
11.15am Pipes and Drums Display
11.30am Senior School Tour
11.30am Junior School Tour
11.45am Cadet Unit Display
12.00pm Headmaster's Address
12.30pm Pipes and Drums Display
12.45pm Senior School Tour
12.45pm Junior School Tour
1.00pm Yrs 5 -9 Highland Dancing
1.15pm Cadet Unit Display
1.30pm Boarding House Tour

Other Displays
Pre-Kindergarten Classroom- Cooerwull House
Kindergarten- Cooerwull House
Performing Arts –Performing Arts Centre
Visual Arts Room

Something to Eat
Aikman Hall: Morning and afternoon tea
The Green: BBQ lunch (Parents' & Friends' Assoc)


Thursday, October 12, 2017 12 Oct
The Bathurst Open Day is on Saturday 21 October from 11am-2pm. This is a very important day in our School calendar where we all have the opportunity to promote The Scots School. I ask all parents and students to let friends and neighbours know so they are able to come and have a look at the school. There will be curriculum displays including student work samples, co-curricular displays, School Tours and the opportunity to meet teachers and senior staff.

The Term Four Parent Weekend is also on the same weekend as the Open Day. The Parents Weekend Chapel Service on Sunday at 9.30am is the School Leaders’ Induction Service. This is a very important occasion in the life of our school and it is important that all students support their new leaders on this occasion. I remind all parents that it is an expectation that students attend Parent Weekend Chapel Services unless leave is granted by the Headmaster for very good reasons. The Parent Weekend Chapel Services celebrate and focus on important Christian and cultural aspects of our School with each term having a particular purpose; this term it is to induct our School Leaders.

Reception: 02 6331 2766
The Scots School Bathurst
4173 O’Connell Road
The Scots School Lithgow
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6
1 Col Drewe Drive

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