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Summer Sport Choices

Thursday, August 30, 2018 30 Aug

We are calling for all students from both The Scots School and All Saints’ College in Years 7 to 11 to complete their summer sport choices by 10.30am on Wednesday 5th of September. The process involves completing a Google form found at the following URL . Students will need a valid and accessible email address (perhaps a parents email address) to complete the form. It is also best to try and do the form on a device with a large screen (not a phone) as there is a lot of text to read. We strongly encourage students to read the form carefully and to discuss with their parents their choices before they submit the form - as you can only do it once! Please note that the completion of the summer sports choice form DOES NOT guarantee a spot in a team. There will be selection trials for most of our sports and places in some teams/programs will be capped. This may mean that some students play in different competition structures to what each school has previously done during the summer. It is a new and exciting sports program for us this summer and we anticipate some new challenges. We ask for patience and understanding as we sort things out. (Mr Adams and Mr Gardner)


Thursday, August 16, 2018 16 Aug
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Great Media Interest in Scots All Saints College

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 07 Aug

Local media were invited to learn more about our new school with a team of journalists on site to meet with our leadership team and to see our students enjoying the benefits of being stronger together.  Read more about the Media Release here.

Look out for local news stories featuring on WIN News Central West Prime7 News Central West Channel Nine News Western Advocate 99.3 B-Rock FM

Mrs Betty Ives

Thursday, July 26, 2018 26 Jul

 The Scots community were informed via an emailed letter last week of the passing of Mrs Betty Ives, former staff member and highly esteemed visitor to the school. Her funeral service was held at Bathurst Presbyterian Church last Friday and it was a great privilege for Andrew Maher and David Gates to reflect on her life and enormous contribution to The Scots School since 1964.

The following is what David Gates, Headmaster,  shared with those present at her funeral service:


Mrs Betty Ives is a highly respected past staff member who served the school with distinction from 1964-1992. Since that time she has kept in very regular contact with the school. At her funeral today are many past and current staff members and students to pay their respects and to acknowledge the enormous impact she made on their lives.

I never worked with Betty Ives but Mr John Hunter (Headmaster 1973-1990) is here today and Mrs Ives was his Secretary and School Registrar amongst many other responsibilities. From what I have been told, Mrs Ives was a powerhouse operator, with zest and energy, an eye for detail and an amazing memory. All of these are wonderful qualities in a Headmaster’s Secretary. When I speak to old boys from her time however, it is about her care for them and their families, her warmth of character and her focus on the individual that really stands out. Mrs Ives understood better than anyone that schools are about students. This is especially evident today in the number of Old Boys and past staff members who have travelled to be  present at her  funeral service.

Mrs Ives has maintained very regular contact with the school since her retirement often attending events such as the Highland Gathering, the annual Old Boys’ Cricket Match, School Athletics Carnivals and other special school occasions. At these events there are always many people who take the opportunity to talk to her and her memory of past students is exceptional.

The Scots School went coeducational 21 years ago and four new competition houses were formed. One of them was named Ives’ House in Mrs Ives’ honour. The students of Ives’ House are very proud of their house and they enjoyed seeing Mrs Ives at the school. The Senior School House Captains always visited her for her birthday and it is fitting that the House Captain this year is Phoebe Cutting who is Mrs Ives’ Grand Niece.

The students of the school also decided to nominate Mrs Ives as one of the Bathurst 200 legends. The publication was called ‘A People in Time: Peoplescape’. This was part of the special celebrations for the 200 year anniversary of Bathurst in 2015. They enjoyed preparing the image which stood in her honour amongst 200 famous Bathurstians in front of the Court House. 

In the new school, Scots All Saints College, one of the boys’ boarding houses will be renamed Ives’ House. Mrs Gates and I visited Mrs Ives about six weeks ago to discuss this with her in the context that all competition houses were going to be new at Scots All Saints College. I wanted to name a boarding house after her. She was very happy with this idea and this was approved by the School Board in June. 

Mrs Ives has been a regular source of knowledge about the history of the school in my 8 years as Headmaster. If I wanted to know something, I would speak with Mr Maher and he would talk to Mrs Ives to provide the answer I needed. 

The rose garden next to Karralee was a special gift to the school from Mrs Ives to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of The Scots School in 2016. Mrs Ives arranged for a special rose to be commissioned for the 70th Anniversary by Swain’s Nursery with the rose to be called the ‘Karralee Rose’. Many past students, staff and parents bought the ‘Karralee Rose’ which they now have growing in their own gardens in memory of her and their own association with The Scots School.

Mrs Ives is an exceptional person, a much loved staff member and a great Bathurstian. I pay honour to her today as Headmaster on behalf of The Scots School community.


Announcements from the Headmaster

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10 Jul

Senior Executive Team 

See full details on 2019 Integration page!

The Scots School presents Oliver the musical

Monday, June 25, 2018 25 Jun
Save the Date : 10th and 11th August, 2018
The Scots School presents the musical Oliver!
Aikman Hall, The Scots School Bathurst

Year 7 Information Night rescheduled to Thursday 6 September

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 16 May
We have decided to postpone the Year 7 Information Night which was to be held on Thursday 17 May. It will now be held on Thursday 6 September at the All Saints’ College Campus. If any parents have particular questions they would like answered now, please email Lynda Ireland or Lisa Ellery who will be able to assist you with your questions.

The reason for the change of date is because all executive and senior staffing will be announced by early Term 3. The change of date will then allow sufficient time for thorough planning for both the Middle School and Year 7 for 2019. Much of this will be shared with parents at the Information Night on 6 September.

The evening will be in two parts as follows:

1. Middle School Information Night 6pm-7pm in the Kemmis Building at All Saints’ College

All parents will be welcome to attend to learn more about the new Middle School and be introduced to some of the staff.

2. Year 7 Information Night 7.15pm-8.15pm in the Kemmis Building at All Saints’ College

This is for all parents of new and existing Year 6 students or prospective students for entry to Year 7 in 2019.

I am very excited about the wonderful opportunities that will be possible with a new school and a Middle School structure; much of this will be explained at these information sessions. I appreciate your patience as we plan for this in the next few months.

In the meantime, I encourage all parents to speak positively about the opportunities ahead of us with a new school and to encourage people you know to enquire about possible enrolment at any level of the new school.

Yours Sincerely,
David Gates
Executive Headmaster

From the Headmaster .......

Monday, May 14, 2018 14 May
Term 2 has begun very well with the start of the winter sports season last week and a myriad of other opportunities to engage the students. I look forward to observing sport in action during the season as I did with the senior netball last weekend. Sport is a very important part of what we do at The Scots School and I ask all parents to support our coaches in instilling sportsmanship and fair play as part of the way we play the game. Although we all enjoy winning, the real purpose of playing sport goes much deeper than this. It is also important to learn how to lose graciously, to accept the umpire and coaches call, to play fair, to acknowledge good play in others, to have fun and to develop skills and resilience.

There is much to be done in preparation for the full integration of Scots and All Saints’ College in 2019. I am very grateful for the support of so many parents through the P & F, the Working Integration Groups and attendance at various Parent Forums in support of the decision making process. I encourage all parents to stay positive about the greatly enhanced opportunities a combined school will provide for all students. I remind all parents about the Parent Forum tonight at 7pm in the Aikman Hall.

This Saturday night 20 Year 11 students will experience the enjoyment of the Highland Society Debutante Ball at Bathurst Panthers. They have been learning a wide range of traditional Scottish Ballroom dances over the last two months and have had a great deal of fun doing so. I am really looking forward to the ball and joining with their family and friends. There will be wonderful photos to enjoy in the next Highlander.

A real highlight of the school calendar each year is the Highland Jazz Night which is being held in Term 2 this year on the Parent Weekend 19/20 May. The Aikman Hall is usually full to capacity for this occasion so I encourage all parents to get your tickets soon. The Highland Jazz Night showcases our Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancers and senior music students who are studying HSC Music.

An invitation to all Parents

Thursday, May 03, 2018 03 May
Mr Jeof Falls, General Manager / Chief Executive Officer of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW would like to invite all Parents
to a Parent Information Forum.

Thursday 10th May 2018 at 7pm
In the Aikman Hall
At The Scots School

For those unable to attend who have questions for Mr Falls, please email them to Mr Falls -

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

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