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Presbyterian Church of NSW buys All Saints' College

Thursday, August 31, 2017 31 Aug
Announcement to
The Scots School Community
29 August 2017

On behalf of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW, we are very pleased to announce that the Bishop in Council and the All Saints’ College Council have accepted our offer under an Expression of Interest to purchase All Saints’ College.

The opportunity to bring together two leading Protestant schools in Bathurst as one is an aspiration that many individuals in our two churches and our two school communities have prayed about for a long time.

The Trustees of the Presbyterian Church are privileged to be provided with this opportunity by the Bishop in Council and the All Saints’ College Council. We wish to assure The Scots School community, and the school community at All Saints’ College, of our desire to combine the best of our two schools together into one school that glorifies God, and in which present and future generations of students will be proud.

The Trustees and the Board of The Scots School Bathurst believe this will benefit the students, staff and parents of both schools and expand the educational opportunities in the City of Bathurst.

While we will be working through a due diligence process over the next few weeks, we wish to provide the following assurances to the parents and staff of both schools:

1. We are committed to the continuity of education and the staffing structures of both schools for 2018. Parents of current Year 10 and Year 11 students can be assured of the continuity of their children’s subject choices for the HSC without change.

2. The student leadership of both schools will not change in 2018.

3. We will form a working group with representatives from both schools to develop a change management plan for 2019 and following years. This will include review of the name of the combined school, structure, and a myriad of other decisions that will naturally arise from the bringing together of two schools.

4. Although we cannot promise, our strong preference is to maintain and operate two campuses for current and future generations of students, and the purchase of All Saints will not require the sale of any property.

While this announcement may cause some parents, students and staff, some anxiety in the immediate short term, we wish to assure you of our considered approach to the governance and combined structure of the two schools. We will not be rushing into decisions, but will be seeking to facilitate a close working relationship involving representatives from both the school communities as we plan for the future.

We believe the merger of two respected schools in Bathurst will provide students with a wider choice of subjects and co-curricular opportunities at every level of their education and will provide students of both schools with enhanced opportunities to develop their interests and character.

The coming together of the two schools will show that Bathurst, as a leading regional city in NSW, will be well served by its schools in the State, Roman Catholic and Protestant sectors. This should give present and prospective parents of students the assurance that their children will be educated in a way that suits their abilities and develops their potential.

We expect that the purchase process will be conducted professionally and speedily over the next few weeks.

Again, on behalf of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW, and The Scots School Bathurst Board, we wish to assure all staff, parents and students of our commitment to the education of our students to the highest standards, within a Christian worldview.

Jeoffrey (Jeof) Falls
General Manager
Presbyterian Church (NSW)
Property Trust

Adrian Lamrock
Board Chairman
The Scots School

David Gates
The Scots School Bathurst

Inspirational Speakers at Annual Rugby and Netball Dinners

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 29 Aug
The two guest speakers at the Netball and Rugby Dinners were highly impressive with the message they had for our students. We are incredibly fortunate to have such high calibre Australian representatives who are prepared to give up their time to inspire the next generation. The guest speaker at the Netball Dinner was Holly Simons an Australian Champion Cyclist. Her message to the girls transcended sport with a big emphasis on commitment, focus and dealing with disappointment. Disappointments and setbacks make you stronger and your determination to fight back rather than give up is an important quality of highly successful people. The guest speaker at the Rugby Dinner was James Holbeck who played Rugby for the Australian Schoolboys, the ACT Brumbies and Australia. His very strong message to the students was to take responsibility for yourself through hard work and determination and not to whinge or blame others when things don’t go your way. He explained that not being selected or getting injured was part of sport and life. It is how you bounce back and deal with this that is the real measure of you as a person. James also had a very clear Christian message which he shared about how finding Jesus and becoming a Christian as an adult changed his view on things.

The students enjoyed the end of season celebrations and those who spoke on behalf of their team mates did so most impressively. What was really obvious to me was the tremendous pride that each student had in their school and the enjoyment they experience through playing sport together and with their school friends. It was also good to recognise the contribution of the Year 12 students who have played their last season of sport for the School. Their contribution to this important aspect of our co-curricular offering is greatly appreciated. I also wish to acknowledge the hard work of the Friends of Rugby Committee and the Friends of Netball Committee in assisting with the organisation of the night. The Rugby Dinner Auction was a huge success again with many wonderful items available for auction. Once again important funds were raised with $5,600 being raised from the auction. I particularly wish to thank Frank Telfser as outgoing President of the Friends of Rugby for his enormous contribution. I also wish to acknowledge the three Year 12 families who have made a huge contribution during the last six or more years –Frank & Shevahn Telfser, John & Brenda Gordon and Greg & Rosanne Stanfield.

David Gates

Jazz Night very enjoyable

Thursday, August 10, 2017 10 Aug
On Saturday night the Highland Jazz Night showcased outstanding music and dancing from our Musical Ensembles, Pipes and Drums, our Highland Dancers and individual performances from a range of students. The Aikman Hall was full to capacity which is an excellent indicator of the quality of the night over recent years. The quality of musicianship was incredible and the participation rate extremely high. This really is one of the absolute highlights on the school calendar. I especially wish to thank the Year 12 students for their contribution to Music during their time at The Scots School as was acknowledged on Saturday night. I also wish to thank Mrs Denise Garland, Mr Gil Mackenzie, Mr Millaine Longmore, Mrs Kim Drurie and the Visiting Music Teachers for all their work in developing Music and the Performing Arts at The Scots School. A great deal of thanks must also go the Friends of Pipes and Drums under the leadership of Mrs Judith Wilde and Mrs Susan Flude for all their preparation and setting up for the night.

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A Work of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales