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Mrs Betty Ives

Thursday, July 26, 2018

 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.


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