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Aiden A Public Speaking Star

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12 Sep

The Scots School wishes Aiden Telfser the best of luck for Legacy Junior Public Speaking at Parliament House this Friday!

Aiden has come through the ranks to compete on Friday against children from all over NSW.

The Scots School offers students a number of opportunities to be involved with Public Speaking and hone their skills to the same level as Aiden.

At Scots students are able to learn in a caring and safe enviroment which helps to build confidence.

Go Aiden!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012 29 Aug

Scots Celebrate Rugby

Pictured Above: Ross Gibson P&F, David Gates Headmaster, James Grant Ex Wallaby


On Saturday the 25th of August The Scots School held its 12th annual Rugby Dinner to mark the end of the rugby season. It was an opportunity for the players, coaches, parents and friends to come together to acknowledge the boys’ achievements with the team captains and coaches reflecting upon the season’s highlights.

This year’s guest speaker was ex Wallaby and dual international Mr. James Grant who delivered an engaging talk on the importance goal setting and doing one’s best whilst also touching on interesting aspects of his own playing career for the Australian Wallabies and also in Rugby League for the Balmain Tigers in the late 1980s.

The dinner was organised by the School’s Friends of Rugby Committee and as with previous years it was another successful evening. The School would also like to thank the local business of Bathurst for their generous donations. (photographs courtesy R Deacon)

Scots Clean Sweep

Thursday, July 26, 2012 26 Jul

From the Headmaster . . .


The school has experienced tremendous success recently in Public Speaking and Debating and this is due in part to the fact that all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 are required to participate in Public Speaking and in Years 7-12 all students are expected to participate in House Debating. Last week Aiden Telfser (Year 7) and Stephanie Ferguson (Year 8) represented the school in the Western NSW Final of the Legacy Public Speaking in Dubbo. Both students excelled as they have done in previous competitions and debates with Aiden winning the Legacy Public Speaking and Stephanie finishing as Runner Up. Aiden Telfser will now progress to the NSW Semi Final to be held at Parliament House in September.

This follows the success of Calhan Behrendt who won the Senior Section of the Western NSW Final of the Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Competition last term and also went on to the Semi Final late last term. He found the experience enriching and worthwhile and performed very well.Our Stage 3 Debating Team won the Western Associated Schools section of the HICES Debating Competition last term and debated against Nowra Anglican College last Tuesday in the Preliminary Finals. It was a very close debate on a challenging topic about the changing role of newspapers in the media. At the finals stage in this competition they only have one hour to prepare the debate from the time they receive the topic so it is a very challenging task for students so young. They lost the debate but have gained a great deal from their debating experience this year.

I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work of our teachers from the English Department and the Junior School for their role in preparing all of our students in the area of Public Speaking and Debating. I wish to particularly acknowledge the work of Mr Mottram and Mr Maher with the Public Speaking and Mr Lee with the HICES Debating. Our tremendous success is due in no small part to their commitment, enthusiasm and coaching.


Junior School French Students celebrate Bastille day

Sunday, July 22, 2012 22 Jul

The Scots School Junior French Language students celebrated Bastille Day in style this year!

Students ate French themed food and played games including French Cricket and Boules.

The Scots School is making the most of the staff across the Pre-K to 12 School with specialist teaching from the Senior School available to Junior School students for French, Art, Music and Drama.

Not only did the students get into the spirit with French theme dressing but so did the staff, French Teacher Mr Lee and School Administration Assistant Mrs Weal showing off their French Flair.

Please click on any image below to commence the Junior School Bastille Day Celebration gallery.



Solar Scope at Scots

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 20 Jun

Congratulations to The Scots School who won a SolarScope in the Transit of Venus Schools Competition.

Michael Spiteri, Civil Design & Project Engineer at Bathurst Regional Council,  presented Stage 3 Students with the School’s new Solar Scope on behalf of the Institute of Surveyors to celebrate the Transit of Venus which took place on June 6th.


Bathurst Show Report

Thursday, May 03, 2012 03 May


Firstly I need to thank a few people for putting together Bathurst Show team this year due absence
in the week preceding the show.

To Emma Boland and Jessica McGrath – honestly the show could have not occurred without you
guys. You pulled it all together with amazing maturity and you displayed outstanding leadership and
organisational skills. I am in awe of you both and you can’t imagine my appreciation.

To Geoff Hayward – your support at the show and before the show to the girls (and myself) was
amazing. You are my hero of the week!! You are now a lifetime honorary member of TSS Cattle

To Paul Cameron – your help throughout the week in organising was fabulous and greatly

To Ms Meagan Dunford – as always you shine!! Thanks for being ‘me’ for the weekend and helping
pull it all together.

Finally the entire team who went to Bathurst – Emma Boland, Laura Pollard, Jess McGrath, Georgie
Simcock, Kanja LeRoux, Edith Lennon, Robbie Hayward, Jonty Boshier, Bronte Doyle, Natalie
Bowles, Lily Ross, Ben McGrath, Hamish Andrew and Ned Dawson. You are all truly amazing and you
represented your school, your parents and yourselves with nothing but pride, professionalism and
maturity beyond your years, THANKYOU!

So how did we go? Here is our list of achievements

Reserve Champion Limousin Heifer – TSS Dreamtime

Champion Senior Hereford Cow

Reserve Champion Senior Hereford Cow

Grand Champion School Female – TSS Dreamtime

Grand Champion School Bull – Scots Last Day

Champion Intermediate Junior Parader – Emma Boland

2nd in Intermediate Paraders – (H5) Michelle Fairall

3rd in Intermediate Paraders (H4) – Alice Godwin

4th in Intermediate Paraders (H4) – Jessica McGrath

5th in Intermediate Paraders (H4) – Kanja LeRoux

Champion Senior Junior Parader – Laura Pollard

1st and Champion Intermediate Junior Judge – Hamish Andrews

A very successful show had by all both in individual competitions and in cattle classes.

Congratulations to all students!

Sydney Show Report 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 01 May


After 2011 being an extremely successful year in the steer section for Scots we ventured into our 2012 show with expectations but we were mindful that we may not top 2011. Amazingly we topped it big time!!
We set off on April 3rd with a big team of 11 steers and 2 heifers. It was going to be along week as we had to endure 6 nights at the show (due to the timing of Easter). Our cattle were ready and looked very well, finished in time and all behaving (most the time!)

Our scans were pleasing and we set off with TSS Rocky Ernie McGodeth (yes there is a story to that name!) in the schools steer middleweight class. Rocky had been prepared by Jess McGrath and Hamish Andrews and we had chosen him as our top steer. He did not disappoint coming out with CHAMPION SCHOOL STEER.
Due to Rockys win in the school section he had to go up against the Open Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight steers for Grand Champion. We sat with anticipation as winning this award 2 years in a row would be amazing and when Jess paraded him he looked a chance. The judge made his decision and for the 2nd year in a row Scots took out GRAND CHAMPION STEER!!  The entire team were ecstatic with tears rolling again!!! Once again we were smothered by photographers and interviews – a burden we took again with pride!
The Auction was that afternoon and as we waited our Grand Steer to be auctioned we were worried as prices were fairly low. The steer before ours only made $1.70/kg – not even saleyard prices! Hamish led Rocky in and the auctioneer could hardly keep up. There was a bidding war with the price being knocked down at an amazing $12.60/kg – A SYDNEY ROYAL RECORD BROKEN BY TSS ROCKY!!!! Other steers sold extremely well such with another 4 steers reaching over the $3.00/kg mark!!

We all ventured home, exhausted but very satisfied with a great show but were nervously be at the presentation of carcases as we had done well.

The results were amazing yet again. Not only did we win the GRAND CHAMPION STEER but we also took out CHAMPION MIDDLEWEIGHT CARCASE AND THEN GRAND CHAMPION CARCASE – with TSS Woody, a Limousin steer  prepared by Georgie Simcock, Stephanie Ferguson and Ned Dawson. He came out on top with 90.5 points. To take out both grand Champions is a very rare event and another very proud moment for TSS cattle team.  Further to this we also took out CHAMPION SCHOOL GROUP OF STEERS and CHAMPION

Please click on any image below to commence the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2012 Gallery

BREEDERS GROUP (Jordensprings Limousins)
Our other steers did extremely well winning and placing in may classes:
TSS Milo, prepared by Brooke Andrew and Jonty Boshier went onto win his class and narrowly missed out Reserve Champion Middleweight Steer.
TSS Pumbar (prepared by Rebecca George and Rachel Hibbons) – 3rd in the live judging and 1st in carcase class 8
TSS Simba (prepard by Annabel Shepard and Bronte Doyle) – 6th in the live judging in class 10
TSS Woody (prepared by Georgie Simcock, Stephanie Ferguson and Ned Dawson) – 6th in the live judging in  class 9.
We also took out 5 BRONZE MEDALS and 1 SILVER MEDAL
Stan Hill Trophy – we had 2 selected in the team (out of 3) – TSS Curly (Michelle Fairall, Lily Ross and Kanja LeRoux) and TSS Rocky – team came 2nd!

So yet another successful year.
Special thanks must go to:
Terry Denniss and Jordensprings Limousins for yet again supplying us with such superior genetics to work with.
Llandillo Poll Herefords for supplying us with 2 fabulous steers
Miss Dianna George – Dianna did prac work with us and she is going to make an amazing Ag teacher one day!! Thanks Dianna for all the hard work and laughs!!!!!!!
The Parents – you are amazing people to work with. Your support of everything we do in this team is endless and I can’t thank you enough.
A special thank you to Trevor George – Trevor travelled down to Sydney from Nevertire to help out due to my father’s illness and he will never understand the strength and support he gave me!
And last but definitely not least the wonderful team members: Emma Boland, Laura Pollard, Jess McGrath, Nathan Warton (inhouse photographer!), Georgie Simcock, Annabel Shepard, Edith Lennon, Kanja LeRoux, Kristen McAndrew, Maddie Miller, Laura Wright,  Natalie Bowles, Sam Pateman, Rebecca George, Brooke Andrew, Robbie Hayward, Jonty Boshier, Hugh Lennon, Bronte Doyle, Hamish Andrew, Ben McGrath, Stephanie Ferguson, Michelle Fairall, Henry Quant.

Bathurst Show

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 18 Apr

Please come and visit us at the Scots Tent at the Bathurst Show on Friday, Saturday, Sunday 27th, 28th, 29th of April.It always promises to be a great day out & we will have lots of interesting things on display.


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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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