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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.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 25 Jul
The Scots School Bathurst invites you to our annual

Highland Jazz Night

A cabaret style concert, featuring the talents of our
musicians, vocalists, The Scots School Pipes and Drums,
and our Highland Dancers.

Saturday 5th of August
in the Aikman Hall

Doors open at 5.45pm for pre-concert socialising.
The concert will start at 6.30pm.

Tickets $20 per adult and $5 per student.
Pre-schoolers free.
Pay at the door on the night.

Bookings are essential as this is always a very popular (and fantastic!) evening.

Arrange a table of family and friends
(tables are best with a maximum of 8 people).

BYO picnic basket dinner/ drinks and nibbles
Tea, coffee and cake will be available to purchase at intermission.

To book, please email Judith Wilde with your number of guests by August 1st:

This evening is a joint fundraiser for the Music Department and the Pipes and Drums.

The Scots School Bathurst Old Boys’ & Girls’ Association Invites you to

Thursday, June 29, 2017 29 Jun

A Reunion at Lake Burrendong
On the October Long Weekend 2017
(30th September to 1st October, 2017)

The whole Scots Community is welcome
This is a social get together for all Old Boys and Girls
and their families & all current Scots families

The Scots School Old Boys’ and Girls’ Association Golf Open
will be held on Sunday morning
 For more information, please see

The Scots School student Daniel McKay is awarded a prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship to Cambridge UK

Thursday, June 01, 2017 01 Jun
Daniel McKay is the first Scots School student to be awarded a prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship, valued at up to $60,000. Daniel is an outstanding student. He completed his secondary education at The Scots School in Bathurst in 2009 where he was School Captain in his final year. After a gap year working at St. Paul’s School as an Assistant Teacher in London, he began studying at the ANU, residing at Burgmann College. In December 2016, Daniel graduated with Bachelor of Arts (History) and Bachelor of Law, both with First Class Honours. Daniel’s C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship will allow him to commence a MPhil
in World History at the University of Cambridge UK later this year. Daniel McKay describes himself as a passionate and ambitious young historian
motivated by an intense curiosity and belief in the present value of understanding our past. He grew up on the family farm at Evans Plains near
Bathurst. The world stretching beyond the paddocks seemed distant and unknowable. Yet, the more Daniel sat on the veranda devouring books, the
more he realised that curiosity could be a passport to an understanding of that world.

CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL) and 1992 C.A.S. Hawker Scholar Mr. Gillon McLachlan will present four new Charles Hawker
Scholars with their scholarship certificates on Thursday 1 June at a ceremony held at St Mark’s College in Adelaide. Daniel’s family have enjoyed a very long association with The Scots School with father Sean an Old Boy (1981), sister Sarah (2011) and brother Hugh (2014). Daniel’s mother Rosemary is a current member of the School Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. On behalf of The Scots School, I extend my congratulations to Daniel for this outstanding achievement.



Thursday, June 01, 2017 01 Jun
The Cattle Team dinner was held on Friday night with a wonderful attendance of Cattle Team members and family.
Matilda Ryan (12), Olivia Warry (11) and Claudia Humphries (11) spoke on behalf of all the Cattle Team members
in thanking Mrs Dawes and all the parents and friends who assisted in the successful organisation of the team this
year. This is a huge undertaking with 44 students and 22 Cattle involved in the Sydney Royal Show this year. Once
again we were the most successful school with many ribbons and two Gold Medals the main highlights.

The major awards presented at the Cattle Team Dinner were as follows:
Junior Cattle Award Sasha Spence (Year 9)
Senior Cattle Award Matilda Ryan (Year 12)
Most Improved Award Kirilee Scott (Year 7)




Wednesday, May 17, 2017 17 May
Congratulations to Simi Atluri (Yr 7) and Grayson Jacobsen (Yr 3).  Simi and Grayson  (pictured below) both came 1st at the CWA Public Speaking Competition for the Central West Region.
Congratulations also to Austin Markwick, who received a Highly Commended in the Year 7/8 Section.

Act for Peace Ration Challenge

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10 May

Mr Harris will be eating the exact same food rations as a Syrian refugee for one week and he needs your support!
He has joined the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and will be raising funds to ensure Syrian refugees have enough to eat and to show them that we are with them, not against them.

If you would like to support him, simply click on the 'Act for Peace Ration Challenge' logo above to make a donation through his fundraising page.

Thank you for your support - it is truly appreciated.

The Scots School Cadet Unit Dinner Wednesday 17th May 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 09 May
RSVP for The Cadet Unit dinner is by Thursday 11th May for catering purposes
Invitation  to the Cadet Unit Dinner and RSVP form

Oustanding Success for Cattle Team

Monday, May 08, 2017 08 May

Congratulations to Mrs Libby Dawes and the School Cattle Team for their outstanding success over the weekend at the Royal Bathurst Show. The Cattle Team students followed the amazing success at Sydney Royal with many awards which just reinforce their enthusiasm, hard work and their ability to work together as a team.

Here are a few highlights:

1.         Reserve Champion Junior females in the Open Section for the respective breed classes. In a strong class of 16-20 month old heifers of 10 animals both of our cows took out first and second place.

2.         Champion Junior female in Schools classes for animals owned and bred by schools. This was followed by Grand Champion Female and then the overall Supreme exhibit of the show.

3.         In the Junior Paraders and Junior Judging competitions, with over 150 competitors, our students took out places in all classes. Maya Brooking (Year 90 and Claudia Humphries (Year 11) took out first place in their division. An Old Boy, Sam Pateman (2014), was the eventual Grand Champion Parader.

4.         Eight of the twenty finalists in the Junior Judging were students from The Scots School. Bailey Ryan and Anna Wilde (Year 10) placed fourth and fifth in their age division and Sophie Bingley Maya Brooking (Year 9)  placed second and third in their age division.

5.         We had a big group of entries in the young Rural Achievers  with outstanding results including:

•          Joshua Kidd (6) first in the Primary Division;

•          Kirilee Scott (7) first in the 12-14 Girls;

•          Grace Dawes (8) second in the 12-14 Girls;

•          Jacob Cranston (10) second in the 15-16 Boys;

•          Melissa Bateman (11) second in the 15-16 Girls;

•          Julia Ross (11) first in the very competitive 15-16 Girls and overall Champion Young Rural Achiever in the Intermediate Division;

6.         In the Young Rural Achievers Literature Section the best results were:

•          Felicity Webb (8) first in the Years 7-9 Fiction Division and Kirilee Scott (7) third;

•          Max Semmens (11) and Jessica Rodham (11) equal first in the Year 10-12 Fiction Division;

•          Max Semmens (11) first in the Years 10-12 Non Fiction Division.

The Cattle Program has enjoyed the strong support of families to enable it to operate with such a large group of students and animals.  Mrs Dawes and I particularly wish to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of Louise Warry, Brett Cranston, Lesley Kidd, Shane Ryan, Stuart and Leanne Ferguson who worked tirelessly at the Bathurst Show over the weekend.

More than 40 students have been involved in Cattle Team over the last two terms under the expertise of Mrs Libby Dawes, her strong team of parent helpers, the three Kentucky University students through CSU Global and the leadership of Agricultural Program Leader Tilly Ryan. They have developed a whole range of personal skills in the process. Not only do they learn a great deal about steers and preparing them for showing but they also learn to work together as a team, develop resilience as they face challenges, take on responsibility, mentor younger students new to cattle, develop patience and humility, have fun and a great deal more. This is a wonderful program which has enjoyed great success in recent years.

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4173 O’Connell Road
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Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6
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