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From The Headmaster

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 15 Nov
The Blue, Black and Gold Ball was a wonderful occasion on Saturday night. Once again the event was very well supported by the wider school community with almost 300 in attendance. It was particularly good to see the number of old boys and girls who were present. The traditional photo on the stairs was incredible. Gordon Larkings (President of the OBGA) and Tess McPhee (Vice President of the OBGA) welcomed the past students and the newest members of the OBGA, the Year 12 of 2017, into the OBGA Association.

The Pipes and Drums provided much of the entertainment under the leadership of Gil McKenzie and Drum Tutor Millaine Longmore (Old Boy and School Captain 2011). They entertained the audience with a wide range of pieces which were well received by all present. Our Highland Dancers are going from strength to strength under the leadership of Mrs Kim Durie who has been working with our dancers for the last three years. This year, both the Senior and Junior Troupes performedaccompanied by Gil MacKenzie and the Pipes and Drums.

I wish to acknowledge the tireless work of Mrs Belinda Boshier for her organisation of the Blue, Black and Gold Ball, ably assisted by Mrs Michelle Simcock and the team of helpers who assisted with the set up on Friday afternoon.

The academic year is rapidly drawing towards its finale with Year 7-10 Examinations concluding this week. Of course, many wonderful educational opportunities will take place over the next few weeks as curriculum programs are completed and excursions take place for some units of work. The Senior School students have been very busy preparing for the House Drama Competition on 24 November and the Junior School students have been preparing for their School Musical to be held on 30 November. The Year 6 Graduation Dinner on Wednesday 29 November is another highlight for students and their parents too.

The Cadet Ceremonial Parade and Carols at Karralee Garden promise to be wonderful occasions on Thursday 7 December from 4.30pm. I encourage strong support for these whole school events that represent so much that is important about our school. Our Cadet leaders are busy preparing Year 7 students for the Cadet Ceremonial Parade and Mr Gittins and Mrs Garland are working to prepare a wonderful Christmas celebration at the front of the school.

I wish to commend Year 11 for the way they have embraced the opportunity to take a strong lead in theSchool. Many of the new Prefects and Program Leaders have made a real impact already and their presentations on Assembly have been impressive. I particularly wish to acknowledge the outstanding Remembrance Day Service lead completely by the students under CUO Julia Ross and RSM Jaimie Balske. Once again the Catafalque Party were impressive too as they set the tone for the occasion through their respectful demeanour and attention to excellence in presentation. I also wish to commend the Junior School students for the proud way they sang the National Anthem. I think the older students can learn a great deal from our younger students in terms of the pride we should show as we sing our National Anthem. This is something we will work on in preparation for Speech Day!

I will be absent from School from Wednesday 15 November until Friday 23 November. Please refer any matters which would normally come to me, directly to Ms Tracey Leaf (Head of Senior School) or Mr Anthony Roohan (Head of Junior School). I am visiting China during this time with a small delegation of Heads of School and Educational Agents. This recruiting and promotional trip to China is to meet educational agents and prospective parents and students. It is also a fact finding trip to consider the possibility of setting up a separate educational ELICOS Centre. ELICOS is an acronym for English Language Intensive Centre for Overseas Students. Should such a centre eventuate, it would bring many wonderful benefits to the school.

2018 OPEN DAY PROGRAM- Bathurst Campus

Monday, October 16, 2017 16 Oct
11.15am Pipes and Drums Display
11.30am Senior School Tour
11.30am Junior School Tour
11.45am Cadet Unit Display
12.00pm Headmaster's Address
12.30pm Pipes and Drums Display
12.45pm Senior School Tour
12.45pm Junior School Tour
1.00pm Yrs 5 -9 Highland Dancing
1.15pm Cadet Unit Display
1.30pm Boarding House Tour

Other Displays
Pre-Kindergarten Classroom- Cooerwull House
Kindergarten- Cooerwull House
Performing Arts –Performing Arts Centre
Visual Arts Room

Something to Eat
Aikman Hall: Morning and afternoon tea
The Green: BBQ lunch (Parents' & Friends' Assoc)


Thursday, October 12, 2017 12 Oct
The Bathurst Open Day is on Saturday 21 October from 11am-2pm. This is a very important day in our School calendar where we all have the opportunity to promote The Scots School. I ask all parents and students to let friends and neighbours know so they are able to come and have a look at the school. There will be curriculum displays including student work samples, co-curricular displays, School Tours and the opportunity to meet teachers and senior staff.

The Term Four Parent Weekend is also on the same weekend as the Open Day. The Parents Weekend Chapel Service on Sunday at 9.30am is the School Leaders’ Induction Service. This is a very important occasion in the life of our school and it is important that all students support their new leaders on this occasion. I remind all parents that it is an expectation that students attend Parent Weekend Chapel Services unless leave is granted by the Headmaster for very good reasons. The Parent Weekend Chapel Services celebrate and focus on important Christian and cultural aspects of our School with each term having a particular purpose; this term it is to induct our School Leaders.

Blue Black and Gold Ball 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017 22 Sep
The Ball will be held Saturday 11th November from 6pm to 12am.  Further information and the booking form can be found by clicking here

75th Anniversary of The Scots College Branch School 1942-1945

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12 Sep
Last week we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of The Scots College Branch School 1942-1945. The Branch School was the precursor of The Scots School Bathurst which began in 1946. We had 8 Old boys from these years with their wives to celebrate with a 75th Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday night followed by a day at the school on the Thursday. They enjoyed their tour of the School and especially talking to three Year 12 students about their HSC Major Works for Design & Technology. I particularly wish to thank Matilda Ryan, James Anderson and Wes Stanfield for the way they engaged with the guests in talking through their HSC Major Works.

Following the School Tour, we celebrated with a special Assembly where we were treated to four amazing speeches. Mrs Diane Morton spoke to the Assembly about the history of the Lee Brothers and the Karralee Homestead. Mrs Morton is a historian who has completed a comprehensive study of the Lee family. She is a direct descendent and her mother and grandmother were born in what is now the Headmaster’s Office! Mr Bill Morton and Mr Hugh Ralston spoke eloquently about the first months and years in Bathurst and Judge ‘Quack’ Davidson spoke with great humour about 1945 & 1946 and the broader world context. All present were also privileged to see a power point presentation of the history of The Scots School in decades from the beginning to the present day. Following lunch, the old Boys and their wives split up to conduct a Q & A in year groups where the students asked many intelligent questions. At the end of the day, the guests spent an hour in Karralee looking at archival photos and reminiscing about where they lived in that time; 14 of them lived in what is now my office.

It was a truly wonderful celebratory occasion which was thoroughly enjoyed by the students, staff and the guests of honour. I particular wish to thank the following people for their tremendous work in organizing the day: Old Boy Tim Hector (1942), Mrs Lynda Ireland and Mr Andrew Maher. I also wish to thank Mr Gil MacKenzie and the Pipe Band and the two school Captains, Alice Powell and Lewis Wilde for their assistance on the day.

David Gates
Mr. David Gates

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.


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

Reception: 02 6331 2766
The Scots School Bathurst
4173 O’Connell Road
The Scots School Lithgow
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6
1 Col Drewe Drive

A Work of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales