The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

If we needed any reminder about the importance of quality public leadership, then this week's activities in Canberra have yet again proved we are a long way off finding stable mentors for our young; at least at the Federal level of politics.

At Scotch College we try and reinforce three core values, Service, Integrity and Stewardship. It is very hard to identify any of these core values currently operating consistently in our Federal political arena. More than ever, for the benefit of our future citizens, we need to continue to develop programmes and provide experiences that reinforce the type of graduate we hope to produce.

This term is passing by rapidly and I urge everyone to continue to keep our Year 12s in their thoughts and prayers as they work towards the end of classes and the commencement of the examination period. This time can be very stressful for our young men. They need to know we are travelling alongside them through this period of their schooling.

Last week was a big week of athletic carnivals. With the addition of our wonderful Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary carnival, the week was a resounding success. Watching the boys all give of their best, supporting each other and their respective houses, made for wonderful viewing. Furthermore, the amazing number of parents who came to the four carnivals to offer their support reinforces the importance of community at Scotch College.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be providing the community with an update about the upcoming Senior School building project. The main information will revolve around pedestrian movement and the removal of the carpark and roundabout outside of the Senior School Pipe Band room. The project will conclude at the end of 2019 so we can commence using the new facility from 2020.

As usual there is a lot of activity planned over the coming weeks. Have a great fortnight.

Dr Alec O'Connell