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

International Students – supporting our global community

Scotch College is proud of the international education that we deliver to our students. Former Deputy Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organisation, Dr Ian Hill, stated that "international education is not necessarily the exclusive domain of international schools". Dr Hill continues to describe that 'internationally minded' schools are not defined by having international students, rather because the school subscribes to the ideological and pedagogical principles of an international education.

Similarly, we appreciate the contribution our international students make to the culture of the College.

October is International School Library month. The aim in Senior School is to engage with students and parents whose primary language at home is not English. Within the College English is not the primary form of communication at home for approximately 100 families. A morning tea for these parents was arranged by Mrs Lisa Crofts. Guests were invited to view and suggest potential resources the boys could access in their language of choice.


Our aim is to ensure that each student's mother tongue not only survives but thrives. The College has invested in a range of resources (text and media) to allow students to engage in their own language.

These resources can be found here:

The boys were also treated to a presentation by guest speaker Shamini Flint, an international author of 86 books, about her story and how she became a writer. Additionally, the Library has been enticing boys to visit by providing a selection of lollies from different cultures around the globe.

It is also important for the boys who only speak English to understand that a diverse range of books are also popular in other countries and, as such, a display of these texts is available for the boys to investigate.

Thank you to our library staff who are fantastic in encouraging our boys to broaden their perspectives.

Mr Peter Allen
Director of Teaching and Learning