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

Performing Arts Student Leadership

Last week, nominations were received for the 2019 student leadership positions within the Performing Arts. Voting was then conducted and all students in the Senior School along with all College staff had the opportunity to vote for their preferred leaders.

We are pleased to announce the following appointments:



Drama Captain:

Matthew Moore, Year 12, Shearer




Music Captain:

Lewis Miller, Year 12, Anderson

Music Vice Captain:

Digby Few, Year 12 Keys


Pipe Band


Pipe Major:

Alex Mallawarachchi, Year 12, Cameron

Drum Major:

Joshua Kerrich, Year 12, Anderson

These students will form the Performing Arts student executive and will meet fortnightly to carry the chief responsibilities of promoting the Performing Arts and working to secure the prominence, value and integrity of the Performing Arts within the student body.

We congratulate these boys on their appointments to these roles and their willingness to serve the Scotch community.

The importance of watching live performances

Regularly witnessing live theatre or music being performed is an essential part of any young artist's growth. Being there, in the moment, a part of the experience, not stuck behind a screen in a vacant room with headphones and a YouTube video! Nothing compares.

There are so many opportunities around this greater City of Perth to engage in the Performing Arts culture. See a show, watch a band, go to the theatre, head to the Concert Hall on a Friday or Saturday night. These sorts of experience inspire and enrich hearts and minds of all ages.

I was recently walking through Old Theatre Lane in Claremont, after accompanying my own children to a music eisteddfod. There, in the laneway, sat one of the most brilliant Classical Guitarists in Perth, Mathew Laurenson. He plays in Old Theatre Lane every Saturday from around 10.00am through until the mid-afternoon. It is a stunning acoustic for classical guitar music in this space and a casual and relaxed ambience pervades. I sat with my family at the Lane Café, enjoying some morning tea and listening to the outstanding music performed by Mathew. It was a magnificent setting and I found it somehow deeply encouraging. Some of the customers at the Café told me they are regulars, and will come to sit, read and be inspired by Mathew's playing.

So, where the opportunity arises, may I encourage you to get along to some live performances with your son(s). Make plans to do it on a regular basis. As a starting point, why not wander down Old Theatre Lane one Saturday morning and hear the sounds of the classical guitar, all for free, while maybe enjoying a quiet coffee.

Mr Scott Loveday
Head of Performing Arts