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

Boys' Achievements

James Thorpe (Year 12, Stuart) was awarded the 2018 Most Improved Oarsman at the West Australian Rowing Club Awards Ceremony.

Thomas Patterson (Year 12, St. Andrews) has qualified for the WA Open Golf Championships being played 25-28 October at the Mt Lawley Golf Club.

Two of our Year 10 students have created their own slice of history this year by becoming the youngest individuals to pilot a solo flight in Australia. Taj Massey (Year 10, Ferguson) completed his flight earlier this year on his 15th birthday and now William Taylor (also Year 10, Ferguson) has completed the same feat on his 15th birthday.

Primo Lux is a state-wide poetry publication that receives thousands of entries hopeful of publication each year. Not only do winning entrants have their work published in an anthology, but these boys are invited to read their poems out aloud to a very friendly audience at Clancy's Fish Bar in Fremantle in late November.

This year we have two winning entries:

"Forever Gone" by Angus Cullen-Falconer (Year 12, Keys) (who also had a poem published in Primo Lux last year)

"An Echoing Shell" by Benjamin Steinberg (Year 12, Ferguson)

Solo results from the Highland Piper's Society of Perth Competition on the weekend


2nd Max Anderson (Year 11, Ross)


3rd Mitchell McVicars (Year 11, Ferguson)


D Grade:

1st Callum Griffiths (Year 12, Shearer)


3rd Alex Mallawarachchi (Year 12, Cameron)



C Grade:

1st David Stulpner (Year 11, Cameron)



Open Piobaireachd:  

1st David Stulpner (Year 11, Cameron)



Open Duo:

1st David Stulpner/Mitchell McVicars


2nd Alex Mallawarachchi/Callum Griffiths

Alliance Francaise ("FRONSAYS") Examinations 2018

At the August examinations last term, the following boys have been commended for their performance in the annual French competition. These exams are proportionally harder than the corresponding Year exams from SCSA.

We had a number of students in the top 10% of candidates in the State and I would like to acknowledge these leaving Year 12's:

Matthia Au (Alexander)

Adam Brenz-Verca (Stuart)

Auxence Gide (Anderson)

Lawrence (Doug) Jackson (St Andrews)

Dominic Vivian (Cameron)

Harry Pasich (Year 12, Ross) ranked in the top 10%.

Lewis Orr (Year 12, Ferguson) finished in the top 5%.

Maurice Buren (leaving Year 12, Shearer) finished in the top 5%.

Matteo Fortier (leaving Year 12, Stuart) topped the Scotch College candidates with a score of 83/95 and was then invited for the Oral interview. He is now a prizewinner in the Background speaker section as one of the top three candidates in the State.

The RACI Australian National Chemistry Quiz (Years 9 to 12)

Scotch College had 108 Senior School students participate. This year we had two students who attained certificates of High Distinction of Excellence, 11 who attained certificates of High Distinction, 20 who received certificates of Distinction, and 19 who received certificates of Credit.

Distinction (the top 15% of students in Australia):

Nathanael Kumar (Year 10, Alexander)

Hugh Cameron (Year 11, Shearer)

Adam Darley (Year 11, Anderson)

Lachlan Norcott (Year 11, Anderson)

Jack Baker (Year 12, Stuart)

Joshua Croker (Year 12, Shearer)

Lewis Miller (Year 12, Anderson)

Liam Newport (Year 12, Shearer)

Harrison Rickarby (Year 12, Ross)

Marcello Torre (Year 12, Cameron)

Lucas Triglavcanin (Year 12, St Andrews)

Hamish Watson (Year 12, Ross)

Matteo Fortier (leaving Year 12, Stuart)

Conor Patton (leaving Year 12, Ross)

Alexander Porter-Wilkinson (leaving Year 12, Brisbane)

Peter Stulpner (leaving Year 12, Cameron)

Riley Thomas (leaving Year 12, Anderson)

William Vinnicombe (leaving Year 12, Alexander)

Thomas Ward (leaving Year 12, Alexander)

William Wiese (leaving Year 12, Keys)

High Distinction (the top 10% of students in Australia):

William Steinberg (Year 11, Brisbane)

Sebastian Wright (Year 11, Ross)

Sebastian Barrett (Year 12, Brisbane)

Charlie Castleden (Year 12, Stuart)

William Hellewell (Year 12, Ross)

Harry Imison (Year 12, Ross)

Benjamin Lilburne (Year 12, Stuart)

James Warman (Year 12, Alexander)

Maurice Buren (leaving Year 12, Shearer)

Darcy Frazer (leaving Year 12, Ferguson)

Tanay Narula (leaving Year 12, Stuart)

High Distinction of Excellence (outstanding performance; top 1% of students in Australia):

Daniel Wiese (Year 11, Key)

Joshua O'Dea (Year 12, Brisbane)  

Australian Mathematics Olympiad

William Steinberg (Year 11, Brisbane) and Daniel Wiese (Year 11, Keys) recently participated in the 2018 Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee Senior Contest which only 96 students from around Australia participated in. Gold certificates are awarded to students who are in approximately the top 10% of students entered in the Senior Contest, Silver certificates are awarded to the next 15% of students.

Daniel received a Silver certificate and William received a Gold certificate and achieved a perfect score which only nine out of the 96 students were able to achieve. As a result, William has been invited to attend the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee School of Excellence being held in Melbourne during November.

William also received a certificate for attaining a high distinction in the National Physics Olympiad Examination which attracted 2000 entrants from across Australia. If Will reaches the top 24, he will be invited to the National Physics Summer School in Sydney next year.