Week 9, Winter Term 2017

Residential Head of Year 10

 

Scott Siekierka

Residential Head of Year 10

 

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From the Residential Head of Year 10 - September 2017

It’s amazing to think that the boys have just finished Year 10; the time has certainly flown by with all expressing their readiness to make the next step and begin studies in their chosen subjects working through the challenges that Year 11 may provide. All boys are well and truly ready for the forthcoming break – it has been a long term and a year of hard work, activities, co-curricular commitments, tours and of course, the winter term ills, which have been ongoing with many boys falling very sick! It has been a wet, cold winter and the holidays will, we hope, halt the cycle of illness. I know all the boys are looking forward to either home, or a break elsewhere to renew and relax. 

Personal Project

Twelve months!!  The skills and lessons learned by the boys from undertaking such a challenge over this past year were in full display at the Dickinson Centre last Friday night at the Personal Project showcase as the boys answered all questions exceptionally well from curious crowd members who stopped by to view their projects. Below is just a small taste of what some of the boarders had on display.

Year 10 Expeditions

It was very quiet around the corridors during the last week of term as the majority of the boys were out on their Expeditions. Like clockwork - the day before departure had most packing, unpacking, repacking, calling, swapping, bartering, shopping and then repacking kits before heading out the door on a casual trek given most are now well and truly professionals thanks to the Bibbulmun track! I trust that they enjoyed their time away from school in a wide array of settings and appreciated the opportunity to participate in activities beyond the classroom. I look forward to hearing their stories, real and enhanced (!), of their feats. 

Transition to Year 11

As you would be aware, the boys begin their transition into Year 11 at the start of Spring Term. The school will be holding conferences in the first week which will cover a variety of different things including: listening to advice from  Paul Dillon, Natalie Wong, Chris Webster and James Marangou about the importance of achieving the right balance between academic, co-curricular and social pursuits, being exposed to a range of different ideas and strategies to assist them with their studies and organisation, and coming to a greater appreciation and realisation of the expectations that are placed on them as Year 11 students.

 

Obviously, computers will continue to play a very important role in the lives of the boys over the next two years of secondary schooling. However, it is important that they aim to get the balance right. We know that social media and gaming are two influences which consume the attention of teenage boys, and it is this issue that we will continue to tackle in the Boarding House.

 

Over the past year restrictions were placed on the boys if they were found to be off task consistently. Time restrictions were placed on the use of their devices outside of prep time and if found to be frequently off task during prep time location restrictions were placed on the boys with the view to building productive habits. I am hopeful  the measures implemented over the past year have embedded high-yielding practices so that the boys take ownership of their learning and can now see value in these productive habits by the improvement they are making academically.

 

I have just commenced the process of going through the boys’ reports and highlighting the positives and areas for improvement as we move into Year 11. Overall, I have been impressed with the level of improvement in the boys’ results from Semester 1. This was a common theme in the reports and a great indication that they have matured as a group and are working more diligently. I believe that the reports will be made available to parents towards the end of October. 

Bibbulmun Track - Spring Term

The next Bibbulmun Track walk for our group will take place between Sunday 5 November and Friday 10 November. We will be walking from Northcliffe to Mandalay beach near Walpole. It may be an ideal time to load the boys up on with their hiking gear on return to the boarding house saving a trip (or postage) back to Perth before November!

Spring Term 

Having welcomed Blair Bayly (new to boarding),  Cameron Rea (return to boarding), Josh Birnbaum (exchange) into the house over the past 10 weeks, next term will see us welcome back Kirwan Mactaggart who is currently on exchange in the USA as well as another new boy to our group: Jack Mitchell. I am sure that the boys will make him feel most welcome and I trust that he will enjoy the transition to residential life at Scotch.

 

I am conscious of the anxieties that come with being away from your sons during the term and am happy to help out wherever possible. Please feel free to contact me whenever you have a concern about your son or wanting an update about how he is tracking up at school and in the Boarding House.

 

Wishing you all a great holiday and look forward to welcoming the 'Year 11s' back in their khaki's next term!

Boarders Pocket

Tom Clelend

Over the course of year 10 I have had many enjoyments and some disappointments. I have enjoyed the work that has been completed over the year and being able to gain knowledge of certain areas that I was interested in. I have not enjoyed the personal project that I have done in year 10 due to the fact that I lost interest in what I was doing halfway through and that meant it was not enjoyable for the second half of the year. I’m looking forward to going into year 11 as it holds new challenges such as increased work load and different courses. The thing that I’m really looking forward to in  year 11 is being able to do the subjects that I want to and am passionate about. Thanks to every one for another awesome academic year.

 

Jake Lewis

I have enjoyed year 10 in boarding at scotch because it is so different from anything you can do especially on a day to day basis. The variety and ability to interact with your friends both boarders and day boys daily makes it a really good place to be. Well almost all of the time. I would change the KEYS FOR LIFE program to run at a different time!!

 

Sam McConachy

Overall year 10 has been a great year.  Moving into the big house has been an enjoyable thing and I think everyone agrees that they enjoyed their new home.  School this year stepped up to a new level and I think the boarding house helped cope with the work load very well.  Next year I am looking forward to getting stuck into what will be the last 2 years of school.  Even though, we are losing Scotty I think we will cope for the coming time at scotch. Year 10 has been a good year with lots of extra activities and I am looking forward to what we do in the future.

 

Zac Kwek

Year 10 was a rather eventful year for me I had just transferred into the school as a border and began to learn my way in my new environment . My transition in to the school and boarding life was interesting and tough as it was a new experience for me and I was in a completely new environment and did now know anyone. Sure enough I did encounter some problems like trying to find my way around school however the Scotch family was warm and inviting and helped me out a lot. After spending 2 terms here and approaching the end of year 10 soon I personally feel that I have found my place in the school and can without a doubt say that I have enjoyed my experienced here and would be looking forward to more of it.

 

Sam Goldstein

Year 10 has been an extremely interesting experience in my schooling career, not only have I made lots of new friends I have acquired a wealth of new knowledge that will help me in the future.  Like did you know that the universe was made from the big bang and not from God!? Who would’ve thought.

One of the best changes to boarding about being a year 10 is that we get to live in the big house, this is a lot better than the other smaller houses due to the fact that we would not have fit over there any more!

What I am looking forward to next year is getting to do the subjects that I have chosen and not the standard ones we’ve had to do for 10 years. I am also looking forward to later bedtimes as the older you get the later you have to go to sleep, how good is that!

Overall I have enjoyed my time in year 10 and look forward to starting Year 11.

 

Callum Hills

Year 10 has been an extremely interesting experience in my schooling career, not only have I made lots of new friends I have acquired a wealth of new knowledge that will help me in the future.  Like did you know that the universe was made from the big bang and not from God!? Who would’ve thought.

One of the best changes to boarding about being a year 10 is that we get to live in the big house, this is a lot better than the other smaller houses due to the fact that we would not have fit over there any more!

What I am looking forward to next year is getting to do the subjects that I have chosen and not the standard ones we’ve had to do for 10 years. I am also looking forward to later bedtimes as the older you get the later you have to go to sleep, how good is that!

Overall I have enjoyed my time in year 10 and look forward to starting Year 11.

 

Cameron Rea

I have recently moved back into boarding at Scotch College after spending a year out (last year). I had come into boarding in year 8 after I coming back to Australia before my Parents did after living in France, or more specifically Southern France. I have enjoyed an increase in productivity and focus, improved marks in all subjects and have benefited greatly from help from tutors. I have found the tutors to be very helpful for all subjects. It has been very convenient coming back in and being a mere few hundred metres from school and being able to come past on the way to things on the weekend. The daily routine is much better here: we wake up at 7, go to breakfast in the next hour and leave at 8.15 for school.

 

Liam McCreery

My time in your ten in the “ Big House” has been a great experience; throughout my terms here so far I have had the pleasure of rooming with Aidan Veitch, Sam McConachy, Tom Clealand and Jacquille Chong. It has been considerably better then sitting in the younger houses. The better aspects of the house are the higher amount of freedom that is given, although we still have a laugh and calling it a prison…!!

In year 11 I am looking forward to doing the subjects that I have chosen as these are more inclined to what I would like to be doing after school.

 

Levi Waters

I have enjoyed year 10, I have enjoyed it because of the many different responsibilities that we are now able to do  that we would not have been allowed to in the junior houses. Things like going to the beach, keeping devices in on the weekends, and overall the people in the house are just a lot more relaxed.

Whilst there's not so many set routines as such, the consequences that are handed out if you break trust or if you miss the routines are a lot larger. I am looking forward to Year 11 because it comes with more responsibilities, things like a later bedtime and handing in devices at a later time. I am also looking forward to my Year 11 schooling because we get to do what subjects that we have chosen and we aren’t forced to do any that we severely dislike.

I really look forward to my next Year here at Scotch.

 

Scott Siu

2017 in year 10 was a blast, I had enjoyed the journey through the year with assignment's and test's thrown at me and even knowing now I have complete an exam as well makes me a little more relaxed. The challenging part of this year was the personal project in which I had struggled to do but when completed I felt relieved that it was over. It was quite a big achievement.

The concept of Boarding wasn’t any different however the focus on academics has changed me. With access to tutors in the boarding house I now have a guide to help me with my homework and study making learning easier.

The boarding community is friendly so it’s not difficult when making friends, the food served daily is great (most of the time) and also the privacy is great - we are now provided a door with a lock!!

This year was a great year and so I will be looking forward to year 11 with all the boys in the big house.