A boarder’s perspective: Charlie Hawthorne (Year 11)

Meet Charlie Hawthorn, a current Year 11 boarding student at The Scots College – located in Bellevue Hill, Sydney. Charlie enjoys various subjects and sports at the College, studying: Advanced English, Business Studies, Design and Technology, Maths, Physics, and Sport Lifestyle and Recreation Studies. Charlie plays the Tenor Drum in the Pipes and Drums and represents […]

Is pastoral care important in schools?

We hear a lot about pastoral care in education. In a broad sense, most parents can articulate what pastoral care is and recognise why it matters. But what you may not know is that the success of a school’s pastoral care program is linked to students’ academic outcomes. What is Pastoral Care? Pastoral care is […]

Why an education philosophy is important in the early years

Early learning centres have a huge responsibility to positively shape your son’s development – and a clear educational philosophy helps. An education philosophy is bigger than the curriculum. It’s bigger even than a school’s values or purpose. An education philosophy underpins all of these elements and gets to the heart of a school’s raison d’être. For […]

Educating for tomorrow through mind, body and spirit

A strong mind and a strong intellect is important, but it doesn’t stop there. In order for a boy to think well and to learn well, he needs to live well. Having a holistic approach by growing a strong body and a strong spirit, in addition to a strong mind, is key to raising up […]

Experiential learning and the teacher’s role

Gone are the days when it was acceptable for teachers to lecture from the front of a classroom. In today’s modern classroom, rows of desks and passive students are a thing of the past. Education is immersive and two-way, completely transforming the part that is played by the teacher. At a school like Scots – […]

Why your family needs to switch off from technology

Technology has become an enormous part of our daily lives. Whether it is using Facebook to stay up-to-date and connected with friends, using smartphones to take notes on the run, viewing the web from a smart TV, or even buying groceries through products such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, it is hard to deny […]

How to teach boys to be adaptable and take risks

Transition, change and uncertainty. This is the world we live in – and there are no signs that we will be changing direction any time soon. Successfully navigating life in the 21st century requires a willingness to embrace change and adapt to new situations. To do this boys need the confidence, emotional intelligence, knowledge and […]

Are your son’s teachers passionate and accomplished?

When you think back to your schooling, you will likely remember teachers that made a impact on your life. Maybe they were really passionate about their subject area, or believed in your ability when others didn’t.Your son spends six or more hours a day, five days a week, with his teachers. Spending so much time […]

Dr Hugh Chilton features on Rising Stars 2018 list

The Educator has released its Rising Stars 2018 list, which features up-and-coming educational leaders under the age of 35 as nominated by its readers. The Educator, Australia’s only magazine and news website for the most senior educational professionals and decision makers, asked its readership to nominate colleagues for their expertise, strength of character, willingness to innovate, passion […]

William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.