NFL Star Thomas Yassmin (’17) Visits Scots Home Ground

Scots Old Boy, Thomas Yassmin (’17) visited The Scots College, May 2023, and spoke about his career as an international athlete and his Scots journey. In particular, he focused on how important academics have been to his success as a student and as a sportsman. Since 2018, he has been playing American Football (Gridiron) with […]

Young Archie competition 2023 Finalist!

The Scots College is proud to announce that David Dickson (Year 11) is a finalist for the 2023 Young Archie competition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Students are selected from schools across Australia to showcase their best portrait.   David dedicated his portrait to his late grandfather. Someone he was close to […]

Cross-Age Tutoring Initiative

A wonderful initiative has been developed by Year 12 students at The Scots College. The Year 12 Academic Prefect, with support from three other Year 12 students, devised a peer tutoring program known as ‘Stutorials’. Held after school in the Senior Preparatory School, Ginahgulla Library, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:15pm until 5:00pm, students […]

The Deeply Anchored History of the Scots Boatsheds

Of Summer Sport offered to Scots boys, Rowing remains a popular choice since its introduction to The Scots College over a century ago. The infrastructure needed for a school to host a rowing program comes at a significant cost and requires expensive waterfront property. The fact that Scots is blessed with two boatsheds places the […]

Jeremy is a Rising Tennis Star

The JITA 2022 International Junior Tennis Tournament, held from late June to early July, launched Jeremy Zhang’s (Year 12) most recent competition success – he made the final, narrowly losing 5-7, 4-6. Then, later in July, Jeremy won the Mapei Gold Coast Junior International, on the Gold Coast, in Queensland, not dropping a set – […]

The Way Boys Play

The aim of the new play space was to be a provocation for creative play for highly energetic boys and ‘away’ spaces for boys who like to watch, build, talk and contemplate. It started with a walk and a talk. We introduced one class at a time to the ELC playground and then we talked […]

Character Leaders in Education National Symposium 2022

Supporting the College’s vision for reinventing education is the desire to form the character of the young men in our care, so that under God they would have the finest preparation for life. With this intention in mind, Scots was pleased to be a part of the inaugural Character Leaders in Education National Symposium 2022, held […]

New Research by Scots Teachers

We often talk about curiosity as a virtue to cultivate in young people. We want them to explore, to wonder, to question. And rightly so. But as we learnt from our 2017 Clark Fellow, Professor David Smith, ‘curiositas’, understood in the great classical and Christian traditions, is not a virtue at all. It is a […]

Highest Honour Achieved

When The Scots College was founded in 1893, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in New South Wales, the Right Reverend James Smith White said that its teachers would be those who had “won the highest honours in the university”, were well-acquainted with teaching boys, and viewed teaching as “a work of faith, a labour […]

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.