The Art of Teaching Podcast

Across Australia and overseas, it is well understood that education and schooling needs to evolve, so that students are better prepared for life, economic change, and even global, political or social uncertainty. Schools are seeking to engage students – enthusiastically and meaningfully – in every aspect of their learning, from the moment their school journey […]

Scots’ 2022 Lawrence Campbell Oratory Award Competition Winner

In amazing and extraordinary news, Scots student, Marcus Nguyen (Year 12) has just won the illustrious, challenging, and intensely demanding, 2022 Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition! The Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition is – by far – the most difficult of all the student speaking contests. This highly competitive and prestigious competition, open only to Great Public […]

How is Scots Reinventing Boys’ Learning?

In a previous article, Your Son’s Future Starts Here, we shared a few reasons why the current education system may not be best suited to preparing boys for life after school, and why schools – like Scots – need to continue to reinvent the educational experience. At The Scots College, we asked ourselves: How have […]

Your Son’s Future Starts Here

At The Scots College, we want to give boys ‘the finest preparation for life’. The essential question we need to ask ourselves is: What will a boy’s future look like? We want to prepare our students for the world as it will be, not the world into which their teachers, parents and carers emerged after […]

Meet Nala! She’s a Wellbeing Dog

Following much research, the Preparatory School has decided to ‘employ’ a new member of staff. This is Nala. She is the College’s very first wellbeing dog! We welcomed her to the College on 8 February, but she is also very happy with the Gallant family being her other home at nights and on weekends. Yes, […]

Are You Ready for His First Day?

Starting school in a new environment is daunting at any time. Perhaps even more so, when you and your child have experienced an unusual school year – or two – interrupted by a global pandemic. Here are some of our suggestions for a smooth transition into a new school environment. Before School Starts If you […]

Boys Learn Contemporary Critical Thinking

The Ashburner Society is the College’s student academic honour society, which aims to promote ‘good thinking’ in the spirit of our first Rhodes scholar, Mr Richard Ashburner (’23). A small team of Scots students lead the Society and, with the looming federal election, they decided on a political theme for their Term 1 meeting. The […]

Sensational Sailing Success

Recently, Jacob Marks (Year 10) prevailed over a competitive fleet to win the 2022 Vaikobi NSW 29er Championship contested over two separate weekends on the waters at Lake Macquarie and Sydney Harbour. With domestic and trans tasman school competition being negated since 2019, The Scots College Sailing staff looked for new boats and pathways to […]

Scots Qualifies for VEX 2022 International Championship Competition

Last weekend, the annual VEX Robot Australian National Championship was held in Adelaide, South Australia, from 4 to 6 March 2022. Nearly 80 teams participated, and more than 1,000 players and spectators were in attendance. As members of the Sydney Robotics Academy Club and on the team, two Scots boys, entered the final round after […]

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.