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From 26 to 29 June, staff from The Scots College participated in the 2022 International Boys’ Schools Coalition Annual Conference, held at St Mark’s School of Texas, in Dallas, United States. The conference brought together over 470 educators from boys’ schools in 12 countries with a common purpose of sharing best practice in boys’ education. Taking the theme ‘The Path to Manhood’, the conference featured a range of keynotes, workshops and opportunities for conversation about the work taking place in our schools.

The College was represented by four members of staff: Director of Research and Professional Learning, Dr Hugh Chilton and Research Fellow, Dr Caitlin Munday, who attended as members of the IBSC Research Committee and presented two papers. Director of Strings, Mr Nicholas Tester, completed his 2020-22 IBSC Action Research program, delivering his findings at the conference. Head of Indigenous Education, Ms Justine Kolliou, commenced her 2022-23 IBSC Action Research program. Dr Ian PM Lambert serves as Vice-President of the IBSC for Australasia, and Chair of the Research Committee though was unable to attend the conference this year.

We were delighted to present the following workshops:

Re-engaging Schools in Initial Teacher Education

In 2019, The Scots College helped establish the Teaching Schools Alliance Sydney (TSAS), an alternate approach to initial teacher education. This workshop shared the context and need for such a program, its shape and structure, reflections on experience, and early evidence of its success in the formation of high-quality, classroom-ready, ethos-aligned teachers.

Presenters: Dr Caitlin Munday and Dr Hugh Chilton

Research-Invested Schools

This workshop explored research investment as it exists within IBSC member schools and explored the role of the IBSC Research Committee in supporting and enabling it. Delegates heard about the principles of research investment and examples from member schools and received an invitation to participate in IBSC research opportunities.

Presenters: Dr Caitlin Munday and Dr Hugh Chilton with colleagues from Crescent School (Canada), St Christopher’s School (US), Scotch College and Brighton Grammar School (Australia).

“Sir, Not Another Piece of Technology!” Examining Whether Using E-Portfolios in Classroom Music Helps Year 8 Boys Construct Their Own Learning Pathways

This presentation shared the fruits of a two-year action research project exploring the use of e-portfolios and individualised learning programs to increase engagement in Year 8 music.

Presenter: Mr Nicholas Tester

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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.