Behind the Vision

Education – as you and I experienced it – is no longer fit for purpose. A one-size-fits-all approach is failing our nation’s children. We must prepare them for roles that haven’t even been imagined yet.

As one of the most visible and progressive steps in Scots’ continuous journey to reinvent education, the John Cunningham Student Centre (under construction) will ultimately deliver essential student amenities and learning spaces that focus on learning support, student counselling, academic research and professional learning.

With a bold but timeless façade that honours our distinctive Scottish heritage and the adventures of boys, the John Cunningham Student Centre will provide all the support boys need to flourish.



The design and layout of the John Cunningham Student Centre is purpose built to ensure it encourages future-focused, possibility thinkers – connecting to the best communities of knowledge, practice and formation in the world.

It is fundamental in bringing to life the concept and function of our Patribus Initiatives, which are five core interdisciplinary areas to nurture in every boy at Scots:

  • Character and Care
  • Experiential Education
  • Design Thinking and Creativity
  • Physical, Mental and Spiritual Wholeness
  • Entrepreneurship and Social Leadership

To inspire both learning and teaching within these five interdisciplinary areas, the following key distinctive features are planned for the Student Centre.

Key Distinctive Features

Progress Update

The final stage of the John Cunningham Student Centre is underway. The brickwork is reflecting the shape and size of the building and giving us a sense of the emerging structure.

The building has been deliberately staged with four tenders: demolition and site establishment, piling and underground infrastructure set-up, building and fit-out. This has enabled the selection of specialist builders and manage costs. Construction group, Taylor is currently onsite and we look forward to good progress as the building begins to take shape.

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Watch how the insights and concepts have developed over the years which has culminated into the John Cunningham Student Centre. We are confident that it will spur personal growth, curiosity and imagination in every boy.


Following approval by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, onsite work commenced on 8 December 2019.

While the building works continue apace, you can learn more about this project such as the design concepts and deliverables, how to get involved, or access its concepts and project documents through the button below.

Leave Your Legacy

Providing this kind of ‘home’ for the boys to enable the continuous reinvention of education, is a massive undertaking and have been forecasted to cost $28 million. Whilst we are encouraged and grateful by existing pledges, we still have a way to go.

We warmly invite you to leave your legacy and be a part of our bold course to shape the future of The Scots College.

The Scots College is a proud member of the following associations.

The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust T/A The Scots College, Sydney Australia
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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.