Eleven Fundamentals for a Confident Start to School

You will hear numerous mixed messages about the fundamentals children should have before starting formal schooling. The truth is, all children learn at different paces and in different ways. Teachers are trained to work with children who enter school based on their age or level of development. Before we get into the fundamentals, parents and […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

How to research schools online: part 2

We recently wrote a blog about researching schools online using social media. This blog is a continuation of how to research schools online and assumes that you have shortlisted to only a few schools. It’s time to get under the bonnet and do some deeper research using school websites. A school’s website is where you can […]

The nature and purpose of education

Dr Ian PM Lambert, Principal of The Scots College, recently wrote about the nature and purpose of education.  Standardisation versus diversity Recent attention in the media about education in Australia demonstrates a general misunderstanding regarding the nature and purpose of education and its different modes of delivery. It seems that an egalitarian view of life now […]

How to develop good comprehension skills

Reading or listening to a story opens up rich and wonderful world of imagination and experience for your son. In order for him to make the most of what he is reading or listening to, he needs to develop strong comprehension skills. It is important for your child to learn how to develop different meanings, […]

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.