What every parent needs to know about music education

Music. It’s often one of the first subjects to feel the impact of funding cuts and one of the last to benefit from facility and equipment upgrades. Some schools don’t offer music and others make students choose between arts electives. Yet the research overwhelmingly points to significant benefits for students that extend far beyond the […]

How to choose the right co-curricular activity for your son

Co-curricular activities are an important part of a child’s school life. Co-curricular – or extra-curricular – refers to non-academic programs or learning experiences that help develop and foster young minds and bodies outside a typical classroom. Whether this is Debating and Public Speaking, Drama, Chess or Cadets – co-curricular programs play a significant role in your son’s […]

The Lion & Lang Syne, Winter 2017 [Free magazine]

The Lion & Lang Syne is a biannual community magazine published by The Scots College that showcases the latest student achievements in academia, sports, creativity, and community engagement. The latest edition is now available for you to download for free. The Lion & Lang Syne WInter 2017 covers a range of student achievements, and also contains […]

The Scots College wins the Bond University High School Mooting Competition

Fourteen teams of Year 11 and 12 students from Australian schools competed in the finals of the Bond University High School Mooting Competition on Friday 1 June and Saturday 2 June. The national competition, conducted by the Bond University Faculty of Law, brings together schools from every state and territory who present their arguments in […]

True artist who plays from the heart

Growing up as one of four boys in Macmasters Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast, Year 12 HSC student Matthew McGowen began his boarding journey at The Scots College in Year 7 in 2011 and has never looked back. A Boarding House Vice-Captain, Matthew has displayed excellence in leadership during his time at […]

Scots victorious in NSW Robocup Championships

Using robots that they had built and programmed themselves, five bright young students completed their weekend as the state winners of the New South Wales RoboCup Junior Championship. The competition saw the group from The Scots College emerge victorious with a ten point margin following a gruelling two days at the University of New South […]

Scots students upholding time-honoured tradition

The Scots College Pipes and Drums have led the Anzac Day March every year for approximately 40 years, where thousands of people line the streets of Sydney to honour those who served in the defence of Australia. It is a day that we as Australians will never forget, and it has become a time-honoured tradition […]

New drama space inspires creativity at Scots

There is a creative buzz in the air of the Drama Department at The Scots College with the opening of a new rehearsal room, an initiative of the Principal Dr Ian Lambert, The Scots Performing Arts Support group and Ms IIdiko Campbell, Head of Drama. The committee are focused on supporting the Performing Arts in the […]

Should my son participate in co-curricular activities?

The term co-curricular in an educational context has a range of different meanings depending on the school that your child attends. In some schools co-curricular often encompasses all extracurricular activities, and so sport will be considered a category of co-curricular. At The Scots College we believe sport is a key element in the development of […]

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.