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 […]

Celebrating Excellence in the Creative Arts

From humble beginnings in 2008, ScotsFest has grown from a short film showcase to a complete festival of the arts in 2017, displaying a range of art installations, music compositions, drama devising, as well as students working on their major HSC works. Taking place on Friday 19 May, the festival gets underway at 8:40am and […]

Seven reasons why performing arts is important for your son

Performing arts is often an elective subject area for older students. Unlike compulsory subjects such as; science, maths and english, arts subjects are often considered last and as an easy choice. Some schools have even cut the arts from their curriculum due to lack of funding. Despite this, research shows that studying subjects such as music, […]

How to spot your child’s artistic flair

Throughout your child’s life they will show an interest in multiple creative activities at any given time. It can be a challenge though to ascertain what is part of childhood development and what is a spark of artistic flair needing to be encouraged. A love of drawing could indicate the development of hand-eye coordination or […]

Young student strikes a chord of excellence

Dedication and commitment are only a few words that describe The Scots College Year 8 student Ken Noonan. Recently awarded an Associate Diploma of Music Performance by the Australian Music Examination Board, passing his exam with a distinction, the award represents an accolade well beyond his years. Ken’s instrument of choice is the Violin, which […]

Six benefits of performing in musical ensembles

The Scots College Music Department is striving to become a world leader in the delivery of music education programs for boys. Our Department provides a context, a safe environment, and expert guidance for every boy to develop a deep love for, and value of music regardless of their existing skill level or future musical aspirations. […]

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 […]

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.