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 […]

Why play is important in the early years

In the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, it states that ‘play’ is the right of all children. This reinforces the value placed on ‘play’ both here in Australia and internationally. You will often hear educators use the terms ‘play-based learning’ or discussing the importance of play in early childhood. At The […]

Why an education philosophy is important in the early years

Early learning centres have a huge responsibility to positively shape your son’s development – and a clear educational philosophy helps. An education philosophy is bigger than the curriculum. It’s bigger even than a school’s values or purpose. An education philosophy underpins all of these elements and gets to the heart of a school’s raison d’être. For […]

What is the Reggio Emilia philosophy?

The Reggio Emilia Philosophy is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education, which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. The Philosophy rides on the coattails of the innate curiosity of children and aims to assist them with understanding their world and who they are in it. […]

Eleven things your child needs to be able to do before starting school

You will hear many mixed messages about what children need to be able to do before starting formal schooling. The truth is that all children learn at different paces and in different ways. First things first, there are a couple of things parents need to consider: Age appropriateness: In New South Wales, children need to […]

Scots youngest students dress up for charity

Support for those affected by Cyclone Winston, which made landfall in Fiji on Saturday 20 February as a Category 5 system, poured in from charities across Australia – Red Cross, Care Australia, UNICEF all offered aid. But support also came from an unexpected source – a group of 3 to 7 year old boys from […]

Why a private education matters in the early years

Kindergarten is not just for finger painting … Kindergarten is where our children learn how to learn. For some, Kindergarten will be the first year of formal schooling, and it’s where children make huge gains socially and emotionally. Kindergarten paves the way for more formal schooling with writing, spelling and numeracy a focus for learning. Many […]

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.