Bringing the bush to the classroom in a crisis

The ferocious heat and devastating fire storm that swept the Kangaroo Valley on 4 January 2020, part of the massive fires across the nation, destroyed some of the buildings and most of the environment at the College’s Glengarry campus. As an invaluable teaching opportunity, Bannockburn staff member David Bard began photographing sites at Glengarry each […]

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 […]

Embracing transition, change and uncertainty

Transition, change and uncertainty – this is the world we live in and judging by the recent drought, bush fires, and the COVID-19 crisis, there are no signs that we will be changing direction any time soon. Successfully navigating life in the 21st century requires a willingness to embrace change and adapt to new situations. […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Why your family needs to switch off from technology

Technology has become an enormous part of our daily lives. Whether it is using Facebook to stay up-to-date and connected with friends, using smartphones to take notes on the run, viewing the web from a smart TV, or even buying groceries through products such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, it is hard to deny […]

How to teach boys to be adaptable and take risks

Transition, change and uncertainty. This is the world we live in – and there are no signs that we will be changing direction any time soon. Successfully navigating life in the 21st century requires a willingness to embrace change and adapt to new situations. To do this boys need the confidence, emotional intelligence, knowledge and […]

Why boys need to fail to succeed

“Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.” John C Maxwell We have been failing since the day we were born. As babies, we made gurgling sounds until we could say our first words. We rolled, crawled, stumbled and fell before we learnt to walk. At some point, children develop a fear of failure and […]

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.