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 […]

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 help your son realise his full potential

As a parent, you can see your child’s potential. Yet your son may get caught up in self-doubt and struggle to see past obstacles. There are endless opportunities available for our children and it can sometimes be difficult to assure them that they have the ability to learn about their capabilities and achieve their goals […]

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, […]

How to fuel your son’s entrepreneurial spirit

Entrepreneurism is not merely about making money or setting up a business venture, it is about pursuing innovation and creativity. Successful entrepreneurs are taught more than just business and economics – they are taught how to be creative, proactive, innovative, optimistic and willing to take risks. Teaching boys to create value for other people is […]

How to feed your son’s curiosity

The great artists and innovators have all been very curious people. Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci and Elon Musk to name a few. Young children start this way – we are born naturally curious about the world around us. As we get older, that curiosity can be diminished if it is not nourished. […]

Five books to get your son reading

Helping boys develop a love of reading can be challenging. The constant lure of technology can cause children to have shorter attention spans, especially as they approach their teen years. There is plenty of research to suggest that children whose parents read to them at a young age develop strong reading and cognitive skills. But as your son […]

Excellence in schools, five defining factors

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle The concept of excellence can be hard to define. […]

What is experiential education and why is it important?

It’s important that parents understand what experiential education is and why it is important for their child. The world is changing at a rapid pace and students must be able to be creative and analytical thinkers to, not only cope, but thrive in this new environment. Why experiential education? As globalisation brings economic and cultural […]

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.