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 […]

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 […]

What is the purpose of outdoor education?

As technology develops in today’s society, our relationship with it is replacing connection with the real world and specifically the outdoors. It is important for boys to stay connected to and immerse themselves in nature. Outdoor education programs, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, offer boys unique learning opportunities in distinctive and challenging landscapes. […]

How time with nature can improve academic outcomes [infographic]

How often would you say your son is outdoors, engaging with the natural environment around him? As adults, we often understand the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors – fresh air can clear your mind, the peace and quiet allows us to reflect, and the isolation oftens leads to low mobile reception, so we cannot spend […]

Why outdoor education is vital to a boy’s development

There are many things that could be said about the industrial revolution but a very simple perspective observes that the basic lives of rural and country people were abandoned as people flocked to live in the great cities of the World. Urbanisation became a reality and the once intimate knowledge owned and lived by rural […]

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.