Is pastoral care important in schools?

We hear a lot about pastoral care in education. In a broad sense, most parents can articulate what pastoral care is and recognise why it matters. But what you may not know is that the success of a school’s pastoral care program is linked to students’ academic outcomes. What is Pastoral Care? Pastoral care is […]

Ten inspirational quotes to encourage parents

As parents, it is important to remember the impact that you are making, especially during the time when boys are in their coming of age phase. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take each day as it comes, and to enjoy the small wins and the special moments.Although being a parent can be hard […]

Seven benefits of service learning trips for your son

For a number of years, groups of Scots boys have been travelling to places such as Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, where they have worked in partnership with churches, schools and village communities during these service learning trips. Apart from providing practical help to the communities we visit – such as assisting […]

How to tell if your son is being bullied

Each morning parents across Australia send their children to school trusting that they will be in a secure, nurturing and happy environment. However, recent research by the Federal Government has found that one in four Australian schools are affected by bullying, with cyber bullying experienced by one in ten children. So, how can you find […]

What role do parents play in addressing bullying?

A child who experiences bullying needs immediate assistance, both at school and at home. This help should include developing strategies that deal with and overcome the bullying. Here are eight ways parents can help their child if they are being bullied: Look for warning signs Signs and symptoms of bullying, (including cyber bullying), include: complaints […]

Want to know how to discipline boys? Ask a principal

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This is a favourite proverb of mine because I think it offers great insight for educators, and I suspect the sentiment is just as relevant for parents. From time to time, we hear of […]

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.