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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are your son’s teachers passionate and accomplished?

When you think back to your schooling, you will likely remember teachers that made a impact on your life. Maybe they were really passionate about their subject area, or believed in your ability when others didn’t.Your son spends six or more hours a day, five days a week, with his teachers. Spending so much time […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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.