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 […]

How religion impacts our understanding of vocation

“What are your plans when you graduate?” Year 12 students often dread this question. Students can become increasingly anxious about major life decisions as they approach the end of their schooling. Those who have made further study and career plans often wonder whether they have made good decisions. Getting a job or choosing a course is […]

How to talk to your son about his mental health

Describing our feelings and emotions to others – or even ourselves – is a difficult task for many of us. As mental health is not something that you can physically see, it’s hard to understand it from a more traditional health care perspective. Regardless, your son’s mental health is as important as his physical health […]

How to help your son plan his first goal

We often forget that goal setting is hard, especially for boys who are still developing processes of planning, actioning and eventually achieving goals. It’s important to remember that learning how to set goals is a skill that takes time and some trial and error. Parents can ensure that their sons build effective goal setting habits […]

How DUMB goals can help your son get results

So often your son is advised to set SMART goals – ones that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. But what if there was a better way for your son to approach his dreams? SMART goals still work Goal setting should be an important part of everyone’s lives. Setting a goal gives us purpose […]

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. […]

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 […]

Should school sport be compulsory?

Not every boy is interested in sport, so why should they have to play it? For some parents who have a boy who isn’t showing interest in sport or who may not have played sport themselves, the question “why should school sport be compulsory?” may arise. At Scots, Sport is compulsory for every boy with […]

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.