Behind the Vision

Within The Scots College John Cunningham Student Centre on Level 2, is the Hyder Theatre. The Hyder Theatre has been intentionally configured as a specialty chamber. This format lends itself to gatherings where interpersonal communication is possible at a number of levels:

  • A Glengarry parent information briefing.
  • A colloquium for a visiting expert on adolescent development.
  • A student driven year meeting.

All with a bespoke audio visual system supportive of a vigorous interactive Q&A session, without the need to pass the microphone.

This space will also support and foster the soft skills generated by the Public Speaking and Debating programs of the College. While simultaneously, for the first time, provide a ‘home’ for these essential foundational life skills. The College’s recent successes in Debating and the Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition will become the norm with such a superb space.

Progress Update

The Hyder Theatre will have some wonderfully unique features including:

  • In Greek, an entrance floor mosaic with the inscription “The Truth will set you free.”
  • Three tiers of seating facing inwards.
  • Columns to be made out of cast iron, sourced from the Halloran Estate at Bannockburn.
  • Carriage lights sourced from Old Boy, Mr William ‘Jim’ Frecklington MVO OAM (’68) by royal appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Debating Honour Board.
  • The Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition winners:
    • Mr Anthony Jones (’00)– 1999 and 2000 winner
    • Mr Joe Bonic (’17) – 2017 winner
    • Mr Marcus Nguyen (’22) –2022 winner

Leave Your Legacy

We warmly invite you to leave your legacy and be a part of our bold course to shape the future of The Scots College.

Bench End

There are approximately 20 bench ends available at a tax-deductible donation of $10,000 each.


There are 161 plaques to be displayed in the Hyder Theatre. These plaques provide an excellent opportunity to commemorate your connection to The Scots College and contribute to the ongoing development of our facilities. Each plaque is available at a tax-deductible of $4,000.

The Scots College is a proud member of the following associations.

The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust T/A The Scots College, Sydney Australia
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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.