Behind the Vision

Within the John Cunningham Student Centre, positioned facing the College quadrangle, is the newly titled Old Boys’ Union Tower, which extends internally from the second to fifth floors via a 47-step spiral staircase.

The three-levelled sandstone staircase will hold a special significance with Year 12 boys, as it represents their final rite of passage at the College.

Used only by Year 12 students, the Old Boys’ Union Tower provides an opportunity for students to connect with the rich history of the Old Boys’ Union by engaging with stories of the past, homages to former Old Boys’ Union Presidents and seeing the plaques of the generous Old Boys who contributed to this enduring structure, as they climb the 47 steps.

Upon completing their Scots journey and being farewelled by the Principal in The Scots College Hyder Theatre on Level 2, Year 12 boys will ascend the tower, to be welcomed by the Old Boys’ Union President on Level 5 as new, lifelong members of the Old Boys’ Union.


To support this momentous tradition and contribute to the ongoing development of our College, we are offering a unique opportunity exclusively to Old Boys. The chance to purchase and name, one of the 47 steps in the Old Boys’ Union Tower.

By making a tax-deductible donation to The Scots College Foundation Building Fund, your generous contribution will not only leave a lasting legacy within the College but also serve as a symbol of your enduring connection to Scots and the Old Boys’ Union.

We have provided some combination examples below to illustrate the available options:

  • John SCOTS OB ’75
  • The SCOTS Family
  • The SCOTS Family – John OB ’75, Andrew OB ’78, David OB ’83
  • The Class of 1984
  • The 1st XI 1998

We invite you to be a part of this meaningful initiative and help shape the future of Scots students.

Once again, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and dedication to The Scots College. Together, we can make a difference and empower the next generation of Scots Old Boys.

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.