Scots College, Wellington
|Type||Private Composite (Year 1-13) Single Sex, Boys, with Boarding Facilities|
|Motto||Virtutem paret doctrina
Let education make the all round man.
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||281|
|Headmaster||Mr Graeme Yule|
Scots College is an independent (private) Presbyterian boys' Years 1 to 13 school located in the suburb of Strathmore Wellington, New Zealand. Under the leadership of an Executive Headmaster, the College comprises three schools, the Preparatory School for Years 1 to 6, the Middle School for Years 7 to 10 and the Senior School for Years 11 to 13. Each school has its own Principal and Staff. Scots College is an IB World College.
It was founded as a Presbyterian boys' college in 1916 by Rev Dr James Gibb and the Hon John Aitken on the current campus of Queen Margaret College in Thorndon. Dr Gibb's vision was the creation of a Christian college that would be independent of the secular state system. It is the 'brother' school of The Scots College in Sydney, Australia and of Queen Margaret College in Thorndon, Wellington.
The college's Scottish heritage is reflected in its ceremonies (often involving a piper leading a procession into its hall) and school song. College prefects wear kilts on official occasions and every Friday for chapel. The school tartan is that of the Clan Fergusson. Permission to wear the tartan was granted by the late Governor General Sir Charles Fergusson.
Unlike other prominent New Zealand Presbyterian boys schools Saint Kentigern College in Auckland, and St Andrew's College in Christchurch, Scots College has not become coeducational. This is perhaps, as with Lindisfarne College in Hastings and John McGlashan College in Dunedin, due to the lack of a competing Anglican boys in the local area, such as Auckland's King's College and Christ's College in Christchurch.[original research?]
In November 2007, several graduating students were banned from end-of-year prizes for growing moustaches as part of the fundraising campaign 'Movember', established by The Movember Foundation, to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The college threatened to ban a senior student from their NCEA examinations (official secondary school qualification) for growing a moustache during November.
Students at the secondary school are organized into eight "houses", identified by colour. The houses have expanded three times since the founding of the school- two houses were added to the original two in 1961/1963, another two in 1993 with the boarders' house (Gibb) being removed at this time as well, and a further two added in 2009. There are major competitions in swimming, cross-country, music, athletics, and other weekly house sport games, such as hockey and touch rugby. The two original houses were Aitken (Blue) and Fergusson (Green), with Glasgow (Red) and MacKenzie (Yellow) being established next, followed by Plimmer (Sky Blue) and Uttley (Black) in 1993 and Smith (Navy Blue) and Mawson (Maroon) established in 2009.
The Preparatory School maintains four houses: Potatau (Blue), Bedding (Green), Macarthur (Red) and McKelvie (Yellow). In 2004 there was an announcement of a change to the current House names in the hopes of giving the Preparatory School a better sense of historical identity; Potatau renamed for the writer of the School haka and McKelvie to retain a link to the old McKelvie Baths, demolished in 2001-2002.
Recent projects on campus have been the science block, opened in 2006 by Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse and the Aitken (Admin/Reception) block in 2009. Other facilities updated in the last few years include the Leslie Shelly Lecture Theatre and the Information Centre, and an extension to Gibb House, the school's Boarding House. The Hodge Sports Centre (HSC) was opened on 4 November 2011, and the Creative Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) was opened on 2 March 2012.
The boarding house (titled Gibb House, after the founder of the school) has accommodation for approximately 60 boys. The majority of these students attend the Secondary School (years 9-13) however allowance has been made occasionally for Year 7 and 8 Boys to board full-time. The current boarding director is Geoff Hall, with assistant house masters Phillip Smith and Will Struthers, and matron Tania Steadman. In addition, gap year tutors are lodged in the boarding house and assist with day-to-day operations. Day Boys and Boarders compete with rival rugby teams on an annual basis.
Connections with other schools
Although not as large as competing schools around the Wellington region, Scots College 1st XV is currently playing in the Premier I rugby division. Students competing for the 1st XV in traditional fixtures perform a special haka written by an old boy; this is distinct from the school haka.
Scots College is the brother school to the slightly younger Queen Margaret College, which now sites itself in the original Scots College building. Often there are various socials and sporting matches against local schools, organised by College Sport Wellington. In addition, both sections of the school have inter-school fixtures with other secondary schools, notably Lindisfarne and primary schools such as Huntley School.
- John Clarke - satirist
- Lord Grey of Naunton - last Governor of Northern Ireland (also attended Wellington College)
- Stu Riddle - footballer
- Victor Vito - New Zealand Rugby Sevens international and All Black
- Rocky Wood - author and freelance journalist
- Steven Adams - basketball player for Oklahoma City Thunder