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Scotch College, Adelaide

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Scotch College
Scientia, Humanitas, Religio
Torrens Park, SA
Coordinates 34°58′55″S 138°36′57″E / 34.98194°S 138.61583°E / -34.98194; 138.61583Coordinates: 34°58′55″S 138°36′57″E / 34.98194°S 138.61583°E / -34.98194; 138.61583
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Denomination Uniting Church
Established 1919
Chairman Mr. Raymond Spencer[1]
Principal John Newton
Enrolment 1030 (P-12)
Colour(s) Blue & Gold         
Slogan "One School" [2]
Reunion marking the 50th Anniversary of the wartime use of Birralee and neighbouring Brierly Lodge by Scotch College. (May 1992)

Scotch College is an independent, Uniting Church, co-educational, day and boarding school, located on two adjacent campuses in Torrens Park and Mitcham, inner-southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

Founded in 1919, and incorporated under an Act of Parliament in 1922, Scotch currently caters for approximately 850 students from early learning to year 12,[3] including more than 100 boarders in Years 7 to 12.[4]

Scotch College is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference,[5] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[6] the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA),[7] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[8] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[9] the Independent Schools Sport Association (ISSA) and the Independent Girls' Schools Sport Association (IGSSA).

On 4 September 2014, it was announced that Dr. John Newton, headmaster of Taunton School in the UK, would become the new Principal, succeeding Tim Oughton.[10]


An enduring myth associated with the College is that it was founded in the memory of the "Sons of Scotland who fought and died in The Great War of 1914–1918". However, a review of contemporary documentation indicates that the College was in the process of being established prior to the outbreak of war and that the "memorial" was an idea seized upon in a time of peace.

Scotch College was founded in 1919 and officially incorporated under an Act of Parliament in 1922. It grew out of Kyre College, a private school for boys at 4 Thornber Street, Unley Park, founded in 1902 by David Henry Hollidge (1868–1963).[11] At its foundation, the college was an independent, Presbyterian school for boys. During World War II, the property was used by the U.S. Army and then the RAAF, and the school was forced to move to Birralee, Belair and Brierly Lodge from May 1942 to February 1944. "Gratton House", now the Middle School, was built as a memorial to 57 Old Collegians who were killed in World War II.

In 1972 the College became co-educational, and the Middle School began the following year.

Today,[12] the College is administered by a Council of Governors in connection with the Uniting Church in Australia.[12]


Scotch College is situated on two neighbouring campuses, covering over 20 hectares in the Torrens Park area of Mitcham, about 8 kilometres south of Adelaide, in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges.[13] The two campuses of the College are:

  • Torrens Park Campus, catering for the Middle School (Years 7 to 9) and the Senior College (Years 10 to 12).
  • Junior School Campus catering for students from Reception to Year 6 in connection to an Early Learning Centre for children from three years of age.


The Torrens Park Campus includes the following facilities:

  • The Barr-Smith Theatre, a historic theatre where plays and productions are staged
  • Fisher Chapel
  • Rosevear Boarding Precinct
  • Drawing room which is used to host various functions
  • Agricultural farm
  • 3 dance studios
  • The Soundhouse, a multimedia recording studio
  • Private music tuition rooms, and larger rooms for ensemble work
  • Two fully equipped gymnasiums
  • Heated swimming pool
  • 11 tennis courts
  • Two large ovals with facilities for football, soccer, hockey and athletics
  • Two computer labs providing access to CAD and PhotoShop
  • Design and technology classrooms with access to various machinery
  • Eight fully equipped science laboratories
  • Fully equipped classrooms for various subjects
  • Carparks
  • EFM Health Gym


The school has a strong focus on the use of information and communication technology (ICT). Every Middle and Senior school student is required to have a laptop, and most school work is done electronically, helping students to develop independence and organisational skills.

Junior school students learn basic robotics, clay-mation and film making.

Performing arts

Scotch College has traditionally[when?] had a strong Performing Arts emphasis with many students excelling in the area such as actress Sarah Snook.[citation needed] Students can elect to study dance, drama and music as either a curriculum subject or as a co-curricula activity. The Scotch Performing Arts Co-Curricula Enrichment (SPACE) program delivers an opportunity for students to be involved in major productions. Performing Arts facilities at Scotch include three dance studios, the Barr-Smith Theatre, extensive drama classrooms, private and ensemble music rooms, the Chapel and a multimedia recording facility, the "Soundhouse".


Scotch College has provided boarding facilities for students since the school’s establishment in 1919. In 2011, the College opened a new Rosevear Boarding Precinct to significantly enhance facilities, which include spacious individual and shared bedrooms, large common rooms with kitchenettes, laundry and storage areas, study spaces, a tutors’ suite, and a large outdoor barbecue area.[4] Managed by a Director and Deputy Director of Boarding, the College’s boarding house currently accommodates more than 100 students each year from Years 7-12, both male and female.

Positive education

Scotch College is committed to "positive education" and has adopted various programs and principles from US psychologist and educator, Dr Martin Seligman, as part of the school’s overall education offering. In 2011, Scotch became the first school in South Australia[citation needed] to formally implement positive psychology programs as part of the school’s curriculum.[14]


The name Scotch College reflects the school's Scottish heritage, which is most powerfully expressed through the Caledonian Corps. Although the College was founded in 1919, there was no caledonian band until almost 40 years later. Not until the advent of the Cadet Corps, and the need this generated for a band that could provide suitable marching music, was a band founded and funded. At present the band continues despite the cadet corps not having existed for over 30 years.

City of Adelaide clipper
Scotch College pipe band and highland dancers at the City of Adelaide clipper's 150th anniversary at Port Adelaide, 17 May 2014 

Notable alumni



Public Service

The Arts



See also


  1. ^ Scotch College > Members of Council Retrieved 5 June 2014
  2. ^ Scotch College website - homepage Retrieved 5 June 2014
  3. ^ "Duty Statement" (PDF). Scotch College. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Boarding". Scotch College. 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "International Members". HMC Schools. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  6. ^ "AHISA Schools: South Australia". Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  7. ^ "Scotch College". Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Scotch College, SA". Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  9. ^ "JSHAA South Australia Directory of Members". Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  10. ^ Introducing Our Next Principal
  11. ^ "Presbyterian Boys' School". The Express And Telegraph. LVI, (16,600). South Australia. 3 December 1918. p. 2. Retrieved 30 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  12. ^ a b "Our History". Scotch College. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  13. ^ "Location". Scotch College. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  14. ^ Scotch College > Wellbeing and Positive Education Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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  21. ^ Scotch Reports - Deaths - Scotch Reports, Issue 158, Oct 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  22. ^ Scotch College > Rory Laird Returns to Scotch College 3 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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