Leading an active life

SCOTCH TRADITION: Boys participate in a transition camp before they arrive at Scotch College in Melbourne, spending a weekend at the school meeting other new boys and key staff.
SCOTCH TRADITION: Boys participate in a transition camp before they arrive at Scotch College in Melbourne, spending a weekend at the school meeting other new boys and key staff.

Scotch boarders come from a diverse background and the school runs a number of programs to help boys settle into life in a city boarding school.

Boys participate in a transition camp before they arrive, spending a weekend at the school meeting other new boys and key staff.

Each week boys can attend the evening workshop in the newly opened Design and Technology Centre, where they tinker with their personal projects under the guidance of staff.

Dean of Boarding Tim Byrnes said a designated activities co-ordinator took boarders on trips every weekend, from skiing during winter to surfing on the nearby surf-coast in summer.

"The compulsory sports program ensures boarders are active on weekends, be it basketball or rugby, and the 27 acres of grounds provides some wonderful open space for boys to play, run and ride during their down times," Mr Byrnes said.

"In-house tuition is provided in the key areas of mathematics and literacy for new boarders, to help them transition to the often higher academic standard at Scotch.

"Having had boarders since its foundation, Scotch has a well-developed model for boarding. Over this time we have found the best antidote for homesickness is to keep boys active and busy and provide a caring and inclusive environment."

Scotch College Melbourne is an independent boys School offering a distinctive brand of education built on the traditions of its past, Christian belief, strong academic focus and confidence in embracing innovation and progress.

It is also the home of 160 boarding students, from year 7 to 12, mostly from country Victoria and southern NSW.

"Boys reside in one of three boarding houses and it is in this environment they learn to share their lives with others from a wide range of backgrounds and to appreciate how they are inextricably linked in so many ways to those around them," Mr Byrnes said.

Boarding at Scotch College places boys close to the heart of Melbourne, with the campus located a short train or tram ride to the city. On any one day a boy might go from rowing training on the Yarra River at the rear of the school, or playing tennis on one of the college's 26 courts, to playing music in the James Forbes Academy.

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