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During 2014, as always, a number of exciting projects took
place at Scotch Oakburn and more are in the process of being
On the Elphin Campus the final stage of upgrading the Jean
Gardner Wing to 21st century standard was completed. These
modern ‘learning studios’ are exciting, colourful, connected,
technology-rich areas for teaching and learning to take place.
To make the campus safer and more secure, a fence and
security gates have been
added to the Elphin
Road frontage. Other
projects on the Elphin
Campus have included
improving the access to
the Claremont Gardens
and the Kitchen-garden
Studio, and renovating
the ground floor rooms
in the Boarding House,
including the Games
On the Penquite Campus two important projects have
commenced and will be completed early next year. The John
Morris Library is being enlarged and fully renovated to become
the John Morris Centre which will remain the home for the
Middle and Senior School Library, but to that will be added the
Futures Centre, eLearning and IT Services, student reception
and the sick bay, and offices for the Chaplain and Wellbeing
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Following the removal of the pedestrian lights outside the
Penquite Campus, the Board has approved the installation of
a lift at the Middle School end of the underpass. The lift will
connect to the Piazza level, ie the ground floor level of the
Middle School and HPEC.
The College applauds the generosity of the Scotch Oakburn
College Foundation which has made two generous donations
for these projects – $100k for the John Morris Centre and
$100k for the lift, which will be named the Foundation Lift.
Car parking at Scotch Oakburn Park has been significantly
improved with the addition of a 40-bay carpark next to the
The College has engaged award-winning local architects
Birrelli to provide a Masterplan for the Northern Precinct of
the Penquite Campus, together with concept plans for a major
upgrade of Ravenscraig and St Andrews. The Board has now
approved the architects to proceed with the detailed design
of stage 1 for tendering mid-2015, with a view to starting
construction in October 2015.
I would like to thank the Works Staff, Grounds Staff and the
Valley Campus Resident Managers for keeping the campuses
looking good and working brilliantly. The College Works
Manager, Mike Widdowson, is to be especially commended for
his significant role in the design and project management of
the new facilities.
Reverend Angas Spooner Holmes
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the
passing of the Reverend Angas Spooner Holmes, BA, BD, MRE,
Dip. Ed. MACE, the penultimate Principal of Oakburn College
from 1972 to 1976. He was an innovative leader who introduced
many new programs and ideas, including co-education, into
the College. He was involved in the early discussions regarding
the amalgamation of Oakburn and Scotch Colleges which
culminated in his successor’s (Rev. Alan Green’s) oversight of
the amalgamation to form Scotch Oakburn College in 1979.
Prior to coming to Oakburn Rev. Holmes was a Senior
Master at Westminster School in South Australia. He knew the
every student at the school, and as an ordained minister of the
Baptist Church, he stood for strong values.
He introduced a new type of Speech Night in which
the students reported on the year’s activities in place of
intermediate speeches which was much appreciated by all.
A tall man, he soon made an impression on the local scene.
On leaving Oakburn he became the Principal of Caulfield
Grammar School in Melbourne where he established another
campus of the school at Wheelers Hill.
He loved his family and our condolences go to his wife
Marian, his children Andrea, Helen and Stuart and their families.
John Morris AO, MBE
Former Chairman of Oakburn College
There is certainly something very special about helping our
young people to make the most of their opportunities and
to develop their talents. It’s a special calling which touches a
chord in all of us. Ron Grant was one of these special people.
Ron made a huge contribution to the College and showed a
passionate belief in helping our young people grow and learn
. . . in the process, gaining great respect and love.
Ron found time over the last 31 years to coach and support
our Scotch Oakburn pipers and drummers on a voluntary
basis. His patience, dedication and cheeky sense of humour
have endeared him to both students and staff during that
time. When the College has required pipes and drums for a
special occasion, Ron has been there to support and mentor
the students and when students have been unavailable, Ron
himself has come along and piped for school functions. Ron
continued to do this despite serious health issues until early
this year when his illness no longer allowed him to participate
in the same way.
Over the years, Ron Grant has not only helped those
students in their personal and musical growth, but he has also
nurtured that bagpipe and drum tradition which is so important
at Scotch Oakburn College. He will be sorely missed, but what
a wonderful legacy he has left.
Director of Music
“The College applauds
the generosity of
the Scotch Oakburn
which has made two
generous donations for
these projects ...”
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