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give a little bit back to the school.”
Michelle reflected that Scotch Oakburn
College had prepared her well for the next stage
of her life through the academic support from
all teachers, the co-curricular activities on offer
(such as Round Square, Music and Sport) and
through the leadership opportunities presented
in the senior years.
“I’d like to add a massive thank you to all the
staff at the College for their help and support
over my years at school, but specifically through
my TCE years,” Michelle added.
“I would not have achieved the marks I did nor
enjoyed my final two years at school as much
as I did without them.”
The opportunity to travel to
South Africa on a College
cricket trip was one of
the highlights of James
Beattie’s time at Scotch
This year James has started a five-year
double degree in Engineering and Science at
the University of Tasmania in Hobart.
“I’m interested in Physics and Maths, and
applying these on a large scale is appealing to
me,” he said.
“I hope to further my knowledge and apply it
to help the greater community.”
James, joint dux of the College in 2016,
together with Michelle Els, is a talented
While playing for South Launceston Cricket
Club in a match against Launceston in
February, he recorded career-best club bowling
figures of 5-39, which included his first hat-trick
Looking back on his years at Scotch
Oakburn, James said that some of his happiest
moments were on the sporting field.
“School sport was a real highlight and I got
to play with some outstanding athletes and
coaches, which helped throughout the years,”
“I also always enjoyed getting into the
outdoors on school camps and they were also
a highlight of the early years.”
James played cricket, football and soccer in
Years 11 and 12. He also took part in debating
the team won the Parliamentary Plate – and
he was College Deputy Captain in 2016.
“A lot of different types of learning and the
breadth of opportunities in sport, academia,
public speaking and leadership have all
prepared me for university life and life into the
future,” James added.
Working with children
with learning difficulties
is one of the most
rewarding aspects of
being a teacher’s aide
at the Junior School.
That is the view of former College Captain
Michelle Els (right), who is taking a gap year
before embarking on studies at ANU in
Canberra next year.
Michelle joins fellow 2016 leavers Emily
Barnett and Ashley Draper, who are also
working as teacher aides, and Carlton Heres,
who is a Boarding House tutor.
After her contract at the Junior School ends
in June, Michelle hopes to trek in Canada, visit
Alaska and stop over in South East Asia on the
way home before starting a Bachelor of Science
“My dream job is one where I am intellectually
challenged, can interact with people and
one where I feel like I am doing something
worthwhile for the community around me,”
“I believe that my dream job will probably be
in Science – either teaching or research – or in
the health sector, working as a psychologist or
Michelle, who was joint dux of the College
in 2016 together with James Beattie, said she
had “really enjoyed” her years as a student at
“My biggest highlights were my three-month
Round Square exchange to Schule Schloss
Salem, Germany, in Year 10 (2014), the outdoor
education camps, the College productions and
my captaincy in 2016,” Michelle said.
“My exchange to Germany allowed me to
develop my independence and opened my
eyes to different cultures around the world.
“I liked the outdoor education camps because
they gave me the opportunity to try a range of
different things, such as white-water kayaking
and white-water rafting.
“I loved being part of the C.ollege productions
(I was involved as a keyboard player in the band
for Disco Inferno and Grease) because it was a
completely new and challenging experience and
ensured I was involved in the musicals without
actually being on stage.
“I enjoyed my time as a Captain of the College
in 2016 because it improved my leadership,
teamwork, public speaking and organisational
skills, and gave me a platform from which to
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