Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Autumn 2018 Contents ALTHOUGH YEAR 7 STUDENT
Isabella Stones only moved into the
Boarding House this year, she was no
stranger to its charms and facilities.
Isabella, 13, from Loorana on King
Island, joined her older sisters,
Sequoia (Year 12) and Avalon (Year 11),
at Scotch Oakburn Boarding House.
“My first impressions of the
Boarding House actually happened a
few years ago when Sequoia came to
Scotch Oakburn,” Isabella recalled.
“I remember very clearly getting lost
in the corridors on my own, thinking,
‘This is the best’.”
Moving to the Boarding House was
a learning experience, an exercise in
independence and a huge adventure
“ What I really love about the
Boarding House is just feeling a sense
of independence,” she said.
“Living at the Boarding House I have
learnt so much. Just being able to do
my own washing was a big step for
“Another thing that
I like a lot is being
surrounded by my
friends and that’s
probably why I loved
it so much when I
first came here.
“I have already
made some friends
friends with for the
rest of my life.”
Isabella said that while
she naturally missed home,
she was determined to make the
most of all the opportunities on offer
at Scotch Oakburn.
“I’m very grateful to attend school
at Scotch Oakburn College, and I
wouldn’t give up this opportunity for
the world, so if I have to go four to six
weeks away from home, it’s definitely
worth it,” Isabella said.
“Scotch Oakburn is very, very
different to my old school. At my old
school, there were about 180 kids,
and you would be able to name every
student – first and last names.
“Then I came to this school. There
are ten times more people and I can
barely remember my
Isabella is particularly
enjoying playing Aussie Rules
“I am absolutely loving Scotch
Oakburn,” she added. “Just being
able to play football is wonderful
for me, and having so many
opportunities to strive to do my best
is truly amazing.”
These opportunities are already
familiar to Isabella’s older sisters.
Sequoia enjoyed taking part in a
boarders’ leadership retreat at the
end of last year while Avalon went on
a Round Square exchange to Canada.
Sequoia said afterwards that the
retreat had helped the boarding
group to bond and had cemented
ideas and hopes for 2018.
“I left the retreat feeling more
connected to my peers and with a
deeper understanding of what we
would like to achieve as a collective
for our last year in boarding,” she said.
Avalon took part in a Round Square
exchange to Oakville, Canada, for
seven weeks in 2017, attending
Appleby College, a school for 800
students on the shores of Lake
“I will always remember fondly
my time at Appleby and encourage
all the younger students to at least
consider an exchange,” Avalon said.
“It’s a once-in-a lifetime opportunity
that you will remember forever and
you meet people from all over the
STARTING EACH DAY WITH A
sense of purpose and excitement
is one of the hallmarks of life at the
Scotch Oakburn Boarding House.
That is according to the Head
of Boarding, Bo Power, who has
welcomed 72 students to the
Boarding House this year.
Mr Power, pictured above, said
boarders had enjoyed a smooth
transition into their new home and
school and he was looking forward
to another happy and productive
The 2018 Captains of Boarding are
Cameron Blandon, whose parents
live in China, and Sophie Loane, of
“Both are outstanding young
adults with impressive leadership
qualities,” Mr Power said.
Mr Power foreshadowed a range
of community-building initiatives in
These include a parent dinner in
Term 2, a celebration of National
Boarders’ Week in May, and a
Boarders’ Ball in Term 3 for students
from Years 10, 11 and 12.
Mr Power went to King Island
earlier in the year to catch up with
existing and prospective families.
He thanked the existing families for
Gifted educators Ben Green
(Deputy Head of Junior School) and
Lauren Knight (Food Technology
Teacher) have taken on new roles
at the Boarding House with a
particular emphasis on pastoral
Mr Green is the Middle School Co-
ordinator and Mrs Knight is focusing
on boarders in Years 9 and 10.
Mr Green said he was enjoying
working with all families to ensure a
smooth transition into the Boarding
House and College communities.
“My role is to support the learning
goals of the College, provide
pastoral care and foster a sense
of connection to the College
community,” he said.
Mrs Knight was getting to know
all the ‘amazing’ students in
Years 9 and 10, celebrating their
achievements and milestones with
their families, and looking forward
to continuing to support them
through Years 11 and 12.
In addition, Ellen Bauld is a new
duty staff member.
Boarders have embraced a range
of weekend and social activities
including a walk to the summit of
Mt Arthur, a Master Chef Challenge,
berry picking, taking part in the
Soggy Bottom Boat Race and
Refurbishment work at the
Boarding House includes the
creation of a multi-use space
outside the kitchen, with a New
York-style industrial look including
gardens, seating, paving and
The 2018 boarders are from rural
and remote areas of the state,
including King and Flinders Islands,
interstate and overseas. The ten
international students hail from
China, Hong Kong and Thailand;
and another has family in New
The Scotch Oakburn Boarding
House is set on picturesque
grounds, surrounded by beautiful
gardens and century-old oak
trees on the Elphin Campus of the
College. It offers well-equipped and
modern facilities and is a short
walk from Launceston city centre.
A warm, friendly and caring
atmosphere is fostered with staff
who have a genuine interest and
understanding in the care and
development of young people
and who help in the transition
from home to Boarding House
life. Expert academic support is
another key feature at the Boarding
WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY
For more information on the
Scotch Oakburn Boarding
House, please contact College
Registrar Trish Reid.
or call 03 63 36 3394
“What I really
love about the
is just feeling
a sense of
Avalon, Isabella and
Below Sequoia and
Isabella share a laugh.
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