Studio Scotch

Studio Scotch is the College's podcasting studio, presenting the voices of students, teachers and experts to the Scotch community and beyond, available wherever you find your podcasts.

Studio Scotch is proudly supported by Old Scotch Collegians, Scotch Parents and Scotch College Teaching and Learning.

The Range Project

The world awaiting our students is becoming increasingly complex, dynamic and unpredictable.

To thrive, we are told our students will need to be creative, adaptable and able to transfer skills from one context to another with relative ease. But how do they do that effectively? Inter-disciplinary education may hold the key.

The Range Project is an educational podcast that draws lessons from those who have made a habit of expanding their range. Each guest has gone beyond an area of specialisation, gained their own inter-disciplinary understanding of the world and found their passion in the process.

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Episode 1: Pierre Ulric

Pierre makes a living by deceiving people... but not in the way you might think.

Pierre is a professional magician. In this episode, Pierre shares his varied educational background from his early days as a budding young magician in Quebec to his work as an environmental scientist in Western Australia before turning his passion for magic into a full-time gig.

Episode 2: Akram Azimi

Perennial student and passionate teacher, Akram Azimi, shares his incredible life journey as a young boy seeking refuge from war-torn Afghanistan to winning the Young Australian of the Year in 2013.

As a keen inter-disciplinarian, Akram holds a triple major degree in law, sciences and the arts from the University of Western Australia and is now a practising sociologist completing his post-doctoral studies at UWA under a Hackett scholarship.

In this episode we explore many topics close to the Akram's heart including education, ethics, law, epistemology and the interdisciplinary nature of problem-solving in the real world.

Episode 3: Dr Dave McCutcheon (OSC 1996)

Join us for a conversation with Scotch College alumni, Dr Dave McCutcheon: emergency specialist, father of three kids and a life-long musician.

Dave gives us some fascinating insights into the challenges faced by emergency health workers in the context of a global pandemic. We also discuss ways in which emergency medicine demands an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in what are occasional life and death situations.

Finally, Dave reflects on his own educational experience and shares some lessons for the future.

Episode 4: Ross Warren

After 10 years at Google, creative juggernaut Ross Warren joins us in the studio following his return to Perth.

With a career trajectory many of us only dream of, Ross looks back on some of his most memorable experiences along the way including the infamous Google interview process, joining Google's Creative Lab, the Summit Against Violent Extremism, heading up Youtube's Brand Operations and his most recent stint at Google's in-house incubator, Area 120.

Ross also reflects on the kinds of interdisciplinary skillsets required to lead audacious projects such as 'Web Lab', a year-long interactive robotic experiment at the London Science Museum and 'Life in a Day', a Youtube facilitated feature-length film by Ridley Scott. Ross finishes our chat with a glimpse into Perth's burgeoning tech industry and the role he might play in its future.

Episode 5: Areen Shahbari

Harvard Instructor, business consultant and former TV show host, Areen Shahbari, joins Studio Scotch from her home in California via Zoom in the midst of a raging pandemic and an unprecedented Presidential election cycle.

Areen's work at Harvard focuses on entrepreneurship and the intersection of business and psychology. Areen discusses the interdisciplinary nature of entrepreneurial thinking and its clear benefits for young learners hoping to solve the many problems facing us in the future.

She questions our current system of grading students and finishes with a personal story, reminding us of the dangers of when one's self-esteem is too closely linked to their academic achievement… and if stuck on a desert island… what music would Areen turn to? The great Algerian singer Souad Massi of course!

Episode 6: Dr Alec O'Connell

Scotch College Headmaster Dr Alec O'Connell is at the forefront of Australian education. In this interview, Alec reflects on the key people and pivotal experiences that have shaped his diverse career, spanning 35 years.

Alec shares his insights into the challenges of leading a school in the midst of a looming pandemic and a community gripped with uncertainty and fear. We discuss some of the silver linings to emerge as the College was forced to rapidly transition to its remote online learning model, SCOT.

Finally, we explore how we might balance depth and breadth in a 21st-century curriculum that values both specialised and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning. Fremantle Dockers tragic, Bob Dylan fan and man of considerable 'range', we hope you enjoy our chat with Dr Alec O'Connell!

Episode 7: Jon Evans

Jon Evans is a musician, surfer, runner, intrepid traveller and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Western Australia. In this episode, we travel back in time to Jon's early high school days in England as a self-confessed unruly and disengaged student.

We stop off at the Great Barrier Reef where Jon had his first real epiphany and swing past St Andrew's University where he completed his PhD. Finishing up the tour we arrive in Perth, where Jon shares his enduring passion for scientific inquiry and the projects he is currently involved with at UWA.

We discuss a wide range of topics close to Jon's heart including marine and evolutionary biology, the power of experiential learning and what it's like to teach an undergraduate interdisciplinary course, Darwinian Revolution.

Episode 8: Alan Harvey

Professor Alan Harvey is a world-leading neuroscientist, author and passionate musician. A graduate of Cambridge University and Australian National University, Alan has over 200 major publications including his 2017 book Music, Evolution and The Harmony of Souls – a sweeping inter-disciplinary look into the importance of music in human evolution and its continued relevance in modern society. Alan recently delivered a series of talks and workshops at Scotch College, exploring the connection between music and cognitive development in young people.

In this episode, we discuss many topics close to Alan's heart including the universality of music, music education and the increasing neuroscientific evidence for the many benefits associated with social music-making. We were also lucky to be joined by our colleague, Jenny Sullivan, Scotch College's Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 Music Curriculum Coordinator.

Episode 9: Bob Hunter

Bob Hunter is a soldier, storyteller, leader, perennial adapter and quintessential man of 'range'. Bob's many hats include: former SAS Commander, security risk consultant, rugby and cricket tragic, recently retired CEO of Rugby WA and former Scotch parent.

Bob shares his early days as a Hutchins boy growing up in Tassie to his time at Duntroon and his subsequent appointment as SAS Commander of Australia's Counter-Terrorism squadron. Bob shares a number of powerfully moving stories, none more harrowing than the tragic circumstances and aftermath of the 1996 Black Hawk disaster when Bob was in command. Bob also reveals details of his time as a private security risk consultant for the UN when he oversaw an incredibly high stakes operation in Iraq transporting ballot papers across the war-torn country.

Bob discusses mental health, PTSD, Scotch rugby, the critical importance of being adaptive and many other topics.

Episode 10: Professor Peter Quinn

Professor Peter Quinn is the Executive Director of ICRAR, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, an organisation spearheading one of the largest scientific endeavours in history. The mighty Square Kilometre Array telescope. This is a telescope 20 years in the making, one that will allow us to look back to the very first objects ever formed in the universe and one that is being built right here in Western Australia.

This is a wide-ranging conversation as Peter shares insights from his incredible career in astronomy. We discuss dark matter, black holes, the edge of the universe, future careers in astronomy, the benefits of taking multiple pathways as a scientist and all the most recent news on the development of this world-conquering telescope.



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