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Private High School Perth

Senior School: Years 9 to 12

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Scotch College's Senior School delivers an international standard of excellence in all areas of academia.

As a top private high school in Perth, WA, our dynamic all boys Senior School equips students with confidence and the tools to achieve excellence during and beyond school.

We offer many stimulating academic pathways, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, enabling your son to learn in the way that best suits him. Our priority is to help each student discover their identity and reach their fullest potential within a safe and nurturing environment.

Community, participation and future

I'm proud of our community that has a supportive culture of learning and compassion. Intellectual development is only one component of what we do at our high school. We equally support our students in their pursuit of physical, emotional and spiritual growth, fulfilling all of their needs.

We encourage participation as an integral way of developing resilience and independence. Our comprehensive service, sport and co-curricular programmes provide multiple avenues for our students to step outside of their comfort zone and discover their passions with the support of specialised staff and mentors.

We help our high school students identify their place in the world so that they can best use their skills and knowledge to help others. Upon graduation, our students become thoughtful members of the broader community and maintain lifelong membership in our Scotch community.

An academic pathway to suit each student

We offer numerous high school academic programmes to accommodate the many ways that our students learn. From the classroom to the sports field, we support our students to achieve their goals while equipping them with vital skills for life and higher education. Delivered within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes, the West Australian Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum, our Teaching and Learning programmes encourage self-driven and inquiry-based learning. We strive to holistically educate, in the view that our students become compassionate young people who use their knowledge for good.

Unlike other private high schools in WA, our Year 11 and 12 students can choose to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as an alternative to the stralian Certificate of Education. Steeped in contemporary educational research, this curriculum promotes critical thinking skills and is welcomed by the world's top universities, making it an easy choice for students wishing to study overseas.

Helping each student reach their potential

With the help of our attentive staff and engaged community, we've cultivated a supportive learning environment that promotes measured risks and resilience-building. Our individualised teaching approach ensures that each student is enriched, reassured and recognised.

Success or excellence looks different to each student and isn't confined to the classroom. We facilitate a range of stimulating academic, sport, arts and co-curricular programmes at our private high school in the hope that each student uncovers their passion and achieves excellence in their chosen field.

Mr Peter Burt
Head of Senior School

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Our campus


Our points of difference

Teaching and Learning

Years 9 and 10
In Years 9 and 10, we teach the Western Australian version of the Australian Curriculum.

Years 11 and 12
Students in years 11 and 12 can choose to undertake the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) programme or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The WACE programme is derived from the Western Australian Curriculum and offers students both Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and Vocational Education and Training pathways (VET). The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a unique learning pathway centred on independent thinking and is recognised across the globe.

How we teach
Our advanced pedagogical practices coupled with state-of-the-art facilities set the perfect environment for learning and achieving excellence. We encourage open-minded learning and have built a supportive culture where our students are excited to collaborate and learn. At the core of our high school curriculum is the importance of using knowledge to build a better future and become empowered thinkers.

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Co-Curricular

As part of our high school curriculum, we offer an array of sport, music (strings, voice, woodwind and brass), drama, pipes and drums, public speaking, debating, chess, mock trial and mooting competitions, philosophy opportunities. Our extensive co-curricular programmes afford avenues for students to broaden their education, develop new skills and build confidence.

Community and Service

Community service is an integral and longstanding component of a Scotch education and enables our students to become compassionate and empathetic members of the community. Students in Years 9 and 10 undertake structured weekly community service activities, facilitated with partnered agencies. In Years 11 and 12, our students coordinate service initiatives individually and within House groups, supported by our service captains.

Senior School students looking to extend their reach have multiple opportunities to embark on local, national and international service trips.

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Building solid personal, social, wellbeing and academic foundations are crucial in our mission to develop well-rounded and resilient young people.

Each student is placed in one of our eight Houses – a sub-community where students receive closer attention and connect with their peers. Fronted by a House Head and tutors, these observant figures monitor and support students as they progress through Senior School. Strengthening the connection between school and home, the House Head is a regular point of contact for pastoral care and wellbeing concerns. Tutorial groups contain students from a range of year groups, offering valuable opportunities for relationship-building and leadership.

Wellbeing is a priority for all members of our community and is key to a successful learning journey. Overseen by our Director of Staff and Student Wellbeing James Hindle, programmes are delivered by House Heads and reinforced in the classroom by teachers and tutors. Recurrent reflection, healthy habit building and communication are common threads in our programmes and are central to keeping mentally healthy. Our onsite chaplain and psychologists are always available for professional help and consultation.

Sport

Aside from our Physical Education programme, students can choose to participate in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Golf, Football, Hockey, Rowing, Rugby, Surfing, Sailing, Soccer, Strength & Conditioning (Year 11 and 12), Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, and Water Polo. Our teams compete against other high schools in a variety of competitions throughout the year, including the Public Schools Association.

Every student from all sporting levels has access to specialised coaches and advanced facilities, including our vast playing fields, to develop new skills and pursue individual and team success. We believe the physical and educational benefits of sport are invaluable, and we encourage students to learn about teamwork and leadership.

All high school students partake in Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics at our Inter-House competition and can choose to compete at an inter-school level.

Outdoor Education

Developed to build courage and confidence, our Outdoor Education programme exposes our students to unique experiences with the aid of specialised staff and guides.

Surfing, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, fishing, cultural learning, kayaking, canoeing and navigation are amongst the activities we offer, enabling students to attain rare skills.

Opportunities to learn in a natural environment are made simple with our Dwellingup-based Outdoor Education Centre, Moray. This leafy 66-hectare campus is set on the banks of the Murray River and is the home base for camping, bushwalking, rafting and water activities.

In Year 10, our comprehensive Expedition programme invites students to draw upon their previously acquired camping skills and explore incredible pockets of Western Australia, including Karijini National Park, Margaret River and Cape Range National Park.

Information Learning Technology and Libraries

Using advanced technologies, our students have can access up-to-date information and tools to enhance their learning experience. Our specialised ILT staff are available for support every day. As an Apple Distinguished School, high school students in Years 9 to 12 receive a 13" MacBook Air that is replaced every two years.

Our Senior Library has an expansive collection of library research guides and research databases to make content inquiry simple. We stock an array of fiction and non-fiction texts, designed to reinforce course content and enable our students to learn more about the world around them.

Using digital and literary resources, we strive to teach how to seek data and information, interpret it and apply it, producing critically thinking students who are ready for future studies.

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Specialist Facilities

  • Commercial kitchen
  • Design and Technology laboratories for wood and metal works
  • State of the art science laboratories
  • Memorial Hall – a 250-seat lecture theatre with an archival display
  • Art and Media studios
  • The Bunning Resource Centre – a Senior School library with dedicated collaboration and silent study areas
  • College Chapel
  • A Music facility with spaces for individual, small group and ensemble lessons
  • Maths and Commerce Building (features an 80-seat lecture theatre, exam centre, private study rooms and a Year 12 common room)
  • The Residence – academic extension and support facility
  • Physical Education Centre
  • Weights room and fitness centre
  • Heated 50m swimming pool

Academic Extension

For our students identified as gifted and talented, our Tàlantach programme offers an expansive range of academic enrichment, extension and acceleration opportunities. Academic extension is delivered within subjects studied using an accelerated curriculum. Enrichment is facilitated separately to extension with learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum.

Students identified for the Tàlantach programme join a strong academic culture that promotes curiosity, excellence and creativity, but more importantly, intellectual humility and a service mindset. We encourage our high school students to take opportunities that will best build on their strengths but also challenge them to go beyond their comfort zone. International collaborations with the Stanford International Institutes and, Scholar in Residence courses, Connect to Create and Enrichment Online micro-courses are some of the programmes on offer.

Academic Support

We provide tailored assistance to high school students with identified learning difficulties or disabilities. By evaluating school-based assessments, NAPLAN results, school reports, reports from external specialists and parent feedback, we ascertain and combat any issues which may disrupt their learning progression. Each student with a diagnosed learning disability has an assigned case manager to oversee the support offered in their classes.

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Scotch College is a highly esteemed all boys private high school in Perth, Western Australia committed to enriching the lives of our students.

If you'd like to find out more about Scotch College's high school programme, contact us on +61 8 9383 6800 or email us at admissions@scotch.wa.edu.au today.

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