Wellbeing at Scotch encompasses everything we do to build each student's capacity to Live Life Well. Wellbeing is about Feeling Good and Doing Good. It is an overarching concept; wellbeing is the outcome we seek for every member of our community.

"Knowing the boy" is the basis of our Pastoral Care system and is the major process by which we strive to reach this outcome. At every stage of your son's growth, there are many staff who seek to understand what is going on in his life and what skills he needs to Live Life Well.

Positive relationships build a sense of belonging and a feeling of being connected, which encourages each boy to explore his capabilities and his surroundings. This web of inter-relationships, between students, staff, parents and the Old Scotch Collegians, provide a safety net and a spring board.


At Scotch, we have multiple layers of support for students who are finding the going difficult:

  • At an Academic level, we have the classroom teacher, Curriculum Leaders and a Dean of Teaching and Learning in each sub-school to support students who are facing challenges in a particular subject or in their academic studies.
  • We also have Deans of Pastoral Care in each sub-school, and House Heads in Senior School, whose role it is to also monitor and counsel students in a holistic way. The House Heads work with students in a wide variety of areas, from academic guidance through to social and emotional support.
  • We also have trained psychologists who work with students facing severe stress, anxiety or depression. In the Senior School, there are two psychologists, in Middle School there is a psychologist who has a 0.8 load and in the Junior School, there is 0.4 FTE equivalent.
  • In the Senior School, we have a full-time Chaplain who provides furthering counselling, particularly in regards to spiritual matters. In the Middle and Junior Schools, there is another full-time Chaplain who provides spiritual guidance to the younger years.


Scotch has, for many years, believed in the importance of offering leadership training to students, along with providing multiple opportunities for them to lead. The skills of leadership are closely tied to those associated with teamwork and self-awareness.

In the Senior School, we run a separate Leadership programme in Year 11 to assist students to better handle the responsibilities of being a Year 12 leader. We expect that all students will take on some form and level of responsibility within the school or their House in their final year and the Year 11 course offers opportunities to prepare for this with many practical activities.

In Middle School, Leadership skills are also taught to Year 8s as a stand-alone subject. This enables them to develop their capacity whilst taking on responsibilities related to leading the Middle School.

In the Junior School, there are multiple opportunities for Year 5 students to be involved in Leadership across a wide array of areas, from Community and Service, Languages, Music, Sport, and the Arts to the Houses.


Wellbeing is the capacity to function fully/effectively in all conditions/circumstances. It is about coping, contributing and thriving in order to Live Life Well. Wellbeing does not mean being happy all the time. It means being equipped to make the best of every situation; being capable of overcoming adversity and persisting/persevering in pursuit of a goal; and being willing to do what we can for others. Our role is to ensure that our students have the capacity (social, emotional, physical and spiritual resources) to ride life's waves and to thrive when the conditions are favourable; not just making do, or getting by, but soaring further than they expected they could or ever would. It is feeling good, and doing good. 

"Schools are, or should be, people places. Their primary purpose is to help young people to develop their potential to the full – that is, to nurture them as they grow and change."  W.R. Dickinson, Headmaster, 1971-1998

Wellbeing is a partnership. It is not something that one person can give to another. It is something over which each individual has agency, and our role as a school is to enable our students to realise this and to equip them with the skills to Live Life Well. A key element of this is developing a sense of belonging within each boy and a feeling of being connected to the community around him. In the Junior School, this is primarily done in the class room; in the Middle School, it is done at a Year level; and in the Senior School, it is done through the vertical House system.


At Scotch, we explicitly teach Wellbeing and lessons are delivered in designated Wellbeing periods. Connected to these, a core part of the Health curriculum deals with issues related to Wellbeing. Presently, our Wellbeing courses are structured around the following:

However, Wellbeing at Scotch is far more than a series of skills to be taught in a particular class. Wellbeing is implicit in all areas of life at Scotch:

  • It can be seen in the Pastoral Care programme which is so deeply ingrained in all parts of the school
  • It is felt in the academic, sporting and cultural programmes across the school
  • It is an essential element of the Community and Service programme
  • It is, perhaps most importantly, experienced in the day-to-day interactions between staff, students, parents and Old Scotch Collegians. The strong sense of community at Scotch is not like any other, and it is something of which we are proud.


Wellbeing is the outcome we seek to achieve; Pastoral Care is a significant part of the process that enables this outcome to be reached.

The Pastoral Care system at Scotch is a critical part of the way boys develop a sense of belonging and connection. The essence of Pastoral Care at Scotch is "Knowing the Boy". At Scotch, multiple staff will know your son, and he will be known by his peers and by students both older and younger, providing a web of relationships which supports his development. One staff member in particular will take responsibility for the growth and development of your son:

  • In the Junior School, Pastoral Care is exhibited in the way classroom teachers carefully monitor their boys
  • In the Middle School, the Homeroom teachers keep an eye on the boys in their homeroom class
  • In the Senior School, the House Heads dedicate themselves to ensuring your son is encouraged and supported in all his endeavours

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Scotch College
76 Shenton Road,
WA 6050

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