Welcome to Teaching and Learning at Scotch

This Teaching and Learning website is designed for the current parents of students at Scotch College. We aim to provide you with information that will keep you up to date with the academic programmes at the College. We have also included some of the frequently asked questions as well as the contacts you need in relation to all academic areas.

I invite you to explore these pages and find useful information regarding your son’s current academic programme.

Each page contains the contact information for the best person in the College to contact should you wish to find out further information.

If at any stage you have further questions, I encourage you to contact the College.

International Baccalaureate Learner Profile

The IB learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all students of Scotch College to learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

The profile aims to develop boys who are: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective.

Approaches to Learning

Through the Approaches To Learning in IB programmes, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them “learn how to learn”. ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for and demonstrate learning through meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate, the process of learning. The Approaches to Learning skills are:

  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Thinking Skills

Teaching and Learning Team

Peter Allen K-12

Peter Allen K-12

Director of Teaching and Learning
Peter is the Director of Teaching and Learning (K-12) at Scotch College, a position he commenced in 2014. His role is to collaborate with the Deans of Teaching and Learning in each sub-school to ensure we maximise the potential for each boy. Peter also supports staff across the College in the delivery of all of the International Baccalaureate programmes as well as the WACE programme in Years 11 and 12. Peter has the responsibility to oversee the College's strategic direction in  relation to Teaching and Learning. Peter has completed his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Queensland.
Cara Fugill 9-12

Cara Fugill 9-12

Dean of Teaching and Learning - Senior School
Cara is the Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Senior School (9-12). Part of her role is to collaborate with Curriculum Leaders to ensure the highest standard of teaching is achieved in every subject area. The Dean works closely with the Careers Adviser in the tracking of the students’ academic progress.  All academic and assessment programmes, reporting and pedagogy applied in the classroom, is the responsibility of the Dean, who has a thorough knowledge of the Middle Years and Diploma programmes and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).  In addition to this role, Cara is a member of the STEM programme team. Cara is currently studying a Master of Education degree at Curtin University.
Sophie Berry 6-8

Sophie Berry 6-8

Dean of Teaching and Learning - Middle School
Sophie is the Dean of Teaching of Learning in the Middle School (6-8) and the MYP Coordinator. The Dean of Teaching and Learning (MS) who is also the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) Coordinator, collaborates with teachers to ensure the delivery of quality programmes to the students.  All academic and assessment programmes, reporting and pedagogy applied in the classroom is the responsibility of the Dean who has a thorough knowledge of the MYP and Australian Curriculum.  In addition to this role Sophie is a member of the Mathematics Department. Sophie is currently studying a Master of Education degree at the University of Queensland.
Warwick Norman K-5

Warwick Norman K-5

Dean of Teaching and Learning - Junior School
The Dean of Teaching and Learning (JS) who is also the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) Coordinator, collaborates with teachers to ensure the delivery of quality programmes to the students.  All academic and assessment programmes, reporting and pedagogy applied in the classroom is the responsibility of the Dean, who has a sound knowledge of the PYP and Australian Curriculum. In addition to this role, Warwick is the Junior School Teacher Librarian.
Brad Tyrrell

Brad Tyrrell

Dean of Information and Learning Technology
Brad is the Dean of Information and Learning Technology from K-12, overseeing the Libraries, Information Technology Integration and Reprographics across the College. Brad works with each team to ensure that they deliver the best support to the teaching programmes possible for the boys. In addition to this Brad has excellent knowledge of the Business, Accounting and Technology related subjects in the senior school. Brad is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Adobe Education Leader. Brad has a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame in Educational Leadership and is currently studying a Diploma of Library and Information Services.
Peter Frusher

Peter Frusher

Career Advisor
Peter is the College's Careers Advisor, working closely with students in Senior School he is available to advise students on all matters relating to future careers. Peter is also a key staff member in guiding the Year 10 students in their subject selection as they make choices for Years 11 and 12. He is also responsible for assisting students who are looking to attend university, locally, interstate and overseas.
Aaron Gale

Aaron Gale

VET Coordinator
As VET Coordinator, Aaron's role is to establish and oversee student involvement in VET programmes. The VET Coordinator works collaboratively with Dean of Teaching and Learning and Careers Adviser to promote VET programmes, counsel and track students during the completion of their VET programme. The VET Coordinator also collaborates with external providers, industry, postsecondary institutions and community organisations to support students’ transition to postsecondary education and employment. The role includes involvement in work placements (WPL) in consulation with the Careers Adviser.
Katie Hobbs

Katie Hobbs

Administrative Assistant to Teaching and Learning
Katie supports all administrative aspects of teaching & learning across the College. Katie works closely with the Director and Deans of Teaching and Learning to ensure that we offer the boys the support that they need.

Strategic Plan

Goal: Through contemporary teaching and learning all boys will be empowered to achieve their potential and become engaged in the global community

Strategies

1. build a research culture around all learning initiatives

2. align learning environments with preferred pedagogy, technology and contemporary research

3. offer learning opportunities that increase global and local interaction

4. review academic extension and academic support to develop a PP-12 programme

5. develop a pre-scotch to Year 12 residential academic programme that enhances our residential boys’ academic achievement

6. review WACE course offerings to enable students to select courses that will enhance their personal achievement and wellbeing

7. align, extend and embed the explicit teaching of thinking skills

8. develop a sustainability framework based on Round Square

Strategies

1. develop the college as a regional leader within the IBO community

2. continue to develop the IB continuum to increase demand for the Scotch offering

3. engage internationally with world schools through the Round Square network to support and promote international opportunities for education for boys as an IB school

Strategies

1. engender in the staff a strong sense of efficacy in a positive work environment

2. ensure professional development of teaching staff is aligned to the Teaching and Learning programmes and the sub-school action plans

3. ensure all Year 11 and 12 teachers are capable of teaching dual curriculum

4. develop the use of the AITSL standards for teachers as part of their professional growth

Strategies

1. develop relevant external partnerships

2. develop a world class STEM programme from Years k-12 that encourages Scientific inquiry, Technological innovation, Engineering ingenuity and Mathematical rigour

3. develop academic and co-curricular programmes to inspire boys to engage meaningfully in the Arts and Languages