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Integration Update - 20 September
 
Future Integration Updates from the Communications Team and Headmaster
 
Following two very busy school terms, this will my last Integration Update as I pass the baton to the Headmaster and Communications team. It has been my pleasure to act on behalf of the many committees and individuals, including many parents who have been working assiduously behind the scenes getting everything ready. This includes the Headmaster, the Executive Team and a number of teachers, who have been working tirelessly on a wide range of operational changes, from timetabling to the location of school lockers to the logistics of ensuring safe and regular bus transport between campuses next year.
 
They deserve a huge vote of thanks, and I encourage you to support them in their endeavours during Term 4 for the benefit of all their students. 
 
Term 4 will be a term of exams and closure, of sadness, and of hope for the future. There are a number of celebrations being planned across both schools and it will be a time of reflection, thanks and praise for past achievements, and prayers for future achievements as we look towards a very bright new future.
 
Change of name from ‘School Board’ to ‘College Council’
 
Since the announcement of the new name, Scots All Saints College, some ambiguity has arisen over the use of the term ‘School Board’ as the governing body for the College. As a result, the School Board (as it has been referred to in all previous communications) will now be called the ‘College Council’. This change aligns the term ‘College Council’ with the College Councils at The Scots College, Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney and Presbyterian Ladies’ College Armidale.
 
New School Plaid and Uniform
 
We have received overwhelming approval for the new plaid and uniforms announced last week. I can say that the actual material sample of the plaid is even better than the photo portrays. I think the girls will quickly be proud of wearing the new kilt and the boys will be equally proud of their smart new uniforms. Providing K-4 students with the option to wear either the blue jumper or the red jumper has also received very positive parent support.
 
I can confirm that the manufacturer continues to assure us that the uniform will be available from the beginning of the New Year, but as we don’t have a date at the moment, we will keep you informed as soon as we know more.
 
Parents are also keen to see the sports uniforms and other accessories. We understand this, but the design process is taking time to ensure the best possible outcomes. It is challenging, and I ask on behalf of the designers and the College Council to bear with us in this process.
 
New integrated Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)
 
The ICT team has been working on upgrading the infrastructure and computers on both campuses in preparation for 2019. Key initiatives that are underway include:
 
Server upgrade for the Scots campus that will increase the reliability and protection of data
New Wi-Fi access points across both campuses 
A new NBN connection into the ASC Campus 
A new range of iPads for the K-4 Junior School
Updated school laptops for Years 5-6
A revised BYOD program for Years 7-12 (to be released next week)
Staff computer upgrades 
A revised Canvas platform for teaching and learning, along with teacher training and support for key platforms
 
These upgrades and new technology will benefit all students and teachers and will position the College at the forefront of Information Technology as a platform for educational excellence.
 
New Boarding Facilities
 
The new girls’ Boarding House, Thompson House, is near completion, freshly painted and carpeted with brand new study and bed facilities. I’m told it looks terrific, although the proof will be in the feedback from the girls and their parents as they inspect them during next term ahead of 2019.
 
 
We are still upgrading the boys’ boarding facilities to provide single room accommodation for all Year 12 students, which will be completed during Term 4.
 
Where to find the latest School Video presentations
 
A few videos have been produced by our Communications team and they are well worth viewing!
The Special Ceremony film played at the recent Spring Fair event is now available on the new @ScotsAllSaints Facebook page. It can also be viewed on the new @ScotsAllSaints YouTube Channel via this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpVSJgIbSIY
A short Highlights from Spring Fair 2018 video has also been posted on Facebook and can be viewed on this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADYBDhLR-WM
 
I trust you have a relaxed holiday break. I also extend my warm regards to all Year 12 students as they prepare for their exams and pray God’s richest blessings on them in their future walk.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update 13 September 2019

Thanks to the All Saints’ College P&F and parents for a wonderful Spring Fair 
Heartiest congratulations to All Saints’ College P&F President, Tracey Finau, the Spring Fair Committee and supporter parents for a highly successful Spring Fair. It was a beautiful spring day and the School Board appreciated the support of the P&F to have the Special Ceremony as part of the Fair. We have received fantastic feedback about the video that was released during the Special Ceremony, which can be found on the Scots All Saints College Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/scotsallsaints/.
 

New School Plaid and Uniform
Following many hours of meetings and consultative discussions involving the Executives of both schools’ P&F Associations, the Sports Masters and the School Board, it is my privilege to launch the new plaid (tartan) and uniform. Due to available space in this Update, I have attached three pictures: a photo of the actual weave of the plaid for the girls’ uniform; a picture of the Middle and Senior School uniforms; and a picture of the Junior School uniform for girls.

The core uniform will be identical across both Middle and Senior schools. It will encompass a Navy Blazer with Crest; Navy V-neck Jumper with Red and Blue stripe at neck; White Shirt – short and long Sleeve; and Grey Trousers and Shorts.

The Junior School uniform (K-4) will be styled for younger children using the same elements, but without the Blazer. Girls will wear a V-neck check pinafore (pictured), which is a new style, and will be more dress-like in shape. It will be cooler in summer as it will not have double thickness as are the current pinafores and will be worn all year round.

Girls and boys will have the option to wear either a blue or red jumper (the new school colours). This will result in a glorious mix of blue and red throughout the Junior School as girls and boys wear their preferred colour. It will also mean that the transition from Year 4 to Year 5 (from Junior to Middle School) will be celebrated by all boys and girls moving from their red and blue jumpers to navy jumpers that will remain the same through to Year 12.

The Pre-Kindergarten uniform is currently being designed and it and other uniform components, including ties, socks, summer, winter and elite sports uniforms, house polo shirts, hats, etc., will be shown to the Board shortly and released as soon as they are approved.

As there is a two year phase-in period for the uniform, the designers and the Board resolved it was sensible to take time to do it well. Having said this, the current priority is to have the core components of each of the Pre-K, Junior, Middle and Senior School uniforms available for the start of the 2019 school year.  

In announcing these uniforms, I would like to thank sincerely everyone who has been involved in sharing their views and suggestions about the designs over the past few months. It has been very challenging at times to reconcile emotionally different points of view. The Board commends these new uniforms to all students and parents.

The Board and Uniform Committee continue to work with the Executive of both P&F Associations, so please address your questions and comments to them in the first instance. We will respond to questions and announce further design elements in future communications as they continue to be developed.

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 6 September 2018

 
Launch of New Marketing Campaign for the New School
 
As momentum builds around Scots All Saints College in preparation for the start of 2019, a new marketing campaign has been prepared by the Communication, Marketing and Enrolments (CME) Committee and Executive Team.
  
The focus of the new advertising material is the students, both senior and junior, engaging in a positive way with their classmates, enjoying all that the new school has to offer. On behalf of the School Board, it is my privilege to launch the new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scotsallsaints and encourage students and staff, parents and friends to connect with us from today.
 
 
The ‘built-up’ or ‘layered’ circle in the design represents the core building blocks or foundations of Scots All Saints College - centred on Christian values, inclusiveness and community-focus as a co-educational day and boarding college. The circle also represents the evolving nature of the College as it seeks to preserve the heritage and culture of two outstanding schools in Bathurst and the Central West and to build on them, to create a new regional school of choice for all students.
 
The new tagline, 'space to be' encompasses the capability of the College to provide ‘a world of opportunities’ for all students through its unrivalled physical space of 150 acres across three campuses in the heart of Bathurst and Lithgow. The idea of students feeling safe, comfortable, at ease, accepted, and included as an individual in their own right with pastoral care and teaching excellence to support each student to be who they want to be – or for students to have the space to simply ‘be me’.
 
As the imagery of the campaign is developed over coming months, we will be expanding on all elements of the learning, sport, arts and co-curricular environments, and the space that they will provide for every student to discover all they can be: socially, emotionally and physically.
The word ‘space’ has been chosen to celebrate not only the substantial physical space of the school campuses but the infinite universe of possibility where students can explore their potential to be at one with themselves and others as they learn and grow in a nurturing and caring school environment.
 
Within the universe of the space to be, over the next few months the School Board and the Executive Team will be introducing and expanding on the following core elements of the cultural fabric of the new school (although not limited to and in no particular order):
 
space to connect
space to lead
space to create
space to thrive
space to excel
space to challenge
space to believe
 
It is an exciting time for Scots All Saints College. I look forward to catching up with Scots and All Saints students, staff, parents and Old Boys and Old Girls at the Spring Fair this Sunday.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 30 August 2018

Can the new School Crest be changed?
 
Thank you to those parents who have emailed me excited to see the new crest for the College.
 
However, since announcing it last week, David Gates and I have also received a number of emails and communications objecting to it.  
 
Unfortunately, whilst understanding that parents, students or Old Boys or Old Girls may not be happy with it, or parts of it, it is unable to be changed.
 
The crest was presented and discussed at the General Assembly in July as part of the approval of the merger of the two schools to form Scots All Saints College.
 
Now that is has been launched to the school community and externally, it is being included in all branding and promotion materials for the new school, such as a soon to be released Facebook page, marketing campaign and website.
 
We will keep you updated as these important communication channels are developed.
 
What is happening about the new uniform?
 
As was the case with the new name for the school, some colour elements of the design of the new uniform are causing great anxiety and anguish in one or other of the two school communities.
 
On behalf of the School Board, they understand and deeply appreciate that some of the decisions are difficult to reconcile between the two.
 
Having said this, I am very pleased to advise that most elements have now been agreed to and that the Board is close to resolving the final combinations of colours and elements.
 
The Board has also signed the contract for the manufacture and supply of the new uniform.
 
Unlike previous practices in both schools, the supplier will also manage the Uniform Shop, thereby reducing the need for the new school to hold stock, which will provide substantial benefits to the school, and to parents.
 
Subject to resolution of the final uniform design by the Board, the new uniforms will be announced and we will be able to advise planned timelines for supply and availability.
 
What is the vision for the new school?
 
I have been asked again about the vision for Scots All Saints College.
 
While the General Assembly has a clear mission and purpose for the new school, the College’s Vision and Strategic Plan will be developed by the School Board ahead of the start of the school in 2019.
 
However, core guiding principles of the vision have been consistently communicated at a number of different parent, student and staff forums over the past twelve months and presented to the General Assembly. 
 
The guiding principles for the vision remain as follows:
 
1. The vision will begin with a child focus
2. The vision will focus on educational excellence
3. The vision will be Christ-centred
4. The vision will be a new future for both schools
 
The vision will reinforce the new school as a leading co-educational boarding and day school for all students.
 
Our aspiration as a Church for all our schools is that all students, irrespective of where their careers or employment lead them in the future, will grow in grace and knowledge and be open to the possibilities of global knowledge and best practice.
 
Our prayer is that they also grow in their faith in Christ.
 
What is happening about promoting the new school?
 
An immense amount of work is being undertaken by various groups in the school, whereby communications will be increasingly broader than simply through this Integration Update.
 
Indeed, all communications and promotions for the new school have become the responsibility of the new Communication, Marketing and Enrolment Committee of the School Board.
 
This Committee is being very capably supported by Lynda Ireland from Scots and Lisa Ellery from All Saints working with external suppliers and consultants.
 
I would like to acknowledge the huge amount of work, love and care being provided over recent weeks and months by these extremely gifted individuals and thank them for their preparation of the launch of the new school at the Special Ceremony as part of Spring Fair on Sunday week.
 
I thank God that Scots All Saints College has been blessed with parents and staff who are passionate to help to bring these two schools together as one new school from 2019.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 16 August 2018

Appointment of Middle Management Positions

I congratulate Mr David Gates, Mr John Weeks and the Executive Team in the appointments announced this morning by Mr Gates, and congratulate all appointees. As Mr Gates stated in his announcement, we are very fortunate to have highly experienced and enthusiastic academic, student welfare and co-curricular leaders ready to take on these leadership positions. I was thrilled to hear how many teachers applied for these roles, as it reflects the depth of talented teachers in both schools.  While those who missed out will be disappointed, I congratulate them for stepping forward and know their ongoing passion for educating and developing every child in their care.

School Crest, Colours and Uniforms

As I said in last week’s Update, these are some of the hottest topics at the moment. I also said last week that I was looking forward to introducing the crest and colours, and the story behind the design, to you this week. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet as we resolve some finer details, so will be announcing them next week. I ask for your patience as we ensure that every element of the design process is considered and resolved before announcing the new crest and new school colours.

The Spring Fair on 9 September

The All Saints’ College Parents and Friends Association and Spring Fair Committee are doing an outstanding job in preparing for the annual Spring Fair on Sunday 9 September. I look forward to seeing many of you there at the Special Ceremony at 11:30 am as part of the Program. As I said last week, the ceremony will be relaxed - celebrating the heritage and culture of the two schools uniting to be one in 2019.  

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 9 August 2018

Inaugural Chairman and Deputy Chair of School Board

Following the Board meeting held on Saturday 4 August, I am very pleased to confirm that Mr Hamish Thompson has been appointed the first Chairman of the Board of Scots All Saints College. Hamish is well known to many parents at All Saints’ College as a current parent with a son in Year 11 and another son who completed Year 12 last year. Also well known to many Scots Old Boys as a former student and boarder of The Scots School, Hamish boarded at Scots for six years in Bulkeley House. Hamish’s appointment continues an outstanding legacy left by his father, who served on The Scots School Council for many years, and in whose honour Thompson House was named. Hamish was a member of the All Saints’ College Board over the past six months leading up to the General Assembly’s decision to merge the two schools and constitute the new School Board on 12 July.

I am also very pleased to confirm that Mrs Rosemary McKay has been appointed the first Deputy Chair of the new School Board. Rosemary is well known in The Scots School community as a former parent of three children, but she also has connections with the All Saints’ community as a former All Saints’ College student. Rosemary is experienced in school governance, being a former Board and Finance Committee member of The Scots School since 2014.

Both Hamish and Rosemary bring strong business and finance backgrounds, cross-school experiences, and a deep understanding of the heritage and culture of both schools. They are supported by a Board with wide expertise in education, business management and finance. I commend Hamish and Rosemary in their new roles and ask you to support and uphold them in your prayers.

A Special Invitation to the Spring Fair – 9 September 2018

All Saints’ College is holding its annual Spring Fair on Sunday 9 September. With the support of the Parents and Friends Association and Spring Fair Committee, all parents and friends from both school communities are warmly invited to a Special Ceremony at 11:30 am as part of the Spring Fair Program. In the spirit of this community event, the ceremony will be relaxed - celebrating the heritage and culture of the two schools uniting to be stronger in 2019. Everyone is invited to come along to share in the celebration of the Spring Fair as one united community. 

School Crest, Colours and Uniforms

It is no secret these are some of the hottest topics at the moment. We understand this and are moving swiftly to finalise the new crest and colours this week. I look forward to introducing them to you in next week’s Integration Update, together with the story behind the development of the design. The crest design and colours have been approved by the new School Board and will be reflected in the key elements of the Special Ceremony at the Spring Fair. They will also play an integral part in the design of the uniforms, which are being developed with the support of a number of parents who had previously nominated for the Integration Working Group Uniform Committee earlier last term. Due to the number of variations in sports uniforms, these are being developed in close association with the Sports Masters of both schools. I hope to say a lot more about the uniforms in the coming weeks.  

Local Media Coverage

Many parents and friends would have seen the news stories and press from Tuesday this week – a wonderful story of the coming together of the two schools, from the viewpoint of the students. The story featured as a lead story for all three news channels, WIN, Prime and Channel 9 and also featured on the promos. Radio news stories featured on 2BS radio and B-Rock local radio throughout Tuesday with an interview from Headmaster, David Gates. There may be other local print stories published in the coming week. 

Positive messages were replayed with good positioning as a regional school of choice and focus on students already enjoying the benefits of integration activities. Everyone involved, including our Senior Executive Team and Year 11 students Bradley Gardiner and Gabrielle Boshier who were interviewed, did a fantastic job and are heartily congratulated. The Year 5 and Kindy kids were AMAZING and this is a testament to the fabulous school community spirit which is thriving here.  We hope this endorsement from local media will help educate the wider community on our new school and will have a far-reaching impact on parents who may be considering enrolling their children.

This week’s news stories will be shared on both school Facebook pages and our Communications team is currently working on a strategy to launch our new @ScotsAllSaints Facebook page later in the year. We strongly believe we will be offering a unique co-educational boarding and day student experience for all students regardless of age. Momentum is building across several integration teams, including staffing, upgrading buildings and infrastructure, integrating information systems and technology across campuses, finalising uniform design and manufacture, and branding, communications and marketing. I deeply appreciate the skills, experience and passion that many parents and friends are enthusiastically bringing to bear as we continue the process of uniting our two great schools. Thank you to all those involved.

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 26 July 2018

 
New School Board
 
As was announced two weeks ago, the General Assembly approved the merger of the two schools; the Constitution and name of the new school, Scots All Saints College.
 
After enlightening debate on the use of apostrophes, the Assembly also resolved that the new school’s name and campus names would not contain apostrophes.
 
The Assembly also appointed the new school Board and I am privileged to introduce to you the members, together with a brief background on each:
 
Mr Andrew Abel – lives in Bathurst; financial accountant and adviser; current parent at The Scots School.
 
Dr Theresa Cook – lives in Bathurst; general dentist in local practice; current parent at All Saints’ College.
 
Mrs Ruth Clements – lives in Bathurst; retired teacher and Infants Coordinator at All Saints’ College.
 
Mr Paul Gorrick – lives in Bathurst; retired General Manager for a group of rural health/hospital services; former board member of Carinya Christian School in Tamworth.
 
Mr Jim Grant – lives in the upper Blue Mountains; retired teacher, lecturer, regional and state mathematics consultant and an educational publisher; former Board member of The Scots School.
 
Mrs Rosemary McKay – lives in Bathurst; former registered nurse; current management accountant in the Local Health District; former Board member of The Scots School; former Scots parent and All Saints’ Old Girl.
 
Mr David Mills – lives in Bathurst; retired after a career in the military, the public sector and a time working with the Salvation Army; former Board member of The Scots School.
 
Mrs Jennifer Stone – lives in Cowra; retired from active involvement in school parent representative committees including human resources and recruitment; former Board member of The Scots School.
 
Dr Shevahn Telfser – lives in Bathurst; manager of the international mobility office at Charles Sturt University; former Board member of The Scots School; former Scots parent.
 
Mr Michael Siede – lives in Bathurst; corporate advisor; current parent at All Saints’ College.
 
Mr Hamish Thompson – lives in Bathurst; local business owner and manager; current parent at All Saints’ College; former Old Boy of The Scots School. 
 
Mrs Robyn White – lives in Cowra; former secondary school teacher; current teacher at the Western Institute of TAFE; former Board member of The Scots School; former Scots boarding parent.
 
I commend the new Board to our school community for your support and prayers.
 
Communications
 
As part of the transition to the start of the new College from 2019, a Communications team has been formed with professional assistance and leadership.
 
Amongst a number of initiatives, the new team is currently conducting a Communications audit to improve and streamline communications to keep students, parents and the school community updated with important information. 
 
Parents will continue to receive Integration Updates via each school newsletter on a weekly basis. 
 
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document has been developed and is available online to be updated as required.
 
Currently, both Scots and All Saints school websites share information via an Integration Link.
 
Open communication with parents and students will continue via email, letter and face to face through classroom discussions, notices, assemblies, forums and meetings as required.
 
Please continue to connect with school posts on our current social media pages, including Facebook.
 
In the coming months, with the launch of the new school colours, crest and uniform, you will start to see the new College emerging through new branding on communications, email signatures, email addresses, signage, social media and media stories as we transition and prepare for 2019 as Scots All Saints College.
 
We appreciate the challenges and anticipation of the Integration process, however, with recent Senior Leadership and new Board appointments, name announcement and direction, there is significant momentum and excitement for Scots All Saints College.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding while this process continues to ensure we are future focused and future ready.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update – 28 June 2018

Last Update Until Next Term

David sends his regards from the Northern Territory, where he and his family, and twelve students and two teachers, have been visiting Ti Tree community and school, a small community north of Alice Springs, which Scots has had a long association through the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation and from where three Scots’ boarding students come.

Senior Staff Appointments

Unfortunately, the formal announcement of the new Senior Leadership Team will be delayed until tomorrow morning as we are finalising some details in respect of the announcement. The announcement will be communicated to all staff tomorrow morning, and then sent by email to all parents tomorrow afternoon. As advised last week, the independent Panel was very impressed with all those who applied, and I would like to extend my thanks to all those who took the time to be interviewed and considered. Appointments will be made early in Term 3 for Heads of Department and Heads of House or Year Groups along with other senior responsibility positions. 

Name Of The New School

As has been advised from the beginning of this process, in two weeks’ time it will be the General Assembly that will approve the integration of the two schools. It will do this by approving the proposed Constitution for the new school and the members to the new School Board. To be absolutely transparent, a name for the new school has not been included in the Trustee Report to the General Assembly, nor has a name been advised to members of the General Assembly. In other words, while ‘Bathurst Presbyterian College’ was circulated last weekend through the two school communities as a result of some very enterprising Year 11 or 12 students, that name is still only an alternative to the name that was announced in March.

The Trustees, and the combined two Schools Boards have undertaken a long and arduous process of initially considering and approving ‘Scots ASC College’ as the proposed name and then considering alternative names following the strident reaction to the announcement and a rallying call for a new name for the new school. It should be noted that that rallying call came not only from the All Saints’ community but from a wide range of stakeholders, including from some Scots parents and some Scots’ Old Boys and Old Girls whose view was that the new school should have a new name. The Trustees immediately acknowledged concerns about the name being effectively ‘College College’. As a result, they recognised that, at the very least, the name should be changed to be simply Scots ASC, or more correctly, Scots All Saints’ College.

Whilst the process of choosing the new name was not intended to be democratic, the preferences (all different) of all major stakeholders have been critically important to them and they, and I on their behalf, have sought to consult as widely as possible in order to be well informed and to be respectful of all. This includes receiving and seriously considering a petition on Monday this week circulated by the Scots Old Boys and Old Girls for the Trustees to retain the original name or, at the very least, not to lose the ‘Scots’ name in the name for the new school. While I personally have offended a number of Scots Old Boys in recent email exchanges, which was not intended and for which I have extended my sincere apologies, I wish to assure all parents and Old Boys and Old Girls from both school communities that I have been utterly consistent from the very beginning of this process that the new school will be a true integration of the strengths and values of both our great schools, ‘weaved into a new school in respect to which current and future students will be as proud and as loyal as our current Old Boys and Old Girls are for their school’.

Indeed, the very understandable and deeply appreciated emotions from both school communities, initially from All Saints’ and more recently from The Scots School, are testament to the strength of values that have carried both schools through some very difficult times in past years, as well as into the current period of change. These values will strongly underpin the values that will emerge in the new school. In summary, I can confirm that ‘Bathurst Presbyterian College’ will be going before the Assembly as an alternative to ‘Scots All Saints’ College’. The Assembly will be fully informed of the journey that we have travelled over the past three months in respect of these two names, including the appeals received, and the Assembly alone will choose the name.

We acknowledge that neither name may be acceptable to some parents. To those, I appeal to you to wait until we have time to present the full branding for the new school in Term 3, including the design for the new school uniforms, as all those who are involved are truly excited about how these, and every other aspect of the new school, are coming together. I trust you and your families have a relaxed break over these school holidays and I look forward to communicating with you again in Term 3.

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator

 


Integration Update - 21 June 2018

Only a Brief Update Today Ahead of Several Announcements Next Week

With only one week to the end of Term, a number of matters are coming to a head, although unfortunately, some are taking a little longer to settle before announcements can be made.

Senior Staff Appointments

The Panel that Mr Weeks has been chairing finalised their interviews last week and the senior appointments that they recommended were endorsed by the combined school Boards last Saturday.  However, we continue to engage with one or two applicants who were unsuccessful. I ask for your understanding as we genuinely respect all those who took the time to apply for these positions. Mr Weeks has advised me that it was particularly challenging for the Panel due to the calibre of teachers who applied. They were very impressed with all those who applied and believe that those who have been selected would provide outstanding leadership in any school environment. We look forward to announcing them as soon as possible, but I expect that this will not be possible until next week. I ask all staff members and parents to bear with us in this matter and to be patient for a few more days. As stated in previous Updates, further leadership appointments will be made early in Term 3 for Heads of Department and Heads of House or Year Groups along with other senior responsibility positions. 

Name of the New School

As I am sure all Scots’ parents are aware, as well as many All Saints’ parents, an online petition to gauge support for the Trustees to keep the name of the earlier school name is circulating amongst the Scots’ community.  

The Trustees understand the reasons for this petition and, as consistently communicated to the integration working groups and parent forums, respect the appeals of all parents as we deeply appreciate their love of their school, and the grief caused by the merger of two schools with long and proud traditions into one new school.

With respect to the process for determining the name, the Trustees have sought to consult as widely as possible in order to be well informed before making their decision. Whilst the process of choosing the new name was not intended to be democratic, the preferences (all different) of all major stakeholders have been critically important to them.

Although I stated in Integration Update #5 on 31 May that no announcement of the new name will be made until after it is tabled at the General Assembly in mid-July, our current thinking is that it may help the Scots’ and All Saints’ communities to be advised of the name. The reason for this is quite simply that the combined School Boards and the Trustees are very impressed with and excited about the new school’s crest and branding, which incorporates the emblems of the Lion of the tribe of Judah from Revelations 5 (the Scots’ Lion); the open Bible; and the Cross of Christ, and which incorporates a new logo and the new name. We hope and are confident, that all parents, students, staff, and former Old Boys and Old Girls will be as pleased as we are with not only the new design but also the incorporation of the Lion emblem into the design of the new uniforms. I believe it is true to say that the feedback from those parents and other stakeholders who have provided us with great support during this process are very excited by what they have seen. We will pick this up with the Trustees on Monday and I will advise you the outcome next week.

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update – 14 June 2018

 
Integration is progressing well and is on track
 
With only two weeks to the end of Term 2, I am pleased to advise that all elements of the integration process are progressing well:
 
New Colours, Crest and Uniform
 
The design of the new school colours, crest and uniforms are on track to be presented to a combined parents’ forum in early Term 3.  I hope to announce the date of the Forum in next week’s Update.
 
Five Staff Integration Working Groups
 
Staff are working very well together in five different working groups:
1. Staff Collegiality Group – which is focusing on developing opportunities for staff collegiality across all disciplines, co-curricular and year groups during Terms 3 and 4.
 
2. Student Engagement Group – which is focusing on various formal and informal opportunities to get students from both schools in year groups together over the next two terms.
 
3. Year 11/12 Focus Group – which is working to ensure that the current Year 11 & 12 at both schools do not lose focus during this period of change through close collaboration and using staff resources at both schools.
 
4. Senior Learning Space/Library Upgrade at the Scots Campus – which has been formed to consider what needs to be done to upgrade the current Scots campus Library to a modern Learning Centre in readiness for next year.  The aim is to have all the work done during Term 4 so that all Year 12 students have appropriate study space and technology for their study periods next year.
 
5. New House Names Group – which has the task to resolve and recommend the names for the new competition Houses for Swimming, Athletics, Cross-Country, Music, Drama, Debating and any new competition we may choose to add to the new school. 
 
Mr John Weeks and Staff Appointments
 
This week, Mr Weeks has been chairing the panel to interview and appoint the Senior Executive Staff, with the new school’s Senior Executive positions expected to be announced before the end of Term.  Further leadership appointments will be made early in Term 3 for Heads of Department and Heads of House or Year Groups along with other senior responsibility positions. 
 
Mr David Gates Sabbatical Leave
 
As advised last week, Mr Gates will be taking sabbatical leave from 17 June until 13 July.  During this time he will visit two schools in the Northern Territory including the Ti Tree School 195 kms north of Alice Springs and St Phillips College in Alice Springs.  Progress on the integration process will continue unabated during this period.
 
Last Scheduled School Board Meetings this Saturday
 
The integration of the two schools is a period of great change in all aspects of the two schools, other than to the underlying core values and passion of everyone involved in the two schools to educate and develop children, adolescents and young people to their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment.   These core values and mission have been lived by every member of the two School Boards over the past six months since we announced the purchase of All Saints’ College in December 2017.  But, I know they are the humble but proud present-day holders of the great legacy passed to them by the many generations of previous board members of both The Scots School and All Saints’ College since the two schools were first established.
 
The combined Board meeting this Saturday will be the last scheduled Board meeting for both schools as we prepare for the General Assembly during the week of 9 July 2018.  At the rising of the Assembly a new School Board for the new merged school will be announced, with the baton passed to that new group of individuals.
  
The combined Board meeting this Saturday will be a time of reflection, praise and thanks for four members who have served diligently and faithfully, and contributed greatly and graciously to their respective School Boards.
 
They are Mr Michael Inwood, who joined The Scots School Board in 2012; Rev Tristan Merkel, who joined The Scots School Board in 2015 and Mr Allan Blanch, who joined the new All Saints’ Board at the beginning of this year.  On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for their service and contribution during this process.
 
The fourth member is Mr Adrian Lamrock, who will be stepping down as Chairman of The Scots School over the past five years.  Mr Lamrock is leaving an outstanding legacy of Christian leadership for the new school as, not only has he served as a Board Member since 2012 and Chairman since 2013, he was also a former Principal of The Scots School Bathurst from 1998 to 2003.
  
I am honoured to have worked with Adrian over the past several years, and look forward to keeping him informed of progress as he is a respected member of the General Assembly, and a good friend.
 
I will let Adrian speak in his words:
 
It has been a real privilege to work with the Board of Scots over the past six years. They are a hard-working group, absolutely committed to the future of Scots and, more recently, of the new school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them personally for their hard work and tremendous support.
  
Living in Newcastle I have increasingly found the time taken by travel to Bathurst and the times spent in meetings at Scots have become more difficult to manage.
  
Nevertheless, it has been a difficult decision because I am absolutely committed to the integration of Scots and All Saints.  Some may remember that Dr Tim Wright (former Headmaster of All Saints) and I tried to achieve this integration around seventeen or eighteen years ago.  The fact that it is now about to become a reality is very exciting for me and I will watch the process with keen interest and support, although from a distance.  I am grateful for the chance to have been part of Scots, on and off, for more than twenty years and I also have a very strong respect for All Saints.  I look forward to them being built harmoniously into a new, single, school in the years ahead and certainly commit myself to praying for God’s blessing on the new school as it develops.”
 
Adrian will be honoured at a special Scots School assembly tomorrow afternoon.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 7 June 2018

 
New Uniform
We are very pleased to advise that we have commissioned a uniform designer to work with Australian Public Affairs (APA) and representatives from the two P&F Associations. We very much appreciate the involvement, offer of assistance, and suggestions from a number of parents from both school communities over the past few months about the Uniform Committee. However, after discussion with the designer and APA, we realised that to achieve the tight deadlines for design and manufacture, we needed to reduce the number of people involved. As a result, the Presidents of the two P&F Associations and two other representatives from each school met with the designer and APA this week to begin the process. For those who missed out, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your enthusiasm and support and seek your understanding for the process proceeding with reduced numbers. I am advised that this working group collaborated very well on Tuesday and was able to create a list of the uniforms required and come to decisions quite easily. They believe that quite a lot of the uniform will be able to be stocked by current suppliers which hopefully will help with timeline and cost. The working group was a little unsure on all the sporting uniforms, especially as All Saints' has a lot of different uniforms for each sport.  As a result, the designer will meet with the Heads of Sport later this week to confirm needs and expectations. The designer is very excited about the opportunity, and the feedback that I have received from those involved this week is one of optimism and pride for the design and colours.  As the students are expected to join and collaborate with students from our other schools (“imagine a combined schools music spectacular with students from PLC Croydon and PLC Armidale”), the designer is ensuring that particularly the girls’ uniforms, while distinctly different, will be seen as part of one family.
 
Five New Sporting Houses
In consultation with APA and this working group, we have decided a different approach to Sporting Houses that we shared earlier this year. Consistent with our vision for a new school, all students will be intermingled into five new Sporting Houses in 2019, each with a new House name. Over the past two weeks, a committee of staff members from both schools reviewed 40 famous Australians as names for the new houses, and shortlisted 10 for further consideration. The following criteria is being applied to the decision on house names:
The five Houses which will be continuous from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Named after respected Australians with values we wish to develop and see reflected in our students and in the new school.
Each will be Christian in their belief and service to humanity.
At least two males and two females represented. 
The five House names to be representative of a range of fields of endeavour, for example - sport, education, the arts, service to humanity, Christian mission. 
None of the five Houses will have any direct link to either school, that is, not an old boy/girl or past Headmaster.
The final House names and colours will, together with the new School Board, school name, crest and uniform, be launched at a combined parent forum in early Term 3.
 
Question and Answer Sessions with Students
Mr David Gates is currently conducting Question and Answer sessions with all year groups from Year 7-11 separately at both schools. The session begins with an update on the integration process and key decisions for 10 minutes followed by 40 minutes to answer student questions. The sessions have been very positive and insightful and the students very positive in their approach. Mr Gates will do the same with Junior School students early next term.
 
Mr John Weeks and Staff Appointments
Mr Weeks will return from overseas next week and will chair the panel to interview and appoint the Senior Executive Staff. The following Senior Executive positions will be announced before the end of term:
 
Head of Campus at the All Saints’ Campus
Head of Campus at the Scots Campus
Director of Student Wellbeing
Director of Co-curricular
Director of Boarding
 
Further leadership appointments will be made early in Term 3 for Heads of Department and Heads of House or Year Groups along with other senior responsibility positions. 
 
Mr David Gates Sabbatical Leave
Mr Gates will be taking a few weeks of sabbatical leave from 17 June until 13 July. During this time he will visit two schools in the Northern Territory including the Ti Tree School 195 kms north of Alice Springs and St Phillips College in Alice Springs. The Ti Tree School holds a special place for The Scots School due to a relationship built over the past six years, with three indigenous students enrolled from the community. During the last week of this term, 11 students from Years 8-11 and two staff will visit Ti Tree to build relationships with the school and community, assist in the classroom, do community service and enjoy learning more about the aboriginal culture. Mr and Mrs Gates are looking forward to the break from the busy schedule this year and to seeing the beauty of the Northern Territory before returning at the beginning of Term 3. We pray God’s richest blessings on them and the students in their travels.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 
 

Integration Update – 31 May 2018

Scots Parent Forum 30 May
I would like to thank all Scots parents who attended the Forum last night. Two sessions were facilitated: the first focused on the Junior School, and the second focused more on Middle and Senior School.

Please download a copy of the slides that were presented by clicking HERE.

It became clear in both sessions that, while parents appreciated these Integration Updates, they are looking for far greater detail about a number of matters, including bus transport to and from school; bus transport between campuses, including before and after school; and a number of concerns were expressed about the safety of so many cars picking up young children at All Saints’ College. As a result, we will immediately move to identify and engage a road traffic consultant to provide us advice on this important subject. 

As it is not possible in the timeframe this morning to expand on the questions and answers, David Gates and I will be preparing written answers over the next week for wider circulation. I affirmed last night that the Trustees have resolved that all elements of the school will be created new through a true merger of the two schools, built on the foundations of the history and values of both, weaved together into a new tapestry. A new school with a regionally unique Junior Middle Senior School structure; new sporting and welfare houses and expanded co-curricular activities; new and expanded educational programs; new school uniform; and a new school name and crest.  

After consideration of many appeals from parents, staff and other stakeholders, the Trustees have resolved to change the name of the new school that was announced in March. However, no announcement of the new name will be made until after it is considered and approved by the General Assembly in mid-July, at which time the Assembly will also be asked to approve the new Constitution and members of the new School Board.

The new Board comprises an excellent and balanced mix of skills and experience; parents and former parents and students from both schools; and gender. All live in Bathurst or regionally, and all are actively involved in their current school.

Uniforms and Committees
In association with the Presidents of both P&F Associations, I am progressing discussions with a prospective uniform designer over the next few days and hope to make a formal announcement about the uniforms next week.

I am also progressing discussions with local IT experts (who are also parents) to develop an Information Technology Strategic Plan for the new school, and hope to say more on this next week.
We continue discussion with the Executive teams of the two P&F Associations on the merger of the two associations, and with the proposed folding under the new P&F Association of some of the Integration Working Group Committees.  

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator

 


Integration Update – 24 May 2018
 
Preparing for the General Assembly
 
Although not visible to parents, we have been very busy behind the scenes over the past few weeks preparing for our General Assembly during the week of 9th July. This includes developing the report to the Assembly on the merger of the two schools; a new Constitution for the new school; and nominations to the new school’s first Board. Thank you to all those parents and friends who have nominated from both schools to join the new School Board. Nominations have now closed. I will be advising those who missed out on their name going forward to the Assembly by the end of next week following next week’s Trustees’ meeting.
 
School Facilities
 
1. Boarding 
Plans and contracts are progressing well to upgrade the boarding facilities by the beginning of 2019.  This will include the upgrading of Thompson House for girls, including single rooms for all Year 12 girls. It will also include upgrading some of the boys’ facilities to provide individual rooms for all Year 12 boys.
 
2. Senior School Learning Centre
An architect is being commissioned to undertake the planning to renovate and upgrade the Library and Science facilities. Renovating and expanding the Library will be a priority so that next year’s Year 12 are provided available learning spaces in their Study Periods. We expect to have the plans for the Library finalised by the middle of term 3 and construction happening in Term 4 and over Christmas.  The ASC Head of Library Services, Cate Mitchell, is extremely experienced in this area having planned the new library at St Edmund’s College in Canberra. Cate was also instrumental in the early planning and design for the MLC Croydon Library before moving to All Saints’ College. We look forward to her wise counsel in redesigning and expanding the Library on The Scots School Campus.
 
The plans and upgrading of the science facilities may take a little longer, and may indeed roll into 2019. We believe it is very important to ensure that the Science facilities are designed well, including engaging with those teachers most involved in using them. As part of the Government’s educational strategic focus on STEM/STEAM curriculum, government grants to assist the construction of the Science facilities may also be possible. As teachers and many parents would be aware, STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Our plan for the Senior School Learning Centre is to provide the best facilities possible, and we will be guided by our architect and teachers to ensure that we do it well.
 
3. Junior and Middle School
Our vision for the new Junior and Middle School includes reviewing the best way to fully utilise the available grounds, Library and classrooms that will be freed up by the move of Years 9-12 students from the All Saints’ Campus. As part of this plan, we are looking at removing the current demountable buildings in Term 4 and landscaping the area with lawn, gardens and seating for students so that it will be ready for student use from Day 1 2019. We are also looking at installing a COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area), which will serve many purposes in terms of the learning space and educational experience of students. The new Junior and Middle School will be a wonderful learning space for all students and teachers.
 
Teaching
 
David Gates is progressing with the formation of the staff groups that were referred to by John Weeks at the combined parent forum last week:
Staff Collegiality Group
Student Integration Group
Year 11/12 Focus Group
I would like to sincerely thank those staff members who have nominated for one or other of the groups, and we look forward to hearing how they progress.
 
Questions and Answers
 
David and I continue to develop answers to all the questions sent to us from the two P&F Associations and from individual parents and friends, and will circulate those as soon as they are ready.  Some questions have been the subject of past Integration Updates, but there are many more.  
 
Over the next week
 
My wife, Jan, and I are looking forward to joining All Saints’ College Year 11 students, teachers and parents at the Presentation Ball on Saturday night.
I look forward to meeting with The Scots School parents next Wednesday night. This forum follows my meeting with the All Saints’ College parents at the end of last term.
We are continuing discussion with a uniform designer, and with local IT experts (who are also parents) to develop an Information Technology Strategic Plan for the new school.
We are continuing discussion with the Executive teams of the two P&F Associations on the merger of the two associations, and with the proposed folding under the new P&F Association of some of the Integration Working Group Committees.  
I will provide a full update next week on the Integration Working Group Committees.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update Week - 17 May 2018
 
Mr John Weeks
Despite it being a cold night last Thursday, a number of parents and staff participated in a Parent Forum to listen to Mr John Weeks, the recently retired Headmaster of Knox Grammar School. John will be working with us on a continuing part-time basis over the next six months as a key member of the Integration Team. Feedback received has been particularly positive, and I encourage parents who were unable to attend the Forum to download the talk (unedited) from the below links:
 
Parent Forum Part 1: https://youtu.be/1bjE7-dYRss
Parent Forum Part 2: https://youtu.be/B-y8mQJ7tXQ
Parent Forum Part 3: https://youtu.be/ca4rky-vNV0
Parent Forum Part 4: https://youtu.be/DsIGrjFPxEA
 
His talk was inspiring as he spoke about the educational vision for the new school through the eyes of the teachers and their passion to teach and support every one of their students. As he explained to parents, he will:
 
Assist in determining the structure and staffing of the new school;
Chair the selection panel for all roles of responsibility determined for the new school;
Assist the new Leadership team into their appointed roles;
Meet with parents of the Education Excellence Committee to gather views and insights; and
Work closely with the Headmaster, Mr David Gates, during the transition period. 
 
He and his wife, Denise, are now enjoying a relaxing holiday overseas and will be returning to Bathurst in mid-June.
 
Questions and Answers
The two Parents and Friends Associations have developed a number of questions, to which we are preparing detailed answers for circulation to all. I expect this process may take another week or two to complete.
 
In the meantime, I would like to address three questions that a number of parents and community members have asked:
 
1. Bus transport between campuses.
We are planning to provide regular bus transport between campuses. We are committed to make it as convenient as possible for parents to drop their children at either the Scots or All Saints’ campus and for their children to be safely bussed to the other campus.  This includes working with local bus companies bringing students from regional centres. We will be providing full information on this as the timetabling and relevant bus contracts are settled over the next few months.
 
2. An inclusive culture.
The new school will be an inclusive school, as All Saints’ College and The Scots School have always been. All children and their parents are, and will always be welcome to join, what we believe, will be an outstanding school of excellence in all respects, built on the values and traditions of two great schools coming together. This includes students and parents from different faiths, beliefs and backgrounds. Once enrolled, we have an educational and moral responsibility and obligation to care for all students in our schools. I can assure all current and potential future parents that we will do our utmost to ensure that all students are valued, protected, supported and free from bullying and any form of alienation. We have very clear board and school policies that have been very recently reviewed and approved by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority), which underpin a fully inclusive school culture for all students. As a Presbyterian school, the Headmaster and Senior Executive will be Christian in their faith and practice. Recruitment of new teachers is based on the applicant’s qualifications and ability to do the job; although wherever possible and without compromising educational standards, priority will be given to applicants with a Christian faith. The mission for all our schools, and for the new school, is to develop the whole child, adolescent and young person within a Christian worldview.  
 
3. School Uniforms.
We are currently identifying a professional designer of school uniforms to work with us and the Uniform Committee to design the new school uniform. We are particularly sensitive to the time needed to design, approve and order new uniforms for the start of 2019, and are endeavouring to ensure that this timetable is met. Having said this, we do not want to rush this design process. We are planning for a two year transition period for the new uniforms. We will work on a solution for incoming students to the School in 2019 to make available a suitable uniform to start the school year. This may take the form of a ‘clothing pool’ to tide families over and save unnecessary costs to new parents and those who have outgrown and worn out uniforms. Of course, we understand that sports uniforms will be needed by a number of sports teams by the beginning of Term 4 this year.  We will be working with the designer and uniform manufacturer to ensure that these uniforms will be able to be ordered and delivered by that time. We will update parents as soon as more information comes to hand after speaking with the designer and determine production and manufacturing timelines.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
 

Integration Update - 10 May 2018

To all parents,

David Gates and I have the pleasure of introducing John Weeks to the combined parent forum tonight.  John will be speaking on the educational benefits and opportunities of the two schools coming together in 2019.

He is an impassioned educational leader, having just retired as the Headmaster of Knox Grammar School. John is thrilled to be working with us through the integration process, starting with a review of the new school’s staffing structure and chairing the independent panel appointing the key leadership roles. He will also be meeting with the Integration Working Committee on Educational Excellence, which will be organised on his return from leave in late June. Having just stepped down from Knox, John and his wife, Denise, will be taking planned extended leave travelling overseas.  However, John is committed to continue to work with us on his return as we plan for the start of the new school in 2019.

Tonight’s forum will be videoed so that those parents unable to attend tonight will be able to see the presentation and discussion.

We have received a comprehensive list of questions from the Scots Parents and Friends meeting last week. While a number have been addressed at different forums, we are currently collating them all with a number of others received from All Saints’ parents, from which written answers will be provided to all parents. I expect that some questions and answers will also be expanded upon in future weekly updates.

I look forward to meeting with the Executive teams of the two P&F Associations this afternoon ahead of the parent forum. Topics include the planned merger of the two Associations and the opportunity of reforming some of the Integration Working Group Committees as committees of the new combined P&F. This will provide the P&F a strong consultative voice on behalf of all parents.

David, John and I look forward to meeting parents tonight.

Kind regards,

 

Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator

 


Integration Update - 3 May 2018

To all parents,

This is the first weekly update on the journey that we are travelling in establishing a new independent school in Bathurst and the Central West – a new school; with a new name; a new educational structure; a new staffing structure; and a unique and exciting new vision for a unique educational experience that builds on the qualities and reputations of both schools. This first update is lengthy, but I wanted to do justice to the activities that have led to this point for those who may have not been actively involved in the conversations and information shared to date.
Key information includes:
 
John Weeks appointment to integration team
Facility upgrades to Boarding & Science
Name of school
Parent Forums
P&F and Integration Committee Updates
 
The Trustees of the Presbyterian Church (NSW) Property Trust, who purchased All Saints’ College in December 2017, did so knowing that the journey of integrating the two schools would not be easy.  
We have not and will not rush into decisions, but will continue to facilitate close working relationships with the two school communities as we plan for the future. The new school will arise from a true merger of both, with a regionally unique school structure, a new staffing structure and new educational and academic programs that will be afforded through the benefits of scale.
 
John Weeks
I am pleased to welcome John Weeks, who has just retired as the Headmaster of Knox Grammar School, as a member of the integration team. I have mentioned John’s proposed involvement to several working group and parent forums. John was introduced to all staff on Monday this week, during which I am advised that he inspired and lifted the spirits of everyone who heard him with his wisdom and experience in leading and growing highly successful schools. John is a passionate and erudite educational leader, who will be working with us in several capacities over the coming months:
 
To meet with most if not all staff over this week and next to gain a deep understanding of the gifts and insights of the teaching staff and pedagogies of both schools;
To advise us on the staffing structure for the new school, which will also include engaging with the staff union, an important and respected stakeholder representing staff interests;
To chair the independent panel that will receive applications for all duplicated and new positions, conduct interviews and recommend appointments.  With the agreement of the staff union, new positions will also be open to applications from our other Presbyterian schools;
To chair the Educational Excellence Consultative Committee that was formed through the last Integration Working Group forums; and
To provide ongoing educational advice and support to the Headmaster and the new executive leadership team when it is appointed, as an integral member of the transition team.
 
Facilities
Plans are progressing to upgrade the boarding facilities at the Scots campus so that we can welcome all boarding students from the beginning of Term 1 in 2019.  We are also planning to upgrade the Science and other facilities at the Scots campus before the start of 2019 so that Years 9 to 12 Senior School students will benefit immediately from the merger.
 
School Name
The Presbyterian Church governance structure facilitates decision making through committees.  As anyone who has been involved in a committee will know, decision making by committee is problematic at the best of times.  Having said this, we truly believe that better long-term sustainable decisions are made through open and transparent consultative processes that leverage the diverse gifts and experience of all participants.  In respect of the name for the new school, the challenge has been to coalesce the many alternate views from widely divergent stakeholder groups that respect all stakeholders as well as reflects the heritage and a core mission of the Presbyterian Church to educate children, adolescents and young people.  Merely mixing the letters of the two schools to create a new name does not reflect either that core mission or our vision for the new school as an integral member of our group of Presbyterian schools. However, the Trustees have received the appeals of many parents, friends and staff from both schools, and are seriously considering them.  No decision had been made, and may not be finally made until the Presbyterian General Assembly approves the merger of the two schools in July.  In the meantime, Scots ASC, which has been the working group name used in the email address for all correspondence, scotsasc@pcnsw.org.au, will continue as the reference name for the new school.
 
Parent Forums
Following the parent forum held at All Saints’ College at the end of last term, I invited all Scots parents to a Scots parent forum to be held next week on Thursday evening 10 May. In light of the very positive feedback over the past three days from staff about John Week’s engagement in this process, it would be inopportune not to invite John to speak to parents at that forum next week, and also opportune to invite all All Saints’ College parents to join the forum.  To that end, we will be sending invitations to all parents to join us at the Scots campus for a general information session on the new school structure and expected educational opportunities for all students in the new school.  It will be held in the Aikman Hall at 7:00 pm.  Please join us. As a consequence of this change, I will be rescheduling the Scots parent forum to occur as soon as possible after next week’s combined forum, in consultation with the Scots P&F Executive. 
 
Integration Committee and P&F
Next week, I will be meeting with the P&F Association executives from both schools to discuss how best to bring the two P&F Associations together as a combined representative voice for all parents and friends.  We will also be discussing whether we could possibly reform some of the current Integration Working Group Consultative Committees as subcommittees of the new P&F Association, as a better means of providing a consultative voice for parents and friends.  I know that many parents are eagerly waiting for the next meetings of their respective committees, which we very much appreciate.  But, we want to ensure that we are considered in our approach.  We ask if you could please be patient for another week or so as we consult on the best and most effective way of forming these committees on a sustained basis going forward into the new school. I look forward to keeping you in the loop over the coming weekly Integration Updates, and to seeing many of you next week at the combined parent forum.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on jfalls@pcnsw.org.au or at the central information email scotsasc@pcnsw.org.au.
 
Kind regards,
Jeof Falls
GM/CEO PCNSW
Integration Facilitator
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