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Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston is one of
Australia’s oldest private schools, having been founded in
1886. Scotch Oakburn is a co-educational Uniting Church
school, catering for all religions, with a student population
of approximately 1150, including international students
from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Papua New Guinea, the
Middle East and more.
Scotch Oakburn College is situated in northern Tasmania,
Australia’s island state. Tasmania is located 300 kilometres
south of the Australian mainland and enjoys a temperate
maritime climate, without extremes of heat or cold.
Tasmania has a reputation for an easy going and friendly
way of life, with small, uncrowded cities, spectacular
wilderness areas, and charming country scenery. Scotch
Oakburn College in Launceston offers international
students a unique opportunity to achieve the highest
academic results in a safe, clean and beautiful
The College has a long established reputation for
providing a high quality, all round education. Graduates
from the College include academic prize winners, as well
as leaders in the fields of government, law, medicine,
education, the arts and industry.
Scotch Oakburn College and the University of Tasmania
have developed a clear pathway for students who intend
continuing on to tertiary education. The University of
Tasmania offers students from our College a conditional
place, subject to meeting approved admission criteria.
The Tasmanian school year comprises 39 weeks,
including exam periods. At the start of each school year
parents will have access to the school calendar showing
term holidays and important dates.
A general description of the subjects offered can be found
in each of the curriculum handbooks.
Upon completion of Year 12, students will undertake
external examinations which will result in the award of a
Tertiary Entrance (TE) score. This is a pre-requisite for
tertiary study in Australia.
Students will be taught using a variety of methods
including class discussions, group work, practical
demonstrations and independent study.
Student progress will be assessed using a variety of
methods including regular in-class tests, assignments and
projects, internal examinations and, in Years 11 and 12,
In Years 11 and 12, Scotch Oakburn students are also
given the opportunity to take some subjects at other
Launceston independent schools: Launceston Church
Grammar School and St Patrick’s College. More details
about these subjects are available from the Head of
Teaching and Learning.
The first person you will meet when you arrive in Tasmania
will be the Head of Boarding, Mr Bo Power, or our
International Student Coordinator, Mr Andrew French.
They will arrange to meet you either at Launceston Airport,
or upon your arrival at the Boarding House. Mr Power or
Mr French will help you to settle into your room and he will
introduce you to the other boarders. The start of a new
term is always a busy time and you will find the Boarding
House a hive of activity as new and returning boarders
settle in and prepare for the term ahead.
Prior to starting school, you will need to purchase a school
uniform and stationery. Staff from the Boarding House will
help you to do this.
On your first day at school, you will be met by your House
Head. All senior school students are placed into one of four
Houses – Briggs (Green), Dean (Blue), Fox (Red) and Nance
(Gold). Your House Head will show you around the school
grounds and give you a student planner, which contains
important information about school rules and your rights
and responsibilities as a student.
On your first day you will also meet with Mr French who will
be the first person you go to if you have any problems at
Your ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher will talk
with you and determine how much ESL tuition you will need
and will introduce you to the Head of Teaching and
Learning who will help you to choose your school subjects.
You will meet the College Registrar who will need to see your
passport and visa. The Registrar will issue you with a student
identity card which you can use to borrow books from the
School Library. She is also the person who will organise your
Health Cover and she can talk with you about the school fees.
Your House Head will organize a ‘buddy’ to work with you
during your first week. Your buddy will show you where to go
for lunch, where to find your classes, and will introduce you
to the other students.
We hope that by the end of your first week at Scotch Oakburn
you will have made a few friends and become confident about
finding your way around the campus.
Middle School and Senior School
8.40am - 9.30am
9.40am - 10.20am
10.20am - 10.40am
10.45am - 11.30am
11.35am - 12.20pm
12.25pm - 1.00pm
1.00pm - 1.50pm
1.55pm - 2.40pm
2.45pm - 3.30pm
11.10am - 11.30am
12.30pm - 1.30pm
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