The regional city of Bathurst hosts two expansive campuses of Scots All Saints College, across well over 100 acres, enabling students from preparatory school to year 12 to experience learning in a rural environment.
Living and learning in a rural environment can only be seen as a positive experience, with a range of agriculture, equestrian, debating, music and sporting pursuits integrated within the curriculum.
Quality education in a regional school of choice with specialist facilities, caring, experienced teachers, and diverse opportunities for children to flourish, led to the Class of 2021 achieving an outstanding 15.5 per cent Band 6 result in the Higher School Certificate. The College also celebrated 37 per cent of students achieving ATARs in the top 20 per cent of the State.
Student achievements have been helped with investment into a state-of-the-art Innovation Centre that was recently built on the Junior Campus providing integrated and virtual learning activities. There are plans for a STEM centre to be built on the senior campus next year.
“We understand the impact an education in STEM can have on students entering the workforce,” says Scots All Saints Head of College, Mr Richard Ford.
A large number of sports fields, outdoor all-weather and inside courts and a pool ensure a range of competitive and recreational sports are available for students. There is a comprehensive library as well as a range of recreational reading spaces on the Junior Campus.
Scots All Saints is the only co-educational boarding school in the regional city of Bathurst, and its expansive ground makes it one of the largest dual campus schools in Australia. The Senior Campus includes a working farm for cattle and sheep as well as an equestrian centre.
Three well-appointed residential boarding houses means full-time, weekly and short-term boarding accommodation is available to students from years 7 to 12. Located on campus, the accommodation enables students to walk to class and participate in after-school tutorial and homework programs, the math and chess clubs, as well as sport and community activities.
A key feature for boarding is that accommodation is available for parents who want to travel to Bathurst to attend a sporting fixture, a drama performance or other events at the College.
At the heart of the College is a sense of belonging. The mission of Scots All Saints College is to develop students into men and women with a firm foundation for life built on the Gospel of Christ.
Helping children to develop skills of empathy and compassion, and to be informed about the world, includes participation in the community. The College’s Chaplain works with Hope Church, building and distributing hampers and food to local services that help homeless people. Scots All Saints students are also involved in this ministry work.
A unique feature of the College is its Pipes and Drums band, which is regularly asked to perform at local events, including ANZAC Day services and to residents of local retirement villages. Students learning theatre studies through the Performing Arts Academy represent the school at the Bathurst Eisteddfod.
Boarding students are able to bring their horses to school and participate in weekly lessons with qualified instructors, training in show jumping and flat work. Students also have the opportunity to participate in cross country clinics as well as polocrosse training.
Cattle team training involves preparing and exhibiting the College’s own cattle and involves students from year nine. Cattle are shown by students at the local Bathurst and Blayney shows and the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Scots All Saints College offers annual scholarships for current and prospective students to find out more please visit: scotsallsaints.nsw.edu.au