Scotch College, Melbourne

Secondary Boarding and Day School for Boys


Robert Smith, Head of Indigenous Programs


(03) 9810 4254


1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn, VIC, 3122


Scotch College, Melbourne offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.

Scotch College, Melbourne 2023 Report
Dr Scott Marsh, Principal

The Scotch College Indigenous Programme aims to embed Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff and the broader school community in the foundational belief that education is both the key and hope for the future of Indigenous Australians.

Our Indigenous Programme ensures that, during the most influential years of their lives, some 1,880 Scotch boys interact and have the opportunity to learn from, and develop friendships with, Indigenous students.

The Indigenous Programme currently supports 12 students.  In 2023, we welcomed three new students into Years 9, 10 and 11.  In the last 17 years, 32 Indigenous boys have successfully completed Year 12 and, in so doing, have enriched the School’s social, academic, sporting and other co-curricular communities.

Students for the Programme are drawn from communities across the nation.  The fundamental selection criteria are: resilience, the desire and ability to complete Year 12, and the ability to flourish in one or more aspects of the School.

In 2014, Scotch was delighted to become a partner of AIEF.  We currently have eight students on AIEF Scholarships with two of these boys moving into their final year in 2023.  AIEF is empowering partner schools such as ours to utilise resources and expertise in selecting and educating Indigenous students, to impact on the opportunities for young Indigenous men.

AIEF Pathways and AIEF Mentoring are valuable additions to our Programme, ensuring students have a clear vision and skills for life beyond Year 12.  Our boys have enjoyed meeting with AIEF Pathways Advisors and Mentors in person on a number of occasions, which has been of great benefit to them in terms of their schooling and life beyond.  It is beneficial for them to discuss post-school pathways with knowledgeable people from outside the school environment and learn about the many opportunities available to each boy.

Caleb and Dion enjoyed attending the AIEF Graduation Celebration in Sydney in September.  Dion has the unique honour this year of being our first Indigenous School Captain in 173 years of school history.  He has been an outstanding leader, not only for the Indigenous boys but for the whole school from Prep to Year 12.

As we move towards 2024, all the Indigenous boys are preparing a dance that they will present to the whole school at a significant event next year.  Their passion and enjoyment in learning this is plain to see.

The Indigenous boys have also taken pride in the school embarking on its Reconciliation Action Plan as they see their school making a conscious effort to improve the cultural knowledge, awareness and competency of all students and staff.  The boys are happily making a meaningful contribution to this process.

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