Headmasters Blog

Remembrance Day

Western Australia has a rich history of men and women who have served our state and country both at home and overseas. Scotch College is no different and I know that our community takes great pride in its service history.

Every 11th November at 11am we fall silent in remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the Nation. Originally called Armistice Day, the day was to commemorate the end of the hostilities for the Great War (World War I), the signing of the armistice, which occurred on November 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War.

After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead.

At 11am on the 10th November (in lieu of the 11th) the Scotch K-12 student community and staff will come together to remember all of those OSCs who served our country. At this service, we particularly remember the 475 boys enlisted by end of the WW1 of which 104 were commissioned, 34 were decorated for bravery and 78 students and 4 staff died.

The names of the staff and boys who lost their lives in WWI will each be called out.

Lest we forget.

Dr Alec O'Connell FACE, FAIM, FNAAUC

As Scotch College's 7th Headmaster, I focus on preparing boys for life through focusing on values and cultural alignment.

I am a passionate educator focussed on student and community engagement. My goal as a Headmaster is to graduate future thought leaders who are prepared for life after school.


Latest Articles

Select from the categories below to view articles, or view all articles