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Scots School Albury
The Scots School Albury Crest.jpg
The School's logo/crest
393 Perry Street

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Coordinates36°04′21″S 146°55′40″E / 36.072421°S 146.927749°E / -36.072421; 146.927749Coordinates: 36°04′21″S 146°55′40″E / 36.072421°S 146.927749°E / -36.072421; 146.927749
MottoFide et Literis
(Faith and Learning)
Religious affiliation(s)Uniting Church
StatusNow enrolling
Sister schoolShohei High School
PrincipalPeggy Mahy
GradesKindergarten-Year 12

The Scots School Albury is an independent, K-12, Uniting Church, co-educational, day and boarding School, located in the suburb North Albury of Albury, New South Wales, Australia. It draws students from the local area and other parts of Australia.[2]

The school was the result of the merger in 1972 of Albury Grammar School (founded in 1866) and Woodstock Presbyterian Girls School.[3]

Two single-sex boarding houses (Sellars House for boys' boarding and Wilson House for girls' boarding)[4] accommodate students from Years 7-12 on campus.

Its 2012 enrolment includes approximately 500 Secondary School students and 175 Junior School students. Located a short distance from the centre of Albury, The Scots School Albury features a blend of modern and older buildings set in 11ha of extensive grounds.

The Principal is Peggy Mahy, and the Deputy Principal is David Armstrong.[5]


In 1866, the Anglican Church under the direction of the Bishop of Goulburn, the Very Rev. Mesac Thomas opened the Albury Grammar School. In 1878 the Rev. Joseph Masters, M.A., a Congregational minister was appointed its Headmaster. In 1881 he left the school and opened his own co-educational school called Albury High School. In 1887, due to ill-health, Masters sold the school to two young Melbourne school masters Alfred John Smith and George Bailey Wilson.

Early in the new century the school changed its name to Albury Grammar school. In 1902, Smith was killed in a buggy accident and Wilson assumed full ownership of the school. In 1909 Wilson moved the school to its present campus where it remained co-educational until in 1928 he sold it to the Presbyterian Church in New South Wales and it became an all boys school.

There had been private girls' school operating in Albury during this period. 'Glenair' and 'Albury Ladies College'. Both of these were purchased by Jessie Heath in 1910 and became 'Springfield/Glenair Ladies College'. This school closed in 1916 and girls were accepted at the Grammar School by Wilson until 1928.

In 1926, the 'Rosehill Girls' School' was opened by Lillian Windridge and later sold in 1938 to Anna Drennan. In 1939 Drennan moved the school to a new location and renamed it 'Woodstock Girls' School'. Drennan retired in 1946 and the school was taken over and operated by a community based Council.

In 1958 the Presbyterian Church gave permission for the school to include 'Presbyterian' in its name,becoming 'Woodstock Presbyterian Girls' School'. In 1962 'Woodstock' moved location to a green acre site in North Albury where it remained until 1971, when the Albury Grammar School and 'Woodstock' decided to amalgamate to form a new coeducational school. The school was named 'The Scots School Albury' and was established on the original Grammar School campus.[6][3]

Pipe band[edit]

In 1939, the school formed a cadet unit, consisting of two drums and two bugles. It remained as a drum band until 1956, when an introduction of bagpipes was established and the Grammar School Pipes and Drums was established. The Cadet unit and Band adopted the Gordon Tartan and the Glengarry as its uniform, which in 1965 was worn in public for the first time. After the amalgamation of Albury Grammar and Woodstock Presbyterian Girls School, interested girls were admitted to the band as male numbers had declined. Female band members have remained a strong asset to the band ever since, with about 30% of learners being female.

Official funding for the school cadet corp ceased in 1982, causing them to disband. Scots continued on with its pipe band though, attaining a qualified instructor in 1980.

In 2014, the band made its first international trip, performing at the Jakarta Highland Gathering where it was crowned South East Asian Champions in the Juvenile grade. They returned later in 2015 to successfully defend their title. August 2014 saw band members travel to Scotland to compete at several competitions including the World Pipe Band Championships. The trip provided an incredible musical experience for the pipe band students and exposed them to many world class bands that rarely perform in Australia. In October 2014, the band travelled to Canberra for the 2014 ACT Championships where it was crowned champions in the grade 4 competition.[7]

In March 2016, the band competed at the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships. They faced tough competition in both Grade 4 and Juvenile. One of the highlights of the trip was the band's grade 4 midsection drummers (bass and tenor drums) winning the best midsection prize in the grade 4 competition. History was made in October when the pipe band competed for the first time at the 2016 Australian Pipe Band Championships. Although several members of the band had previously competed at the Nationals as members of other bands, this was the first time The Scots School Albury Pipe Band had competed as its own entity. The band finished 4th in the grade 4 competition in a pool of 23 bands and 5th in the Juvenile grade which featured some of the top young piping and drumming talent from across Australia and New Zealand.[8]

2016 saw Scots celebrate their sesquicentennial year. The pipe band played a major role in the celebrations, organising a highland gathering and tattoo. The event drew over 4,000 people and included the sights and sounds of pipe bands, highland dancing, clan tents, kilted warriors and a delicious selection of food.

A prestigious invitation to attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2017 was grasped by the band. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands and artistic performance teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the capital of Scotland. The event is held each August as part of the Edinburgh Festival and it is viewed live by around 220,000 spectators each year and attracts a global television audience of over 100 million people.

The band currently has 32 players registered with the Australian Pipe Band Association for the purposes of competing at Association competitions and there are 56 pupils attending piping and drumming tuition each week.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Scots school Albury - Boarding Schools Expo". Boarding Schools Expo. Boarding Schools Expo. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Timeline and archives". Scots School Albury. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Virtual Tour | Scots School ALbury". The Scots School Albury. Scots School Albury. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Academic Staff | The Scots School Albury". Scots School Albury. The Scots School Albury. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ "150-year history | the Scots School Albury". Scots School Albury. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 Jakarta Highland Gathering Report". AWPD. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Pipe Band | The Scots School Albury". Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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