In Memoriam: David Scoltock

In Memoriam: David Scoltock

By Mrs Annette Carter, College Historian

David Scoltock

David Scoltock started at Radford College in Term 4 of 1988 as Coordinator of Computing. His computer skills were on public display in 1990 when he calculated all the scores for the Bishop’s Cup on Foundation Day, with the students quoted as “waiting patiently” (Banksia won).

His enthusiasm for computing and the opportunities at Radford College were evident in his 1991 Radfordian article: “I believe that Radford is keeping up with the rest of the community with its offerings in this area [computing] and that the next few years will be exciting ones.”

In 1992, David became the Assistant Head of Commerce and Computing. He realised that, “the College needed a centralised computing facility that could be used by all subject teachers in their respective subjects as well as fulfilling the needs of a specialised computing subject.” This push led to three separate computer laboratories being set up and Introductory Computing being taught to all Year 7 and 8 students at Radford.

In 1994, he became the Assistant Head of Technology.

Celebrating ten years of service in 1998

Glenn Demery, who worked alongside David teaching computing and IT, said, “He was a bit of a gamer and loved playing the games students created. Another of his creations was his potions database assignment, which students enjoyed and was always well thought of at moderation. He had a wicked sense of humour.”

Alongside teaching, he managed multiple Under 14 Radford basketball teams. He also became involved as either Director or Assistant Director of Radford musicals for many years. Among others, he was involved with Trial by Jury (2004), Guys and Dolls (2006) and Bye Bye Birdie (2008). He was thanked for a final time by the drama captains in 2009 after their production of Grease, his last musical before retiring: “Mr. Scoltock, who brought inspiration, humour, [and] fun and was the ultimate 'rock and roll party queen'.

David’s funeral was at held at Norwood Crematorium on 22 September.