Girls Boarding – PGC

The 14 days between the writing of a boarding newsletter and when the next one is due seems so short and sometimes I have to think hard to come up with an idea that will prove interesting reading for you all.  Tonight I was out of ideas and just simply asked the girls to tell me any positive news about their doings over the last little while.  Some of these achievements were delivered to me by the girl in question but, for others who are quite modest, I had to specifically target them to get this information.  I am absolutely positive that there are other girls in the boarding house who have news to share or who have achieved a personal goal but who are not used to blowing their own trumpet and sharing their successes.  Parents, please feel free to dob your child in when they have achieved something and we will share this news with our boarding community.

So in no particular order here are the success stories of some of the girls in the SCOTS PGC boarding house – perhaps next edition we’ll do something similar for the boys.

Eventing – an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across three disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping.

Maddie Mathies – made the Nationals for her Eventing. The competition will be held in Werribee, Victoria, during the second week of the next school holidays in October.


Polocrosse – a team sport that is played all over the world.  It is a combination of polo and lacrosse.  It is played outside, on a field (the pitch) on horseback.  Each rider uses a cane or fibreglass stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose, thread net, in which the ball is carried.  The objective is to score goals by throwing the ball between the opposing team’s goal posts.

  • Lauren Morton was selected to play for Queensland in the Nationals in Perth in October

Physical Culture – Known as Physie, this is a modern competitive sport for women of all ages.  It combines elements of low-impact modern dance, aerobic fitness and rhythmic gymnastics, choreographed into a number of routines.

  • Jessica Brierley – was first in her age group (first year seniors) in a competition in Toowoomba

Cutting – a western style equestrian competition in which a horse and rider work as a team before a judge or panel of judges to demonstrate the horse’s athleticism and ability to handle cattle during the 2.5 minute performance called a ‘run’. The horse and rider are put in a pen with approximately ten cows.  They must then separate certain cows and keep them away from the herd for a length of time.

  • Bridget Christensen is the leading national senior youth for cutting having competed all the way to Charters Towers

Gymkhana is an equestrian event consisting of speed pattern racing and timed games for riders on horses.  These events often emphasise children’s participation and may be organised by a Pony club.

  • Jacolene De Jager was the Reserve Champion for Show Jumping at both the Stanthorpe Show and SCOTS Competition
  • Hannah Gordon was the 2017 National Sub Junior Gymkhana Champion having won for both NSW and Queensland
  • Matilda Bryant was back to back age champion for her Pony club

  • Darcy Turner recently returned from work experience in the Northern Territory. She was riding track work and worked as a stable hand for trainer Gary Lefoa.  Darcy took some of the horses to the races during the Darwin Cup Carnival.  She has been doing this type of work experience since she was 13.
  • Heidi Robson is very excited as she has just heard that she has scored an interview at Akooramak Aged Care Facility in Warwick. She is hoping to gain a traineeship in Aged Care for the next two years.  Good luck Heidi.


  • Michaela Hardy went to the state titles with her swimming where she competed in the breaststroke. Michaela has an ambition one day to swim at the Olympics.
  • Alerah Ross will compete in the Southern Downs Athletics team next week when she runs the 800 metres.
  • Jakeira Major, Makybe Edwards, Neitayah Prince, Thalia Saunders and Bryoni Marshall are members of a team of netballers who have been playing Netball in a Toowoomba competition and who have made the semi finals.

Regards, Michelle Brown – Director of Boarding