Unleashing our Potential: Education for all

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

My son has just turned one and, because we never seem to be able to do things normally in our family, he has had four first birthday parties.  The first one when we were on holiday in Salzburg in Austria, another in London with my friends and family, a third in Brisbane with Australian friends and family and a fourth in Warwick with local friends.  It was good to reflect on where the last year has disappeared to, but also to realise that first birthdays are for the adults, not the children.

I continue to wonder what his life will be like in the future.  At such a young age his life is full of potential, exciting things to experience, careers to establish and a life to lead.  As a community, unleashing this potential in our students, both inside and outside the classroom, is reflected in our vision to inspire students to be their best.

We are doing some very exciting things at The SCOTS PGC College for the realisation of human potential.  Concentrating on building quality relationships, individualising learning and setting high standards.  Instead of labelling students by ability, we endeavour to emphasise effort and commitment.  Our values of ‘Tenacity’ and ‘Authenticity’ encourage a never give up attitude and to be true to who we are.   As a College we encourage colleagues, students, and the wider SCOTS community to embrace the ideal of becoming our best, most authentic selves and serving others in unleashing their potential.  This sort of education doesn’t just happen in a classroom.  It happens in every moment where we are genuinely engaging in life and tapping our yearnings to matter and make a difference.  Education is a living process of facilitating the realisation of our potential – -as individuals, teams, organisations, communities, and as a society.  If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.  Excellence is a daily choice and our guiding principle for success.

When we apply this to education, we get the following insight.  If we educate simply to help people fit into the world as it is, we make them worse.  If we educate people to unleash their potential beyond their current circumstance, we help them become agents in creating their best selves and a better world.  This is what I would wish for my own child, and what I will strive for the students at SCOTS PGC College.

Further to this, we are improving and updating how we communicate and deliver our teaching and learning in the digital world.  As a consequence, we will be changing our learning management system from SEQTA to Schoolbox, to be rolled out for the beginning of Term 3.  Look out for further communication regarding these changes and for the parental training sessions we will be running in Terms 2 and 3.  Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

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Reporting

Mr Mark Richards | Director Learning and Innovation As our school community adapts to the new QCE system you will notice a few changes with …

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Reporting

Mr Mark Richards | Director Learning and Innovation

As our school community adapts to the new QCE system you will notice a few changes with reporting, fewer assessments, and a greater emphasis on individualised feedback.

  • This term you will receive a pastoral report outlining how your child is settling in and there will be parent-teacher interviews on Wednesday April 1st (3:30pm to 6:00pm) and Friday April 3rd (1:00pm to 4:00pm)
  • A full academic report based on Semester One work will arrive at the beginning of Term 3.
  • Year 11 reports will be based on Unit 1 and Year 12 reports on Unit 3.
  • Students will not receive grades on individual assessment items, but will receive an overall grade (A, B, C, D or E) at the end of the Semester and the end of the Year. For Year 11 and 12 this will be a provisional, or approximate grade only.
  • Feedback on assessments will be published soon after the assessment has been completed.
  • I encourage you to contact your child’s teachers individually if you have any concerns.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Netball Our netballers are finding their groove as they completed Week 2 of the season. Congratulations …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Netball

Our netballers are finding their groove as they completed Week 2 of the season. Congratulations to our Open and Junior teams on their wins Tuesday night. The Open Girls won 30-13 and the Juniors 23-11.

Our Laura Geitz Team of Years 7 to 9 students will head to Toowoomba this weekend to take on the best schools in the region. We wish the girls and their coaching staff all the very best for an enjoyable and successful day of netball.

Futsal

Our Futsal boys kicked off the week producing a mixed bag of results. The Senior Boys took a hard-fought win over Downlands to remain second on the table. Stand-in goalkeeper Eden Taylor, fought valiantly to keep us in the contest with regular keeper Daniel McNamara out of action due to injury.

The Under 16 Boys had their first hit out after a forfeit last week with a solid 7-7 draw. The Under 13 Boys continue to work hard but are struggling to find their shape in defence going down 11-3, and the Under 12 Boys continue to be very competitive despite their tender age, going down 3-2 to a much bigger Downlands team.

Our girl’s Futsal teams continue to grow and develop, with competition convenor Mrs Sue Watts, from The Glennie School, commenting how much our teams have improved from the 2019 season. This week produced mixed results with the Under 13 Girls losing 6-2 and the Under 14 Girls with a 4-4 draw. Our Under 16 Girls had a good 4-2 win and our Senior Girls came back from 3-0 down to salvage a 3-2 loss against ladder leaders, St Ursula’s. To put the last game into perspective, the corresponding match last year saw St Ursula’s take the day 8-0, so this directly shows how far our players have come.

Well done to all teams on another great showing and to our dedicated coaches Mr Simon Mascadri and Mr Derek Kane who are truly getting the best out of our teams.

Next week is a big one on the Futsal calendar with the SWQ Titles being held in Toowoomba. We have all eight teams in action across the week and hope that the Titles are a great learning experience for all teams.

Queensland 10-19yrs Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships

This weekend we wish Shona McFarland, Ewan McFarland and Bailey Harm all the very best as they contest the Queensland State Championships for their respective age groups in Hervey Bay. We look forward to reporting on their efforts next week.

Warwick All Schools Swimming

Oh, what a night! The Warwick All Schools was held at WIRAC this week with a solid roll up from across the district.

SCOTS PGC was well represented by a dedicated team of young athletes, some of whom this is their major sport, some of whom were showing their school spirit by having a go for the team.

Across the Age Championships, our swimmers took out five of the twelve trophies on offer and a further five runner-up placings to boot. All in all, 10 of the 24 top two placings were filled by SCOTS PGC students.

We congratulate the following students on these Age Championship accolades:

12yrs – Age Champions: Bailey Harm, Ellyse Kruger – Runner-up: Hanna Eising

13yrs – Age Champion: Nicholas Denny – Runner-up: Samuel Bourke

14yrs – Runner-up: Darcy Noller

16yrs –Runner-up: Nicholas McGahan

17yrs and Over – Age Champions: Will Gilmore, Caitlin Skaines – Runner-up: Tom Keable

On top of this, several records fell across the evening and we congratulate Bailey Harm on his record achievements. Unfortunately, full details of these achievements were not available at the time of publication, but we will acknowledge these in due course.

Caitlin Skaines and Bailey Harm were named Champion Swimmers of the meet, for female and male categories which was quite an honour given the quality of the swimmers nipping at their heels.

Of the ten trophy categories on offer, I am proud to announce we were successful in bringing home seven of these as follows:

E.J.Portley Trophy – 15yrs and Under Girls Relay Trophy

16yrs and Over Girls Aggregate Trophy

E.J.Portley Trophy – 15yrs and Under Boys Relay Trophy

Barnes Cup – 15yrs and Under Boys Aggregate Trophy

16yrs and Over Boys Aggregate Trophy

Robert Reid Memorial Trophy – Most Outstanding Female Swimmer

Robert Reid Memorial Trophy – Most Outstanding Male Swimmer

Overall, the Warwick All Schools Carnival was a very successful swim meet for the College, capped off with some tremendous school spirit displayed by all competitors and spectators alike.

Special thanks to Mrs Brooke Dwan and Mr Peter Wilson for supervising our squad, to Tom Keable and Caitlin Skaines for their leadership throughout, and to our Gappy, Mr Cameron Abegglen for officiating.

Special thanks to our convenor Mr Louis Reen from Clifton and all the helpers from Warwick Swimming Club, many of our parents included, for their support and organisation of the evening now in its 94th year of contest.

Well done on a fine effort!! Go SCOTS!!

 

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Cattle Club continue their success at Glen Innes Show

A very early start for our Cattle Club team last Friday saw us arriving just in time for the Junior Judging events. Thrown in the …

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Cattle Club continue their success at Glen Innes Show

A very early start for our Cattle Club team last Friday saw us arriving just in time for the Junior Judging events. Thrown in the deep end, our young cattle enthusiasts were made to judge everything from sheep to grain.  It was pleasing to see our club members quickly adapt to their surroundings and focus on assessing and judging what they were presented.  Clay Armstrong achieved a 2nd place in the Merino sheep judging and 3rd place in the meat sheep judging.  This was a fantastic effort given there were 68 competitors vying for a place.

In the afternoon events, our students competed in the Cattle Paraders and Junior Beef Cattle Judging events. Special congratulations to Mackenzie Taylor who achieved 1st place in the 13-18 years Paraders and Georgia Mulcahy, who placed 2nd in the Under 13 years Paraders. Well done to Arena Wheeler, who placed 3rd in the Beef Cattle Young Judges competition.

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Sheep Club Show Update

Our SCOTS PGC Sheep Club once again attended the 109th Clifton Show.  With a number of new members on board, the early shows are a …

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Sheep Club Show Update

Our SCOTS PGC Sheep Club once again attended the 109th Clifton Show.  With a number of new members on board, the early shows are a great learning opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to parade and judge stud grade animals.

Our weekend at Clifton Show produced excellent results with our Breeders Group and ewe lamb receiving a second place each in the interbreed competition.

Our Senior students represented SCOTS PGC brilliantly in the Junior Judging competition, also.  Congratulations to:

15 to 25 years Junior Judging

3rd place: Zach McKechnie

Under 15 years Junior Judging

1st place: Mitchell Twidale

2nd place:  Maggie Meyer

3rd place: Abby Brown

Message from the Foundation

The Foundation is actively seeking expressions of interest to join the governing board and expand current active membership. If you believe that you have a …

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Message from the Foundation

The Foundation is actively seeking expressions of interest to join the governing board and expand current active membership. If you believe that you have a skill set that could assist our Foundation, along with a passion for our College, the Chairman, Mr Rob Lang, would welcome a conversation with you to explore further what this might look like.

Please let us know by emailing Carissa Miller – carissa.miller@scotspgc.com.au, or alternatively, you can contact Rob directly on 0488 560 512.

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Pipes and Drums – Have a Go sessions

The College Pipes and Drums are recruiting new members to join the band.  Students who are in Year 2 and above are encouraged to come …

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Pipes and Drums – Have a Go sessions

The College Pipes and Drums are recruiting new members to join the band.  Students who are in Year 2 and above are encouraged to come along to the ‘Have a Go’ sessions which take place on Monday afternoons from 3:20pm to 4:00pm, in Kingswood Building.

For more details, please contact Sandy Dalziel via SEQTA.

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Notices

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Notices

Open Morning

Our first College Open Morning is just around the corner on Wednesday 4 March 2020.  Our College Open Mornings are an opportunity for prospective families …

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Open Morning

Our first College Open Morning is just around the corner on Wednesday 4 March 2020.  Our College Open Mornings are an opportunity for prospective families to visit the campus on a regular school day and see firsthand what the College has to offer.

Open Morning will commence at 9:00am with a welcome from Principal, Kyle Thompson.  Student led tour groups will visit various classrooms and key areas of all sub schools before meeting in the WALEC for morning tea and a barista made coffee from our hospitality students.

Registrations for Open Morning are open on the College website at: http://scotspgc.com.au/2020-open-morning/  Please feel free to share this event with any families who may be considering their education options.

Any questions or enquiries can be directed to our Marketing and Admissions office on 07 4666 9808 or enrolments@scotspgc.com.au