Conflict Resolution – A Leadership Trait

Mr Peter Wilson | Director of Co-curricular Activities

One of the great challenges for me, and I think for our students, is in dealing with conflict, disagreement and the different points of view between individuals.

Personally I have adopted an agreement that enables me to deal with and help resolve conflict and disagreements that arise – that is not to take anything personally (Ruiz 2013). What other people say and do is a projection of their reality; their perception of what has occurred in a situation. This perception and ultimately their projection of their reality is informed by their life experiences. These experiences are what they hear, smell, feel and taste.

Recent cognitive research (for example Eagleman 2015) indicates that these senses are flawed and two people viewing a particular situation will interpret it differently. In other words, our perception is our reality. This is what makes people and life interesting and distinguishes us from machines. It also can be a source of discomfort in our interactions if we view our interpretation as the only reality.

The difficulty in gaining positive outcomes from conflict and disagreement arise when people believe their interpretation of a situation is the only one, as this results in an unresolved conflict. Both sides involved in a conflict or disagreement need to be prepared to listen, to be able to adjust their position if presented with other views, and be given the opportunity to outline their position. However, it is also an appropriate outcome to agree to disagree after this process, as this demonstrates respect for others’ right to frame a position around their values and life experiences.

Ultimately the ability to live as a community, with all its inherent diversity, relies on every individual embracing difference and striving to develop as a person. This includes strengthening our moral compass, being prepared to evolve and change, and certainly being able to confidently deal with conflict. I would postulate that part of becoming a leader is the ability to deal with conflict. I would also argue that these skills require development and attention from all of us in order to gain positive and beneficial outcomes. Teaching these skills to students, as well as recognising them as staff and parents are very important for schools, broader communities and work places.

SCOTS PGC College is a vibrant and diverse community which provides wonderful opportunities, across all spheres of the College, for our students to hone and develop their skills as leaders and this is another example of the very important lessons that we learn outside of the classroom.

References

Ruiz MA and Mills J. 1997. The Four Agreements. San Rafael California: Amber – Allen Publishing.

Eagelman D. 2015.The Brain The Story of You. Edinburgh; Canongate Books.

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Mastering Maths in Year 8

Our Year 8 Maths students are taking a ‘hands-on’ approach to exploring maths concepts.  This week boys and girls investigated different ways to determine the …

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Mastering Maths in Year 8

Our Year 8 Maths students are taking a ‘hands-on’ approach to exploring maths concepts.  This week boys and girls investigated different ways to determine the volume of solids that were not perfectly rectangular, by constructing a model of their building from blocks.  Students worked collaboratively in groups to calculate the volume of their building and then apply that to another prism.

Maths teacher, Mrs Rebecca Grayson said “Introducing a practical element to the classroom has been a fantastic way to engage students in a fun way.   Working together in groups and peer teaching helps the students to develop their maths understanding in an authentic way.”

Feedback from the students has been pleasing – you only need to check out the smiles on their faces to see that they are enjoying the challenge that their Maths classes bring!

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Licenced and Ready to GO!

Our Year 7s have been enthusiastically engaging in experiments in Science so far this term. One of the first tasks our students have checked off …

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Licenced and Ready to GO!

Our Year 7s have been enthusiastically engaging in experiments in Science so far this term.

One of the first tasks our students have checked off their list is to obtain their ‘Bunsen Burner Licence’.  They have also become competent in how to be safe in the Science lab and discover what ‘working scientifically’ means.

The pictured students were using a Bunsen Burner for the first time to boil water. When they saw that water was not boiling at 100 degrees Celsius, there were some surprising expressions around the classroom! The question to be answered then became “why is water not boiling at 100 degrees Celsius?”

Ask a Year 7 student for the answer!

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities   Southern Downs Swimming 10-12 years On Monday sixteen of our 10 – 12-year-old swimmers hit …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

 

Southern Downs Swimming 10-12 years

On Monday sixteen of our 10 – 12-year-old swimmers hit the water at WIRAC to gain selection in the Southern Downs Team to attend the Darling Downs Trials next week in Gatton.

Bailey Harm was certainly the most outstanding swimmer, bagging several qualifying standards for team selection, including 5 new records along the way. Ellyse Kruger also secured herself a spot on the Southern Downs Team, also taking out the 12 years Age Champion along with Bailey.

Bridie Hutchison was Runner Up in the 11 years Girls ensuring herself a place on the team alongside fellow SCOTS PGC swimmers Hanna Eising, Colby Miller and the Bourke siblings – James and Hannah. Our youngest team members, Colby and Hannah also took out the 10 years age championship trophies.

Congratulations and best luck to all of our Southern Downs swimmers as they take on the best of the rest from across the region at next week’s Titles.

 

SWQ Futsal Titles

Oh, what a week it has been! With three long days down and one to go, we are very delighted to share our results for the SWQ Schools Futsal Titles.

On Tuesday, our Under 12 and 13 Boys faced one of their toughest challenges yet on the court with some spirited performances all round.

The Under 12 Boys had two wins and two losses and showed great improvement as a team throughout the day. In their final game against eventual winners, TGS Gold the boys put up a stern defence, conceding the least goals of any teams in their pool against the Grammar side. In their previous game, the Under 12 lads scored a resounding 10-1 win against Chinchilla Christian College but did it with several excellent team goals. This was by far my highlight of the day for them. Colby Miller, Harrison Grayson and Innes Nowlan proved that age was no barrier to success with the three youngsters gaining selection in the Queensland West Team for the National Titles in September.

The Under 13 Boys were always going to do it tough but star picks in Lachlan Groves and Tyler Caldwell did their best to guide the team around the court. Their efforts did not go unnoticed as Tyler was selected to attend the Schools Nationals and Lachlan was invited to SWQ Regional team along with Ethan McDonald for State Regionals at Easter.

On day 2 of the titles, our Under 13 and 14 Girls took to the court again with mixed results but a highly successful day. 10 students were invited to join the Queensland West Team for the National School Titles. There were no surprises when Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering made the Queensland West team on the back of their 2019 successes, but for Briana Groves, Eleanor McFarland, Abbey Petersen, Matilda Nowlan, Krystal Petersen, Alerah Ross, Gabrielle Sellick and Summer Jacks to also be invited was a significant bonus for our little school with a big heart.

Day 3 rolled around and our Under 16 and Open Girls took to the court with much greater confidence than in 2019 and far greater experience.

After getting towelled by significant scores in 2019, the Open girls reversed their fortunes significantly with a draw and 3 wins to top the table at the end of the round stage. Unfortunately, the wind had fallen from their sails in the semi-finals and they went down narrowly in a 3-1 loss to miss the Grand Final and ultimately finish third in the competition. Due to their significant improvement and performances throughout the day, all 7 girls were selected to join the Queensland West Team to attend the National Titles. Congratulations to these fearless ladies – Rosemary McDonald, Madison Kane, Lucy Jackson, Leilani Myer, Erin Keogh, Kaysan Miles and Molly Turnbull.

The Under 16 girls had a tough comp with several of our girls backing up from the day before. They came away with a 1 and 2 Win-loss ratio which left them short of the semi-final stage of the competition.

As we go to print the Under 16 and Open Boys will be fighting it out to win the SWQ Titles against the likes of St Mary’s Toowoomba and TCC. We wish them luck and look forward to hearing of their successes.

Next week is round 4 for the boys but it is semi-final time for the girls. All teams are in action but the Under 13 and Open Girls are currently third in their respective competitions and facing the second-placed teams for a spot in the Grand Final the following week.

 

Border District Winter Trials

The Border District Trials were held in Warwick this week with students involved in Netball, Rugby League, Football and Basketball. Several of our students were subsequently selected in the Border District Teams for their sport to contest the upcoming Darling Downs regional Trials.

Selected in the Border District Teams were:

Open Netball: Holly Naughten, Harriet Curtain and Caitlin Skaines

Open Football: Madison Kane, Carl Gray

Rugby League: Jesse Bohm, Beau Kendall, Bailey Fowler, and Buchanan Titus

Basketball: Summer Jacks, Millie Groves, Briana Groves, Alexandra Marchand

In the Southern Downs Basketball trials, Lachlan Groves was not to be outdone by his older siblings making the grade to attend the 12 years Darling Downs Trials as well.

We wish all these students the very best at the upcoming Darling Downs Trials.

 

Upcoming Events

Please check the College calendar for upcoming events and your SEQTA messages for broadcasts of nomination requests.

 

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A word (or two!) from Girls Boarding

Molly Turnbull | Boarding Captain Heidi Robson | Deputy Boarding Captain We hope everyone has had a great start to the year! It’s difficult to …

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A word (or two!) from Girls Boarding

Molly Turnbull | Boarding Captain
Heidi Robson | Deputy Boarding Captain

We hope everyone has had a great start to the year! It’s difficult to comprehend that we have reached the halfway mark of the term already, so before any more time gets away, we’d like to share what has been happening in Girls Boarding.

This year we welcomed 9 new boarders to our house and 2 fantastic GAP tutors, Miss Wenborn and Miss McKenzie, both from South Africa (pictured in the image above)!

We have many exciting things planned for our boarding community and also in our Glenbrae House.

The first weekend of the year we all enjoyed our first SCOTS PGC boarding social.  It was great to see many students dress up in the ‘masked’ theme.  Many won prizes for their efforts and also some excellent dance moves.  This was a brilliant activity to bring everyone together early in the term.

Our girls have also rehearsed and brainstormed ideas for the ‘New Girls Old Girls’ talent competition.   Essentially, this is a Girls Boarding tradition where each year level collaborates to perform a song, a dance or an original skit in front of the rest of girls boarding.

The Year 12s take on the role as the judges for the evening, but more importantly, they will open proceedings with the performance of the song, ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from the motion picture ‘Hairspray’.   This performance is very special because the song was chosen by the Year 12 cohort of 2015.

In keeping with this tradition, Year 7s were handed the song ‘Hall of Fame’ by The Script and they will perform it to the house in 5 years’ time when they are seniors.  It was chosen for its very powerful lyrics which we hope will inspire our Year 7 (and all girls in the house) to strive to be the best version of themselves whilst at SCOTS PGC College:

Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest

You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon’ find yourself

Our girls have enjoyed the busyness that the start of school brings – the Junior and Senior Swim Carnivals in the opening weeks have certainly been a highlight. Clan spirit was on full display for all to see! We look forward to the coming weeks where we have so much to look forward to.

 

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Hawkins House | Senior Boys Boarding

Ronan Crotty | Boarding Captain “We must live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.” This quote personifies how the boarding house is banded …

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Hawkins House | Senior Boys Boarding

Ronan Crotty | Boarding Captain

“We must live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.” This quote personifies how the boarding house is banded together. Boarders go through extra experiences that day students do not, living with a group of strangers and homesickness. These are experiences that only a boarder could tell you about, and that is why the boarding house is so tight knit, we all go through experiences that are unique to boarders, only boarders can empathise with boarders. As the boarding house grows, so do the unique experiences that each boarder brings, which also brings a unique set of challenges for each person in boarding. Every boarder has faced challenges similar to any other boarder. So, they understand and are mindful of what each boarder is going through.

Boarding this year has started off well, all the senior and junior boy boarders have settled in and are ready for a great 2020. We are ready to face all of the challenges that 2020 will bring. With the help of the boarding staff, 2020 is shaping up to be a great one for all the boarders, both boys and girls.

So far at the events boarders have provided the school spirit, that’s Scots has always been known for. A prime example of this was the basketball on Friday nights. The boarders were the life of the crowd, getting hyped after every play and from being on the court, I can definitely say the support helped.

All in all, I think I can say on behalf of all boarders that we are all excited for 2020. Whether it’s because you’re a senior this year and are excited about graduating, or whether your excited as a boarder for all the opportunities that SCOTS provides, be sure to take the vast amount of opportunities that are on offer.

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Simon Mascadri | Acting Head of Junior Boys Boarding The first five weeks in Cunningham House have been great.  They have come with challenges, but …

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Cunningham House | Junior Boys Boarding

Simon Mascadri | Acting Head of Junior Boys Boarding

The first five weeks in Cunningham House have been great.  They have come with challenges, but nothing that we haven’t managed to work through together.  The time has flown and I am not sure any of us here can quite believe that we are already half way through the first term.

2020 has seen a solid intake of new students join our Boarding house.  We have warmly welcomed seven new Year 7 boys: Cooper Bischoff, Mac Morris, Anthony Proberts-Pittman, Doug Robertson-Cuninghame, Declan Rooney, Kolby Seymour and Owen West.  Also joining us in Year 9 this year, is Jack Bowen. The boys have had a smooth transition into boarding life, with friendship circles quickly forming and everyone embracing all that SCOTS PGC has to offer.

Not only have we had new boys enter the dorms, but I myself Simon Mascadri, have taken on the role of Acting Head of Junior Boys Boarding, in place of Stewart Bailey during his long service leave absence.

Whilst I have spoken to many of our boarding mums and dads over the phone and during drop offs and collections, I’d like to share a little more information about myself. I was born and bred in Stanthorpe.  I moved away for ten or so years and in this time undertook a number roles and different jobs.  I spent my time teaching in various public and private schools in Brisbane also ventured into the coal seam mine industry for about 5 years before returning with my wife to buy a house and settle down.

Upon return I taught at Assumption College for 2 years before finally settling into the magnificent Tech Shed here at SCOTS PGC.  I am really enjoying teaching Industrial Technologies and Engineering here at the College.  In the short time I’ve spent here we’ve made some great progress to improve different areas of our beloved Tech Shed to help us move forward to build bigger and better projects.   This year our senior Engineering class are aiming to construct a full working set of cattle yards.  The cattle crush and loading ramp are well under construction.

Moving into the Cunningham Boarding house has not only been a culture shock to myself (being surrounded by 23 boys, all day, every day) but also to the boys.  I believe an active household is a healthy one – emotionally, socially and physically.  I aim to push each student to their potential, and it is really pleasing to see the boys accept challenges and tackle the goals we’ve set ourselves as a boarding house.  Every one of our junior boy boarders are now involved in afternoon co-curricular activities, and our early morning gym and swimming sessions are growing in numbers each day.

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Warwick Farmers Feed

Come down to the Warwick Showgrounds next Friday 6th March for an evening of entertainment and enjoy the gourmet BBQ prepared by celebrity chef, Matt …

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Warwick Farmers Feed

Come down to the Warwick Showgrounds next Friday 6th March for an evening of entertainment and enjoy the gourmet BBQ prepared by celebrity chef, Matt Golinski.

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.

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