Talent or persistence. Which one would you choose for your child?

Richard Dobrenov | Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

Often when parents are asked this choice, they respond with both but when pushed to select one, most parents choose talent, which according to one of Australia’s leading experts on parenting, Michael Grose, reflects the way society currently views achievement.  Whether it is intelligence, sporting prowess or musical ability, Grose states that “talent is purely potential, they need more than this to achieve sustained excellence in anything they do.”  The real difference is made when the talent is harnessed and developed through the character traits of hard work and their ability to persist with a task, that makes all the difference.

American Psychologist Angela Duckworth through her research, found that “character, not cognitive ability is the single most reliable determinant of how a person’s life will turn out.”  Duckworth identifies three important traits in determining long term success.  The first of these is grit, which she defines as the willingness to persist at a task, even when it is boring. The second is self-control which is the ability to delay gratification and the third is conscientiousness, which she identifies as the tendency to follow through with a plan.  All three of these traits are invaluable in both a school and workplace setting.

In his book Spoon-fed Generation, Grose highlights that when children continually experience easy success, we are essentially setting them up for failure because when they are actually faced with challenging and difficult situations, they will lack the capacity to actually persist and push through the tough times.  The current trends of “Participation Awards” and every child winning a prize in each layer of games like ‘pass the parcel,’  are testament to this trend of easy success and the expectation that just by simply showing up, your efforts should be rewarded.  One of the greatest challenges facing contemporary parents is encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones and to take learning and social risks.  Gross states that “overcoming setbacks and pushing through difficulties are how character is formed.”

Schools provide numerous learning opportunities and occasions for the development of character.  Last week’s Assembly was an excellent example of this when the Rock Band led by Messrs Keevers and Alley played to a delighted crowd.  To hear Brianna and Sophie sing so beautifully, backed by their peers on stage and warmly acknowledged by the crowd, is testament to the development of character.  The Pipes and Drums mini-band followed suit and again it is through public performance that our courage builds, and our character develops.  To perform in front of your peers is incredibly daunting and opportunities through Debating, Drama and Music provide such growth opportunities.  It is these experiences which develop that essential character trait, GRIT.  Gross says that it is “critical that we challenge children and young people to attempt activities where failure is a significant option.”  Through failure we learn and modify, and through persistence we succeed.  I implore students to look for opportunities to become involved and challenged, so that growth learning opportunities are experienced.

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STEM Defence Force Careers Visit

This week students received a special visit from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), who delivered an information session on ADF careers and the evolving demand …

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STEM Defence Force Careers Visit

This week students received a special visit from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), who delivered an information session on ADF careers and the evolving demand of STEM skills in their workplace.

Careers requiring trade and ATAR qualifications within the three branches of our armed forces (Army, Airforce and Navy) were covered in the session, however, the highlight for the day was when our students were able to try out the virtual reality simulator to refuel a fighter and fly a drone.

STEM capabilities are in high demand within the ADF and students were encouraged to apply themselves to Science, Mathematics and some elements of Physics in preparation for a promising future career.

It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to have a ‘taste of reality’ by having a go of the simulators, but equally great to hear all about the opportunities within the ADF career market and how our students can be prepared for their futures.

Our thanks to David Hooper and Shaun Ware from the Defence Force Recruiting Team for their time.

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Defence Force Visit

Emily Timmins | Year 12 student Last week Sam Lowdown and I had the privilege to visit the Amberley Air Force Base.  Our College has …

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Defence Force Visit

Emily Timmins | Year 12 student

Last week Sam Lowdown and I had the privilege to visit the Amberley Air Force Base.  Our College has built a special relationship with the Amberley Air Base over time and each year they provide an opportunity for Indigenous students to take a tour of their facility to see what a career in the Defence Force might be like.

For me, it was an amazing, eye opening adventure and I am so thankful I had the chance to participate alongside Sam, Mrs Frederiksen and Mrs Bellingham, who took us on the excursion.  We were shown around by Flight Lieutenant John Davidson; who took us through the Headquarters Health Service wing, where you felt like you were at a hospital. We ate lunch with a few of the nurses who provided great insight to the kind of work they do. After lunch we went to Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron where we toured the training and class rooms.

This was the best experience which really makes me want to be a nurse, maybe even in the air force. I would encourage all indigenous students to take up this opportunity when it presents itself in the future.

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Senior Geography students undertake field work

Mr Mike Keevers | Head of Humanities A requirement of the new ATAR Geography syllabus is for senior students to undertake a local field study, …

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Senior Geography students undertake field work

Mr Mike Keevers | Head of Humanities

A requirement of the new ATAR Geography syllabus is for senior students to undertake a local field study, observing and analysing modifications that have occurred as a result of local land cover changes.

Our Year 12 Geographers studied examples of land cover changes along selected sections of the Condamine River floodplain, recording the incidence and location of introduced and invasive plant species within the riparian zone.

The students were assisted in recording their data by Mr Matt Warren from the Southern Downs Regional Council, in his capacity as senior local laws officer. Matt was able to assist the students in identifying plant communities and offering an insight into the impacts of land cover change on local marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The class will use the data to complete a major report which will be a part of their assessment results for the ATAR course.

 

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities SWQ Futsal In a final wrap of the South West Queensland Titles, I am very pleased …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

SWQ Futsal

In a final wrap of the South West Queensland Titles, I am very pleased to advise that although only the Open Girls made the semi-final stage of the competition, all our teams performed admirably. In comparison to 2019, the Open Boys and Under 16 Boys certainly closed the gap on their opponents in all games even securing the odd win. The Open Girls and Under 16 Girls were undoubtedly the great improvers, with the Opens going from cellar dwellers last year where we did not get a win to ladder leaders going into the semi-finals.

The Under 16 Girls were just outside making the semis in a greatly improved effort as well. Our new junior teams certainly held their own with the Under 12 Boys (most of whom are under 10!), never giving up in a hotly contested competition that saw them take on the might of TGS on two occasions with great fighting spirit.  The Under 13 Boys are still very much beginners but their enthusiasm is most compelling. The Under 13 and Under 14 Girls Teams stood tall in their first outing on a regional stage and did not take a backward step.

All in all, 25 of our students have been invited to attend the National Schools Futsal Championships in the September school holidays in Brisbane. We are very proud to support them through to this event with coaching from our staff and the support of the Australian Futsal Association.

 

Toowoomba Schools Futsal Competition Results

This week saw the girls face their semi-finals. The Open Girls and the Under 13 Girls both finished in the top four of their age divisions whilst the Under 14 and Under 16 teams just missed a shot at the big dance.

In the penultimate week of the competition, all teams scored hard fought, yet resounding wins in some cases. The two semi- final matches were certainly of a high standard.

In the closest match of the night, the Under 13 girls earned the win 3-2, in a penalty shootout. Next on court were the Under 14 Girls who won 3-1 against Downlands and the Under 16 Girls defeated St Ursula’s 5-1. In the Open Girls semi-final our girls proved too strong for Glennie with a 4-3 win to secure their spot in the Grand Final.

Next week wraps up the Girls competition and I for one am certainly looking forward to what transpires. Win or lose, all of our Girls teams have been outstanding in their preparation and execution and I thank the girls and our head coach Mr Derek Kane for the fantastic level of commitment he has brought to our squads.

The Boys teams had a much tougher day at the office, with all four suffering from a South West Queensland Titles hangover and crashing out of their games. The Under 12 Boys played a scratch match against a combined St Joseph’s and Downlands team after Highfields forfeited. This may have them still in the hunt for the semi-finals next week, along with the Open Boys and our Under 16 Boys, who may both have snuck into the top four of their respective competitions.

All teams will have to do better if they are to take the cookies in their semi-finals and progress to the Grand Finals. Again, all teams are progressing and given the size, not only physically but numerically of the teams and schools we are playing, we are certainly giving a good account of ourselves.

 

Darling Downs Swimming Results 10-12 years and 13-19 years

On Tuesday Caitlin Skaines, Will Gilmore, Nicholas Denny and Nicholas McGahan contested the Darling Downs 13-19 years Swimming Trials with great success. Caitlin, Will and Nicholas Denny all swam qualifying standards and placings that have guaranteed their place in the prestigious Darling Downs Team to contest the State Championships at the end of Term 1. Although Nicholas McGahan did not qualify for State Championships, he did score personal best times across the day. Not all results are available for me just now but we are very excited and proud of our young champions and congratulate them and their supporters on a successful summer thus far.

Following on from this, our seven Southern Downs team members took their opportunity on the big stage to shine. From all reports Ellyse Kruger, Hanna Eising, Hannah Bourke, James Bourke, Bridie Hutchison and Colby Miller all scored personal bests across their events but were unable to crack a spot in the Darling Downs Squad. Colby even scored a qualifying time to the big dance but was not in the top 5 such was the level of competition. Bailey Harm flew the Southern Downs and SCOTS banner highest, with an outstanding meet, scoring three record swims on his way to easily qualifying for the State Championships. One of his records was a 21-year-old cracker that he smashed easily. Congratulations Bailey – seven gold medals, three records, an age championship and an invitation to swim all seven events at the State Championships.

QCIS Swimming Carnival

The annual QCIS Carnival will be held at Concordia on Monday 16 March and this will be the last hit out for our dedicated little school squad for 2020. We hope all will make themselves available for this prestigious event on our sporting calendar when the team is announced in the coming days.

Cricket Season Wrap Up!

The Warwick Junior Cricket has come to an end with some successful results and achievements for our teams and individuals. The Under 16s wrapped up their season with a Grand Final win over Warwick Cricket Club. The Under 13 and Under 11 teams showed great improvement across the season.

Darcy Brennan, Kira Holmes, Jesse Bohm, Jed Esson, Dan Hughes, Adrien Mayfield, Darcy Zammit, Fraser Collins, Mac Mayall, Percy Kruger and Sam Bourke secured the premiership win and showed great improvement across the season. In a true show of sportsmanship Mark Fearby and Nick McGahan offered their services to our opponents to give them numbers to contest the game.

The most promising results of the season are the increased numbers and the improved depth of our program across all age groups.

Thanks to all students and families for their commitment to the season and our burgeoning program.

T20 Interschool Cricket

This week the T20 Interschool competition commenced with the Senior team playing Assumption College here at home. In a rain shortened affair, Assumption declared their innings at 87 runs for their 12 overs and sent us in to bat. The boys put up a fight but the sticky wicket and encroaching weather left us a little wanting with Mark Fearby and Kira Holmes offering the most resistance with scores of 14 and 12 respectively.  The seniors move to take on St Mary’s next and in their first outing the Junior team will take to the field in Week 8.

 

Junior Hockey

After a shaky set of results last week, our two teams hit the turf this week and had a great time developing their skills and are improving all the time. SCOTS GREEN took two wins today whilst unfortunately SCOTS CARDINAL took two losses due to reduced numbers. If there are any students in Years 4-6 interested in playing, we certainly have spaces available.

Please contact Mr Bradbury at your earliest convenience if you are wishing to play.

 

College Cross Country Carnival

The College Cross Country is fast approaching and will be held on Thursday 2 April. Training is in full swing and is advertised on the College Co-curricular training schedule. Wednesday and Friday for 10-19 years’ athletes and Tuesday and Friday for our younger athletes.

Maps will be distributed in coming days and HPE classes will get the opportunity over the coming weeks to be orientated to the courses.

Last year was quite the festive occasion where junior and senior competitors alike were engaged in a truly meaningful event for all so get your Clan colours ready and start your training!

 

Next Week…

Tuesday 10 March – Darling Downs Sport trials for Rugby League, Football, Hockey, Golf and Netball will have SCOTS students attending with vigour.

Thursday 12 March – will see our girls trial for the Darling Downs 15-16 years Rugby 7’s in its inaugural outing for School Sport.

Friday 13 March – Southern Downs Trials in Hockey, Football, Rugby League and Netball will see our students pit their skills against the best from across the Southern Downs Zone to earn the right to attend the Darling Downs Trials in coming weeks.

Saturday and Sunday 14-15 March – will see SCOTS host a Level 2 Athletics Course for Teachers and School Staff. Mr Bradbury is presenting and Mr Kane is attending to upskill his capabilities, whilst Mr Campbell will drop in  and out refreshing his skills.

 

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Laura Geitz Shield 2020

Mrs Estie Wiid | Netball Coordinator Nine of our Junior netball players participated in the Laura Geitz Shield competition late last month in Toowoomba. It …

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Laura Geitz Shield 2020

Mrs Estie Wiid | Netball Coordinator

Nine of our Junior netball players participated in the Laura Geitz Shield competition late last month in Toowoomba. It was wonderful to see our girls rise to the occasion with a sense of pride and passion, as Laura Geitz former Firebirds, Diamonds and Australian Captain, played her first game of netball as a Year 8 student at Scots PGC in 2001. For many of the young players, Laura Geitz is a role model and her success inspires the girls to aim higher and to strive to do their best.

On court our girls demonstrated great sportsmanship and gained plenty of experience, improving their attacking and defensive tactics and reaction times with each game they played.

The girls played eight games on the day but their matches against Lockyer District State School, Wilsonton SHS and Concordia were their best performances, making turnovers and demonstrating excellent goal shooting skills.

Holly Naughten’s participation in the coaching of umpires’ activities, contributed to the provision of quality umpires at the competition. Holly recently obtained her Development Coaching Accreditation.

The expertise of Louise Ratcliffe (netball coach) and the support of parents and grandparents further contributed to an enjoyable and successful day of netball!

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Flu Vaccine – Save the Date

The ladies at the Health Centre have advised that the College’s Fluvax Clinic for 2020 will be held on Friday 29th May (Prep-Year 12). Further …

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Flu Vaccine – Save the Date

The ladies at the Health Centre have advised that the College’s Fluvax Clinic for 2020 will be held on Friday 29th May (Prep-Year 12). Further information to come over the following weeks.  Bookings will be done via the same online payment system used last year.

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Book Fair is happening now!

Further to Mrs Peterson’s SEQTA message, the Book Fair has commenced. Open in the WALEC Library from today (Friday 6th March) until next Friday 13th …

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Book Fair is happening now!

Further to Mrs Peterson’s SEQTA message, the Book Fair has commenced.

Open in the WALEC Library from today (Friday 6th March) until next Friday 13th March 8.15am to 8.30am and 3.15pm to 3.45pm each day. Cash and EFTPOS facilities available. No cheques accepted sorry.

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Easter Madness

Easter Madness is a life-changing camp for Years 7-12 students, living in regional, rural and remote Queensland.  The camp provides an opportunity to explore their …

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Easter Madness

Easter Madness is a life-changing camp for Years 7-12 students, living in regional, rural and remote Queensland.  The camp provides an opportunity to explore their faith at deeper level, meet new friends from across the state and spend time getting to know one another and getting to know Jesus.

Easter Madness provides young people with a positive experience as they approach Easter and reflect on the journey of Jesus.  Whether you already have a relationship with Jesus or you’re new to building a relationship with him, this camp is for you.  With faith-enhancing leadership training, incredible worship, fun activities, community building, Easter Madness is the perfect way to spend the weekend during the holidays.
This camp is an incentive driven by the Uniting Church in Australia, details are as follows:

When:       5 – 8 April 2020.

Where:      Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Sunshine Coast.

Cost:          $250 (accommodation and all meals included
– great sponsorships available)

Please Contact Rev Willie if you have any questions – 0472 516 964.