Counting Sheep

Kyle Thompson | Principal

Last week at the College gave evidence again to the many varied activities, successes and SCOTSified educational experiences we provide. In a week where we had rugby, musical rehearsals, netball, the boarders’ town church service, open morning, and variety of other events involving our staff and students, it would normally be one of these happenings that I would be compelled to list as an individual highlight. However, this was not the case when selecting my standout SCOTS moment. A moment that was uniquely us, our school, our students and our staff.

It would be easy to suggest that this was our open morning, with staff and students engaging with a large number of potential new families, showing them our classrooms and giving them an insight into our student/teacher relationships, our co-curricular offerings and the type of students we produce through their interactions with our student tour guides. But no. As great as that was last week, my highlight occurred at 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon I looked through the blinds in my office to the sight of about 20 sheep running down Oxenham Street. After a second glance to check this was actually happening and not a late afternoon imagining, and with the words ‘what the hell is happening out there?’ to Mrs Miller next door, we wandered out to the front of the school to see these animals running at pace down the street towards Briggs Oval. A minute or so later boys and girls dressed in red or blue Ag shirts were also running at pace (but not fast enough) in hot pursuit.

A few minutes later the sheep were back, again at pace, running up Oxenham Street towards the Ag plot and the Equestrian Centre. Again, our students were in hot pursuit, or at least some of them were, as fatigue began to take its toll on some (kids not sheep). One student decided it was best to just walk in the general direction the sheep were headed, doffing his Akubra to Mrs Miller and I as he walked by, remarking how it was just like a wild goose chase. I corrected him slightly, as they were sheep.

By now Mr Rothman had parked his ute just outside the College and was watching the running up, running down, the foray into the middle school and the four legged leaping thing that sheep do, in this case over the bonnet of a car parked outside the Ag plot. When asked if this was the plan, he responded with ‘No, and it’s not going well’. On that note, a decision was made to return to the office, close the blinds, and reflect on the amazingly wonderful, challenging, unique, educational, rural town, and our school happenings that make us who we are. That make us SCOTS PGC. I still cannot believe at times how special our school is. That we are able to be all things, and see and experience things that other schools can only dream of. I still consider myself exceptionally fortunate to be experiencing SCOTS, our people and our community.

As I lay in bed now and into the future, I know the sheep I will be counting and how I will visualise them leaping a white Hyundai trying to get back to the Ag plot in a school in Warwick. And, I will sleep well knowing that no sheep were harmed in this Thursday afternoon ‘imagining’. You’ve just got to love SCOTS PGC.

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Boys Boarding Update

Ronan Crotty | Boys Boarding Captain Óscar Stopforth Muñiz  | Captain of Hawkins House Boarding has been quite busy over this term. So far, all …

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Boys Boarding Update

Ronan Crotty | Boys Boarding Captain

Óscar Stopforth Muñiz  | Captain of Hawkins House

Boarding has been quite busy over this term. So far, all of our boarders in Hawkins and Cunningham Houses have been busy with not only our education and study, but also the co-curricular aspect of our College. With rugby having started up recently, the vast majority have been busy training and playing rugby. We had our first game last weekend and are scheduled to host our first home game tonight.  We would really love to see some support at our games from all day and boarding families.

Both senior and junior boys have kicked off 2020 in style, with the social in the very first week of term. It was fantastic to see the turnout and seeing all the people enjoying themselves.  These events are a great opportunity for our boarding and day students to come together in a social setting outside of school.  Another popular event this term, was for our boarders to obtain their junior shooter’s license. This activity was put together by the boarding staff and many people took advantage of it and enjoyed themselves, while also learning skills offered by professionals.

This weekend the boarders are looking forward to a day trip to Toowoomba for 10 pin bowling and a shopping trip to Grand Central. This is a chance for the boarders to have a relaxing day after a busy start to the year.

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SCOTS PGC ANZAC Dawn Service

Friday 24 April 2020 6:00 am SCOTS PGC College Cenotaph Please join us at the SCOTS PGC College ANZAC Dawn Service to commemorate and honour …

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SCOTS PGC ANZAC Dawn Service

Friday 24 April 2020
6:00 am
SCOTS PGC College Cenotaph

Please join us at the SCOTS PGC College ANZAC Dawn Service to commemorate and honour the lives of our Magnificent 42 past students who lost their lives during World War II.This year’s service, to commemorate the life of Pilot Officer David L Crichton will be held on Friday, 24th April 2020 at 6.00 am at the College Cenotaph. We would welcome you to join us for breakfast in the Des Davey Dining Hall following the service, for a cost of $10 per person. This can be pre-paid at Reception or paid at the door. Please be seated for the service by 5.45 am.

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H.O.T.E.L School – Hospitality Sea World Nara Resort Trip

Melissa Bellingham | VET Co-ordinator Last week, 18 of our Certificate III in Hospitality students from Years 11 and 12 attended a two-day H.O.T.E.L School …

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H.O.T.E.L School – Hospitality Sea World Nara Resort Trip

Melissa Bellingham | VET Co-ordinator

Last week, 18 of our Certificate III in Hospitality students from Years 11 and 12 attended a two-day H.O.T.E.L School at Sea World Nara Resort on the Gold Coast accompanied by Mrs Melissa Bellingham and Hospitality Teacher Kirsten Fisher (Aurora Training Institute).

During this program, students were able to experience first-hand operations and skills required to work in an award winning four-star hotel environment. The students were split into groups to engage in interactive learning sessions and performing practical skills whilst gaining a sound knowledge and understanding of hotel operations. This was a fantastic opportunity for our Hospitality students to expand their knowledge base with applied duties in key departments such as Housekeeping, Front Office, Concierge, Food and Beverage (both preparation and service) and the Hotel Maintenance department.

We were also very fortunate to be given the opportunity on the second day (along with other guests at the hotel), to attend a behind the scenes Dolphin Training demonstration before the theme park opened to the public.

At the conclusion of the two-day program, our students were presented with a Certificate of Attendance.  Christopher McCosker was also presented with the Star Performer Award; this is awarded to a student that exhibits some of Sea World Nara’s core values which include enthusiasm, punctuality, exceptional grooming, outgoing personality, helpful and engaging.

All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity for our Hospitality students to have access to this experience as part of their Certificate III studies and we look forward to participating in the program in years to come.

 

 

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities Darling Downs 13-19yrs Team Trials Several students attended the Darling Downs Trials on Tuesday for Golf, …

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Darling Downs 13-19yrs Team Trials

Several students attended the Darling Downs Trials on Tuesday for Golf, Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby League.

After making the possibles and probables phase of the Rugby League, Jesse Bohm and Jack Kenny acquitted themselves well but were unable to catch the selectors eye for the final nod to join the Darling Downs Team.

Similarly, Krystal Petersen, Briana Groves and Millie Groves put their best foot forward at the Open Girls Hockey trials with Millie making possibles and probables but her youth in this case was against her with senior players filling the fullback rolls. In the Boys Hockey, William Gilmore gave a good account of himself in his first appearance at these trials, whilst Seb Christensen and Samuel Bourke were sound in a very tight competition.

Tanner Henley fell oh so agonizingly short to be named shadow for the Darling Downs Golf Team in another fine performance from the ever improving youngster.

At the Football Carl Gray shone early but a few missed chances in the possibles and probables play-off resulted in no further selection. Madison Kane also performed well across the day but was pipped at the post after a solid effort in the final selection match.

At the Netball Holly Naughten, Harriet Curtain and Caitlin Skaines flew the SCOTS flag high with the Border District Team. Caitlin was most successful, making the possibles and probables side and subsequently being selected to represent the Darling Downs at the State Championships later this year.

 

15 a side Boys Rugby Commences

On Sunday, the partnership between SCOTS PGC and Warwick Water Rats to contest this year’s teenage rugby competition commenced with mixed results. The U13 and U15 Teams went down to two well drilled Highfields outfits who had been training for the past month in preparation. The Senior Boys took the win on the day with a very promising, if not polished performance against a team brimming with Under 16 Darling Downs Reps from 2019. All in all, a solid start to the season, and we look forward to better things to come.

As we go to print, there are a number of activities and events still in limbo with results yet to make it back to the Co-Curricular desk.  Stay tuned for an update next week!

 

 

 

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Year 10 Drama

Katelyn Woodbine – Drama Teacher This term in Year 10 Drama, our students have been exploring Indigenous and Verbatim Theatre. As a class, we have …

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Year 10 Drama

Katelyn Woodbine – Drama Teacher

This term in Year 10 Drama, our students have been exploring Indigenous and Verbatim Theatre. As a class, we have been discussing issues of importance in indigenous communities as well as indigenous history.

Students have read extracts from plays including Black Diggers, Stolen, Conversations with the Dead, Children of the Black Skirt and Today We’re Alive. Students have explored themes such as the Stolen Generation and discrimination. From these extracts, they have put together their own ‘Collage Theatre’ style performance in small groups.

Collage theatre has been a fitting method for students to explore and express these topics – it uses a variety of short scenes which are linked by a theme.  The scenes do not follow the traditional linear structure to tell a story, but rather make a statement about that theme.

The Year 10s are to be commended on the mature approach they have brought to such difficult topics.

 

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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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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.