The Strength of Community

Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

In a time when we may be asking ourselves ‘is this the new normal?’ it is reassuring to be a part of the SCOTS PGC College community where our ‘normal’ has continued throughout this week…albeit looking a little different.

Our Preps are still amazed by finding grasshoppers camouflaged amongst the grass.  Our Year 8s are still enjoying playing ‘tiggy’ at lunchtime, as shown by their raucous laughter as they run past the window.  Our Year 1 students still love hearing the delightful Mem Fox story, ‘Koala Lou’ being read to them, and our Senior students are continuing to  be excited by their learning, whether that be in the classroom or connecting in a virtual learning environment.

In these challenging times, it can be easy to lose sight of how important these little things are and how much a laugh with friends, a message of support or simply marvelling at the wonders of nature can mean. The small kindnesses that we have seen from members of our College community during this period of uncertainty and change have not gone unnoticed.

SCOTS PGC is much more than just a school.  In a time when schools are being called upon to be the centre of our communities in many ways, the strength of the relationships we have at the College is now more important than ever. As we possibly transition into a Learning from Home program at the start of Term 2, ensuring that the connections our boys and girls have with their teachers and their peers remain strong is essential.  Equally as important as the teaching and learning component of our Learning from Home program is the wellbeing and pastoral care element.  Although this may be delivered in a different way to what would be the case in a face-to-face environment, ensuring that our College community has opportunities to come together, to share our experiences, to celebrate our successes and to support one another through these times is essential.

As is the case on campus each day, what makes SCOTS PGC a vibrant, inclusive and supportive community is the people.  It is these same people, whether it be our students, our academic staff, our administration and support staff or our families that will continue to embody our College values as we navigate the days and weeks come.

Thank you once again for your continued support of the College and I wish everyone a safe and healthy school break.

 

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Preparing plots in Science

Did you know that 2020 has been declared the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations General Assembly?  This year is a once …

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Preparing plots in Science

Did you know that 2020 has been declared the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations General Assembly?  This year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and boost economic development.

To celebrate and support this concept, the Hermitage is running a competition to encourage schools and their students to explore the importance of plant health.

Our Year 7B Science class was captured this week setting up plots as part of their competition entry for a plant nutrition trial.  The class has mapped out an experiment and plans to measure and monitor the health of an oats crop which will be planted in the College Ag plot.

Mr Collett said the student response has been encouraging so far. “Students love this activity as they develop practical science skills and can link this experiment to real world applications around them.”

We can’t wait to see how this experiment develops. Stay tuned for updates!

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Meet our new residents in Year 2

Our Year 2 students would like to introduce you to some of their new friends… silk worms!  They’ve busily munched their way through a pile …

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Meet our new residents in Year 2

Our Year 2 students would like to introduce you to some of their new friends… silk worms!  They’ve busily munched their way through a pile of mulberry leaves and are well looked after by Mrs Gander’s Year 2 class.  You’ll see from the photos that they are at different stages of growth.  Hunter is holding a rather fat silk worm while Ayisha has a worm who has made a cocoon around itself.  Our Year 2 class is excited to see how much their pet silk worms will grow over the next few weeks.

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Roaming Romans

Our Year 7 historians have immersed themselves in the Roman culture this term. This week we spotted our Year 7 boys and girls roaming the …

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Roaming Romans

Our Year 7 historians have immersed themselves in the Roman culture this term. This week we spotted our Year 7 boys and girls roaming the College, living their best Roman lives as they sipped apple juice after a lavish breakfast clothed in the traditional togas and wreathed headwear.  Rumour has it they were headed to the gladiator games which completed their Term 1 history unit on Ancient Rome.

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Changing Minds

This week our musical students held their final full dress rehearsal for the College Musical – Changing Minds.  As you’re all aware, we are unable …

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Changing Minds

This week our musical students held their final full dress rehearsal for the College Musical – Changing Minds.  As you’re all aware, we are unable to host our live performances as scheduled for the first weekend in May, so Wednesday’s dress rehearsal was an opportunity for our musical cast to put on their show face, don their costumes and sing their hearts out as if it were a live performance.  The rehearsal was closed to cast and crew only, and allowed our students to showcase their work to camera in lieu of an audience.

At the end of the day, our students were both surprised and delighted to receive their Changing Minds themed hoodies.  A special thank you to our wonderful teaching staff, cast and crew members who have dedicated many hours to this production.  Thank you also to Deb Perry, our Uniform Shop convenor who was able to bring forward the arrival of the hoodies, so that all students could have them to take home for the break.

 

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Library time with Year 1

Our Year 1 students always look forward to their library lesson with Mrs Peterson.  Library time is a chance to relax and be transported to …

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Library time with Year 1

Our Year 1 students always look forward to their library lesson with Mrs Peterson.  Library time is a chance to relax and be transported to wherever the story of the day takes them.  This week we read Ms Woodgate’s favourite story, “Koala Lou” by one Australia’s reknowned childrens authors, Mem Fox.

The break time will provide families with lots of time to read some great stories.  What is your favourite book?

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Break-time in the Junior School

In the eyes of our students, break time is one of the most important parts of the day, especially when it’s followed by a chocolate …

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Break-time in the Junior School

In the eyes of our students, break time is one of the most important parts of the day, especially when it’s followed by a chocolate muffin at morning tea!  This week, our Junior School students were extra excited to test drive some of their new play equipment.

Kanga cricket, mini goal nets and basketball hoops made their way to the playground, where some busy boys and girls ensured they were fit for purpose.  Check out some of the happy snaps we captured in the playground morning tea on Tuesday.  Outside play and breathing in fresh country is an important part of our day!

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Helping with Children’s Fears

Rev Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain At this time of uncertainty, I am praying for you. I received this article which talks about the four …

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Helping with Children’s Fears

Rev Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain

At this time of uncertainty, I am praying for you. I received this article which talks about the four stages of fear, and I thought it might be helpful for our parents and carers to refer to during family discussions over the weekend.

As a parent I know that there are times that we are not too sure about what to say to our children, so I hope you find this information useful. I know it is very Christian based, but you can adapt as much as you like to suit your circumstances.

As we enter the Easter break, please continue to support and look after your friends and family.  We are fortunate to be part of such a kind and caring community, so please help others to share kindness as we navigate this challenging time together.

Download the Dealing with Fears (Children’s Edition) Cheat Sheet HERE

 

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Primary School Hockey Competition Congratulations to SCOTS Green who, after the season was curtailed early due …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Primary School Hockey Competition

Congratulations to SCOTS Green who, after the season was curtailed early due to the current virus outbreak, has been named champions after the rounds completed.

SCOTS Green Team Members: Charlie McCosker, Colby Miller, James Bourke, Lachlan Groves, Tim Amos, Nathanael Amos

Well done to all students from both teams who played in the competition. It was a pleasure watching all players improve and give their best each game, and I thoroughly enjoyed coaching them with assistance from Mrs Grayson.

Attached is a photo of Nathanael, Tim and Lachlan receiving the trophy at this week at Arranmore Hockey on behalf of the College.  We will present the team with their medallions and the trophy at the next available assembly which will hopefully now be in Term 2 when we eventually return to school.

A big thank you once again to Mrs Angela Groves of WHA for organising the competition for the students of Warwick and District schools.

 

 

Full cancellation of School Sport Australia Championships

Earlier this week I reported that all School Sport Australia National Championships have unfortunately been cancelled for 2020. It is still the intention of Queensland School Sport to recommence, if possible, their representative sport program when all suspensions are lifted. I cannot speculate on what that will look like but we will advise as soon as we are able to do so.