Adopt a Boarder

Don’t forget about our Adopt a Boarder Weekend which is set to take place next weekend.  The Adopt a Boarder Program is where day student families are invited to host a boarder from their child’s year group on weekend leave.  One of the many benefits of attending a boarding school is the opportunity to develop and forge strong friendships between students and potentially, families.

From a boarder’s perspective, to be able to experience a weekend away from boarding, with a family far smaller than the large number of brothers or sisters in boarding, is not just a welcome change, it is the chance to immerse themselves in a new family.  There doesn’t have to be anything special organised for the weekend; it is often the closeness of being included that is embraced.

Adopt a Boarder weekend will be on Friday 14 August until Sunday 16 August.  The length of time can be adjusted to be after Saturday sport if necessary.  We invite families with students in Year 6-12 to host a boarder for that weekend.  If you’re interested, please contact the relevant Boarding House leader to organise.

Girls Boarding: Chemane.Fairleigh@scotspgc.com.au

Junior Boys Boarding: Stewart.Bailey@scotspgc.com.au

Senior Boys Boarding: Fraser.Bolton@scotspgc.com.au

Any other questions can be directed to Mr Richard Dobrenov – 07 4666 9839.

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Write your own song

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal Throughout the COVID lockdown, and enforced stays at home, at a time over the last few weeks, I found myself …

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Write your own song

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

Throughout the COVID lockdown, and enforced stays at home, at a time over the last few weeks, I found myself in front of the television watching a music documentary. Not by choice. I’m not sure how it happened. One moment I was watching some archived cricket footage from the mid-late 80s and repeats of some surfing contests and the next thing I knew my wife had commandeered the remote. Now there I was, staring at a larger than life Adele on my TV screen. I was suddenly listening to her talk about her music and where she drew inspiration from in her songwriting. She also sang the odd tune. Like her or not, she can sing.

Anyway, I digress. What struck me from my afternoon on the couch was her referencing driving through the neighbourhood where she grew up. She spoke about gaining inspiration for her songwriting from the many and varied memories she had made growing up in her town. The drive through her town had triggered her to remember.

This too made me reflect. On the memories of growing up in the ‘playground’ that was the golf course backing onto my grandparents’ house. I remember searching for genie bottles with my grandfather when I was very young, all the time listening to him talk about the wildlife we stumbled upon in the long reeds. From snakes and lizards to all kinds of beetles and bugs. Alas, every genie bottle we ever found already had the lid removed – and my grandfather would reference how we were getting close to finding one with the genie still inside.

As I got older I traded hunting genies for hunting lost (and not so lost) golf balls. Sometimes with him. Sometimes not. Sometimes with friends. We also made forts in the sand dunes and spent time dodging the Ranger and his two German Shepherds.

One of my last memories of that place was introducing my girlfriend (now my wife) to my grandparents and showing her where I grew up playing on that golf course. She pointed out the spectacular view of the city that was evident from on that hill. Something that we were able to share at that time.

So why do I tell this story? From a SCOTS PGC perspective, our boys and girls spend what appears to be a lot of time in one place, especially in regards to their school. How they interact with that place changes over time. How they interact with their parents, teachers and friends also change. What they see through the same eyes appears different each year without them necessarily noticing. What doesn’t change is that every day they make memories. Sometimes though, we (parents, staff and our boys and girls) forget to take the time to remember the large and indeed the small things that we may well look back on in the future and wish for again. We need to enjoy our memories as they happen, not just as we reflect years later. Although this is special too.

So, the trips to school with our kids in the car (whether that be 5 minutes or 9 hours!) and the conversations that may or may not happen there, the first time a junior school student carries their own (too big) bag, friends new and old (for parents and students), learning new things, hearing the excitement over something small in our child’s voice, the first and last time a boy or girl wears our blazer, a Panama, an Akubra or a kilt, the starting of prep, finishing junior school, middle school, the festival of leaving for the final year and every big and small thing in between should be celebrated and remembered.

So much happens here every day that at times it’s hard to remember it all. Today I want to take note of something small that a student or students do that makes me smile. Something to remember, not because it is revolutionary, just because it is good. I especially want our Year 12s to think of this and to enjoy their last full term at their school. Recognise the memories they have and are making and take the time to reflect. Who knows, perhaps one of our boys or girls will have memories that inspire them to write a song.

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Senior Drama welcomes the Noosa Film Academy

Katelyn Woodbine | Drama Teacher On Wednesday, Drama students from Years 10 to 12 were lucky enough to host Greg Huglin, an Academy award winning …

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Senior Drama welcomes the Noosa Film Academy

Katelyn Woodbine | Drama Teacher

On Wednesday, Drama students from Years 10 to 12 were lucky enough to host Greg Huglin, an Academy award winning cinematographer and his wife Andrea here at the College.

The students welcomed our guests with open (socially distanced) arms and began work on a short film. Working with the existing storyboard, “The Umbrella,” the students put their own spin on a Mary Poppins inspired short film, which will be combined with other schools from around Queensland. Each student was invited to participate on screen or behind the camera, working together to learn the techniques behind professional film making. This opportunity was a great insight into the world of film and on-screen acting.  The final production screened at today’s Assembly.

Thank you to the Noosa Film Academy, Greg and Andrea for allowing the students to be a part of this project; each of the students were so grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, of which will be remembered by all.

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New faces – Welcome Ms Sally Pirie

We are very pleased to welcome Ms Sally Pirie to the SCOTS PGC community as the newly appointed English teacher. Sally has enjoyed a range of …

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New faces – Welcome Ms Sally Pirie

We are very pleased to welcome Ms Sally Pirie to the SCOTS PGC community as the newly appointed English teacher. Sally has enjoyed a range of teaching experiences in primary and secondary schools, special education, indigenous community schools, distance education, head of curriculum and most recently as a State School Principal. Her varied experiences have allowed her to develop a passion to ensure no student falls through the cracks, by focusing on quality teaching and learning.

Sally has enjoyed her first week and is looking forward to building trusted, transparent and close working relationships with all members of the SCOTS PGC community.  Welcome Sally!

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From the Co-curricular desk

T3W2 Co-Curricular Program Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities College Cross Country The College Cross Country will now be held on Friday 31 …

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From the Co-curricular desk

T3W2 Co-Curricular Program

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

College Cross Country

The College Cross Country will now be held on Friday 31 July.

Our program will run as per the following to allow students to move on and off the course and go back to class without exceeding mass gathering limits and also allowing parental spectators.

All Spectators will be required to register their attendance on arrival and departure from the grounds.  The process of how this will be conducted will be advised in future communications.  In the interest of complying with COVID safety requirements, parents are urged to visit and spectate only for the duration of their child’s event.  To help with planning, please refer to the following timetable.

 

Timetable of Events:

8:50am            16-18 years Boys – 6000m

9:20am            16-18 years Girls – 4000m

9:50am            15 years – 4000m

10:20am          14 years – 4000m

10:30am          Most Year 9-12 students will return to class and the Year 4-8 students will arrive for their events.

10:50am          13 years – 3000m

11:15am          12 years – 3000m

11:40am          11 years -3000m

12:00pm          10 years 2000m

 

Whole school lunch as per normal.  Students in Prep to Year 3 will make their way to the oval at the conclusion of their lunch.

1:35pm            9 years – 1500m

1:55pm            8 years – 1000m

2:10pm            7 years – 800m

2:20pm            6 years – 600m

2:30pm            5 years – 400m

Presentations will be made at the conclusion of each event and the Overall placings will be announced at relevant assemblies.

 

Athletics Carnival Date Changes

In an attempt to maximise participation for our entire community the Athletics Carnivals for 2020 have been postponed until Week 8 for the Senior Carnival (13-19 years) and Week 9 for the Junior Carnival (5-12 years). Training is available for Years 4-12 students after school as per the Co-curricular activities published each week.

 

Senior Hockey Teams

This is a final call out for students interested in Hockey from Years 6-12. We are looking to nominate two teams into the Interschool competition locally commencing Week 3 of Term on Thursday afternoons. Training is to be advised but possibly will be Monday afternoons. Please contact Mr Bradbury for details.

 

Northern Regional Futsal Titles

Last weekend several students from the College were involved in the Australian Futsal Association Northern Regionals as part of the South West Highlanders teams from our region. They were selected from the SWQ Schools Titles in March and came together over the school holidays to prepare for this tournament. Some players travelled between 4 and 8 hours one way to get to training and the tournament which was required a great show of commitment to take part in the event.

Students from SCOTS PGC acquitted themselves well and both Mr Derek Kane (Under 18) and Mr Tom Bradbury (Under 13 and Under 15) had the pleasure of coaching these teams.

Players involved included Lachlan Groves (Under 11), Abbey Petersen (Under 13), Erin Keogh, Sahara Pickering, Krystal Petersen, Emma Bradbury (Under 15), Cooper Seng (Under 16), Maddie Kane, and Lucy Jackson (Under 18) – all of whom competed well and demonstrated growth in their play.

Although the success on the scoreboard was not evident, the experience gained was invaluable and will stand the players in good stead as some of them now prepare for the Nationals competition which is scheduled for September school holidays, pending COVID restrictions.

Training resumes for players here at the College in Week 2 of Term 3 with two sessions a week available on Monday Afternoon and Wednesday mornings under the supervision of Mr Kane.

 

 

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Mr Bailey is Back

After an unexpected, extended long service leave due to COVID-19, I am pleased to finally be back in the Junior Boys Boarding House! For those …

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Mr Bailey is Back

After an unexpected, extended long service leave due to COVID-19, I am pleased to finally be back in the Junior Boys Boarding House!

For those who didn’t know, Mrs Bailey and I purchased a property in Tasmania that we will eventually retire to. However, Mrs Bailey has already transitioned down to Tassie and is loving her new job within the Emergency Department at the Royal Hobart Hospital as well as enjoying our new property and spending time with her beloved horses (the boys always had to hear about the horses!).

During my extended leave, I took on the role of Farmer Bailey. Thanks to many years of listening to stories and advice from the boys in boarding about fencing and farming life, I was able to put their expertise to the test. I found myself busily building gates, tank stands, fixing fences and chopping wood.  I even built a horse shelter for Mrs Bailey’s horses. Not to mention painting the entire inside of our new house. I was kept very busy during my leave of absence from work.

As restrictions lifted, I was very keen to return to SCOTS PGC and was luckily was able to get a flight home. Two weeks of self-isolation followed, and a further week to prepare for the boarding house return of the boarding students. Now here we are – the first week of Term 3!

It was fantastic to welcome the boys back and reconnect with boarding parents. It seems the boarding boys were just as excited for my return as I was. It’s a nice feeling to be missed so much. So after a longer than anticipated absence, I am happily back and ready for a great term ahead.

A heartfelt thanks to all staff who kept the boarding house running smoothly in my absence, especially to Mr Simon Mascardri and Mr Tom Bradbury who stepped into the role of Acting Head of Junior Boys Boarding.  Both were well supported by Mr Derek Kane and Mr Phil Strang.

We are pleased to welcome two new boarders into our “Band of Brothers”.  Declan Stanley has joined us from Brisbane, while Ethan McDonald has transitioned from a day student to a weekly boarder.  A very warm welcome to you both and to all of our returning boarders.  I am looking forward to the term ahead and working with each of you to achieve great things.

Let’s see what we can do together!

Declan Stanley – Year 8

 

Ethan McDonald – Year 6

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Hello from Girls Boarding

Mrs Chemane Fairleigh | Head of Girls Boarding I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome back to all boarding families, in …

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Hello from Girls Boarding

Mrs Chemane Fairleigh | Head of Girls Boarding

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome back to all boarding families, in particular Molly Rose and her family who have joined us from the Condamine area.

I hope that you all have enjoyed a lovely mid-semester break and are feeling secure in the knowledge that your daughters are back at Glenbrae, where life is getting back to a ‘new normal’.

The boarding house has undergone some paint work in Dean Butcher building where the bedroom doors have been transformed from the brown/taupe colour they have been for the past 20 years to a more vibrant and colourful multicoloured pallet of pastel colours.  Although some of the Junior boarders have likened the area to that of a children’s hospital or crèche, I remain as confident as ever that the finished product up there will reflect the many young, cheeky personalities we have residing in the area!

This semester we welcome back Mrs Hart to the boarding staff rotation and in a few weeks, we will be joined by our new Gap Tutor, Taylor Gilbert, from South Africa.

All in all – it has been a very busy but rewarding start to Term Three.  I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead

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From Hawkins House

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of Senior Boys Boarding It’s wonderful to welcome everyone back into our boarding community for Semester 2. Firstly, I must …

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From Hawkins House

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of Senior Boys Boarding

It’s wonderful to welcome everyone back into our boarding community for Semester 2. Firstly, I must commend the boys for the resilience and maturity they showed last term while living under some pretty strict COVID restrictions – the true measure of a person is surely how they respond to challenging circumstances. We are cautiously reaping the rewards of our vigilance with the resumption of sport and extra-curricular activities, and I am delighted to again see a high uptake of participation by our boarders.

It’s great to also have multiple codes of football returning to live television broadcasts, as watching a game with your mates is a weekend tradition in Hawkins House! Personally, I am thrilled that Liverpool have finally taken out this year’s English Premier League title. This year, however, the club’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (popularised by fans after Liverpool’s Gerry and the Pacemakers made the song famous) has taken on an additional meaning, being adopted in some areas of the UK and Europe as an anthem of support for medical staff, first responders, and those in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song also received further attention when Captain Sir Thomas Moore, a former British Army officer and centenarian, released the song as a charity single as part of his fundraising efforts for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). “Captain Tom”, using a walking frame, walked laps of his garden in the lead-up to his hundredth birthday. His goal was to raise £1000; when the campaign closed, he had raised in excess of £32.79 million. Moore now holds two Guinness World Records: as the fundraiser raising the greatest amount of money in an individual charity walk, and as the oldest person to have a number-one single on the UK charts. When asked what his message to others was, Moore replied, “We will get through this and come out of it stronger, more united and ready to face any challenge together.” I can’t help but think that that is a wonderful sentiment for our boarders to keep in mind as Term 3 begins.

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Calling all Junior Netballers

The Warwick Netball Association are taking nominations for their Junior Fixtures competition. Please see the advertisement below.

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Calling all Junior Netballers

The Warwick Netball Association are taking nominations for their Junior Fixtures competition.

Please see the advertisement below.