Leading

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

One of the books I have enjoyed reading in recent times is Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last. I found the first few chapters quite captivating, from the title to the underlying philosophy of how people become leaders and what this truly means. This is a timely reflection as we enter into our appointment process for Senior School leaders.

This, in turn, has made me reflect on what we do as parents and as teachers to provide an environment where our children not only succeed but lead and consider the welfare of those around them as they progress.

The title of the book refers to the US Marine’s philosophy whereby the most junior in their ranks go first and the highest-ranking officers go last.

This symbolises strength, commitment to those they work with and a willingness to put others before oneself. We live in a world where society is becoming more self-obsessed. In a corporate sense, people attempt to climb over one another to get ahead, and people are becoming less likely to do anything unless they get a reward, financial bonus, title, or another form of recognition. At SCOTS PGC our boys and girls live and grow in an environment of privilege. We (parents and staff) strive to help them succeed.

So do we, or how do we strive to teach them how to lead? Many of our boys and girls will lead in society so I think this is an area we need to continue to be aware of developing. To lead does not mean to receive favour, privilege, or a title.

Leaders Eat Last references an A10 (warthog) pilot putting his life at risk to protect 22 marines ‘on the ground’ that he has never met. When asked why, he responds with “they’d do the same for me” and “it’s my job.” He doesn’t ask for a promotion, a bonus or an award; he just knows that in his organisation they all look after each other rather than themselves.

I’d like to think that this is how my family operates. I am a taxi driver, provider, advisor, dad, husband and everything that comes with this. In a real context, we (staff) at SCOTS PGC also do similar things with our boys and girls. As a result of this ‘giving’ of oneself to benefit others (all great teachers, employers and leaders do this), I also see my children and the boys and girls at SCOTS PGC reciprocate and give back to staff, other students, their school and indeed society. This is a sign of a strong community.

It also means from a parenting perspective I don’t have to pay my daughters to do everything I ask them to and I know, in their way, they look out for me too. This willing to do for ‘doings’ sake is very important! It shows true leadership and a strong sense of community.

I see our boys and girls in our school lead this way regularly. I have observed senior students drop to their haunches to speak to Prep students, I’ve seen our students carry items for parents, staff or community members. Why? Because it is the right thing to do and they care about their community. This form of leading makes our community stronger through good actions. No financial reward, no badge, just leadership and knowing our boys and girls do what needs to be done.

In a world where people are generally rewarded for doing things that benefit themselves, imagine a world where people did things to benefit others knowing the ‘others would all do the same for them’. That is why service activities, collective values and a sense of community are so important. Indeed, so SCOTS PGC.

 

SCOTS PGC on Tour

Our SCOTS PGC College Pipes and Drums and Senior Girls’ Choir hit the road in Week 8 on a three-day musical tour to visit communities …

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SCOTS PGC on Tour

Our SCOTS PGC College Pipes and Drums and Senior Girls’ Choir hit the road in Week 8 on a three-day musical tour to visit communities in western Queensland and northern New South Wales.  The tour is renowned for the development of teamwork between the two groups and the engagement of the communities we are connected with.

Setting off early on the Monday, the first day comprised a stop-off to St Mary’s School in Goondiwindi to warm up the vocal chords and play some tunes as part of the first performance of the tour.  The next stop was St George, where our students performed to St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and the residents at the local aged care facility.  We later joined forces with the St Pat’s Choir to put on a community concert for the people of St George.  We were treated to some fantastic country hospitality, kindly provided by one of our SCOTS mums – Mrs Anna Twidale with the help of her mum, Laurel Cornford and sister Kylie.  Thank you ladies!

Day two saw a further three school performances at Thallon State School, Mungindi Central School and Moree Public School.  Once again our pipers and drummers treated the local Moree aged care residents to some tunes in the garden, whilst our choir worked alongside the Moree school choir to polish their performance which was later delivered at the Moree Community Concert.  A big thank you to all of the boarding parent community who turned out to support our students in Moree – it was wonderful to catch up with you all.

Our last day was just as busy as the previous two.  The morning kicked off with a radio interview at 2NZ Inverell where Abby Dalziel, Ewan McFarland and Jacolene DeJager spoke to listeners about all things SCOTS PGC.  They finished off by playing the bagpipes, chalking up the first ever live performance carried out in the Inverell studio.

School performances later that day included stop-offs to Inverell Public School, Glen Innes and finally, Tenterfield.

In essence, the trip was a wonderful way to connect with regional schools who may not have the opportunity to see cultural performances on a regular basis.  Students at each of the schools were genuinely engaged and the SCOTS PGC boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the tour.  Thank you to all of the staff who were involved in making the trip possible, especially Mrs Wendy Whittaker, Mrs Gabi Laws, Mr Sandy Dalziel and Mrs Christine Peterson – your efforts are greatly appreciated.

 

 

Real-World Business Experience

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher Year 10 Business students have been getting a taste of the ‘real world’ this week, as they act as …

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Real-World Business Experience

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

Year 10 Business students have been getting a taste of the ‘real world’ this week, as they act as consultants for two local businesses as part of the Mindshop Excellence program.

CSM Service Bodies and Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) have provided our students with practical business projects to work on this week and our students have risen to the challenge in devising creative solutions and project outcomes.  Our SDRC consultants have been working on a very topical project related to creating community awareness about water usage, and the CSM group have been looking at the issues associated with merging two businesses, in particular, a new location.

The Mindshop Excellence Program is facilitated by Power Tynan Financial Advisors.  The culmination of the week-long experience was on Thursday when students presented their recommendations to the business management, staff, school representatives and their parents at the final presentation meeting.

The College would like to thank the host businesses and Power Tynan for their support to enable our boys and girls to have this invaluable experience.

 

Summer Uniform in Term 4

A reminder that when Term 4 resumes, all students are to be in full summer uniform. Please CLICK HERE to view the uniform requirements for …

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Summer Uniform in Term 4

A reminder that when Term 4 resumes, all students are to be in full summer uniform. Please CLICK HERE to view the uniform requirements for each year level.

Throughout the holidays, the Uniform Shop will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (as usual) and then also Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of Week 1 of Term 4.

For more information, please phone Deb on 07 4666 9892 or email uniformshop@scotspgc.com.au

Year 11 Cert III in Agriculture zap up a new electric fence

Mr Peter Collett | Agriculture Teacher Gallagher representative Jayson Webb, donated a day of his time and about $2500 worth of fencing materials to help …

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Year 11 Cert III in Agriculture zap up a new electric fence

Mr Peter Collett | Agriculture Teacher

Gallagher representative Jayson Webb, donated a day of his time and about $2500 worth of fencing materials to help our Year 11 Cert III in Ag students to construct a brand new electric fence along Yangan road.

Our new electric fence commercially marketed as the ‘Westonfence’ stands at about 1.5 metres in height and consists of 10 wires, half of which are live. Gallagher’s Westonfence is proving very popular in rural Australia as a cost effective answer to exclusion fencing.

Our students were very surprised at the ease and simplicity of the fence erection. Our new Westonfence should keep out any intruders including town dogs that we have had trouble with in the past.

A huge thanks to Jayson and the team at Gallagher for such a generous donation.  We are also grateful for the practical experience of being able to apply our fence erection skills onsite at the College.

 

T20 Cricket Gala Day

On Wednesday nine students from Years 5 and 6 ventured down to Slade Park to participate in the T20 Cricket Gala Day against several other …

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T20 Cricket Gala Day

On Wednesday nine students from Years 5 and 6 ventured down to Slade Park to participate in the T20 Cricket Gala Day against several other schools from the district. The day was a great introduction to the sport for many but also an opportunity for some of our stars to shine.

The team consisting of James Bourke, Liam Poole, Ellyse Kruger, Mackenzie Taylor, Abbey Petersen, Jack McCarthy, Izak Kruger, Isaac Ratcliffe, William Angus played four matches across the day and scored some great runs in all matches. We lost our first two matches, one being by the narrowest of margins, then demonstrated how much we learnt in a small time to come back and win our final two matches convincingly with scores of 167 and 204 respectively followed by much improved fielding and bowling displays from all team members.

Abbey Petersen demonstrated the greatest improvement across the day followed by Mackenzie Taylor. James Bourke although cautious on the run chase showed great skill with the bat as did Liam Poole and Izak Kruger. These shining lights were very well supported by the talented Ellyse Kruger and the ever improving Isaac Ratcliffe whose flashes of brilliance showed great promise for the future. Jack McCarthy and William Angus were consistent throughout with solid batting and bowling performances that steadied the ship on several occasions.

On behalf of the students I offer a huge thank you to our GAP students Mr Jeremy Beyleveld and Mr Scott Stretton for their attendance, umpiring and coaching during the day that contributed to the success of our team. At the end, Cricket was the winner with all students walking away with a great experience and enthusiasm for more.

Netball’s night of awards

To round out the netball season the Warwick Netball Presentation Dinner was held last Saturday night at the Hawker Road Function Centre. After a nail …

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Netball’s night of awards

To round out the netball season the Warwick Netball Presentation Dinner was held last Saturday night at the Hawker Road Function Centre. After a nail biting performance at the grand final, our SCOTS PGC Open team were awarded their ‘trophies’ for taking out the C grade competition. Rosemary McDonald was awarded ‘Defender’ of the final, and Mr Thompson presented the inaugural SCOTS PGC ‘Sportsmanship’ awards.

Mr Kyle Thompson with the SCOTS PGC College Sportsmanship Awardees for 2019

 

CWA International Country of the Year

Our boys and girls from Years 3 to 6 have spent time researching and exploring facts and features of the QCWA’s International Country of study, …

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CWA International Country of the Year

Our boys and girls from Years 3 to 6 have spent time researching and exploring facts and features of the QCWA’s International Country of study, Lithuania.  During Library lessons throughout Term 2, students have explored the culture, collating their information into travel posters to entice tourists to visit Lithuania.

All entries were judged by the local Border District group with four entries moving onto the State judging panel.  We are very pleased to announce that Year 4 student, Cody Baker placed second in Queensland in the Year 4 section and Elle Amos received a highly commended award in the Year 6 section.

Congratulations to all students who entered the competition and thanks to the QCWA who have facilitated this contest for many years now.

We are eagerly awaiting the 2020 International country of study!

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities The dust has almost settled on what has been a spectacular term of co-curricular activities.  To …

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

The dust has almost settled on what has been a spectacular term of co-curricular activities.  To close our our tenth week, here is a final wrap up of what’s in store over the holidays and the upcoming choice of activities in Term 4.  Thank you to all students for the effort and enthusiasm you’ve extended throughout the year – we are looking forward to working with you all in Term 4 to make 2019 one to remember!

National Schools Futsal Championships 2019

We take this opportunity to wish all our students attending the National Schools Futsal Championships in Brisbane the very best for their competition in the second week of the school holidays.

Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering will represent Queensland West in the 12-13 years combined girls team whilst, Geoffrey Warren and Toby Callaghan will represent Tasmania in the Under 16 boys team due to numbers, Madison Kane Under 15 and Lucy Jackson Under 16 will both be representing Queensland West, Bradley Cook will contest the Under 19 championships with Queensland South Coast. The draw is now available on the Australian Futsal Association Facebook page.

We wish all students the very best as they play for their respective teams, and we look forward to hearing of their exploits in our first Term 4 newsletter.

Term 4 – Co-Curricular Activities

In Term 4 we have a broad range of activities for students to participate in.  Please review and consider the following list of activities with your children and reply with selections by 30 September.   Following this, groups will be formed and the relevant communications distributed. Please reply directly to the Teacher in charge (TIC) as noted below unless otherwise stated.

Activities on offer are:

Equestrian – continues daily as per usual – Grace Buchholz is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4) – Please contact her direct.

Senior Girls’ Choir – continues as per usual Years 7-12 students.  Mrs Wendy Whittaker is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Sustainability Club – continues as per usual Years 1-6 students Mrs Bernie Bourke is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

JAM Choir – continues as per usual for Years 1-6 students.  Mrs Shell Campbell is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Debating Workshops – commences on Wednesday afternoons for Years 6-8 students.  Mrs Nicola Hight is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Chess and Strategy Games – continues as per usual on Tuesday afternoon for all students.
Mr Malcolm Heather is the TIC (Week 2-7 Term 4) – Please contact him direct.

Pipes and Drums – continues as per usual.  Mr Sandy Dalziel is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact him direct for new members.

Tennis Coaching – continues as per usual on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for students in Years 7-12.  Mrs Carmen O’Grady is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4, Commencing Thursday Week 1) Please contact her direct.

Cooking Club – Years 3-7 Students may only apply and numbers are limited so first in first served. The limit will be dependent on the ages of the applicants and relevant duty of care required. Mrs Mel Stephensen and Mrs Sharyn Bomford are co-ordinating, however, all nominations must go to Mr Bradbury please.

Arranmore SportRookies to Reds Rugby on Tuesday afternoon for all JAM students.  All replies to Mr Tom Bradbury for collation and organisation.  This program runs in Term 4 during Week 2 through to Week 7.

 

Arranmore SportAussie Hoops Basketball on Thursday afternoons for all JAM students. This is a user pays activity and all interested participants need to register via the Aussie Hoops website under SCOTS. This program runs for 8 weeks including Week 10 of Term 3 (commences this Thursday 19 September concludes Week 7 Term 4). Please let Mr Bradbury know if you are attending for supervision purposes.

 

SCOTS PGC Junior Touch – Commences week 2 of Term 4 on Friday afternoons for students aged 5-14. This is a user pays activity. Please go to the SCOTS Junior Touch Facebook Page for updates and register via the Try booking link: https://www.trybooking.com/548701

 

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Mr Tom Bradbury for clarification.

 

Term 4 Swimming Training Program

The College Swimming Training Program will resume on Friday 11 October (Week 1, Term 4) at WIRAC and interested students are asked to register their intent to Mr Bradbury by the end of Term 3 via SEQTA message to assist with planning.

Training will continue throughout the term until Wednesday 27 November. Sessions will be conducted from 6.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, with transportation back to school for all participants. Boarders will be transported to the pool as required.

Students attending this training are advised this is squad training and not learn to swim sessions. All participating students must be able to complete a 100m Medley (25m Free, 25m Back, 25m Breast, 25m Fly) in under 3 minutes to participate in this squad.

Other students are encouraged to enrol with WIRAC for their learn to swim program before entering the College Swimming Training. The College offers junior swimming lessons in class time for learn to swim during Term 4.

All training in the College Swimming Training Program will be paid for by the College and therefore accurate attendance records need to be kept on each of the three days offered.

Please RSVP by COB today

 

Term 4 Cricket – Saturday Morning Competition

Warwick Junior Cricket commences in term 4 with the College intending to participate much the same as we did in Term 1 this year and similarly to our Netball Program.

Students in Years 6-12 (turning 12 years or older in 2019) are asked to express their intentions to play in College teams across the eligible age groups. We are hoping to create a number of teams where possible. These teams are open to both boys and girls and your intention to play should be directed to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 8 October (first day of Term 4).

Students turning 11 years or younger are encouraged to nominate for the Under 11 competition which will see students spread across a variety of teams to participate in a developmental games format. Once again intentions to play should be directed to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 8 October (first day of Term 4).

Please state your child’s age in 2019 when replying to assist Mr Bradbury in grouping students. Training will be held on Wednesday afternoons commencing Wednesday 9 October (Week 1 Term 4) for all interested participants.

Year 12 students are welcome to play; however, we recommend they not pending their commitments beyond graduation as the season will go beyond this time.

All player registrations will be covered by the College, details of which will be distributed once we establish numbers.

Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon

The Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon team will compete at the Queensland School Sport State Championships in Hervey Bay 20-22 February 2020. Students born 2007 may apply as they turn 13 years in 2020.

The selection trial for the Darling Downs team will take place on Sunday 10 November at the Toowoomba Triathlon Race at Oakey.

Students who wish to be considered for the team are to complete both steps below:

1) Complete the DD Regional Trial Permission form along with the 2020 Darling Downs Triathlon Team Nomination form and return both to the DD Sports office by Wednesday 6 November. These must be sent via Mr Bradbury.

2) Go online to the Toowoomba Tri Club website and nominate for the Oakey Triathlon on 10 November.

See Mr Bradbury for all details and the link to the website. All students must have their own bike and their own transport to and from these events. The College cannot transport students in this instance due to the equipment requirements but we will cover your nomination to the DD Trials.

Reds Rugby – Holiday Clinics

Reds Rugby are facilitating a range of core skills clinics throughout the holidays.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the skills …

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Reds Rugby – Holiday Clinics

Reds Rugby are facilitating a range of core skills clinics throughout the holidays.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the skills they have learned throughout the term or to get started in a new activity.

Register now for one or more of the following clinics:

  1. Queensland Reds Core Skills Holiday Clinic – Warwick

WHEN: Wednesday October 2nd, 10am – 3pm

WHERE: Scots PGC College, Warwick

WHO: Boys and Girls U6s through to U12s

PURPOSE: Skills, Drills & Games designed to develop player core skill levels! Skill challenges and prizes through-out the day!

COST: $60
REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/1931

 

  1.     Queensland Reds Girls Only 7s Clinic – Toowoomba

WHEN: Friday October 4th, 10am – 1.30pm

WHERE: Heritage Oval, Toowoomba Bears Rugby Club

WHO: Girls Aged 8 – 13

PURPOSE: A welcoming environment for players of all experience and skill levels to develop their core skills, with a specific focus on Rugby 7s!

COST: $40
REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/2559

 

  1.    U8/9 Tackle Clinic – Toowoomba

WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 10am – 12pm

WHERE: Gold Park (Top Oval)

WHO: Boys and Girls aged 7 – 9

PURPOSE: Will your child be new to contact rugby next season? Be contact ready. Focus on safety and technique!

COST: $40

REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/4016

Edwooducation – Holiday Activities

Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do these school holidays? Great news!  SCOTS PGC is hosting the E.P.I.K School Holiday Programme which …

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Edwooducation – Holiday Activities

Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do these school holidays?

Great news!  SCOTS PGC is hosting the E.P.I.K School Holiday Programme which will run on 24 and 25 September over the holiday break.  Run by EDwoodUCATION, the programme will include a great number of activities that cater to the active as well as the contemplative students.  Your students will enjoy the following program of activities:

* Construction challenges for the engineers of tomorrow
* Skills-based tennis games and drills for our future tennis stars
* Robotics with Bee-Bot challenges, Sphero programming and LEGO EV3
* Boardgames to enhance strategic thinking (e.g. chess, Settlers of Catan)
* Crazy Science experiments to engage the inquisitive minds.

EDwoodUCATION is a Toowoomba-based educational initiative founded and directed by Ted Carter.  Ted is a fully qualified teacher with over eight years of classroom experience. His holiday programmes are fun, engaging and well enjoyed by the students that participate.

To register for the programme, please visit the website here