Rites of Passage and Good Clean Coloured Fun

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

This week, I am thrilled to say, has allowed me to reflect on the success of our Year 12 Cardinal. It has also made me reflect on the progress and different stages of development of all of our students as well as thinking back to significant milestones or events in my own girls’ lives.

I remember hosting a formal event at a previous school whereby one of my responsibilities was greeting students on arrival, much like I do at our Cardinal. On this occasion my youngest daughter was attending the evening. As I was involved in the organisation, I did not see her get ready for the event and she arrived independently with her partner.

The young people had been briefed on how to introduce themselves to me on arrival and I was busy giving attention to each couple as they entered the venue so wasn’t aware of who was in the line to enter. I then turned to a young woman with an outstretched hand saying ‘Good evening, I’m Sarah Thompson”. I genuinely did not recognise, at first, the young woman standing before me and then a variety of thoughts flooded my mind. These included: ‘how and when did that happen’, ‘wow, she is a beautiful young woman’, and immense feeling of pride and realising that the days of parenting little girls was drawing to an end.

I am sure many of the parents of our Year 12s had similar moments last weekend when seeing their ‘babies’ dressed up and looking spectacular and mature beyond their years. Our boys and girls presented themselves so beautifully. You could see the adults that they are becoming. It is a wonderful, yet a little confronting, moment in being a parent. I cannot speak highly enough of those Year 12 students, the people they are becoming and the manner in which they have handled challenge after challenge during their schooling. And, this is also a reflection on their parents and families. I hope that all involved took the time to reflect and enjoy this important rite of passage for our young people.

It is also worth noting that in spite of their maturing appearances there is still a little way to go in reaching adulthood. I liken this to being able to wear high heels for an extended period of time (our girls aren’t quite there yet) or being comfortable in a suit and tie for an entire evening (not there yet either). It is similar to something I’ve written before about training wheels for adulthood.

Of equal importance has been the reflections I’ve had on those same students participating in our track and field carnival and the sheer joy and laughter that surrounded our inaugural colour run. These same students that looked so mature and serious in their formal attire still displayed the excitement and need for fun that a small child would display when jumping in puddles. It has been great to see our kids still find happiness in ‘kid like’ things. Even if some of those kids are 18 years old.

I believe we all can learn from this. There are times when we need to be formal and behave according to ‘time and place’. Equally as important, there are times when we all need to experience pure fun and joy, regardless of our ages. This was quite evident as I watch the parents in attendance at both of our colour runs smiling and laughing as they observed their children just having fun. That happiness has been a highlight for me this term. I do wonder how many of the adults watching would have loved to have joined in? I was lucky, I got to!

These events have been a great way to end what has been a challenging term. It is with relief that we know our borders can return home and then return to school. It is time for rest and revitalisation for all of our students and staff. I thank our entire College community for their continued support, good humour and commitment to the College and their children’s education. I thank and applaud our staff for their adaptability, professionalism and engagement with all of our boys and girls. And, I thank all of our students for their tenacity and making us who we are. Also for the lessons they provide to all of us, every day.

I wish everyone a safe and restful break and I look forward to seeing everyone return next term with a renewed energy for whatever the remainder of the year brings.

 

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Interschool Indonesian Championships

Image above: Holly Naughten, Shona McFarland and Maggie Myer Ms Nicola Hight | Indonesian Teacher Nineteen SCOTS PGC students have received awards for their success …

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Interschool Indonesian Championships

Image above: Holly Naughten, Shona McFarland and Maggie Myer

Ms Nicola Hight | Indonesian Teacher

Nineteen SCOTS PGC students have received awards for their success in an international interschool competition: the annual Education Perfect Languages Championships. Over precisely one week, our students translated as many online words and phrases as possible from Indonesian to English.

Congratulations to Credit Award winners: Abby Brown, Matilda Nowlan, Nicholas McGahan, Sarah Mauch, Tama-iti Saxton, Tanner Henley and our youngest awardee Izak Kruger. Receiving Bronze Awards were Hannah Myer, Lauren McAdam, Stevie Collins, Mac Mayall, Shona McFarland, Lucy Phillips, Logan Carney, Phoebe Sellick and Bridget Hardy. Maggie Myer was honoured with a Silver Award and sibling competitive spirit pushed Lachlan and Holly Naughten through to Gold Awards. Credit Awards represent the top 20% of 181, 000 competitors from around the world, with Bronze, Silver and Gold being awarded for the top 10%, 5% and 2% respectively.

The Indonesian section had competitors from schools in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, England, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, East Timor, Thailand, U.S.A., Nepal, Romania, Canada and Slovakia. In this competition SCOTS PGC achieved a rank of 1st place for Indonesian in Queensland out of 131 schools and 11th place overall for Indonesian out of 777 schools.

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JAM Athletics Carnival

Image above: Mr Thompson presenting Cameron Clan members Riley Wainwright and Ellyse Kruger with the Champion Clan Trophy. Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular …

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JAM Athletics Carnival

Image above: Mr Thompson presenting Cameron Clan members Riley Wainwright and Ellyse Kruger with the Champion Clan Trophy.

Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

After a false start in Week 9 with some very ordinary weather putting us on hold, Week 10 proved to certainly be a better option to stage the 2020 JAM Athletics Carnival. Tuesday afternoon saw the carnival off to a flying start with 3 records from 8 events held across the 9-12yrs age groups.

Wednesday morning broke from heavy fog to a glorious day and we kicked off with the 200m events where again records fell. The day then progressed through the three further rounds of field events, the Sprint events and the dreaded 800m and culminated in the Junior Colour Run which was enjoyed by all.

All up nineteen records were broken across the carnival which was an amazing number for any given year.

The record breakers were as follows:

Ellyse Kruger – 12yrs Discus 30.26m

Colby Miller – 10yrs 200m 31.6s, High Jump 1.18m

Innes Nowlan – 11yrs Shot Put 9.35m, Long Jump 4.19m

Lawrence Tasie – 9yrs Long Jump 3.34m

Ethan McDonald – 12yrs Long Jump 4.75m

Samuel Fairleigh – Hibbert – 9yrs High Jump 1.04m

Bailey Harm – 12yrs Long Jump 4.75m, High Jump 1.46m

Tanner Henley – 12yrs High Jump 1.46m

Naomi Ratcliffe – 9yrs 800m 3.44.7min

Harry Grayson – 10yrs 1500m 6.15.4min

Lachlan Groves – 11yrs 1500m 6.09.3min

Scott Wainwright – 10yrs Discus 21.54m

And last but by no means least with 5 records from her 8 events…

Hayley Wainwright – 11yrs 200m 29.97s, Long Jump 4.00m, High Jump 1.40m, 800m 3.07.6, 1500m 6.05.9min

When it came to the Age Championships many of our record breakers above were also prominent with the following students gaining Age Champion or Runner-Up placings.

9yrs Girls – Sophia Pettiford 1st, Naomi Ratcliffe 2nd

10yrs Girls – Natalie Mulcahy 1st, Tierney Stewart 2nd

11yrs Girls – Hayley Wainwright 1st, Bridie Hutchison 2nd

12yrs Girls – Ellyse Kruger 1st, Georgia Mulcahy 2nd

9yrs Boys – Lawrence Tasie 1st, Timothy Amos 2nd

10yrs Boys – Colby Miller 1st, Scott Wainwright 2nd

11yrs Boys – Innes Nowlan 1st, Lachlan Groves 2nd

12yrs Boys – Bailey Harm 1st, Tanner Henley 2nd

In the race for Clan supremacy, the competition was hot but one Clan pulled clear with some super performances from its Age Champion superstars.

4th Leslie 406 points

3rd Mackay 689 points

2nd Macinness 793 points

And our Champion Clan was…

1st Cameron 978 points

I take this opportunity to thank all staff, students, parents and other spectators for your attendance and participation in our JAM Carnival for 2020. It has been quite a journey to get to this point and we appreciate your patience and support during this time.

Congratulations to all our Age Champions and Record Breakers on a fantastic effort across all events.

We look forward to returning in 2021 with pathways for all our champions that allows them to enjoy further success and opportunity to grow, learn and improve.

 

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Making Machines in Year 7A

Mrs Lynne Nadebaum | Science Teacher In Science, Year 7A finished the term by building a machine that includes two or more simple machines within. …

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Making Machines in Year 7A

Mrs Lynne Nadebaum | Science Teacher

In Science, Year 7A finished the term by building a machine that includes two or more simple machines within. The rules specified it must be able to lift a 50g weight 30cm in the air and move it horizontally 50cm. This was the final task for the class in a unit of Physics about forces and machines to which all students showed a great understanding.

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Pipes & Drums Holiday Clinic

Mr Sandy Dalziel will be running two holiday clinics over the upcoming break on Wednesday 23rd September and Wednesday 30th September. Please see the flyer …

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Pipes & Drums Holiday Clinic

Mr Sandy Dalziel will be running two holiday clinics over the upcoming break on Wednesday 23rd September and Wednesday 30th September. Please see the flyer below for further details. This is a great opportunity for students to interact with their peers and learn in a relaxed environment. If interested please contact Sandy.

Email: sandy.dalziel@scotspgc.com.au

Phone: 07 4666 9877

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Term 4 Swimming & Cricket

Swimming Swimming training sessions commence Week 2 of Term 4 down at WIRAC on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Please email your intentions to partake …

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Term 4 Swimming & Cricket

Swimming

Swimming training sessions commence Week 2 of Term 4 down at WIRAC on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Please email your intentions to partake in this to Mr Bradbury at your earliest convenience – tom.bradbury@scotspgc.com.au

Sessions start from 6.00 am each morning and the bus transports students to school from WIRAC at 7.15 am. Boarders will be transported to WIRAC by their respective houses and will return on the College chartered bus. All sessions are included in College fees.

Warwick and District Cricket

Students from Yr 4-11 are invited to sign up for Cricket commencing 10th October (first weekend back at school), to compete in the U11, U13 and U16 Cricket teams over Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021. Please forward your expression of interest to play to Mr Tom Bradbury at your earliest convenience.

Training has begun already but will commence again on Mondays and Wednesdays in Term 4, with the first session Wednesday 7th October. All players will need their own equipment under COVID restrictions for this sport and there will be no sharing of personal protective equipment in particular.