Learning Pathways: Choosing the Future

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“True education is a kind of never-ending story – a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

This is the season of new beginnings, soon the cold, frosty mornings will melt away to the renewal of spring.  This year, this is even more evident, with the return to College post lockdown already feeling like a new start.  Endorsement, a big event of the new QCE System is almost upon us, and the Year 10s are currently deciding their future path.  This week they were presented with the subject lines for 2021, which they will transition into in Term Four.  This can be a confusing and challenging time and I encourage all Year 10 parents to discuss these choices with your child.  It is important to think and talk about future goals, to think about possible pathways as the present can change suddenly and unexpectedly.   Choose subjects you enjoy; ones you are achieving well in or that are prerequisites for University courses and careers.  Below is a link to a presentation about the new QCE system, but it is relevant to any parent of students in Year 11 and below.

https://prezi.com/view/DjWAKNiyLIfazB462Dtk/

“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite.” – Barack Obama

As humans, we never stop learning and consequently, there is always a way.  We must continue to expand and adapt our minds to cope with the multitude of new experiences and situations, regardless of our age.  When we talk about the lifelong learning mindset, we think about the cultivation of habits as opposed to just the achievement of goals.  One of the greatest gifts teachers can give students is developing their capacity and desire to learn independently.

It is worth noting that global curricula indicate a strong focus on the development of the following skills:

  • A vision of students as ‘lifelong learners’
  • Principles of ‘learning to learn’
  • The values of ‘innovation, inquiry and curiosity’
  • Learning areas that emphasise participation beyond school

Here at SCOTS PGC, we aim to focus on skills, on the ability to adapt, create and innovate, to enable our students to acquire the ability to solve problems and think for themselves.  Our STEM and Maths Pathways programs have these skills embedded and our co-curricular offerings expand the learning to outside of the classroom.  Learning in a digital world requires a commitment to continuous learning and reflecting, a process of adoption and adaptation.  It requires subtlety, nuance and, ultimately, working together as part of humanity.  Hopefully, the publishing of the Semester One reports will give students an opportunity to reflect and work towards improvement.  It is important to highlight the College value of tenacity, to keep on going even when it gets tough.  Of course, we are here to help, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly, or their Head of Year, to discuss any aspect of the report.

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Happy Campers… A Year 11 Camp wrap up

Kirra-Louise Kuhn | Year 11 student The cheers were deafening, everyone was calling out encouragements and clapping. Many of us on camp could relate to …

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Happy Campers… A Year 11 Camp wrap up

Kirra-Louise Kuhn | Year 11 student

The cheers were deafening, everyone was calling out encouragements and clapping. Many of us on camp could relate to a fear of heights, and we wanted just this once for this fear to disappear. All of a sudden with a scream, they leapt off the 10m pole and ‘the crowds went wild’!

Our Grade 11 camp at Alexandra Headlands was designed to challenge us, and Mr Dobrenov made that clear at the beginning. And it was challenging for sure, many of us were given an opportunity to face our fears head-on. Those with a fear of heights were given a multitude of opportunities, as well as those with a fear of the beach.

On our first day we were met by cheery staff, who made sure that by the end of each day, we were absolutely exhausted. Throughout the camp we were able to participate in: high ropes courses, rock climbing, raft building, beach games, the pamper pole (a 10-meter pole you get to jump off), and the sugar glider (where your team pulls you into the air via pulley). Despite some close calls, everyone got back up and was willing to try again.

Mr Thompson visited us on our second day, and each tutor group spent a few hours with him discussing important themes we may want to implement in the school throughout our senior year. We enjoyed an evening of meditation and mindfulness, then on the last night, Ms Brittain brought many bouts of laughter from everyone through her trivia night and Tik Tok competition.

Throughout all our activities we had to work together. There was no way around it. Our camp taught us more about what it means to be a leader as well as being a team player. How you don’t have to be the loudest, most talented person to be a leader. How you need to focus on those in your team and subsequently focus on those presenting ideas when being a team player. And most importantly to always encourage each other.

The whole camp experience was an amazing opportunity which expanded our view on the challenges we may face as a team in our final year of schooling. We grew closer within our tutor groups, learnt more about our classmates, and discovered that everyone has the potential for leadership within them. Thanks to all the staff who sacrificed their time to make this camp possible for us, we are all very grateful!

 

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2020 Cross Country Championships

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Last Friday the College came together to celebrate the gift of youth, talent and freedom as …

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2020 Cross Country Championships

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Last Friday the College came together to celebrate the gift of youth, talent and freedom as we were able to contest our annual Cross Country events after the long-awaited return to Interclan sport.

The event was broken into three sessions to adhere to COVID restrictions, a term we are all becoming familiar with, but nevertheless we were still able to have a very festive and inclusive atmosphere throughout the day.

The morning session saw our senior students brave the 6km course for boys and 4km course for girls. Some took the event very seriously with Caitlin Skaines and Shona McFarland dominating the girls’ event and Ewan McFarland showing a clean pair of heels to the ever-improving Sam Harvey. The 15 years competitors took to the course to round out the morning session.

The middle session saw the 10 years through to 14 years age groups take to the course with Ben Carey the most dominant of competitors winning the 14 years at the fastest rate of the session. Zara Kruger pipped the much improved Eliana Jones for the Junior girls Champion in this session.

The final events of the day saw our 5- 9 years competitors take to the College’s picturesque course to the delight of the gathered parents and senior prefects who joined in to escort our youngest contestants home.

All in all, a very successful day was enjoyed by students, staff and parents where we could finally come together as a community to celebrate our wonderful school and its youth. Once all details are processed we will be able to release times for students and advise of any colours recipients for our end of year Co-Curricular Awards.

In closing, I would like to thank all staff, students and parents for their participation in the day. I pay particular homage to Ms Angela Brittain for her tireless professionalism in processing the results throughout the day. Without her speed and accuracy, our day would have been far less efficient. Also thanks to Mr Wilson and Mr Thompson for their support throughout the planning and implementation of this event. Many behind the scenes activities had to be undertaken to make this happen. Finally, thanks to the Catering and maintenance staff and our wonderful P&F for their part in making the day happen. These people are the cogs of the machine that is SCOTS and without them, we would come to a grinding halt.

Age Champions and Placegetters

5 years Girls – 1st Ashleigh Fairleigh, 2nd Maddison Bayley

5 years Boys – 1st Vinni Caridi, 2nd Harit Mehta, 3rd Benjamin Fairleigh

6 years Girls – 1st Elsie Davis, 2nd Laura Worboys, 3rd Lily Nolan

6 years Boys – 1st Harrison Grayson, 2nd Matthew Ash, 3rd Jack Unwin

7 years Girls – 1st Isabelle Pettiford, 2nd Eliza Geraghty, 3rd Franky Hart

7 years Boys – 1st Euan Bolton, 2nd Harrison Holden, 3rd Andrew Amos

8 years Girls – 1st Bridie O’Shea and Jemmah Nielsen, 2nd Matilda Brand, 3rd Zahra Hussain

8 years Boys – 1st Lewis Lalley, 2nd Treshawne Achari, 3rd Hunter Miller

9 years Girls – 1st Elsie Holden, 2nd Sophia Pettiford, 3rd Naomi Ratcliffe

9 years Boys – 1st Lawrence Tasie, 2nd William Grayson, 3rd Cooper Keogh

10 years Girls – 1st Hannah Bourke, 2nd Tierney Stewart, 3rd Natalie Mulcahy

10 years Boys – 1st Harrison Grayson, 2nd Scott Wainwright, 3rd Colby Miller

11 years Girls – 1st Hayley Wainwright, 2nd Clea Reid, 3rd  Lillah Nielsen

11 years Boys – 1st Lachlan Groves, 2nd Izak Kruger, 3rd Thomas Worboys

12 years Girls – 1st Georgia Mulcahy, 2nd Ellyse Kruger, 3rd April Ries

12 years Boys – 1st Bailey Harm, 2nd William Angus, 3rd James Bourke

13 years Girls –  1st Briana Groves, 2nd Phoebe Sellick, 3rd Clarina de Jager

13 years Boys – 1st Adam McDonald, 2nd Riley Wainwright, 3rd Tanner Grant

14 years Girls – 1st Zara Kruger, 2nd Jessica Angus, 3rd Alyxis McDonald

14 years Boys – 1st Benjamin Carey, 2nd Hamish Swift, 3rd Samuel Wainwright

15 years Girls – 1st Eliana Jones, 2nd Erin Keogh, 3rd Alexandra Rickert

15 years Boys – 1st Daniel Hughes, 2nd Luke Stephenson, 3rd Jack Bowen

16 years Girls – 1st Niamh Fender, 2nd Chloe Wainwright, 3rd Georgia Moody

16 years Boys – 1st Sam Harvey, 2nd Max Keable, 3rd Mackenzie Mayall

17-18 years Girls – 1st Caitlin Skaines, 2nd Shona McFarland, 3rd Harriet Curtain

17-18 years Boys – 1st Ewan McFarland, 2nd Darcy Brennan, 3rd Tom Fender

 

Middle School Champion Clan (9-12 years) – CAMERON

Nitschke Cup Champion Clan (13-18 years) – LESLIE

Angus Cup – Boys Junior Inter Clan Champion (13, 14, 15 years) – MACINNESS

Kingswood Shield – Boys Senior Inter Clan Champion (16, 17-18 years) – LESLIE

Ross Cup – Girls Junior Inter Clan Champion (13, 14, 15 years) – MACKAY

Counsell Cup – Girls Senior Inter Clan Champion (16, 17-18 years) – LESLIE

 

 

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Year 12 Homestyle Bake Pie Drive

Stash some ready-made meals in the freezer this winter and grab some sweet treats for dessert! Support the Year 12 Fundraiser by ordering some Homestyle …

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Year 12 Homestyle Bake Pie Drive

Stash some ready-made meals in the freezer this winter and grab some sweet treats for dessert!

Support the Year 12 Fundraiser by ordering some Homestyle Bake Products. You can now order online at homestylebake.com.au and selecting Order Online. Register using your details and enter our fundraiser code FSCOTSPGCCOWAR110920. Orders close on Wednesday 2 September for pickup on Friday 11 September between 2:45 pm and 3:30 pm from the Assembly Hall (or by arrangement).

Collect orders from friends, family and work colleagues and add new orders to your account to allow for easy collection. A short online ordering video is available here.

Every order helps the Year 12 cohort in their fundraising efforts.

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Darling Downs 10-12 years Hockey Trials

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities On Tuesday three SCOTS PGC students attended the Darling Downs 10-12 years Hockey Trials in Toowoomba. …

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Darling Downs 10-12 years Hockey Trials

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

On Tuesday three SCOTS PGC students attended the Darling Downs 10-12 years Hockey Trials in Toowoomba. Tanner Henley (fullback), James Bourke (goalkeeper) and Lachlan Groves (forward) represented the College and the Southern Downs proudly and with distinction. All three students impressed the selectors, including Australian U21 squad member Mr Kris Glass and former Hockeyroo Ms Karen Smith to gain their positions in the Darling Downs Team for the 2020 State Championships to be held in Ipswich in October (all going well!).

Tanner showed deft touch and powerful hitting in defence to claim his spot as the last line of defence before his school mate James. James’ selection was never really in doubt as he proved to be the most confident, nimble and skilful of the keepers plying their wares on the day. Despite taking a serious head knock that sent him to the hospital for sutures and glue, Lachlan impressed all selectors with his ‘silky skills’ and movement with the ball such that he was selected on just minutes of play.

The College is proud to support these lads and we thank Mrs Angela Groves our College Coach, and the Participation Director at Warwick Hockey Association for the tireless hours she has put into developing all the players of the district.

We hope the boys get their opportunity at the State Championships scheduled for later this year and look forward to hearing of their exploits.

 

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College Colour Run

The School Fun Run’s Crazy Colour Day is our major fundraising event this year! The event will be held on Friday, September 4, following the …

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College Colour Run

The School Fun Run’s Crazy Colour Day is our major fundraising event this year!

The event will be held on Friday, September 4, following the Athletics Carnival. So far our wonderful students have raised just over $8,000 which will pay for a Weather Shelter to protect students waiting to enter the Dining Hall. This is fantastic but we want to keep going, every dollar raised helps us achieve our goal!

Keep your eyes out for the sponsorship forms which were be sent home with your child. Once you have the form, you should sign up for a Student Profile Page at schoolfunrun.com.au. You’ll be able to access online fundraising and can win a $20,000 Ultimate Family Experience!

Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward, and the more money you raise the better the reward, and the more you help the College!

We’re looking for all students to participate and we’re organising a great day for our community, so we’d love everyone to come down to support our students.

Thanks for supporting the College and we hope to see you support the event!

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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 …

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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.