The Co-Curricular Reboot

Mr Peter Wilson | Director of Co-curricular Activities

The virtual teaching and remote learning model implemented during the first phase of COVID-19 emphasised, for me, the importance and power of real time personal relationships for positive mental health, psychological well-being and better educational outcomes.

Much has been discussed on how face to face teaching is more advantageous for academic success, but I would argue the restart of Co-Curricular activities has a pivotal role in the education of our students.

After the return of our students to the College from the Learning From Home platform, there were still restrictions on inter-school competitions. However, our in-house activities were allowed and were popular.  The type of activity had no bearing on student selection, rather they were happy to be able to move about and interact socially without a plastic screen!

Several activities have now been approved for interschool competition and our students have embraced these opportunities wholeheartedly. The joys and learning from competing with your friends are well documented, but to observe this in real time brings home the importance of being involved and engaged in school-based activities.

Our activities, be they agricultural, cognitive, creative or sporting, provide opportunities for personal growth, reveal and build character, facilitate the understanding of building personal relationships and teach our students about the social and cultural norms around the appropriate time and place for our behaviour.

The current lifestyle during COVID-19 creates an underlying sense of uncertainty. Life satisfaction and happiness depend on setting and achieving goals all along our life journey. The COVID -19 environment impinges on our ability to set these goals and so cancels out the positive effects of goal setting. The Co-curricular program provides opportunities for our students to work towards achieving personal and team goals and provide some certainty and self-satisfaction in these uncertain times.

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Hermitage Competition Awards

Main photo caption: Winning overall class Year 7A We are very pleased to announce some recent success in the Hermitage Plant Science Competition. This nationwide …

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Hermitage Competition Awards

From back to front L-R: Kolby Seymour, Briana Groves, Abbey Petersen, Nicholas Hughes, Mac Morris and Kate Paganin

Main photo caption: Winning overall class Year 7A

We are very pleased to announce some recent success in the Hermitage Plant Science Competition.

This nationwide competition is open to all students from Prep to Year 12 with an aim to foster an understanding and interest in Science and Agriculture, particularly as it relates to plants. Students this year were able to compete in one or more of three sections:

  1. Plant Science Projects,
  2. Art in Agriculture, or
  3. QuestaGame (identification of species in their natural habitat).

SCOTS PGC Year 7 Science students competed either individually or in teams entries in the Plant Science Project Awards. Students were required to complete and write up a scientific investigation into plant germination, a research report into use of agricultural plants in third world countries, and a mind map about plant health. All students in years 7A and 7B did a remarkable job considering most of this work was done during the Learning from Home period.

Some students were recognised by competition organisers and will receive certificates, medallions and a trophy from the Hermitage for their outstanding effort.  These were:

Lucy Unwin – Year 7

Highly Commended: (Medallion and Certificate)

  • Lucy Unwin
  • Team One 7A
  • Team Three 7B

 

Overall Class Third Prize: (Trophy, educational prize, certificates)

  • Year 7A

Written by Mrs Lynne Nadebaum – Science Teacher

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Captains Corner – Harriet Curtain | Captain of Netball

(First speech as delivered on Assembly) For those who don’t know me, I’m Harriet Curtain – your Netball Captain for 2020. Well, this year definitely …

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Captains Corner – Harriet Curtain | Captain of Netball

(First speech as delivered on Assembly)

For those who don’t know me, I’m Harriet Curtain – your Netball Captain for 2020.

Well, this year definitely hasn’t been the year for any sporting activities.  Our netball season started off with both our Opens and Junior teams in the Tuesday night competition at Warwick. Both teams started off strong, winning all games and because of this our Opens team was promoted to move up to the Monday night A/B division where they’d play in a stronger competition.  The Opens team showed their dominance in the new grade and had made a pleasing start to their season, then sadly, COVID-19 restrictions brought everything to a hold.

With the ever-changing circumstances we thought the season would never start again, but with great amazement, it finally did.  Our first game back for the Opens was against local rivals, Assumption College and even with no training for over two months our girls shone on the court and came out with a win.  Since the season restart we have been training harder than ever which has rewarded us with some wins and many lessons learned.  Our next game is on Monday night against our coach’s team and one of the competition leaders, After Shocks.

The junior girls have also been training harder than ever to expand their skills and put some wins on the board.  The girls have chalked up two amazing wins since coming back from the break and hope to continue this streak on Tuesday night when they come up against Shooting Stars at 6:00pm.

I would like to wish both teams good luck with these and I hope to see both teams in the final in weeks to come.  Special thanks to Tiff, Mrs Ratcliffe and Mrs Wiid for coaching and training us over the past few months.  We wouldn’t be here without you guys!

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Captains Corner – Molly Turnbull | Captain of Rugby 7s

(First speech as delivered on Assembly) One time I went to the physio after a rugby game.  I told her it hurts when I touch …

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Captains Corner – Molly Turnbull | Captain of Rugby 7s

(First speech as delivered on Assembly)

One time I went to the physio after a rugby game.  I told her it hurts when I touch my back, chest and arm.  She told me I had broken my finger…

My name is Molly Turnbull and I am so proud to be the 2020 Rugby 7s Captain for SCOTS PGC this year.

Unfortunately, this year, game play has slowed and completely stopped for the start of our season.  However, luckily our girls are better at catching balls than corona and we are now back on track.

This season our girls of all ages are off to a great start with several girls from other schools joining our ranks.  Our Under 13 girls currently lack number but are showing incredible commitment to their training and fitness.  If you are in the Under 13 girls age division and would like to play one of the best sports on offer here at SCOTS, please make yourself known to me or any of the other sports teachers.

The Under 15s are at the top of the ladder in their age group, winning two and tying one game last weekend.  These girls are playing against three Toowoomba teams and one Chinchilla team and doing exceptionally well.

The Under 17s have a couple of fresh faces to complete the team this year, which is fantastic news.  Although we are yet to be victorious, our team is starting to work really well and our new girls are really sinking their teeth into the game.

We are two games in with our third game in Chinchilla on Sunday.  If there are any girls who wish to play in the SCOTS PGC 7s Carnival on the 5th of September, we would absolutely love to see you at training.

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Captains Corner – Buchanan Titus | Captain of Rugby

(First speech as delivered on Assembly) Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wilson and Mr Savovski for giving me the opportunity …

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Captains Corner – Buchanan Titus | Captain of Rugby

(First speech as delivered on Assembly)

Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Wilson and Mr Savovski for giving me the opportunity to represent the school and lead the boys out as your 2020 Rugby Captain.

Rugby this year started off with SCOTS rugby partnering up with the local Warwick Water Rats club, where boys across all age groups were able to participate.  During club season, the Open boys were undefeated but play was interrupted by COVID-19 which put an end to club footy.

This term we are lucky enough to be involved again for the second time in the Super Six School’s tournament since its establishment last year, thanks to Mr Savovski.  We are currently in our third week of games with boys playing from U13s to Opens, every Wednesday night.

The 13s started the season well, winning their first two out of three games.  Unfortunately, the 15s and Opens Boys were unlucky to have only won one game, losing the other two by very close margins.  Despite this, the boys in all age groups have continued to put in the work at training every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon which has definitely improved their performances on the field over the past three weeks. The season is very short, only having three more games left depending on if a team makes the finals.  Last year all teams in each age group, were lucky enough to make the finals. We are all aiming and training very hard for similar results this year.

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Containers for Change Update

We now have a wheelie bin located behind the main office of SCOTS PGC for bottle and can collection.  Our P&F will be checking this …

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Containers for Change Update

We now have a wheelie bin located behind the main office of SCOTS PGC for bottle and can collection.  Our P&F will be checking this regularly.

If families have a large amount they wish to donate, please drop off at the depot on McEvoy Street. The procedure is easy and the Scots P&F Scheme I.D is:

C10277129

Should you make a donation at the depot please let Toni Crawford know so the P&F can acknowledge your generosity amongst our community.

For carnivals, bottles can be dropped off to Toni at the canteen, however, please make sure they’ve been rinsed out first.

Co-curricular Activities

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Darling Downs 12 years Netball Trials This week the Darling Downs 12 years Netball Trials were …

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Co-curricular Activities

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Darling Downs 12 years Netball Trials

This week the Darling Downs 12 years Netball Trials were held in Toowoomba, where Holly Shepherd was representing Southern Downs and Holly Naughten was umpiring.

Holly Shepherd played amazingly and was definitely a stand out shooter for the Southern Downs team. Unfortunately, none of the Southern Downs girls progressed to the Possibles and Probables match, but she certainly played to the best of her abilities from all reports.

Holly Naughten also had a great day with the whistle and was chosen as one of the umpires on the Possibles and Probables game. Holly will now be considered for an umpiring role at the State Championships as a student official representing Darling Downs.

We congratulate both girls on their success and more-over on the way they conducted themselves throughout the day.

 

Darling Downs 13-15 years Basketball Trials

Along with the Junior Netball trials in Toowoomba, we were represented at the Darling Downs 13-15 years Basketball Trials by the Groves sisters, Millie and Briana.

Briana being the youngest of the trialists, found the going tough but a great learning experience on the back of her Darling Downs 12 years team experience last year. Millie said the game was extremely fast and she learnt a lot from the experience which has left both craving more opportunities in this sport.

Unfortunately, neither made it through to the Possibles v Probables play-off but I am sure we will see more of their Basketball and other sporting successes over the coming years.

Queensland Athletics Reboot

Although School Sport is not forging ahead in 2020, sporting groups across the state are. For those students at the College who love their Athletics, this is the case for Queensland Athletics.

They are putting together meets in the coming weeks and months and are looking at an All Schools State Championships. Please note, this is not a recognised school sport pathway. Any students attending these events would need to join the Darling Downs Athletics Club to participate in these events. For those super keen to test their athletic abilities in this crazy year this might be what you are looking for to quench that desire.

See the flyer below and the QA website for details.

Captain Announcements

Today Mr Wilson announced our Captains of Rugby at this morning’s College Assembly.  Congratulations to Buchanan Titus and Molly Turnbull, who are great advocates for the sport of rugby in our College.  You can read their first reports as delivered to their peers in the Captains Corner articles in this edition.

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Rugby 7s Canteen Helpers Needed!

The SCOTS PGC Rugby 7’s Carnival is planned for September 5 2020 and the P&F would like to run a canteen. To make this happen …

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Rugby 7s Canteen Helpers Needed!

The SCOTS PGC Rugby 7’s Carnival is planned for September 5 2020 and the P&F would like to run a canteen.

To make this happen we need YOU!

It is an all-day event and last year proved to be very successful.  Are you available to come and join our Canteen Convenor, Toni Crawford for the day, or even a few hours?

We are aiming to have the barbeque running for the day to sell burgers and a sausage sizzle so we need to fill the following positions:

  • BBQ Master (1 or 2 people)
  • Burger artists (2 people)
  • Counter server/money taker
  • Hot chip cooker

Home bakers – we need you too! If you can contribute some tasty treats for the day, please let Toni know by phone or message to 0438 810 150.

If you’re able to spare your time to help out in any capacity, please let Toni know as soon as possible.  The ordering and stocking of the canteen will need to happen very soon and we’ll need a team to make this day happen.

 

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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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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!