Individuality

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.”
Margaret Mead

The invention of the silicon chip and mobile phones has initiated a new age, no longer are teachers the gatekeepers to knowledge.  This democratisation of information has both its benefits and its challenges, especially for education.  Skills such as creativity, problem solving and resilience become much more important.  It is no longer enough to be able to answer the questions, you also need to be able to work out if the question is the right one and which answer is the most accurate.  People react to these challenges differently and I have been immensely proud of how the SCOTS PGC community has embraced the new QCE System for Years 11 and 12.  All staff are well into the process of planning and preparation.

We must not forget that it is also the last year of the OP system.  In two weeks’ time the final QCS test will take place at SCOTS PGC.  I wish all the Year 12s luck with their studies.

If everyone if thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
― George S. Patton

The impact of individuality on teaching and learning is two-fold, we need to embrace a student’s individual talents and abilities, but also encourage each student to become responsible for their own learning.  Inside the classroom differentiation is used to modify tasks to suit individual learner’s learning needs and goals, where students are given different activities or different learning outcomes.  This is also expressed in the learning objectives for each subject.  The Mathematics Pathways programme in Year 5 and Year 10 is designed to tailor the learning to each individual student. At SCOTS PGC we are at the forefront of this exciting new way of working, with our Acting Head of STEM presenting at the recent conference and teachers from other schools visiting us to learn how they can implement the programme.  It is wonderful to have such innovative and cutting edge pedagogy at the College.

At home, this should manifest itself in how and when study is completed.  The Study Guidelines are designed to encourage students to take ownership of their learning, increasing the suggested time for study in each Year level up to Year 12.  Directed study from teachers should allow the student to reflect, review and engage with the content at a deeper level.  Some students may require more time, some less time.  It is the goal of the College to encourage every student to get into the habit of independent reading as part of their regular study routine and as such forms part of the suggested study time.

We also appreciate that students may have outside commitments, are involved in clubs and societies and should be involved in an active and supportive social life.  This holistic view is a core component of life at SCOTS PGC.  As a consequence we welcome parents and carers to communicate with teachers when students need additional support and when students have other commitments that may make study difficult.  Study at home, whether directed by a teacher or planned by the student, shows students have the dedication to improve themselves.  This, as well as participation in co-curricular activities and hard work, are components to a successful life of learning.

Many of these changes are being driven by the changes in the modern business environment. Namely, it is necessary to offer multi-dimensional relationships between curriculum concepts on entrepreneurship and the community based on entrepreneurial experiences.  Freedom in learning and teaching and an active mode of learning influences innovative personality development, which creates something unique and turns it into an entrepreneurial activity.   This is why our Year 10 business students will again be taking part in the “Mindshop Programme” in the last week of the term.  They will get to experience a real world business issue in the context of a local business.  They will work in teams to solve their real life problems and then present their solutions to the wider SCOTS PGC community.  I look forward to hearing the creative and innovative ideas they will surely come up with.

Finally, the Year 11s and 12s will have exam blocks at the end of this term, Year 12 is in Week 9 and Year 11 is in week 10.  For the Year 11s these will be practice external examinations, modelled on the assessments they will undertake next year in Term Four.  It is vital that students take these assessments as seriously as possible, as it will give them experience and better prepare them for next year.  If you have any questions about the new external assessments, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
― Colin Powell

 

Book Week Debrief

Thank you to all of our students and staff who have embraced Book Week and all of the opportunities to celebrate reading and the joy …

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Book Week Debrief

Thank you to all of our students and staff who have embraced Book Week and all of the opportunities to celebrate reading and the joy it brings.

This year’s theme was ‘Reading is my secret power’.  Throughout the month our book fair has been in operation in the WALEC.  It has been wonderful to see so many students take the opportunity to purchase books to add to their own libraries at home.

On Monday we kicked off the week with our annual Book Week parade, which was held in the Junior School.  As usual, this was a colourful and creative spectacle of the many characters we find in our favourite books.  Thank you to all who dressed up – it really is a fun event that we look forward to each year.

Wednesday night was an opportunity to bring our families together and share some time together to relax and read.  Thank you to all who came, shared a meal and read stories.  This is certainly an event we’d like to build on in the future.

Sheep Club- Ekka Wrap Up

The Sheep Club travelled to the EKKA last week to take part in a number of events over the course of the week.  Our Junior …

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Sheep Club- Ekka Wrap Up

The Sheep Club travelled to the EKKA last week to take part in a number of events over the course of the week.  Our Junior members have really come a long way since they joined at the beginning of the year.  Izzie Twidale managed to place third in the Junior Judging – this is a fantastic achievement in a field of well over 100 other junior judges.

As a school, the College cleaned up in all Texel classes taking home a number of ribbons.  This also helped us to earn third place overall as the Most Successful School.

Congratulations to all students who represented the College and our Sheep Club in an honourable way.  Thank you to the staff and families who supported the students throughout the week for yet another successful EKKA trip.

Netball Update

Mrs Estie Wiid | Netball Coach The end of the netball season has resulted in many successes for our netballers this year. Our younger girls …

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Netball Update

Mrs Estie Wiid | Netball Coach

The end of the netball season has resulted in many successes for our netballers this year.

Our younger girls (SCOTS 2) have demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, courage and commitment on the court for three terms.  A range of new skills was learnt throughout the season and the girls’ ‘never give up’ attitude was commendable.  Overall they came 5th on the ladder for the season. We would like to acknowledge and thank our parents for their unwavering support and encouragement on the side line.

Our Opens (SCOTS 1) are still going strong and are at the top of the ladder with Strikers and Renegades breathing down their necks. The girls had a very successful season and all players stood up to challenges when on court. The Opens will play in the semi-finals next Tuesday at the WALEC courts, your support will really give them a boost so please come along to cheer our girls to victory.

Pipes and Drums Concert – BOOK NOW

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Pipes and Drums Concert – BOOK NOW

Equestrian News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain As we approach the three quarter mark of Term 3, the Equestrian team continues to build on their skills and …

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Equestrian News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

As we approach the three quarter mark of Term 3, the Equestrian team continues to build on their skills and successes each week.  Kate Lyttle (Year 11) flew the flag for the Equestrian team last week at the Ekka, taking part in junior section of the Showjumping over five huge days. Kate reported that it was a strong competition and a wonderful experience.

Over the weekend, we had two of our riders compete at the Tamworth International Event. Maddie Keddy showed great sportsmanship even though the results were not what she was hoping for. Georgia Rohde was happy to have both of her horses in the 2* – she was also the only rider in her class to go clear and on time in her cross country on both horses.

This weekend we are excited to host Kimberley and Jess Sammon who are holding a camp draft clinic in Tannymorel.  We have a number of riders taking part – this is an excellent opportunity and we are very grateful for Kim and Jess to be giving up their time to share their campdrafting skills with us.  Our representative riders are also busy training and preparing.  The National competition is only three weeks away!

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities T3W7 Sport Fixtures T3W7 Co-curricular Programme It has been a busy fortnight in the Co-curricular office.  …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

T3W7 Sport Fixtures

T3W7 Co-curricular Programme

It has been a busy fortnight in the Co-curricular office.  Our students have continued to rise to the challenge at each event and I am quite sure we’ll have many tired kids who will be seeking some rest as this week draws to a close.

Here’s a brief update on what has been happening – more results will follow in next week’s newsletter as we gain some time to regroup after a busy few days.

Queensland School Sport 10-12yrs Track and Field

The Queensland School Sport 10-12 years’ athletics meet finished up last Friday in Brisbane.  At the time of publication in last week’s newsletter we were still awaiting some of the final results to roll in.

We are pleased to report the following:

Hayley Wainwright has secured a spot on the Queensland team for 10 years’ girls after taking out the silver medal in the combined event.  She placed first in the 800m, second in the 100m, and 12th in both shotput and long jump.  Hayley also received a silver medal for the 10 years girls relay.

Nicholas Denny will also don the maroon for Queensland in the 12 years’ boys after bringing home a swag of medals in the following events: bronze in the 100m, silver in the 200m, gold in long jump.

 

 

Congratulations to all of our SCOTS PGC students who proudly represented their school and region in the following events:

Riley Wainwright – 12 years boys Long jump (13th place)

Bailey Harm – 11 years boys High Jump (6th place)

Tanner Henley – 11 years Shotput (10th place)

Ellyse Kruger – 11 years Discus (24th place)

Warwick All Schools Athletics

A spectacular turnout for the Warwick All Schools Athletics event, despite the windy conditions.  SCOTS PGC hosted the event at Briggs and was delighted to welcome students from various schools around the region. Results will follow in next week’s newsletter, please stay tuned.

Broncos Cup

We have a number of students participating in the Broncos Cup in various sports today around Warwick.  We will have a complete wrap up in next week’s edition.

Cricket Coaching Opportunity – FREE

Primary school aged cricket enthusiasts are invited to come along to a free coaching clinic this Saturday morning (24 August) at 9:00 am at Slade Park, Warwick.  The Wanderers Queensland are playing Warwick later on in the afternoon, but are keen to share their cricket skills with young cricketers during the morning.