The Joy of Reading

Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

“We need to actually teach kids that books aren’t like broccoli.  No adult ever read a book because it’s good for us.  We read because it’s fun.”

Jackie French (Australian Author)

Literacy is much more than writing a story, sending an email or increasing a child’s reading age.  It is the ability to engage in the world, both inside and outside of the classroom, both now and into the future.  Literacy is a fundamental skill for learning across all subject areas.

Providing children with a language-rich environment at home and at school is an important way of supporting their literacy development.  A language-rich environment exposes a child to a variety of words, texts and images for reading, writing, listening and creating.  They are able to hear and use interesting vocabulary, explore information, and experiment with ways of making meaning and sharing ideas.  Playing with words, hearing words like ‘spectacular’, ‘ginormous’, ‘radiant’ and ‘enticing’, even at a very young age, teaches children that language can be fun and that they can understand the meaning of words that they may not yet be able to actually decode or write.

Reading is a thinking task.  Effective readers do more than simply decode the words in a text.  Effective readers think about what they have read, and they know how to use their prior knowledge to access, understand, use and evaluate a text.  Good readers are flexible in how they approach a text and know that each reading task may have a different purpose.  They may read for pleasure or they may read to gather information.  They may read a text designed to persuade, or they may be asked to read a text that requires a response.  Good readers read for understanding, for information and for enjoyment.

Mem Fox is passionate about books and our children developing a love of reading.  In her text, ‘Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever’, Mem explains that she wants reading aloud to a child ‘to sound like chocolate’.  It should be enjoyable for everyone involved.  It can be a time to play with language, to discuss themes from the story, to look at letters, sounds and rhyme, and a time to just simply enjoy delightful storytelling.

Mem Fox has developed her ‘Ten Read Aloud Commandments’ as a way to encourage children, families and teachers to develop a love for reading.

  • Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud
  • Read at least three stories a day
  • Read aloud with animation
  • Read with joy and enjoyment
  • Read the stories that your child loves over and over and over again
  • Let children hear lots of language
  • Look for rhyme, repetition, and rhythm in books
  • Play games with the things that appear on the page… it isn’t work, it’s always a fabulous game
  • Never teach reading or get tense around books
  • Read aloud because you adore being with your child, not just because it is ‘the right thing to do’

Last week, SCOTS PGC College celebrated Book Week 2019.  The theme for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week was ‘Reading is my secret power’.  The aim of this week is to celebrate Australian children’s literature and bring children and books together.  At SCOTS PGC College, our students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the book character parade.  We saw everything from Olga the Brolga to Mary Poppins to Harry Potter.  There were superheroes, kings, queens, princesses, book fairies and everything in between.  It was certainly a celebration of books!

The inaugural Book Week Family Night initiated by Mrs Peterson was also a wonderful way to come together as a school community, share a meal, and most importantly, share a book.  It was lovely to see some of our staff, our School Captains and Senior Prefects also come along and share their love of reading with our younger students.

Happy Reading!

 

 

Year 3 & 4 are Happy Campers

Student Reflections Last Thursday, Years 3 and 4 were very excited to attend their annual two-day camp at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah. Mrs Brown, Mrs …

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Year 3 & 4 are Happy Campers

Student Reflections

Last Thursday, Years 3 and 4 were very excited to attend their annual two-day camp at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah. Mrs Brown, Mrs Bourke and our 2 gap students, Jeremy and Scott accompanied our Junior School classes. Here is a collection of reflections written by our students:

Camp was absolutely excellent! It was so fun – we did mountain bike riding, high ropes, low ropes and a lot more. I would really love to go to Camp Laurence again. – Tia Stewart

 

What did I like about Camp? The food at camp was very yummy. After dinner, we had icecream which was yummier than dinner. Then, Mrs Brown could read everyone’s mind which was very fun and interesting! – Will Collins

 

What I liked about camp was the food, how nicely the camp instructors talked to us and all of the activities that they had.  Camp Laurence was better than all of the camps I have been on.  I had so much fun with my friends, especially on the Flying Possum. – Hayley Wainwright

 

The activities were a lot of fun.  I liked the food a lot.  It was really nice and tasty.  I loved the mountain bikes.  They were a lot of fun.  I loved the view on the Gorge walk. – By Thomas Crawford

I loved Camp Laurence.  The food was delicious.  My favourite activity was the Problem Solving and Flying Possum. On our walk to the gorge, we saw huge termite hills. – Abigail

 

My favourite part of Camp Laurence was going for the walk in the morning.  On the way we saw a lot of little clam shells and a dead turtle but Mrs Brown said to put them down.  It was a fantastic walk and we saw a beautiful sunrise. – Timothy

 

I loved camp at night.  I heard a possum on the roof and it was scary.  I was glad that we got to be a possum on the activity Flying Possum.  – Lillian

 

I loved Camp Laurence.  It was astounding and the food was delicious, especially dinner and dessert.  The beds were not as comfortable as my bed at home but they were fine to sleep in for one night. – Piper

 

 

Continued success for College Humanities students

Mr Michael Keevers | Head of Humanities Following the success in the Australian Geography Competition, Years 9 and 10 Humanities students have polled exceptionally well …

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Continued success for College Humanities students

Mr Michael Keevers | Head of Humanities

Following the success in the Australian Geography Competition, Years 9 and 10 Humanities students have polled exceptionally well in the recent Australian History Competition. The competition is sponsored by the History Teachers Association of Australia, testing students’ historical knowledge and skills across a variety of topics linked to the National Curriculum.

Our students have produced some excellent results, continuing to showcase the growing interest towards the study of History. The results of the recent Competition are shown below:

Merit Credit Distinction
Clay Armstrong Kirra-Louise Kuhn Jayden Blacket
Liam Creed Niamh Fender William Gilmore
Charlotte Jarvis Gerard Mitchell Dhanyil Jackson
Michael Keogh Jack Roser Lucy Jackson
Samantha McKechnie Madison Kane Ewan McFarland
Shona McFarland Natasha Paganin
Brandan Waters Elliot Plummer
Matilda Bryant Felicity Sellick
Julianna Cox Eliana Jones
Charlotte Ellis Lily Kruger
Chloe Paganin
Erin Keogh Harriet Plummer
Alexandra Marchand
Kate McCarthy
Nic McGahan
Kaysan Miles
Chloe Wainwright

Congratulations to these students and a thank you to their teachers. They will receive their certificates at our next assembly.

Building Business

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher As our attention turned to Operations Management this week in Senior Business, Year 11 students engaged in “Operation Build”. …

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Building Business

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

As our attention turned to Operations Management this week in Senior Business, Year 11 students engaged in “Operation Build”.

In an activity that tested their resource management skills, students were given an allocation of raw materials (including marshmallows, spaghetti and sticky tape) and were tasked with building a small scale “structure” that would keep out the elements.

On completion, the structures were rated on their use of the allocated resources (efficiency) and how well the structure met the task objectives (effectiveness).

Then the CEO (AKA Mrs Ratcliffe) dropped in with a surprise announcement that costs had to be cut by 20%.  Students then had to rationalise their materials without compromising the integrity of the structure; they achieved this with varying levels of success!

 

Aspire to Health Day

Main Image: Charlotte Jarvis, Erin Fearby, Caitlin Fogarty and Sofia Marosi Last week four Year 10 students had the opportunity to be part of the …

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Aspire to Health Day

Main Image: Charlotte Jarvis, Erin Fearby, Caitlin Fogarty and Sofia Marosi

Last week four Year 10 students had the opportunity to be part of the annual Aspire to Health Day that was held at the Warwick Hospital.

The Aspire to Health program, which was run jointly by Qld Rural Medical Education Ltd, Department of Education, Small Business and Training, Griffith University, USQ and The University of Qld, invited high school students from the region to tour the hospital and participate in simulated clinical learning.

During the day the students had the opportunity to speak with university students and a range of practising health professionals in areas such as Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, Paramedicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Dietician and Allied Health workers about their careers choice and pathways to medicine.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day, especially when the students were able to take part in the clinical scenarios where they were able to take part in practical session to learn about CPR, Suturing, Plastering and Allied Health skills.

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Hockey Success Congratulations to Year 7 student Samuel Bourke who represented his state and school at …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Samuel Bourke (Year 7)

Hockey Success

Congratulations to Year 7 student Samuel Bourke who represented his state and school at the National Hockey Championships in Bendigo last week.  The team secured a bronze medal in a tight contest where WA and NSW tied for first and QLD and SA shared third place.  This is a fantastic effort – well done Sam!

T20 Cricket Competition

Years 5 and 6 are invited to be a part of the Southern Downs T20 Cricket Gala on 18 September and the expressions of interest are coming in thick and fast. Students and parents have until Monday 3 September to submit their nomination to Mr Bradbury.

 

Broncos Cup Sports Day

Several students from Years 5, 6 and 7 participated in the Broncos Cup Sports Day last Friday with mixed results. The Hockey team finished third behind Warwick West and St Mary’s. In the Soccer all students performed exceptionally well claiming second overall for the day.

Our SCOTS Rugby League Team joined forces with other individual students to form the ‘SCOTS Barbarians’ and went on to finish third with two wins from their four matches. Ryan Bohm had a great day out being named Player of the Day and the boys all played with great spirit.

Finally, our Netballers played extremely well as a team, progressively showing greater confidence and ball skills with each game they played. They played a total of nine games and narrowly missed out on taking part in the final play off, which was won by Yangan. All girls were wonderful representatives for the College, displaying outstanding behaviour and sportsmanship over the course of the day. Well done girls!

Warwick All Schools Athletics

Last Thursday we hosted the 98th edition of the Warwick All Schools Athletics and the home ground advantage was certainly felt by our athletes.

After his very successful State Championships local champ Nick Denny rewrote the history books for several of the 12 years records as seen below. Riley Wainwright chimed in to pinch the 400m record previously held by his big brother, Sam Wainwright. All track records were hard to come by in the terribly windy conditions but that makes these records all that more special.

12 years Boys Long Jump Nick Denny (SPGC) 4.83m

12 years Boys 100m Nick Denny (SPGC) 12.6s

12 years Boys 200m Nick Denny (SPGC) 27.1s

12 years Boys 400m Riley Wainwright (SPGC) 1:14.6s

12 years Boys Shot Put Nick Denny (SPGC) 10.32m

In the race for the Age Championships, our students figured very highly gaining the following placings and points which set us up for further success in the wider team categories.

12 years ‐ Champion Nick Denny (60 Points) and Clarina De Jager ‐ 49 Points

12 years – Runner Up Riley Wainwright (36 Points) and both Briana Groves and Phoebe Sellick (44 Points)

13 years ‐ Champion Sam Wainwright (75 Points)

13 years – Runner Up Harry Mayall (30 Points)

15 years – Champion Cooper Seng (51 Points)

16 years – Runner Up Will Gilmore (42 Points) and Shona McFarland (51 Points)

17 years ‐ Champion Caitlin Skaines (64 Points)

17 years – Runner Up (Joint) Bradley Cook, and Samuel Proudlove (36 Points) and Amelia Meek (53 Points)

In the trophy stakes our Junior Girls dominated with a win in the Montrose Cup and received second in the Junior Girls Relay trophy. The Junior Boys also won the Appel Challenge Trophy aggregate and the relays on the back of solid performances across all age groups. In the Seniors, the girls finished second and the Senior Boys won in their respective aggregate categories and finished second and third in the respective relay categories.

Our small but dedicated band of athletes demonstrated great team spirit once again picking up extra events when needed and demonstrating excellent courage and tenacity in many cases. I could not ask for a better bunch of students to work with and these are among the best.

Congratulations to all on your efforts and conduct as students and representatives of our fine college.

 

Darling Downs 13-19yrs Athletics

William Gilmore (Year 10)

Day 1 of the Darling Downs 13-19 years Athletics Trials saw Will Gilmore take the chocolates in the Hammer defeating all-comers and all ages in a dominant display. On the track Ewan McFarland and Eliana Jones flew the flag for us high in the 3000m. Both achieved personal best performances gaining 4th (1st 16yrs) and 8th (3rd 14yrs) respectively. Both were the youngest in their age group and get another bite of the cherry next year.

 

 

Day 2 saw 14 of our students attempt the Field Event Trials with various success stories amongst the performances. The best of these were Kira Holmes – 1st in Javelin, 1st in Discus and 2nd in Shot Put. Will Gilmore added to his Hammer gold with 3rd in the Discus. Caitlin Skaines pulled a silver in the Triple Jump and Cooper Seng also grabbed silver in the Discus. Many students scored personal best performances but were just off the pace for medals including Millie Groves in Shot Put, Cooper Seng scored 4th in Shot Put and 5th in Triple Jump with personal

Cooper Seng (Year 10)

Caitlin Skaines (Year 10) – Far left

bests in each. Bradley Cook was unlucky to end up 4th on count back in the Long Jump after equalling the best jump of the bronze medallist. Several students scored 5th placing on the Darling Downs which is no mean feat given the schools we are competing against. Well done to Sam Wainwright who showed great tenacity in the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. Caitlin Skaines was 5th in the Long Jump, and Cooper Harm was 5th in the High Jump. Of our 14 competing athletes over day 1 and 2 we scored 3 Gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze and 16 odd top ten placings across all events contested. A fair effort for a small school.

Kira Holmes (Year 11)

Day 3 was Track events day and results from this day were unavailable at the time of publication but we know the 21 attending students all gave their very best to the events. Results for this day will be reported next week so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain We were very fortunate to welcome campdrafting legends Kim and Jess Sammon for a campdraft clinic last weekend at the …

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EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

We were very fortunate to welcome campdrafting legends Kim and Jess Sammon for a campdraft clinic last weekend at the Tannymorel grounds.  We had a great turn out and all who attended had a lot of fun whilst learning a lot of new skills.

Over the coming weekends we have riders preparing to attend various competitions which include WestMAC show jumping and the North Star show jumping classic. All riders are keeping busy and enjoying everything Term 3 has to offer.

Community Notices

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Community Notices