“Hope” is the thing with feathers

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

What is the meaning of hope?  In Emily Dickinson’s excellent poem “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” she describes hope in terms of a bird that perches in the soul:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –

And sore must be the storm –

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me.

 

Hope seems to be in short supply now, with our news feeds and Facebook posts full of sadness and sorrow, of protests in far off lands and an invisible enemy infiltrating our shores.  But it is now, more than ever, that we need to rise and grow, to hold onto hope in the future and belief and trust in one another.

David Halpin (2002) distinguishes initially two kinds of hope – absolute and ultimate hope. While absolute hope is an orientation of the spirit which sets no conditions or limits on what is achievable and has no particular ends in view, ultimate hope is an ‘aimed hope’, that is to say a form of hopefulness that entails identifying and struggling to realise in the here and now particular improved states of affairs – for oneself, for others and for society generally. To that extent, ultimate hope, despite efforts to undermine it prompted by despair, relativism, cynicism and fatalism, is a crucial aspect of the educational process. On the other hand, absolute hope, combined with a ‘larger love’ of teaching, provides those educators who have it with a significant personal resource in coping better with the special demands of their work.

The success of our students, both in school and in life, depends on hope. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s, Valerie Maholmes, there is no more important predictor of success. Hope begets resilience because it enables children to adapt and heal emotionally from their adverse experiences.  It fosters boys and girls who can adapt and overcome these experiences and who tend to have a higher sense of self-efficacy, which feeds their sense of competency and control over their environment and destiny.  At SCOTS we define this value as Tenacity, never giving up, always trusting there will be a better outcome.

Self-efficacy, or the belief in one’s ability to perform acts that will lead to achieve a goal, is essential for both the student and the teacher. Once teachers believe that every boy and girl is capable of achievement, they must also believe that they could help make that happen. This is achieved when teachers have high expectations for all students, not just the high-performing, motivated, or talented ones.  Research shows that when teachers believe a student can perform at a high level, the student is much more likely to do so.  These transformative relationships have protective effects, enhance academic self-efficacy, and promote a sense of purpose and self-worth—not only for the children and families who benefit from these collective efforts but also for the teachers and all members of the SCOTS PGC family.

We have the power to seed hope where none exists, to help nurture and grow a positive outlook.  Hope is a habit, a sense of efficacy, and it feeds a vision. That vision is what inspires and motivates and drives hope.  A positive feedback loop that keeps us getting up when society tells you that you should be down and out. Hope is what keeps you persisting despite adversity.  Hope is what we strive for every day.  If hope is the thing with feathers, maybe it is time we let it fly.

“Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.”

– Barack Obama

Halpin, David. (2002). The Nature of Hope and its Significance for Education. British Journal of Educational Studies. 49. 392 – 410. 10.1111/1467-8527.t01-1-00184.

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Abby Secures Pipe Band Scholarship

We are extremely proud to share that Abby Dalziel (Year 12) has been awarded a 2020 Cook Scholarship which was announced this week by Pipe …

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Abby Secures Pipe Band Scholarship

We are extremely proud to share that Abby Dalziel (Year 12) has been awarded a 2020 Cook Scholarship which was announced this week by Pipe Bands Australia.

Abby has been playing the bagpipes since she was six years old.  Over time, she has won numerous awards for solo piping along with many other successes as part of the wider SCOTS PGC College Pipe Band.

The Peter Cook Scholarship will help Abby to advance and develop as an Australian solo piper and recognises her achievements as a bagpiper on the national stage.

This is a well-deserved honour, Abby. Congratulations!

 

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Southern Downs Cricket Trials  Last week four of our lads attended the Southern Downs Cricket Trials …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Southern Downs Cricket Trials 

Last week four of our lads attended the Southern Downs Cricket Trials at Slade Park. Unfortunately, the boys were a little off the pace and missed out on selection. We commend Tanner Henley, William Angus, James Bourke and Colby Miller on their efforts and look forward watching them on their cricketing journey. Mr Cahal Davis attended with the lads and was impressed with the potential displayed. His assistance and expertise was greatly appreciated by the convenor Mr Roy Nott of Allora State School.

Junior Cricket – Term 4 

Registrations are open for Junior Cricket and we are having training next Wednesday afternoon to start gathering the troops to see how many boys we have for Under 11, Under 13 and Under 16 Teams this summer. All boys are welcome from age 9 years and up this year. Please contact Mr Bradbury via SEQTA if you are interested.

Junior Athletics Carnival 

The Junior Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 10 September 2.15pm-3.00pm then all day on Friday 11th September including our Junior School Fun Colour Run. The Full Timetable has been sent home this week and full program will be published on Monday.

Warwick Senior Netball Finals 

Monday 7 September will see our Junior and Senior Netball Teams play off in the Grand Final of D Grade and B Grade respectively. The Junior team tip off at 6.00pm and the Senior team tip off at 7.00pm. Unfortunately, due to COVID Restrictions at the WIRAC spectators are not able to attend. We wish the girls all the very best for a successful end to their short but intense season.

 

 

Term 4 SCOTS Junior Touch Competition 

A decision is yet to be made on the conduct of our regular SCOTS Touch Competition in Term 4 due to COVID requirements. We are in deep discussions at the moment to ascertain whether or not it is viable to host the event in 2020 and hope to have an answer for our school and local community in the near future.

 

 

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Do you need a new blazer in 2021?

Any students in Years 6 -11 who require a blazer in 2021 need to attend the Uniform Shop for a fitting before the end of …

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Do you need a new blazer in 2021?

Any students in Years 6 -11 who require a blazer in 2021 need to attend the Uniform Shop for a fitting before the end of Term 3, please. Parents of new students to the College enrolled for next year, can call the Uniform Shop to discuss arrangements and sizing.

Blazers are required to be worn to Assembly and Chapel throughout the whole school year, as well as for photograph days and school excursions etc. An order for blazers will be submitted at the end of this month to ensure delivery in January 2021.

Uniform Shop hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 8.15am to 4.00pm. (Closed for lunch – 12.30pm – 1.15pm). For more information, please contact Deb Perry on 07 4666 9892.

 

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Business is booming in Year 9/10

Photo caption: Judging panel, Aidan Ryan (Year 12), Mrs Helen Bohm and Ms Amy Woodgate Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher Anyone for Tasty Treats …

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Business is booming in Year 9/10

Photo caption: Judging panel, Aidan Ryan (Year 12), Mrs Helen Bohm and Ms Amy Woodgate

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

Anyone for Tasty Treats or Wacky Waffles?  How about some Lit Sticks to keep you warm or custom face masks to keep you Covid safe?

Term 3 has been abuzz in the Year 9/10 Business classrooms as groups of students developed business ideas that they would have the opportunity to run in the school community as part of the inaugural RYOB program – “Run Your Own Business”.

This week saw the culmination of 6 weeks work as groups competed against each other to secure one of the 2 spots in their class to have the experience of running their own business.  Each group had to pitch their idea to a panel of judges that included Mr Dobrenov, Ms Woodgate, Mrs Bohm and Year 12 Business student Aidan Ryan.

From Mrs Ratcliffe’s class, the judges were persuaded and wowed by:

  • Tasty Treats – brownies, fudge and rocky road by Alexis and Bryce Zerner, Luke Stephenson, Alex Naughten and Hanaka Parker; and
  • Wacky Waffles – homemade waffles with various tasty toppings by Lily Kruger, Chloe Wainwright, Olivia Lack, Georgia Moody and Kate McCarthy

From Mrs Stephenson’s class:

  • Mask It – custom made fabric face masks by Bridget Hardy, Alexandra Rickert, Zara Kruger, Sophie Poole, Sophie Brennan and Maddie Taylor; and
  • Lit Sticks – firewood and kindling by Percy Kruger, Hamish Swift, Dan Hughes, Gus Flint, Sam Wainwright and Jed Esson

To find out how you can support these new start-up businesses, check out their articles in this edition of the newsletter.

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Wacky Waffles

Wacky Waffles are the perfect sweet treat, complete with a variety of toppings. Our operating details are as follows: When: Week 8,9 and 10 – …

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Wacky Waffles

Wacky Waffles are the perfect sweet treat, complete with a variety of toppings.

Our operating details are as follows:

When: Week 8,9 and 10 – Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes

Where: Home Ec. room

Price: 1 waffle with toppings for $4 and 2 waffles with toppings for $6

Senior school teachers: pre-ordered waffles will be available with an order form provided in the staff room that will need to be handed into Mrs Hobbs by the Friday prior.

~ Every waffle you buy is an automatic entry into a raffle to win a lolly jar ~

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Lit Sticks

Winter may nearly be over, but that doesn’t mean the cold has gone for good!  Allow Lit Sticks to keep you warm and fuel your …

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Lit Sticks

Winter may nearly be over, but that doesn’t mean the cold has gone for good!  Allow Lit Sticks to keep you warm and fuel your fire with quality Australian hardwood.  Great for the fire pit, wood heaters or traditional outdoor barbeques.

Cost: $15 for a 20Kg bag which will be delivered to the College for your collection.

Pre order your firewood from litsticks93@gmail.com

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Tasty Treats – selling throughout Week 8-10

Do you have the craving for some delicious treats? Why not order some Brownies, Rocky Road or Caramel fudge? 5 pieces for just $3.50. Using …

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Tasty Treats – selling throughout Week 8-10

Do you have the craving for some delicious treats? Why not order some Brownies, Rocky Road or Caramel fudge? 5 pieces for just $3.50.

Using the order form attached, write your name, year level and selected amount of product and submit the form and money (in an envelope) to Mrs Hobbs or one of our members (Hanaka Parker, Bryce Zerner, Alexis Zerner, Luke Stephenson and Alex Naughten) by 3pm Friday each week to receive your Tasty Treats on the following Monday!

If you can’t print the order forms come visit us down in front of the LRC to collect a printed copy on Mondays and Tuesdays at Morning Tea or Lunch time.

Tasty Treats is a business that was formed in Year 9 and 10 Business and Economics as a part of this term’s topic: Run your own business. We will be operating from Week 8 until Week 10 Monday. If you would like some of our treats, please submit your form by 3pm Friday Week 9 (9/9/2020) as ordering closes that afternoon! If you have any queries or concerns, feel free to contact any of our members via email or SEQTA direct messages.

Thank you!

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Mask It

Get yourself a face mask for only $5 to help slow the spread of COVID-19! Year 9 and 10 Business student explored the ‘seed’ and …

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Mask It

Get yourself a face mask for only $5 to help slow the spread of COVID-19!

Year 9 and 10 Business student explored the ‘seed’ and ‘start-up’ stage of running a business. Working in groups, everyone presented their pitch about why their business was the most viable and worthy of an opportunity to start-up, making profit from people in the school community.

The MaskIt company is looking for any students, staff or parents/guardians who are interested in purchasing a handmade face mask. This product is offered in many different variations of colour and patterns ranging from the traditional Scots colours of cardinal and navy to a floral or camouflage grey (and many more!).

How to buy:

Find us on the Junior School steps on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 8am and on Thursday afternoons. The MaskIt business will be running until the end of term.

Pre-order forms are also an option when looking to purchase a mask. These forms can be found in the Junior, Middle and Senior School office, in the Senior Staff room and with us at our pop-up shop (pre-order forms can be downloaded here). Once completed, please hand back to the administrators in the above offices or to us at the Junior School steps and we’ll get your order to you as soon as possible!

Electronic submission of pre-order forms will also be accepted – please email teammaskit2020@gmail.com

Come along and purchase a mask and remember, ‘mask your face and embrace!’