The Power of Words

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith and purity’.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

By my very rough calculations, after nearly 5 years at SCOTS PGC, I reckon to have written around 40 articles for the front page of the Newsletter.  I am able to say without a shadow of a doubt or the slightest hesitation, however, that I have never before opened with (i) a quote from the Bible and, contemporaneously (ii) a quote directly lifted from a Prefect application form, written by a current Year 11 student!

Having read, and re-read a truly remarkable and quite unforgettable 800 or 900 words from this gifted author, I am still somewhat lost for my own words, such is the intensity, the humility and the passion expressed by this student.

With these weeks really being the beginning of the end for Year 12 students (QCS examinations now behind us and plans afoot for ever more innovative and imaginative ways to celebrate and commemorate their leaving of our comfortable, familiar fold) my focus here was bound to be these first steps in the formal, ‘changing of the guard’, as one cohort contemplates life after school, and their successors gaze eagerly at the myriad opportunities left in the wake of the impending departures.

One of the questions we ask of candidates for Prefect is, ‘What qualities do you feel you have that would make you a good Prefect?’

What parent wouldn’t be thrilled, and beyond proud to read the following as a response:

‘I work really hard at home, work and school, and in anything I do.  I strongly believe that putting love into anything you do is an important factor in life.

I believe I am a good role because I know how to look after people.  I give it my all when I contribute in activities even if I am not very good.  I believe as a leader you should always act as if your mother is watching you.

Younger people often mirror what you are doing, so I think it is vital to act appropriately at all times’.

And as if that wasn’t sufficient respect for parents and evidence of awareness that even young adults influence their still younger counterparts, check out the answer to the next question, which was, ‘What leadership and/or teamwork have you shown outside College life?’

‘Outside of school I have a job at ……., involving managing clients, sales, cleaning up sheds, handling money and being empathetic towards people suffering the hardships of the drought at this present time.  At home my parents are often busy with chores, and their work, so my brother and I are responsible for feeding cattle, horses and dogs.  It is really hard work, but we love it.  I believe this shows leadership because I help others to get things done, rather than leaving other people to do things for me’.

It would have been difficult to create a better impression of a young person of remarkable depth and quality, but wait, there was more to come, in her answer to the final question, ‘If you were successful in this application, what would you most like to achieve as a Prefect?’

‘We should show more appreciation for our teachers, parents and all the staff members in our school.  We are all part of a community and here for the same purpose.  I believe we should recognise what people do for us, for example have a week where we give flowers or another type of gift to any of the adults we appreciate.  This shouldn’t just be limited to students giving gifts to teachers, but also teachers giving gifts to other teachers, or parents to teachers.  Perhaps write a note, or even make a video?  I would like to make people feel appreciated’.

And to then round everything off with the most apposite quote from the scriptures that I could ever imagine; forgive me for repeating it here:

‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith and purity’.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

How lucky are we to have a new student with this character and these values, plus the enviable ability to communicate them to others.

It is a privileged role to journey alongside young people as they seek to find their place in an ever-changing world; with challenges and rewards, disasters and triumphs, heartaches and joy.  How reassuring to know, as we have been assured by this student not yet 17 years of age, that we are truly and sincerely appreciated.

Open Netballers Claim Victory

Estie Wiid | Netball Co-ordinator Congratulations to the SCOTS Open Team who won the Semi-Finals, against their old rivalries STRIKERS. The OPENS are now through …

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Open Netballers Claim Victory

Estie Wiid | Netball Co-ordinator

Congratulations to the SCOTS Open Team who won the Semi-Finals, against their old rivalries STRIKERS. The OPENS are now through to the Preliminary Finals on the 9 September.

STRIKERS did not have a chance against the brutal defence of Rosemary McDonald who was always on the front foot, securing multiple turnovers for her team.

Both the defence and attack players performed consistently well and put a hundred percent effort when on court.

In midcourt, all girls played an aggressive game to get possession of the ball, and Amelia Meek (Captain), together with her trusted shooters (Holly and Harriet) did not disappoint when shooting and did a fantastic job, adding scores for SCOTS on the score board.

The girls will play in the finals this Monday at 7:30pm at WIRAC and have a very good chance to walk away as the winners, bring a friend and support our girls from the side line.

OPENS: Coach Tiffany Cullen, Amelia Meek (Captain), Harriet Curtain, Holly Naughten, Chloe O’Halloran, Domi Harvey, Emily Rhodes, Leilani Myer, Rose Dearden, Rosemary McDonald, Aysha Bowley and Siobhan McEvoy.

Rosemary McDonald in defence taking another brilliant turnover for her team.

Wrap Up of Darling Downs Super Schools Cup

Jonny Winter | Rugby Captain This year SCOTS PGC entered the Darling Downs Super Schools Cup. This competition aimed to provide a greater participation opportunity …

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Wrap Up of Darling Downs Super Schools Cup

Jonny Winter | Rugby Captain

This year SCOTS PGC entered the Darling Downs Super Schools Cup. This competition aimed to provide a greater participation opportunity for teenage rugby players on the Downs targeting non-traditional rugby schools, to compete in a 15-a-side competition. SCOTS entered three teams; Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and the Year 11/12 boys, all three teams have been successful playing quality rugby to reach the grand finals in the inaugural Darling Downs Super Schools Cup.

For the grand finals, played on Wednesday night at Highfields the Year 7/8 team played off against a combined team of Toowoomba Anglican School/Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Year 9/10 team played off against Our Lady of the Southern Cross and the Year 11/12 team played against Faith Lutheran College.

Wednesday night rugby was hard fought, however all three SCOTS teams were defeated. The results might not have all gone our way, however the results certainly cements SCOTS rugby footprint in the Darling Downs Super Schools Cup, which I hope will continue in the years to come.

 

SCOTS Host Southern Downs Youth Council Meeting

Main Image: Student members of the Southern Downs Youth Council with the Mayor, Tracy Dobie The meeting held at the Bandy Theatre started off with …

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SCOTS Host Southern Downs Youth Council Meeting

Main Image: Student members of the Southern Downs Youth Council with the Mayor, Tracy Dobie

The meeting held at the Bandy Theatre started off with a quick and fun tour lead by Mr Thompson. The student members were most impressed with the Dining Hall and thought it is a great place to gather and have lunch together.

During the SDYC meeting Holly proposed to introduce a way to form stronger connections between our regions High Schools and Primary schools and discussed ideas with other members of the SDYC to build strong bonds between older students and younger students in the community.

Other matters on the agenda ranged from Aged Care Facilities, ideas to attract tourism and youth and sustainable practices to combat climate change. Students also participated in the drought update and available support and the devastating impact the current drought is having on our region and community.

Each student also received a shower timer which are designed to reduce consumption of water through awareness of the length of showers. The shower timers are free and available at Southern Downs Regional Council.

The next Youth Council meeting will be held on 17 October 2019.

Holly Naughten holding a shower timer.

Grandparents Day

Friday 30 August was a special day for our Junior and Middle School students as they were able to share their school with their Grandparents …

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Grandparents Day

Friday 30 August was a special day for our Junior and Middle School students as they were able to share their school with their Grandparents and special visitors. The students were wonderful ambassadors for the College, taking great pride in showing their grandparents and friends around their school and sharing their learning with them.

The morning began with our Pipes and Drums Band welcoming our visitors to the College. This was followed by a thoroughly enjoyable concert in the Assembly Hall where students presented items to the audience. There where choral performances, poem recitals, an act by JAM Dance, presentations by our instrumental music groups and also a version of the famous story ‘Wombat Stew’ presented by our youngest Prep students.

Following the concert, our visitors shared morning tea with the students. It was lovely to look across the Junior and Middle Schools and see our students acting as hosts, chatting to their visitors and enjoying the special time together.

 

Co-curricular Update

Darling Downs Cricket Last Sunday and Monday Samuel Bourke In Year 7 represented the College and the Southern Downs at the Darling Downs 12yrs Cricket …

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Co-curricular Update

Darling Downs Cricket

Last Sunday and Monday Samuel Bourke In Year 7 represented the College and the Southern Downs at the Darling Downs 12yrs Cricket Trials in Toowoomba. I am very excited and happy to advise that Samuel performed so well across the skills sessions and in the City v Country match that he has been selected in the Darling Downs Team to contest the State Championship early next term. We wish Samuel all the very best at the State Championships.

 

Queensland Track and Field Team

After a very successful Queensland Championship held recently in Brisbane the College would like to congratulate Hayley Wainwright and Nicholas Denny on their selection in the Queensland 10-12yrs Track and Field Team to contest the National Championships in Darwin in the coming weeks. The pair head into camp at UQ for two days before winging their way to Darwin for the big dance. We look forward to hearing of their results and sharing cherished memories of their exploits on their return. Go Team SCOTS!!!!

 

Cooking Club

Cooking Club returns in Term 4 and will be held on Tuesday afternoons. Expressions of interest are now being accepted by Mr Bradbury via SEQTA and will close at the end of week 1 Term 4. The Cooking Club will run from Week 2-7 inclusive and all ages from Year 5-12 are welcome.

 

Darling Downs 13-19yrs Athletics Championships

To wrap up the final day’s events at the Darling Downs 13-19yrs Track and Field, SCOTS students turned out in force to show what our little school is made of with several students making finals across the many track events on the program.

The highlights are as below:

Ewan McFarland – 1st 3000m, 2nd 1500m, 4th 800m

Eliana Jones – 3rd 3000m, 4th 1500m

Mackenzie Mayall – 2nd 400m, 3rd 800m

Shona McFarland – 2nd 400m

Harry Mayall – 4th 200m

Kaysan Miles – 4th Hurdles

Caitlin Skaines – 1st 400m

The following athletes also made finals and finished top 8 in their respective track events and are to be congratulated on their fine performances….

Chloe Wainwright, Samuel Wainwright, Cooper Harm, Millie Groves, Cooper Seng, Geoffrey Warren, Kaysan Miles, Cooper Seng, Caitlin Skaines, Shona McFarland and Georgia Moody.

These track stars followed our Field event prodigies from Thursday whose top 4 results were as follows…..

William Gilmore – 1st Hammer, 3rd Discus

Kira Holmes – 1st Discus, 2nd Shot Put, 1st in Javelin

Cooper Seng – 2nd Discus, 4th Shot Put

Bradley Cook – 4th Long Jump

Caitlin Skaines – 2nd Triple Jump

All in all a pretty fair effort from the SCOTS PGC Athletics Team.

As a result of their performances the following students have been selected to represent the Darling Downs Region at the State Championships in Cairns from October 19-22…..

William Gilmore, Caitlin Skaines, Cooper Seng, Kira Holmes and Mackenzie Mayall

We wish each of these students the very best at this prestigious event should they choose to accept their invitation to attend.

Cooper Seng

Will Gilmore

Shona McFarland

Kaysan Miles and Makybe Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rookies to Reds Rugby Skills Sessions

In term 4 we are hoping to run a Rookies to Reds Rugby Union Program for Year 1- 6 students held on Tuesday afternoons on Briggs. The program works on basic skills for the game in a fun-filled games based manner.

Expressions of interest can be forwarded to Mr Bradbury via SEQTA. This will proceed pending numbers and funding from Sporting Schools. Please forward your child’s name for this by the end of Term 3 please. We will commence Week 2 and go for 6 weeks, concluding in Week 7 of Term 4. More details in coming weeks.

 

SCOTS Junior Touch Competition – To Register click this link  https://www.trybooking.com/548701

The SCOTS Junior Touch Competition will run again in Term 4 this year.

The competition will commence Week 2 with 5 weeks of round robin fixtures followed by finals play-offs for all teams in Week 7. Skills and games will be held each week for the U6 and U8 Teams whilst U10, 12, and 14 Divisions will vie for the prize of champion in each Division.

Registrations are now live on the SCOTS Junior Touch Facebook page (or by clicking on the link above) and will remain open until the end of Week 1 Term 4, so get in quick.

Our SCOTS Touch players will be offering coaching and refereeing games each week and this is a great community event for all ages.

 

Aussie Hoops Basketball Programme

This past week the College had a visit from Pop Dickerson from Aussie Hoops promoting basketball in our school. Commencing Week 10 of Term 3 and proceeding from Week 1 to Week 7 in Term 4 we are offering the Aussie Hoops program here at school. The program will run Thursday from 3.15 to 4.15 on the WALEC Courts.

Please see the attached flyer for details. Registrations are through Aussie Hoops website and the cost is $95  or $65 for coaching only, which includes water-bottle, reversible players singlet and other goodies along with the expert coaching from Pop himself. To sweeten the deal if students love it so much they can jump in the car with parents and head down to the WIRAC to participate in their hour long program for free after finishing here.

 



                                    

Community Notices

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Community Notices

Chaplain’s Message

Rev Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain It seems that when we have a difficult task to accomplish, there are always various obstacles getting in our …

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Chaplain’s Message

Rev Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain

It seems that when we have a difficult task to accomplish, there are always various obstacles getting in our way.  However, when we are living the adventurous life of faith, those obstacles are not just roadblocks, but they are opportunities.  Let me tell you a story:  One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well.  The donkey cried for hours and hours while the poor farmer tried to figure out what to do.  Finally, after he had exhausted every idea he could think of, the farmer decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway.  As much as he liked the donkey, he decided burying the donkey was a good option.  He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.  They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.  When the donkey realised what was happening, he cried horribly.  You can imagine that it would have been a terrifying moment for any animal to have shovels of dirt thrown on top of it.  And then, to everyone’s amazement, the donkey quietened down.  The farmer and his neighbours continued to shovel dirt into the well thinking the donkey had succumbed to his fate.  However, when the farmer looked down the well, he was astonished at what he saw.  As every shovel of dirt hit the donkeys back, the donkey did something amazing.  He would shake it off and step on it.  Each shovel load of dirt brought the donkey closer and closer to the top of the well.  After a while, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!  The moral of the story?  Life is going to shovel dirt on you — all kinds of dirt.  But the trick to get out of a hole is to shake the dirt off and use it to make your way out of a bad situation instead of letting it bury you alive.  Each of our troubles can be a stepping stone if you will let it be.  Even the deepest of holes (troubles) can serve as stepping stones if we just keep going and refuse to give up.  But do you know what we do when we are facing obstacles?

  • Sometimes we run backwards—away from them.
  • Sometimes we try to go around them.
  • Sometimes we try to get over them on our own.

But the challenge of a faith adventure is to BELIEVE God will help us through our obstacles, and we understand that he often uses those obstacles to make us better people.  I know another story.  This happens when we lose sight of faith.  When we focus on the obstacle instead of our faith, we might fail.

  • Matthew 14: 22 – 33 (Please read this in the Bible).

Here is something we can learn from Peter: Don’t act impulsively.  Sometimes obstacles come to us, but sometimes we construct the obstacles from our own poor choices and actions.  Either way, the lesson we need to learn is not to be impulsive.  Some of you might be a lot like Peter in this story.  You continuously find yourself facing obstacles and difficult situations because you make quick decisions without thinking.  Now back to Peter and the story.  It must have been great stepping out onto that water!  I mean, imagine what it would have been like to step out of a boat and walk on water.  But then reality set in and Peter loses faith.  He stops believing.  He gets scared, and he starts to sink.  But as he sinks into the murky Sea of Galilee he cries out for the Lord to save him . . . And Jesus does.  Sinking into the dark and murky Sea of Galilee?  Now that’s an obstacle.  It’s also an excellent metaphor for obstacles in our life.  Two ways to react when things block our path:

  • It’s one thing to have the faith that God will be there for us in our time of need — but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t slow down and think before we act.
  • The second lesson is the act of simply believing — absolute confidence in Jesus.

What a great story!  It reminds us that we were made for adventure.  It also reminds us that with faith, we can do the seemingly impossible.  It reminds us that Jesus has an adventure story for each one of you.  Don’t let the dirt and deep water overwhelm you but reach out to Jesus.

Angus Bull for Sale

SCOTS PGC NED KELLY N3 $7000 This extremely powerful, thick set bull has outstanding EBV’s for both growth and carcass traits. He will add profitability …

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Angus Bull for Sale

SCOTS PGC NED KELLY N3 $7000

This extremely powerful, thick set bull has outstanding EBV’s for both growth and carcass traits. He will add profitability to any breeding programme.

SCOTS PGC NUGGET N7 $4000

 

This well balanced bull was part of our 2016/17 embryo transfer program. His progeny will suit a range of markets making him very good value for money.

For any enquires contact Mr Peter Collett on Ph:0405284070. Please note that if either of these bulls do not sell before next week they will be sold on Auctions Plus.