Connections and Interactions

Mr Peter Wilson | Director of Co-curricular Activities

It was with some relief that exemptions have now been granted so most of our boarders can cross the border and return home to their families during the September vacation. Being reunited with family and the local community is essential to who we are as social beings.

There is compelling evidence that human connections and interactions play a significant role in our mental and physical health.

School communities and local residential communities provide a support network for individuals where raising and looking after children can be shared and where the human interactions affirm friendships and familial bonds. The old cliché that it takes a village to raise a child has real meaning in today’s online world. And, that this ‘Village’, more than ever, needs to be a ‘real village’, not a virtual one!

The SCOTS PGC staff saw the social effects on our students of the Learning from Home platform. The curriculum content was delivered but the sense of community connection and the real face to face human interaction was absent. Both staff and students felt that connection via a computer screen lacked the nuances of real-time human interaction.

The offer of free Wi-Fi to customers at coffee shops and cafes was a necessary service but there is some movement within this industry to remove this to get customers to talk to each other instead of being buried in their devices. Placing current COVID restrictions to one side for the moment, buying a coffee is as much about social interaction around its consumption as it is about the beverage itself.

Social connectedness through school, family and local communities enable people to have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, to be more trusting and cooperative and generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. (Seppala 2016)

As we approach the coming vacation I would encourage all members of our community to value the opportunity to connect and interact with family, friends and their community. It is actually good for you!

 

Seppala, E. 2016 The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success HarperOne

Cardinal Arrivals – Live on the red carpet!

The College will be live streaming the Cardinal arrivals from 6:00 pm, Saturday 12 September on our two social media platforms – Instagram and Facebook. …

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Cardinal Arrivals – Live on the red carpet!

The College will be live streaming the Cardinal arrivals from 6:00 pm, Saturday 12 September on our two social media platforms – Instagram and Facebook.

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities SCOTS 7’s Last weekend the SCOTS 7’s Carnival attracted 28 teams from across South East Queensland. …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

SCOTS 7’s

Last weekend the SCOTS 7’s Carnival attracted 28 teams from across South East Queensland. We contested 6 different categories across Girls and Boys divisions and the competition was fierce.

In the warm spring conditions, it was tough going for all our teams after the big week of Rugby finals and Athletics.  Our most successful team were our Under 13 boys’ who made the final against Downlands only to be outgunned by their bigger and faster opponents. The Open boys were next best-placed finishing 3rd to eventual winners Downlands and our friends from the Lockyer Valley, Faith Lutheran.

Our girls’ teams had mixed success scoring wins and losses to finish outside the major placings.

Our junior referee’s also had a chance to gain valuable experience and this professional pathway continues to grow for those wishing to stay part of the game.

Across the grades, it was very tight in some finals but Downlands were too strong taking four of the six trophies on offer.

The final placings were as follows…

Under 13 Girls –  St Francis 1st, Downlands 2nd

Under 13 Boys –  Downlands 1st, SCOTS 2nd

Under 15 Girls –  Fairholme 1st, Glennie 2nd

Under 15 Boys –  Downlands 1st, Mary Mackillop 2nd

Open Girls –  Downlands 1st, Fairholme 2nd

Open Boys – Downlands 1st, Faith Lutheran 2nd

The competition was peppered with many talented players including the current UQ Women’s Number 10 Chloe Cocks playing for Downlands College, and Queensland Junior representative Kayla Jackson also playing for Downlands.

The Winners of the Scarlette-Rose Memorial shields for Best and Fairest Open Male and Female were presented by Mrs Lauren Fowler and were awarded to the following worthy recipients…

Open Girls – Demi Ashurst – Fairholme College

Open Boys – Charlie Lockwood – Downlands College

All in all, the day was a success with many schools just happy to have their students out and enjoying some interschool sport. Unfortunately, we could not have spectators in 2020 and we thank schools and parents for their understanding of this situation.

We thank the following individuals and groups for their invaluable contribution to the success of the day:

  • Mr David Southwood and his band of helpers from the QRU
  • All participating schools
  • Mrs Toni Crawford and the P&F helpers
  • The very passionate College Rugby staff
  • The Darling Downs Referee’s Association
  • The Warwick QAS station
  • Our First Aid staffers

And finally, I must thank our wonderful students for their dedicated “never say die” attitude across the day, and willingness to help out around the grounds when required.

We look forward to once again hosting this event in 2021 under different circumstances.

 

Senior School Athletics Championships 13 – 18 years

Last week we held our Senior Athletics Carnival in near perfect conditions for track and field.

Pre-events were held on Monday and Tuesday with good numbers participating in the 3000m and 1500m events across all ages.

Thursday saw Day 1 events very well supported with up to five heats conducted for some events on the track. Large fields in the throws and jumps gave our staff lots to do in a short time. Each age group contested four field events on Day 1 and then two field events on Day 2 to complete all events. In some instances, the championships came down to the wire with just 2 points separating our Senior Boys Champion and Runner – Up.

With no representative pathway in 2020 due to COVID restrictions, we have devised a set of standards that represent the qualifying for each level that the students could possibly achieve in a normal year of competition. These standards were stringent but certainly attainable for the more talented athletes. In a pleasant surprise, some 45 students will achieve Half Colours after reaching the Darling Downs qualifying standards. This represents almost a 33% increase in qualifying performances from 2019 and bodes well for a very successful 2021, all going well.

We take this opportunity to thank the many people who made the carnival a success, and for whom we are eternally grateful as without their assistance we would not be able to conduct such a successful event.

I thank the maintenance staff, kitchen staff, and teaching staff for their professionalism and dedication that saw us able to put the two days together.

Thank you to the P&F and particularly Mrs Toni Crawford in the canteen and both Mr Gary Zerner and Mr Lindsay Burgess for their inspiration and organisation of the Colour Run which was an outstanding success both financially and socially.

Thanks also to Mr Thompson and Mr Wilson for their continued support and guidance in all that we do in the Co-curricular sphere. Their understanding and emphasis on the education of the whole child allow us to put on such great events that would not necessarily receive the same support in other schools.

Finally, I thank the students for their wholehearted participation over the carnival. I have no doubt that the participation numbers across all events were at the highest I have seen in my three years at the College.

Age Champions

13 years Girls – Champion –  Briana Groves, Runner-up – Phoebe Sellick

14 years Girls – Champion –  Zara Kruger, Runner-up – Alyxis McDonald

15 years Girls – Champion –  Alexandra Rickert, Runner-up – Makybe Edwards

16 years Girls –  Champion –  Chloe Wainwright, Runner-up – Georgia Moody

Open Girls –  Champion –  Ruby King, Runner-up – Shona McFarland

13 years Boys – Champion –  Nicholas Denny, Runner-up – Nelson Madua

14 years Boys – Champion –  Samuel Wainwright, Runner-up – Benjamin Carey

15 years Boys – Champion –  Daniel Hughes, Runner-up – Fraser Collins

16 years Boys –  Champion –  Cooper Seng, Runner-up – Seb Christensen

Open Boys –  Champion –  William Gilmore, Runner-up – Daniel McNamara

Clan Champions

Boys Interclan – Cameron 1st, Mackay 2nd, Leslie 3rd, Macinnes 4th

Girls Interclan – Leslie 1st, Cameron 2nd, Mackay 3rd, Macinnes 4th

Aggregate Interclan – Cameron 1st, Leslie 2nd, Mackay 3rd, Macinnes 4th 

 

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From Girls Boarding

Mrs Chemane Fairleigh | Head of Girls Boarding It is hard to believe another term is about to finish.  In many ways, it seems as …

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From Girls Boarding

Mrs Chemane Fairleigh | Head of Girls Boarding

It is hard to believe another term is about to finish.  In many ways, it seems as if this was the longest term on record but in the same breath, ten weeks seems to have flown by.  It has been a special term as it is the last full term for our Grade 12 boarders; it will be very hard to say goodbye to them, particularly as Molly and Heidi joined the boarding community in Grade 6!

Last Friday evening we celebrated the end of the term by attending the local Chinese restaurant where we were treated to a banquet of their finest dishes: Mongolian lamb, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Special Fried Rice and a Crispy Pork dish – all of which were super yum.  Dinner was followed by cheesecake and deep-fried ice cream. A brilliant way to finish off two full-on days of Athletics.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend all of the girls and also expend my thanks to each and every boarding family for their support during these uncertain times.  The girls have coped tremendously well and are very much looking forward to the upcoming school holidays.

It is also important to acknowledge the love and support given freely to the boarding community by my amazing staff: Mrs Clark, Mrs Hoffman, Mrs Hart, Miss Wenborn and Miss Taylor.  Thank you all for everything you do.    Looking forward to creating more memories in Term 4!

 

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From Cunnningham House

Mr Stewart Bailey | Head of Junior Boys’ Boarding It’s hard to believe that once again it is the end of another term and I …

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From Cunnningham House

Mr Stewart Bailey | Head of Junior Boys’ Boarding

It’s hard to believe that once again it is the end of another term and I find myself surrounded by boys packing their belongings into bags preparing for the upcoming September holidays.  It has been a hive of activity with the excited anticipation of holidays whilst trying to motivate the boys to sort out their personal areas and pack. Well done boys!

Upon reflection, it is with great pride and delight that I can say what a pleasant and successful term it has been.  Not only have the boys truly settled back into the routine of boarding life, but they have excelled within the boarding house both academically and personally.  This semester has shown what an amazing group of young gentlemen are housed in Junior Boys Boarding.  Even though these boys are some of the loudest group of boys I’ve ever cared for (Yes; George Handley – who from the moment he wakes up is talking to the moment he goes to sleep!) these boys are a very caring, positive and kind bunch of young men.  Despite the noise level, it is pleasing to see the boys implementing the boarding routine and having a good time whilst doing so.  Words cannot express how impressed I am with these young men’s behaviour and the successful semester they’ve had as a result of their consistent efforts.

Finally, I would like to sincerely thank the staff of Junior Boys Boarding.  Without these dedicated staff and their tireless efforts, the boarding house would not ‘hum’ as it does each day.  The ripple effect that each staff member can make upon a young person’s life cannot be underestimated and I am grateful for the amazing staff that influence these young boys.  Thank you to all the staff for your efforts, patience and calming influence which has made more of an impact than you might realise.  I am extremely grateful for the wonderful work colleagues that surround me.

Wishing you all a very relaxing, restful and safe holiday.  I look forward to seeing you all again next term.

 

From Hawkins House

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of Senior Boys’ Boarding As we approach the end of another busy term, I would like to take this opportunity …

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From Hawkins House

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of Senior Boys’ Boarding

As we approach the end of another busy term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful families of our Senior Boy Boarders. This year has been unusual to say the least, and the upcoming Cardinal, minus many of our interstate parents, highlights once again, the difficulties that our families have endured this year. I love speaking with all of our parents and in these times this communication has become ever more important. It is hard to not become emotional when you hear the cracking voices of mums and dads as they deal with the reality of not being able to see their child at their Year 12 Cardinal. To those parents, the love you have for your children is clear and your children are fine young people – you should (and I know you are) be proud of them.

As our 12s move towards the end of their journey at school, it has been heartening to witness the way in which our Year 11s have begun to stamp their mark upon our boarding community. At the moment, we are in the process of looking to appoint our future boarding captain and we are blessed to have such a strong group of Year 11s who genuinely enjoy each other’s company and have big plans for boarding next year. I look forward to meeting with them this week to discuss these plans and their vision for boarding.

Finally, we are looking forward to an action-packed finish to the term. Obviously, the Cardinal is the big-ticket item this weekend, and no doubt the boys will enjoy the arrivals procession. On Sunday, we have a barbecue lunch, laser skirmish and Chapel to finish off the term. I am sure the boys will have a great weekend.

Year 10 SET Plan Update

This week will see the culmination of the documenting phase of the SET Plan process for the Year 10 cohort whereby they are required to …

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Year 10 SET Plan Update

This week will see the culmination of the documenting phase of the SET Plan process for the Year 10 cohort whereby they are required to complete their SET Plan Career Summary.

A letter, a copy of the student’s SET-Plan summary and the Subject Selection Lines for Year 11 2021 and other relevant information will be emailed to all Year 10 parents at the start of the school holidays.  The SET Plan Summary provides a “snapshot” view of the individual students in terms of who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are and their academic ability up to this point.

The signing off of the SET Plan will take place during an interview with all parties of the SET Plan process on Tuesday 6 October from 2.30 – 5.00 pm.  Parents will be asked to book an interview time using the on-line booking system on the College’s website during the holidays.  If you are unable to make an interview on this day, please contact Mrs Melissa Bellingham on 07 46669851 after Tuesday 6 October to organise an alternate interview time or a phone interview.

 

Term Dates for 2021

The Term dates for 2021 have now been released and are available on our website under the Quick links menu. View the 2021 Term Dates

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Term Dates for 2021

The Term dates for 2021 have now been released and are available on our website under the Quick links menu.

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Ag Inspirations Tour | 2020

Mrs Mel Bellingham | VET Coordinator  Recently, seven of our more agriculturally minded Year 10 students had the opportunity to be part of a three …

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Ag Inspirations Tour | 2020

Mrs Mel Bellingham | VET Coordinator 

Recently, seven of our more agriculturally minded Year 10 students had the opportunity to be part of a three day Ag Inspirations Tour.  The tour, arranged by Ag Force, the Department of Education, Small Business and Training and Growcom, provided high school students with the opportunity to experience a variety of occupations within the Agricultural Industry.

Along with students from three other local schools, we toured various agricultural enterprises in and around both Warwick and Stanthorpe that included: Wickham Farms, Warwick Equine VET, Ashbern Farms, Qld College of Wine Tourism, Condamine Apiaries and DAF Hermitage Research Station. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions did limit the amount of ‘hands-on’ experience the students were able to participate in, but at each location, we were given a tour of the operation and given an insight into the many and varied occupations that make up the Agricultural Industry.