Time to Reflect

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

Over the last term and at now as our Year 12s enter their last days I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to individuals and groups, as well as last term spending time on Year 11 retreat. During this time, I’ve also tried to step back and appreciate our school and most importantly the people who fill the classrooms, offices, and grounds. I have stressed to our 12s to take some time to enjoy their last weeks, spend time with their friends, reflect on their teachers (and maybe say “thanks”), but especially reflect on the opportunities and the emotional investment made in their development by their parents. Our boys and girls do get it.

This has also caused me to reflect on my journey to this point at our amazing College. Every morning I walk through the school grounds, even on weekends, never tiring of the stunning vistas, unique environment, thriving wildlife and history filled buildings – if only they could talk –  that is our school. I have chosen to do this, never bored of the sight, and appreciating the place where I live and work. I hope our seniors are doing similar things as their time at the College draws to an end. Take time to notice the little things and see the place that has been an important part of who they are and have become.

This has also made me think about what is so special about this place, the buildings and the history. I have come to the realisation that whilst these things (our buildings and grounds) are truly impressive to look at, by themselves they are just buildings and spaces. They have no life, no real meaning and no future, until they are filled with people. People make places special, fill places full of life and add the substance to our existences. This is the difference between a house and a home or an acquaintance and a friend. The people make the emotions which in turn make memories. Our boys and girls who leave us this year have made many memories. They leave our school in a good place. Our Year 11s have already looked to pick up the metaphorical baton and I am confident they too will do and achieve great things next year.

So whilst our buildings are grand and our grounds beautiful. The humanity, the personalities and the daily life of SCOTS PGC is where the soul is. I am grateful to all of our boys and girls for what they have added to our school. I am especially grateful to them for what they have taught me and our staff, how they have inspired us all and how they have let us all into their world for a small period of time. Similarly, the parent body have all added to this wonderful experience. It is true that we are taught as much as we teach and that will continue in any place where relationships are central to learning.

As I look back on our Year 12s final year, and what our boys and girls do and have done, there is too much to put on paper. In fact it would lose some of its magic if we did. I encourage our Year 12s to really enjoy their remaining time here, but to also look forward to the new adventure that is coming. I encourage our other students to make the most of their ever diminishing time in this unique place. I encourage our parents to take the time to enjoy the journey that having children takes you on. And what a journey it is.

Welcome Back to Term 4 from Girls Boarding

Where did the holidays go!? All of a sudden we are down to the last 8 weeks of the 2020 academic year! I hope you …

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Welcome Back to Term 4 from Girls Boarding

Where did the holidays go!? All of a sudden we are down to the last 8 weeks of the 2020 academic year! I hope you and your daughters have managed to find some peace during this chaotic time in our history and were able to enjoy each other’s company over the break.

This term, we welcome three new students into our boarding community and I thank them for being good sports and allowing me to interview them!  Louise, Georgie and Steph, we warmly welcome you to the Glenbrae Family.

Louise O’Neil | Year 8

Home town:  Jundah, Qld

Star sign:  Aquarius

Favourite food:  Not too sure……

Favourite colour:  Turquoise

Favourite movie:  Ride Along

Hobby/interests:  I like horse-riding

First impressions of SCOTS day school and boarding:  It feels really nice and I am making friends.  The girls in boarding are really nice.

What are you most looking forward to now you are at SCOTS?  I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having new experiences I could not have back home.

 

Georgie Gook | Year 10

Home town:  Alice Springs, NT

Star sign:  Cancer

Favourite food:  Hawaiian pizza

Favourite colour:  Green

Favourite movie:  The Parent Trap

Hobby/interests:  Riding horses, touch football

First impressions of SCOTS day school and boarding:  The boarding experience is very nice.  The day school is very friendly.

What are you most looking forward to now you are at SCOTS?  I am very much looking forward to the equestrian

 

Steph Dunnett | Year 10

Home town: Shorncliffe

Star sign: Aries

Favourite food: Sushi

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Hobby/interests: Soccer, Volleyball

First impressions of SCOTS day school and boarding: Very welcoming and friendly to new people

What are you most looking forward to now you are at SCOTS? Meeting new people and getting to experience different things.

 

Sadly, at this time of the year, we prepare to say farewell to our Year 12s.  This group is extra special as it contains two students, Molly and Heidi, who have been boarding at SCOTS PGC College since Year 6.  We wish them along with Domi, Lani, Emily and Mya all the very best for their upcoming exams and life beyond the College. We look forward to sending them off in style with a range of traditional Glenbrae events over the next week.

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Going, going, gone!

At SCOTS PGC, giving back to the community and supporting those in need is part of who we are. It’s part of the values we …

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Going, going, gone!

At SCOTS PGC, giving back to the community and supporting those in need is part of who we are. It’s part of the values we teach and a virtue we help instil and bring out in all our students.

This week during Chapel, a courageous group of seniors (Savannah, Georgie, Abby, Rose, Kira, Katie, Renée and Harriet) lopped off their locks for a wonderful cause – The Ponytail Project.  In exchange for their ponytails, our girls have been fundraising over the past few months with all proceeds going towards supporting cancer research via the Cancer Council, Queensland.

We are very proud of the effort and contribution these ladies have already made.  There is still time to support their cause by donating through the following link:

https://www.ponytailproject.com.au/fundraisers/ScotsPGCGirls

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P&F Update for Term 3

Image above: Canteen convenor Mrs Toni Crawford with her merry helpers As social restrictions started to ease in Term 3, the P&F was able to …

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P&F Update for Term 3

Image above: Canteen convenor Mrs Toni Crawford with her merry helpers

As social restrictions started to ease in Term 3, the P&F was able to resume many activities. It ended up being an exciting term for us and we wanted to share our term in review with the wider College community.

The Colour Run

From a hesitant suggestion by our president Gary back in June, things quickly built up and the key 2020 P&F fundraiser was up and running.  Students really got behind the Colour Run fundraiser (with prizes on offer for any student who raised over $10) and the school ended up raising $13,384.02.  There were many strong fund raisers but the top position went to Bronte, in Year 1 who raised a massive $678.20 – an extraordinary effort. Whilst the prizes were an attractive incentive, the highlight of the whole fundraiser was of course the colour run itself.  The joy and delight on all the students’ faces were amazing and many of the teaching staff also walked away coloured with equally big smiles as well.  This may happen again next year.

The Canteen

Even though we had less sporting events this year, once the restrictions eased, Toni our amazing convenor had the canteen quickly humming like a well-oiled machine.  With huge thanks to the volunteers and home bakers, the canteen had very successful days for the Athletics Carnival and the Rugby 7 competition.  Support for the canteen has grown again this year and with the addition of EFTPOS, more people are able to buy from the canteen.  This year, for the days the canteen was open for business, sales increased by 20% – 45% for the same events in 2019.  A very positive outcome and we are looking forward to more great days in 2021 where ‘hopefully’ social restrictions are minimal or gone.

Father’s Day Stall

This term, we trialled a Father’s Day stall, hoping the Junior school would like the experience. Calling on many frantic Xmas wrapping experiences, a few parents took on the task of wrapping 300 presents, many with a chocolate – not easy! The big day arrived on Wednesday 2 September and with tables groaning under the weight of brightly coloured gifts, the classes from the Junior School took turns at buying their special gift.  The shopping styles were varied, from buying the first thing they saw (less than 5 secs) to agonizing for 10 mins making sure they got the right gift. The feedback has been very positive so we will start to plan for a Mother’s Day stall next year.

Dining Hall Shelter

We have previously mentioned that the P&F is funding the build of a shelter outside the Dining Hall (to protect the students from the summer sun and that rare rain whilst waiting to go in).  This was an initiative put forward by the Student Council a few years ago.
Money from the Colour Run will be directed to the building of this shelter which will pay for all the materials etc.  We are hoping to limit the build cost by seeing if we can get a working bee going.  The school is getting a design from an architect to set us up. Of course, we really need building skills and we hope there may be some parents who could donate their expertise.  If you are willing to assist please contact Gary Zerner, and we will start scheduling the work.

P&F Executive Vacancies

We have a few volunteers vacating their roles for 2021.  After many years of service, the President, Secretary and Treasurer are moving on.  If you are interested and would like to understand more about what the roles entail, please contact Gary or Lindsay.

Nicole (our shrewd Treasurer) has really enjoyed her role and provided a brief outline of her role below for people who are interested.

The Treasurer’s role is NOT as scary as people may think and while some small experience with numbers is helpful, we have a great system in place to make things as easy as possible. Transactions for the year are minimal, and our system imports them for you, all you need to do is tell the program what that expense or income is for. A local accountant wraps it all up at the end of the year and makes sure we are all compliant and tick all the boxes. Whilst I am stepping down from the Treasurer role in 2021, I will still be involved in the P&F and very happy to assist the new Treasurer throughout the year.

That’s all for this update and we look forward to seeing some of you at the P&F meetings.  It is very easy to join in as the school supports us with ‘Microsoft Teams’ so we can bring in anyone from their PC or phone.  Just let us know if you want to join a meeting.

Mr Lindsay Burgess | P&F Vice-President

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Adopt a Boarder Weekend – Round 2!

We’re hosting another Adopt a Boarder weekend which will take place on Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November. This is a wonderful opportunity for …

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Adopt a Boarder Weekend – Round 2!

We’re hosting another Adopt a Boarder weekend which will take place on Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to spend some time with our boarding students and create connections beyond their familiar SCOTS PGC boarding community.

Families are invited to attend Chapel and dinner on the Sunday after dropping your adopted boarder back to the boarding house. If you would like to host a boarder for that weekend, or any other weekend please contact the relevant Boarding House leader to make arrangements.

GIRLS BOARDING |  Chemane.Fairleigh@scotspgc.com.au
JUNIOR BOYS BOARDING |  Stewart.Bailey@scotspgc.com.au
SENIOR BOYS BOARDING | Fraser.Bolton@scotspgc.com.au

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Captains Corner | Equestrian

Tom Keable | Equestrian Captain On the holidays, our SCOTS PGC Equestrian team headed to Toowoomba for the annual State Championships. The team competed at …

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Captains Corner | Equestrian

Tom Keable | Equestrian Captain

On the holidays, our SCOTS PGC Equestrian team headed to Toowoomba for the annual State Championships. The team competed at multiple qualifying events leading up to this event, including our own SCOTS PGC Equestrian event. Despite COVID, we were able to qualify for the State disciplines, which we’re all very grateful for after what has been a difficult year.

The week began with Show Horse event, with Mia Bischoff, Natasha Paganin, Sophie Brennan, Hanaka Parker and Kate Lyttle each receiving an overall placing and Jess Angus winning overall. Jess also received an overall placing in dressage alongside Sophie Brennan and Kate Lyttle.

Show jumping ran over the first three days of the competition with Shakira Hilton receiving two overall placings as well as Mia Bischoff, Tom Brash, Jess Angus, Lucy Jackson, Kate Lyttle and myself (Tom Keable) also placing overall.  Jess Angus, Gabi Sellick, Kate Lyttle, Lucy Jackson and myself also received Combined Training overall placings.

We are very proud to report that the SCOTS PGC team placed in every discipline:

  • Show horse 3rd
  • Dressage 6th
  • Showjumping 2nd and 5th

The Combined Training teams are yet to be announced this weekend at the Eventing Championships which will also be held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

On behalf of the team, I’d like to extend a special thanks to our coaches – Grace, Sally and Bec and Mr Wilson for all their help.   This year has been a very successful year for the SCOTS Equestrian team and we wish our riders the best of luck for the weekend of eventing ahead.

 

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities Welcome back to the final term of 2020.  It’s difficult to believe that we find ourselves …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Welcome back to the final term of 2020.  It’s difficult to believe that we find ourselves with just 7 weeks remaining after today.  We have a busy schedule of activities for the next couple of months and holiday sporting feats to share… Enjoy!

Queensland Invitational Futsal Championship

After a crazy year where our players were going, then not going to the National Schools Futsal Championship, we finally were able to attend a replacement tournament in the form of the Queensland Invitational Championship over the recent September School Holidays.

Teams from across Queensland converged on the magnificent Coomera Indoor Sports Centre to contest a very high quality tournament with 6 or more teams in each age group.

Our SCOTS PGC Students were mostly representing Queensland West at this tournament with the following students in each age division.

Under 11 – Innes Nowlan, Lachlan Groves

Under 13 – Abbey Petersen, Briana Groves

Under 14 – Krystal Petersen, Matilda Nowlan

Under 15 – Emma Bradbury, Erin Keogh – Mr Tom Bradbury

Under 16 – Cooper Seng

Under 19 – Molly Turnbull, Madison Kane – Mr Derek Kane and Mr Tom Bradbury

Each of the teams had mixed results. The most successful was the QLD WEST Under 15 Girls who finished 3rd on the ladder and narrowly lost their semi-final 3-1 to North Coast Queensland. The next best was Mr Derek Kane’s Under 19 QLD WEST MAROON Girls who narrowly missed the semi finishing in 5th place.

Following the tournament, Madison Kane was named in the Under 19 Girls ‘Allstar 5’ which is the best 5 players in the age group as nominated by the coaches across the age group. This is a fantastic achievement and a great testament to the effort Madison puts into improving herself at every training session.

Also following the Championship, several students were named in the QLD Elite Squad and invited to tour New Zealand or Fiji pending restrictions in August 2021. These were the top 20 players across each age group. Congratulations to Madison Kane, Emma Bradbury, Innes Nowlan, Briana Groves and Krystal Petersen on this achievement.

Futsal continues in Term 4 with girls competing in Toowoomba on Thursday afternoons and boys training and playing at home on Friday afternoons. Any boys are welcome to come along on Friday afternoons to ‘give it a go’, so come on out and have some fun. Monday afternoons will see Year 1-6 have the opportunity to play the game through our Arranmore program also.

 

Darling Downs Under 15 Cricket Trials

Next Friday 16 October, five of our lads will pit their skills against the best in the region as they vie for a place in the Darling Downs Under 15 Cricket Team. We wish Jesse Bohm, Jedd Esson, Sam Bourke, Dan Hughes and Percy Kruger all the best in what will undoubtedly be a tough day in the nets at Toowoomba Grammar School.

Senior School Basketball – Year 6-11

Commencing Week 2 and running each Thursday until Week 7 we are offering Basketball training and games to interested students in the John Muir Sports Centre from 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

This is being implemented to assist in developing our teams for Term 1 competition in 2021 and to fill a void caused by the failure of other activities to go ahead due to COVID restrictions.

If you are interested, please message Mr Bradbury so we may be able to best cater for the numbers. Should numbers exceed expectation, we will move to the WALEC Courts.

We understand some interested students may already be involved in 7’s Rugby. Please be assured this will not preclude you from playing in Term 1 next year.

Darling Downs Aquathlon

Calling for interested and competent swimmers and runners turning 11-12 years in 2021. If you are one of our swimmers and a competent cross country runner, this might be just for you.

The Darling Downs Aquathlon will be held on Friday 23 October at the Dalby Pool. If you are interested in attending, please message Mr Bradbury with your intention to participate.

The event is a 1km Run – 200m Swim – 1km Run contested in waves across the pool with a team selected in both girls’ and boys’ divisions to contest the State Championships next February.

If there are more than 5 participants keen to have a go and Mr Bradbury believes you should attend we will send a minibus with supervision to the event. If less than 5 it will be the responsibility of parents to take their children to this event.

All expressions of interest should be forwarded to Mr Bradbury by this Monday 12 October at the latest, please.

Darling Downs Triathlon

Do you love to swim, run and ride? If so, you might consider the very exciting and challenging sport of triathlon. You must have your own bike to compete, and parents will be responsible for transport to and from the event due to the equipment requirements.

Students turning 13-18 in 2021 are invited to nominate for the Darling Downs Triathlon to be held in conjunction with the Toowoomba Triathlon Club Event on 8 November at Oakey.

Events to be conducted are as follows…

Junior Under 13/Under14 born 2008/2007 300m / 10km / 2km – Event C

Intermediate Under 15/ Under 16 born 2006/2005 500m / 15 km / 4km – Event B

Senior Under 17, Under 18, Under 19 born 2004/2003/2002 750m / 20km / 5km – Event A

Full details of the nomination process and details regarding the State Championships following this can be obtained from Mr Bradbury. Nominations close Wednesday 4 November, so act quickly.

Squad Swimming at the WIRAC

Swimming training commences next Monday 12 October and continues on Wednesdays and Fridays through until the end of Week 7. We currently have 29 students keen to partake in this opportunity. If you are still keen to be involved, please contact Mr Bradbury ASAP. You must be in Year 4 or older to participate and be competent at all four strokes. This is not a learn to swim activity but a guided and graduated swim training squad.

Arranmore Year 1 to Year 6 Program for Term 4 (commencing Week 2)

In Term 4 we will be offering the following Program of Activities for Year 1 to Year 6

Monday – Arranmore Futsal | Year 1-6 | WALEC Courts | Alexis Carey – 3.30pm -4.30pm

Monday – U11 Cricket Training (Boys and Girls) | Briggs and Dunning Ovals | Cahal Davis | 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm (for Saturday Teams)

Tuesday – Arranmore Touch | Year 1-6 | Buss Oval | Tiffany Cullen | 3.30 pm-4.30 pm
(This will replace our external SCOTS Touch Competition in 2020 due to COVID restrictions)

Wednesday – Arranmore Basketball | John Muir Sports Centre | Tiffany Cullen/ Pop Dickerson | 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Thursday – Coding and Robotics | Year 2 – Year 6 | Julie Gander | Venue TBA

Tuesday and Thursday – Athletics Training (Speed/Endurance) | Meet at John Muir Sports Centre | Tom Bradbury/Alexis Carey | 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Pipes and Drums | Contact Sandy Dalziel directly for information and new student enrolments. Continuing from Term 3 commencing Week 1.

If any of the activities in Term 4 are of interest to your child, please reply to Mr Bradbury via SEQTA message at your earliest convenience.

Athletics Squad Training

Students interested in participating in Athletics via the Darling Downs Athletics Club over the summer are invited to train with Mr Bradbury (Level 4 Track and Field Coach) and Miss Carey (Level 2 Track and Field Coach) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons gathering at the John Muir Sports Centre at 3.30 pm.

Competition is available in Brisbane, and some events may be conducted in Toowoomba through registration with the Darling Downs Athletics Club. For further information, you can access the Darling Downs Athletics Club Facebook page and the Queensland Athletics website for further details.

Competition is open to students 12 years and above, but training here at school is available for students 10 years and above.

The school will not be providing transportation to these events due to the diverse nature and limited numbers that would attend.

 

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Tartan Yearbook – Order Form

A direct message was sent to all families this afternoon regarding the ordering of the Tartan Yearbook for 2020. The pre-order form can also be …

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Tartan Yearbook – Order Form

A direct message was sent to all families this afternoon regarding the ordering of the Tartan Yearbook for 2020.

The pre-order form can also be downloaded at the link below. The College only prints the number of copies we have pre-ordered, so please return your forms to avoid missing out. The cost of the Tartan Yearbook is $50 and the option to charge this cost to your account is not available to Year 12 families who don’t have a sibling continuing on, or to families whose account is in arrears.

Please return the form by last day of Term 4. If you have any questions please phone 07 4666 9811 or email clare.cartmill@scotspgc.com.au

Tartan Yearbook 2020 – Order Form

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Ordering of Cardinal Photos

Please see in the link below, watermarked copies of the cardinal group photographs taken by Brian Dittman at Naturalite Studio. Should you wish to make …

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Ordering of Cardinal Photos

Please see in the link below, watermarked copies of the cardinal group photographs taken by Brian Dittman at Naturalite Studio.

Should you wish to make a purchase, please contact Brian directly on the information below. Orders need to be made by the 21st October 2020, please.

Naturalite Studio

148 Palmerin St, Warwick Q 4370

Email: briand7@iprimus.com.au

Phone: 0409 897 680

 

CLICK HERE – Cardinal Group Photos – Naturalite Studio