Training Wheels and High Heels

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

Why indeed have a formal or in the SCOTS vernacular, a Cardinal? Is it just an excuse to buy new clothes, or make ones-self “beautiful” and take selfies? On the surface of these types of events, this all happens to various degrees (heaven forbid my daughters wear the same dress twice when attending these types of events during their schooling….). However, there are much more complex experiences being shared as part of adolescent development. Our Year 12 and some of our Year 11 students continued that development on the last day of Term 3 when they entered our spectacularly decorated assembly hall, partnering each other, to make more memories of their time at SCOTS PGC College.

It is always interesting and joyful (at least mostly) in watching the development of our young people. Our boys arrived, many wearing what were obviously new suits or other new items of clothing. Even something that can become so mundane in later life, such as the purchasing of a new suit, can be a significant moment for our young men. I still remember my grandfather taking me to David Jones in the city to buy my first. Likewise, the shopping for dresses for daughters can also be part of the special relationship between parent and child. Although I duck for cover when this happens at home.

It must be said, that without exception the boys looked sharp. Watching boys who are comfortable in rugby shorts and training shirts, or who normally are challenged in wearing a school uniform correctly suddenly appear beautifully attired and perfectly groomed shows their sense of occasion and their personal development as young men. No doubt it shows their awareness of “product” as well. How time has changed.

Similarly, observing our girls is interesting too. Observing the preparation of my own daughters for such an event and now hearing the stories relating to our SCOTS PGC girls is an entire education in itself. Dresses, shoes, makeup, tan, hair, and the list goes on and on. In spite of the similar ages, there were some differences in observing the genders. The girls seem to never let comfort get in the way of fashion. The boys looked comfortable in long pants, coats and long shirts. It was pleasing to observe many boys allowing their partners the use of their jackets if necessary. Social courtesies being not only learned but demonstrated. The boys also seemed far more comfortable in their shoes. The girls perhaps needing training wheels for their heels, especially when negotiating dancing or the length of the evening. Clearly, there was a theme at times of ‘my feet hurt’. I smile at this. Perhaps a female rite of passage?

The overriding lesson for me though was through the general observation of all our kids at such an event. Looking smart, manners front and centre and even the introductions made by boys and girls to my wife and I as they entered the event were really first class. From a distance, many of our students could have passed for being in their mid-twenties. This made me reflect. Sometimes we can expect too much from our children, or worse, allow them the leeway of an adult because of their physical appearance. It is hard to remember they are still largely kids on the inside. When I stood back and observed closely and, more importantly, truly listened, it became very obvious that our teenagers are on their way to adulthood but the journey is far from complete. There is still some of the little boy or girl in there! And, that is a good thing. We should, whilst supporting our children’s growth and development, remember that they are not yet grown up. Helping them to grow up slowly, at the right times, and with a graduation of responsibility and expectation is important. Many of our kids miss out on being teenagers and go straight to adulthood. The teenage years are important in developing good adults. And, there’s no need to rush to complete the journey.

So as our boys and girls left the venue I thought about what an important night this was in terms of that adolescent journey. I thought about all of the benchmarks of increasing maturity I observed and of the benchmarks showing these boys and girls not yet to be adults. We must remember that training wheels are not just for high heels being worn for the first time but they are important for many aspects of the adolescent years, as our children develop into great human beings.

Ponytail Project

The Ponytail Project is special to SCOTS PGC.  Last year, you may recall that six courageous ladies from our Year 12 class cut off their …

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Ponytail Project

The Ponytail Project is special to SCOTS PGC.  Last year, you may recall that six courageous ladies from our Year 12 class cut off their ponytails to support the Cancer Council, QLD in their quest to raise funds and help make a difference to those who have been directly impacted by cancer.

Well, this year we have raised the stakes and seven brave SCOTS PGC students will be continuing the Ponytail Project legacy by lopping off their locks in the name of cancer research.  Amelia Meek, Bridie Shooter, Jessica Brierley, Emily Rhodes, Barbara Geach, Aiden Diack and Amelia Spriggs will be cutting off their extra-long ponytails at a special assembly on 18 October, so before they make the big chop, they are seeking our help to raise the much-needed funds to support their cause.

There are many ways we can help, here are just a few:

  • Purchase a ticket in the Ponytail Project raffle – the first prize is a patchwork quilt, hand made by our very own College Captain, Emily Rhodes. Tickets can be purchased from the main reception for $1.00 each.
  • Support Casual Clothes Day – On Monday 14 October, wear your casual clothes to school for a gold coin donation.
  • Make a donation – Our Ponytail Project girls have a fundraising support page where online donations can be made. All you need to do is click on the green ‘Give Now’ button to enter your donation details and offer a message of support.

https://ponytailproject2019.everydayhero.com/au/scots-pgc-college-2019

We are very proud of the girls and their commitment to support such a worthy cause – Well done!

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities For most, the school holidays are viewed as a time to relax and unwind.  For some …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

For most, the school holidays are viewed as a time to relax and unwind.  For some of our students, the holidays presented opportunities to represent the College and wider region in either a sport or service activity.   Here is a brief overview of what some of our students were able to achieve in their two-week break:

 National Schools Futsal Championships

Hosted in Brisbane over the school holidays, seven SCOTS PGC students participated in the National Schools Futsal Championships. Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering played in the Under 13 Queensland West team and although the team was not overly successful, the group improved with each game.  As a result of their individual performances, national selectors have offered Phoebe a spot in the Under 13 Girls Australian team to tour Barcelona in 2020, and Sahara a spot in the Under 14 Australian Team to tour the United Kingdom.

Madison Kane was a solid performer in the Queensland West Under 15 Team whilst Lucy Jackson learned a lot from her experience with the Under 16 Team. Toby Callaghan and Geoffrey Warren both played for Tasmania in the Under 16 boys and although the team did not make the semi-finals, both boys stood out catching the eye of the selectors resulting in an invitation to tour China in 2020 with the Australian Under 16 and Under 17 teams respectively.

Finally, Bradley Cook played for Queensland South Coast and made it all the way to the semi-finals only to be knocked out by the Queensland City team. Bradley was unwell for the duration of the championship and as such had limited time on the court and by his own admission, was not at his best.

All in all, this was a great competition and our students gained valuable experience at the highest level for their age in the country. All students noted how much faster the competition was and how much they learned.  To provide some perspective, each year group could have up to 130 players, with only 30 players identified worthy of national selection.  It is, therefore, quite an honour to be invited to attend at an international level and a great opportunity for the selected students to see the world.  We wish all our selected students the very best should they choose to take up their invitations.

National 10-12 Years Track and Field Championships

SCOTS speedsters Hayley Wainwright and Nicholas Denny travelled to Darwin to represent Queensland at the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships for students aged 10-12 on the first weekend of the school holidays.

The pair exceeded their event expectations and walked away with a number of new personal best achievements and championships medals.

Hayley placed fifth in the combined event which was a fantastic achievement on the national stage.  She achieved personal bests in three of the four events and also ran the 100m leg in the medley relay which earned a spot on the podium and a bronze medal.  Well done Hayley!

Nick also achieved personal bests in both the 200m and 100m which resulted in a bronze medal for the 200m event.  Queensland boasted a very fast relay team, which earned them the top spot on the podium and a gold medal for the 4 x 100m relay.  Nick also competed in the long jump but missed out on a medal, placing an honourable fourth position

Congratulations Hayley and Nick – you have done your school and state proud!

 

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain During the holidays our three Queensland state representatives, Chase Naylor, Sophie Brennan and Georgia Rohde set off for Sydney to …

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EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

During the holidays our three Queensland state representatives, Chase Naylor, Sophie Brennan and Georgia Rohde set off for Sydney to compete at the Interschool Equestrian Nationals.  This is the pinnacle event for the year which sees the country’s best horses and riders come together to battle it out for competition honours.

The atmosphere of the competition was fantastic – all of our riders thoroughly enjoyed the experience, forged new friendships and generally had a great time.  We can proudly report the following results for our SCOTS PGC team members:

Chase came home with a third place in the 120cm show jumping, Sophie placed fifteenth in the Show Hunter and Georgia placed eighth in the 2* eventing. The Queensland team were also awarded this year’s ‘Spirit Award’ which Queensland has not won since the competition began. This is a huge achievement for all riders and we would like to congratulate them on their individual and collective successes.

Casual Clothes Day | Monday 14 October

On Monday 14 October students are encouraged to dress in casual clothes in exchange for a gold coin donation. The money raised will be donated …

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Casual Clothes Day | Monday 14 October

On Monday 14 October students are encouraged to dress in casual clothes in exchange for a gold coin donation.

The money raised will be donated to the Ponytail Project participants who are cutting their hair to raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Council, QLD.

College Photograph Day | Tuesday 15 October

On Tuesday 15 October, school photographers will be here to capture a number of group photographs including: Co-curricular sporting teams, Co-curricular cultural groups, Descendants of …

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College Photograph Day | Tuesday 15 October

On Tuesday 15 October, school photographers will be here to capture a number of group photographs including:

  • Co-curricular sporting teams,
  • Co-curricular cultural groups,
  • Descendants of Past Students – this is for those students who are a direct descendant of a past student (i.e. father/mother, grandfather/grandmother attended the College)

Students are to wear their formal uniform for the photographs which is detailed as follows:

For girls in Years 7 to 12:  summer skirt, blouse and tie worn with the blazer, polished black shoes and green socks.

For boys in Years 7 to 12: long grey trousers, blue shirt with tie (shirt can be either long or short-sleeved) polished black shoes with grey socks and blazer.

For girls in Years 1 to 6: summer dress, polished black shoes and green socks.

For boys in Years 1 to 6: long grey trousers, blue shirt (shirt can be either long or short-sleeved) polished black shoes with grey socks.

More information regarding photograph day will be sent via SEQTA and available on daily notices.

National Police Remembrance Day

Year 7 student, Samuel Bourke was the lone piper who led the procession during the National Police Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church during the …

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National Police Remembrance Day

Year 7 student, Samuel Bourke was the lone piper who led the procession during the National Police Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church during the holidays.  The day is recognised each year on 29 September to honour the sacrifice of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  It is a special day which is commemorated in all police jurisdictions across the nation and widely attended by Australian Police officers and the general public.

Samuel piped with reverence during the wreath-laying and respectfully led the procession on the conclusion to what was an emotive and reflective service. Samuel started with the Pipes and Drums in Year 4.

Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. Applications are now open and must …

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Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. Applications are now open and must be submitted by 31 October 2019 (no late submissions will be accepted).

To check your eligibility and understand the application process please visit– https://www.schooltransport.com.au/check-your-eligibility/bfap/