Recognising success and dealing with disappointment

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher

Motivation and success are what drive individuals in any profession.  As a College community, it is critically important that we come together to celebrate and recognise the outstanding things that our students have accomplished, both within the College and within the broader community.  Watching students grow and accomplish their goals is one of the main reasons many teachers choose to go into education, to see them flourish and thrive. The recognition of students fosters strong relationships among students, families, faculty, and the community and creates a positive school culture where students feel valued.

At SCOTS PGC College we come together every year for our Speech Day tradition to recognise and support student accomplishments.  On Friday 25 October, we will celebrate student achievement in all areas, including the sciences, maths, humanities and the elective subjects.  It is truly a wonderful occasion and I hope to see many of our College community joining with us to applaud these accomplishments.

“Don’t worry when you are not recognised, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
– Abraham Lincoln

As with any award events, there will inevitably be those who will not be officially recognised.  Learning to deal with this disappointment, to strive to come back better, stronger and more determined, is the mark of true character.  Take the Dux of the College, for example. The criteria at the College is a “student who achieves the highest results in their top five ‘authority’ subjects as defined at verification.”  Unfortunately, there can be only one winner and one runner-up, there will be many students who worked hard, achieved amazing results but did not manage to rank in the top two.   This is where the College value of tenacity is so important:

‘Challenge is inevitable. The way we rise defines our true character. Tenacity speaks to our commitment to sustained effort and hard work – our ‘never give up’ attitude.’

Disappointment is a normal, though difficult, part of growing up. How your children learn to respond to disappointment will determine its impact on their future achievement and happiness.

I know, looking at my young nine-month-old child as he chases the cat across the lounge, that at some point he is going to be disappointed that he did not catch the cat.  He may even experience the swish of claws for his troubles.  I know I will struggle to explain to him in fifteen or so years’ time, why he did not get an award when his best friend did.  However, I also know that those decisions would have gone through weeks of agonising deliberation, data crunching and many consultations.

If a child cares enough about an activity to be disappointed by not winning an award, that activity has probably been important to their development. They had probably grown and gained any number of important intrinsic benefits, including relationships and interpersonal skills.  When facing disappointment, it is important to focus on the happy memories, the lessons learned, the personal growth and skills cultivated.

Rather than the disappointment disheartening your child, you can help them use the experience to affirm their capabilities. It is our role as teachers, parents and community members to assist our students and to demonstrate that how we respond is key.  How sometimes clouds have a silver lining, they spur us on to greater achievements and that the way we rise defines our true character.

Always aiming higher.

 

Key Dates

There are a number of key events that are occurring over the coming weeks.  Here is an overview of what’s on in Week 3 (commencing …

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Key Dates

There are a number of key events that are occurring over the coming weeks.  Here is an overview of what’s on in Week 3 (commencing 21 October 2019)

Monday 21 October 

  • Verification Day | No school buses running on this day.
  • P & F Meeting (7:00pm – 8:00 pm) | P & F Pavillion at Briggs Oval

Friday 25 October

  • Speech Day (commences at 1:15 pm) | John Muir Sports Centre
    Please note road closures will be in place

Saturday 26 October

  • Rodeo Street Parade (communication to follow via SEQTA)

Please refer to the College calendar for all other year level and co-curricular activities.

Year 6 takes a tour of Canberra

Last week, 19 students and 4 staff went back to school early and left for the Year 6 Canberra Tour.  It was an action-packed week, …

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Year 6 takes a tour of Canberra

Last week, 19 students and 4 staff went back to school early and left for the Year 6 Canberra Tour.  It was an action-packed week, with a full itinerary of places to visit and activities to do in Canberra.  The main purpose for our visit was to learn more about our Australian system of government, how parliament operates and how elections are run.

Our trip focussed on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.  The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education.  To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government contributes funding per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program to go towards these costs.  The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

We were also able to spend some time while we were away visiting other places of interest in Canberra, including Questacon, the Royal Australian Mint, the Australian Institute of Sport and Floriade.  We also managed to have some fun together as a group and loved our accommodation at Camp Cottermouth.

Kate P and Will  A have shared some of their memories from the trip below.

Hi my name is Kate and I went to Canberra with SCOTS PGC College. The best thing about the trip was going with my friends on a trip away from school. I have always wanted to go on a trip with my friends but it is always so much money, so I finally got to go and it was a blast. Going to Old and New Parliament House, Questacon, the War Memorial, the Southern Cross Cruise were highlights. We had the best bus drivers ever – they were so fun and great. The camp where we stayed had the best meals and great camp leaders. Every night and morning we have different meals. The worst part about camp was when we had to come home. I didn’t want to because I would have to go back to just seeing my friends at school, but of course, I want to see my family and pets again. I am sure that when the teachers got home they would have gone to bed straight away. But I had the best time at camp. I would like to thank the teachers for taking us to Canberra. It’s a camp I will never forget!

Kate P – Year 6

 

 The Canberra trip was very fun and joyful. Camp Cottermouth was very welcoming with its food and hospitality. The cabins were huge and there were logs and space to have fun.

My favourite part of the whole trip was Questacon as we got to see a talking robot. Questacon was like a series of massive galleries with things such as robot air hockey, steep drop slides, models of how robots evolved, microscopes for checking out bugs and heaps of scientific toys to play with. It was also fun to spend time with my classmates and teachers and to get to know them better. The worst part was travelling on the bus home. Everyone was so tired and sleepy. I loved my trip to Canberra!

Will A – Year 6

 

From the Co-Curricular Desk

T4W3 Co-curricular Program     T4W3 Sport Fixtures Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular activities We’ve made our way through yet another busy week …

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

T4W3 Co-curricular Program     T4W3 Sport Fixtures

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular activities

We’ve made our way through yet another busy week of activities and are pleased to report on the following highlights:

13-19 years Queensland Track and Field Championships

This weekend three of our athletics sporting stars will set off for Cairns to take part in the Queensland School Sport Track and Field Championships competing against 13-19-year-old students from all corners of the state in various events.

Cooper Seng will test his ability in the long jump, while Will Gilmore is set to take on the discus and hammer throw – events that he has been highly successful in over previous years.  Mac Mayall will be competing in the 400m event.  We wish the boys every success and look forward to sharing their results as they are reported.

SCOTS Junior Touch

This afternoon the first round of the SCOTS Junior Touch competition kicks off on Briggs and Dunning Ovals.  This season we are pleased to welcome around 150 players from the Warwick community aged between 6 and 14 years old.

The first of our games will commence at 4:00 pm for players in the Under 6, Under 8 and Under 10 divisions.  Under 12 and 14 players will kick off at 4:45 pm.

National Schools Futsal Championships

Further to our report last week, we are pleased to advise that Bradley Cook has received a late invitation to represent Australia at an international level in China during 2020.  Congratulations, Bradley on this fantastic achievement.  We wish you all the best should you take up this opportunity.

Darling Downs Trials – Futsal and Cricket

On Monday, Krystal Petersen, Gabby Sellick and Sahara Pickering attended the 13 years’ girls Futsal trials for selection to the Darling Downs team.  Unfortunately, our ladies were unsuccessful on this occasion.

Jed Esson has travelled to Toowoomba Grammar School today to trial for the Under 14 cricket team to represent the Darling Downs.  Jed is up against a field of tough competition, so we wish him all the best.

Rodeo Round Up

With the Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft set to start next week, we’d like to highlight the outstanding achievement of three of our students …

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Rodeo Round Up

With the Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft set to start next week, we’d like to highlight the outstanding achievement of three of our students who have been awarded various Warwick Rodeo titles.

LilyGrace Robinson in Year 10, was crowned as the 2019 Warwick Rodeo Princess for Horsemanship and also received the Runner-Up title as the 2019 Warwick Rodeo Princess.  LilyGrace is happy to be part of this year’s events, even though being in the spotlight is a little out of her comfort zone.  Fellow classmate, Charlotte Jarvis, received the crown for 2019 Warwick Rodeo Princess for Personality.

Middle School student, Mackenzie March was honoured to receive the titles of the 2019 Warwick Rodeo Junior Cowgirl and 2019 Warwick Rodeo Junior Cowgirl for Horsemanship.  A keen barrel racer, Mackenzie is no stranger to the rodeo arena and the excitement it brings when she competes.

All three students will be performing various promotional duties throughout next week in the lead up to the Warwick Rodeo which will take place next weekend.  Congratulations to these three girls – as a College community, we are extremely proud and supportive of these achievements.

 

 

Junior School Musical Tickets

We are very excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our Junior School Musical –  Creepy Crawly Christmas This special event will …

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Junior School Musical Tickets

We are very excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our Junior School Musical –  Creepy Crawly Christmas

This special event will take place at the Warwick Town Hall on Wednesday, 6 November at 6:30 pm.
Tickets are now available for purchase online through Trybooking:  www.trybooking.com/567079

Our boys and girls and their families have been extremely busy behind the scenes in preparation for this event.  We’ll be sharing more information on their progress as we get closer to the concert date.

Divine our Destiny – A social event

We are so excited to have the group, ‘Divine Our Destiny‘ performing and DJ- ing for us at Kings Theatre.   This social evening is open …

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Divine our Destiny – A social event

We are so excited to have the group, ‘Divine Our Destiny‘ performing and DJ- ing for us at Kings Theatre.   This social evening is open to all SCOTS PGC day and boarding students from Year 7 to Year 12.  There are limited tickets available, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

To ensure a safe and controlled environment at the venue, the College’s Adopt-a-Cop, Sergeant Shane Reid will be present for the entire evening along with College staff.

The event details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 9 November

Time: 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm start

Where: Warwick Kings Theatre

Cost: $20 per ticket (includes refreshments) which can be charged to your College account

Theme: Tradies and Tiaras

Registration must be forwarded in writing and returned to Ms Bronwyn Clarke via SEQTA.  Please refer to your direct message for consent details.

We are looking forward to your children being a part of this brilliant night to celebrate the fast-approaching end of 2019.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Bronwyn if you have any questions.

 

Speech Day Road Closure

In order to provide a safer environment for students, staff and visitors, the section of East Street in front of the John Muir Sports Centre …

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Speech Day Road Closure

In order to provide a safer environment for students, staff and visitors, the section of East Street in front of the John Muir Sports Centre will be closed to traffic from 12:00 pm on Friday, 25 October.

Parents and other visitors may still park along Oxenham Street. The road will be re-opened at the conclusion of Speech Day.