Putting SCOTS, and Warwick on the map!

‘So where exactly is Warwick?’  One might have forgiven the Youi insurance consultant asking me that this morning when I called with a question about my 2018 motor insurance premium had he, Josh, been based in the Philippines or India; but not, as it turned out, when he was sat facing a computer screen in Sippy Downs, on the Sunshine Coast!  How could he not know?  Josh wasn’t even aware Warwick was in Queensland…..….mind you, I have to admit to needing to Google, ‘Sippy Downs!’

After an exchange of pleasantries, Josh now knows exactly where Warwick is and even approximate travel times, and the most scenic route from his home, or Brisbane.  I must admit to wondering if the very same enquiry may be uttered in the next few days when a SONY Music recording artist, possibly Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian or even those legendary elder statesmen of Australian popular music, John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite learn they have duties to perform at SCOTS PGC College later this year?

Sony Foundation, the charity arm of the massive SONY Music, the Japanese-Australian-American media company sent us, and the 28 other Australian schools and universities who host Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camps for special needs kids each year, this email last Wednesday:

Video Winner

 Sony Foundation is delighted to announce the WINNER of the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Video Competition – SCOTS PGC College, Warwick!  A huge ‘Congratulations!’ is extended to the committee, students and campers on a wonderful effort.

The competition was very fierce, so a special note of congratulations is also extended to the following schools (listed alphabetically) whose submissions were shortlisted as part of the final judging process:

Thank you and congratulations to all camps who participated and shared some amazing videos that captured the heart of the Sony Camps!

Yes, our incredible Sony Camp team, consisting of dozens of staff, parents and local businesses, even more of our Year 11 and 12 students, including 15 from Warwick Christian College and Assumption College, and 21 special needs children from Warwick and the surrounding districts submitted the winning video entry in the 2017 competition.  Our videographer, Kassie Peel (Class of 2016, and College Spirit Prefect; now UQ undergraduate) deserves much of the praise as her energy, technical wizardry and artistry produced a 3-minute film that really did capture the unique atmosphere of our camp.

The list of institutions represented in the video competition reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Aussie education:  Knox Grammar School, Sydney; St Ignatius’ College, Sydney; Churchie; TSS; Toowoomba Grammar School, The Glennie School and Fairholme College (combined camp); Launceston Church Grammar School; Christ Church Grammar School, Perth and Bond University, to name but a few.  Such an intense competition was deemed worthy of a remarkable prize – that of hosting a SONY Music artist at the winning school or university for a few hours to meet and greet the camp team and other students, and showcase their talents on stage.

We await details of what should be a wonderful visit, happy to provide detailed travel information (!) for any musician unfamiliar with our beautiful, and important corner of the land and will keep the entire SCOTS community briefed well in advance of the BIG SCOTS-SONY Day.  Camp Coordinators in 2017, and again in 2018, Beverly Hobbs and Dayle Osborn travel to Scotch College, Melbourne in June for the Sony Foundation National Conference.  While there, our inspirational leaders will discover, firsthand, exactly what we have to look forward to when a touch of SONY Music glamour comes to town.

It’s nothing personal (possibly ‘ageist?’) but I think I speak for the student body as well as myself when hoping that we’ll be hosting Delta, Dami, Guy, or perhaps Justice Crew, rather than Daryl or John…..however, whoever it may be, as long as they have their sat nav logged into postcode 4370, we’ll be ready with a huge, Warwick country welcome!

I must remember to invite that nice Josh from Sippy Downs.