Time for the Nothing Box

Mr Kyle Thompson – Principal

As I reflect back on the year that is coming to a close, I cannot help but think how lucky I am to be part of such a wonderful school with so many great characteristics. One of these special characteristics is the fact that we are a co-educational, independent school, where we are able to work with our boys and girls to obtain common outcomes whilst still considering the differences that our boys and girls need to succeed. This has further made me reflect on some of the wonderful differences I observe when working with our boys and girls.

Our boys, when observed, appear to have two speeds. Flat out and stop. No pacing ourselves, no spreading things out. My observations are it tends to be all or nothing. Our girls on the other hand seem to be more evenly busy. Pacing themselves and are more constant but often more a measured sense of busy. This also reminds me of a You Tube clip called A Tale of Two Brains by Mark Gungor. This clip outlines the differences in how males and females think and function. I strongly recommend this clip to you as it is very funny and insightful and, I believe, accurate. I have used it over time to better understand myself, my wife and my daughters. When I showed it to my wife, I’m sure she had an epiphany regarding the ways in which I function and work. In identifying the following traits, I am not saying any are better or worse than the others, just that we can be different and in fact as a school, a family, and a society we need to recognise, value and understand (as best we can) these differences.

One of the most telling things for me is the way the male brain organises itself – in boxes. Boys and men have a box for every component in their lives. A box for each subject, a box for their sport, for music, for friends, for family, for mum, for dad. In fact, boys have a box in their brain for everything. This explains why they can be quite literal. If you ask them a question about their maths homework, they will often not draw the link to you trying to discuss how school is going in general, or whether they have any other homework. Their response will only be related to the specific box mentioned in the question. This is very different to how many girls function (and reinforced by the three in my family) where their minds are organised as a bunch of wires where everything is connected. Their school work is connected to their friends, which is connected to their parents, to home to their social life. In short, everything is related to everything. I wonder if this rings any bells for our parents? For the differences in siblings but also in ourselves? It is helpful for us as leaders and as parents when we attempt to communicate, understand and teach our children. For me it also highlights the special nature of a co-educational, independent school that we learn about each other, our functional differences and how to relate and understand not just academic content, but each other. The differences are good, but can be great when we understand and leverage the benefits of our differences.

One box that I know I have and that most men and boys cherish is termed by Mark Gungor ‘the nothing box’. This can be the best box boys have and is often our go to box, our box of choice. It is why we don’t hear what we’ve been asked, it’s why we flick channels without watching a show, it’s why we fish and do other activities which amount to doing nothing. Mums, wives and girls often don’t understand the joy we find in doing nothing. Girls on the other hand hear everything we say, even when doing something else, they are constantly connected to what is happening and the people around them. And, in my house, thank heavens for that as the flat out and stop is more than complemented by the constant and the connections. The truth is we need the differences. We just need to understand them so we can maximise the benefits of working together.

I know as the Christmas break approaches, I will be drawing regularly on my nothing box, it will be just what I need. I also know my wife will put something in my nothing box, to decorate it or create something. I know her connectedness will remain and between the two of us our differences will give us what we need to rest, relax, recharge, whilst also doing something when we need to. The balance of nothing with something is just what our boys and girls need as we speed into a break after the constant and the flat out.

I would take this opportunity to thank all our families for their support and engagement with our school this year. I thank also our students whose collective character makes us who we are as a school and our amazing staff for the commitment to the education of the next generation of young adults. I wish everyone a safe, happy and enjoyable Christmas period.

Christmas Message

From the Chaplain | Rev. Willie Liebenberg

As we draw closer to Christmas for 2019, we are still facing devastating drought and bushfires. It feels as if we are suffering from a constant attack of vertigo, a feeling of dizziness where the ground under our feet seems to be rolling and moving. Thus, I cannot look at the traditional manger scene against the backdrop of our current situation here in Warwick and the wider regional community without feeling deeply challenged.

Consider this scene: a birthing place amidst animals, outside of the inn; parents worn out by a long journey; a land under occupation; shepherds who were ritually unclean and excluded from worship. I cannot look at this picture with all of its symbols of vulnerability and not be confronted by the harsh truth that is the message of Christmas – the message of coming to a new life in God and of fresh beginnings.  The message of Christmas is not about having more, but about being more. I believe this Christmas, with all its challenges, will be one of having less and being more – less receiving and more giving.

Bob Snyder writes: “The first Christmas is a miraculous story of the eternal God’s son, becoming of no reputation and then humbling himself to accept a cruel death on a cross. Sure there were angel choirs. Kings came from far away to worship Him. But the true Christmas story is about smallness, humility and servanthood.” Christmas must redirect our thoughts and challenge us to think differently, to dream bigger and to imagine more comprehensively.

Our people on the land are tired and exhausted and we need one another to collectively help realise our Bethlehem – our place of hopes and dreams.  Christmas gives us a window through which we can see each other and through which we can see our neighbours and our God.

The birth of the Jesus Christ brings new life and the hope of new beginnings to our personal lives and relationships. No matter how bad things are, we all have a choice. We can make things worse, or we can choose to make things better. Paraphrasing what someone once said, “you cannot outwit fate by standing on the sidelines and placing little side bets on the outcome of life. You have to play the game – if you do not play, there is no way you can win.”

Christmas remains the story of recognising God in unexpected places. We often miss the place where God is creating something new because, like the Wise Men, we instinctively go looking for God in the places of power, in the Courts of Herod when all the while God is stirring to life in a stable. God reminds us that it is humble people who shape history. God loves the insignificant, illegitimate, defenceless, the tabooed people – God’s grace is in them. That is where God’s love is being born. That is where the Christmas story continues – in our lives because we are those people.

Joy to the world the Lord has come.



Key Dates for 2020

In preparation for the new school year in 2020, please note the following key dates:

Tuesday 28 January

  • Travel Day

Wednesday 29 January

  • Term 1 commences
  • Prefect Induction Ceremony

Further information will follow during the holidays.  Please continue to check your direct messages in SEQTA during this time.

Santa Letters from Year 1

Earlier this term, our Year 1 students wrote their annual letters to Santa, however this year there was a twist…

Instead of advising Santa what treats they’d like this Christmas, they also had to ask him some questions which are particularly brilliant in all their innocence.  Our parents may also pick up on some tips about what their children would like for Christmas this year – that’s if Santa hasn’t got it covered already!


Year 10 Outward Bound

Lucy Jackson (on behalf of the Year 10 class)

The Year 10 Outward bound trip, as those who have participated before would understand, was a challenge. There were times where we wanted to give up, go home, return to the likes of civilisation; with flushing toilets and food other than wraps and bird seed. Although we abhorred having to go without these preferred conveniences and may have wanted to stop after every mountain, every step, every bruise and blister, these feelings were all subdued by the feeling of success, accomplishment, and the ability to say I conquered these challenges, I survived outward bound.

After the course we were often asked to reflect. Reflect on our achievements, memories and learnings. A rock, stick and leaf analogy was used amongst the groups, symbolising what would stick with us from this journey, what rocked throughout this experience and what we would like to leaf behind. The consensus was that we wished to maintain and stick with the resilient attitude that got us through camp, the group’s body odours would like to be left behind and although an intense trip it was discovered that the best adventures are never as planned as they turn out to be. Losing our way in the scrub and having to sleep on top of a sloping mountain may seem like a dire situation, however, with the help of some spirit lifting tunes, provided by the talented vocalists Beau, Shona and Ewan this turned out to be an item to add and cross off the bucket list rather than a diabolical situation.

This trip provided a place for us to appreciate the smaller things in life, reflect on personal values and set future goals. Despite any preconceived ideas of this program it proved to be not one to miss. As a collective group, we loved our Outward Bound experience!

Shark Tank comes to Year 7 Humanities

Our Year 7 Humanities classes have this week pitched to our very own SCOTS sharks (AKA Ms Woodgate and Mr Thompson), in a bid to secure investment to launch their virtual businesses.

Our students put their heads together in small groups to come up with an original concept for a new business.  The project required them to evaluate the market, investigate and understand the costs involved to manufacture and sell their product in a real world setting.

Sales pitches were delivered to our in house sharks and the wider class which required the students to convince their audience why their business concept was worthy of investment.  They had to think quickly on their feet to respond to in depth questioning and be creative in their delivery.

From all accounts, the project has been a lot of fun and an opportunity for our boys and girls to approach the unit in an engaging, hands-on way. Humanities teacher, Mrs Stephenson, was very impressed with some of the creative and original ideas presented this week – both Year 7 classes were enthusiastic and really embraced the opportunity to explore ideas and work together.

Perhaps the Year 7 class may even end up pitching to the real sharks on Channel 10… who knows!?

Congratulations Year 7 – keep up the brilliant work!

The Art and Science of what we do!

Mr Peter Wilson | Director of Co-curricular Activities

The pedagogical (teaching) practice by the staff at SCOTS is underpinned by the research by Dr Robert J Marzano. He is an American educator who has researched teaching practice for over fifty years. He has authored over forty books and his practical translations of pedagogical research into classroom strategies are known globally.

In particular, his latest book The New Art and Science of Teaching (2017) provides 330 specific teaching strategies across ten design elements. These design elements include:

  • Providing and Communicating Clear Learning goals
  • Using Assessments
  • Conducting Direct Instruction Lessons
  • Conducting Practicing and Deepening Lessons
  • Conducting Knowledge Application Lessons
  • Using Strategies that Appear in All Types of Lessons
  • Using Engagement Strategies
  • Implementing Rules and Procedures
  • Building Relationships
  • Communicating High Expectations

These elements and associated strategies are NOT prescriptive, or in fact linear in any classroom application, but provide a resource for teachers to use in any particular lesson scenario throughout the academic year. How and when a teacher uses any pedagogical strategy is unique to any given lesson. The time of day, month or year, what happened at home or at school, status of relationships, how much sleep, how many assessments are due, co-curricular commitments, what happened in a previous lesson or even the air temperature can affect the ability for a student to learn. The ‘Art’ of teaching is how to recognise these factors and how they affect a student’s learning moment to moment across a whole class.

Even Marzano concedes this in his introduction to The New Art and Science of Teaching (2017) by stating, “Specifically, research and theory will never validate the notion that teaching is simply a set of pre-programmed moves manifested as strategies. Rather, instructional strategies are best likened to techniques an artist might develop and refine over years of practice. The artist then uses these techniques to create works that are not only unique and complex but elegantly focused. The more skill the artist exhibits with the available techniques, the better his or her creations. Likewise, the more skill the classroom teacher has with the instructional strategies that research and theory have uncovered over the decades, the better the teacher will be able to create lessons that optimise learning.

We, as teachers, are like artists. We continually strive to be better at our craft and especially recognise our students, ”…as works that are not only unique and complex, but elegantly focussed” ( Marzano 2017)

Even taking into account the ten Design Elements and 330 specific teaching strategies, for me, teacher passion and enthusiasm for their subject and their students are fundamental to any pedagogical practice. Our outgoing College Captain, Samuel Proudlove, in his final address at this year’s Valedictory dinner alluded to these teacher traits as the ones that he most admired. His view was that teachers who use humour and anecdotes and who are passionate about their subject can make a “boring” subject fun and interesting.

As I approach my fortieth year of teaching, but only in my second year at SCOTS PGC, I can say from my experience that the staff here genuinely care about their students. Each staff member may have their own unique way of displaying this and to some, it may not be readily evident. However, in my short time, I have watched the student-teacher interactions intently and discretely and the staff commitment to teaching and learning here is clear.

Parent support for staff is also integral to what we do for your children. The book, ‘The Price of Privilege’ by Madeline Levine (2008) outlines this research. This topic is for another newsletter!

It has been a pleasure to work with the staff, students and parents of SCOTS PGC this year. Please have a safe and restful break and I wish all our community a Merry Christmas!

Budding artists showcase talent

A number of our SCOTS PGC students jumped at the opportunity to enter the Burst 3 Youth Exhibition hosted by the Warwick Art Gallery this term.  Our local Gallery invited artists aged 6 to 25 years who live on the Southern Downs to participate in the biennial competition with the opportunity to win a cash prize.

The exhibition, aptly called BURST, to represent the ideas and talents of our youth bursting forth onto the gallery walls, features artwork from 52 local artists.  The College is pleased to share that two of our students have received recognition for their self-expression and creativity:

Iggy King (Year 8), entered two photographs and won a commendation award for his photograph ‘Changing Perspectives the Gold Behind the Gold’.

Treshawne Achari (Year 2), entered two artworks and received an encouragement award for his oil pastel artwork ‘Unity in Diversity’.

There is still plenty of time to go and check out the exhibition for yourselves at the Warwick Art Gallery.  The Burst 3 Youth exhibition closes on 21 December.  Congratulations to all the entrants for pursuing their art – it is a fantastic achievement to be able to exhibit in a gallery!

Final Week Arrangements

As we approach the final school week for 2019 it is important for our families to be aware that next week is no different from any other.   Examinations and assessments will be taking place throughout the whole week for a range of classes.

Our final day, Friday 29 November, will be a regular school day which finishes at the normal time of 3:05 pm.  Students are to wear their summer uniform and expect classes to occur as per their timetable.

Best of luck to all students next week who are sitting exams or submitting their final assessments for the year.  The holidays are in close sight now, keep working hard to the end!

Goodbye to our Graduates

Last week we said to farewell to our graduating Class of 2019.  In what can only be described as a ‘Festival of Leaving’ our Year 12 class commenced their final week with a special breakfast hosted by members of our local Uniting Church.  Soon after they set off on a two-day adventure to enjoy the company of their cohort in the relaxed setting of Coolangatta.  Stand-up paddleboarding, dinner, shopping and movies were the order of their two days which allowed our Year 12s to unwind before returning to the College for the more formal events.

The Valedictory evening started with a reflective themed Chapel service led by Rev Willie Liebenberg.  The spring sunset did not disappoint as our graduates and their families mingled by the river before partaking in a Valedictory feast prepared by College chef, John Rogers.

On their last day as SCOTS PGC students, the College hosted the Final Assembly – an opportunity to look back and come to terms with the fact that their 13 years of schooling had finally reached its pinnacle. Our students sang the College song with gusto and relished the chance to proudly scream their war cry before making their way out through the throng of younger students who were keen to grab one last high five from their Year 12 mates.


Mainly Music

Since 2009 the Warwick Uniting Church has run the ‘Mainly Music’ program, attracting upwards of 20 families per session on a Thursday morning. They’re extending an invitation to all families with young children to join them at their weekly sessions for an hour and half of musical play.  Morning tea is provided for a small cost of $4 per family.  This is a wonderful way to meet other families and make new friends.

Details are as follows:

When – Thursdays 9:15 am to 10:45 am (during the school term – the last session for 2019 is 5 December)

Where – Warwick Uniting Church, Guy Street

Cost – $4 per family which covers morning tea

Come along and bring your friends.  Follow them on Facebook for regular updates   https://www.facebook.com/groups/528378040926664/

Carols in the Chapel

You’re invited!

The College and the Warwick Uniting Church invite you to a special program of readings and carols to celebrate Christmas.
Details are as follows:

Where:           SCOTS PGC Chapel, 60 Oxenham Street Warwick

When:             Thursday 19 December

Time:               7:30pm

A special supper will follow in the Chapel Hall.  If you have any questions, please phone 0417 720 152

From the Uniform Shop

Stationery Orders

A friendly reminder from the Uniform Shop that all 2020 stationery orders need to be submitted by next Friday 29 November to ensure they are ready for collection from 13 January 2020.  Orders can be dropped into the College or emailed directly to the Uniform Shop (see contact details below).

Uniform Fittings

Please note that appointments are required for uniform fittings.  The Uniform Shop will be open daily from 13 January 2020, so please call or email the shop in advance to make an appointment.

Pullover Embroidery

Families wishing for their child’s navy woollen pullovers to be embroidered with the College crest can do so during the summer holidays.  Please leave pullovers at the College reception and ensure they are clearly named.  There is a small fee to embroider the pullovers, which can be charged to your College account.  Small pullovers – $6.60 (up to size 14) and large pullovers – $8.80 (size 14 and over).

Contact details

Phone: 07 4666 9892 | email: uniformshop@scotspgc.com.au



As the 2019 school year draws to a close, around 30 Year 11 volunteers will be joined by a number of returning Year 12 ‘Super-Companions’ to provide ten youngsters with special needs a fun-filled weekend. Arriving after school on Friday of our final week,  these Warwick based young campers will spend the next three nights in Cunningham House and fill the days with a range of activities that are fun and exciting.  These activities include:

  • A visit to the Granite Belt Maze
  • A session with Law Dogs
  • Lunch at McDonalds and making their own desserts
  • Gym-olympics
  • WIRAC water fun
  • Dancing the night away at their own disco
  • Horse riding
  • Arts and crafts and hanging out with their companions.

On Monday morning there will be pipe band fun, morning tea with their parents and a visit from a jolly fellow in a red suit. The impact of such an experience cannot be underestimated for both the companions and campers.

Want to be involved?


Parent helpers are always welcome and play an important role each evening as ‘settlers’.  Settlers come into the boarding house in the evenings for an hour or so and assist with settling campers into bed and allowing the companions time to have a shower and attend the day’s debrief. If you would like to be a settler, please contact Beverly Hobbs (4666 9841 or beverly.hobbs@scotspgc.com.au).


Another way to help is by way of donations of home-baking for supper for the always-hungry teenagers. Any donations of home baking can be left with Beverly or at Reception and would be gladly welcomed.

Pool Supervision

With two sessions at WIRAC; one on Friday evening and then again on Saturday afternoon, it is always helpful to have as many eyes as possible watching from the poolside. If you have an hour or so to spare, then please let Beverly know.

Our Values in Action

Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

Spirit  +  Tenacity  +  Authenticity  +  Excellence  +  Respect

Although it is easy to get caught up in the hectic schedule at this time of the school year, it is also a wonderful time for us to see our College values in action and celebrate our successes.  Values are much more than just posters on the wall or slogans in an advertisement, they are what we want our boys and girls to practise every day.  Through a supportive environment and the modelling of these qualities, our students are able to learn and grow beyond the classroom walls.

Our recent Junior School Musical is one such event where our College values were in action.  Each and every one of our youngest performers on stage were tenacious in how they faced the challenge of standing in front of such a large audience, how they ‘never gave up’ through the rehearsals and how they committed to putting in the individual and collective effort to make the Musical what it was.

The Junior School Musical was also an event that saw the spirit of our College shine.  The smiles on the faces of the Junior School students, staff and audience at the end of the night were a very real indication of the sense of pride felt by all at what had been achieved.  The connection across our College through the involvement of older students working as lighting, sound and back stage crew, as well as ushers, affirmed the importance of events such as the Musical as a way of building relationships and uniting to achieve our purpose.

This week’s Co-Curricular Assembly put a spotlight on excellence in our College across a wide range of activities.  Having our youngest students receive recognition for their commitment and participation in activities across the year, through to our outstanding achievers in various sports and activities, the Assembly showcased the diverse talents in our student body as well as the opportunities available to our boys and girls.  It also highlighted the importance of the programs that occur ‘outside of the classroom’ as a key component of what brings our College values to life.  Our College is unique and there is most definitely an authenticity to what is on offer for our students.  They can explore their interests in cooking club or cattle club, whilst also being a part of a netball team or rugby team, and then stepping foot on stage as a lead in the musical.  Most importantly, the students are comfortable stepping into each of these roles, are true to themselves and are willing to come together to represent themselves and their College with pride.

A highlight of my week is being able to read the awards achieved by our Prep to Year 4 students at our Junior School Assembly.  What is so gratifying about this, is being able read the reasons why each student has been given an award.  More often than not, it is given for students showing respect to others, demonstrating kindness, displaying persistence when tackling a new task or simply as a way of celebrating their progress in the classroom.  Each award is personalised by the teacher for that particular student and the smiles on their faces when they come to accept their award make Friday mornings a lovely part of my week.

As we move into these final few weeks of the year, I know I will be taking a moment to reflect on the achievements of our boys and girls, and most importantly their growth as individuals through the personal qualities and character strengths they are developing.  Although it may seem like one event after another during Term 4, it is also a time to celebrate our boys and girls and what they have achieved individually and collectively as a College in 2019.



SCOTS Kids skip for healthy heart awareness

In Term 3 students in Prep to Year 6 were invited to participate in the ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ fundraising activity which involved skipping every day and raising funds and creating awareness about being active and preventing heart disease.

Heart Disease is still ranked as Australia’s number one cause of death – this occurs on average every 20 minutes in Australia. It is therefore really important that students understand from an early age that being active and eating healthy food are important to ensuring a healthy heart.

The students were greatly encouraged by their class teachers and in particular Mrs Brown who was very keen for her students to skip and learn some new tricks.

Towards the end of Term 3 we had a “Jump off day” which involved Prep to Year 5 skipping and completing various circuits with our Year 6 students stepping in as leaders, helping and guiding our younger students as they moved around the activities.

We were very lucky and also the only school in this area, to receive a special visit from the JRFH display team.  Better known as the ‘Arrows’, the display team are made up of students aged Year 3 to Year 6 from Sherwood State School in Brisbane, who performed a range of skipping tricks.  All our students and staff were completely ‘taken aback’ by the skill and tricks they carried out and very appreciative of their visit.

The school raised almost $2,500 over a six-week period and a number of students excelled in raising money for the organisation. These were:



Eliza Geragthy $37.74
  Charlie Ure $242.77
Year 1 Alayna Jones


  Stephanie McCosker


Year 2 Jane Bazley $500.98
  Ella Hutchison $301.29
  Charlie McCosker


  Treshawne Achari


Year 3 Abigail Geragthy


  Brock Tozer


Year 4 Hamish Bayley


  Hannah Bourke


  Innes Nowlan


  Tia Stewart $77.38
  Thomas Worboys $451.18
Year 5 James Bourke $43.64

Congratulations to all the above students but also to everyone who skipped and promoted the initiative.

Year 8s put SWOT into action!

You may have noticed the increase in flies since the warmer weather has arrived, however it was not these flies that the Year 8s were swatting last week.

Learning how to do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis has been a key component of the Year 8 Business unit in Humanities this term and last Tuesday, 5 November, they were able to apply their newly learned skills to a “real” business.

Killarney Cooperative graciously agreed to have 50 of our Year 8 students descend on their business and keenly “pick” it to pieces by trying to work out what they were good at, where their weaknesses lay, as well as the potential opportunities and threats facing the business.  The General Manager, Marissa Costello and Chairman of the Board, Mr Andrew Petersen, were great hosts and eagerly shared their knowledge of the business’s operations.

The excursion also required students to do an audit of the businesses in Killarney to determine who the Co-Op’s competitors are.  Students were amazed that they were able to fill out two pages of businesses for such a small town!

Over the coming weeks, students, acting as business consultants, will analyse the data they’ve collected to determine what opportunities the Co-Op could take advantage of to improve their business even further.

Our thanks go out to the staff at Killarney Co-Operative for hosting us, as it is greatly beneficial for our students, to see business in action first hand.

From the Co-curricular Desk

T4W7 Sport Fixtures

T4W7 Co-curricular Program

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

As the end of the year draws closer, now is a great time to reflect on some of the wonderful achievements that have been accomplished by our boys and girls outside of the classroom during 2019.  For Mr Wilson and myself, this was made much easier this week as we hosted the College’s Co-Curricular Awards Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

It was humbling to see a ‘full house’ in the Des Davey Dining Hall and a wide range of students proud to receive recognition for a wide array of activities.  Congratulations to all students on a spectacular year in your chosen field(s).

From Week 7, most activities will draw to a close, however please keep continue to check SEQTA and the Co-curricular schedule for further information.


Pipes and Drums

Congratulations to two of our drummers who celebrated success at various events over the past month.

Dhanyil Jackson placed first in the C Grade Snare Drumming at the NSW Pipe Band Championships held in Gosford two weeks ago, while Shona McFarland placed second in C Grade Tenor at the same event.

Dhanyil also competed at the Australian Drumming Solos Championship in Canberra where he placed second in B Grade Snare.


Campdrafters vie for the Percentile Cup

The College was represented by eight campdrafters at the annual Percentile Cup last weekend in Pittsworth.  For school campdrafters, this event is one of the largest in state, which this year, attracted 290 students from 37 schools across Queensland and New South Wales.

We are proud to report that two of our riders made the final round in a total field of 30 campdrafters.  Congratulations to all the SCOTS PGC riders and thank you to our dedicated parent support group who ensure the students and horses get to and from these events in a safe manner.


Darling Downs Triathlon Championships

I am very pleased to advise that Ewan McFarland and Shona McFarland were successful in gaining selection to the Darling Downs Triathlon team after their performances at the trials held in Oakey on the weekend.

After several weeks of training, including the last holidays, Ewan and Shona put all the hard work together to gain 6th and 9th place respectively in the Open Age group. This was an excellent result given this is their first attempt at the full Triathlon distances of 750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5km Run.

Both students will now prepare for the State Championships to be held in Hervey Bay from March 7-9 in 2020. We congratulate both Shona and Ewan on this achievement and wish them well for this event in 2020.


Expressions of Interest for Futsal and Basketball 2020

Students wishing to participate in Futsal and or Basketball in Term 1 2020 are asked to SEQTA message Mr Bradbury by the end of Week 7 so that teams may be structured and information can be distributed as required hastily at the beginning of Term 1. Both competitions are likely to commence in Week 2 of Term 1 so it is imperative that we have our teams in place before this.

In addition to this, the SWQ Futsal Titles will be in Week 5 Term 1, so again, we need to know who we have and whether or not we will submit teams for this event which has been successful for many of our individual players in 2019.

Stationery Order Reminder

A friendly reminder that 2020 stationery orders are due by 29 November to enable the Uniform Shop to have them ready for collection in the new year.  Late orders will be accepted, however will be dependent on what stock is available.

Please visit the College website to download your form – http://scotspgc.com.au/enrolments/uniforms/

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 7 (commencing 18 November 2019)

Monday 18 November

  • Experience Days

Tuesday 19 November

  • Experience Days

Friday 22 November

  • Junior School Assembly

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

School Dental Notice

Don’t get forgotten!

We have finished all of the current check-ups and are now finishing up the remaining work. If your child/ren have not had their check-up and you would like them to have one, please contact us on 0407 631 439 to make an appointment.

“Don’t wait until it aches” – it is easier to prevent tooth aches than to treat them.

We look forward to seeing you soon

The School Dental Team

Setting Sail

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

Endings are the inevitable conclusion for all new beginnings.  As this old year draws to an end, we are already looking forward to when the New Year begins, full of promises, challenges and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”  It’s a great way to look at endings in our lives; endings are a melting pot of good memories that are seasoned with the unfilled potential of new beginnings and what adventures they may bring.  It is a gateway to a happier and more fulfilled life.

This is particularly true for the graduating Year 12 students.  Embedded in all the celebrations and events of the coming week, from valedictory to the “obvious outing”, there may be a smattering of sadness.  Sadness, because we all take for granted the stable and predictable elements in our lives, such as school.  For these students, SCOTS PGC has been the constant anchor that ensures they do not stray too far from port, instilling the values that will guarantee they can navigate the stormy waters ahead.

This time of year keeps bringing me back to this quote:

“A ship in harbour is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

For me, it typifies what education is about, as educators we aim to be the lighthouse, creating a safe place for all our students so they can grow, develop and succeed.  However, there will always be the inevitable moment when each ship will have to leave the comforting safety of the SCOTS PGC community and venture onto the high seas.  A great adventure awaits them as they sail away from this controlled environment to one where they are far more at liberty to choose their own path.  The joys of greater freedom and responsibility await and I believe that the College has prepared them well to take on this challenge and change in direction.

I am proud of all the achievements of the current Year 12s, their various successes in a wide range of quests from the great scholarly achievements, to the cultural pursuits of performance and music through to sport. They have willingly and enthusiastically accepted all the challenges presented and grasped the many leadership opportunities, both formal and informal to positively influence the student body as a whole. For that I, and the teaching staff thank them.

They are about to reach a fundamental milestone in their lives.   It is a rite of passage, one which might be characterised by contradictory feelings such as loss, confusion and sadness on the one hand and sheer jubilation, exultation and unmitigated joy on the other.  As parents, you may look back over your memories of their schooling life, you might remember their first day at school, receiving school reports, watching them playing sport or performing in a musical – life is a rich tapestry threaded and stitched together by such events.

I hope the Year 12 students take away the following sentiments and lessons:

  • Life is no dress rehearsal, every moment is precious, take hold of it and make the most of life’s opportunities;
  • You have the capacity to direct your own life; use the tools of love, compassion, humility, respect, trust and above all, service of others to shape your journey; don’t settle for less than your integrity dictates;
  • Be hopeful and optimistic and be willing to accept adversity as a challenge but never be afraid if seeking advice;
  • Be courageous and set yourself goals, many realistic and perhaps some fanciful – you may just surprise yourself;
  • Develop a sense of justice towards others: choose your battles carefully and be true to the values you hold dear;
  • Admire heroes who inspire you.

As I reflect on the recent Rugby World Cup final, listening to the eloquent and heartfelt speeches of the winners, South Africa, I am reminded of one such hero who inspires me; Nelson Mandela. Living a life of extraordinary adversity – 18 years in solitary confinement as a political prisoner he emerged into freedom to become the president of a reformed and racially unified government holding no bitterness to his previous captors, indeed making some of them ministers in his government.  Nelson Mandela said during his inaugural Presidential address: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?’ Mandela is right, don’t lead lives of quiet desperation, don’t rack up a litany of regrets, live extraordinary lives that benefit others. Look to do good and make a positive difference to your communities.   This is the hope I have for all graduates from the SCOTS PGC College.

A Bible verse that epitomises this is:

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8

If nothing else, I hope we have been able to teach all our students these values; to aim for excellence in everything we do, with great spirit and respect.  So that now school is no longer providing the anchor in the Year 12s lives, they will not lose sight of the safety of land.  I look forward to hearing about their adventures in the coming years and I hope they return to tell their stories.

‘If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho


Christmas Recount by Nathanael Amos

On Wednesday night, our Junior School brought us a delightful performance of ‘Creepy, Crawley Christmas’.  It was a great opportunity for each of our students to shine on stage and come together as a group as they look forward to the completion of the school year.

We’d like to make a special acknowledgement of part of the script which was actually written by one of our Year 4 students, Nathanael Amos.  Earlier this term, our Year 4 class were asked to write their own recount of the story of Christmas.  Nathanael’s story was well written and as a result, incorporated into the Creepy, Crawley Christmas script.

Mac Sanderson and Isabelle Hunter did a wonderful job of reading Nathanael’s story as part of their performance.  In case you missed it on Wednesday evening, here it is:


Long ago, there lived a young lady called Mary. One day, God sent an angel to Mary, telling her she was going to give birth to a baby boy, Jesus.  Jesus was going to be the Messiah.

Mary and her husband, Joseph began to prepare for the birth of the baby.  When it was almost time for the baby to be born, Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem.

When they arrived, Mary was worried.  All the inns were full.  Finally, they found a stable that would just have to do.  That night, all the animals in the stable were standing close.

And here, Jesus…was…born!

Shepherds in the fields nearby were tending to their flocks of sheep.   Suddenly an angel appeared, telling them the Son of God had been born in a stable nearby.  The shepherds raced into the town of Bethlehem as they desperately wanted to see the newborn baby.

They found the stable and baby Jesus lying in a manger.  At that time, Three Wise Men were looking at the sky. One said, “Look! There’s a new star in the sky tonight!” So they followed it.  The star finally led them to baby Jesus.  The Three Wise Men brought Jesus gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh.

And THAT is the story of Jesus’ birth… and the very… FIRST… Christmas!

Thank you from Warwick Netball

We were humbled to receive a special gift from Warwick Netball this week, in appreciation for the club’s use of the SCOTS PGC netball courts throughout the 2019 season.  Warwick Netball’s Barnes Park facility is undergoing a considerable facelift at the moment following a substantial government grant to renovate and resurface their courts.  The renovation meant that their 2019 season would not be played at their usual site, which is where SCOTS PGC could help.

It has been great to host Warwick Netball here at SCOTS PGC and we are very happy that we could help our wider Warwick community in a time of need.


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 6 (commencing 11 November 2019)

Monday 11 November

  • Year 12 Mystery Tour

Wednesday 13 November

  • Co-curricular Awards Assembly | 1:30pm | Des Davey Dining Hall

Thursday 14 November

  • Year 12 Valedictory Chapel | 5:00pm
  • Year 12 Valedictory Dinner | 6:30pm | Des Davey Dining Hall

Friday 15 November

  • Whole School Final Assembly | 10:30am | Des Davey Dining Hall

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

SCOTS Experience Days

Our SCOTS Experience Days are just around the corner on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November.

On these days we will welcome new students who have enrolled to commence at the College in the 2020 school year.  It is also an opportunity for prospective students to experience the SCOTS PGC environment which may help with making an enrolment decision.

While we have a great number of students already registered to attend, we’d hate for anyone to miss out on such a great opportunity.  If you are aware of any families with children that would like to be part of the Experience Days, please encourage them to contact Mrs Carmel Cowley (Director of Admissions) on 07 4666 9808 or register via our website at http://scotspgc.com.au/scots-experience-days/

From the Co-curricular Desk

T4W6 Sport Fixtures T4W6 Co-curricular Program

T4W6 Co-curricular Program T4W6 Sport Fixtures

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

We are another week through the term and our students continue to strive for excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.  We will have the opportunity to reward our students for their co-curricular efforts throughout 2019 at our Co-curricular Awards Assembly next week, which is set to take place on Wednesday 13 November at 1:30pm in the Des Davey Dining Hall.   Families of prize winners will be notified via SEQTA direct message shortly, so please ensure you check your messages.

Pipe Band Concert

Our pipers and drummers along with the College Rock Band are warming up their instruments and are set to take the stage for a community concert this Saturday, at the Warwick Town Hall.  Tickets are available online (at the link below) and at the door, so please support these young musicians!

Link to purchase ticketshttps://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=537960



Darling Downs Aquathlon and Triathlon – Run, Swim, Run or Swim, Ride, Run!

The art of the transition is key for these events and recently Bailey Harm represented the College at the Darling Downs 10-12 years Aquathlon Championship and Trials in Dalby. Bailey finished seventh overall and was chosen in the Darling Downs Team to contest the State Championships in 2020.

This coming Sunday our older students contest the 13-19 year Darling Downs Triathlon Championships in Oakey. Shona and Ewan McFarland are taking the twins concept to a new level as they both contest the Open Girls and Boys Triathlon course which consists of 750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5km Run. With temperatures set to climb they will want to be off the course as early as possible. Good Luck to them both and hopefully they will join Bailey at the 2020 State Championships at Hervey Bay.


Cricket continues for our players across all grades this weekend. After a greatly improved performance last weekend the SCOTS Under 16 team will be keen to build upon this success with the confidence it brings.


The finals of Wednesday night fixtures commence next week. Our teams have been going well but will need to really go hard in these final weeks to claim the accolades.  Best of luck to our students in their quest to make the grade!

SCOTS Junior Touch

Week 4 matches sees us over the half way mark in the competition with no clear path as to who will figure in the finals of the Under 12/14 competition. Come on down Friday afternoon to see the 144 students from across the district converge on Briggs and Dunning for another afternoon of fast paced action.



SCOTS Social

It’s your last chance to RSVP to the SCOTS Social which is set to take place in the Assembly Hall tomorrow night.

Theme: Tradies and Tiaras (there is a prize for the best costume)

Admission: Day students $13 (will be charged to your College account)

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: SCOTS PGC Assembly Hall – 60 Oxenham Street, Warwick

Please RSVP to Bronwyn Clark: Bronwyn.clark@scotspgc.com.au) | 0421 723 200 | SEQTA

Diving into ‘Deep Learning’

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

If you are or have ever been concerned about the shrinking habitat of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, or the well-being of the pink dolphins of the Amazon, then chances are you are familiar with the glorious career of Sir David Attenborough; surely the world’s most recognisable and influential naturalist?  In the lower profile, certainly less glamorous field of education, you would be forgiven having never heard of Michael Fullan, but for 400 delegates from all over Australia and New Zealand, gathering in Brisbane a fortnight ago, he’s possibly the nearest thing we have to the iconic Attenborough!

Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1940, Fullan rose meteorically through the ranks of educational researchers and was appointed Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1988, a post he held for 15 years.  A hugely prolific author, Fullan is credited with designing and implementing Ontario’s provincial (government) education system so successfully that, to this day, private schools struggle to capture more than 5% of students in that province, compared to the approximately 35% of students who attend private schools across Australia.  When California decided its state education system needed to be completely overhauled in 2013, it was Michael Fullan who was appointed to lead the process.

I had enormous, probably unrealistically high expectations of the 4 hours he was to spend addressing the gathering in Brisbane, but Mr Fullan more than lived up to them.  Incredibly engaging and persuasive in laying out his ‘big picture’ view, he provided something of a call to arms that had a visibly, and audibly motivating influence on his audience that was drawn from the independent, Catholic and government education sectors.

In a nutshell (and allowing that, as one famous comedian said, ‘anything that fits into a nutshell is pretty insignificant!) Fullan believes that deep, meaningful, authentic learning requires enquiring minds to explore at least one, and as many as possible of his Big 6 principles, in every lesson.

Character, Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.

Of course, there may be a rare occasion where a talented educator might draw on all 6, but even if only one may be reached, then sustained, authentic, emotional and lifelong learning will be taking place; learning that is useful and ‘sticks with us for life’.

Woven around the practicalities of what lessons might look, and feel like if done with this mindset were some remarkable observations and contentions based on over 50 years in educational research and practical school improvement:

  1. Humans have been lucky in that evolution favoured us at the expense of all other species on the planet, and allowed our societies and well-being to develop and improve dramatically as our brains grew and ideas flourished. However, for the first time in human history our rate of adaptation and technological advancement will not be sufficient to see us successfully through the accelerating pace and increasing severity of current challenges, from climate change to the reappearance of nationalism and protectionism.
  2. Education’s imperative at this point is to create depth and closeness in learning communities, plugging us into our planet in ways that are being discarded by political leaders in many influential nations.
  3. Inequality in society is increasing in the USA, UK, Australia and many other developed countries; whereas, due to radically different political views in the Scandinavian nations, and Fullan’s native Canada, inequality is decreasing, bucking the wider trend.
  4. Inequality in society is a huge barrier to excellence of all sorts; educational, yes, but also in terms of economic and social outcomes for societies.
  5. Doing well materially has been exposed as not necessarily doing well at life, when measures of well-being are considered. Young people are feeling less fulfilled and content than has ever been recorded, with a global epidemic of poor mental health that far outstrips anything seen since Western industrialisation.
  6. In a study of ‘elite’ private schools in Canada and the USA, the top academic graduates were unable to remember a significant proportion of what they had learned for their final examinations when re-tested a mere 3 months later. In fact, grades fell from a mean of between A and A- in the test group to B-/C+ across all subjects tested.

How can we in education consider this to be a meaningful, sustainable, value-for-money investment in our young people, on whom we will all rely in future?

It should be noted that very similar results have been obtained when re-testing students from the education systems deemed among the most successful in international testing, such as Singapore and South Korea.  Too often young people are choosing subjects they have no genuine interest in, driven by parents, not their own passion.

Fullan summed up his educational philosophy using a famous John Dewey quote,

‘Education is not just a preparation for life; it is life itself!’

I walked away almost dizzy with both the implications of what Michael Fullan had said, and the responsibility that all of us involved in any facet of education have to reflect on how we can continue to improve outcomes in the noble quest for deep learning; for our students, and ourselves.

Speech Day Wrap up

Speech Day for 2019 was a momentous occasion and an opportunity to recognise the effort and academic achievement of students from across the College.  Held in the John Muir Sports Centre last Friday, performances from our Pipe Band and Choir featured amongst the afternoon’s proceedings.  A long list of prize winners were acknowledged across various prize categories, with the pinnacle announcement of College Dux saved until last.  Congratulations to Bridie Shooter who took out this prestigious award and was also named as an OSCA prize winner for the best all-round achievement.  Amelia Meek was named Runner up Dux, while Samuel Proudlove was also awarded with an OSCA prize.

We are very proud of the achievements of our students in all areas of the curriculum.  We have published a complete list of the prize winners for those who were not able to see the presentations on the day.  Congratulations to all students on their persistent efforts and also to our teaching staff for their unwavering support and guidance.

Year 1 Academic AwardStephanie McCosker
Year 1 Runner Up Academic AwardAlayna Jones
Year 1 EffortMatilda Brand
Year 1 EffortEuan Bolton
Year 1 Most ImprovedFinlay Brown
Year 2 Academic AwardTreshawne Achari
Year 2 Runner Up Academic AwardGenevieve Hunter
Year 2 EffortNaomi Ratcliffe
Year 2 EffortCharles McCosker
Year 2 Most ImprovedZahra Hussain
Year 3 Academic AwardBenn Hunter
Year 3 Runner Up Academic AwardTimothy Amos
Year 3 EffortSophia Pettiford
Year 3 EffortAlexander Baker
Year 3 Most ImprovedShya-Rose Thompson
Year 4 Academic AwardTierney Stewart
Year 4 Runner Up Academic AwardLachlan Groves
Year 4 Effort AwardHannah Bourke
Year 4 Effort AwardNathanael Amos
Year 4 Most ImprovedClea Reid
Year 5 Academic AwardIsaac Ratcliffe
Year 5 Runner Up Academic AwardJames Bourke
Year 5 EffortElla Johnson
Year 5 EffortLiam Poole
Year 5 Most ImprovedLeah Mauch
Year 6 Academic AwardEliana Amos
Year 6 Runner Up Academic AwardConnie-Anne Sue Tin
Year 6 EffortNeve Kruger
Year 6 EffortRiley Wainwright
Year 6 Most ImprovedEllyse Kruger
Year 7 Academic AwardLauren McAdam
Year 7 Runner Up Academic AwardJack Perkins
Year 7 EffortMaggie Myer
Year 7 EffortSamuel Bourke
Year 7 Most ImprovedLachlan Woods
Year 8 The W R Black Academic PrizeWilliam Auger
Year 8 The W R Black Runner up Academic PrizeRosie-May Proudlove
Year 8 Effort AwardBridget Hardy
Year 8 Effort AwardLuke Stephenson
Year 8 Most ImprovedRyan Millard
Year 9 Academic AwardHannah Myer
Year 9 Runner Up Academic AwardEliana Jones
Year 9 The Bailey Memorial PrizeLily Kruger
Year 9 The Bailey Memorial PrizePeter McFarland
Year 9 Most ImprovedGeoffrey Warren
Year 10 The DeConlay Academic PrizeWilliam Gilmore
Year 10 The J R Simpson Academic PrizeLucy Jackson
Year 10 The Deane Butcher PrizeJayden Blacket
Year 10 The Deane Butcher PrizeHolly Naughten
Year 10 Most ImprovedCaitlin Fogarty
Year 11 The Noakes Memorial Academic AwardAndrew Wu
Year 11 The Hunter Memorial Academic AwardAidan Ryan
Year 11 Prize for All Round AchievementBraith Rohde
Year 11 Prize for All Round AchievementCaitlin Auger
Year 11 Prize for All Round AchievementRenée Lack
Year 11 Most ImprovedJack Kenny
Year 12 Accounting Uniting Church Investment Services Prize
Year 12 Business
Amelia Meek
Year 12 Accounting Uniting Church Investment Services PrizeGeorgia Rohde
Year 12 Visual ArtRose Dearden
Year 12 BusinessAmelia Meek
Year 12 Biological Science Deane Butcher PrizeBridie Shooter
Year 12 ChemistryBridie Shooter
Year 12 DramaGeorgia Johnson
Year 12 English DeConlay PrizeBridie Shooter
Year 12 English Constance Mackness PrizeBridie Shooter
Year 12 English CommunicationDarcy Turner
Year 12 Geography Hemingway Robertson PrizeRose Dearden
Year 12 Legal StudiesBridie Shooter
Year 12 Maths ABradley Cook
Year 12 Maths BBridie Shooter
Year 12 Modern HistoryBridie Shooter
Year 12 Physical Education Certificate III FitnessEmily Rhodes
Year 12 Certificate II in AgricultureOscar Rutherford
Year 12 Certificate II EngineeringJonathon Winter
Year 12 Industrial Technology SkillsAnthony Hodges
Year 12 PhysicsSamuel Proudlove
Year 12 School Based Trainee of the YearJonathon Winter
TAFE QLD SW Outstanding Vocational Student of the YearJonathon Winter
Ron Douglas Memorial BursaryJonathon Winter
Seniors of ‘79 Scholastic Progress ShieldJonathon Winter
Bond University Collegiate ScholarshipBridie Shooter
Bond University Collegiate ScholarshipAmelia Meek
Bond University Collegiate ScholarshipSamuel Proudlove
The James McClymont Memorial Award for Junior Boy BoarderWilliam Bryant
The James McClymont Memorial Award for Junior Girl BoarderIsabelle Twidale
Girls’ Boarding AwardJessica Brierley
Boys’ Boarding AwardCameron McNair
Deane Butcher PrizeAysha Bowley
The Principal’s Award for Contributions to the Cultural Life of the CollegeJessica Welsh
Caledonian Society Awards for Most Improved PiperRosalie Mauch
Caledonian Society Awards for Most Improved DrummerSarah Mauch
The Mayall Band Trophy for Conscientious EffortNicholas McGahan
The Pipe Band PrizeAbby Dalziel
The David Littleproud Award Year 11Andrew Wu
ADF Leadership and Teamwork Award Year 12Siobhan McEvoy
ADF Leadership and Teamwork Award Year 10Ewan McFarland
The J A Dunning Memorial PrizeWilliam Gilmore
The W W McLaren PrizeHolly Naughten
The A D McGill Memorial PrizeRachel Somerset
The R G Steele Memorial PrizeAidan Ryan
The W J Crawford Memorial PrizeAbby Dalziel
E & M Wilkie Prize - DebatingHannah Myer
Uniting Church Prize for Christian Character and ServiceSiobhan McEvoy
The Parents and Friends’ Prize for General WorthinessAmelia Meek
The Parents and Friends’ Prize for General WorthinessCameron McNair
The SCOTS PGC Past Students’ AwardSiobhan McEvoy
The A W Fadden Cup for outstanding Citizenship  and ServiceSamuel Proudlove
RJ & SL Shilliday Memorial Prize for outstanding Citizenship and ServiceEmily Rhodes
Caltex All-RounderChase Naylor
Mayor’s MedalRose Dearden
The OSCA PrizeBridie Shooter
The OSCA PrizeSamuel Proudlove
School Captain AwardEmily Rhodes
School Captain AwardSamuel Proudlove
The University of Southern Queensland Prize (Runner Up Dux)Amelia Meek
The W R Black and University of Qld Prize (Dux)Bridie Shooter
Prep PresentationAndrew Amos
Prep PresentationAddelyn Andrews
Prep PresentationMatilda Bibby
Prep PresentationBronte Charles
Prep PresentationElsie Davis
Prep PresentationSamuel Dwan
Prep PresentationEliza Geraghty
Prep PresentationFelix Lubben
Prep PresentationNaysa Mehta
Prep PresentationIsabelle Pettiford
Prep PresentationHarrison Price
Prep PresentationAmalee Salvestro
Prep PresentationJack Unwin
Prep PresentationCharlie Ure
Prep PresentationLaura Worboys

Ahoy Captains!

Pictured above (L-R) Andrew Wu, Joshua Bailey, Rosemary McDonald and Kira Holmes

Our new 2020 College Captains were presented at Speech Day last Friday.  Congratulations to Kira Holmes and Joshua Bailey, who will be well supported by Vice Captains, Rosemary McDonald and Andrew Wu.  As a College community, we are very excited for the year ahead and look forward to supporting these fine young men and women in their new leadership roles.  The captains will be joined by College prefects, who will be presented at the Final Assembly in Week 6.

Thank you to our 2019 Captains, Samuel Proudlove and Emily Rhodes, who have done a tremendous job in leading the College throughout the year.



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 5 (commencing 4 November 2019)

Monday 4 November 

  • Year 12 Exam Block commences

Tuesday 5 November

  • Junior School Musical (Full Dress rehearsal)
  • Year 10 Outward Bound Camp commences

Wednesday 6 November

  • Junior School Musical – Creepy Crawly Christmas | Warwick Town Hall

Saturday 9 November

  • Pipes and Drums Concert – Warwick Town Hall
  • Social/Dance Party| Des Davey Dining Hall

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

Iggy’s artistic eye

If you’ve popped into the College reception recently, you may have already seen the foyer walls adorned with the beautiful landscape photography from Year 8 student, Iggy King.  At just 14 years of age, Iggy’s photographic masterpieces have won numerous prizes at local shows and also piqued the interest of nearby galleries.  This week Iggy was invited to exhibit at the EPIC Art Exhibition at Graydon Gallery in New Farm, Brisbane.  The exhibition runs from 29 October -10 November 2019 and Iggy was happy to inform us that his piece has already sold, just two days into the exhibition.

If you’d like to purchase your own piece from Iggy King Photography, come on into the College reception.  All the photography on display is available for purchase.  Iggy is selling prints for $20 and framed prints for $90 and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Queensland.  What a fantastic initiative and a talented young photographer!


Rebuilding the Rats

Pictured above (L-R) Buchanan Titus, Braith Rohde, Anthony Savovski, Christian Seidel and Bailey Steel.

The Warwick Water Rats need your help.  They’re on the lookout for people with a passion for the game to be a part of the Rats’ Junior committee in 2020.

They’ll help build your rugby knowledge by providing the opportunities to progress through the different levels of coaching and refereeing with the support of two level 2 coaches.

This is a great opportunity to be part of the Warwick Water Rats’ community and help rebuild junior rugby in Warwick.

If you’re interested please go along to the AGM on Thursday 14 November from 6:00 pm or contact Anthony Savovski 0439 585 005


From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Over the last couple of weeks, Mr Wilson and I have been reviewing data and nominations as we prepare for the Co-curricular Awards ceremony which will take place in Week 6.  We are both proud and pleased to report the significant increase we’ve noted in the number of students who have achieved representative honours throughout 2019.  To give you a clear picture, the data is best displayed in a graphical format to illustrate this pleasing upward trend.

The data shows the following statistics:

  • Southern Downs and Border District Selections
    2018 – 40 students versus 2019 – 64 students – 62% increase
  • Darling Downs/Regional Level Selections
    2018 – 17 students versus 2019 – 44 Students – 258% increase
  • Queensland Representatives
    2018 – 8 students – 2019 – 13 students – 61% increase

In 2018 our students represented the following sports: Athletics, EQ and Futsal and in 2019 students represented Athletics, Swimming, EQ and Futsal

  • Australian Representatives
    2018 – 1 student versus 2019 – 5 students – 400% increase

This is a fantastic achievement for the students and the College which showcases the opportunities and pathways available to our students along with the results that are attainable with a supportive group of coaching staff and activity coordinators.

Colours Criteria

The Colours criteria policy has been reviewed and is available for all community members from the website.  It can be accessed here: http://scotspgc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Colours-criteria-2019.pdf

Community Notices



Being Curious and Asking Questions

Ms Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

How do clouds float in the sky?  

Where does a circle end? 

Why do I have two eyes if I only see one thing? 

How do museums preserve memories? 

What is light made of? 

Do any of these tricky questions sound familiar?

A key element of developing critical and creative thinking is being curious, that is asking questions and having the confidence to seek out the answers.  Curiosity is the desire to learn, to understand new things, and to know how they work.  Curiosity is an important element in the process of learning at any age.

Research has suggested that intelligence isn’t the only element required for academic performance.  Curiosity can actually make the learning more enjoyable, more effective and more sustainable.  By being curious, students are actively engaging in a dynamic process.  They are wanting to know more, to read more, and to delve deeper by asking more.

Although it is often intrinsic for children to ask questions, we also want them to develop the skills necessary to be able to research and discover the answers to their questions.  Students need to be able to take a risk, be willing to challenge what they know and be an inquirer.

For children to develop and satisfy their urge to know, they need role models, opportunities to practice and guidance.  Their curiosity is rewarded through time together chatting, time spent inquiring into an answer or the chance to share new knowledge with others.

Being able to say “I don’t know, but let’s find out” is powerful as it validates the question and encourages those who are asking to work through their thinking and construct their own knowledge.

We want our students to wonder about the world around them. Being curious isn’t necessarily about finding the answer.  The value of being curious lies in the exploration.   It is curiosity that is essential for growth and development.

 “The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existence.” Albert Einstein


We want our students to keep asking those tricky questions!

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 4 (commencing 28 October 2019)

Monday 28 October 

  • Prep Readiness Session | Open to all new Prep aged students commencing in 2020
  • Year 10 Exam Block commences

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

Australian Maths Competition

Miss Angela Brittain | Head of STEM

In an attempt to discover the country’s best problem solvers, some of our SCOTS PGC College maths enthusiasts nominated to take part in this year’s  Australian Maths Competition (AMC).

The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives; it is open to students in Years 3 to 12 and takes place during Term 3.

Twenty-one of our students took up the challenge and we are very pleased to acknowledge the following students who achieved excellent results and will be recognised at our next Assembly:

  • Benn Hunter – Credit
  • Isaac Ratcliffe – Credit
  • Heather Cox – Credit
  • Will Gilmore – Distinction
  • Hannah Myer – Prize Winner

Special congratulations to Hannah Myer in Year 9, who was recognised by the Australian Maths Trust as a ‘Prize Winner’.  Hannah placed in the top 0.3% of Year 9 students in Australia!  As a result, she was invited to attend a special dinner to receive her award.  This is a wonderful achievement – Well done Hannah!

From the Co-Curricular Desk

T4W4 Sport Fixtures     T4W4 Co-curricular Program

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Queensland School Sport 13-19 years Track and Field Championships

Three SCOTS PGC Students headed north to sunny Cairns for the Queensland School Sport 13-19 years Track and Field Championships held at Barlow Park Stadium.

William Gilmore, Mackenzie Mayall and Cooper Seng all represented their College and the region admirably across the course of the competition gaining various results.

Cooper competed on Day 3 of the Championship in the Triple Jump and the Discus for 15 years boys. He gained fifteenth place in the Discus with a throw of 40.97m and followed this up with fifteenth in the Triple Jump with a very handy 12.04m effort.

Mackenzie lined up against a class field in the 15 years 400m and ran a creditable 56.11sec which I believe, is a season’s best to gain sixteenth place in the twenty strong field of runners from across the state.

William finished sixth in the Discus with a creditable 43.06m in what was an extremely consistent set of throws from the young man. In the Hammer throw on Day 4 William certainly saved the best for last with a 49.27m hurl of the hammer, to secure the gold medal in the 16 years boys event. William now qualifies for the Nationals All Schools event in Perth in early December and we wish him the very best in his efforts.

All in all, a great effort from the boys and we thank them for their exceptional representations of sportsmanship across the season but most particularly at the State Championships where it was my pleasure to witness much of their efforts as team manager.

SCOTS Junior Touch Competition

Week 1 went off very smoothly and was hailed as quite successful with 144 odd players taking to the ovals of SCOTS PGC for our annual SCOTS Junior Touch Competition. Skills and drills are the focus of the Under 6 group while the Under 8 and Under 10 groups continue in this approach with the addition of a competitive game to conclude their session. The Under 12 and 14 teams really get amongst it with end to end footy the call of the day. Play resumes this Friday, so please see the SCOTS Junior Touch Facebook page for details of times and teams etc. Our Wednesday evening touch players have taken the lead on this and ran their teams well in the first week.

Warwick Touch Association Wednesday Evening Competition

Our three teams are progressing well with development demonstrated across all grades. Percy Kruger, Shona McFarland, Geoffrey Warren and Peter McFarland were certainly stand outs in their teams last week and the team dynamics are improving all the time. Competition continues each Wednesday with games at 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

Representative Honours Table

Our Representative Honours list for 2019 grows and grows and will be published for all via SEQTA next Monday. Please take in the many successes of our students and feel free to update me if I have made any errors. Our Representative Honours table comprises pathways for school-based sports (i.e. in which the College participates or offers as a pathway here at the College).

Saturday Junior Cricket

Cricket has started with a bang last week and continues until the end of the term in Under 11, Under 13 and Under 16 grades. If you are interested, please come down on Wednesday afternoon to dip your toes in as it were in preparation for the 2020 Term 1 season.


Year 11 Urban Safari

When we think of outdoor education, a remote bush camp, hiking and canoeing is usually the first image that comes to mind.  Well, this year our Year 11 students had a complete change of scenery, exchanging trees and scrub for the hustle and bustle of the busy Brisbane CBD in the College’s first ever ‘Urban Safari’.

One of the fundamental objectives of an outdoor education experience is to provide an environment away from the College where students can learn more about themselves and each other.  Students learn how to work as part of team and discover what their strengths and weaknesses are when faced with different practical challenges.

The urban safari certainly delivered on all fronts.  Students threw themselves into every challenge with great enthusiasm.  The three days included a night-time climb of Brisbane’s Story Bridge and an urban centric version of the ‘Amazing Race’, where groups of students made their way around the city completing mini challenges and navigating their way to certain geographical checkpoints.  The final day included an ‘Escape Room’ experience which was voted by the group as their most favourite aspect of the trip.

All in all, our Year 11 students had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed their time together, bonding as a group.  Thank you to the supervising staff who accompanied our boys and girls and helped to make this a worthwhile experience.

Pipers perform at UC Spring Fair

Our pipers and drummers made their annual pilgrimage to the Uniting Church Spring Fair Warwick last Saturday.

The event is an opportunity for our new members to perform in front of an audience which helps to grow confidence in preparation for larger performances.

Sandy piped outside as guests arrived then our chanter players played inside the church. Our members went through some note recognition, scales and played Amazing Grace as an ensemble for the appreciative gathering. In between playing, some of our boys and girls spoke to the audience on their experiences within the Pipes and Drums which was supported with snippets of history on the Pipes and Drums and Scottish culture.

Chanter players from left to right above: Timothy Amos (Year 3), Shya-Rose Thompson (Year 3), Nathanael Amos (Year 4), Thomas Crawford (Year 4), Angus Brown (Year 6), Myles Burgess (Year 7) and Sophia Pettiford (Year 3).

On the red carpet – Centenary Ball

The Centenary Ball was an evening of glitz and glamour to celebrate the College’s 100-year history.  Hosted by our P & F Association, the Ball attracted parents, friends and past students of the College as guests, who celebrated the evening in style with a gourmet three-course meal and fantastic entertainment by Brisbane band, ‘Lure’.  A highlight of the evening was watching artist, Donna Gibb, once again paint a masterpiece which was auctioned later in the evening.

Thank you to all who attended and made the evening a night to remember.  Special thanks to our P & F Association and chef, John Rogers and his team who always put together a spectacular event.

Here’s a preview from our red carpet arrivals, compliments of our photographer, Sophie Osborn.  All ball guests will be emailed with a link to photos from the evening for free download.


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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 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/

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

One of the books I have enjoyed reading in recent times is Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last. I found the first few chapters quite captivating, from the title to the underlying philosophy of how people become leaders and what this truly means. This is a timely reflection as we enter into our appointment process for Senior School leaders.

This, in turn, has made me reflect on what we do as parents and as teachers to provide an environment where our children not only succeed but lead and consider the welfare of those around them as they progress.

The title of the book refers to the US Marine’s philosophy whereby the most junior in their ranks go first and the highest-ranking officers go last.

This symbolises strength, commitment to those they work with and a willingness to put others before oneself. We live in a world where society is becoming more self-obsessed. In a corporate sense, people attempt to climb over one another to get ahead, and people are becoming less likely to do anything unless they get a reward, financial bonus, title, or another form of recognition. At SCOTS PGC our boys and girls live and grow in an environment of privilege. We (parents and staff) strive to help them succeed.

So do we, or how do we strive to teach them how to lead? Many of our boys and girls will lead in society so I think this is an area we need to continue to be aware of developing. To lead does not mean to receive favour, privilege, or a title.

Leaders Eat Last references an A10 (warthog) pilot putting his life at risk to protect 22 marines ‘on the ground’ that he has never met. When asked why, he responds with “they’d do the same for me” and “it’s my job.” He doesn’t ask for a promotion, a bonus or an award; he just knows that in his organisation they all look after each other rather than themselves.

I’d like to think that this is how my family operates. I am a taxi driver, provider, advisor, dad, husband and everything that comes with this. In a real context, we (staff) at SCOTS PGC also do similar things with our boys and girls. As a result of this ‘giving’ of oneself to benefit others (all great teachers, employers and leaders do this), I also see my children and the boys and girls at SCOTS PGC reciprocate and give back to staff, other students, their school and indeed society. This is a sign of a strong community.

It also means from a parenting perspective I don’t have to pay my daughters to do everything I ask them to and I know, in their way, they look out for me too. This willing to do for ‘doings’ sake is very important! It shows true leadership and a strong sense of community.

I see our boys and girls in our school lead this way regularly. I have observed senior students drop to their haunches to speak to Prep students, I’ve seen our students carry items for parents, staff or community members. Why? Because it is the right thing to do and they care about their community. This form of leading makes our community stronger through good actions. No financial reward, no badge, just leadership and knowing our boys and girls do what needs to be done.

In a world where people are generally rewarded for doing things that benefit themselves, imagine a world where people did things to benefit others knowing the ‘others would all do the same for them’. That is why service activities, collective values and a sense of community are so important. Indeed, so SCOTS PGC.



Our SCOTS PGC College Pipes and Drums and Senior Girls’ Choir hit the road in Week 8 on a three-day musical tour to visit communities in western Queensland and northern New South Wales.  The tour is renowned for the development of teamwork between the two groups and the engagement of the communities we are connected with.

Setting off early on the Monday, the first day comprised a stop-off to St Mary’s School in Goondiwindi to warm up the vocal chords and play some tunes as part of the first performance of the tour.  The next stop was St George, where our students performed to St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and the residents at the local aged care facility.  We later joined forces with the St Pat’s Choir to put on a community concert for the people of St George.  We were treated to some fantastic country hospitality, kindly provided by one of our SCOTS mums – Mrs Anna Twidale with the help of her mum, Laurel Cornford and sister Kylie.  Thank you ladies!

Day two saw a further three school performances at Thallon State School, Mungindi Central School and Moree Public School.  Once again our pipers and drummers treated the local Moree aged care residents to some tunes in the garden, whilst our choir worked alongside the Moree school choir to polish their performance which was later delivered at the Moree Community Concert.  A big thank you to all of the boarding parent community who turned out to support our students in Moree – it was wonderful to catch up with you all.

Our last day was just as busy as the previous two.  The morning kicked off with a radio interview at 2NZ Inverell where Abby Dalziel, Ewan McFarland and Jacolene DeJager spoke to listeners about all things SCOTS PGC.  They finished off by playing the bagpipes, chalking up the first ever live performance carried out in the Inverell studio.

School performances later that day included stop-offs to Inverell Public School, Glen Innes and finally, Tenterfield.

In essence, the trip was a wonderful way to connect with regional schools who may not have the opportunity to see cultural performances on a regular basis.  Students at each of the schools were genuinely engaged and the SCOTS PGC boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the tour.  Thank you to all of the staff who were involved in making the trip possible, especially Mrs Wendy Whittaker, Mrs Gabi Laws, Mr Sandy Dalziel and Mrs Christine Peterson – your efforts are greatly appreciated.



Real-World Business Experience

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

Year 10 Business students have been getting a taste of the ‘real world’ this week, as they act as consultants for two local businesses as part of the Mindshop Excellence program.

CSM Service Bodies and Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) have provided our students with practical business projects to work on this week and our students have risen to the challenge in devising creative solutions and project outcomes.  Our SDRC consultants have been working on a very topical project related to creating community awareness about water usage, and the CSM group have been looking at the issues associated with merging two businesses, in particular, a new location.

The Mindshop Excellence Program is facilitated by Power Tynan Financial Advisors.  The culmination of the week-long experience was on Thursday when students presented their recommendations to the business management, staff, school representatives and their parents at the final presentation meeting.

The College would like to thank the host businesses and Power Tynan for their support to enable our boys and girls to have this invaluable experience.


Summer Uniform in Term 4

A reminder that when Term 4 resumes, all students are to be in full summer uniform. Please CLICK HERE to view the uniform requirements for each year level.

Throughout the holidays, the Uniform Shop will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (as usual) and then also Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of Week 1 of Term 4.

For more information, please phone Deb on 07 4666 9892 or email uniformshop@scotspgc.com.au

Year 11 Cert III in Agriculture zap up a new electric fence

Mr Peter Collett | Agriculture Teacher

Gallagher representative Jayson Webb, donated a day of his time and about $2500 worth of fencing materials to help our Year 11 Cert III in Ag students to construct a brand new electric fence along Yangan road.

Our new electric fence commercially marketed as the ‘Westonfence’ stands at about 1.5 metres in height and consists of 10 wires, half of which are live. Gallagher’s Westonfence is proving very popular in rural Australia as a cost effective answer to exclusion fencing.

Our students were very surprised at the ease and simplicity of the fence erection. Our new Westonfence should keep out any intruders including town dogs that we have had trouble with in the past.

A huge thanks to Jayson and the team at Gallagher for such a generous donation.  We are also grateful for the practical experience of being able to apply our fence erection skills onsite at the College.


T20 Cricket Gala Day

On Wednesday nine students from Years 5 and 6 ventured down to Slade Park to participate in the T20 Cricket Gala Day against several other schools from the district. The day was a great introduction to the sport for many but also an opportunity for some of our stars to shine.

The team consisting of James Bourke, Liam Poole, Ellyse Kruger, Mackenzie Taylor, Abbey Petersen, Jack McCarthy, Izak Kruger, Isaac Ratcliffe, William Angus played four matches across the day and scored some great runs in all matches. We lost our first two matches, one being by the narrowest of margins, then demonstrated how much we learnt in a small time to come back and win our final two matches convincingly with scores of 167 and 204 respectively followed by much improved fielding and bowling displays from all team members.

Abbey Petersen demonstrated the greatest improvement across the day followed by Mackenzie Taylor. James Bourke although cautious on the run chase showed great skill with the bat as did Liam Poole and Izak Kruger. These shining lights were very well supported by the talented Ellyse Kruger and the ever improving Isaac Ratcliffe whose flashes of brilliance showed great promise for the future. Jack McCarthy and William Angus were consistent throughout with solid batting and bowling performances that steadied the ship on several occasions.

On behalf of the students I offer a huge thank you to our GAP students Mr Jeremy Beyleveld and Mr Scott Stretton for their attendance, umpiring and coaching during the day that contributed to the success of our team. At the end, Cricket was the winner with all students walking away with a great experience and enthusiasm for more.

Netball’s night of awards

To round out the netball season the Warwick Netball Presentation Dinner was held last Saturday night at the Hawker Road Function Centre. After a nail biting performance at the grand final, our SCOTS PGC Open team were awarded their ‘trophies’ for taking out the C grade competition. Rosemary McDonald was awarded ‘Defender’ of the final, and Mr Thompson presented the inaugural SCOTS PGC ‘Sportsmanship’ awards.

Mr Kyle Thompson with the SCOTS PGC College Sportsmanship Awardees for 2019


CWA International Country of the Year

Our boys and girls from Years 3 to 6 have spent time researching and exploring facts and features of the QCWA’s International Country of study, Lithuania.  During Library lessons throughout Term 2, students have explored the culture, collating their information into travel posters to entice tourists to visit Lithuania.

All entries were judged by the local Border District group with four entries moving onto the State judging panel.  We are very pleased to announce that Year 4 student, Cody Baker placed second in Queensland in the Year 4 section and Elle Amos received a highly commended award in the Year 6 section.

Congratulations to all students who entered the competition and thanks to the QCWA who have facilitated this contest for many years now.

We are eagerly awaiting the 2020 International country of study!

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

The dust has almost settled on what has been a spectacular term of co-curricular activities.  To close our our tenth week, here is a final wrap up of what’s in store over the holidays and the upcoming choice of activities in Term 4.  Thank you to all students for the effort and enthusiasm you’ve extended throughout the year – we are looking forward to working with you all in Term 4 to make 2019 one to remember!

National Schools Futsal Championships 2019

We take this opportunity to wish all our students attending the National Schools Futsal Championships in Brisbane the very best for their competition in the second week of the school holidays.

Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering will represent Queensland West in the 12-13 years combined girls team whilst, Geoffrey Warren and Toby Callaghan will represent Tasmania in the Under 16 boys team due to numbers, Madison Kane Under 15 and Lucy Jackson Under 16 will both be representing Queensland West, Bradley Cook will contest the Under 19 championships with Queensland South Coast. The draw is now available on the Australian Futsal Association Facebook page.

We wish all students the very best as they play for their respective teams, and we look forward to hearing of their exploits in our first Term 4 newsletter.

Term 4 – Co-Curricular Activities

In Term 4 we have a broad range of activities for students to participate in.  Please review and consider the following list of activities with your children and reply with selections by 30 September.   Following this, groups will be formed and the relevant communications distributed. Please reply directly to the Teacher in charge (TIC) as noted below unless otherwise stated.

Activities on offer are:

Equestrian – continues daily as per usual – Grace Buchholz is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4) – Please contact her direct.

Senior Girls’ Choir – continues as per usual Years 7-12 students.  Mrs Wendy Whittaker is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Sustainability Club – continues as per usual Years 1-6 students Mrs Bernie Bourke is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

JAM Choir – continues as per usual for Years 1-6 students.  Mrs Shell Campbell is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Debating Workshops – commences on Wednesday afternoons for Years 6-8 students.  Mrs Nicola Hight is the TIC (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact her direct.

Chess and Strategy Games – continues as per usual on Tuesday afternoon for all students.
Mr Malcolm Heather is the TIC (Week 2-7 Term 4) – Please contact him direct.

Pipes and Drums – continues as per usual.  Mr Sandy Dalziel is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4) Please contact him direct for new members.

Tennis Coaching – continues as per usual on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for students in Years 7-12.  Mrs Carmen O’Grady is the Co-ordinator (Week 1-7 Term 4, Commencing Thursday Week 1) Please contact her direct.

Cooking Club – Years 3-7 Students may only apply and numbers are limited so first in first served. The limit will be dependent on the ages of the applicants and relevant duty of care required. Mrs Mel Stephensen and Mrs Sharyn Bomford are co-ordinating, however, all nominations must go to Mr Bradbury please.

Arranmore SportRookies to Reds Rugby on Tuesday afternoon for all JAM students.  All replies to Mr Tom Bradbury for collation and organisation.  This program runs in Term 4 during Week 2 through to Week 7.


Arranmore SportAussie Hoops Basketball on Thursday afternoons for all JAM students. This is a user pays activity and all interested participants need to register via the Aussie Hoops website under SCOTS. This program runs for 8 weeks including Week 10 of Term 3 (commences this Thursday 19 September concludes Week 7 Term 4). Please let Mr Bradbury know if you are attending for supervision purposes.


SCOTS PGC Junior Touch – Commences week 2 of Term 4 on Friday afternoons for students aged 5-14. This is a user pays activity. Please go to the SCOTS Junior Touch Facebook Page for updates and register via the Try booking link: https://www.trybooking.com/548701


Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Mr Tom Bradbury for clarification.


Term 4 Swimming Training Program

The College Swimming Training Program will resume on Friday 11 October (Week 1, Term 4) at WIRAC and interested students are asked to register their intent to Mr Bradbury by the end of Term 3 via SEQTA message to assist with planning.

Training will continue throughout the term until Wednesday 27 November. Sessions will be conducted from 6.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, with transportation back to school for all participants. Boarders will be transported to the pool as required.

Students attending this training are advised this is squad training and not learn to swim sessions. All participating students must be able to complete a 100m Medley (25m Free, 25m Back, 25m Breast, 25m Fly) in under 3 minutes to participate in this squad.

Other students are encouraged to enrol with WIRAC for their learn to swim program before entering the College Swimming Training. The College offers junior swimming lessons in class time for learn to swim during Term 4.

All training in the College Swimming Training Program will be paid for by the College and therefore accurate attendance records need to be kept on each of the three days offered.

Please RSVP by COB today


Term 4 Cricket – Saturday Morning Competition

Warwick Junior Cricket commences in term 4 with the College intending to participate much the same as we did in Term 1 this year and similarly to our Netball Program.

Students in Years 6-12 (turning 12 years or older in 2019) are asked to express their intentions to play in College teams across the eligible age groups. We are hoping to create a number of teams where possible. These teams are open to both boys and girls and your intention to play should be directed to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 8 October (first day of Term 4).

Students turning 11 years or younger are encouraged to nominate for the Under 11 competition which will see students spread across a variety of teams to participate in a developmental games format. Once again intentions to play should be directed to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 8 October (first day of Term 4).

Please state your child’s age in 2019 when replying to assist Mr Bradbury in grouping students. Training will be held on Wednesday afternoons commencing Wednesday 9 October (Week 1 Term 4) for all interested participants.

Year 12 students are welcome to play; however, we recommend they not pending their commitments beyond graduation as the season will go beyond this time.

All player registrations will be covered by the College, details of which will be distributed once we establish numbers.

Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon

The Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon team will compete at the Queensland School Sport State Championships in Hervey Bay 20-22 February 2020. Students born 2007 may apply as they turn 13 years in 2020.

The selection trial for the Darling Downs team will take place on Sunday 10 November at the Toowoomba Triathlon Race at Oakey.

Students who wish to be considered for the team are to complete both steps below:

1) Complete the DD Regional Trial Permission form along with the 2020 Darling Downs Triathlon Team Nomination form and return both to the DD Sports office by Wednesday 6 November. These must be sent via Mr Bradbury.

2) Go online to the Toowoomba Tri Club website and nominate for the Oakey Triathlon on 10 November.

See Mr Bradbury for all details and the link to the website. All students must have their own bike and their own transport to and from these events. The College cannot transport students in this instance due to the equipment requirements but we will cover your nomination to the DD Trials.

Twelve ways to be a more successful learner

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Our Year 11 and 12 students are in the midst of exam blocks, applying what they have learnt in various ways.  But what do you really need to learn in life? How can you excel? What do successful learners do differently from others? What, in short, are the habits students need to develop to be better learners?

Over the last two decades the learning sciences have begun to provide some powerful answers to these questions.

Here are some suggestions, drawing on research, to help you identify the kinds of learning habits likely to help you succeed. Imagine a clock-face. Think of each of the twelve points of its face as we look at twelve key aspects of learning.

Recently we have begun to understand with greater clarity the kinds of learning habits or attributes which are particularly useful to individuals and to our wider society. Here are two lists, the first from an economic perspective (Nobel Laureate James Heckman and colleagues (2013) and the second through the eyes of educational researchers, Lesley Gutman and Ingrid Schoon (2013).

As you read the twelve suggestions that follow, think about how each might be contributing to one of these desirable learning habits above.

  1. Learning is for life

It’s all too easy to focus on school when thinking about learning. But, school days are just a small fraction of our lives. In the real world of home and work most of our learning will be interest-led, informal and social.

  1. Mistakes are useful

Through the pioneering work of Carol Dweck, we now know that if we see mistakes as our friends, as stepping stones along the way, we will do much better in life. Musicians, writers and engineers all make drafts or prototypes, each one better than its predecessor. That’s how it is with learning.

  1. Tenacity matters

A vital skill is tenacity. Persevering when others have given up and bouncing back from set-backs are the hallmarks of powerful learners. This is one of the key College values.

  1. Practise the hard parts

Getting better at anything requires effort. Thanks to a greater understanding about how expertise is developed from Anders Ericsson, we now know that certain kinds of practice work better than others. Sit at the piano and play over the pieces you know already may build fluency but it does not challenge us. Speeding it up, slowing it down, just playing the left hand – the hard bits – is what we need to do in music and in our learning.

  1. Emotions are important

You have probably heard of emotional intelligence. How we manage our feelings of struggle and how we read the emotions of those around us is of great importance in life and learning.  The College’s value of Respect is key to understanding our own emotions and those around us.

  1. Mind and body

It’s all too easy to assume that learning is about academic subjects. But, as Jacob Bronowski puts it, ‘the hand is the cutting edge of the mind.’ Mind and body are intimately linked. Whether it is our diet, the exercise we take or the muscle memory we acquire as we learn to write or type or ride a bicycle, hand and brain go together.  This is why SCOTS PGC College focuses on an holistic education, placing importance on co-curricular activities and pastoral care.

  1. Learning is a team sport

One of the greatest scientific enquiries underway at the moment is the international collaboration to investigate the so-called ‘God particle’, the Hadron Collider. It is proof, if such were needed, of the power of social learning. Being able to work in teams on complex enquiries is essential as a learner. It is a sad reflection of life in many schools that learning with others can all too easily be seen as cheating when, in the real world, it is one of the smartest things you can do.

  1. Be Creative

In 2021 PISA will test Creative Thinking for the first time. In itself, this is of only partial significance. But to school leaders and employers it says clearly that creativity – being curious, generating ideas, solving problems and so forth – is a large part of learning.

  1. Hang out with the best

When Lev Vygotsky came up with the idea of the zone of proximal development he was reminding us that we make most progress when we are with people who are much better than us. Smart learners seek out experts whenever they can to ensure that they are constantly challenged and mentored.  We aim to encourage all our students to aim for Excellence in everything they do.

  1. Know where you are

Unless you are able to reflect on how you are doing, learning is a bit like driving a golf-ball off a tee while wearing a blind-fold! Having an accurate sense of how you are progressing is essential. Great learners are always asking for feedback to help them establish this.

  1. Set challenging goals

Simply wanting something is not enough. It has often been said that a wish is a goal without a plan of action. Whether at school or at work, setting challenging and specific goals will help to keep you on track.

  1. Look for transfer

If only we could learn something at home and then be able to do it at school; master something in the Maths class and be able to apply it in Geography! Transfer is the Holy Grail of teaching. And we are just beginning to understand its mechanisms. We know, for example, that a transfer is helped if, when you first learn something, you think where else you might use it.  Moving forward we are aiming to bring this more into the classroom, especially within the STEM subject.

Becoming a powerful learner has its own disciplines, just as any set of skills does. Here are twelve suggestions, one for every hour of the day. Whether you are a student, teacher, parent or all three, why not try out one of them?


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews will be available for all Year levels from Prep to Year 12 over two sessions this term:

  • Thursday 19th September | 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Friday 20th September | 1.00pm to 3.00 pm

All Prep to Year 5 interviews will be held in the classrooms, while Year 6 to Year 12 interviews will be held in the WALEC.

Bookings will be available via the link on our web page – http://scotspgc.com.au/


Sew much Fun!

Mrs Heather Goonan | Knitting and Sewing

Throughout Term 2 and 3 our College knitters and stitchers have been very productive. From making handbags to knitting scarves we have spent our lunchtime in Room 10 happily working away, along with lots of chatting and learning.

Eliana has completed a handbag, with very little experience to start with she is now quite competent in a lot of the skills needed to complete more sewing projects.

Jayden has been busily working away to complete his rainbow scarf. His knitting skills have improved enormously along with the length of his scarf.

If anyone wants to join us please come along, you’ll find us in Room 10 each Thursday at lunchtime or contact Mrs Goonan on SEQTA or in person.

Eliana Amos – Year 6

Jayden Blacket – Year 10

Tartan Order Forms

If you are yet to order your copy of the 2019 Tartan Yearbook, please come into Reception or return the order form below to Mrs Cartmill before the end of Term 4.

PDF VersionTartan 2019 – Order Form

SCOTS 1 defeat Strikers in the Grand Finals!

Estie Wiid | Netball Coach

The end of the netball season resulted in great triumph and victory for our Open Netball team ‘SCOTS 1’, last Monday night in front of a packed out crowd at WIRAC.

Fans witnessed an extremely close match between two teams who fought tirelessly throughout the entire game. Both sides battled hard in all quarters, each giving 100% to make crucial turnovers.  At the end of the fourth quarter the scores were tied, invoking a further 10 minutes to the game to force a result.

The extra time tested the skills and nerves of our girls, however they responded well under pressure right until the final buzzer.   In unison with our band of loyal supporters, our SCOTS 1 girls worked together to the dying seconds of the match to transfer the ball into the goal circle and secure a thrilling five-point victory over Strikers. A well-deserved win, which demonstrated the determination of every player on the court.

As the saying goes ‘the harder the battle the sweeter the victory’ –  we couldn’t be more proud of the effort and tenacity shown by the team.

Thank you to our loyal parents, supporters and fans for your ongoing encouragement and support on the sideline – you all certainly pushed the girls to do their very best.

Special thanks must also go to the coach, Tiffany Cullen, who worked with the girls during countless early morning training sessions, to reach their full potential.

Get Moving

Mr Tom Bradbury – Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

T3W10 Co-curricular Programme

T3W10 Sport Fixtures

Here in Australia we love to think we are a sporting nation, however, the statistics are such that really we are a nation of sport watchers who often feel like we are fitter for being around sporting people.

The reality of life is that we are getting busier and the conveniences of modern technology are causing us to be less active than we should be.

The Australian Health Survey (2016) provided several key findings that were alarming for all Australians. The following are the key points as published on ACHPER Victoria’s website and the Australian Bureau of statistics.

In Children and young adolescents, the following were found to be true…

In 2011-12, toddlers and pre-schoolers (aged 2–4 years) spent an average of around 6 hours per day engaged in physical activity. They also spent almost one and a half hours (83 minutes) in the sedentary activities of watching TV, DVDs or playing electronic games.

On average, children and young people aged 5–17 years spent one and a half hours (91 minutes) per day on physical activity and over two hours a day (136 minutes) in screen-based activity with physical activity decreasing and screen-based activity increasing as age increased.

Just under half (44%) of all children and young people (2–17 years) had at least one type of screen-based item (e.g. TV, computer, or game console) in their bedroom. For the 15–17 year olds, three-quarters had some kind of screen-based media in their bedroom and this was associated with them spending an extra two hours per week watching/playing screen-based media compared with those who did not have any such item in their bedroom.

The children and young people who participated in the pedometer study, recorded an average of 9,140 steps per day. Children aged 5–8 and 9–11 years were most likely to reach 12,000 steps per day (22% and 24% respectively), while 15–17 year olds were least likely to (7%).

In Adults, the following was found to be true…

In 2011-12, adults spent an average of just over 30 minutes per day doing physical activity. However, against the National Physical Activity Guidelines for adults ‘to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days’, only 43% of adults actually met the ‘sufficiently active’ threshold.

The highest levels of physical activity were among the young adults with 53% of 18–24 year olds being classed as sufficiently active. Levels of physical activity tended to decline in older ages, with the lowest being among people aged 75 years and over, where the average time spent in physical activity was 20 minutes per day, and just one in four this age were classified as sufficiently active against the guidelines.

Levels of sufficient physical activity were associated with a range of factors:

  • Relative socioeconomic disadvantage: Adults in the least disadvantaged quintile were 1.5 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with those in the most disadvantaged quintile.
  • Health status: Adults who described their health as “excellent” were over twice as likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with people with “poor” self-assessed health.
  • Body mass index (BMI): The underweight/normal weight population were 1.4 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with the obese population.
  • Smoking status: ex–smokers and people who never smoked were 1.2 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with current smokers.
  • Sedentary activity occupied an average 39 hours per week for adults, with close to 10 hours of this sitting at work. People employed in more sedentary occupations such as clerical and administrative workers spent on average 22 hours a week sitting for work.
  • Watching TV was the most prevalent sedentary activity, at nearly 13 hours a week, peaking at over 19 hours per week on average for people aged 75 and over. Using the computer or Internet (for non-work purposes) peaked at almost 9 hours per week for 18–24 year olds.
  • The adults who participated in the pedometer study, recorded an average of 7,400 steps per day. Less than one in five adults (19%) recorded 10,000 steps per day on average.

The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer has also found that these factors are reducing the physical activity of our next generation and have developed the following infographic with guidelines regarding physical activity and these would certainly also hold true for our own society.

Here in Australia our climate and abundant opportunities for outdoor pursuits have in the past kept us in a fairly healthy space in terms of physical activity; however, just like any other modern and developed country we have fallen for the conveniences of our modern world and neglected our long term health.

My advice as an educator of some 25 plus years is simple…

  • Eat and drink a variety of healthy foods whenever you can, and eat the treats in moderation.
  • Move regularly to get that heart pumping – we need to exercise that heart muscle
  • Spread your activity throughout the day
  • Get away from your devices and televisions and take in the ‘real world’.

Now, this is easy for me to say and those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. I know myself I need to exercise more, especially when I spend so much time sitting as I am now, at a computer typing away. So in giving the above advice, I also recommend starting simply with a walk, bike ride, swim or run for even just 10 minutes a day – this will have a positive effect on your long term health. The important thing is that you are starting to form a habit which can lead to even better habits of mind and body.

In stating all of the above, as adults, (parents and teachers) we have a very important role to play in developing healthy habits in our children. if you have ever heard the saying, ‘Monkey see, Monkey do!’, you will appreciate that our children’s habits are often a reflection of our own on a daily basis. Take the opportunity get out and about in the yard with your children – it will be time well spent!



Reds Rugby – Holiday Clinics

Reds Rugby are facilitating a range of core skills clinics throughout the holidays.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to build on the skills they have learned throughout the term or to get started in a new activity.

Register now for one or more of the following clinics:

  1. Queensland Reds Core Skills Holiday Clinic – Warwick

WHEN: Wednesday October 2nd, 10am – 3pm

WHERE: Scots PGC College, Warwick

WHO: Boys and Girls U6s through to U12s

PURPOSE: Skills, Drills & Games designed to develop player core skill levels! Skill challenges and prizes through-out the day!

COST: $60
REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/1931


  1.     Queensland Reds Girls Only 7s Clinic – Toowoomba

WHEN: Friday October 4th, 10am – 1.30pm

WHERE: Heritage Oval, Toowoomba Bears Rugby Club

WHO: Girls Aged 8 – 13

PURPOSE: A welcoming environment for players of all experience and skill levels to develop their core skills, with a specific focus on Rugby 7s!

COST: $40
REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/2559


  1.    U8/9 Tackle Clinic – Toowoomba

WHEN: Saturday October 5th, 10am – 12pm

WHERE: Gold Park (Top Oval)

WHO: Boys and Girls aged 7 – 9

PURPOSE: Will your child be new to contact rugby next season? Be contact ready. Focus on safety and technique!

COST: $40

REGISTRATION LINK: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/4016

Edwooducation – Holiday Activities

Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do these school holidays?

Great news!  SCOTS PGC is hosting the E.P.I.K School Holiday Programme which will run on 24 and 25 September over the holiday break.  Run by EDwoodUCATION, the programme will include a great number of activities that cater to the active as well as the contemplative students.  Your students will enjoy the following program of activities:

* Construction challenges for the engineers of tomorrow
* Skills-based tennis games and drills for our future tennis stars
* Robotics with Bee-Bot challenges, Sphero programming and LEGO EV3
* Boardgames to enhance strategic thinking (e.g. chess, Settlers of Catan)
* Crazy Science experiments to engage the inquisitive minds.

EDwoodUCATION is a Toowoomba-based educational initiative founded and directed by Ted Carter.  Ted is a fully qualified teacher with over eight years of classroom experience. His holiday programmes are fun, engaging and well enjoyed by the students that participate.

To register for the programme, please visit the website here

Community Notices

The Power of Words

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith and purity’.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

By my very rough calculations, after nearly 5 years at SCOTS PGC, I reckon to have written around 40 articles for the front page of the Newsletter.  I am able to say without a shadow of a doubt or the slightest hesitation, however, that I have never before opened with (i) a quote from the Bible and, contemporaneously (ii) a quote directly lifted from a Prefect application form, written by a current Year 11 student!

Having read, and re-read a truly remarkable and quite unforgettable 800 or 900 words from this gifted author, I am still somewhat lost for my own words, such is the intensity, the humility and the passion expressed by this student.

With these weeks really being the beginning of the end for Year 12 students (QCS examinations now behind us and plans afoot for ever more innovative and imaginative ways to celebrate and commemorate their leaving of our comfortable, familiar fold) my focus here was bound to be these first steps in the formal, ‘changing of the guard’, as one cohort contemplates life after school, and their successors gaze eagerly at the myriad opportunities left in the wake of the impending departures.

One of the questions we ask of candidates for Prefect is, ‘What qualities do you feel you have that would make you a good Prefect?’

What parent wouldn’t be thrilled, and beyond proud to read the following as a response:

‘I work really hard at home, work and school, and in anything I do.  I strongly believe that putting love into anything you do is an important factor in life.

I believe I am a good role because I know how to look after people.  I give it my all when I contribute in activities even if I am not very good.  I believe as a leader you should always act as if your mother is watching you.

Younger people often mirror what you are doing, so I think it is vital to act appropriately at all times’.

And as if that wasn’t sufficient respect for parents and evidence of awareness that even young adults influence their still younger counterparts, check out the answer to the next question, which was, ‘What leadership and/or teamwork have you shown outside College life?’

‘Outside of school I have a job at ……., involving managing clients, sales, cleaning up sheds, handling money and being empathetic towards people suffering the hardships of the drought at this present time.  At home my parents are often busy with chores, and their work, so my brother and I are responsible for feeding cattle, horses and dogs.  It is really hard work, but we love it.  I believe this shows leadership because I help others to get things done, rather than leaving other people to do things for me’.

It would have been difficult to create a better impression of a young person of remarkable depth and quality, but wait, there was more to come, in her answer to the final question, ‘If you were successful in this application, what would you most like to achieve as a Prefect?’

‘We should show more appreciation for our teachers, parents and all the staff members in our school.  We are all part of a community and here for the same purpose.  I believe we should recognise what people do for us, for example have a week where we give flowers or another type of gift to any of the adults we appreciate.  This shouldn’t just be limited to students giving gifts to teachers, but also teachers giving gifts to other teachers, or parents to teachers.  Perhaps write a note, or even make a video?  I would like to make people feel appreciated’.

And to then round everything off with the most apposite quote from the scriptures that I could ever imagine; forgive me for repeating it here:

‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith and purity’.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

How lucky are we to have a new student with this character and these values, plus the enviable ability to communicate them to others.

It is a privileged role to journey alongside young people as they seek to find their place in an ever-changing world; with challenges and rewards, disasters and triumphs, heartaches and joy.  How reassuring to know, as we have been assured by this student not yet 17 years of age, that we are truly and sincerely appreciated.

Open Netballers Claim Victory

Estie Wiid | Netball Co-ordinator

Congratulations to the SCOTS Open Team who won the Semi-Finals, against their old rivalries STRIKERS. The OPENS are now through to the Preliminary Finals on the 9 September.

STRIKERS did not have a chance against the brutal defence of Rosemary McDonald who was always on the front foot, securing multiple turnovers for her team.

Both the defence and attack players performed consistently well and put a hundred percent effort when on court.

In midcourt, all girls played an aggressive game to get possession of the ball, and Amelia Meek (Captain), together with her trusted shooters (Holly and Harriet) did not disappoint when shooting and did a fantastic job, adding scores for SCOTS on the score board.

The girls will play in the finals this Monday at 7:30pm at WIRAC and have a very good chance to walk away as the winners, bring a friend and support our girls from the side line.

OPENS: Coach Tiffany Cullen, Amelia Meek (Captain), Harriet Curtain, Holly Naughten, Chloe O’Halloran, Domi Harvey, Emily Rhodes, Leilani Myer, Rose Dearden, Rosemary McDonald, Aysha Bowley and Siobhan McEvoy.

Rosemary McDonald in defence taking another brilliant turnover for her team.

Wrap Up of Darling Downs Super Schools Cup

Jonny Winter | Rugby Captain

This year SCOTS PGC entered the Darling Downs Super Schools Cup. This competition aimed to provide a greater participation opportunity for teenage rugby players on the Downs targeting non-traditional rugby schools, to compete in a 15-a-side competition. SCOTS entered three teams; Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and the Year 11/12 boys, all three teams have been successful playing quality rugby to reach the grand finals in the inaugural Darling Downs Super Schools Cup.

For the grand finals, played on Wednesday night at Highfields the Year 7/8 team played off against a combined team of Toowoomba Anglican School/Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Year 9/10 team played off against Our Lady of the Southern Cross and the Year 11/12 team played against Faith Lutheran College.

Wednesday night rugby was hard fought, however all three SCOTS teams were defeated. The results might not have all gone our way, however the results certainly cements SCOTS rugby footprint in the Darling Downs Super Schools Cup, which I hope will continue in the years to come.


SCOTS Host Southern Downs Youth Council Meeting

Main Image: Student members of the Southern Downs Youth Council with the Mayor, Tracy Dobie

The meeting held at the Bandy Theatre started off with a quick and fun tour lead by Mr Thompson. The student members were most impressed with the Dining Hall and thought it is a great place to gather and have lunch together.

During the SDYC meeting Holly proposed to introduce a way to form stronger connections between our regions High Schools and Primary schools and discussed ideas with other members of the SDYC to build strong bonds between older students and younger students in the community.

Other matters on the agenda ranged from Aged Care Facilities, ideas to attract tourism and youth and sustainable practices to combat climate change. Students also participated in the drought update and available support and the devastating impact the current drought is having on our region and community.

Each student also received a shower timer which are designed to reduce consumption of water through awareness of the length of showers. The shower timers are free and available at Southern Downs Regional Council.

The next Youth Council meeting will be held on 17 October 2019.

Holly Naughten holding a shower timer.

Grandparents Day

Friday 30 August was a special day for our Junior and Middle School students as they were able to share their school with their Grandparents and special visitors. The students were wonderful ambassadors for the College, taking great pride in showing their grandparents and friends around their school and sharing their learning with them.

The morning began with our Pipes and Drums Band welcoming our visitors to the College. This was followed by a thoroughly enjoyable concert in the Assembly Hall where students presented items to the audience. There where choral performances, poem recitals, an act by JAM Dance, presentations by our instrumental music groups and also a version of the famous story ‘Wombat Stew’ presented by our youngest Prep students.

Following the concert, our visitors shared morning tea with the students. It was lovely to look across the Junior and Middle Schools and see our students acting as hosts, chatting to their visitors and enjoying the special time together.


Co-curricular Update

Darling Downs Cricket

Last Sunday and Monday Samuel Bourke In Year 7 represented the College and the Southern Downs at the Darling Downs 12yrs Cricket Trials in Toowoomba. I am very excited and happy to advise that Samuel performed so well across the skills sessions and in the City v Country match that he has been selected in the Darling Downs Team to contest the State Championship early next term. We wish Samuel all the very best at the State Championships.


Queensland Track and Field Team

After a very successful Queensland Championship held recently in Brisbane the College would like to congratulate Hayley Wainwright and Nicholas Denny on their selection in the Queensland 10-12yrs Track and Field Team to contest the National Championships in Darwin in the coming weeks. The pair head into camp at UQ for two days before winging their way to Darwin for the big dance. We look forward to hearing of their results and sharing cherished memories of their exploits on their return. Go Team SCOTS!!!!


Cooking Club

Cooking Club returns in Term 4 and will be held on Tuesday afternoons. Expressions of interest are now being accepted by Mr Bradbury via SEQTA and will close at the end of week 1 Term 4. The Cooking Club will run from Week 2-7 inclusive and all ages from Year 5-12 are welcome.


Darling Downs 13-19yrs Athletics Championships

To wrap up the final day’s events at the Darling Downs 13-19yrs Track and Field, SCOTS students turned out in force to show what our little school is made of with several students making finals across the many track events on the program.

The highlights are as below:

Ewan McFarland – 1st 3000m, 2nd 1500m, 4th 800m

Eliana Jones – 3rd 3000m, 4th 1500m

Mackenzie Mayall – 2nd 400m, 3rd 800m

Shona McFarland – 2nd 400m

Harry Mayall – 4th 200m

Kaysan Miles – 4th Hurdles

Caitlin Skaines – 1st 400m

The following athletes also made finals and finished top 8 in their respective track events and are to be congratulated on their fine performances….

Chloe Wainwright, Samuel Wainwright, Cooper Harm, Millie Groves, Cooper Seng, Geoffrey Warren, Kaysan Miles, Cooper Seng, Caitlin Skaines, Shona McFarland and Georgia Moody.

These track stars followed our Field event prodigies from Thursday whose top 4 results were as follows…..

William Gilmore – 1st Hammer, 3rd Discus

Kira Holmes – 1st Discus, 2nd Shot Put, 1st in Javelin

Cooper Seng – 2nd Discus, 4th Shot Put

Bradley Cook – 4th Long Jump

Caitlin Skaines – 2nd Triple Jump

All in all a pretty fair effort from the SCOTS PGC Athletics Team.

As a result of their performances the following students have been selected to represent the Darling Downs Region at the State Championships in Cairns from October 19-22…..

William Gilmore, Caitlin Skaines, Cooper Seng, Kira Holmes and Mackenzie Mayall

We wish each of these students the very best at this prestigious event should they choose to accept their invitation to attend.

Cooper Seng

Will Gilmore

Shona McFarland

Kaysan Miles and Makybe Edwards















Rookies to Reds Rugby Skills Sessions

In term 4 we are hoping to run a Rookies to Reds Rugby Union Program for Year 1- 6 students held on Tuesday afternoons on Briggs. The program works on basic skills for the game in a fun-filled games based manner.

Expressions of interest can be forwarded to Mr Bradbury via SEQTA. This will proceed pending numbers and funding from Sporting Schools. Please forward your child’s name for this by the end of Term 3 please. We will commence Week 2 and go for 6 weeks, concluding in Week 7 of Term 4. More details in coming weeks.


SCOTS Junior Touch Competition – To Register click this link  https://www.trybooking.com/548701

The SCOTS Junior Touch Competition will run again in Term 4 this year.

The competition will commence Week 2 with 5 weeks of round robin fixtures followed by finals play-offs for all teams in Week 7. Skills and games will be held each week for the U6 and U8 Teams whilst U10, 12, and 14 Divisions will vie for the prize of champion in each Division.

Registrations are now live on the SCOTS Junior Touch Facebook page (or by clicking on the link above) and will remain open until the end of Week 1 Term 4, so get in quick.

Our SCOTS Touch players will be offering coaching and refereeing games each week and this is a great community event for all ages.


Aussie Hoops Basketball Programme

This past week the College had a visit from Pop Dickerson from Aussie Hoops promoting basketball in our school. Commencing Week 10 of Term 3 and proceeding from Week 1 to Week 7 in Term 4 we are offering the Aussie Hoops program here at school. The program will run Thursday from 3.15 to 4.15 on the WALEC Courts.

Please see the attached flyer for details. Registrations are through Aussie Hoops website and the cost is $95  or $65 for coaching only, which includes water-bottle, reversible players singlet and other goodies along with the expert coaching from Pop himself. To sweeten the deal if students love it so much they can jump in the car with parents and head down to the WIRAC to participate in their hour long program for free after finishing here.



Community Notices

Chaplain’s Message

Rev Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain

It seems that when we have a difficult task to accomplish, there are always various obstacles getting in our way.  However, when we are living the adventurous life of faith, those obstacles are not just roadblocks, but they are opportunities.  Let me tell you a story:  One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well.  The donkey cried for hours and hours while the poor farmer tried to figure out what to do.  Finally, after he had exhausted every idea he could think of, the farmer decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway.  As much as he liked the donkey, he decided burying the donkey was a good option.  He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.  They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.  When the donkey realised what was happening, he cried horribly.  You can imagine that it would have been a terrifying moment for any animal to have shovels of dirt thrown on top of it.  And then, to everyone’s amazement, the donkey quietened down.  The farmer and his neighbours continued to shovel dirt into the well thinking the donkey had succumbed to his fate.  However, when the farmer looked down the well, he was astonished at what he saw.  As every shovel of dirt hit the donkeys back, the donkey did something amazing.  He would shake it off and step on it.  Each shovel load of dirt brought the donkey closer and closer to the top of the well.  After a while, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!  The moral of the story?  Life is going to shovel dirt on you — all kinds of dirt.  But the trick to get out of a hole is to shake the dirt off and use it to make your way out of a bad situation instead of letting it bury you alive.  Each of our troubles can be a stepping stone if you will let it be.  Even the deepest of holes (troubles) can serve as stepping stones if we just keep going and refuse to give up.  But do you know what we do when we are facing obstacles?

  • Sometimes we run backwards—away from them.
  • Sometimes we try to go around them.
  • Sometimes we try to get over them on our own.

But the challenge of a faith adventure is to BELIEVE God will help us through our obstacles, and we understand that he often uses those obstacles to make us better people.  I know another story.  This happens when we lose sight of faith.  When we focus on the obstacle instead of our faith, we might fail.

  • Matthew 14: 22 – 33 (Please read this in the Bible).

Here is something we can learn from Peter: Don’t act impulsively.  Sometimes obstacles come to us, but sometimes we construct the obstacles from our own poor choices and actions.  Either way, the lesson we need to learn is not to be impulsive.  Some of you might be a lot like Peter in this story.  You continuously find yourself facing obstacles and difficult situations because you make quick decisions without thinking.  Now back to Peter and the story.  It must have been great stepping out onto that water!  I mean, imagine what it would have been like to step out of a boat and walk on water.  But then reality set in and Peter loses faith.  He stops believing.  He gets scared, and he starts to sink.  But as he sinks into the murky Sea of Galilee he cries out for the Lord to save him . . . And Jesus does.  Sinking into the dark and murky Sea of Galilee?  Now that’s an obstacle.  It’s also an excellent metaphor for obstacles in our life.  Two ways to react when things block our path:

  • It’s one thing to have the faith that God will be there for us in our time of need — but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t slow down and think before we act.
  • The second lesson is the act of simply believing — absolute confidence in Jesus.

What a great story!  It reminds us that we were made for adventure.  It also reminds us that with faith, we can do the seemingly impossible.  It reminds us that Jesus has an adventure story for each one of you.  Don’t let the dirt and deep water overwhelm you but reach out to Jesus.

The Joy of Reading

Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

“We need to actually teach kids that books aren’t like broccoli.  No adult ever read a book because it’s good for us.  We read because it’s fun.”

Jackie French (Australian Author)

Literacy is much more than writing a story, sending an email or increasing a child’s reading age.  It is the ability to engage in the world, both inside and outside of the classroom, both now and into the future.  Literacy is a fundamental skill for learning across all subject areas.

Providing children with a language-rich environment at home and at school is an important way of supporting their literacy development.  A language-rich environment exposes a child to a variety of words, texts and images for reading, writing, listening and creating.  They are able to hear and use interesting vocabulary, explore information, and experiment with ways of making meaning and sharing ideas.  Playing with words, hearing words like ‘spectacular’, ‘ginormous’, ‘radiant’ and ‘enticing’, even at a very young age, teaches children that language can be fun and that they can understand the meaning of words that they may not yet be able to actually decode or write.

Reading is a thinking task.  Effective readers do more than simply decode the words in a text.  Effective readers think about what they have read, and they know how to use their prior knowledge to access, understand, use and evaluate a text.  Good readers are flexible in how they approach a text and know that each reading task may have a different purpose.  They may read for pleasure or they may read to gather information.  They may read a text designed to persuade, or they may be asked to read a text that requires a response.  Good readers read for understanding, for information and for enjoyment.

Mem Fox is passionate about books and our children developing a love of reading.  In her text, ‘Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever’, Mem explains that she wants reading aloud to a child ‘to sound like chocolate’.  It should be enjoyable for everyone involved.  It can be a time to play with language, to discuss themes from the story, to look at letters, sounds and rhyme, and a time to just simply enjoy delightful storytelling.

Mem Fox has developed her ‘Ten Read Aloud Commandments’ as a way to encourage children, families and teachers to develop a love for reading.

  • Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud
  • Read at least three stories a day
  • Read aloud with animation
  • Read with joy and enjoyment
  • Read the stories that your child loves over and over and over again
  • Let children hear lots of language
  • Look for rhyme, repetition, and rhythm in books
  • Play games with the things that appear on the page… it isn’t work, it’s always a fabulous game
  • Never teach reading or get tense around books
  • Read aloud because you adore being with your child, not just because it is ‘the right thing to do’

Last week, SCOTS PGC College celebrated Book Week 2019.  The theme for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week was ‘Reading is my secret power’.  The aim of this week is to celebrate Australian children’s literature and bring children and books together.  At SCOTS PGC College, our students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the book character parade.  We saw everything from Olga the Brolga to Mary Poppins to Harry Potter.  There were superheroes, kings, queens, princesses, book fairies and everything in between.  It was certainly a celebration of books!

The inaugural Book Week Family Night initiated by Mrs Peterson was also a wonderful way to come together as a school community, share a meal, and most importantly, share a book.  It was lovely to see some of our staff, our School Captains and Senior Prefects also come along and share their love of reading with our younger students.

Happy Reading!



Year 3 & 4 are Happy Campers

Student Reflections

Last Thursday, Years 3 and 4 were very excited to attend their annual two-day camp at Camp Laurence, Lake Moogerah. Mrs Brown, Mrs Bourke and our 2 gap students, Jeremy and Scott accompanied our Junior School classes. Here is a collection of reflections written by our students:

Camp was absolutely excellent! It was so fun – we did mountain bike riding, high ropes, low ropes and a lot more. I would really love to go to Camp Laurence again. – Tia Stewart


What did I like about Camp? The food at camp was very yummy. After dinner, we had icecream which was yummier than dinner. Then, Mrs Brown could read everyone’s mind which was very fun and interesting! – Will Collins


What I liked about camp was the food, how nicely the camp instructors talked to us and all of the activities that they had.  Camp Laurence was better than all of the camps I have been on.  I had so much fun with my friends, especially on the Flying Possum. – Hayley Wainwright


The activities were a lot of fun.  I liked the food a lot.  It was really nice and tasty.  I loved the mountain bikes.  They were a lot of fun.  I loved the view on the Gorge walk. – By Thomas Crawford

I loved Camp Laurence.  The food was delicious.  My favourite activity was the Problem Solving and Flying Possum. On our walk to the gorge, we saw huge termite hills. – Abigail


My favourite part of Camp Laurence was going for the walk in the morning.  On the way we saw a lot of little clam shells and a dead turtle but Mrs Brown said to put them down.  It was a fantastic walk and we saw a beautiful sunrise. – Timothy


I loved camp at night.  I heard a possum on the roof and it was scary.  I was glad that we got to be a possum on the activity Flying Possum.  – Lillian


I loved Camp Laurence.  It was astounding and the food was delicious, especially dinner and dessert.  The beds were not as comfortable as my bed at home but they were fine to sleep in for one night. – Piper



Continued success for College Humanities students

Mr Michael Keevers | Head of Humanities

Following the success in the Australian Geography Competition, Years 9 and 10 Humanities students have polled exceptionally well in the recent Australian History Competition. The competition is sponsored by the History Teachers Association of Australia, testing students’ historical knowledge and skills across a variety of topics linked to the National Curriculum.

Our students have produced some excellent results, continuing to showcase the growing interest towards the study of History. The results of the recent Competition are shown below:

Merit Credit Distinction
Clay Armstrong Kirra-Louise Kuhn Jayden Blacket
Liam Creed Niamh Fender William Gilmore
Charlotte Jarvis Gerard Mitchell Dhanyil Jackson
Michael Keogh Jack Roser Lucy Jackson
Samantha McKechnie Madison Kane Ewan McFarland
Shona McFarland Natasha Paganin
Brandan Waters Elliot Plummer
Matilda Bryant Felicity Sellick
Julianna Cox Eliana Jones
Charlotte Ellis Lily Kruger
Chloe Paganin
Erin Keogh Harriet Plummer
Alexandra Marchand
Kate McCarthy
Nic McGahan
Kaysan Miles
Chloe Wainwright

Congratulations to these students and a thank you to their teachers. They will receive their certificates at our next assembly.

Building Business

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

As our attention turned to Operations Management this week in Senior Business, Year 11 students engaged in “Operation Build”.

In an activity that tested their resource management skills, students were given an allocation of raw materials (including marshmallows, spaghetti and sticky tape) and were tasked with building a small scale “structure” that would keep out the elements.

On completion, the structures were rated on their use of the allocated resources (efficiency) and how well the structure met the task objectives (effectiveness).

Then the CEO (AKA Mrs Ratcliffe) dropped in with a surprise announcement that costs had to be cut by 20%.  Students then had to rationalise their materials without compromising the integrity of the structure; they achieved this with varying levels of success!


Aspire to Health Day

Main Image: Charlotte Jarvis, Erin Fearby, Caitlin Fogarty and Sofia Marosi

Last week four Year 10 students had the opportunity to be part of the annual Aspire to Health Day that was held at the Warwick Hospital.

The Aspire to Health program, which was run jointly by Qld Rural Medical Education Ltd, Department of Education, Small Business and Training, Griffith University, USQ and The University of Qld, invited high school students from the region to tour the hospital and participate in simulated clinical learning.

During the day the students had the opportunity to speak with university students and a range of practising health professionals in areas such as Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, Paramedicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Dietician and Allied Health workers about their careers choice and pathways to medicine.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day, especially when the students were able to take part in the clinical scenarios where they were able to take part in practical session to learn about CPR, Suturing, Plastering and Allied Health skills.

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Samuel Bourke (Year 7)

Hockey Success

Congratulations to Year 7 student Samuel Bourke who represented his state and school at the National Hockey Championships in Bendigo last week.  The team secured a bronze medal in a tight contest where WA and NSW tied for first and QLD and SA shared third place.  This is a fantastic effort – well done Sam!

T20 Cricket Competition

Years 5 and 6 are invited to be a part of the Southern Downs T20 Cricket Gala on 18 September and the expressions of interest are coming in thick and fast. Students and parents have until Monday 3 September to submit their nomination to Mr Bradbury.


Broncos Cup Sports Day

Several students from Years 5, 6 and 7 participated in the Broncos Cup Sports Day last Friday with mixed results. The Hockey team finished third behind Warwick West and St Mary’s. In the Soccer all students performed exceptionally well claiming second overall for the day.

Our SCOTS Rugby League Team joined forces with other individual students to form the ‘SCOTS Barbarians’ and went on to finish third with two wins from their four matches. Ryan Bohm had a great day out being named Player of the Day and the boys all played with great spirit.

Finally, our Netballers played extremely well as a team, progressively showing greater confidence and ball skills with each game they played. They played a total of nine games and narrowly missed out on taking part in the final play off, which was won by Yangan. All girls were wonderful representatives for the College, displaying outstanding behaviour and sportsmanship over the course of the day. Well done girls!

Warwick All Schools Athletics

Last Thursday we hosted the 98th edition of the Warwick All Schools Athletics and the home ground advantage was certainly felt by our athletes.

After his very successful State Championships local champ Nick Denny rewrote the history books for several of the 12 years records as seen below. Riley Wainwright chimed in to pinch the 400m record previously held by his big brother, Sam Wainwright. All track records were hard to come by in the terribly windy conditions but that makes these records all that more special.

12 years Boys Long Jump Nick Denny (SPGC) 4.83m

12 years Boys 100m Nick Denny (SPGC) 12.6s

12 years Boys 200m Nick Denny (SPGC) 27.1s

12 years Boys 400m Riley Wainwright (SPGC) 1:14.6s

12 years Boys Shot Put Nick Denny (SPGC) 10.32m

In the race for the Age Championships, our students figured very highly gaining the following placings and points which set us up for further success in the wider team categories.

12 years ‐ Champion Nick Denny (60 Points) and Clarina De Jager ‐ 49 Points

12 years – Runner Up Riley Wainwright (36 Points) and both Briana Groves and Phoebe Sellick (44 Points)

13 years ‐ Champion Sam Wainwright (75 Points)

13 years – Runner Up Harry Mayall (30 Points)

15 years – Champion Cooper Seng (51 Points)

16 years – Runner Up Will Gilmore (42 Points) and Shona McFarland (51 Points)

17 years ‐ Champion Caitlin Skaines (64 Points)

17 years – Runner Up (Joint) Bradley Cook, and Samuel Proudlove (36 Points) and Amelia Meek (53 Points)

In the trophy stakes our Junior Girls dominated with a win in the Montrose Cup and received second in the Junior Girls Relay trophy. The Junior Boys also won the Appel Challenge Trophy aggregate and the relays on the back of solid performances across all age groups. In the Seniors, the girls finished second and the Senior Boys won in their respective aggregate categories and finished second and third in the respective relay categories.

Our small but dedicated band of athletes demonstrated great team spirit once again picking up extra events when needed and demonstrating excellent courage and tenacity in many cases. I could not ask for a better bunch of students to work with and these are among the best.

Congratulations to all on your efforts and conduct as students and representatives of our fine college.


Darling Downs 13-19yrs Athletics

William Gilmore (Year 10)

Day 1 of the Darling Downs 13-19 years Athletics Trials saw Will Gilmore take the chocolates in the Hammer defeating all-comers and all ages in a dominant display. On the track Ewan McFarland and Eliana Jones flew the flag for us high in the 3000m. Both achieved personal best performances gaining 4th (1st 16yrs) and 8th (3rd 14yrs) respectively. Both were the youngest in their age group and get another bite of the cherry next year.



Day 2 saw 14 of our students attempt the Field Event Trials with various success stories amongst the performances. The best of these were Kira Holmes – 1st in Javelin, 1st in Discus and 2nd in Shot Put. Will Gilmore added to his Hammer gold with 3rd in the Discus. Caitlin Skaines pulled a silver in the Triple Jump and Cooper Seng also grabbed silver in the Discus. Many students scored personal best performances but were just off the pace for medals including Millie Groves in Shot Put, Cooper Seng scored 4th in Shot Put and 5th in Triple Jump with personal

Cooper Seng (Year 10)

Caitlin Skaines (Year 10) – Far left

bests in each. Bradley Cook was unlucky to end up 4th on count back in the Long Jump after equalling the best jump of the bronze medallist. Several students scored 5th placing on the Darling Downs which is no mean feat given the schools we are competing against. Well done to Sam Wainwright who showed great tenacity in the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. Caitlin Skaines was 5th in the Long Jump, and Cooper Harm was 5th in the High Jump. Of our 14 competing athletes over day 1 and 2 we scored 3 Gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze and 16 odd top ten placings across all events contested. A fair effort for a small school.

Kira Holmes (Year 11)

Day 3 was Track events day and results from this day were unavailable at the time of publication but we know the 21 attending students all gave their very best to the events. Results for this day will be reported next week so stay tuned.





EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

We were very fortunate to welcome campdrafting legends Kim and Jess Sammon for a campdraft clinic last weekend at the Tannymorel grounds.  We had a great turn out and all who attended had a lot of fun whilst learning a lot of new skills.

Over the coming weekends we have riders preparing to attend various competitions which include WestMAC show jumping and the North Star show jumping classic. All riders are keeping busy and enjoying everything Term 3 has to offer.

Community Notices


Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.”
Margaret Mead

The invention of the silicon chip and mobile phones has initiated a new age, no longer are teachers the gatekeepers to knowledge.  This democratisation of information has both its benefits and its challenges, especially for education.  Skills such as creativity, problem solving and resilience become much more important.  It is no longer enough to be able to answer the questions, you also need to be able to work out if the question is the right one and which answer is the most accurate.  People react to these challenges differently and I have been immensely proud of how the SCOTS PGC community has embraced the new QCE System for Years 11 and 12.  All staff are well into the process of planning and preparation.

We must not forget that it is also the last year of the OP system.  In two weeks’ time the final QCS test will take place at SCOTS PGC.  I wish all the Year 12s luck with their studies.

If everyone if thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
― George S. Patton

The impact of individuality on teaching and learning is two-fold, we need to embrace a student’s individual talents and abilities, but also encourage each student to become responsible for their own learning.  Inside the classroom differentiation is used to modify tasks to suit individual learner’s learning needs and goals, where students are given different activities or different learning outcomes.  This is also expressed in the learning objectives for each subject.  The Mathematics Pathways programme in Year 5 and Year 10 is designed to tailor the learning to each individual student. At SCOTS PGC we are at the forefront of this exciting new way of working, with our Acting Head of STEM presenting at the recent conference and teachers from other schools visiting us to learn how they can implement the programme.  It is wonderful to have such innovative and cutting edge pedagogy at the College.

At home, this should manifest itself in how and when study is completed.  The Study Guidelines are designed to encourage students to take ownership of their learning, increasing the suggested time for study in each Year level up to Year 12.  Directed study from teachers should allow the student to reflect, review and engage with the content at a deeper level.  Some students may require more time, some less time.  It is the goal of the College to encourage every student to get into the habit of independent reading as part of their regular study routine and as such forms part of the suggested study time.

We also appreciate that students may have outside commitments, are involved in clubs and societies and should be involved in an active and supportive social life.  This holistic view is a core component of life at SCOTS PGC.  As a consequence we welcome parents and carers to communicate with teachers when students need additional support and when students have other commitments that may make study difficult.  Study at home, whether directed by a teacher or planned by the student, shows students have the dedication to improve themselves.  This, as well as participation in co-curricular activities and hard work, are components to a successful life of learning.

Many of these changes are being driven by the changes in the modern business environment. Namely, it is necessary to offer multi-dimensional relationships between curriculum concepts on entrepreneurship and the community based on entrepreneurial experiences.  Freedom in learning and teaching and an active mode of learning influences innovative personality development, which creates something unique and turns it into an entrepreneurial activity.   This is why our Year 10 business students will again be taking part in the “Mindshop Programme” in the last week of the term.  They will get to experience a real world business issue in the context of a local business.  They will work in teams to solve their real life problems and then present their solutions to the wider SCOTS PGC community.  I look forward to hearing the creative and innovative ideas they will surely come up with.

Finally, the Year 11s and 12s will have exam blocks at the end of this term, Year 12 is in Week 9 and Year 11 is in week 10.  For the Year 11s these will be practice external examinations, modelled on the assessments they will undertake next year in Term Four.  It is vital that students take these assessments as seriously as possible, as it will give them experience and better prepare them for next year.  If you have any questions about the new external assessments, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
― Colin Powell


Book Week Debrief

Thank you to all of our students and staff who have embraced Book Week and all of the opportunities to celebrate reading and the joy it brings.

This year’s theme was ‘Reading is my secret power’.  Throughout the month our book fair has been in operation in the WALEC.  It has been wonderful to see so many students take the opportunity to purchase books to add to their own libraries at home.

On Monday we kicked off the week with our annual Book Week parade, which was held in the Junior School.  As usual, this was a colourful and creative spectacle of the many characters we find in our favourite books.  Thank you to all who dressed up – it really is a fun event that we look forward to each year.

Wednesday night was an opportunity to bring our families together and share some time together to relax and read.  Thank you to all who came, shared a meal and read stories.  This is certainly an event we’d like to build on in the future.

Sheep Club- Ekka Wrap Up

The Sheep Club travelled to the EKKA last week to take part in a number of events over the course of the week.  Our Junior members have really come a long way since they joined at the beginning of the year.  Izzie Twidale managed to place third in the Junior Judging – this is a fantastic achievement in a field of well over 100 other junior judges.

As a school, the College cleaned up in all Texel classes taking home a number of ribbons.  This also helped us to earn third place overall as the Most Successful School.

Congratulations to all students who represented the College and our Sheep Club in an honourable way.  Thank you to the staff and families who supported the students throughout the week for yet another successful EKKA trip.

Netball Update

Mrs Estie Wiid | Netball Coach

The end of the netball season has resulted in many successes for our netballers this year.

Our younger girls (SCOTS 2) have demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, courage and commitment on the court for three terms.  A range of new skills was learnt throughout the season and the girls’ ‘never give up’ attitude was commendable.  Overall they came 5th on the ladder for the season. We would like to acknowledge and thank our parents for their unwavering support and encouragement on the side line.

Our Opens (SCOTS 1) are still going strong and are at the top of the ladder with Strikers and Renegades breathing down their necks. The girls had a very successful season and all players stood up to challenges when on court. The Opens will play in the semi-finals next Tuesday at the WALEC courts, your support will really give them a boost so please come along to cheer our girls to victory.

Pipes and Drums Concert – BOOK NOW

Equestrian News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

As we approach the three quarter mark of Term 3, the Equestrian team continues to build on their skills and successes each week.  Kate Lyttle (Year 11) flew the flag for the Equestrian team last week at the Ekka, taking part in junior section of the Showjumping over five huge days. Kate reported that it was a strong competition and a wonderful experience.

Over the weekend, we had two of our riders compete at the Tamworth International Event. Maddie Keddy showed great sportsmanship even though the results were not what she was hoping for. Georgia Rohde was happy to have both of her horses in the 2* – she was also the only rider in her class to go clear and on time in her cross country on both horses.

This weekend we are excited to host Kimberley and Jess Sammon who are holding a camp draft clinic in Tannymorel.  We have a number of riders taking part – this is an excellent opportunity and we are very grateful for Kim and Jess to be giving up their time to share their campdrafting skills with us.  Our representative riders are also busy training and preparing.  The National competition is only three weeks away!

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

T3W7 Sport Fixtures

T3W7 Co-curricular Programme

It has been a busy fortnight in the Co-curricular office.  Our students have continued to rise to the challenge at each event and I am quite sure we’ll have many tired kids who will be seeking some rest as this week draws to a close.

Here’s a brief update on what has been happening – more results will follow in next week’s newsletter as we gain some time to regroup after a busy few days.

Queensland School Sport 10-12yrs Track and Field

The Queensland School Sport 10-12 years’ athletics meet finished up last Friday in Brisbane.  At the time of publication in last week’s newsletter we were still awaiting some of the final results to roll in.

We are pleased to report the following:

Hayley Wainwright has secured a spot on the Queensland team for 10 years’ girls after taking out the silver medal in the combined event.  She placed first in the 800m, second in the 100m, and 12th in both shotput and long jump.  Hayley also received a silver medal for the 10 years girls relay.

Nicholas Denny will also don the maroon for Queensland in the 12 years’ boys after bringing home a swag of medals in the following events: bronze in the 100m, silver in the 200m, gold in long jump.



Congratulations to all of our SCOTS PGC students who proudly represented their school and region in the following events:

Riley Wainwright – 12 years boys Long jump (13th place)

Bailey Harm – 11 years boys High Jump (6th place)

Tanner Henley – 11 years Shotput (10th place)

Ellyse Kruger – 11 years Discus (24th place)

Warwick All Schools Athletics

A spectacular turnout for the Warwick All Schools Athletics event, despite the windy conditions.  SCOTS PGC hosted the event at Briggs and was delighted to welcome students from various schools around the region. Results will follow in next week’s newsletter, please stay tuned.

Broncos Cup

We have a number of students participating in the Broncos Cup in various sports today around Warwick.  We will have a complete wrap up in next week’s edition.

Cricket Coaching Opportunity – FREE

Primary school aged cricket enthusiasts are invited to come along to a free coaching clinic this Saturday morning (24 August) at 9:00 am at Slade Park, Warwick.  The Wanderers Queensland are playing Warwick later on in the afternoon, but are keen to share their cricket skills with young cricketers during the morning.

Supporting Our Children

Kyle Thompson | Principal

Parenting is one, if not the, hardest, most complex, yet most rewarding ‘jobs’ you can have. Every day requires energy, and more energy, diplomatic skill greater than many UN ambassadors, the skills and understanding of a referee who not only understands the rules, but also understands the game and the ability to figure it out as we go. There is no handbook, no licence requirements, and to top it off, an ever changing world that perhaps, as parents, we may struggle to keep up to date and at terms with. Even writing this introduction is challenging because how does one describe or wrap up parenting in words?

In being a parent, what is it that our kids want from us? And, not just in simple terms of food, shelter and safety. What is it we can be doing for them as they navigate their way through school, particularly the high school years when thrust upon them is the reality that all this ‘stuff’ they have been doing at school finally counts (yes, I know, this should not have come as a surprise to them but it always seems to).

Last week, I was able to read a report from The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) on what today’s teenagers want their parents to be saying and doing, as they navigate the stressors of their senior years. The report, aptly titled “Please Say You’re Proud of Me” found that students in years 10-12 experienced tension between asserting their independence while still wanting and needing the support and guidance of parents in their education and future. The report shows that parental support is a key factor in them doing well and setting the foundation for their futures. This is not to say that the parents’ job is to solve all their problems or to run interference on some of the challenges that will present themselves during this stage of schooling.

So how much involvement do our boys and girls want? There are four consistent themes in the report:

  1. Parents focussing on the positive, expressing pride in the child’s achievements and accepting who they are as a person
  2. Reminding them that you love them unconditionally and are always there for them
  3. Offering practical guidance in tackling stresses and other problems at school and in life in general
  4. Encouragement and support in allowing them to follow their own aspirations and make their own decisions for their futures, rather than being pressured into pursuing their parents’ dreams.

Students in the report acknowledged the importance of academics but articulated that success was broader than just academic results. Success for them included establishing and maintaining friendships, developing life skills and doing well in co-curricular activities. Many students also noted the pressure to do well adversely affected their mental health and the maintenance of a healthy balance between study, friends and family life.

In engaging with our boys and girls, this can be as simple as talking to them in regards to what challenged them at school today, discussing news items, discussing their homework or perhaps most importantly, listening to their views.

In short, our boys and girls need and will continue to need the support of their families as they progress through their senior schooling. As care givers, finding the balance of support, developing independence, and articulating our unconditional care for them are the ingredients for a successful outcome for our students, in whatever guise that is to take.

From the Co-curricular Desk

T3W6 Sport Fixtures

T3W6 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities


Congratulations to all on the fantastic effort on Monday at the QCIS Athletics.

In the Aggregate, we finished a creditable third place above Downlands College and Concordia College.  We were just 42 points behind TAS in second place with the overwhelmingly strong ATC and Brigidine combination just too strong for us all in first.

This fantastic effort in the Aggregate made it easy for us to take the Average trophy with the smallest school population in the competition – a great effort from all to secure this title. Next year our eyes will be fixed on toppling TAS in the Aggregate race.

We congratulate the following students for their record breaking performances in their respective age group events as follows:

Hayley Wainwright – 200m, Long Jump, High Jump

Nicholas Denny – 200m, 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put

Beau Kendall – Javelin

Samuel Wainwright – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Kira Holmes – Javelin

William Gilmore – Discus

Again, thank you to all those who contributed to our success and congratulations on our collective and your individual triumphs.


Border District Athletics

The busy week of events continued on Thursday with the Border District Carnival held at Warwick SHS. The day brought success across several events with outstanding individual performances recorded in all age groups.

In the race for the Aggregate Trophy, Warwick State High School took out the title with 463 points.  We were close behind on 420 points with Assumption bringing up third place some distance back. Allora pipped us for the Average trophy this year, but all was not lost with our individual students figuring in the Age Championship results as listed below.

Harry Mayall and Samuel Wainwright shared a three way tie for the 13 years Age Champion. Cooper Seng was Runner up in the 15 years Boys Age Championship. Shona McFarland dominated with her sheer weight of events and dogged determination to take the 16 years Girls Age Championship. Finally, in the Senior Age Championship Caitlin Skaines and Samuel Proudlove both took the top honour to round out a superb performance from what was a reasonably small team.

Other individuals to shine on the day included Ewan McFarland and Zara Kruger in their respective 3000m events, while Mackenzie Mayall was outstanding dominating many track events in the 15 years age group. Harry Mayall was a standout performer in the 13 years 100m, 200m and 400m but really shone as a last minute substitution in the Open Boys Relay, who were narrowly defeated by WSHS on the line. Shona’s PB in the High Jump was one to behold, and Chloe Wainwright was a leading light for the 15 years’ girls.

The greatest highlight for me as team manager was seeing so many of our great students chipping in and having a go to fill vacated spots due to illness or injury. This selflessness and service to their school is what SCOTS PGC is all about and I thank all for the part they played.

Finally, a huge thank you goes out to our Gap students Jeremy, Scott, Alyssa and Sophia for their work as team managers and track officials and to Mr Wilson and Mr Campbell for their support and work with the team and out officiating the shot put.




Queensland School Sport 10-12yrs Track and Field

In news from the State Championships in Brisbane, Nicholas Denny has pulled off the performance of the year to grasp the bronze in the 12 years Boys 100m Final, whilst Bailey Harm has finished 6th in the 11 years High Jump.

Hayley and Riley Wainwright sit reasonably placed in the Combined event after the 100m and Long Jump and will contest the Shot Put and the 800m tomorrow to finalise this event.

Tanner Henley and Ellyse Kruger were yet to throw in their events at the time of compiling this report so we eagerly await their results.


Warwick All Schools Athletics

Next Thursday 22 August, SCOTS PGC hosts the 2019 Warwick All Schools Athletics involving Year 7-12 students in the 12 years to 17/18 years age divisions. Pre events will be held on Wednesday afternoon commencing at 3.45pm and the main day commences at 9.00am Thursday. Spectators are welcome and a canteen will be in operation.


SWQ All Schools Touch

On Sunday 18 August three SCOTS PGC Touch Teams will take on the best of the South West schools in the annual Touch Carnival at Kearneys Spring, Toowoomba. We wish the Under 15 Boys, Under 15 Girls and Under 18 Mixed Teams all the very best at this event. With positions in the Open Mixed Team for Queensland All Schools at stake all players will be trying their best to impress. Games commence at 8.45am and the team is departing at 7.00am.

Gym Closures

Due to dwindling numbers on Monday and Tuesday mornings the Gym will be closed until warmer weather brings out our gym goers once again. The Gym will remain open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings for the remainder of the term.

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Our Equestrian team had a very quiet weekend, which is quite unusual if you compare it to the many other busy weekends we have already experienced this term.

Nevertheless, we are still committed to training and practice and are happy to report that a few of our students are heading to the Ekka over the course of the weekend and early next week to compete in various events.  In addition, we also have two of our students setting off to ride at the Tamworth One-day event which is also scheduled for this weekend.

A reminder that registrations for the Kim and Jess Sammon Campdraft Clinic need to be forwarded to our Equestrian Coordinator, Grace Buchholz as soon as possible, please.

Grace can be contacted by phoning the College reception 07 4666 9811 or email grace.buchholz@scotspgc.com.au


Year 9s experience Outward Bound

Mr Jonathon Fender | Outdoor Education Coordinator

Our Year 9 class set off an outdoor education experience during Week 3 this term.  The Outward Bound camp is designed to challenge our students to utilise and build on their teamwork skills to work through a series of outdoor activities.  Students learn more about themselves, their physical strengths and their ability to navigate situations that might not always be within their comfort zones.  We asked some of our students to reflect on their Outward Bound experience, here’s what they had to say:

Outward Bound Camp was an eye-opening experience for all.  We participated in activities such as hiking with our packs on that contained all of our gear for the few days we were away. We went mountain biking and climbed Big Ben, the massive tree. While we were away we learned that teamwork is so important not just while climbing trees but in fact for everyday activities. While breakfast was supplied for us, we had to prepare all our other meals. This is where we used our teamwork skills as some cut up the food and others cleaned up. Overall, I think our tutor group (9.2) enjoyed the mountain biking the most as there were so many hills to go up and down! Our instructor, Jenny, was great too as she introduced us to some fun games to play around the campfire at night. – Alexandra Rickett


One of the activities I took part in on camp was a hike.  We had to walk along dirt trails up and down hills and through the bush.  We were in groups of two or three people and for a certain part of the hike each group had the map and were in charge of navigation.  This meant they had to lead the rest of us to the next destination on the hike.  The trail was approximately 8 kilometres long and consisted of very dense terrain.

What I took away from this camping activity, were the skills to read a map and navigate a trail.  I also learned the ‘good old’ lesson of: If you try your hardest at something and don’t give up when it gets tough you will succeed at it.  I also learned to always help others when they need help and also to accept help if it is offered and you need it. – Juliana Cox


On the Wednesday morning of Week 3, the Year 9 class set off for Outward Bound.  Once we arrived, the first thing we did was divide into our tutor groups and pack our gear into our hiking packs.  We needed to carry all of our clothes and supplies for the next three days.  Shortly afterwards we had lunch, then began our walk towards our first camping site.  Once we arrived, we were told that our first activity was to climb Big Ben.  Big Ben was a tree not far from our campsite, which we all climbed while attached to a rope.  The climb certainly exercised our patience and team work skills.

Our activities over the next couple of days included an eight kilometre hike, mountain biking, as well as team building activities. Outward Bound allowed us to learn an abundance of new skills and helped us to get to know each other more. – Eliana Jones

Year One Need your Coles Minis!

Once again, Year One are on the hunt for the Coles mini shop collectables for use in their mathematics program.  If you are a Coles shopper our Year 1 students would be grateful for any collectable you are willing to part with. Please drop items to Reception or the JAM Office.

Community Notices


Baesango Village – a ‘Booming’ settlement in the Solomon Islands

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

It is really impossible to know where to start when asked, ‘how did it go?’ regarding the 12-day cultural encounter that was SCOTS PGC College’s inaugural venture to the Solomon Islands.  Words fail me, and continue to do so, as I flounder about, vainly attempting to place even a few of the most memorable moments in a semblance of order; and even how to categorise them?  Most emotional, most hilarious, most significant for our students/the village of Baesango/the local primary school/ or perhaps even any ‘near misses?’

Most hilarious?  As school seems always to be finished by early afternoon, the Baesango children have a lot of time on their hands; and of course no screens, no internet, no electricity.  Creativity is key, so imagine my curiosity when the rain forest canopy began to be quite literally shaken by loud explosions, emanating from somewhere close to the Kwarea River, interrupting my quiet reading at about 2 pm.  I saw in the distance a small group of our own students clearly able to see exactly was going on, and when I yelled an enquiry in their direction I received the response that teachers, and parents, all over the world know means, ‘get down here now!’

‘There’s nothing to see, Sir!’  I was assured.  ‘You just carry on reading’.

Well, off I went, of course. There, in a clearing right beside the river was a 1.5-metre long, 10 cm diameter hollowed-out bamboo pipe, or should I say cannon.  Tilted at about 20 degrees, held by a framework of sawn timber, with a hole cut at the lower end was the cause of the afternoon disturbance.  One of the most mischievous, and endearing village boys, Jonathan, and his assistants had borrowed the small petrol can used to top up the village’s generator (placed into service only for special cultural events such as our nightly festivals of tribal dancing and music) and was carefully pouring fuel into the hole and using torn rags as a fuse.  A box of matches, from who-knows-where, was then utilised to light the fuse and within a few seconds, the pool of petrol inside the cannon exploded with a very surprising but quite satisfying, ‘BOOM!’

But cannons need cannon balls, or the like, and these lads had decided that due to a lack of nicely rounded river pebbles of the right diameter, that they would use other locally-available natural ordinance, namely the brown frogs so common around the village and in the rainforest.

A gang of younger boys (why is it so often boys?!) collected these amply-proportioned amphibians and loaded them, one at a time, down the muzzle of the bamboo cannon.  Just in case you are appalled at my apparent lack of compassion for Solomon Island wildlife, quite miraculously the frogs, duly ejected from the barrel of the cannon, and enduring a curved trajectory for a flight of 5-10 metres, all survived the ordeal!

Surprised, probably highly confused, the frogs I witnessed entertaining these lads, seemed to do something of a dusting of themselves off before hopping back towards the quieter, more traditional habitat of the forest undergrowth.  Indeed, perhaps it is this remarkable, endearing ability to cope with the unusual extra-curricular activity that has allowed the local frogs, unlike the area’s crocodiles, fish, birds and other edible wildlife to survive, indeed thrive around the village?  We had been assured by one of our hosts, when asked why there was so little fauna to photograph, that anything sufficiently big and tasty enough to eat, would have been consumed long before now.

Baesango has etched an indelible mark on all of us.  Everyone will have their own highlight, I am sure, but as I mentioned at a welcoming ceremony at Honore (otherwise known as ‘OneOne’) Primary School, while the natural beauty of the area is beyond question it is the inner beauty of the people that made our time there unique; and it will keep us returning for many years to come.









Continued success in National Geography Competition

Mr Mike Keevers | Head of Humanities

This year students from Year 8 to 12 entered into the National Geography Competition, sponsored by The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, The University of Queensland and The Australian Geography Teachers Association. The College has been entering students into the competition for over twenty years, and I am delighted to see that our success has continued.

A total of 73,000 students entered into the competition from all states and territories across Australia. Our top student was Joshua Crow from Year 11, who achieved a result that placed him in the top 1% in Australia. In all, the College received 5 Credits, 12 distinctions and 6 high distinctions. This is an outstanding effort from our students. Recognition too, to our teachers who assisted these students in receiving these results.

The awards will be presented to the students at the next available assembly.

Australian Geography Competition Awardees


Australian Geography Competition Awardees

Dustin HeslinCredit8
Briana WareDistinction8
Rosie-May ProudloveDistinction8
Sophie BrennanDistinction8
Alexis ZernerDistinction8
Jessica ThomasHigh Distinction8
Hannah MyerHigh Distinction9
Harriet PlummerDistinction9
Chloe WainwrightDistinction9
Juliana CoxCredit9
Charlotte EllisCredit9
Eliana JonesCredit9
Georgia MoodyCredit9
Samantha McKechnieHigh Distinction10

Felicity Sellick
High Distinction10
Ewan McFarlandHigh Distinction10
Dean MauchDistinction10
Lincoln McNairDistinction10
Will LawrenceDistinction10
Michael KeoghDistinction10
William GilmoreDistinction10
Kirra-Louise KuhnCredit10
Abby DalzielDistinction11
Joshua CrowHigh Distinction11

Book your spot with Campdraft Legends

The Equestrian Centre have arranged a Campdraft Clinic for SCOTS PGC students who are keen to learn more about the sport of campdrafting.  Our instructors are Kim and Jess Sammon, who are based in Beaudesert, Queensland.  They are renowned for their campdrafting careers, winning many titles and drafts around the country.

If you are interested in attending the clinic to be held on 24 and 25 August at Tannymorel, please contact Grace Buchholz prior to 17 August. The cost of the clinic will be $200 for SCOTS PGC students and parents.

If there are spots still available after 17 August, the clinic will be open for outsides participants at a cost of $250.

Any questions, please contact Grace – grace.buchholz@scotspgc.com.au

Possum Magic was Magical

Mrs Shell Campbell | Year 1 Teacher

On Tuesday 6 August, our beautiful Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students travelled to the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba to view the Mem Fox classic, ‘Possum Magic’.  We all had a wonderful time and our students enjoyed having lunch at Queens Park as well.  Our Year One students wrote about their wondrous Possum Magic adventure….

Poss and Hush lived in Australia. Hush wanted to be visible again, so she had to eat people food. She ate pavlova, vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons. They had to visit all of the capitals of Australia.  I liked when they went to the Sydney Harbour for the Count Down and when they went to Brisbane and Hobart and Darwin and Perth.   (Steph)

I went in a bus to Toowoomba. It felt like 1000000 years. We went to the Empire Theatre and there was a police station next to the theatre. When we were going, our total group took over lots of seats.  They were so soft. My favourite character was the snake. I went on a roundabout at the park. I pushed and I rode it too. (Lewis)

We went to Queens Park, but before that Hus was funny. I don’t know how they opened up the spell book without touching it! It was magical! (Alayna)

On Tuesday we went to Toowoomba to see Possum Magic. The possum used magic. I sat next to Lewis and Hope. The seat felt like a pillow. I liked the costumes. I liked the flames that went up. They went all around Australia. It was fun because we walked so far. I saw a police station too. The characters had a spell book. They also had a bike. It was a good bike. We went on a bus. Lucas talked to me. I fell asleep on the bus. It was fun! (Hunter)

We went on a big bus to Toowoomba. We went to the Empire Theatre. There were red velvet seats. They were fluffy seats. They were very good seats. Grandma Poss turned Hush invisible. They went to Hobart, Darwin, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Hush had to eat people food. The snake went ssssssssssssssss. It was scary. He did not catch her. (Franky)

From the Co-Curricular Desk

T3W5 Sport Fixtures
T3W5 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Bailey Harm A.K.A Superfish

Congratulations to Year 6 student, Bailey Harm, who has just returned from a very successful swim meet to represent his school and state at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Melbourne.

Bailey was the star Queensland swimmer who helped his team to victory in the Boys’ Freestyle Relay.  He also swam the backstroke leg of the Mixed Medley Relay and the Boys’ Medley Relay, earning another gold and silver medal for the respective events.

This is an honourable achievement.  Well done, Bailey.


Darling Downs Under 15 Rugby Union Team

Starting Thursday, the Queensland School Sport Under 15 Rugby Union Championships are being held at Highfields where three SCOTS players have been given the opportunity to represent the region.

Hank Zammit, Darcy Zammit and Kaleb Chidgzey will all, I am sure, give a good account of themselves as they go head to head with some of the State’s best representative players. They will not be in unfamiliar territory as the boys will be coached by Mr Anthony Savovski and Mr Vladimir Savovski as the Regional Coaches and Mr Jonathan Fender will also be on hand as the Team Manager.


Queensland 10-12 years Track and Field

As we go to print this week our members of the Darling Downs 10-12 years Track and Field Team are putting on the final preparations for their assault on the State Championships which are scheduled to take place in Brisbane next Thursday and Friday 15-16 August.

We wish Tanner Henley, Bailey Harm, Riley Wainwright, Nicholas Denny, Hayley Wainwright, and Ellyse Kruger all the very best as they take on the might of the Brisbane regions. We look forward to updates of their exploits and hearing of their experiences on their return to the College.

Grandparents Day – 30th August 2019

Our annual Grandparents Day is fast approaching on Friday 30 August.  This is a special day on the SCOTS PGC calendar which sees the Junior and Middle School students bring their grandparents along to school for a special day of activities and morning tea.  Our boys and girls look forward to this day, just as much as our grandparents do.

Whilst most invitations have been posted out already, we’d like to ensure that we’ve captured all of our SCOTS PGC grandparents.  Please see the attached invitation and RSVP to Alisi Malolo as soon as you are able if you haven’t already.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cattle Club hits the EKKA

Bridie Shooter | Cattle Club Captain

On Sunday morning, eight cattle club members, lead by the ‘mother’ of the group, Mrs Goonan and the Cattle Club coordinator, Mr Collet, headed off to Brisbane for the Ekka. Bridie, Harriet, Clay, Lily, Thea, Mia, Josh and Marty jumped off the bus and were thrown into the bustling metropolis of cattle, that is the School Steer Section. For many of them, it was their first time at the Ekka and with some guidance, they were able to find a stall, prepare the animals and have them ready for showing the next day.

Monday saw the commencement of the School Paraders’ Competition. Lily was successful in the Intermediates class coming away with an 8th place, a huge achievement in a class of over 100 other students. Bridie made the finals in the Senior class but was unable to secure a ribbon.

On Tuesday, the Cattle Judging and the Junior Judging events unfolded. Bridie, Clay and Lily competed in the Team Judging competition, producing a great speech; however, they were not successful in gaining a placing. Mia should be highly commended for her second place in the Junior Judging, which is a major achievement. The school steer, Panda, placed 3rd in his class.

Taking a break from the cattle work, the students headed out on the town Tuesday night. The youngest of the group, Marty Warboys, could not suppress the excitement on his face as he travelled through Brisbane for what he admitted to being his very first time. Neither one of the team could argue that they weren’t impressed with the size of the cinema screen at Chermside.

Overall, it was a great effort from each of the students and it was awesome to get along with the other schools and students, with particular mention to Coonamble High School and the New England Girls School.

Students in the Spotlight

Sports Darling Downs Breakfast

Will Gilmore and Zara Kruger were recognised for their contribution to their respective sports of athletics and football at a special breakfast in Toowoomba during July.

Will won the silver medal in the Under 17 Hammer Throw, and performed in the top 8 for Discus, at the Australian Athletics Championships.

Zara is a member of the Queensland 15 years Schoolgirls Football team as well as the Under 14 Girls Queensland State Club team.

It is fantastic to see our students in the spotlight in the wider community.  Congratulations!


C Badge Status for Holly

Earlier this month Holly Naughten was awarded a National C Badge for netball umpiring.  Holly travelled to Toowoomba to umpire a competition match in front of a panel of officials, who were impressed with her skills and knowledge as a young umpire.

The National C Badge now entitles Holly to umpire at competitions Australia wide.

Well done Holly!


EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Time does not stand still in the Equestrian Centre.  Our weekends continue to be filled with more competitions giving many of our team members the opportunity to grow and improve all the time.  Last weekend, saw four of our riders compete at the Gatton World Cup Show Jumping.  Beau and Kate Lyttle, Georgia Rohde and Tom Keable all had a great weekend of riding, however, Beau was our star, placing in the majority of the classes he competed in.  Tom also had a brilliant weekend placing in the Young Riders as first qualifier.

The EKKA has officially kicked off and we will have a few of our riders travelling to compete in various events at the RNA showgrounds.  Best of luck to everyone! We look forward to sharing your results.

Community Notices


A Warm Welcome to SCOTS PGC

Miss Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

When you make a change or enter a new place, it is the little things that matter.  In a recent Chapel service, I shared with the students the quote ‘no act of kindness, no matter how small, ever goes unnoticed’.  As I have begun my time at SCOTS PGC, the small acts of kindness have made the transition to a new school, new house and new town so positive.  The smiles and greetings as I’ve walked around campus, someone showing me the way to a classroom on the first day, the chats that happen around the table at the Dining Hall or someone letting me know where the best coffee shop is in town have all made my move to Warwick and to SCOTS PGC special and just that little bit less overwhelming.

Despite the below-zero temperatures giving me a true introduction to the weather in this part of the world, I have been welcomed so warmly by the SCOTS PGC community.  Getting to know you all through our ‘meet and greet’ events, or through chats on the Junior School stairs of a morning, has helped me to get a feel for the College, and especially the people who come together to make it the special place that it is.  The students are genuine, caring and interested.  They want to get to know you and it is clear that they love their school.  Getting to know the students, hearing their stories and having them share their experiences with me has been a highlight of my first few weeks at the College.

Other highlights over the past few weeks have included:

  • Sharing in the Centenary celebrations with the College
  • Presenting our Year 4 Leaders for this term with their badges
  • Joining Year 1 as they explored the Japanese culture with their special visitor
  • Spending time in the Prep classroom and having our youngest students share their love of learning and play with me
  • Having dinner with the boarders and getting to know some of our Junior Boys’ Boarders a little better
  • Introducing a new STEM unit to Year 6 and having them come up with creative ideas about what makes a good playground design
  • Meeting with the Middle School Leaders and listening to their ideas about Middle School and their passion for the College
  • Getting to know the dedicated and passionate staff who work across the College, but especially those who support and guide our Junior and Middle School students

We all know that change can be challenging.  We have had new students join us this term.  I am sure for these families that the change to a new school may have presented some challenges, but from speaking to the students and the families, they too, have felt so warmly welcomed by the SCOTS PGC community.

Our students returned from the holidays ready and eager to get underway with Semester 2.  New units of study have begun in classrooms and new co-curricular activities have gotten underway.  Our students are busy inside and outside of the classrooms each day and are fortunate to attend a school like SCOTS PGC that provides them with such a vast array of opportunities to develop their strengths and explore their interests and talents.  I look forward to them continuing to share their excitement for learning and hearing the stories about what they have been up to as the semester progresses.




Mathematicians Rewarded

A group of students from Years 5-7 celebrated their maths achievements with a special morning tea today hosted by Miss Brittain in the Archive Centre.

The criteria for such a worthy honour was achieving a growth rate of over 200% throughout last term within the Maths Pathways programme.  The impromptu morning tea consisted of warm milos, cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.  Our young mathematicians believe their classmates will all be striving to reach the same high growth rates – especially when the rewards involve a delicious morning tea!

Congratulations to these students – keep up the excellent work!

An Update on life in Prep

Mrs Sharyn Bomford | Prep Teacher

The Prep room has been a hive of activity this term already – we’ve jumped straight into learning all about a number of wonderful topics which are very relevant to issues we come across in our everyday lives.

Science: Weather in my world unit

So far this term we have talked about the different types of weather and the symbols used to communicate weather conditions. We are checking Warwick’s weather forecast daily on the BOM site and recording our observations on our weather chart. We plan to use our weather data to display our results in the form of a picture graph which will be undertaken in one of our maths sessions.

This week we looked at the water cycle to understand why it rains. We did two experiments – Rain in a Plastic Bag and Rain Cloud in a jar. During the experiments we discussed evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection to further develop our understanding of the water cycle. Watching a cloud form in our jar today was very exciting!

Geography – What is my place?

In geography we are asking ourselves questions like “What are places like?” and “What makes a place special?” So far this term we have discussed what do we know about places and maps. We shared places special to us with each other and also wondered about places we would like to visit. Our Art and writing pieces titled I’m leaving on a jet plane… are taking us to places here in Australia and overseas. Elsie was keen to find out about Disneyland in America. We are going to put an information stand together in our airport this week to encourage other people to book a flight to the USA. Other destinations of interest were Egypt, China, Japan and London. Eliza really wants to meet Queen Elizabeth and Felix would like to explore Ancient Egypt. Our passports and boarding passes are ready to go. Over the term please drop into Prep to check out some exciting destinations to visit.


Centenary Celebrations

It has been a momentous week in the College’s history as we marked 100 years since the official opening of The Scots College.  Scots was first established in 1919, just one year after the opening of the Presbyterian Girls College (PGC).

Past students rallied together to honour the College at various events which began last Friday with a special luncheon at the Queensland Club in Brisbane.  Over the weekend, the College hosted the Past Students Association Reunion celebrations which comprised a lunch on Pipers Knoll, College tours at both the Oxenham and Locke Street campuses and then a dinner in the dining hall with past students who graduated anywhere from five to sixty years ago.

A chapel service followed on Sunday to honour the 100th birthday of Scots which was once again well attended by students past and present.

On Monday the College hosted a special commemorative Centenary Assembly attracting past students and community members to our College to honour the special centennial milestone.  Our guest speaker and past student, His Honour Judge Sandy Horneman-Wren SC accurately depicted what it means to be part of SCOTS PGC and spoke of memories which resonated with all who were in attendance.

Today, our Junior School hosted their own special assembly and invited our longest serving current teacher, Mr Keevers for a special history lesson on Scots College.

The week has provided our community with moments to reflect and remember what it means to be part of such a special place which is proud of its rich 100-year history.

Book Week is just around the corner…

Mrs Christine Peterson | Head of Library Services

August is book month in the libraries and we are happy to announce that this year’s theme is “Reading is my secret power.”  With this in mind, our students will be looking at both books where the character has some secret power (NOT super power) for example; The Magic Finger, Matilda, Harry Potter, The Cat in the Hat, and Possum Magic, as well as books from the CBCA notable books list.

To celebrate we also have a variety of activities planned across the calendar:

12th – 16th August is Book Fair

19th -23rd is Book Week

On Monday 19 August at 9 am we will host our Junior School Book Parade where students are encouraged to dress up as characters that have a secret power.

On the evening of Wednesday 21 August, we are hosting a family night where I hope you will come and bring a plate to share for dinner, followed by a story before bedtime.  We will start this at 6 pm in the WALEC and should be finished about 7 pm.  Children can come in their PJ’s if they wish.

I look forward to seeing you all at one or all of these events.

Jeans for Genes Casual Clothes Day

Thank you to the students and staff for supporting the 2019 Jeans for Genes Day Casual Clothes Day, a total of $463.10 was raised.

From the Co-Curricular Desk

T3W4 Sport Fixtures

T3W4 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Queensland 10-19 years Orienteering Championship

Last weekend three SCOTS PGC students attended the Queensland 10-19 years Orienteering Championships in and around Brisbane.

Chloe Wainwright and William Gilmore were attending as first timers to this event whilst Ewan McFarland was returning as a seasoned veteran.  The championships are conducted over three events across the weekend.

The first was the Hagaby event. In a “hagaby” event, the course is divided into loops. There is a mass start. Each competitor completes all the loops, but not necessarily in the same order. In this event all three of our students performed quite well with Chloe 6th, Ewan 6th and William 7th in their respective age groups.

The second event was held later that afternoon and was the sprint event. No time to delay here with speed and accuracy of map reading the necessary skills across the bushland course. Here Chloe received 7th place, whilst Ewan and Will battled it out for 8th and 9th respectively.

The final event was the Individual Long Course. This is a true test of endurance where competitors must traverse the course as fast as possible and negotiate the quickest possible route after assessing the terrain represented on their map. Here is where Chloe shone with a best placing for the weekend of 5th in the Junior Girls. Ewan, contesting the senior boys event, but unfortunately he mis-punched a station and was relegated down the finish order. Will had the option to contest the Standard Course as a novice at these championships and successfully pulled off the win bringing home the gold medal.

Unfortunately, a maximum of just five students can be picked in the Queensland Team and none of our students finished high enough to gain selection; however, Chloe’s 5th in the Long Course certainly gave the selectors cause for thought and with further experience she may make a solid claim at next year’s event.

Congratulations to all students from a very proud College community.


National U15 Schoolgirls Football Championships

Zara Kruger remains a very busy girl with her attendance at these Championships in Sydney following her recent attendance at the Queensland Cross Country Championships and the Nation FFA U14 Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour. I am once again pleased to report Zara has played a significant role in the Queensland team’s performance thus far. The team scored a 2-1 win in their opening encounter and a 2-2 win on Thursday. Looking at Zara’s schedule you would think she was a part of the Matilda’s squad as she moves from day to day recovery, training and match routines. We wish Zara well for the remainder of the Tournament and look forward to hearing of the experience on her return to the College.


Arranmore – Aussie Hoops Programme

This programme has moved to Thursday afternoon and has capacity for further students to attend from Prep to Year 6. Please message Mr Bradbury if you would like to join this programme. We currently have 11 registered participants but only three were available this past Thursday. Mr Pop Dickerson is conducting the programme and has a wealth of knowledge to impart to the students in a fun and relaxed manner that makes all students feel like an NBA superstar.


Athletics Team Members

All Athletics Team members are asked to RSVP ASAP please to confirm their commitment to the team for the QCIS by Monday 5th August as bus need to be booked. We are currently banking on 2 buses for this massive event but require confirmation at your earliest convenience. If parents have received a SEQTA message from me regarding this or any other team it is because it directly affects your child, so please RSVP accordingly.


Broncos Cup Sports Day

The numbers are in and teams formed for the Broncos Cup day on the 23 August at various venues around Warwick. Details for those involved will be coming out soon so parents and students in Years 5-7 (who are turning 10-12 years of age) should keep an eye out on SEQTA for further correspondence.


EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Over the weekend, we had two of our riders compete at the Caboolture World Cup Show Jumping resulting in some great success. Tom Keable came home with 2nd in the Young Rider Championship.

This coming weekend team members will head to Gatton for another World Cup Show Jumping event.  Best of luck to all riders – we are looking forward to sharing your results in next week’s newsletter article.


Cattle Club Update

Mr Peter Collett

Our annual Paddock to Plate tour was a great success last weekend.  Cattle Club students and their families set off on their tour to learn what’s involved in how a steak meets the plate.

The tour included a visit to a local feedlot, John Dee abbatoir and was completed with a butchering demonstration by mobile butcher, Rob McKechnie.  Our students really enjoyed learning about the complete process and where the prime cuts of meat come from.

On Sunday members of our Cattle Club Team will be heading off to the EKKA for the Hoof and Hook Competition. We have nine head of cattle and a similar number of students making their way to Brisbane this weekend and returning on Wednesday afternoon. The College team will compete against 30 other schools for the trophy of best school. This is based on an accumulation of points from the Junior Judges, Paraders, Herdperson and school steer competitions.

Best of luck team!

Life-Long Learning

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
― Henry Ford

This is the season of new beginnings, soon the cold, frosty mornings will melt away to the renewal of spring.  Endorsement, the first big event of the new QCE System is almost upon us, the Year 10s are currently in the midst of deciding their future path, visiting the Warwick and USQ careers day, and the Jumpers and Jazz festival is in full swing.  This can be a confusing and challenging time, but we are here to help.  The most important mantra at this time is to choose subjects you enjoy, you are achieving well in and that are prerequisites for University courses and careers.  Below is a link to a presentation I delivered to Year 10 parents at the SET Plan interviews, but it is relevant to any parent of students in Year 11 and below, who are interested in the new system.


 “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
― Socrates

As humans we never stop learning and as a consequence, there is always a way.  We have to continue to expand and adapt our minds to cope with the multitude of new experiences and situations, regardless of our age.  When we talk about the lifelong learning mindset, we think about the cultivation of habits as opposed to just the achievement of goals.  One of the greatest gifts teachers can give students is developing their capacity and desire to learn independently.

It is worth noting that global curricula indicate a strong focus on the development of the following skills:

  • A vision of students as ‘lifelong learners’
  • Principles of ‘learning to learn’
  • The values of ‘innovation, inquiry and curiosity’
  • Learning areas that emphasis participation beyond school

Here at SCOTS PGC we aim to focus on skills, on the ability to adapt, create and innovate, to enable our students to acquire the ability to solve problems and think for themselves.  Our STEM and Maths Pathways programmes have these skills embedded and our co-curricular offerings expand the learning to outside of the classroom.  Learning in a digital world requires a commitment to continuous learning and reflecting, a process of adoption and adaptation.  It requires subtley, nuance and, ultimately, working together as part of humanity.  Hopefully the publishing of the Semester 1 reports will give students an opportunity to reflect and work towards improvement.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly, or their Head of Year, to discuss any aspect of the report.

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
― Albert Einstein

                Finally, a note about reporting in the new system.  We have changed the reporting process to align with the structure of the new syllabus.  A to E grades will only be awarded at the end of each semester and not for individual assessments.  This is because the new system is set out for grades to be awarded on multiple assessments combined.   Different assessments will have different total marks but the criteria sheets and expectations will be similar across all subjects.  I would encourage all parents not to wait until the end of semester reports are published to track student progress.  All assessments should be available on SEQTA, with feedback on how to improve, as and when they are scheduled.

As with any change of this magnitude, we will not always get it right first time.  I encourage any feedback on reporting and sincerely thank those of you who have already been in contact.  As a matter of course we will be reviewing the changes later in the year and making any adjustments necessary for next year.  If you have any questions or queries about the new system, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Marzano, R. J. (2000). Designing a new taxonomy of educational objectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Year 8 Ventures to Camp Kokoda

Whilst the large majority of SCOTS PGC College students were preparing to return for their first day of Term 3 last Tuesday, our Year 8 class were psyching themselves up for three days of outdoor adventure at Camp Kokoda.

Departing early on Tuesday morning, during a week that was one of our coldest to date this winter, our Year 8 class set off for camp.  Upon arrival at Camp Kokoda, situated on the outskirts of Boonah and overlooking Maroon Dam, our campers split up into their respective tutor groups and prepared to embrace all the outdoor education experience had to offer.

A challenging three days ensued which comprised a number of outdoor activities designed to explore comfort zones, foster team spirit and deliver an experience which encourages a great sense of accomplishment.   The high ropes course was a popular activity amongst the students with many beaming with pride upon completion of the obstacle.

From all reports our crew of Year 8 students and their tutors conquered Camp Kokoda and survived their three-day adventure. They arrived safely back to school Thursday afternoon with a newfound appreciation for the creature comforts of home that they previously took for granted – shower, a comfy bed and a hearty home cooked meal.

A special thanks to all of the staff who were involved in making the camp experience possible and congratulations to our students for embracing all that Camp Kokoda had to offer.

Changing of the Guard – New Leaders in Junior School

A new term also represents a new leadership team in our Junior School.  Earlier this year the College implemented an experiential model to develop leadership skills in our Junior School students. Throughout the year, every Year 4 student is provided with the opportunity to spend one school term on the leadership team. The leadership team is made up of approximately 6-7 students who are given additional responsibilities around the College.

At the end of each term, students hand their badge onto a fellow student who will be part of the leadership team the next term. Here at SCOTS, we believe every student can benefit from being given opportunities to learn and further develop their skills working as part of a team, showing inclusiveness, initiative, responsibility and committing to the overall values and life of our College community.

Congratulations to our new leaders for Term 3, Thomas Worboys, Hamish Bayley, William Collins, Alexander Tweddell, Bridie Hutchison and Emma Woodside.  We are excited to be working with each of you throughout the next couple of months!

Wine & Cheese Night – P&F

A friendly reminder that the P&F will be hosting a Wine and Cheese Night this coming Monday, 29 July at 5.00pm in the Learning Resource Centre (Senior School Library).

This is an opportunity for us to get together as a community and welcome our new Head of Junior and Middle School, Amy Woodgate.

For catering purposes, please kindly RSVP as soon as possible via a SEQTA message to Clare Cartmill.