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.

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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


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 –

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.

Maths Tutorials are still on!

Students in Years 7 to 12 can access before school Maths tutorials with Miss Brittain in Room 11 from 8.00am to 8:30am.

Years 7 and 8 – Tuesday

Years 9 and 10 – Wednesday

Years 11 and 12 – Thursday

Students are asked to come ready with questions they want help with, and to bring their Maths workbook.

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

The start of Term 3 has not slowed down our equestrian team. We had two of our riders compete at Gatton show over the weekend with great success. Thomas Keable won the Young Riders and Chase Naylor placed 6th in the juniors. Mia Bischoff attended the Boonah Campdraft and had a great time.

The equestrian calendar is still quite full for the remainder of this semester.  Our team is very busy ensuring we are properly prepared for events.  We are very excited for what’s in store.

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Queensland Cross Country Results

Last weekend SCOTS had three participants in the Queensland 10-19 years Cross Country Championships held at Highfields Sports Park. Ewan McFarland, Hayley Wainwright and Zara Kruger represented the College and their region in an exemplary manner with all three mentioned in dispatches to me post event for their team focus and efforts across the two days.

In their Individual events each met with mixed results.

Hayley Wainwright (10 Years’ girls):  Hayley finished 58th in her first attempt at a State Championship in Cross Country and learned a lot from her experience I am sure. The field was a hot one and she worked her hardest to get amongst it from the start. On day two Hayley’s relay team finished a creditable 6th of 11 in a close fought relay encounter.

Zara Kruger (13 Years’ girls):  After a big week of football in Coffs Harbour, Zara managed to pull together a great result in 28th position and was the 5th Darling Downs Runner across the line. In the relays on Monday the Darling Downs girls placed 2nd to South Coast in an impressive display giving Zara a nice memento of the Championship.

Ewan McFarland (16 Years’ boys) – With an unfortunate interrupted preparation due to illness in the days approaching the event, Ewan was not on the top of his game but gained a very creditable 30th place.  Ewan ran a new personal best of 21.51 min and was the second Darling Downs competitor across the line. In the relay Ewan pulled a personal best over the 1500m course as the 3rd fastest of the Darling Downs boys in their 7th place finish.

We congratulate all on their efforts and wish them well for the track events fast approaching.


Athletics Carnivals Ahead – Add to your Calendar!

The term is a busy one with the following events involving our student athletes over the coming weeks.

12 August            QCIS Athletics in Brisbane – 10-19 years College Team
(This will involve students from 10-18yrs of age details of which will be in your SEQTA messages over the weekend.)

15-16 August     Queensland 10-12 years State Championships in Brisbane
(Selected College Athletes to be advised)

15 August            Border District Athletics in Warwick – 13-19 years College Team

(The 13-18 years’ team will be attending and the team will be advised in the very near future)

22 August            Warwick All Schools at SCOTS PGC – 13-19yrs College Team
(The 13-18 years’ team will be attending and the team will be advised in the very near future)

29-30 August     Darling Downs 13-19 years Championships in Toowoomba
(Selected College athletes  who have made qualifying standards will attend. Current qualifiers from our carnival will be advised over the weekend.)

As you can see a busy time ahead. Remember training is available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with Mr Bradbury and Mr Campbell along with sprint and distance training on Wednesday and Friday morning’s with Mr Bradbury. Please contact us if you require further details. A reminder that Mr Des Davey will be attending the College on 11 August and 25 August from 2pm to coach interested student in throws and also on 11 September from 3.00pm. Please utilise this service for the benefit of your children.


Arranmore Sports Options

Next week we commence Arranmore Basketball and Athletics. Mrs Cole will be gathering the Athetics students and Mr Heather will gather our Basketballers from the steps of the Junior School. There are still places available in these programmes and parents are asked to SEQTA message Mr Bradbury ASAP to enrol.


Darling Downs Super Schools Rugby Competition

The new and exciting concept in schoolboy Rugby kicks off next week with our Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and Year 11/12 Teams playing their first matches in the competition against Our Lady of the Southern Cross College. Due to camp unfortunately the Year 9/10 game has been postponed until next Friday but the other teams will be hard at it in the opening carnival for the competition at Highfields on Wednesday 31 July.

This competition will see the boys play against Toowoomba Anglican School, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, and Faith Lutheran in a round robin series culminating in the finals towards the end of Term 3. Downs Rugby, the Queensland Rugby Union and the schools involved hope to see this expand to include two further schools in 2020 and offer boys on the Downs an alternative to the traditional schoolboy pathways.


Semester Two Touch

We are calling for interested players to contact Mr Bradbury immediately if they wish to play for the College in any capacity this Semester. We are looking at three representative teams for the South West All Schools and one Open Mixed Team for the Queensland All Schools. Players can play into the local competition in mixed social teams as well. A lack of interest at our recent meeting puts all these teams in doubt for the future of Touch at the College. Training is on Tuesday afternoon for all those wishing to attend the South West and Queensland All Schools and attendance is mandatory.


Welcome Back

Kyle Thompson | Principal

Welcome back to all our students and staff for the commencement of Term 3. I trust that all of our families enjoyed having additional time together throughout the break and now return to routine with renewed energy, ready for all that Term 3 will bring.

In addressing our staff at our chapel service to commence the new semester, I reflected on a couple of personal experiences. The first being the onset of winter. Last year, my first winter in Warwick, I remembered walking to my office and enjoying the cold, the crisp air and clear days. This was an experience that was very different to the winters I had previously experienced and I was enjoying the differences. This year, I still enjoy the cold, just not quite as much as the year before…….and I smile as I consider how much I may enjoy this experience next year. However, winter in the Downs is a special time and place and I truly do take the time to appreciate how special this environment is, despite the many challenges we face at present.

My second reflection was on the holiday period. We were extremely lucky to enjoy a family holiday, something we have not been able to do for a period of time due to competing interests, time constraints, work and all other things that can be called ‘life’ getting in the way. This holiday, we as a family recognised, was going to most likely be the last time we were together as a family in this type of setting. So, my 22-year-old, 19-year-old and my wife and I (no ages here) travelled well away from our regular environment and friends to experience a different place. Just the four of us. It was the travelling away from our regular environment that gave me an insight into how valuable this can be in reforming connections and changing the way in which conversations are had between us. Being in a different place gave us all the chance to connect fully with each other, we relied on each other more and were more readily able to focus on our conversations, thoughts and each other. It was great to listen to my girls speak to each other and us and to be able to see their growth as people and their knowledge of things that show us they are not just older but have indeed grown up into solid people. It gave me the chance to speak to them, solely them, and really listen and connect through our activities as well as our conversations.

My reflections on the benefits of our family doing this and moving away from our regular environment lead me to apply these benefits to our educational context at SCOTS PGC. This reinforced to me the advantages of having conversations with our students outside of our regular classroom spaces. These conversations can occur at a sporting event, a music or drama performance, in a paddock working with our cattle or sheep, or indeed on horseback. Our Year 8 students are currently having conversations with each other in a different environment as they experience our outdoor education programme on camp. They will, I am sure be having many conversations with their peers, tutors and staff that will be different than the ones they have in their more comfortable or familiar environments of the classroom or dining hall.

The value in looking for and experiencing different ways in which to form strong connections and relationships between our students, our students and staff, and indeed our parents, should never be underestimated. Nor should the benefits in taking ourselves out of the familiar and into a different experience. These components are essential to learning and something that I believe is at the core of what we continue to do at SCOTS PGC.

As always, at the beginning of a new term, I am excited at the possibilities that will present themselves for our students and I look forward to seeing all they will achieve this term.

New staff

We are excited and privileged to welcome the following new staff members to the SCOTS PGC community this term.

Mr Andrew Robertson – STEM Teacher

Andrew joins the STEM Faculty after teaching at Catholic and independent schools in Brisbane.  Prior to joining the teaching profession, Andrew worked as a geologist in the gold mining sector.  He has created and implemented a number of innovative units of work designed to help students explore a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.

Miss Katelyn Woodbine – Drama and English Teacher

Katelyn comes to us after teaching for two and a half years at Rockhampton State High School as a Drama and English Teacher.  Katelyn is passionate about the role that Drama and performance play in the education of all students and is looking forward to being involved in our 2020 Musical production.

Mrs Lynne Nolan – Year 2 Teacher

Lynne has joined us as a short-term replacement for Mrs Julie Gander while she takes long service leave during Term 3.  Lynne has taught in a number of Catholic and independent schools in Queensland and New South Wales prior to moving to the Stanthorpe area.


Holiday Sporting Success

Throughout the holiday break a number of our students were out and about representing the College and the wider region at various sporting events.  Here is a brief wrap up of the holiday activities:


Zara Kruger is in her final day of competition today representing Queensland at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour.  The Queensland team have finished at the top of the pool with the final scheduled for today.  We look forward to sharing the final results in next week’s edition.  Best of luck Zara!




Bradley Cook, a member of the Australian Youth Futsal side embarked on the team’s first national representative tour of Chile.   What a tremendous honour for Bradley – well done!  The team travelled via Auckland before touching down in Santiago, then onto the final destination of Talca, where all competition games were held.


Both Samuel Bourke and Briana Groves travelled to Cairns as part of their respective Darling Downs representative teams to contest the Queensland State Hockey Championships.

Briana played in goal with some brilliant defence throughout the pool games.  Her team placed fourth in the overall competition.

The boys were victorious on all fronts taking out the competition and were named as the Queensland state champions. Samuel has also been selected in the Queensland team to play at the National competition in Bendigo during August.   Congratulations Sam and Briana!

Rugby Union

Willem Wiid and Will Gilmore represented Downs Rugby at the QRU Junior State Championships over the holidays in beautiful conditions at Downlands College. Both boys were solid players for the Downs side. Congratulations to Will and Willem on this accolade and wish them well along with the rest of our lads as they participate in the new Downs Super 6 Schools Rugby competition commencing in Week 3 of Term 3.


Rugby League

Ryan Bohm started in the second row for Darling Downs at Carina alongside his Darling Downs team mates to contest the Under 12 Queensland State Championships for schoolboys’ rugby league.  Despite being one of the smaller forwards on the paddock, Ryan played an excellent defensive game throughout the week.  He was named Players’ Player in the final match against Sunshine Coast.  The team finished fifth out of the twelve representative regions.



Jack Kenny joined forces with Faith Lutheran College to take part in the Confraternity Shield which was hosted by Shalom College in Bundaberg over the holidays.  Jack quickly adapted to his new surroundings and team mates to have a great carnival.  Playing in second row in the number 12 jersey, Faith Lutheran College were appreciative to have a well accomplished league player in their forward pack.  Well done Jack!


Jack Perkins (Year 7)


Max Keable (Year 9)

Our resident skiers, Jack Perkins and Max Keable had some great success at Perisher over the holidays at the Northern New South Wales and Queensland Snowsport Championships.  Max received a silver in the moguls and fourth placing in the alpine and ski cross events, while Jack brought home the gold in the mogul and silver in the ski cross and alpine events.  What a fantastic effort boys!





SCOTS Equestrian excels at QLD State Championships

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Over the past three weeks our Equestrian team has been very busy! While others may have enjoyed a good break, our riders have not stopped for the last three weeks.  The first weekend of the holidays, we held an Allan Wallen clinic for those interested in campdrafting and competing in the Percentile Cup.  The weekend was very successful and we are looking forward to the next clinic with Kim and Jess Shannon.

We had a large team head to Maryborough for the Interschool Queensland State Championships with all students riding exceptionally well.  Our biggest success at the competition was having two teams in the showjumping competition and winning the State Showjumping School.  Last weekend we had five of our students compete at the Combined Training and Eventing State Championships with some great results.

Throughout the state competitions we had three riders receive their golden ticket which will allow them to compete for Queensland at the 2019 Interschool National Championships held in Sydney over the September school holidays.  These three riders are Chase Naylor who won the 120 cm showjumping class, Georgia Rohde who placed third in the 2* eventing and Sophie Brennan who will compete in the Show Hunter.

The greatest achievement I believe our school received was the Summers and McDougall Families School trophy.  This is a highly regarded accolade which is awarded to the school that demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship and showmanship throughout the year to both teammates and other competitors in addition to showing a helpful attitude.

As the 2019 Equestrian captain I am so very proud of all our riders throughout the state championships.  I look forward to the rest of the season for our equestrian team as we still have many competitions to come.  We all look forward to the term ahead.

Setting off for the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is a special place for SCOTS PGC.  You may recall that last year a group of students and staff toured the remote village of Baesango in the experienced company of the McCarthy family, who have a long standing connection with the Solomon Islands and their people.  After returning from the initial trip and reflecting on how great the total experience was, the College decided to extend an invitation to a wider group of students to share the same experience.

This week a group of fifteen students from Years 10, 11 and 12 set off for the Solomon Islands for the cultural immersion experience of a lifetime.  These students will have the opportunity to see firsthand what ‘village life’ is truly like.  They will be sleeping in grass huts, eating from the land and living without the creature comforts they may take for granted at home in Australia.

Our SCOTS PGC group will spend each day with students from the One One School in the village of Baesango.  This will be drastically different to a normal day here at the College.  Our students have taken ‘care packages’ for each of the island boys and girls.  The packages contain school supplies (books, pens and pencils) and other luxury items that we take for granted as everyday necessities.

We can’t wait to hear all about the experience our students will have and look forward to sharing these stories with our community when they return.

SCOTS PGC Paddock to Plate Tour

The Cattle Club extends an invitation to all SCOTS PGC families who may like to join us for our annual “Paddock to Plate’ tour.  This is a special event on the Cattle Club calendar which promises an authentic experience of how a steak makes it to the plate.

Tour details are as follows:

When:  Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July

Price:    $10 per person or free for Cattle Club students and their families






John Dee Abattoir tour Friday 26/7/2019 1:30 pm 3:05 pm
Ascot Angus/Charolais tour Saturday 27/7/2019 8:30 am 10:00 am
Feedlot tour Saturday 27/7/2019 10:30 am 11:30 pm
Cutting up a carcass demonstration/SCOTS PGC Saturday 27/7/2019 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Beef BBQ and Drinks/SCOTS PGC Saturday 27/7/2019 1:00 pm 2:00 pm
Paraders and Judges Competition/SCOTS PGC Saturday 27/7/2019 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

We will meet at SCOTS PGC Cattle yards at 1:20 pm on the Friday and 8:30am on the Saturday.

Places are limited (only 25 seats available) so please RSVP to Mr Peter Collett by Saturday 20 July 2019.

P & F Wine and Cheese night

Monday 29th July 2019 – 5.00pm-7.00pm

All parents and carers are warmly invited to attend the Wine and Cheese night to welcome our new Head of Junior and Middle Schools, Miss Amy Woodgate.

Hosted by the SCOTS PGC Parents and Friends Association, the evening will be held in the LRC between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

This is a great opportunity to come and mingle with the wider school community – we hope to see you there!


Reading Reaps Reward

Mrs Christine Peterson | Head of Library Services

Anyone who knows me will be aware I am passionate about the need for children to be read to, regardless of age.   Reading is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have with a child; it is a chance to engage in conversations, learn something new, go on adventures together, visit new worlds or reconnect with old ones from our childhood.

The article below also highlights how reading to children can expand their vocabulary and provide them with skills essential to early reading.  It doesn’t mean the reading to a child should stop when the child can read themselves, all children can benefit from having books read to them.

August is Book Month and to celebrate we have a variety of activities planned to encourage and foster a passion for reading.  Some of these activities include a book fair (Eftpos available as well as cash), book week parade and a family reading night.  We will share more information about these events in the short term future.

A “million word gap” for children who aren’t read to at home

That’s how many fewer words some may hear by kindergarten – From

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found.

This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at The Ohio State University.

Even kids who are read only one book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don’t regularly read books with a parent or caregiver.

“Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school,” said Logan, a member of Ohio State’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy.

“They are likely to pick up reading skills more quickly and easily.”

“This isn’t about everyday communication. The words kids hear in books are going to be much more complex, difficult words than they hear just talking to their parents and others in the home,” she said.

For instance, a children’s book may be about penguins in Antarctica – introducing words and concepts that are unlikely to come up in everyday conversation.

“The words kids hear from books may have special importance in learning to read,” she said.

Logan said the million word gap found in this study is likely to be conservative. Parents will often talk about the book they’re reading with their children or add elements if they have read the story many times.

This “extra-textual” talk will reinforce new vocabulary words that kids are hearing and may introduce even more words.

The results of this study highlight the importance of reading to children.

“Exposure to vocabulary is good for all kids.” That means that reading to all age groups is important to their vocabulary development.


From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Head of Co-curricular

T3W2 Sport Fixtures

T3W2 Co-curricular Programme

Queensland School Sport 10-19yrs Cross Country Championships

Darling Downs School Sport is playing host to the Queensland School Sport 10-19 years Cross Country and this year SCOTS PGC are proud to have three participants in this event. Ewan McFarland (16 years), Hayley Wainwright (10 years) and Zara Kruger (14 years) will all toe the line in their respective events this Sunday 21 July at the Highfields Sports Park.  We wish each of them the very best in their competition.


Senior Athletics Carnival Results

At the end of Term 2 we conducted the College Senior Athletics Carnival in beautiful conditions highly conducive to some great athletics.

Several races on the track were extremely close, and none closer than the Boys Gift that’s for sure with a class field stretching our technical resources when it came to a photo finish.

In the Age Championship race the following students achieved Champion and Runner-up accolades…

Age Group          Champion                                           Runner-up

13 years Girl       Alyxis McDonald                               Mackenzie March

13 years Boy       Samuel Wainwright                         Jett Sargood

14 years Girl       Alexandra Rickert                             Millie Groves

14 years Boy       Jed Esson                                             Mitchell Twidale

15 years Girl       Hannah Gordon                                Chloe Wainwright

15 years Boy       Cooper Seng                                      Mackenzie Mayall

16 years Girl       Shona McFarland                             Felicity Sellick

16 years Boy       William Gilmore                               Geoffrey Warren

Open Girl             Amelia Meek                                     Kira Holmes

Open Boy            Daniel McNamara                            Samuel Proudlove


In the Senior Girls speciality events Amelia Meek took out the Senior Sprint and 1500m trophies while Kira Holmes was the Field Events Champion. In the Senior boys Sam Proudlove took the 1500m crown, Daniel McNamara was Sprint Champion and Joshua Crow was named Senior Boys Long Distance Aggregate winner.


In the battle for Clan supremacy, the tide may be shifting a little away from Leslie’s dominance of recent years with a broad array of winners across the trophies on offer. At the end of the day, the students in purple stood tall as the winners of the carnival.

Girls Clan Champion – Leslie

Boys Clan Champion – Cameron

Interclan Relay Champions – Mackay

Interclan Field Events – Leslie

Overall Aggregate Champion Clan – Leslie

As previously stated, the SCOTS Boys Gift was a blanket finish with only the photo finish able to definitively separate the field. Thank goodness for modern technology! The winner of this event was Bailey Harm beating out a classy field with a last gasp lunge at the line.

The girls not to be outdone also had a tight race for much of the journey but it was Phoebe Sellick who prevailed for the third consecutive year edging out the fast finishing cast of thousands.

The season ahead is set to be a busy one.  Our team and representative athletes will be busily preparing for the following events:

12 August            QCIS Athletics in Brisbane – 10-19 years College Team
(Generally first and second in the College events except for the 100m where four members will be required.)

15-16 August     Queensland 10-12 years State Championships in Brisbane (Selected College Athletes)

15 August            Border District Athletics in Warwick – 13-19 years College Team

22 August            Warwick All Schools at Scots PGC – 13-19yrs College Team

29-30 August     Darling Downs 13-19 years Championships in Toowoomba
(Selected College Athletes)

This year we have in excess of 35 students gain Darling Downs qualifiers and I encourage these athletes to get to training next Tuesday to continue their development. These students will be notified over the weekend. Teams and selected Darling Downs qualifiers will be announced next week but those who achieved first and second in all Senior College events can generally expect to be selected for the upcoming events.

Australian Maths Competition – Nominate Now!

The Australian Maths Competition is a school-based contest suitable for students from lower primary to upper secondary. Entrants in years 3–6 are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes, while those in years 7–12 have 75 minutes to solve more complex problems. The problems get more challenging as the competition progresses, so students of all abilities will be challenged and inspired.

If you would like to participate you have by the end of this week to register. Cost is $6.50 per student.

This is a great way to practice sitting an externally set exam.

Message or see Miss Brittain if you would like to participate ASAP.

With a Song and a Dance

Kyle Thompson |Principal

The term feels like it has ended with a crescendo rather than a gradual petering out of activity. The last couple of weeks has seen choral performances at the Stanthorpe Eisteddfod, where our students not only looked the part but sang beautifully to receive a number of awards and recognition. We have had the Winter Performing Arts Concert with 58 different performances covering speech and drama, vocals, instrumental pieces and, of course, the public debut of our rock band featuring students and staff. The Pipes and Drums continue to play, having held their concert in Tenterfield and also being represented at Park Run (also run by SCOTS PGC) last week. Girls boarding held a most special morning for the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which was fantastically supported by students, staff and parents. This service initiative raised in excess of $1200 and is a great reflection of the strengthening service culture at SCOTS. In reflecting on this it is pleasing to note the resurgence of the Arts and of music into the fabric of what we offer here at our school and the many benefits associated with these activities.

At the same time, our sports programmes continue to develop and our cross country, track and field, rugby (boys and girls), hockey, tennis and netball continue to provide opportunities for our boys and girls to grow, develop and have fun.

Throw into this mix academic assessment and examinations, reporting, and our general classroom activities and it certainly has been a busy term for one and all.

Next term the College will see the following staff changes:

Mr Simon Edgar leaves us to take on the Head of Junior School role at A B Paterson College. Ms Amy Woodgate has accepted the position of Head of Junior and Middle Schools, joining us from Somerville House in Brisbane.

Mrs Julie Gander is on long service leave next term. We welcome Ms Lynne Nolan to our Junior School and Year 2 for the term. Lynne has worked at a number of excellent Primary schools in Brisbane and Sydney and also holds a Masters qualification in Educational Psychology.

Ms Wendy Watkins has resigned from her position as mathematics teacher and Miss Danni-elle Reading is also leaving the College to take on new challenges. I thank our departing staff for the positive impact they have had on students here at SCOTS and for their commitment and efforts inside and outside of the classrooms.

Mr Andrew Robertson is joining the College as our new STEM teacher and will assume a significant role in mathematics. He joins us having worked in Brisbane based independent and Catholic schools and recently purchasing property in the region.

The next P & F meeting is scheduled for Monday 15 July. At this meeting there will be an opportunity to meet Ms Woodgate and for her to share a little about her experience and her vision for SCOTS PGC’s Middle and Junior Schools. There will be more information shared through our Parents and Friends.

Once again, at the conclusion to the term, I thank all our students and their families for their support of our school and for their contributions to our community. I would also acknowledge the efforts of all our staff as we continue to strive to make SCOTS PGC the best it can be for the benefit of all our students. I trust that all of the SCOTS family will have a safe, rewarding and re-energising break.

SCOTS PGC takes over Park Run

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

At about 6:30 on Saturday morning, 15 June, the 6th ‘SCOTS Does Park Run’ event whereby all the 7 volunteer roles in this iconic, weekly Warwick community activity are occupied by SCOTS PGC staff, parents and former parents, rumbled into action.  Ably organised by Run Director Karen Welsh, mother of Bradley Cook, Year 12 student, the banners and paraphernalia required to ensure more than 150 runners, walkers and quite a few hounds had a safe and enjoyable 5 km experience were rapidly assembled and laid out to the tuneful notes of SCOTS PGC pipers, Abby Dalziel, Georgie Hackett, Samuel and James Bourke.

Indeed, perhaps those same pipes helped dissipate the early morning mist as the unusually mild winter conditions set the scene for what were to be a host of outstanding SCOTS PGC performances.  On the stroke of 07:00, a very large crowd, dominated by SCOTS PGC boarders and others resplendent in cardinal and green, moved through the starting gate and off on their individual journeys around the park.

Barely 18 minutes later, it was all over, if your name was Ewan McFarland, at least!  Winning for the umpteenth time, in a new PB, Year 10 student, Ewan, has been an inspirational force at Warwick’s Park Run over the last few years and having recently achieved a second placing in the Darling Downs Cross-Country Championships, he has developed into a really dynamic, consistent competitor, pushing for success at State level now.

Other superb runs included PBs for Sam Harvey, Year 10, Samuel Proudlove, Year 12, and Principal’s PA, Carissa Miller; and we witnessed strong, early-season efforts from Derek Naughten, Human Resources Supremo, Janine Thompson, Principal’s wife, Sandy Dalziel, Master of the Pipe Band and Mark Richards, Director of Learning and Innovation and co-owner of Samwise Gamgee, his trusty canine running buddy.

Special mention must be made of the other essential Park Run volunteers:  Willie Liebenberg (on his birthday, no less!)  Helen Bohm, Rob Lang, Simon Edgar, and Park Run debutant, Malcolm Heather.  All in all, there were more than 70 SCOTS PGC representatives among the 150 souls beside the Condamine River, doing their bit to make a healthy, active start to their weekend and share in some wonderful SCOTS PGC spirit, despite the early hour.

Where will YOU be next Saturday at 6:45 am?!

Business is Booming!

Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

Rose City Shoppingworld Marketing Manager, Jason Gard

Rose City Shoppingworld talks leasing with Year 11s

On Tuesday, 18 June, the Year 11 Business class hosted Louise de Lissa, Marketing Manager and Jason Gard, Centre Manager, from Rose City Shoppingworld.

As part of their current assessment task, the Year 11 students are required to come up with a suitable franchise business that could be opened in the local shopping centre, and Louise and Jason shared their knowledge on leasing contracts, benefits of opening a store in the shopping centre, site availability, marketing, customer profiles and costs of running a business.

Students also heard first hand that the skills they are learning in class – SWOT analysis, competitor analysis, strategic planning – do really happen in the real world and not just something mentioned in a textbook!

This was a great opportunity for our budding entrepreneurs, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing the next new business venture in the shopping centre…finance to be approved.



Mindshop Excellence Program

At the end of next term (Week 10, Term 3) the Year 10 Business students will again be participating in the Mindshop Excellence program – a valuable, real world learning experience!

The Mindshop Excellence program is a structured work place learning program for a small group of students. The students provide the Consulting Team to work in a host organisation, for three days, receiving training by a Mindshop Facilitator and then analysing a real business issue in that organisation.  The highlight of the week is when students present their recommendations to the business management, staff, school representatives and their parents on the last day of the program.

To enable this program to run we are looking for businesses willing to host a group of six students.  If you are interested in participating in this program and would like further information please contact the College’s business teacher, Mrs Louise Ratcliffe, via direqt message or email at


Photos attached from last year’s program

Reporting 2019

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

With the implementation of the new QCE system, we have reviewed the way we report on student progress.  As previously communicated, you will notice a few changes this year (some of which were implemented already in Term 1).  Reporting frequency and layout is now a little different.

For Pastoral Care reports, we have reviewed the ‘affectives’ to provide better feedback on student attitude and behaviour which are aligned with our five values of spirit, tenacity, authenticity, excellence and respect. 

For the Academic reports, we will retain the original ‘affectives’, which rates student performance against a range of academic attitudes and behaviours.  The decision to remain with the original affective measuring system is a result of feedback received from staff, students and parents.

You will receive an Academic report and, if relevant, a boarding report in Week 2 of next term.  This shift in the timeline is to allow for the College to put assessment in the last week of the semester and to allow for parents and carers to have the opportunity to discuss reports with staff promptly.

The outline for reporting in 2019 is below:

Term 1: Pastoral Care report and Parent-Teacher interviews on the last day of term (Friday 5 April)

Term 2: Full Academic and Boarding report

Term 3: Pastoral Care report and Parent-Teacher interviews on the last day of term (Friday 20 September)

Term 4: Full Academic and Boarding report

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the College

SET Plan Interviews

If you are a parent of a Year 10 student you will, over the holidays, receive a letter outlining the SET Plan interviews that will be held on Travel Day, Monday 15 July, and the Year 11 lines for 2020.  These interviews are an important step for students to think about their future and the subject choices for Year 11.  Similar to last year, in the last four weeks of Term Four the Year 10 students will transition into Year 11 classes.   In the new QCE system choosing the right subject early is vital as there is less scope for changing subjects.

Defence STEM Careers and visits

This week we have been lucky enough to have two very different but equally interesting presentations made available to our Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

On Monday a group of students attended a presentation by a team from Australian Defence Force Recruiting. It was a great opportunity for students who are interested in science, trades, engineering or mathematics to be able to have a more in depth talk about possible career pathways with real life professionals.

Students were presented with some very valuable and thought provoking information about the wide variety of STEM related jobs and trade opportunities that are available within the Defence Force. And with “all things STEM” being such a huge area of growth at the moment it was astounding to learn about the number of STEM related jobs that are available within the Defence Force, at both Officer and General Entry levels.

On Tuesday a representative from made the long trek over the mountain ranges from the Gold Coast to speak with our Year 11 and 12 cohorts about the popular leaving celebration, commonly known as ‘Schoolies’.

The presentation was designed to provide the students with information about exactly what offers School Leavers as well as to debunk some common misconceptions and to provide education around Mental Health and their partner support services that are available to students during this time. works closely with a range of local and state government organisation, emergency services and volunteers across all of their 17 destinations, as well as with support services such as Red Frogs.

For more information or to register for you experience, please go to

Angus Bull for Sale


This extremely powerful, thick set bull has outstanding EBV’s for both growth and carcass traits. He will add profitability to any breeding programme.



This well balanced bull was part of our 2016/17 embryo transfer program. His progeny will suit a range of markets making him very good value for money.

For any enquires contact Mr Peter Collett on Ph:0405284070. Please note that if either of these bulls do not sell before week 4 in term 3 they will be sold on auctions plus.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Our Uniform Shop will be closed during the school holidays from Friday 28 June through to Friday 5 July.

It will reopen on the Monday 8 July.

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Darling Downs 10-12 years Track and Field Championships

Last Monday the Darling Downs 10-12 years Track and Field were held at Harristown High School where eight of our JAM students were in action. The following students were selected after medalling in their events across the day.

Riley Wainwright – bronze in Long Jump and bronze in the Combined Event

Hayley Wainwright – gold in Long Jump, Gold in the Combined Event, silver in the 800m

Tanner Henley – 3rd in Shot Put and 4th in Discus

Bailey Harm – 2nd in High Jump

Ellyse Kruger – 2nd in Discus, 6th in Shot Put

Nicholas Denny – 3rd in Shot Put, 1st in 100m, 200m, Long Jump, – Nicholas was also named Champion Athlete of the Carnival for his performances.

Other students who attended for the first time included Scott Wainwright and Colby Miller who both performed to their best ability and we congratulate them on this their first appearance at the regional level. I am sure we will see them there again.

Congratulations to all of our students on their efforts and wish the six selected athletes in the Darling Downs Teams the very best for the State Championships in Brisbane early next term.


Super 6 Rugby Competition

Well, it has finally been resolved and a new school based rugby union competition will kick off in Term 3 2019.

The Darling Downs Super 6 Competition will kick off in Week 3 of Term 3 and run for 6 weeks including the final. Games will be played on Wednesday afternoon/evening either at home or away grounds in Warwick or Toowoomba. The competition will be run in Under 13, Under 15 and Open Divisions for boys. Finals will be played in Week 8 of Term 3. This is a new competition and set to hopefully open dialogue for further fixtures in various sports in the future. More to come, but training will resume on Tuesday 16 July as we have a trial game against Matthew Flinders on 20 July.

This will give us 9 games for Term 3 and may be the catalyst for the development of other sports through the gathered group of schools. More details to come but the start date will be a gala at Highfields as will the finals date to maximise participation and allow all schools to be highlighted as a member of this new group.


Southern Downs 10-12 years Cricket Trials

The Southern Downs 10-12yrs Girls and Boys Cricket Trials are coming up early in August and I am currently calling expressions of interest from students who have some experience in this sport. Nominations close with me on 23 July and if necessary we will have a trial on Wednesday 24 July to select the most talented to attend.


Semester 1 Wrap Up!

That wraps up a busy first semester of sport and I thank all participants and supporters who have made the journey such a successful one with 36 Darling Downs Regional Selections over 17 different sports and significant success in Futsal and Equestrian where State selections have been significant in number. We wish our Equestrian participants all the best at their competition over the coming holidays and look forward to hearing of their continued success at the start of Term 3. Bailey Harm heads to the National Schools Swimming Championship in early Term 3 and our Cross Country and Orienteering Representatives will be busy over the holidays in their final preparations for their State Championships in the first two weeks of Term 3 also. Busy times are ahead so please enjoy your break and come back energised and keen for what the new term holds.

Wishing you all a safe and restful holiday with family.


Netball Wrap Up

Amelia Meek | Netball Captain

On Sunday 9 June, our three teams travelled to Toowoomba for the Inter District Netball Finals. All teams have shown great commitment and dedication to the sport by travelling to numerous carnivals over the past few months. This is the first year SCOTS PGC has entered teams in the competition and all teams and players have benefited significantly from the exposure to high level competition. We were unfortunate that none of our SCOTS PGC teams managed a top three placing in their divisions, however, SCOTS 3 placed a respectable 4th in their division of the Under 12s. Despite this, all the girls remained in high spirits and grateful for the experience.  We celebrated their hard work with a well-deserved McDonalds run.

Over the past two weeks, SCOTS 1 and SCOTS 2 have continued to perform well in the Warwick Senior Ladies Competition. Last week Scots 2 went down to Mumbas, 24-18, however, fought hard to take out a win of 24-22 over Rascals this week. SCOTS 1 has continued to dominate C grade. Last week they faced Strikers, taking out a convincing win of 36-19. Increasing their winning streak to 9 games in a row, SCOTS 1 had another great game against Stylistics this week, winning by a margin of 25 points.

Both teams have played strongly throughout the term and are improving as finals come closer. Fixtures will continue next week; however only SCOTS 1 will be playing due to a lack of numbers due to our early finish to the term. Two weeks’ break will be given until we commence again on the 16th of July.

We look forward to seeing you all on the court again next term.

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Over the weekend, we had a three of our students travel to the Nambour Show to get some show jumping practice in before the upcoming State Championships. The three students rode exceptionally well and showed great improvement over the three days. We also had 8 of our riders compete at the Cambooya/Clifton State High School horse sports day with great success. With only just over 2 weeks until the State Championships we are all busily preparing to have a great event.   We’re looking forward to good break afterwards before school starts up for term three.

Farm Safety Calendar Competition

Gloria Matthews from the Workplace Healthy & Safety Department of QLD Government has dropped in some information regarding the Farm Safety Calendar Competition for 2019. Please see below the link to a webpage which has more info. This competition is for students in Primary School only.

The safety messages students may base their drawing on:

  • Look out for machinery and vehicles because the driver may not see you.
  • Quad bikes are a great tool, but they are not a toy. Ride ready – wear a helmet, never double, kids only use a kid-sized bike, get training, and ride on well-known tracks.
  • Look up and live – power lines and machinery don’t mix.
  • Be sun safe! Wear a hat, sunscreen and a long sleeve shirt when working in the sun. And don’t forget to drink water and have rest breaks.
  • Dams and waterways are dangerous places on farms. Stay away unless you have an adult with you.
  • A fenced yard for young kids and toddlers to play in will keep them away from many farm dangers.

Entries must be received by 5pm Friday 28 June 2019. Winners will be announced in September, and the calendar will be available from October. As the deadline is during school holidays, I am happy for students to drop their artwork into me at Reception during the break and I will send them all off in time.

The template can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Mrs Clare Cartmill
College Receptionist

Farewell to Mr Edgar

Photo: The Edgar family pictured in 2016 when they first arrived at the College.

What has been SO SPECIAL about SCOTS PGC College?

Simon Edgar | Head of Junior and Middle School

As I approach the last week of my time here at the College I was asked to reflect on my experience which seemed to be a fitting topic for my last feature newsletter article.

My family and I arrived in April 2016 and were greeted by a significant drop in temperature from the sunny shores of Perth in Western Australia. However, the cold weather was quickly offset by the community warmth in welcoming my family and I to the College.  We were quite overwhelmed with just how friendly and inviting the place was and could see straight away that we had entered a school with spirit and character – a culture created by the students, staff and parents.  It was this quality that struck a chord with our family and is something we will all hold close to our hearts.

The first significant event which occurred soon after our arrival was the SCOTS PGC College annual ANZAC Dawn service which takes place each year in April. Well, what a way to be introduced to the true culture of SCOTS PGC College! Pipers and drummers appeared out of the misty gates which guard the entrance on the way to the College cenotaph from Oxenham Street. We could smell the dew covered grass and feel the goose bumps rise on our skin – chilled due to the sheer significance of the Pipe Band – and maybe also the cold which we were not accustomed to!  We were completely awed by the generations who supported this community event and the students that respectfully conducted such a fitting tribute to the College’s fallen service men and women.  At that time, I thought to myself – now that is what culture is built on!

In the years that followed our own children experienced the unique opportunities offered by SCOTS PGC College.   This included a plethora of sporting opportunities from cricket, netball, touch and rugby to speech and drama just to name a few. As an independent school, SCOTS PGC College truly delivers on the three major focus areas for students – academic, student wellbeing and co-curricular activities. The opportunities that our students have here is absolutely astounding and well in excess of the school from which I came from – and that school had almost 600 students in the primary section alone!

In my time here there has been significant areas of focus which have benefited each and every student. We have seen considerable improvement in student academic results and one of the most important aspects of this is ‘growth of time’ which is attributed to data informed teaching and learning practices implemented by the high quality teaching staff and their professionalism in striving for excellence. A significant factor of student academic improvement has been the focus on individualising student learning as much as possible. The implementation of a College wide student wellbeing programme has had a profound effect on ensuring that we continue to be at the forefront of catering for our students wellbeing needs. This programme is far reaching and encompasses both ‘tried and tested’ as well as contemporary resources for teachers and parents to utilise.

We have extremely fond memories of this great College which will live on forever. It is very unique, and in a special way that I have never experienced before – where else can one see steers run through the school yard or a horse be invited to assembly?

Goodbye and God bless

Simon, Natalie, Macey, Sachin and Shelby.         




Introducing our College Counsellor – Nigel Sullivan

The College is very fortunate that Nigel Sullivan has agreed to take on the role of College Counsellor after several successful years as Head of Science.  Nigel will continue to be a key player in the Science faculty, but now devotes even more of his time to another area of significant expertise, and passion, namely helping young people enhance their mental health and well-being.  Nigel meets students daily, sometimes for just an informal catch-up, and at other times, to help support a young person in a time of crisis.  Nigel works extremely closely with Rev. Willie, who still shares some of the counselling load, and together they make a really ‘Dynamic Duo!’

Nigel was asked to write a few lines about his journey to this stage of his career, and how he views the challenges and rewards of his new role:

When asked the awkward, but well-meaning question from inquisitive adults ‘what do you want to be when you finish school’ I would often answer Engineer, Teacher or Psychologist. I have always had a natural interest and inclination towards Mathematics and Science and so for me the logical extension of these subjects was Engineering. However, about halfway through my degree, I was having doubts as to whether I actually wanted to work in the profession.

After graduating, I began my working life as a Hydraulic Engineer in the private sector. Followed by two public sector positions in Transport and Structural engineering and in my last foray in the profession, working for an engineering consultancy in Warwick. Between these positions, I obtained my Education qualifications from the University of Queensland and began teaching almost 20 years ago, feeling that I had finally found my calling in life.

Another keen interest of mine is the mysterious entity we call mind, particularly the factors that drive human behaviour. So, true to my original set of aspirations, while working full-time in a previous school, I studied Psychology part-time externally, graduating from the University of Southern Queensland with a degree in Psychology. I had intended for counselling to be my retirement occupation; however, a clientele had organically grown around me and last year I was asked if I would be interested in taking up a formal role as a College Counsellor.

One of the most rewarding and privileged aspects of being a teacher is to be part of the overall development of young people, particularly personality and character. I hold the strong conviction that one of the greatest gifts to offer another is education. Education of the person, before the scholar, since the foundation on which every other attribute rests is character. It supports one in the darkest of times and is at the heart of every triumph of the spirit.

It is harder than ever negotiating teenage hood, amid the convergence of modern pressures and the disintegration of traditional family structures. With one in four young Australians currently experiencing a mental health condition, the need for guidance through this milieu is vital for our youth to emerge on the other side as well functioning adults, both aware of the wider world and their place in it.



Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is here!

Tomorrow morning, Saturday 15 June, we will be hosting our very own Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Locke St Campus (Girls Boarding).

Kicking off at 9:00 am, guests will be treated to a morning of entertainment, prizes and the best morning tea imaginable – all of which is covered in the $2 entry fee.

Proceeds from our morning tea will be used to help the Cancer Council raise the much needed funds that go towards vital cancer research, support services, prevention programmes and advocacy.

Mrs Fairleigh and her band of merry helpers are very excited to host a great morning.  We look forward to seeing you all there – don’t forget to bring your gold coins which will be donated to a very worthy cause.

The College has set up a donation page via the Cancer Council for those wishing to make an online donation

This month on SchoolTV – Positive Parenting

Despite the best efforts of parents around the world, the reality is, there is no such thing as the ‘perfect parent’. However, arming yourself with the right information is a good start!

Research shows, that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people, is a close relationship with a supportive adult. With the mental health of today’s young people being at an all-time low, it is simply not enough to parent effectively. Parents need to familiarise themselves with practical skills, knowledge and strategies when it comes to raising children.

Many parents today are over-protective, resulting in children being less independent, unable to problem-solve or self-regulate. Parents are failing to set clear boundaries, which is unfortunately making kids feel less secure. There is too much pressure on kids today. Parents fill their days with too many activities in an effort to avoid their child’s boredom.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn what is the best approach for primary and secondary school aged children. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month’s edition –

USQ STEM Inspiration Day for Years 8 and 9

Angela Brittain | Head of STEM

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) is part of everyday life and an increasing part of every workplace. STEM education enables students to develop solutions to complex problems and provides them with literacies and capabilities that will help them succeed in a world of technological change.

Last week we were able to provide eighteen of our Year 8 and 9 students with the opportunity to visit the USQ Toowoomba campus for a STEM Inspiration Day which was designed to stimulate interest in areas of study related to science, technology, engineering and maths.  Our students chose from a variety of instructor led sessions and hands on workshops which covered Nursing, Astronomy, Physics, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, 3D Printing, Food Technology and Psychology and Counselling.

Students were encouraged to think about actions that they enjoy, like meeting new people, or being creative, or solving problems, and then look for careers that allow for those actions to occur.  It was great to see our students excited about the different opportunities in STEM.

STEM education in 2019 has expanded further at SCOTS PGC College and is now explicitly taught or integrated into the curriculum in Prep to Year 8 and is an elective in Year 9 and 10.


Year 11 Geography stops by Southern Downs Regional Council

Year 11 Geography students took the opportunity this week to visit the SDRC to discuss issues involving challenges for rural shires and the influences of population change and climate impacts.

The students listened to Mrs Jane Stroud – Director of Environment and Planning Services, who outlined the challenges that the SDRC encounters regarding water, waste and planning. The students were able to see how the SDRC deals with many competing challenges within the region and the interplay of State and Federal Governments on council operations.

Lengthy discussion also occurred with Mr Keiran Locke, who is the SDRC’s town planner, regarding the planning needs of the shire and the pathway from the classroom to becoming a town planner. The students gained a great deal from the discussions and appreciated the time taken by the SDRC staff to chat with them on matters directly related to their studies.

From the Co-Curricular Desk

T2W9 Co-curricular Programme

T2W9 Sport Fixtures

Main photo: Congratulations to Holly Naughten (Year 10), Bridget Hardy (Year 8) and Alexandra Rickert (Year 9) who competed at the Inter-district Netball Carnival on the weekend. More details are below!

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

As we approach the end of another week and look toward the completion of Term 2, our activities schedule also begins to slow down and the College will celebrate the term’s end with the Senior Athletics Carnival.

Here is a brief wrap up of what has been happening the co-curricular space as well as some guidelines for what has been happening next week.

Darling Downs 12yrs Rugby Union Trials

On Sunday and Monday this week Tama-iti Saxton from Year 6 and George Handley of Year 7 attended the Darling Downs 12 years Rugby Union Trials in Toowoomba. George unfortunately faced stiff opposition for his position and did not make it through to the Possibles and Probables phase on Monday.

Tama-iti did make it through to the Monday final selections where he shone amongst his peers and was ultimately successful in gaining a spot on the Darling Downs Schoolboys 12 years’ team for the State Championships in Townsville from 1-4 August. We congratulate Tama-iti on this achievement and wish him the very best for the State Championships.


Inter-District Netball

The Inter-district netball competition finished up over the weekend with some wonderful achievements celebrated by our netball teams.  We will have a full wrap up in next week’s edition, but for now we’d like to extend our congratulations to every netballer who participated throughout the season.  We have included a photo of three SCOTS PGC girls – Holly Naughten, Bridget Hardy and Alexandra Rickert – Holly’s team was Runner Up in the Under 16 Div 1 while Bridget and Alexandra’s team won the Under 14 Div 1, going through the season undefeated. Bridget was also awarded Under 14 centre court player of the final.


Senior Athletics Carnival Organisation

Next week the 17-21 June we will be conducting our annual SCOTS PGC Senior Athletics Carnival. The full programme was distributed to all families, students and staff on Tuesday 11 June via SEQTA.

Please be advised of the following arrangements for the 2 days with regards to administration.  The carnival is a great opportunity for us all to come together to celebrate our College and our Clans and all students are expected to attend and support your respective clan and team mates. Participation in at least two track and two field events is expected from each clansman or clanswoman.

The fields, start lists and all live results for each event are available at the following link on the College website.

Events will proceed on time as much as possible with track events taking precedence over field for the smooth conduct of the carnival. All efforts have been made to avoid age group clashes or have been designed to have minimal impact if all goes to time. Please see the programme for full Rules of Competition.

12-year-old students in Year 7 will be allocated to act as officials with teaching staff at all field events. The allocation of these will be notified on Monday in class. These students may wear their Clan or Sports uniform.

What to Wear/Bring:

Students will attend the College Carnival on Thursday and Friday in their Clan sports shirt and sports shorts. All should bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle. With the weather being variable at this time of the year I strongly recommend full college track suit also be on their packing list each day.

What is happening:

Monday 17 June – Students competing in the 3000m may get changed into sports uniform at morning tea then at the conclusion of Period 4 will head directly down to Briggs Oval for the 3000m event. Students will be given time to warm up and lunch will be held for those involved post event.

Tuesday 18 June – Students competing in the 1500m will make their way to Briggs Oval at the conclusion of the school day where they will be given time to warm-up prior to the conduct of the 1500m Events commencing at 3.40pm. There will be no other Athletics Training on this day.

Thursday 20 June – Students make their way to Briggs Oval where they will have morning tea and assemble in their Clan area for roll call which will be followed by a briefing, before the start of the first events at approximately 11.15am.  We will use this opportunity to take a photo of the whole College in the Briggs Oval grandstand before events commence.

Lunch will be served for the Senior School via the P&F Building on this day from 12.45-1.15pm.

At the conclusion of Day 1 students will depart for buses etc. There will be no other Athletics Training on this day.

Friday 21 June – Students will assemble for Tutor Group at the normal time of 8.40am for roll call then, under the direction and supervision of their Tutor, make their way to Briggs Oval for the commencement of the first events at 9.00am.

Morning tea and Lunch will be provided for all students via the P&F Building from 10.20-10.40am and then from 12.30-1.15pm.

The College Gift will be held at approximately 2.20pm. Students from the Junior and Middle School involved in the Gift will be escorted down to Briggs Oval at 1.50pm by Mr Edgar and will prepare for this event under his supervision before the Gift itself at 2.20pm.

At the conclusion of the day every effort will be made to make the presentations to all award winners. However, if time defeats us we will make these presentations on the first available assembly in Term 3 and all awardees parents will be informed accordingly.

We look forward to seeing as many students and parents as possible at this event.


EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

The equestrian team had a very quiet weekend, with a few team members taking part in individual coaching lessons outside of school.  We are using the downtime to continue our preparations for the State Championships which will be held on the second week of holidays.  A big thank you to David Finch, a specialist coach who has visited the College to provide individual lessons – everyone has really loved it and are very appreciative of your time.

Best of luck to the students travelling down to Nambour this weekend to compete at the show.

Year 10 SET Plan Update

Mr Peter Pickering | Careers Guidance Counsellor

This week saw the culmination of the documenting phase of the SET Plan process for the Year 10 cohort whereby they were required to complete their SET Plan Career Summary.

A letter, a copy of the student’s SET Plan summary and the Subject Selection Lines for Year 11, 2020 and other relevant information will be emailed home to all Year 10 parents at the start of the school holidays.  The SET Plan Summary provides a “Snap Shot” view of the individual students in terms of who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are and their academic ability up to this point.

The signing off of the SET Plan will take place during an interview with all parties of the SET Plan process on Monday 15 July, which is Travel Day Term 3.  Parents will be asked to book an interview time using the on-line booking system on the College’s website during the holidays.  If you are unable to make an interview on this day, please contact Peter Pickering on 07 46669823 after Monday 15 July to organise an alternate interview time or a phone interview.

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Simplicity is Genius

David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

If you are a regular reader of our Newsletter’s weekly feature article, usually penned by a member of the College Executive, you may have noticed that as often as not, a famous quote is used in the opening paragraph and then typically a story follows that has a strong link to a current issue, or upcoming event.

Far be it from me to divert dramatically from that tried and tested formula; so I will begin by asking if you happened to be watching the UEFA Champions’ League Final on TV at about 07:00 on Sunday morning as the final whistle blew and Liverpool Football Club defeated fellow English Premier League team, Tottenham Hotspur 2-0, to be crowned Europe’s best team for the first time since 2005 (and the 6th time in their long and illustrious history?).  Perhaps not?

Apparently more than 420 million people around the world did, so I was in good company, and in my case that meant being magnificently hosted by one of Liverpool’s most ardent supporters, and a very congenial SCOTS PGC parent, Paul Swift (father of Patrick, Year 11 and Hamish, Year 8).  It was a great occasion, even with a 04:15 alarm clock, for a 05:00 kick-off.  However, I was, in the euphoria of the victory, reminded about a concept, as much as a quote, sometimes attributed to Liverpool’s most successful manager, Bill Shankly (1913-1981; born in Ayrshire, Scotland) that fits with the more educational theme of this missive, namely:

‘Simplicity is genius’.

How often have the great leaps forward in design and technology been based on innovations that were such simple ideas, that just happened to fit a particular need?  Bill Shankly’s coaching style, delivering successful, league championship winning football, was just about passing a ball and moving to where someone might actually pass it back to you.  Simple.  And in a similar, if less high profile way, a new so-called mental health first aid kit seems to fit this principle.  Coincidentally, the common thread is the word, pass!

With exams rapidly approaching for most of our Year 8-12 students, I read with interest a story on the BBC website about Tina Chan, a bright and ambitious young woman who had been a high achiever at high school in Ontario, Canada, but who found the pressure of the final year, and subsequently her first year at the University of Waterloo, all became a bit too much for her.  Tina began to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and was eventually diagnosed with depression; but sought help and has recovered to thrive once again in the academic realm.

Not only is Tina achieving great things as an undergraduate, she has designed and overseen the manufacture, sale and distribution of a small, mental health first aid kit that she considers contains just the right sort of materials to help hard working, committed but probably quite stressed final year school and university undergraduate students cope with their challenges.

For a few more details, click on the link below for a 2-minute video clip, narrated by Tina herself:

Tina named her simple, but ingenious idea a ‘PASS kit’; the acronym representing Panic, Anxiety and Stress Support.  Each neatly-boxed kit has really important, concise tips to keep a determined student safely on a healthy track to study success, including little flash cards that ask questions such as, ‘Are you drinking enough water?’ or ‘When did you last eat?’  The intention is to heighten a young person’s awareness of their well-being and ensure they are operating in the best possible environment for effective, sustainable and mentally safe study.

Practical items include a squeezable rubber stress-relieving star (who could resist?) ear plugs to minimise distracting noise, chewing gum (proven to help increase blood flow to the brain – ask renowned Australian psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg) and a Qantas-style black eye mask to aid deep, refreshing and restorative sleep when the time comes to take a proper break.

While many of our Senior School students have exams in the coming fortnight, there’s no doubt that Year 12s in the OP stream have the loftiest mountains to climb, with impending internal College exams and also the formidable 7 hour QCS tests, both the trial version in June and the real deal in the first few days of September to conquer.  So, the College has invested in this group of students by ordering a set of Tina’s PASS kits, despatched to us all the way from Ontario.  The large cardboard box included a lovely personal message of greetings and good luck from Tina herself, and the PASS kits will be handed out to the OP students this week.

We hope that our students benefit from Tina’s experiences, ingenuity and generosity of spirit.  While she may never attain the legendary status that Bill Shankly occupies in the world of professional football, her ability to identify a need and match it with an effective solution would surely have impressed the redoubtable Scot.

Farmfest Success

The Year 11 Certificate III in Agriculture class braved the extreme cold to show the College’s led steers and heifers as part of their certificate coarse at this year’s Farmfest.

Arriving on the Monday afternoon the 17 students soon had the six head of cattle off the truck, over the scales, fed, watered and settled into their stalls for the night. The classes attention then turned to setting camp in the middle of a very windy and cold paddock at the Farmfest grounds. Thank goodness for the fire pit and ironbark timber we brought along with us as we would have frozen otherwise.

An early start on Tuesday saw students rise to a heavy layer of frost all over their swags. The towel left on the windscreen of the bus would have been better used as a table than a towel, it was frozen solid. The cattle were washed, blow dried and made to look pretty for their class. All the steers and heifers made the final judges line up in each of their class with SCOTS PGC John Deere placing second in the 2nd class of the day.

The afternoon the commencement of the junior judge’s completion with a strong field of over a hundred competitors from several schools. Zachariah McKechnie took out the 12-18 years Judging and then went on the win the overall Judge of the day against the 19-25 years age group. Well done to Zachariah and all the students that represented the College with pride at a very cold 2019 Farmfest.

Year 5 Lights up Science

Mr Peter Campbell | Year 5 Teacher

Our Year 5 class have been studying ‘Light’ during this term. We have been working with light boxes, mirrors and prisms to explore the properties of light.  Students constructed Newton Colour Wheels and experimented with different types of string and twine to make their disc spin at high speed. We had mixed success and eventually came up with a technique to maximise the speed of our spinning wheel. Mr Campbell then showed off by attaching his wheel to a power drill and achieving maximum speed.

Our studies have also involved the construction of our own periscopes using small mirrors, boxes and plenty of tape. We were very pleased with the results we achieved and some of us used our own mirrors so we can take them home to play with.

We’ve also visited interactive web pages that allowed us to manipulate virtual mirrors in a rainforest and also inside a Pyramid. We had to get the mirrors at the correct angle to reflect the light on different animals and to get sunlight inside the pyramid. We visited another site that allowed us to manipulate shadows and examine how light could be blocked to make different animal shapes.

We also made a pinhole camera and visited the Science Lab where Mrs Goonan turned on a Bunsen Burner so we could watch the flame waving around upside down through the camera.

Our science studies have been very enlightening this term for all Year 5s!

Border District Eisteddfod

The College was represented in the Border District Eisteddfod in Stanthorpe by three instrumental groups and our two College Choirs. All the students performed beautifully and were a credit to the College.

Although in some sections there were limited entries, the instrumental groups received two highly commended certificates and a first place.  The Choirs were also successful with four firsts, a second and a highly commended.

A stand out for the day was the Choirs’ performances in the choral contest. This is the section where the students sing two contrasting pieces which showcase choral diversity. The JAM Choir won their section with a beautiful rendition of A Million Dreams and Try Everything. The Senior Choir’s Homeward Bound and Mary Had a Little Blues received the highest choral mark of the day and they were awarded the Choral Championship Trophy.

The adjudicator was particularly impressed with the work of our two senior students, Holly Naughten and Hannah Myer who conducted the JAM Choir.

Girls Boarding Update

Mrs Chemane Fairleigh | Head of Girls Boarding

It has been a wonderful term and a half over at Locke Street! Over this time the girls and staff have collaborated effectively to establish a boarding house environment where we promote positive relationships and an interest in the world around us.  Our girls have made new friendships, engaged in many weekend activities and also tried their hand at interior designing!

Technology Free Time

One Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the boarders enjoy a technology free hour whereby all girls from Grade 7 – Grade 12 come together to get involved in a House based activity. So far this term we have been focused on a Grade Art competition.  Each grade has been given a canvas on which they need to work together to design and create a spectacular image that represents them all.  They are only allowed to use College colours in paint plus any other materials they can find to make their creation unique and aesthetically pleasing.  Each grade will be judged not only on their final design but also on the journey of working together, negotiating ideas, cooperating and organising themselves to meet the deadline which is at the end of Term 2.

Each piece will be displayed in the House and it is hoped this will become an annual competition for all girls to participate in.

In addition to this competition, the girls have had the opportunity to paint terracotta pots.  Initially this was introduced as a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day, however, the paints and brushes have continued to inspire the girls to create some of the most amazing art. Some of these will be for sale at the SCOTS Biggest Morning Tea event to be held at Locke Street on 15 June so do ensure you come along should you want to buy a pot.




Weekend Activities:

Go Carting

On Sunday 19 May, the whole boarding community had the opportunity to go to Nanango to have a go at outdoor go carting.  I cannot tell you how many times I was almost driven off the track by eager boarders wanting to improve their lap times!  It was a fantastic afternoon with very little regard for safety judging by some of the sharp turns the students were performing!




SCOTS PGC Equestrian Extravaganza

Congratulations to Jacoba de Jager and Darcy Turner who competed in the SCOTS PGC Equestrian Extravaganza on the weekend.  So many of our EQ community were involved in putting on this amazing event – well done to you all.





PGC Mini Facelift

We are delighted to have been given permission to perform a mini –facelift on the interior walls of PGC.  The idea is to bring about a little colour and life into our living spaces so they reflect the vivacious and charming souls who live within.

The boarders have spent the best past of 13 weeks planning new colour schemes and soft furnishings to transform some of our key areas within PGC.  Our very own GAP tutors, Miss Butler and Miss Ferreria, began the process by attacking one of the feature walls in the Dean Butcher Building.  We hope that all painting work will be completed by the start of Term 3 and look forward to sharing the end result with you!




Why HPE and Sport is so Important?

Tom Bradbury – B.Ed. Level IV Track and Field Coach

A few weeks back, Mr Thompson stole my thunder with reference to an article on why parents spent so much money on junior sport. The article went on to espouse the virtues of participation in physical activity that extend well beyond the simple physical benefits.

These are all true and correct and in a recent article, I read there is an emerging body of work that indicates physical activity can improve GPA for university students and may also reduce drop out rates. Research also suggests that exercise habits picked up from adolescence and through college tend to stick with people for life. The following pictogram outlines 15 of the life lessons that can be learnt from participation in sports

As a teacher and coach, of several different sports, for over 25 years, I can attest to these benefits from several levels and perspectives. Over this time I have seen it all, and the benefits of sport certainly do transfer into tangible life skills, interpersonal skills and personal qualities. But we must remember that participation in sport and physical education alone will not automatically guarantee the positive outcomes that can be garnered from this type of participation.

The positive effects of sports participation can only be guaranteed through positive role-modelling from coaches and parents on a continual basis. The most successful athletes I have ever worked with have had what I call the ‘Full Package’. These athletes include 5 students who achieved scholarships to the USA and one of whom has subsequently gone on to represent Australia at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Rio Olympics.

The ‘Full Package’ I refer to includes, but is not limited to, the following qualities and influences from within and on the young athlete during their formative years.

Personal qualities – physical ability, coach ability, open-mindedness, tenacity, resilience, patience, growth mindset and growth and development.

External Influences – a supportive family, practical and pragmatic parents, competent and patient coaching, setting realistic expectations, injuries, friends and societal paradigms.

All of these factors and so much more have to be negotiated before an elite athlete is created and even then there is no guarantee of Olympic Gold.

The reality of sport participation in Australia is that too many parents and even associations see the potential dollar signs for their child or athlete at the end of the day at way too young an age, and have unrealistic expectations.

The reality is that there are just 9000 people in this country making a living from directly playing their chosen sport. Our fascination and fixation on children having high level success at a young age, and this predetermination of sporting prowess into adulthood is a complete fallacy.

The reality is that most of our Olympians come to their elite sports after years of participation in multiple sports. All current literature points to students / young athletes developing their physical literacy through participation in multiple sports offered across a wide spectrum of skills and is highlighted in the attached pictogram.

Plastic Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Carmen O’Grady | Art Teacher

A group of 36 Visual Arts and Creative Industries students walked down to Warwick’s CBD to visit the local art gallery last Wednesday, 29 May.

On display was an exhibition by the artist Mary Elizabeth Barron who created an installation work completely out of recycled materials. Barron quizzed the students asking them to name a few examples of packaging used. Most answered plastic bags, but little did they realise how plastic packaging had become a part of our everyday routine.

Barron took them through her installation work, which portrayed a natural landscape; only it was made solely out of plastic materials. The students learnt about the practicalities of installing an artwork like this, about how each piece had to be ‘flat pack’ designed for transport, how branches of large trees could be slotted together, to the little hidden vials filled with sand to help keep top-heavy pieces stand on their own. Students learnt about the mechanics behind setting up an installation within a gallery space, positioning lights, making sure a variety of height and depth is created, through to the safety considerations of ensuring hanging and freestanding pieces were sturdy and were carefully positioned out of walkways.

Students watched a video on how Barron created each of the pieces within the landscape and how it was set up; they were astonished at the hours the artist had put not only into creating the work but documenting plan sketches to install the work and taking photographs of the piece for exhibition proposal and funding purposes. They found out how an artist makes money from an unconventional work that cannot be sold and then they finally got to do what they had been waiting for all day – they were then given a chance to create their own plastic pieces out of recycled plastic.

Barron gave the students demonstrations on various weaving techniques, and they were then set free to create whatever they imagined.

The students arrived back at school with plenty of food for thought around environmental issues, the importance of recycling and an awareness of just how much plastic they use in their everyday lives because after all, plastic doesn’t grow on trees.


Junior Reporting Information Session

Mr Simon Edgar | Head of Junior and Middle School

We will be hosting an information session on Wednesday 19 June from 3.30 – 4.00pm in the Bandy Theatre regarding junior reporting.  Parents and carers are strongly encouraged to attend to discuss reporting and what it means for your child. Focus areas will include:

  • A to E Grades (or equivalent)
  • What does a C Grade mean?
  • How a grade is assigned?
  • Reading levels
  • Australian Curriculum

Our two JAM prefects, Chase Naylor and Eve King will be hosting a variety of games in the WALEC area children to allow parents and carers to attend. This is also available for younger siblings, so please RSVP your attendance to Mrs Alisi Malolo in the JAM office and advise if you would like your child/children engaged in games with our JAM prefects.

From the Co-curricular Desk

T2W8 Sport Fixtures

T2W8 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Senior Athletics Carnival

Week 9 of this Term will see our Annual Senior Athletics Carnival held across the week. The full programme should arrive in your SEQTA inbox this week for your information and organisation. In short this is how the week will unfold.

Monday 17th June – 3000m – held at lunchtime

Tuesday 18th June – 1500m – held after school at 3.30pm

Thursday 20th June – 100m, Hurdles, 800m plus 3 rounds of field events per age group commencing at 11.15am through til 3pm.

Friday 21st June – 200m, 100m Finals, 400m, Relays, The Gift plus 3 rounds of field events per age group commencing at 9.00am

Students are expected to compete in a minimum of two track events and two field events but are able to compete in all under the following conditions.

For the 400, 800m, 1500m, 3000m and Hurdles events each Clan may nominate up to 4 competitors. In the throws and the Long Jump and Triple jump all students will get a throw in the first round and then the top eight competitors will proceed to the second and third rounds. For the High Jump each Clan may nominate three participants and the starting heights are set in the program.

We certainly encourage as many as possible to enter the jumps and throws and to have a go if the opportunity arises in the track events.

Darling Downs Selection

Last week 8 of our girls aged 14-18 headed to Highfields to contest the Darling Downs 14-15 years and 16-18 years Girls Rugby League trials. At the end of the day Kaysan Miles was a standout player and was selected in the Darling Downs 14-15 years team. All girls had an enjoyable and educational experience with a number of the girls telling me they learnt a great deal during the process. A huge thank you to Ms Terri Gilbert and Mr Cahal Davis for their efforts in supporting the girls on the day, and congratulations to all, especially to Kaysan on her selection. We wish her well at the upcoming State Championships.

Futsal Clinic and Selection Trial

Recently Mr Ronno Ferreria from Australian Futsal came to the College to conduct a coaching clinic and talent identification session with our Year 5/6 students. He was quite impressed with the calibre of our students and the attentiveness of the girls and boys as he put them through their paces. As a result of their attendance at this session Mr Ferreria was pleased to advise me that Adam McDonald and Phoebe Sellick were just what he was looking for and that he would like to invite them to the Queensland West Futsal Team for the National Schools Championships to be held in Brisbane in the September School Holidays. Our Year 7-12 students had the same opportunity on 6 June with several talented students in attendance. We look forward to hearing similar comments and hopefully notifying you all of further selection opportunities for our students.

Southern Downs Athletics

On Monday our young superstars of track and field descended upon Allora State School for the annual Southern Downs Athletics Carnival. This was held earlier this year due to the Nationals being held in Darwin at an earlier date than usual. Our team of nearly forty athletes braved the cooler than usual conditions to produce some personal bests across a range of events from 100m to 800m along with Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Discus.

Earlier the previous week the 1500m were run and won in style in a pre-event afternoon. I am pleased to announce that Hayley Wainwright broke the 10 years 1500m Record on this day with a new mark of 6.25.21min a great effort and one of only four records broken across the carnival.

In the Age Championships SCOTS PGC figured well with four students gaining Age Champion or Runner up honours.

9 years Boys Runner Up – Colby Miller

10 years Girls Age Champion – Hayley Wainwright

11 years Boys Runner Up – Bailey Harm

12 years Boys Age Champion – Nicholas Denny

I am very proud to announce that on top of their Age Champion awards Hayley and Nicholas were both named as the ‘Champion Athletes of the Carnival’ for their all-round excellent performances across several events for which they have also been selected in the Southern Downs Team.

Congratulations to Hayley Wainwright and Nicholas Denny on being awarded Champion Athletes of the Carnival at Southern Downs in Allora on Monday.

Those be who have been selected in the Southern Downs Team to contest the Darling Downs Championships on 18 June include: Nicholas Denny, Hayley Wainwright, Bailey Harm, Colby Miller, Ellyse Kruger, Scott Wainwright and Tanner Henley

We wish all of these students the very best at the Darling Downs Championships and remind all that training is available for all on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons if you wish to avail yourself of this opportunity.

A special thank you to Mr Campbell and Mrs Stephenson who managed our team on Monday and to our four gap students who assisted in the smooth running of the events on the day. Well done to all who attended and on a fantastic effort put in by the young athletes.

Downs Rugby 7’s Selections

Three of our Under 15 Girls have been selected in the Downs Rugby 7’s Squad of 18 to train on for the State Championships in the June July Holidays. Congratulations to Jacolene de Jager, Niamh Fender and Erin Keogh who have been named in this train on squad. We believe there will be 3-4 to be cut to make the final squad so have our fingers crossed that the three girls will get the final opportunity to attend this prestigious rugby carnival.

Queensland U15 Girls Football Championships

Over this weekend we wish Zara Kruger the very best of luck as she contests the Queensland U15 Girls Football Championships at Highfields, as a member of the Darling Downs Schoolgirls Team. The team stands a great chance with several outstanding team members. Zara herself has been recently named in the Queensland U14 Girls Team, by Football Queensland, to contest the National Championships later this year. So I am sure she will be on point for this event.


Equestrian News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Over the weekend riders, Madeleine Keddy and Georgia Rohde competed at Burpengary One Day Event. Both did an exceptional job on the day with Madeleine placing fifth in the junior 95cm and Georgia placing first in the Junior CCN1* and second in the CCN2*.

Our whole team is now in preparation for the State Championships which are set to take place over the mid-year holidays in Maryborough.  Best of luck to all of our riders.


Cattle Needing Agistment

The College is seeking assistance for anyone who may be able to agist nine of the College’s stud Angus cows (or part thereof). This will be for a timeframe of approximately 2 -5 months and payment of $12 a head is being offered. If anyone can help, please ring Peter Collett on 0405 284 070.

Containers for Change – Warwick Depot Now Open!

The Hird family have just opened Warwick’s first Containers for Change depot!

The depot is located at 119 McEvoy Street, Warwick QLD 4370



Jobs of the Future

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

You may have read claims that 40% of the jobs in Australia won’t exist in the future.  Whilst the reality is some jobs will no longer exist, new jobs will be created and most jobs will undergo some form of digital transformation. The skills we need for work are changing, but we can work together to plan for the future.  Fears of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) replacing humans may be well founded, as new technology is constantly changing the way we work, but as the current workforce grows up alongside an ageing population, future generations will have many job opportunities, if they acquire the right skills.

Jobs of the Future

Having one career for your entire working life is no longer a realistic goal, 15 year-olds are likely to have 17 changes in employers across five different careers. And for three out of every five young Australians with a post-school qualification (such as a degree or vocational qualification), less than half are able to secure more than 35 hours of work per week.

When considering which career path to follow, it is prudent to be mindful that the jobs at risk are those which have high levels of routine, and repeatable and predictable processes requiring precision. These include administrative and clerical jobs, such as factory worker or data entry clerk. Automation or AI will replace these jobs, if it hasn’t already.  It is more important than ever to encourage the uptake of creative and problem-solving subjects and, here at SCOTS PGC College, we are endeavouring to increase the exposure to STEM and project based learning.

Non-routine jobs which need human problem-solving, creativity, adaptability, flexibility, physical dexterity, and communication skills will be the jobs of the future. So will jobs requiring physical proximity and interpersonal skills. Examples include engineering, design, education, health services and care work.  Building successful relationships is the key to future employability, and it is a focus of our Wellbeing programme.

The economy is undergoing an industry restructuring in response to the fourth industrial revolution. This is the name given to a combination of technological mega-trends happening all at the same time (for example, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, digital disruption and so on). Significant economic, demographic and social shifts are happening at the same time.

Which industries show growth?

The Australian economy has shifted from one which produces goods to one which services people. Almost 80% of the workforce is employed in the services industries. The Department of Jobs and Small Business projects that over the five years to May 2023, employment will increase in 17 of the 19 broad industry sectors in Australia. And it will decline in two: agriculture, forestry and fishing; and wholesale trade.

Almost two-thirds of employment growth is projected to be in four sectors: health care and social assistance; construction; education and training; and professional, scientific and technical services. Jobs will exist for people with the skills to fill those jobs.  New jobs are projected to be created across a range of occupations. Aged and disabled care, registered nursing, child care, software and applications programming, and waiting are the top five areas of growth.

Skills young people can learn now

Achieving a university degree no longer automatically means a graduate will get immediate and meaningful employment. The youth unemployment rate for graduates is increasing at a greater rate than for those without a tertiary qualification. According to the Foundation for Young Australians, it now takes on average 4.7 years for a person to transition from full time education to full time employment.

Research from the Foundation for Young Australians found there are four key factors which can accelerate the transition from education to full time work:

  • an education that builds transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication and team work
  • being able to undertake relevant paid work experience
  • finding employment in a sector which is growing
  • an optimistic mindset

Employers of technical and trade workers still place the most emphasis on job-specific, but across all jobs employability skills are the most important. Employers look for communication skills above all other skills, followed by organisational skills, writing, planning and detail orientation, team work and problem-solving. Young people will need to make sure they also have transferable skills such as digital literacy, critical thinking and creativity.

The NSW government challenged a group of researchers to identify what today’s kindergarteners will need to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The report says developing deep knowledge and specialist expertise over time is critical.

Employability skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking are considered generic, and are likely to also be job-specific and not necessarily transferable. For example, problem-solving skills will be very different for a mining engineer to those required by a kindergarten teacher. These “generic skills” need to be learned in context.

What matters most is for Year 12 students at the SCOTS PGC College to surrender to the expertise of our teachers and commit enthusiastically and without hesitation to the sage wisdom they have to offer; to excellence in teaching. Moreover, to commit conscientiously to the holistic programmes we offer, more than what occurs in classrooms but also the creative and performing arts, sport and recreation, service and leadership and building great relationships with teachers and with peers.

Semester 1 Assessments

The Year 10 class are at the beginning of their self-assessment journey, starting to think about the big questions of “what’s next?” and “how do I get there?”  As part of this they will be choosing subjects and pathways for Year 11 and beyond as part of their Senior Education and Training (SET) planning.  There will be information events and other communication about this and the new Senior Syllabuses so please look out for those in the coming weeks.  It is important to note that it is ok if you do not know what you want to be when you grow up.  Many highly successful people did not know what to do at university and many still do not know.  What is important is to have a goal, an idea of what you may want the future to look like and take the first steps towards the horizon.

As a consequence of the introduction of external assessment in 2019, we are starting the preparation for Years 8, 9 and 10 by the introduction of assessment blocks that mirror the assessments the students will be experiencing in the future.  One of the most significant aspects of these assessments is that a part, or all, of the assessments will be unseen.  It is important for students to realise that they may not have seen the question before but they will have learnt the skills and knowledge to answer it.  Equally important is the welfare of students at this stressful time, please do not hesitate to contact the College if you have any concerns or queries.  The timetable for these will be available on SEQTA from Monday 3rd June.  To find out more about the new Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and the new system, an excellent resource is available from the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC), at the link below.

Thank you for your ongoing support and good luck to all students in their upcoming assessments.


Reference: Denny, Lisa. (2019). Research Fellow – Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania. Taken from, February 20, 2019.


Chess Champions

Mr Stephen Anastasi | Strategy Games Club

Eight chess fiends of the Strategy Games Club attended the 2019 Chess Tournament with Mr Anastasi on Friday 24 May and a fabulous time was had by all. Hosted by Assumption College, the tournament attracted ninety competitors, each keen to test their talent against a variety of skill levels. Competitors were divided into senior and junior cohorts, and each player experienced six games, being lifted or dropped with each win or loss, so that skill levels became more and more balanced.

In the junior section, Isaac Ratcliffe was named champion, winning all but one match. In the senior section, Jack McFarland played a formidable series to achieve third place. This would have been first if he had won just one more game.

Between games, participants took part in a chess coaching session broadcast via the web, by one of the organisers. We also watched several videos that taught us to pin and skewer (no less!) our opponents, among other methods for getting the upper hand.

There will be another ‘Big Chess Day Out’ in June, for which invitations will soon be forthcoming. Please contact Mr Anastasi if you have a question relating to this.


Year 4 Pilots New Junior Leadership Programme

Mrs Bernie Bourke | Year 4 Teacher

This year, SCOTS PGC College has commenced a new experiential model to develop leadership skills in our Junior School students. Throughout 2019, every Year 4 student will be given 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 will then 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.

We congratulate Colby Miller, Ben March, Thomas Crawford, Cody Baker, Clea Reid, Hannah Bourke and Shakira Hilton for the enthusiasm and dedication you have shown in your role as our first Leadership team for 2019.

Pipe & Drums Tenterfield Concert

Tomorrow night (Saturday 1st June) the town of Tenterfield is welcoming the SCOTS PGC Pipes and Drums for a special concert. For further details please see the flyer above. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

You can download a copy of the programme for the evening HERE.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Here’s another date to chalk up on the calendar…

On Saturday 15 June, the College will be hosting its very own Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Locke St Campus (Girls Boarding).

The morning will commence at 9:00am where guests will be treated to a morning of entertainment, prizes and the best morning tea imaginable – which is all covered in your $2 entry fee.

Proceeds from our morning tea will be used to help the Cancer Council raise the much needed funds that go towards vital cancer research, support services, preventions programmes and advocacy.

Mrs Fairleigh and her band of merry helpers are very excited to host a great morning.  This is an open community event, so please share amongst your family, friends and the wider Warwick community.

The College has set up a donation page via the Cancer Council for those wishing to make an online donation

Music and Drama Winter Concert

The annual Winter Performing Arts Concert is being held in the Chapel on the evening of Tuesday 11th June 2019.
With the support of SCOTS PGC, the concert is organised by the independent teachers who visit the College campus, teaching private Music and Drama lessons. It provides the students with the opportunity to share their artistic endeavours with their families, friends and the College community.
Due to the large number of students, there will be two concerts one at 4.30pm and another at 6.00pm. Singers, musicians and actors are busy preparing and polishing their performances to provide a wonderfully entertaining evening for everyone.

Campdraft Clinic Coming Soon!

SCOTS PGC students will have the opportunity to take part in a Campdraft Clinic which is scheduled to take place 23 June at the Tannymorel Showgrounds, with Allan Wallen.

The clinic will cover the development of a range of skills including, horsemanship, basic ground work and cattle work.  It is designed to suit all ages and skill levels of both horse and rider so it doesn’t matter if you haven’t competed in campdrafting before, or have been doing it your whole life – there is something for everyone!

Allan Wallen is very well known in the stockhorse and campdrafting circles, competing at a regional, state and national level with many placings throughout. There will be limited places, so please contact Grace Buchholz ( before 14 June if your child would like to register their attendance, or if you have any questions.

The cost for the weekend is $180 per rider. Camping is available at the grounds, however, there are no showers on site. A BBQ lunch will be available both days. Riders must be a member of Equestrian Queensland or the Australian Campdraft Association to be able to participate.


Community Notices

Support for Winter Warmth

We are joining forces with the wider Warwick community this Sunday 2 June to support those who have been affected by drought and need a helping hand.  The Winter Warmth day is a free event in Leslie Park which kicks off at 12noon with a BBQ and kids activities.

Our hospitality students will be selling coffees for $4, with all proceeds going to Winter Warmth. You’ll find us in the white SCOTS PGC tent.  This is a great opportunity to support our community and have a great afternoon out.



Captains Corner

T2W7 Sport Fixtures

T2W7 Co-curricular Programme


Amelia Meek | Netball Captain

We’re on to a winning formula this week! Both SCOTS 1 and SCOTS 2 won their games in the Warwick Town competition. Our SCOTS 1 played a close game against the Killara Cruisers but came out eventual winners with a score of 31-29. The team started well and although they let their lead slip in the second half, our girls fought hard to take back the game. Harriet displayed some great shooting while Rosemary and Siobhan worked hard to gain intercepts in defence.

The girls in the SCOTS 2 team had a great win against Howlers, 30-23. Despite being short a few players, which meant a lack of subs, our girls played hard and had a convincing win by 7 goals

Well done to both teams.


EQ News
Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

The dust is still settling on a fantastic weekend which saw the College host our very own SCOTS PGC event – and what a great success it was!

Our SCOTS PGC Equestrian Extravaganza kicked off last Friday at Morgan Park which included a weekend of various events showcasing all disciplines.  We attracted nearly 120 riders from across the district which meant that our event was larger than the recent Darling Downs Interschool meet a couple of weeks ago.

Our entire team rode with excellence and showed great sportsmanship and pride for the College throughout the three days. It was fantastic to see so many riders competing for our school.  Our team members were rewarded for their skills and achievement which saw us take out a number of prizes for both champions and reserves in the show horse, showman, show jumping, combined training and dressage events. We also placed very well in all the team events.

Running an event like this is a huge undertaking.  The entire team would like to thank all the parents and staff who spent long, tireless hours in helping make the event the great success that it was.  We are very grateful to be part of such a close knit community.



SCOTS spreads the love for Love Your Sister

What a day it has been!

We were absolutely thrilled to share our morning with the very lovable Samuel Johnson from the Love Your Sister Foundation.

After a morning of coffee, cupcakes and a sea of students dressed in their best pink outfits, we welcomed Samuel to the assembly hall stage. Introduced by past SCOTS PGC student, Ashlea Dufficy, Samuel bounded in to share a special heartfelt message with our students. His words were received loud and clear and we are quite sure every boy and girl will be going home tonight to urge their mums to keep a check on their health and be breast aware.

Some tricky uni-cycling ensued and a throng of students followed Sammy outside to get a closer look at the unicycle that he peddled around Australia last year and just generally soak up his presence and the pure vibrant energy he exudes.

Our fundraising efforts are still being tallied, so stay tuned for the final result. We are so thankful to be part of such a vibrant and giving community – love certainly was in the air today.

Pastoral Care is Packing a Punch

Simon Edgar | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

Our whole College pastoral care programme continues every Tuesday in period 4 with our dedicated wellbeing lessons. A raft of different activities and a variety of learning experiences have already occurred so far this year across Prep – Year 12. To highlight what has been occurring in the junior, middle and senior school in the past couple of weeks, here’s a ‘sneak peek’ of what some of our classes have been up to:

Year 3 | Cyber Safety – We conducted a student audit of what Apps and interactive platforms they were using and discussed the implications and dangers of these both now and into the future when peer pressure comes into play.

Year 4 | Ingredients for friendships – The students discussed the ingredients for friendship, identified any extra ingredients which are particularly important and compared similarities and differences with a friend.

Year 6 | Effective study skills – Students discussed and learned strategies for organising time, managing the workload and setting goals. Parents were also emailed a copy of the assessment planner.

Year 8 | Bullying – The class explored bullying and types of responses. This was an opportunity to remind the students of the College anti-bullying policy which can also be found in their diary.

Year 9 | Bullying and cyber safety – Students looked at how our character is formed and who influences us and the role our environment plays.

Year 11 | Facebook settings – During this period, Facebook was allowed through the college internet filter and students were walked through settings and privacy measures. The Year 11 students watched this 3 minute clip of the ‘psychic in the igloo’.

This is just a snippet of what occurs in the pastoral care lessons each week on a Tuesday. Have you asked your child/children what they did in this lesson this week?

The College pastoral care programme is available on our website at:  and under handbooks and programmes.

An integral part of our pastoral care programme is a world first wellbeing resource called SchoolTV which is a parent and teacher resource which was highlighted at a parent information session in Term 1. This resource is available for you on the SEQTA splash page. If you would like to know more about this outstanding resource, please contact either Mr Simon Edgar or Mr David Proudlove.

Junior School Open Day – Wed 12th June

From the Co-curricular Desk

T2W6 Co-curricular Programme

T2W6 Sport Fixtures

Netball News

Amelia Meek | Netball Captain

On Sunday, our teams travelled to Laidley to play the last Inter-District Carnival before finals in June. Scots 1 had a tough day due to a lack of numbers but fought through the day. The younger teams had more success with full teams and all played well through tough conditions.

On Tuesday night in the town competition, Scots 1 had a smasher, beating Shooting Stars by 11 points while Scots 2 had a bye. This is a great improvement from the previous game against Shooting Stars when Scots won by 4 points. The girls played a good game and particular mention goes to Rose Dearden and Emily Rhodes for some great intercepts to gain this lead.


Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

We are motoring through the term! Who can believe we are now at the end of Week 5?  Again we’ve had some wonderful things happening in the Co-curricular space, so here’s a brief overview:

DD 10-12yrs Football Trials

Last Sunday and Monday Adam McDonald and Tanner Grant attended the Darling Downs Trials for Football in Stanthorpe. Unfortunately, neither made it through to the Downs team but both gave good accounts of themselves from all reports with Tanner making the cut for Possibles v Probables held on Monday. Well done lads and don’t stop chasing your dreams as you never know who will be the next Tim Cahill.

QCIS Cross Country

Last Friday we hosted the QCIS Cross Country as a lead up to our regional event. The day was a great success with all races going off without incident. The College fielded competitors in all age groups but illness depleted some of our numbers.

Our best performers were as follows with top 7 placings:

Hayley Wainwright (1st), Ewan McFarland (4th), Shona McFarland (5th), Samuel Proudlove (7th), Amelia Meek (5th), Zara Kruger (2nd), Samuel Wainright (6th), Eliana Jones (4th) and Sam Harvey (7th)

In the Aggregate Trophy SCOTS PGC finished 4th and in the for the Percentage Trophy we finished 3rd due to depleted numbers across our fields. Hopefully next year we can get a few more to attend and claim back the coveted Percentage Trophy.


Darling Downs Cross Country Success

On Tuesday the College was represented by 16 students at the Darling Downs Cross Country Championships held at Highfields, north of Toowoomba.

The day was a fantastic one for Cross Country and a number of our students took a liking to the new course which will be the home of the State Championships on July 20-22.

Shona McFarland was first to take to the course and gained a very creditable 15th in the 16yrs girls 4000m. Sam Harvey in his first ever regional event gained 25th in the 15yrs boys 4000m, and some valuable experience which will stand him in good stead for the future. Eliana Jones as the big improver from last year going from the mid 20’s to 11th place in the 14yrs 4000m.

Hayley Wainwright was our first athlete selected after a hard fought 6th in the 10yrs girls saw her gain her first DD selection. Zara Kruger followed suit with a tremendous 3rd in the 13yrs 3000m and our first medal of the day. Alerah Ross tried her best for her 55th place but the field was quite hot and a poor start hampered her progress.

Ben Carey battled the flu to finish 16th, Sam Wainwright came home strong for 27th, with Hamish Swift right behind him in 29th, Viacheslav Cheredov ran a creditable 32nd, and Percy Kruger chased Slava home for 33rd giving our 13yrs boys 4th in the teams event behind TGS and St. Mary’s Toowoomba.

Briana Groves found the going a bit tough in the 12yrs girls but fought on for 30th out of a field of 60 starters, whilst Riley Wainwright ran a fine 16th with a strong finish over the last 500m. Riley was followed by Samuel Bourke in 29th who learnt a lot from his first appearance at this level.

Finally, the 16yrs lads took to the course and after gaining 26th in 2017 and 6th in 2018 Ewan McFarland gained 2nd place in a race that was in my opinion the race of the day where anyone of a number of the lads in the top 6 could have taken the day. Also in the fantastic field was Geoffrey Warren who toiled hard to gain a creditable 17th place and again demonstrated great potential.

Hayley, Zara and Ewan will now contest the State Championships on this very same course in late July and we wish them well.

In the overall aggregate trophy for the Secondary Shield I am pleased to advise that Scots PGC finished 7th overall, which was a great effort from a small team. Well done to all and a huge thank you to Mr Campbell our team manager and the gap students for their contribution to the day.



Equestrian News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy for the SCOTS PGC Equestrian team!

On 10-12 May we had 22 of our students travel to Dalby for the Darling Downs Regional Championships.  Like always, the SCOTS PGC team showed outstanding sportsmanship throughout the whole weekend.  Our students were recognised for their efforts with sportsmanship awards going out to Lucy Jackson-Sharpe, Darcy Turner and Georgia Rohde Chase Naylor, Tom Keable and James King. We also had outstanding individual results over the three days with many of our riders placing in the top 6. Congratulations to our champion riders who were Felicity and Phoebe Sellick as well as Beau Lyttle (show jumping). A special mention to our outstanding member for the weekend – Hanaka Parker for competing in the dressage and showman at her first ever event and then coming home with 3rd in showman.

As a school we were awarded as the reserve champion in the showman teams, third in both dressage and combined training teams and champion and third in show jumping teams. To top it off, we were also awarded as reserve overall show jumping school.

Last weekend two of our riders, Maddie Keddy and Georgia Rohde competed at the Tamborine one-day event. Both had a great weekend with Georgia coming home with 5th in the CCN1* and an overall win in the Juniors. The whole team is looking forward to our very own event this weekend coming.

Cattle Club Update

Main Image:  Lily Emmerton, Marty Worboys and Bridie Shooter

Bridie Shooter | Cattle Club Captain

The SCOTS PGC College Cattle Club Team woke up in the early hours of the morning, hopped in a minibus and travelled to Crows Nest to compete in the Darling Downs Sub Chamber Finals last Saturday (18 May). To qualify for the Darling Downs Finals, participants had to place first in Paraders or Junior Judging competitions at shows along the regional show circuit. This year, Arena Wheeler, Clay Armstrong and Bridie Shooter all qualified to compete at the Sub Chamber event.

An unfortunate outbreak of the flu meant that Arena and Clay were unable to compete, however, Lily Emmerton and Marty Worboys stepped up in their place. Marty placed 3rd in the Prime Cattle Junior Judging and 3rd in the Cookery Judging competition. Lily placed 1st in the Stud Cattle Junior Judging and Bridie placed 2nd in the Farm Produce Judging, 2nd in the Stud Beef Junior Judging and 3rd in the Prime Cattle Junior Judging.

Unfortunately, no one qualified to compete further at a State level, however, an accumulation of all of the team’s Junior Judging points led us taking out a win for the Day/Jensen shield for our team judging efforts.

The Show Team looks forward to preparing for the Ekka in August.

Strategy Games Club

Stephen Anastasi | Co-ordinator

The Strategy Games Club numbers have continued to grow over the last weeks, with the expansion from purely chess being well received. Younger members enjoy chess for a time and it is advantageous that when they have run out of interest ‘for the day’ that they have a raft of other opportunities to keep them engaged.

Some of our members have been very supportive, teaching other students to play games of Magic: the Gathering, Armies vs Aliens, and Euka.  In the near future, we will be offering draughts, Mastermind, Chinese Checkers and possibly even Go.

The Club is presently meeting at 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Tuesdays in the WALEC.  We would love to welcome new members to the fold.



Community News – A message from SDRC

As part of the Southern Downs Water Security Strategy, Council is seeking feedback on community values and knowledge of our local water resources. The information gathered will provide local data on the actions and behaviours which are most important to our residents as well as providing current information on opportunities to further secure our water supplies for the future.

We want to hear from you! The survey will take just 10-15 minutes and can be completed online. Some questions are a quick tick and flick and others require a more thoughtful response. The survey will guide Council future actions so please grab a cuppa and head to:
A PDF version is also available to be downloaded, completed and returned to any of the Southern Downs Regional Council’s Community Contact Centres. To make sure your views are incorporated, the survey will need to be submitted by 16 June 2019.

Please encourage your family and friends to complete this survey so their thoughts and ideas and can also be included.

Jam & Pumpkins for Sale at Reception

A High Quality Interclan Athletics Carnival

Mr Simon Edgar | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

Last Friday 10th May saw the Junior and Middle School Interclan Athletics Carnival held under ideal weather conditions.  The day started in our house like many others, with the full range of emotions:  excitement, nervousness, worry and then finally a revelation – “this is going to be great fun!”

Starting with the 5 to 9 years old sprints, it was wonderful to watch these young students competing in their first race over 50 or 60 metres.  Their youthful exuberance was evident with the look of excitement, determination, relief and finally joy (mostly) when their race was finished, with the look of pride on their parent’s face a highlight for me.  The second part of the sprints programme saw the 10 to 12 years old students graduate to the top of the 100m track. For some students, this became a little more serious as over the years a lot of students start working out what they think the finishing order will be. Although, this year we have seen a number of new students across these age groups which has created genuine intrigue in the outcome!

After the sprint events we started the novelty events for the 5 – 8 years old students. It was delightful to see these young students participate in sack races, discuss, shot put and javelin activities, even though some of the smaller students initially disappeared beneath the size of the sacks. These novelty events were very smoothly run by the Junior School staff with the assistance of some Year 7 helpers.

The 9 -12 years old students commenced rotations of four events which were either jumps or throws. Within each of these year groups we saw records broken and in some cases, ‘smashed!’ After morning tea, the 5 – 8 years old students returned to the Junior School to carry on with their teaching and learning programme.

Throughout the remainder of the day the jumps and throws continued and a contingent of avid parents supported their children and the other students.  During this time the clan competition started to heat up with some very close cumulative totals being communicated. The final part of the Junior and Middle School Interclan Athletics Carnival was the shuttle relays. Staff, students and parents all moved over to the 100 metre track in the centre of Briggs Oval for the hotly contested relays. The competition was intense between clans as well as between the boys and girls.

As a College, the Interclan Athletics carnival displayed the spirit and tenacity which all our students have. The importance of these values was highlighted and in line with our College vision as a collective, we were all able to ‘inspire students to be their best’.

Thank you to Mr Bradbury for organising such a successful carnival. Also a big thank you to Mr Wilson, Mr Millard, parent volunteers, GAP students, Year 7 helpers and all the dedicated JAM teachers and teacher aides. Such a successful carnival cannot occur without you!    


UN Youth | Voice – National Finals

Joshua Bailey | Year 11 student

Late last year I made it my goal to participate in as much as possible in school. My teacher then advertised a United Nations speech competition and I thought: why not?

The competition was simple: you’re given a short list of international problems, and from that list you prepare a 5-minute speech with your own solution…

Thinking I wouldn’t get too far, I entered hoping to maybe get some experience in speechwriting and public speaking. I got much more than just that in the following months – eventually, I progressed from the regional round in Toowoomba, to Brisbane Parliament House, and then to Perth for the National Finals.

I travelled to Perth representing my state and school in the April school holidays, participating in workshops and discussions that challenged my own beliefs and ideas and allowed for animated conversation and debate.

Over the course of the competition, I spoke on the spread of nuclear weaponry, on foreign interference, and the state of Australian youth in politics.

They were very complicated topics, and vastly different in scope to the challenges we face out here on the Downs.

I was fortunate to go to the National Finals in Perth along with the other finalists from the Queensland State competition. They were a friendly and intelligent bunch and we, as a team, did fairly well in our respective age groups.

I met many intelligent and like-minded individuals, interested in the happenings of the world. I won’t be surprised to see them in government positions one day. Even better, though, was that many of these people became my friends.

The experience of this trip was very much a high in my life.

In the end, I realised that, as I looked out from a high rise in the Perth CBD, perhaps it wasn’t a bad idea to have just given this a go.

After all, I’d never been to Perth before.



SCOTS begins to rock!

The quiet start to the day on the Oxenham street campus comes to a jarring halt each Wednesday morning as the newly formed rock band begins practice in the Assembly Hall at 7.30am! Under the guidance of local master musician and accomplished guitarist Mr Colin Alley, the newly formed band relives the music of past greats such as The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Kelly and Chuck Berry to name just a few.

Guitarists Luke Stephenson, Mitchell Twidale , Mr Keevers and combine with bass player Ambrose Barton and Matthew Bailey on drums, to lay down the riffs and melodies, whilst Brianna Ware adds her vocals. The band is very close to its first performance and continues to practice to develop the skills and love of all things in rock and roll!

QDU Debating Update

Main Image: Year 7 debaters, Adam Stephenson and Lachlan Tweddell

Mrs Nicola Hight | Debating Co-ordinator

The SCOTS PGC College has a dedicated line up of 23 students, ranging from Years 7-12, competing in the current Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Toowoomba Region Secondary Schools Competition. Interschool debate nights take place on scheduled Wednesday nights across various school campuses in Toowoomba.

Last year’s semi-final competitors Alexis Zerner, Sophie Brennan and Sophia Tweddell have been joined by Sophie Poole and Rosie-May Proudlove to form SCOTS PGC 8.1 team and continue to perform strongly. Year 9 students Sophie Bignell, Hannah Myer, Niamh Fender and Harriet Plummer remain in the running for this year’s championship rounds. Thank you Mrs Christine Peterson for twice accompanying this group to Toowoomba.

In short preparation events, our new 8.2 team of Alex Naughten, Brianna Ware, Dustin Heslin and Matthew Bailey defeated Toowoomba Grammar School in their last round. Scots PGC 8.2 team showed great non-reliance on palm cards, successfully arguing against banning zoos.

Our Senior Debating Team consists of Year 12 Samuel Proudlove plus Year 11s Joshua Crow, Joshua Bailey,  Aidan Ryan and Kira Holmes. The Senior team won their last short preparation round to argue that women should be taxed less than men, defeating St Mary’s College Toowoomba.

Last but not least, our youngest interschool debaters are Year 7s Lauren McAdam , Adam Stephenson, Lachlan Tweddell, Viacheslav Cheredov and Alyxis McDonald. Congratulations to SCOTS PGC team 7.1 for your win against Toowoomba Grammar School 7.1 in the recent ‘YouTube’ topic debate.

Thanks to each of our students for your commitment and courage and also to the parents and boarding staff for supporting these evening events. And of course, thank you to my fellow Interschool Debating Coordinator Mr Malcolm Heather.


The Beat of the Bush | Musical Winter School

Wendy Whittaker | Head of Music

The Winter School is being run at the Tenterfield High School from the 8 -14 July. Both Primary and Secondary programmes are being conducted with guest performers and instructors. This Winter School is particularly focussed on enabling regional students access to top quality music education experience.

The usual cost of the programme for urban students is normally $495 for the week. However, the organisers have worked hard to enable extensive funding for regional students. Thanks to a NSW Regional Well-Being grant the cost of the programme has been reduced to $95 for students from Warwick. The organisers have also confirmed a free bus from Warwick to Tenterfield each day will be funded by FRRR (Foundation for Remote and Regional Renewal). This is an opportunity too good to miss! If you are free in Week 3 of the holidays, please consider registering for this fantastic programme.

Further information is available from Mrs Whittaker or at . Registrations close 14 June 2019.


Year 3 acquaints themselves with Aussie animals

Michelle Brown | Year 3 Teacher

Our Year 3 students are just finishing a term long project based around the study on an Australian animal.  We began the project during our Science module, where we investigated living and non-living things and then embarked on a research report which required our boys and girls to study and seek out further information using simple text as a starting point.  The students developed a list of dot points after comprehending the text, and then went on to expand their dot points into sentences and find pictures and other resources to support their research.

Our students have created a book around their chosen animal using their iPads and an app called ‘Book Creator’.  It has been wonderful to watch their projects develop to their final stages and see just how proud they all are of their completed animal research books.  Next week, the class will proudly read their books to some of our younger students.  This was a really fun unit where the class learned some of the foundation skills essential to research and reporting.

Well done Year 3!

Meet Samuel Johnson and raise funds to rid cancer

On Friday 24 May, the College is privileged to announce that we will receive a visit from Samuel Johnson OAM, actor and philanthropist, as he travels through Warwick on his Love Your Sister caravan odyssey to raise funds to vanquish cancer!  He aims to raise 10 million dollars towards cancer research.

Samuel spent the first few months of 2019 dancing his legs off to finally take out the mirror ball in honour of his sister Connie and to raise funds for Love Your Sister.  He is a living lesson in allowing oneself to show vulnerability, to be aware of who you really are and show courage in adversity. Samuel’s visit will give our students the opportunity to hear a message of hope.  He is a living example of giving of yourself. Of ‘looking out of the window instead of in the mirror!’  So many of our community have experience of loss and the anguish of watching loved ones go through treatment. This is our opportunity to be involved in the ‘cancer vanquishing movement!’

Next Friday, we will turn the College pink with a free dress day and donations headed for Love Your Sister fundraising. The morning will start off at 8.00am with coffees being served from the Junior School for any College families. We ask for a gold coin donation with all funds raised going towards this great cause. Samuel will attend an assembly of students from Middle and Senior school at approximately 10:00am.   Parents are invited to attend and share in this exciting event. Please bring some cash as we will endeavour to ‘fill our buckets’ to add to our fundraising efforts. Samuel has a merchandise trailer as well and the College will also be selling Pink cupcakes.  We hope to see you there!

From the Co-curricular Desk

T2W5 Sport Fixtures

T2W5 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular

Primary School Hockey Final

Last Thursday our SCOTS Red primary hockey team faced the West Warwick Wolves in the grand final of this competition and I was lucky enough to attend and view the spectacle for myself.

The game ebbed and flowed in the early piece with no one team taking the ascendancy. We scored then they scored and pretty much this was the pattern up until half time after which it started to become one-way traffic for the SCOTS Team. Superb defence from Belle Meek, Lachlan Groves, Colby Miller and Cody Baker allowed Briana Groves and Tanner Henley to punch forward in attack. All were integral members in the subsequent 6-3 win over the Warwick West SS Wolves Team who put up a really strong contest.

Colby Miller as a junior team member showed excellent skills in both attack and defence and wasn’t afraid to run the length of the park to do so. Briana Groves was rock solid and often steadied the defence before lurching forward at speed to provide vital injections for the attack. Tanner crawled off his death bed to be a part of the action and conserved energy by lurking out on the left wing position ready to pounce on the loose ball sent his way. Cody and Belle were very steady and sure in the mid field where both displayed great defensive qualities to deny the West team in the later stages of the match. Lachlan Groves was everywhere – he attacked and defended exceptionally well but his ball distribution was a feature of his game which allowed his team mates to explore space around the park and expose the oppositions weaknesses.

All in all, it was a great game to watch and a tremendous effort from our juniors. Unfortunately, team regular Connie-Anne Sue Tin was unavailable to play in the final but certainly contributed to the sides appearance in it and we congratulate her as well.


John Elders Cup

The Open Rugby Union team took part in the annual John Elders Cup Rugby Tournament last weekend at Downlands College.

It is a highly competitive competition and a very tough one in which a smaller school such as SCOTS PGC can be competitive. The boys played four games in two days which is always a tough ask of any team.

In game one we were quite shell-shocked by the size and speed of the play from the Downlands Firsts but the boys fought on and managed to get a ‘meat pie’ in the second half after a solid run from Beau Kendall. The second game saw us face the Downlands Seconds and although we pressed their line for lengthy periods we were unable to break their defence.

Many players showed their skill and courage under fire in both these encounters. Jonathon Winter led the team impeccably from the front with bustling ball carrying and tenacious defence, whilst Anthony Hodges toiled tirelessly at Number 10 to conjure something whenever he could for the team to get some go forward.

On Sunday we played the other two teams, Ambrose Treacy (Brisbane) and Ignatius Park (Townsville). The game against Ambrose Treacy was likely our highlight with two tries and a better defensive performance. We lost all four games as can be seen in the stats below but the boys played some outstanding rugby and as the weekend progressed the rugby got better and better.

Beau Kendall won the player of the tournament as adjudged by the referees throughout the tournament under a 3-2-1 system from each game, and we are very proud of Beau as this was no mean feat when your side is not going forward all the time. We are proud of all our lads who all played well above their capacity against bigger and more experienced opposition.

Unfortunately, the other schools were just too strong for us, but we must remember we have a competitive sport population of 336 girls and boys in our school whilst Downlands can draw upon 828 girls and boys and Ambrose Treacy have over 1000 boys alone from which to field teams.

A hearty well done to both our players and staff for the effort and the sacrifice they have all made to represent the College at this event.

The full results were as follows:
Match 1 – Ambrose Treacy def Ignatius Park 14-5
Match 2 – Downlands Blue def SCOTS 66-10
Match 3 – Ambrose def Treacy Downlands Red 10- 7
Match 4 – Downlands Blue def Ignatius Park 50-5
Match 5 – Downlands Red def SCOTS 29-0
Match 6 – Ignatius Park d Downlands Red 21-17
Match 7 – Ambrose Treacy def SCOTS 37-12
Match 8 – Downlands Blue def Downlands Red 52-0
Match 9 – Ignatius Park def SCOTS 41-5
Match 10 – Downlands Blue def Ambrose Treacy 64-5

Futsal Clinic and Talent Identification Sessions

Over the next three Thursday afternoons we have the pleasure of hosting Mr Ronno Ferreira from Australian Futsal to conduct a coaching and selection session with our students based on our participation in the South West Futsal Titles held last Term.

The sessions are open to all students across the age groups mentioned below…

Thursday 23 May – Yr 5-6 Students – 3.15-4.30pm
Wednesday 30 May – Yr7-8 Students – 2.30-4.30pm
Thursday 6 June – Yr 9-12 Students 2.30-4.30pm

All sessions will be held in the John Muir Sports Centre. Please RSVP to Mr Bradbury your intentions to attend by this Friday 17 May.

This is an opportunity not to be missed.


JAM Athletics Carnival

In what were excellent conditions for an Athletics Carnival the JAM Students competed wholeheartedly across the full gambit of events.

In the race for Age Championships the following students prevailed over their classmates to take the honours.

9yrs – Girls – Shelby Edgar 1st, Phillipa Cassells 2nd – Boys – Scott Wainwright and Colby Miller 1st

10yrs – Girls – Hayley Wainwright 1st, Bridie Hutchison 2nd – Boys – Izak Kruger 1st, Lachlan Groves 2nd

11yrs – Girls – Ellyse Kruger 1st, Belle Meek 2nd – Boys – Bailey Harm 1st, Liam Poole 2nd

12yrs – Briana Groves 1st, Phoebe Sellick 2nd – Boys – Nicholas Denny1st, Lewis May 2nd

In addition to their accumulative success in the age championships several records were broken setting new marks for 2019.

Nicholas Denny – 12yrs 100m – 13.18sec

Nicholas Denny – 12yrs Shot Put – 10.29m

Nicholas Denny – 12yrs Long Jump – 4.72m

Hayley Wainwright – 10yrs Long Jump – 3.56m

Hayley Wainwright – 10yrs High Jump – 1.18m

Hayley Wainwright – 10yrs 800m – 3.21.41min

Scott Wainwright – 9yrs Discus – 17.72m

Benjamin March – 9yrs Shot Putt – 6.24m

Bailey Harm – 10yrs High Jump – 1.45m

In the Interclan Championship Cameron were victorious with 918 points followed by MacInnes in 2nd, Mackay 3rd and Leslie 4th.

We congratulate all participants on a fantastic effort across the day. The team for the Southern Downs trials on June 3 will be announced next week but training continues for those wishing to avail themselves of this on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons whilst Runners club continues in the mornings for students as well.

I take this opportunity to thank all staff students and parents for their participation and attendance making the event a truly communal one.


Accentuating the Positive!

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

‘Very little that is positive is solitary.  When was the last time you laughed uproariously?  The last time you felt indescribable joy?  The last time you sensed profound meaning and purpose?  The last time you felt enormously proud of an accomplishment?  Chances are, all of them took place around other people’.

The words above were written by Martin Seligman, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and regarded as the founder of the concept of positive psychology, in the early pages of his 2011 international bestseller, ‘Flourish’. Positive psychology itself is defined by one of Seligman’s co-workers, Christopher Peterson, as, ‘the scientific study of what makes life most worth living’, so we are talking about some pretty heavy-duty, meaningful ideas that have had a vast impact on many fields, perhaps none more than the complex world of the education of young people.

And while it has taken some of the most brilliant scientific minds, and engaging writers of the last decade to fine-tune what positive psychology is, and how we might all benefit from understanding it better, I am delighted to say that it is evident on a regular basis at SCOTS PGC, often when least expected.  Opportunities to be a part of something bigger; a small, but vital component in a perfectly engineered machine, abound for all our boys and girls.  The most recent occasion I was privileged to see positive psychology in action was last week, in fact, on the day when the 2019 ‘batch’ of Warwick Riding for the Disabled (RDA) volunteers attended their essential training day with the amazingly generous-of-spirit RDA instructors at the Warwick Showgrounds. The 60-minute session was the compulsory introduction to the finer points of how to safely manage some of the most patient and personable ponies in Queensland!

No sign as yet of the Warwick East Primary School special needs youngsters who our students will be assisting at RDA; this was just 22 of our Year 7-10s, all equestrian-crazy and all representing the College with grace and immaculate manners, focused on learning the ropes, or bridles and stirrups, depending on where each was standing at the time.

As someone who is, rather inconveniently extremely allergic to horses (surely this should have been an essential, critical interview question for anyone contemplating a career move from the fresh breezes of the Fremantle Doctor on Perth’s Indian Ocean shoreline to what is clearly the Equine Capital of the World) I found myself a few metres away from the action, watching how our youngsters interacted with each other, and their horsey charges.

Smiles and laughter were non-stop, chatter was constant; to each other, and to the ponies, and while none of the instructors asked for hugs to be administered, they were handed out aplenty, as clearly, horses are for hugging!

How ironic and heart-warming for a service activity that, on the surface, appears to be all about helping others to have the wonderful side-effect of building friendships and positivity among those who offer to provide that help.  The catalyst just happens to be the incredible, enduring bond between humans and horses.

For me there was undoubtedly a sense of ‘flourishing’ in the air.  Some of our young volunteers have challenging stories and struggle from time to time with aspects of their daily lives, yet this shared purpose and passion really did seem to transcend those difficulties, even if only briefly.  Being an RDA volunteer thus provides a regular opportunity to not only give something special of oneself to others, but also receive a precious gift in return.

I note that there is not a single indexed reference to horses in the 270 pages of ‘Flourish’, but surely this is an oversight that a subsequent book will address?  In what is likely to be a fairly long list for some of the more fortunate children of the 21st century, what makes life most worth living simply has to include sharing time with like-minded people and, allergies-allowing, a horsey mate?






Year 2 catches the coding bug

Mrs Julie Gander | Year 2 Teacher

This semester in Year 2, students have begun learning to code. But what exactly is coding? Coding is what makes it possible to create computer software, apps and websites.

For our Year 2 students, learning to code began with writing simple sets of instructions on paper in offline activities. They then moved onto programming robotic bees, or ‘Bee-Bots’ to move from one location to another on a large map in the classroom.

After mastering these basic skills, students then began to solve more difficult coding puzzles online.

Along with learning programming skills, students have found that coding also fosters other equally important skills, including resilience, problem solving, creativity and persistence. The children have learnt that failure can be something positive as it provides a learning opportunity. ‘Debugging’ code or finding mistakes within their code and trying again is half the fun.

Firebird Fun

Chemane Fairleigh | Head of Girls’ Boarding  

Our boarding girls were treated to some Queensland Firebird netball action over the weekend as part of the College’s weekend activities programme.  The girls travelled to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to watch on with many other netball enthusiasts in the hope that the Queensland Firebirds may be victorious over the Collingwood Magpies.  As expected the girls were on the edge of their seats for the entire game with the match ending in a 57 all draw.

Our activities programme is designed to provide our boarding students with opportunities to take part in outings and experiences that they might not usually access if they were at home.  Watching a professional netball match was particularly appealing for our younger girls in the boarding house, many of whom are also part of the College netball programme.  It provided an opportunity to be part of a sport they enjoy and have fun with their friends.

Stay tuned for more boarding updates in future newsletters!

Thanks Mum

Our Prep students hosted a wonderful assembly this week in honour of Mother’s Day which will be celebrated this Sunday.  The assembly was focussed on mothers and recognised what we love about our Mums, Grandmothers or the special female role models in our life.  It was followed up by some fun craft activities in the Prep – 4 classrooms and completed with a nice morning tea.

We’ll be sharing a special Mother’s Day video this Sunday on our Facebook page to say thank you to our Mums.

Fight the Flu and stay healthy!

Flu season is almost here, and the SCOTS PGC College wants to keep your children and the adults who care for them healthy.

Influenza (the ‘flu) is an infectious disease caused by a virus.  When children are in a group with other children such as in schools, the transfer of infectious diseases can become more problematic.  Influenza is one of the most common vaccines preventable causes of hospitalisation.

Queensland Health recommends the best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated each year.  More information can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCOTS PGC Health Centre on 07 4666 9803 Monday through until Friday 8 am – 3 pm.


From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

T2W4 Co-curricular Programme

T2W4 Sport Fixtures

Darling Downs Trial Success

This past Tuesday 16 SCOTS PGC students participated in Darling Downs trials across three sports with some exceptional success.

U15 Basketball – From our 6 participants in the Border District teams three of our girls managed to book themselves a ticket to Cairns in the Darling Downs Team. We congratulate Jekeira Major, Summer Jacks and Bryoni Marshall on their selection and wish them well at the State Championships in August in Cairns.

U15 Rugby Union – A further 6 students took to the rugby field at Downlands to contest these trials. Congratulations to Hank Zammit and Kaleb Chidgzey for making the team, who will head to Highfields for the State Championships also in early August. Max Keable was named as shadow for the team, whilst Mr Vladimir Savovski, Mr Anthony Savovski and Mr Jonathan Fender will coach and manage the Darling Downs Team at the Championship giving the team a truly SCOTS flavour. Best of luck to all as they contest these championships.

10-19 years Orienteering – Four of our students contested the titles at Cooby Dam (north of Toowoomba) and they enjoyed significant success. William Gilmore and Ewan McFarland were selected in the senior boy’s squad whilst Chloe Wainwright was selected in the intermediate girls squad to contest the State Championships in which Darling Downs has developed a commanding reputation as one of the most successful regions in the state. William Lawrence was named as third Reserve for the senior boys’ team and is to be commended on his efforts.

Next Week we wish Adam McDonald and Tanner Grant all the best at the Darling Downs 12 years Football Trials in Stanthorpe, whilst on Tuesday, 18 of our students will take on the new Highfields Cross Country Course for the Darling Downs 10-19 years Cross Country selection trials

Debating Success

In more recent news, our Year 7 Debaters scored a huge win over Toowoomba Grammar on Wednesday night and will move through to the next round. More debating news in our next issue.

Darling Downs Equestrian Championships

This coming weekend our students will compete in Dalby at the Darling Downs Equestrian Championships and all looks good for a strong showing from the talented team led by new co-ordinator Grace Buckholz. We wish all students the very best for a fantastic weekend of competition.

Rugby 7’s

Our girls travel to both Chinchilla and Toowoomba for this weekend’s round of the Darling Downs Teenage 7’s competition so it will be an early start for some as they head off to continue to develop their skills. Players to watch with representative spots being considered across the competition are Molly Turnbull, Shona McFarland, and Niamh Fender for the Under 15 and Under 17 teams whilst our U13’s are showing some promise for the future with some strong tacklers and ball runners amongst them.

Inter-District Netball

Heading in the other direction to Gatton are our Inter-District Netball Teams. Our three teams are developing well with the continuously high level of competition at these events and we are certainly looking forward to entering the Junior Vicki Wilson and Senior Vicki Wilson Tournaments later this year on the back of this improvement. This coupled with the success of our Tuesday night teams shows promising signs of development that bode well for future years if we can keep the momentum moving forward.

QCIS Events

Next week, Friday 17 May, will see the QCIS Cross Country come to SCOTS PGC with some very talented runners on show from across the region. Our SCOTS runners to watch include Chloe Wainwright, Riley Wainwright, Benjamin Carey, Eliana Jones, Sam Harvey, and Ewan McFarland who all demonstrated they have what it takes at last week’s Border District and Southern Downs Carnivals.

On 7 June  we travel to Brisbane for the QCIS 9-A-Side Football at Ambrose Treacy College. Teams are growing fast across the year levels of 5-12 so if you want to be involved and play for the College at this event get your reply to Mr Bradbury ASAP via SEQTA.

Coming Events

Darling Downs Finals for Judging and Parading May 18 at Crows Nest Showgrounds

SCOTS PGC Equestrian Event May 24- 25 at Morgan Park

Darling Downs Cross Country May 21 at Highfields

Calling all College Chess Players

The Warwick Regional Interschool Chess Tournament for 2019 is just around the corner, and Mr Anastasi is calling for nominations to represent the College.  Tournament details are as follows:

WHO:              Open to all students from Grade 4 to Grade 12. Entrants must have a basic knowledge of the game (i.e. how the pieces move).

WHEN:            Friday, May 24 2019 (Term 2, Week 5); 9 am to 2 pm

WHERE:           Assumption College (6 Locke Street Warwick)


COST:              $15.00 per student (Less than the $16.50 noted on the attached flier). This can be charged to your school account.


Complete, copy and paste the following into a SEQTA message, and send to Mr Anastasi.

Dear Mr Anastasi,

Student name:

Date of Birth:

Year Group:

I give consent to attendance at the May Chess Tournament at Assumption College.


EQ News

Main Image: Shakira Hilton (Year 4)

Georgia Rohde | EQ Captain

Last weekend, part of the team competed at the Pony Club Gymkhana at the Warwick Show Grounds. As always, our riders rode well and had fun competing (which is what it’s all about!) We’d like to congratulate Shakira Hilton, who came home with second in the campdraft and first in formal gymkhana. Hannah Gordon placed first in the formal gymkhana and Natasha Paganin placed fifth overall in formal gymkhana. These three girls had a great weekend and we are very proud of their efforts.

This weekend the team are tacking up and heading off for the Darling Downs Inter-School event in Dalby.  Best of luck everyone!

Appreciating the Importance of Values

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

The time around ANZAC day is truly special for everyone at SCOTS PGC College. Anzac Day is a time of reflection: to reflect on what the original Anzacs did for all of us, and the values they represent.  It was amazing to see many of our students many wear their grandparents’ service medals as proudly as they wear their own.  Children are the heirs of the Anzac legacy and, as the College, they have embraced it with great respect and dignity.

Nothing represented this more than the wonderful turnout for the dawn service last Tuesday morning and the parade on ANZAC day itself.  If you were a casual observer on Wednesday, you would be forgiven for thinking that SCOTS PGC College was the largest school in Warwick.  The commitment, presentation and respect that every student showed is a testament to the values our community holds dear.  It was with great pride I marched behind the dulcet tones of our stupendous pipe and drums band as we made our way along Palmerin Street.  This is part of what makes our College so special.  It is our values, above all else, that defines us.

“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs

For our former and current serving members, Anzac Day is about mateship. Those they have served alongside, the mates they lost, and those who they stood beside next to the cenotaph.  We acknowledge the battlers and the heroes and salute the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who paid with their lives in the service of our nation.  At SCOTS PGC College we especially acknowledge the magnificent 42 past students whom gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedom and security.  If you have not had the chance to view the wonderful video on our Facebook page of the dawn service I entreat you to do so.  It is a very moving and emotive tribute.

As a College we endeavour to deliver a holistic education, highlighting the importance of values, sport and co-curricular and academic excellence as part of a whole.  Based on the quality of spirit and respect of the ladies and gentlemen present at the dawn service and the ANZAC day parade then, as a whole community, we should be very proud.

Vincent Van Gogh visits Year One

Shell Campbell | Year One Teacher

Vincent Van Gogh a very famous painter from the Netherlands, was known for his bold use of colour and expressive brushwork.  Even though he died quite young, his unique style made him one of the most influential artists in the modern world.  He is most famous for his painting, “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.”  He even liked to paint himself and at one point in time, he cut off his ear!

Year One learned about Vincent Van Gogh and studied his paintings last term.  We discovered the techniques involved with shading, highlighting and learned all about cool and warm colours.  Our budding young artists made some oil pastel drawings of sunflowers of their own and some constructed sunflowers in vases.

Later at the end of the term, our Year Five friends visited us and we used IPad technology to colour in some of his famous paintings with a similar variety of colours.


Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provide financial assistance for families transporting students to non-state schools in Queensland. Applications are now open and must be submitted by 31 May 2019 (no late submissions will be accepted). Please see the flyer below and click on the following link to apply –

Study Skills and the new QCE system

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

The introduction of external exams in 2020 has increased the emphasis on study skills.  As part of the College’s commitment to preparing the students, we will be running a targeted study skills session for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students on Monday, 20 May.   Later on the same day, we will be offering a parent session on study skills from 5 pm – 6 pm in the WALEC.  If you are interested in learning how you can support your child, please come along to this session.

Year 10 students will also be discussing their options for next year and beyond as part of the SET Plan process. There will be an interview on travel day at the start of next term, Monday 15 July 2019.  If you have any questions about the new system, ATAR or the SET Plan process, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

From the Co-curricular Desk

T2W3 Sport Fixtures

T2W3 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Darling Downs Trial Success

This past Monday SCOTS PGC students participated in Darling Downs Trials for the following sports. Congratulations to all students on their efforts.

11-12 years Rugby League

Ryan Bohm (selected), Riley Wainwright (possibles/probables), Lewis May gave a good account of himself and was unfortunate not to progress.

10-12 years Hockey:

Briana Groves (selected), Samuel Bourke (selected), James Bourke (shadow), Lachlan Groves gets a mention as he acquitted himself exceptionally well as one of the youngest at the trial.

11-12 years Netball:

Although a little old for this category it is with great pride that we announce that Holly Naughten has been selected as a student umpire to attend the State 11 years Netball Championships as 1 of only 4 darling Downs student umpires from across the Darling Downs to officiate at the 11 years and 12 years State Championships in August.

U18 Rugby Union:

We congratulate Lachlan Titus on his late inclusion in the Darling Downs Team to contest this coming weekends Queensland U18 Schools Rugby Union Championship at Sunnybank. Lachlan joins Anthony Hodges and front row partner Jonathon Winter in the Darling Downs Team. We wish these boys the best for their championship from the 2nd-5th May 2019.

Downs Rugby Representative Trials – We wish our students trialling this weekend at the DOWNS RUGBY Representative Trials all the best.

Southern Downs and Border District Cross Country

It was wonderful to play host to this year’s Southern Downs and Border District Cross Country trials on Wednesday this week.

The 12 year old girls and boy’s teams are to be commended on their team efforts with 7 top ten placings out of 8 competitors. We are extremely proud of all who competed across all age groups.

Congratulations to Riley Wainwright, Samuel Bourke, Briana Groves, Hayley Wainwright who were all selected in the Southern Downs Team to contest the Darling Downs Championships on 21 May.

Congratulations also to Benjamin Carey, Ewan McFarland and Eliana Jones for their placings and to the several top 10 performances across many age groups. Team selections to attend the Darling Downs Championship have been notified via SEQTA.

We have the QCIS Championship on 17 May and we would really like to see a full complement of participants so we can mix it with the other schools. Training will continue as per the published schedules.

JAM Athletics Carnival

Due to the early staging of the National 10-12years Track and Field in Darwin this year all carnivals have been pushed forward and as such ours is no exception. As advertised on the calendar we are holding our JAM Athletics next Friday 10 May. Please look out for details of the day on SEQTA over the weekend if not already in your inbox. All students are pre-nominated as per their age group they turn in this calendar year, i.e. 10 years born 2009. All the children need to do is turn up and they can compete. Lessons have been carried out by Mr Fender, Mrs Dwan and myself to prepare the students in a variety of events and will continue to do so up until next Friday’s main event.

Upcoming Events

DD Orienteering – 10-19 years Boys and Girls

Southern Downs 11-12 years Rugby Union

DD U15 Boys and Girls Basketball – Wednesday May 8 – EOI’s direct to Mr Bradbury

DD U15 Boys Rugby Union

QCIS Cross Country – 10-19 years – Team selected

DD Cross Country – invited runners from our team’s performances at BD and SD

Woolworths Earn & Learn

We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program. During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you. Collect your stickers at Woolworths and for every $10 you spend (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. Your children can then place them on the special sticker sheet. Once completed, bring it to the JAM Office, Senior School Office or drop them into your local Woolworths collection box.

Some spare sticker sheets are available at Reception, or you can download them at the following link – earn-and-learn-sticker sheet

The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and english resources, art & crafts materials and much, much more!

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful programme. If you have any questions, please ask at the College.

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | EQ Captain

Over the weekend a selection of Equestrian team members competed at Aquis Champions Tour which was held at Elysian Fields. This is a significant event that runs for 9 days and attracts a large number of competitors. So far our riders have competed very well and had a great time.  The competition ends this weekend so we’ll have a wrap up of results in next week’s newsletter.

The Equestrian Team would also like to congratulate Sam Sargood who was part of the Queensland Junior Boys Polocrosse team.  Sam competed in the Barastoc Interstate competition last week as part of the World Cup series. Queensland were unable to walk away with a win, but we as a College are very proud of his efforts. We all are busy preparing for our Darling Downs Interschool Championships which will be held in Dalby commencing next Friday 10 May through to Sunday 12 May – Good luck everyone!

Important Reminders

Monday 6 May – Public Holiday

Thursday 9 May

  • Junior School Assembly followed by Mother’s Day Morning Tea (Please meet for assembly in the WALEC which will begin at 8:50 am and then afterwards in the Junior School for activities and morning tea.)

RSVP to Brenda Barlow – | Ph: 07 4666 9839

  • College Photograph Day

All students are required to have an individual photograph taken following year level photos.

Uniform Requirements for each year level are as follows:

  • Prep students need to wear their full tracksuit for the photograph
  • Year 1-6 girls need to wear their black stockings with their formal uniform
  • Year 1-6 boys need to wear their formal winter uniform
  • Year 7-12 boys and girls need to wear their formal winter uniform with blazer

All students must make sure their FORMAL WINTER UNIFORM is neat and tidy and worn properly.

Team Captains are responsible for inviting coaches and bringing any props (e.g. bats, balls, etc.).

Only Opens and Firsts’ photographs will be taken in team uniform; all other teams are to be in formal uniform.

Schedules will be posted closer to the day – please refer to SEQTA for this information.

Photo order forms have been sent home – all orders must be lodged online before 9 May 2019.  Please download the form HERE for more information on ordering.

Friday 10 May  – JAM Athletics Carnival

 9.00am start and the College Coffee machine will be operating again in the canteen



An Exceptional Start

Kyle Thompson – Principal

This week has been exceptional. Exceptionally busy, with exceptional events and services, exceptional performances and an exceptional amount of work and commitment from staff, students and families.

It is quite evident the SCOTS PGC ANZAC Service is such an integral part of who we are as a school, but even more than that, it is an integral part of the broader community. Our students’ involvement with this service, the reverence they show toward those who went before them and provided them with the foundation of the lives they now live, demonstrates the ongoing spirit, respect and connection to our national identity. I cannot commend strongly enough our students who were involved in this service, for how they presented, performed and conducted themselves.

Similarly, our students were actively supportive of the Warwick Community Service held on ANZAC day, marching with pride, beautifully turned out, and front and centre in our community showing a great sense of occasion. I know that I am biased, but watching our students one cannot help feel a great sense of pride in belonging to SCOTS and being part of something greater than one’s self. Again, I am in awe of the students that marched and represented the College on ANZAC Day. It shows us that our future is well assured, given the wonderful young men and women attending our school and their commitment to the community.

In recognising these students, it is well worth noting the importance of our Pipes and Drums to our identity and to that of the broader community as well. We receive many accolades as a result of our band and they perform with passion and commitment on so many occasions.  On reflection, this is also why our uniform is so important; as a representation of who we are and embedding our sense of belonging. Watching our students and our Band, wearing their kilts and formal uniform, and engaged so actively in the broader community was very powerful and emotive for those of us watching this week. I thank and commend all who were involved.

As I mentioned above, our SCOTS PGC Service is arguably the most significant event on our calendar. I provide the following in recognition of the number of individuals who work tirelessly to ensure this service is all it should be:

Wendy Whittaker and Shell Campbell continue to do incredible things with our choir as well as our sound system – no mean feat. The performance and turn out of our choir on this important morning was exceptional.

John Telfler (JT) continues to prep our students for, and have input into, our service and we are grateful for his ongoing support of the College in this regard.

Christine Peterson in helping organise our cross bearers.  Christine did a magnificent job in ensuring this critical part of the ceremony went seamlessly. Christine also is instrumental in assisting our Pipes and Drums in being ready for their important roles.

Danni Reading did a fantastic job on the clock tower to ensure our piper, and our flag were all on point.

Our maintenance and cleaning staff worked tirelessly in preparing for the morning and, as always, Greg Free had the College grounds looking tremendous in what has been a challenging period of weather.

Helen Bohm’s photography skills were again at the fore and I am sure we all look forward to seeing more of these photos as she processes them and posts them to our various communications platforms.

Thanks also to John Rogers and his tireless catering team for all their work on a busy morning providing us with a great post event breakfast.

Clare Cartmill did a flawless job on the entry to the dining hall.

Sandy Dalziel and our Pipes and Drums for representing our community and us so brilliantly

And, finally and significantly, Carissa Miller who ensured our morning service went to plan.

In closing, I trust all our families had a very happy Easter and we look forward to this term and all it will bring for our students and staff.

SCOTS PGC soaks up Polocrosse action

Main Image: Year 11 Student Sam Sargood representing Queensland in the Polocrosse Interstate Junior Barastoc Competition this week

The hype of the Polocrosse World Cup has the whole town buzzing this week, especially within our own SCOTS PGC community.  The College has had the opportunity to be involved in the week-long event which has provided fantastic exposure for the school itself and the chance for our students to represent our College with pride as well as show their commitment to service to the Warwick community at an event that has attracted visitors from near and far.

The week kicked off with an invitational performance from our Pipes and Drums at the World Cup Opening Ceremony.  What a wonderful way to show off our College and the talent of our students which has been reaffirmed by some of the great feedback we have received from polocrosse visitors.

Our hospitality students have been helping out each day at Morgan Park in the canteen or at the various VIP events.  The practical experience for our hospitality students has been excellent.

Boys and girls from Year 6 and 7 visited the grounds on Tuesday to watch international games and soak up the polocrosse atmosphere.  It was great to see our students cheering on the Aussie team and enjoy themselves in doing so.

Some of us were also lucky enough to witness the exemplary horsemanship skills of Year 11 student, Sam Sargood who is representing Queensland in the Interstate Barastoc competition this week. We wish Sam every success for his remaining games this week.

The polocrosse wraps up this weekend.  From all accounts, we can highly recommend watching a game if you have the opportunity.  Please also stop in and say hello to our staff who have busily manned our SCOTS PGC tent all week.

Pipes and Drums Update

Sandy Dalziel | Pipes and Drums Master

It’s been a busy period for our students which culminates this week with three major performances –playing at the official opening of the Adina Polocrosse World Cup on Monday, our College Dawn service on Wednesday morning and finishing with the Warwick ANZAC parade yesterday.

We’d also like to highlight the wonderful efforts of our band members throughout the term and over the holidays.  A week before the end of term Dhanyil Jackson (Year 10), Talia Simmers (Year 10), Shona McFarland (Year 10), and Nicholas Jackson (Year 5), travelled to NSW to play with the Governor Macquarie Pipe Band in the junior and higher grade band competition with Nicholas also on stage as part of the piper-group playing with rockstar, John Farnham.

On the last day of Term 1, we took a small ensemble, Drum Major Aidan Ryan (Year 11), Pipe Major Abby Dalziel (Year 11), Pipe Sergeant Georgie Hackett (Year 11), Drum Sergeant Dhanyil Jackson (Year 10), Talia Simmers (Year 10), Isabel Mauch (Year 10), Nicholas McGahan (Year 9), Samuel Bourke (Year 7), Lucy Unwin (Year 6), James Bourke (Year 5) and Nicholas Jackson (Year 5) to the Warwick Community Kindergarten.  We had the kindy kids listening, playing, marching and asking questions. Our students reflected on their instruments and everyone had much fun connecting through music.

On the first weekend of holiday Pipe Major Abby Dalziel travelled to Adelaide to compete in the inaugural Australian Solo Piping Championships.  Abby was delighted to come 3rd in the Open Bronze Medal.  Abby received strong reviews from two world-level judges on all her performances.

Pipes and Drums Master Sandy Dalziel was a judge at the Brisbane contest.   He received an Australian Pipe Band Commendation on behalf of our Pipes and Drums for outstanding efforts in Scotland and Western Front in 2018.

At Easter, Dhanyil Jackson (Year 10), the Mauch sisters – Isabel (Year 10), Rosalie (Year 8), Sarah (Year 6) and Leah (Year 5), Nicholas Jackson (Year 5) with Drum Tutor Ali Manfield and Teacher/Piper Fraser Bolton supported our local community band, Warwick Thistle in the street parade.  They were delighted to come away with a win at the 115th MacLean Highland Gathering.

In the solo elements, our band members were rewarded for the efforts yet again.  Congratulations to  Shona McFarland (2nd Tenor), Dhanyil Jackson (3rd Snare) and Christopher McCosker (3rd Piping Jig).

Christopher McCosker (Year 11) and Ewan McFarland (Year 10) played at the junior and in higher grade band competition with Ipswich Pipe Band in Brisbane and at MacLean Highland Gathering with fellow student, Nicholas McGahan.  The boys played alongside past students gaining valuable experience and friendships.


Come and Try! Once again our supervised ‘Have a Go’ Pipes and Drums sessions for any students in Year 2 and above will run after school, starting on Monday 3:20pm until 4:20pm in Kingswood. We hope to see you there!

Exploring Science in Prep

Sharyn Bomford | Prep Teacher

Throughout the term, our Prep students participated in a range of hands-on activities to investigate the survival needs of plants, animals and humans, and how our senses help us to stay alive.

Our boys and girls explored a whole range of living things and what requirements they have to survive.  To help identify and analyse these needs, our students brought in photographs of family pets to share with the class and discuss how we look after different types of animals. The class enjoyed making a pet dog from box construction and building a shelter for their dog in the block corner. They also created a poster to highlight how to care for a dog.  It was very exciting when Eliza brought in her pet chicken. She stepped us through how to care for chickens and we all loved giving her chicken a pat.

Watching our bean seeds sprout was also a highlight that demonstrated the survival needs of a plant. The children recorded observations of their bean seed changing and growing in their seed observation journals. Once their seeds sprouted, the children then had to plant their seedling into a pot.  We all thoroughly enjoyed learning about living last term!


EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

Over the holidays our Equestrian team has remained very busy. The weekend after the last day of term, 15 of our members headed to the Glennie Interschool event in Toowoomba. All of our riders rode very well with everyone placing in their individual classes. Phoebe Sellick, Sophie Poole and Shakira Hilton were all named champion riders in their class.

We also had Maddie Keddy compete at the Toowoomba One Day event over the holidays a few of us went off to Pittsworth for show jumping where Thomas Keable was awarded the winner in the Junior championships.  Well done to all members that rode during the holidays – you all did a wonderful job and I’m sure you’ll agree that we all had fun in doing so.

Best of luck to Sam Sargood this week out at the Adina Polocrosse World Cup, who is competing for the Queensland Junior Boys. We are all looking forward to a very busy term ahead with the Darling Downs event the next on our calendar on the 10-12 May.  We are also busily preparing for our SCOTS Extravaganza event very soon after.

USQ Aviation Experience

Our SCOTS PGC students checked in from the USQ flight deck after a day spent experiencing all things aviation at the end of last term.

Students from Year 9 and 10 were invited to the USQ campus in Springfield to take part in a range of aviation focussed activities, which involved flying drones, a paper plane challenge and taking the controls in a 737-800 flight simulator. Other practical skills like problem-solving and building an efficient team were also part of the programme.

All in all, this was a great experience for our students which opened their eyes to yet another pathway for the future. Thank you to USQ Aviation for a fantastic day!

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Sport, Community and the Development of Young Men and Women

Kyle Thompson | Principal 

Community. We tend to throw this word around quite a bit in our workplaces, our schools and even our political landscape, but what does it really mean and how does sport play a part in ensuring our community is a healthy one? In the educational space, i.e. schools, sport is a vital aspect of the holistic development of individuals, that in turn go on to influence the society in which we live.

This week alone at SCOTS PGC I have heard many stories about the different ways our boys and girls, staff, and parents engage in activities outside of the traditional classroom. Sporting fields and venues provide a different learning space and a different form of interaction between the stakeholders in our children’s lives.

I believe that a community, especially in a school context, isn’t just about participating or competing in sporting activities, it’s also about supporting others in their endeavours. It’s about doing one’s best individually to advance a cause whilst also helping others to achieve and contribute. This is the essence of a strong community as well as being evident in team sport.

As someone who has coached a cricket team, I believe this “team” is an excellent representation of what a community is and does. Indeed, one could draw the analogy from any number of sports but for this purpose, I’ll stick to the cricket ideology.

A cricket team, like society, indeed like a school, is made up of individuals. Individuals all of whom have a specific task or expertise. The community requires these individuals to perform their task and achieve individually for the collective to achieve as a whole. Also, each member of this cricket community has a different role to play. There are top order batsmen who have a different role to the middle order and to the lower order. Even in defining these roles there needs to be flexibility. We have bowlers of all shapes and sizes, not to mention the differences in what they bowl and how fast or slow they do it. Each job is different, yet each contributing to the community. Members of this community have good days and bad days, days where their contribution is vital, days where it is not, just as happens in life. Different jobs, different personalities, not everyone necessarily having the same success on a given day. Every member of that community, for it to be successful, needs to be prepared to provide energy and support for those who need it, knowing that it will be returned.

This cricket analogy applies to the whole school context. Our school communities are filled with boys and girls, parents and staff. Each brings an individuality, a different skill set, a different way of doing things. Each are related by their individual roles, working for a common outcome or benefit. Each will have good days, and not so good days, each will rely on the other at times. Parents rely on the school, the school needs the help of the parents, the boys and girls need the staff and their parents, as we need them. Each for different reasons at different times. It is this melting pot of skills, personalities and potential that forms our personality, our community.

In observing the many varied sporting activities over the first term of this school year I have seen our seniors helping our preps become part of our community. I’ve seen the seniors in our swim team supporting the more junior members of the College in one of our competitive swim meets, I’ve seen the sports leaders or captains recognised for all they do, and equally those students recognise and support the efforts of others. I’ve also seen the amazing work done by teachers and coaches, each different to the other, working with individuals and groups of boys and girls. Again, community at work. I’ve also seen and heard about conversations being held about sport giving teachers and parents the verbal resources to support and educate our boys and girls. And, I’ve seen constantly parents working tirelessly to provide this wonderful opportunity to their sons and daughters. The opportunity of developing physical literacy, a sense of belonging, a sense of collective and individual achievement and a sense of overcoming or dealing with disappointment and adversity. What a dynamic, colourful and human place a school is, just as a sporting team is too. Equally, sport provides much of the colour and diversity to a community whilst at the same time providing the glue that can bind a community together. Whilst it may not always be perfect, in its human way it is all it should be to allow our boys and girls, and our community, to evolve and develop, providing the skills to not only change a culture within a school, but beyond school walls and in society in general.

So, I believe that sport is far more than just sport. It reflects and helps develop a strong community and has the power and ability to not just influence individuals but a whole community. Can we truly develop our young people without exposing them to what it means to be part of a team or sporting group? I think it becomes far more difficult to provide the educational experiences required to produce contributors to our communities and society without such experiences.

In short, as an educator of nearly 30 years, I provide the following from an educational and parental perspective ( when I think of the time and expense involved in an independent school’s sporting program…

People ask “Why do you pay so much money for your kids to attend their school and do all those sports”?

People aren’t paying for their kids to do sports as such but we are investing in the following…

– those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.

– those days when my kids come home from school and are “too tired” to go to their training but they go anyway.

– for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.

– for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment.

– for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good teammates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.

– for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get that placing or title they’d hoped for, but still, they go back week after week giving it their best shot.

– for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

– for my kids to respect, not only themselves but other riders, officials and coaches.

– for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.

– for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.

– for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.

– so that my kids can be out on the track instead of in front of a screen…

…I could go on but, to be short, we are involved in far more than sports when we are involved in sports; the opportunities that sport provides to kids develops attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to enhance the lives of others. From what I have seen so far, over 30 years, sport is a great investment as well as great fun!

An Easter Message

Rev. Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain

This week’s assembly provided an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Easter with our middle and senior school students. It is a complicated message to deliver and comprehend in the 21st century.  How can I capture the imagination or even just the attention of our students and make it relevant to the world they live in?  I understand that quite often we see Easter as a time where we focus on the Easter bunny and chocolate eggs – but that is not the true spirit of Easter. I have found an excellent clip that illustrates Easter’s real meaning.  It is delivered in a unique way which relates to the world we live in today where social media is central to everyday life. So, why not use social media in a positive way?  I don’t want to provide too many details, but I would like to challenge you to watch the clip alone or maybe with your family as you enter the Easter holidays.

Please watch here:   – ENJOY!

Blessed Easter to all of our SCOTS PGC families

Rev. Willie

Reminders for Term 2

The commencement of Term 2 is set to be one of our busiest yet.  Here are a few things to keep in mind for the first week back:

Easter Monday (22 April)

  • Our SCOTS PGC Pipe Band will be at the Opening of the Adina World Cup Polocrosse.  Please come along and support them if you are able.  The Opening ceremony is set to take place at 9:00 am at IOR Morgan Park.

Tuesday 23 April

  • School resumes  – Please note, there is no scheduled Travel Day like the beginning of most terms.  Students will resume classes as per the regular Week A timetable.
  • All students need to be wearing their Winter uniform from this day.
  • Year 6 & 7 classes will be taking a visit out to IOR Morgan Park to watch some polocrosse.  If your child is involved in the College ANZAC service, they will be participating in practice sessions instead.

Wednesday 24 April 

  • The College ANZAC Dawn service will commence at 6:00am sharp.  Please be at the College Cenotaph and seated by 5:45am. College families and friends are invited to join us for breakfast afterwards at a small cost of $10 per person.  Seats are limited, so bookings are essential through our Reception office.  (We will be open over the holidays!)

Thursday 25 April

  • ANZAC Day.  This is a public holiday, however, all students are strongly encouraged to take place in the town ANZAC service.  We will be marching down the main street.  More details to follow.

Friday 26 April & Saturday 27 April

  • As part of our sponsorship of the Adina World Cup Polocrosse event, the College is hosting school tours on Friday and Saturday from 9-11am.  Some students may be involved in hosting tour groups or will be part of assisting our College representation at the Polocrosse.  Details will be sent via SEQTA.

Captains Corner | An around the grounds update

Cattle Club

Bridie Shooter | Cattle Club Captain

The Cattle Club headed off to their last regional show, over the weekend – the Toowoomba Royal Show.  Toowoomba presented a cold, wet day for the Royal event, yet the Cattle Club members kept their heads high. The team judged Lowline cattle, an unusually small breed of cattle, with the largest beasts weighing in at a mere 300kg.

Despite the difficulty, Josh Hullock and Marty Worboys were asked to speak about their judgements and Clay Armstrong came away with first place in the over 15years, age group.

The Cattle Club team thanks everyone for their support during the 2019 show season and look forward to the Ekka in term 3.


Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

The Toowoomba Royal Show was the second last event to close out our first term of equestrian.  Despite being a wet weekend in the Toowoomba arena we had three riders competing in the SCOTS PGC colours. Our star of the weekend was Tom Keable who placed fifth on Friday and second and fourth on Saturday. We are all looking forward to Glennie Interschool event this weekend coming as well as some of our riders competing over the holidays in different events and disciplines.

In our first week back Sam Sargood will be representing the Queensland Junior Boys in the Interstate Barastoc Polocrosse competition at Adina World Cup Polocrosse event.  Best of luck to Sam – we will all be cheering for you!


Amelia Meek | Netball Captain

Our netball teams had great games this week in the town competition.  The SCOTS Open girls endured a nail-biting match against their old rivals, Strikers which ended in a very tight victory 30 to 29! It was an awesome game to watch which had spectators on the edge of their seats right up until the final hooter.  The SCOTS 2 team played the Mumbas and had a great game in both defence and attack with the final score 27 to 13 to SCOTS.

Well done to all of our members on a great term of netball.  Our next Inter-District Carnival will be on 28 April.  At this stage, numbers will be tight due to some conflicting priorities, however, we hope to be able to field teams where possible.

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director Co-Curricular Activities

As the term draws to a close we have had yet another week of activities that should fill us all with that special kind of pride that is alive and well within our SCOTS PGC community.  The highlight of the week has to be our Interclan Cross Country carnival – a spectacular whole college event, closely followed by the wonderful efforts from each of our individual activities, which have been reported on by our captains in the Captains Corner segment or as their own individual articles.  For now and until next term, here is a wrap of the cross country.

In what were near perfect conditions we conducted our annual  Interclan Cross Country yesterday with a fantastic turnout from our students, staff and their families. In what was a slightly new format over our new course from last year we saw the junior and senior races intertwined to create a fantastic whole school atmosphere. The age group results showed we have some great depth in certain age groups and a couple of outstanding individuals coming through the ranks. Ewan McFarland, Sam Harvey, Benjamin Carey and Evan Doughboy were the most outstanding of the lads whilst Zara Kruger, Eliana Jones and Hayley Wainwright proved quite impressive.

The Age Champions were as follows:

5 years – Elsie Davis, Jack Unwin
6 years – Isabelle Pettiford, Andrew Amos
7 years – Jemmah Neilsen, Treshawne Achari
8 years – Naomi Ratcliffe, Cooper Keogh
9 years – Hanna