Recognising success and dealing with disappointment

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Always aiming higher.


Key Dates

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

Monday 21 October 

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

Friday 25 October

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

Saturday 26 October

  • Rodeo Street Parade (communication to follow via SEQTA)

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

Year 6 takes a tour of Canberra

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

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

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

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

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

Kate P – Year 6


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

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

Will A – Year 6


From the Co-Curricular Desk

T4W3 Co-curricular Program     T4W3 Sport Fixtures

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular activities

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

13-19 years Queensland Track and Field Championships

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

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

SCOTS Junior Touch

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

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

National Schools Futsal Championships

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

Darling Downs Trials – Futsal and Cricket

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

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

Rodeo Round Up

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

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

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

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



Junior School Musical Tickets

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

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

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

Divine our Destiny – A social event

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

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

The event details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 9 November

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

Where: Warwick Kings Theatre

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

Theme: Tradies and Tiaras

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

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


Speech Day Road Closure

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

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

Training Wheels and High Heels

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ponytail Project

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

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

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

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

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

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

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

 National Schools Futsal Championships

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

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

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

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

National 10-12 Years Track and Field Championships

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

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

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

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

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


EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

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

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

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

Casual Clothes Day | Monday 14 October

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

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

College Photograph Day | Tuesday 15 October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Police Remembrance Day

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

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

Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme

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

To check your eligibility and understand the application process please visit–

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



Real-World Business Experience

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

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

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

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

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


Summer Uniform in Term 4

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

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

For more information, please phone Deb on 07 4666 9892 or email

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

Mr Peter Collett | Agriculture Teacher

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

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

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

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


T20 Cricket Gala Day

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

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

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

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

Netball’s night of awards

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

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


CWA International Country of the Year

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

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

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

We are eagerly awaiting the 2020 International country of study!

From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

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

National Schools Futsal Championships 2019

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

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

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

Term 4 – Co-Curricular Activities

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

Activities on offer are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Term 4 Swimming Training Program

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

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

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

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

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

Please RSVP by COB today


Term 4 Cricket – Saturday Morning Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darling Downs 13-19 years Triathlon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twelve ways to be a more successful learner

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Learning is for life

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

  1. Mistakes are useful

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

  1. Tenacity matters

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

  1. Practise the hard parts

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

  1. Emotions are important

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

  1. Mind and body

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

  1. Learning is a team sport

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

  1. Be Creative

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

  1. Hang out with the best

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

  1. Know where you are

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

  1. Set challenging goals

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

  1. Look for transfer

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

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


Parent Teacher Interviews

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

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

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

Bookings will be available via the link on our web page –


Sew much Fun!

Mrs Heather Goonan | Knitting and Sewing

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

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

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

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

Eliana Amos – Year 6

Jayden Blacket – Year 10

Tartan Order Forms

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

PDF VersionTartan 2019 – Order Form

SCOTS 1 defeat Strikers in the Grand Finals!

Estie Wiid | Netball Coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Moving

Mr Tom Bradbury – Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

T3W10 Co-curricular Programme

T3W10 Sport Fixtures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Adults, the following was found to be true…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Reds Rugby – Holiday Clinics

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

Register now for one or more of the following clinics:

  1. Queensland Reds Core Skills Holiday Clinic – Warwick

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

WHERE: Scots PGC College, Warwick

WHO: Boys and Girls U6s through to U12s

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

COST: $60


  1.     Queensland Reds Girls Only 7s Clinic – Toowoomba

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

WHERE: Heritage Oval, Toowoomba Bears Rugby Club

WHO: Girls Aged 8 – 13

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

COST: $40


  1.    U8/9 Tackle Clinic – Toowoomba

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

WHERE: Gold Park (Top Oval)

WHO: Boys and Girls aged 7 – 9

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

COST: $40


Edwooducation – Holiday Activities

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

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

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

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

To register for the programme, please visit the website here

Community Notices

The Power of Words

Mr David Proudlove | Head of Senior School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Netballers Claim Victory

Estie Wiid | Netball Co-ordinator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wrap Up of Darling Downs Super Schools Cup

Jonny Winter | Rugby Captain

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

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

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


SCOTS Host Southern Downs Youth Council Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Naughten holding a shower timer.

Grandparents Day

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

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

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


Co-curricular Update

Darling Downs Cricket

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


Queensland Track and Field Team

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


Cooking Club

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


Darling Downs 13-19yrs Athletics Championships

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

The highlights are as below:

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

Eliana Jones – 3rd 3000m, 4th 1500m

Mackenzie Mayall – 2nd 400m, 3rd 800m

Shona McFarland – 2nd 400m

Harry Mayall – 4th 200m

Kaysan Miles – 4th Hurdles

Caitlin Skaines – 1st 400m

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

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

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

William Gilmore – 1st Hammer, 3rd Discus

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

Cooper Seng – 2nd Discus, 4th Shot Put

Bradley Cook – 4th Long Jump

Caitlin Skaines – 2nd Triple Jump

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

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

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

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

Cooper Seng

Will Gilmore

Shona McFarland

Kaysan Miles and Makybe Edwards















Rookies to Reds Rugby Skills Sessions

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

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


SCOTS Junior Touch Competition – To Register click this link

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

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

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

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


Aussie Hoops Basketball Programme

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

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



Community Notices

Chaplain’s Message

Rev Willie Liebenberg | College Chaplain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Joy of Reading

Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

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

Jackie French (Australian Author)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!



Year 3 & 4 are Happy Campers

Student Reflections

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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



Continued success for College Humanities students

Mr Michael Keevers | Head of Humanities

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

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

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

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

Building Business

Mrs Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

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

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

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

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


Aspire to Health Day

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

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

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

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

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

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Samuel Bourke (Year 7)

Hockey Success

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

T20 Cricket Competition

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


Broncos Cup Sports Day

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

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

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

Warwick All Schools Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 years ‐ Champion Sam Wainwright (75 Points)

13 years – Runner Up Harry Mayall (30 Points)

15 years – Champion Cooper Seng (51 Points)

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

17 years ‐ Champion Caitlin Skaines (64 Points)

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

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

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

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


Darling Downs 13-19yrs Athletics

William Gilmore (Year 10)

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



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

Cooper Seng (Year 10)

Caitlin Skaines (Year 10) – Far left

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

Kira Holmes (Year 11)

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





EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

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

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

Community Notices


Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Book Week Debrief

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

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

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

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

Sheep Club- Ekka Wrap Up

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

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

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

Netball Update

Mrs Estie Wiid | Netball Coach

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

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

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

Pipes and Drums Concert – BOOK NOW

Equestrian News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

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

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

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

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

T3W7 Sport Fixtures

T3W7 Co-curricular Programme

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

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

Queensland School Sport 10-12yrs Track and Field

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

We are pleased to report the following:

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

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



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

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

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

Tanner Henley – 11 years Shotput (10th place)

Ellyse Kruger – 11 years Discus (24th place)

Warwick All Schools Athletics

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

Broncos Cup

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

Cricket Coaching Opportunity – FREE

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

Supporting Our Children

Kyle Thompson | Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Co-curricular Desk

T3W6 Sport Fixtures

T3W6 Co-curricular Programme

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities


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

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

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

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

Hayley Wainwright – 200m, Long Jump, High Jump

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

Beau Kendall – Javelin

Samuel Wainwright – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Kira Holmes – Javelin

William Gilmore – Discus

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


Border District Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

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




Queensland School Sport 10-12yrs Track and Field

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

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

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


Warwick All Schools Athletics

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


SWQ All Schools Touch

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

Gym Closures

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

EQ News

Georgia Rohde | Equestrian Captain

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

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

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

Grace can be contacted by phoning the College reception 07 4666 9811 or email


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


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 next week 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