Trust and the Marble Jar

Miss Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior & Middle School

In a 2015 presentation, Brené Brown, professor and social researcher, shared with her audience a difficult experience her daughter had in primary school.  It was in this conversation with her daughter that Brené used the concept of the marble jar as a way of explaining trust.

Brené Brown – ‘Lessons about Trust

Essentially, the marble jar represents our trust, whether it be with individuals or situations, with the individual marbles being those ‘micro-moments’, those interactions seemingly insignificant yet so powerful.  Brené describes trust to her daughter as being like filling up the marble jar.  It is built slowly over time through small moments or actions, with our behaviours and words being able to build or break trust.

Brené’s message to her daughter was about the power of the daily actions and choices we make and how they influence the relationships we build and maintain.  Although her daughter came home from school that day with marbles removed from her jar, being vulnerable to others and allowing them to add ‘marbles’ to the jar again is what’s most important.

In a recent SCOTS Engage lesson with our Year 8 students, I shared with them the story of the marble jar, specifically discussing the concept of trust in relation to how we lead ourselves, others and our community.  The Year 8 students created their own ‘marble jars’, describing the people they trust and the actions or words that have added ‘marbles’ to their jar.  We also discussed how it makes us feel when ‘marbles’ are added to our jars or when they are taken away.

SCOTS Engage has been introduced as a new subject in Year 8 this year, complementing our existing Pastoral Care and Wellbeing sessions that are run by Tutor Teachers.  SCOTS Engage is about connecting with who we are as individuals, as a group and as members of our community.

We know that our Middle School students, as young adolescents, have unique needs.  They have a desire to be more independent, yet at the same time seek meaningful interactions with their peers and with significant adults.  They crave freedom and support simultaneously, whilst also navigating social, emotional and physiological changes.  It can be a time of ‘shifting sands’ – changes in relationships, changes in expectations and a change in understanding who they are and their place in the world.

The SCOTS Engage program has been developed with these understandings in mind.  Throughout the year, we will be exploring a range of topics and themes, ranging from ‘BIG’ concepts like trust and bravery, through to more practical skills such as how to study for an exam or what subjects to select as an elective for Years 9 and 10.

Term 1 : ‘Knowing Yourself and Others’ – character strengths and leadership qualities

Term 2 : ‘Learning to Learn’ – understanding how we learn, organising ourselves, study skills and strategies

Term 3 : ‘Our Community’ – serving others and developing life skills

Term 4 : ‘The Next Step’ – preparing for the journey to Senior School

This term, we have explored our character strengths and completed a strengths profile through the VIA Institute.  By analysing our individual character strengths and what our natural tendencies are, the Year 8 students have grown to understand themselves better, particularly how they approach certain situations.  They have also come to understand each other more, becoming aware of how their strengths can complement others in different situations.

In our recent conversations about trust and bravery, we also explored the Nine Traits of Trustworthy People and how this influences the decisions we make and the interactions we have.

According to the ‘Success’ magazine article, trustworthy people:

  1. Are authentic
  2. Are consistent
  3. Have integrity
  4. Are compassionate
  5. Are kind
  6. Are resourceful
  7. Are connectors
  8. Are humble
  9. Are available

Year 8 discovered that these nine traits are also key traits in being a leader, whether it be leading ourselves, others or our community.  We also found that many of these traits are key elements of who we are as a College and what values we stand for.

I have been proudly able to observe the mature way our Year 8 students have approached these topics, having courageous conversations with one another and being confident to share their ideas and experiences with their peers.

It has been quite obvious that ‘marbles’ are being added to the jar during our SCOTS Engage sessions.

 

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The P&F Need Your Help!

Mr Lindsay Burgess | P&F President This year we are running the Junior School Mother’s Day stall on 5 May 2021, but there are few …

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The P&F Need Your Help!

Mr Lindsay Burgess | P&F President

This year we are running the Junior School Mother’s Day stall on 5 May 2021, but there are few things we need to do beforehand. We are sending out a call to parents/carers who have children in the Junior School, who maybe able to assist with the preparation and running of the stall.

There are 3 things we need to do and if you would like to help, please enter your details in the ‘Volunteersignup’ link down below.

The tasks we require assistance with are:

  1. Select the Gifts – We would like to send a gift catalogue link to a few people and if you could advise us what you think are good choices.
  2. Wrap the Gifts – There will be around 200 gifts to wrap and maybe tie a ribbon on them. This will be the biggest group of volunteers.
  3. Run the Stall – There will be a session before and after lunch where you help the children make their choices.

If you are able to help with one of these tasks please go into the link below and register your details. The link will state how many volunteers are required and time preference for the stall day.

volunteersignup.org/YWABQ

The Father’s day stall last year was a lot of fun for the children and I’m sure the children will be eagerly looking forward to the same excitement this year.

Also a reminder that the next P&F meeting is this Monday 15 March 6.00pm.  We will be confirming our social and fund raising events for 2021 and welcoming some of our new teachers.  If you can’t attend in person, we can link you in through Microsoft Teams – please let us know.

 

Calling all Senior School students on an ATAR pathway

We are hosting an information evening for students and parents, to share everything we know about the ATAR system and how we can help you …

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Calling all Senior School students on an ATAR pathway

We are hosting an information evening for students and parents, to share everything we know about the ATAR system and how we can help you prepare for the best outcome.

We’ll also be welcoming a guest speaker, Dr Wendy Grigg, who’ll be presenting her knowledge on Pathways to Medicine.

We are extending the invitation to not only our SCOTS community, but the wider Warwick community.  If you’re a student who is considering an ATAR pathway and more specifically a medical pathway, we strongly encourage you to register for this session.

This a FREE community event.  If you know of other people in the region who would benefit, please encourage them to come along.

Registrations are essential.  Please sign up here https://scotspgc.com.au/events/atar-information-session/

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Year 7 STEM

Mrs Kasey Casey | Teacher Our Year 7 students are enthusiastically continuing their creative adventure in STEM having now completed a number of projects ranging …

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Year 7 STEM

Mrs Kasey Casey | Teacher

Our Year 7 students are enthusiastically continuing their creative adventure in STEM having now completed a number of projects ranging from hydraulic bridges to judobots and more recently, rubber band and propeller cars.

This week saw the culmination of these creations with fiercely contested car races and Judobot fights.  Over the final weeks of the term, the class will also work together in the construction of a ‘Side Show Alley game’.  The students have really enjoyed the practical element that STEM provides and have engaged well with the content to think creatively and outside of the box.

We look forward to hosting a fundraising day at the end of Term for all students to come and try their games for a small fee to raise money for the Lighthouse foundation.

 

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Keeping our community beautiful | Clean up Australia Day

Charlotte Jarvis | Senior student Last Sunday 7 March, the boarding houses joined forces on the Oxenham St campus to participate in the annual Clean …

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Keeping our community beautiful | Clean up Australia Day

Charlotte Jarvis | Senior student

Last Sunday 7 March, the boarding houses joined forces on the Oxenham St campus to participate in the annual Clean Up Australia Day campaign. The team split up and our clean-up efforts extended from the Briggs Oval to the Junior School campus and along the Condamine River from the SCOTS weir bridge to the footbridge in Queens Park.

We are very fortunate to have such beautiful grounds here at the College and we are happy to be able to give back to the community and help keep our town clean and tidy. Special thanks to Mr Dobrenov and Mr Bailey for making this day possible and giving us the opportunity take part in an event that serves our community.

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SCOTS PGC College Pipes and Drums

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the SCOTS PGC Pipes and Drums and we are already off to an excellent start! Last weekend, the …

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SCOTS PGC College Pipes and Drums

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the SCOTS PGC Pipes and Drums and we are already off to an excellent start! Last weekend, the band took part in the Warwick Caledonian Society’s 150th Anniversary celebrations which were held at the Warwick Show Grounds.  The Warwick Caledonian Society is the oldest society of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and given that Warwick was established as a town in 1847, a 150-year milestone is a great achievement.  Our band spent Saturday wowing crowds who had gathered from near and far to celebrate the Scottish culture.

The very next day we followed up by hosting the Queensland Pipe Bands and SCOTS PGC College Pipe Band Contest, which saw 12 bands compete in 6 categories.  Our young members acquitted themselves well with 2nd in the Juvenile B.  While in the Novice 4B, against a strong field of adult bands, they placed 3rd – a very encouraging result.  This would not have been possible without the help of an amazing parent support group who were run off their feet selling out twice from their extensive canteen menu.

The Pipes and Drums’ next outing will be at BBC Brisbane for their competition on 28th March and then the Maclean Highland Gathering over the Easter weekend, an event that is always a highlight for the piping communities which includes a range of solo, band and community activities.

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities   2021 Basketball  Basketball at SCOTS in 2021 has struggled a little with no senior teams …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

 

2021 Basketball 

Basketball at SCOTS in 2021 has struggled a little with no senior teams able to be raised for the competition. Despite this, we fielded teams in both girls’ and boys’ divisions for the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 age groups.

The Year 7/8 Boys took some time to bring it together with three losses early but managed to finish the round robin stage with a win against Pittsworth. Coach, Michelle Brown has been very impressed with the improvement shown throughout. The highlight of their season was being piped on to the court by Ewan McFarland in our final home game of the regular season.

Our Year7/8 Girls have been a revelation with some significant tall timber coming into the group. These girls have finished top of Pool B and tonight, play a Preliminary Final at USQ, against Glennie, who were 2nd in their pool. We wish them all the best as they progress through the competition.

The Year 9/10 Boys have shown some spunk but have been outplayed by taller and more experienced opponents throughout the competition. They unfortunately will not progress.

Finally, our Year 9/10 Girls were extremely unlucky not to make the finals finishing 3rd in their pool. These girls have always been a highly competitive group of girls and with some further development may come back next year even stronger.

Thanks to our staff of Mrs Gilbert, Miss Carey, Mr Davis and Mrs Brown for their coaching and care of the teams, and to Mr Bailey for organising our home games and referees. Without this behind the scenes work these competitions cannot progress.

 

Darling Downs Trials

On Tuesday, some of our students attended Darling Downs Trials in Toowoomba with varied success.

Leilani Lavea played hard but was not successful at the Open Netball, whilst Cooper Seng also represented the College with distinction but did not make the final cut for the football team. At U15 Rugby League, Kolby Seymour and Samuel Wainwright were amongst it but did not impress the selector quite enough to get the nod.

Finally, at Hockey Sam Bourke, Nicholas McGahan and Emma Bradbury were unlucky not to make possibles v probables, whilst Briana Groves, Millie Groves and Krystal Petersen were named as shadow players for the Darling Downs Team. We congratulate the girls and all our trialists on their efforts and encourage them to continue on their journey of self-improvement in their chosen sport.

 

Netball

SCOTS 2 had a fantastic first outing coming home with a win 27 v 18 against the Fruit Tingles. The first half was a stellar effort with the girls combining well. The second half combinations didn’t work as well but they held on for the win.

In week 2, an almost entirely different team from the first week took to the court to trial various successful combinations.  Our girls played Tradie Ladies and were tied at half time.  Unfortunately, combinations in the second half didn’t work as well and the girls went down with the final score being 39 v 23.

SCOTS 1 has had a very good start with wins in Round 1 and 2 against Ravens and Assumption. Opens had another win this week against the 14-year rep team “Impacts” 22 v 16.

This Sunday, the Laura Geitz Team head to Toowoomba for their annual day out against the best schools across the Downs. We wish them all the best in this prestigious regional competition for our Year 7,8 and 9 girls.

 

DD Girls Rugby 7’s Trials

The Darling Downs 15-16 years Girls Rugby 7’s Trials were held at Highfields. Mr Jonathan Fender took 8 of our brightest lights in this sport to the trials which were hotly contested by teams from Glennie, Downlands, Fairholme and other schools across the Downs.

After a tough day at the office with 57 girls trialling for the limited Darling Downs spots, the girls unfortunately did not impress the selectors enough to get the nod and were left a little flat from the experience. Coach Mr Fender, was impressed with a number of the girls with Erin Keogh and Jekeira Major making the possibles and probables, and others who have trained well so far and are coming together well for the season ahead.

These girls and our other 7’s players have commenced training for their season starting in Term 2 on Sundays. If your daughter is interested in joining our U13, U15 or U17 Teams for this competition, please contact Mr Anthony Savovski and Mr Fender to express your interest.

 

Girls Futsal Grand Finals

Our girls completed their fixture season with two teams playing Grand Finals and the other two playing play-off matches.

The SCOTS Blue Girls (U14) continued to be very competitive playing a higher grade than their ages would suggest. They played out of their skins but at the end of the day, Fairholme’s Year 10 students were just too good and went on to win 2-1 in what was certainly a nail-biting encounter. Once again a tremendous team display from Ellyse Kruger, Briana Groves, Phoebe Sellick and friends – a clear demonstration of why they are off to the Queensland Champion of Champions in late July. Abbey Petersen continued to demonstrate skill and courage in goal keeping the girls in the contest on more than one occasion. Taking home the silver was certainly no disgrace.

The SCOTS Cardinal Girls (U14 Beginners) demonstrated how much they had learnt in their 6 weeks with a dominant first half display that saw them 3-1 up at the break. Glennie had underestimated these young guns with Amira Duffy and Mylie Caldwell standout court players and Bonnie Petersen proving very versatile with a magnificent game in goal. In the second half, Glennie changed their keeper and with additional experience now on court the game changed. Our girls fought hard but the experience of their first half keeper took its toll on our defence and Glennie narrowed the lead. We scored again to lead 4-3 but 2 late goals to the bigger stronger Glennie attack, left the girls flat and going down 5-4 in the dying minutes. These girls have certainly come a long way and have a real desire to learn.

Our Year 11 and 12 1st Five ended their season outside the finals but certainly saved their best for last. In a 7-3 demolition of the fancied St Ursula’s outfit, they created opportunity after opportunity with cross court passing and dogged defence a feature of their play.  Kaysan Miles led the scoring and Bryoni Marshall was very effective with her left foot as she attacked on the left side. Erin Keogh joined with Kaysan for some great passing whilst Matilda Bryant defended well with Lucy Jackson and Niamh Fender. Keeper Stephanie Dunnett, showed how much she has improved with her effort in the box a personal standout.

Finally, our Green Team (U16) faced Downlands in the final of B Grade. The girls were dominant from the start as they have been all season. Krystal Petersen was excellent as ever in goal completing the trifecta of goal keeping performances for the Petersen girls. Emma Bradbury and Jekeira Major dominated the defence and attack, but it was the versatility and energy of Molly-Rose Sinclair that earned her the Golden Boot award for this final – a well-earned reward for her hard work. The girls ran away with the contest with 6-1 the final score.

That concludes our regular season, however, there is more to come with Northern Regionals and Schools Nationals on the radar for several of our students. Training will resume in Term 2 for these students and for those teams qualifying for the Champion of Champions Tournament in the week of July 22-26.

 

Boy’s Futsal Update

With finals week looming on Monday, all teams will be in action next week as we try to finish strong. Our teams are still enthusiastic and ready for one final contest. Our Blue Team is by far our most competitive team in the junior games but only time will tell if they can convert all this experience and enthusiasm in to greater results. Not all teams are in play-offs but all are certainly eager to finish the season on a high note. The 1st Five Senior Boys will be looking to take revenge on Downlands after their first encounter that saw the griffins run out convincing victors.

 

Equestrian Update

Natasha Paganin | Equestrian Captain The SCOTS PGC Equestrian Team has been non-stop once again. As many of you know, last Wednesday was our SCOTS PGC …

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Equestrian Update

Natasha Paganin | Equestrian Captain

The SCOTS PGC Equestrian Team has been non-stop once again.

As many of you know, last Wednesday was our SCOTS PGC Open Day, and we were lucky enough to welcome 7 families to tour the EQ Centre, who were interested in joining the team if they decide to come to our school. Thank you to all team members who helped Wednesday morning with to ensure the Centre looked its very best for this busy day – it was greatly appreciated by everyone.

Our first run on the mechanical cow with our very own Grace Buchholz was on Tuesday the 9 March.  It’s great to see our campdraft team establish themselves.  Some of the Team will be going to the Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft this coming weekend and others to Toogoolawah. We also have members heading off to The Glennie Interschool competition and others to the Inglewood show. Good luck to everyone going away to compete this weekend!

Last weekend we had members travel near and far for their competitions. Sophie Brennan went to Caboolture and competed at the Wide Bay Regional Championships and placed very well. Congratulations Sophie!

Other team members attended the Warwick Horse Trials ODE at Morgan Park over the weekend. Congratulations to all our members, we had fantastic results and fun all round.

Please see the below results from the weekend:

Interschool QLD Wide Bay Regional Championships | 5-7 March

Sophie Brennan:          Show Hunter Reserve Champion

Preliminary Dressage 4th Overall

Warwick Horse Trials CCN ODE | 6-7 March

5A-EvA80 Junior  Dressage  Show jumping Cross-Country Overall 
Gabby Sellick

 

14th   15th 14th
Felicity Sellick

 

9th   12th 10th
Jess Angus

 

9th   18th 17th
Lucy Jackson

 

17th   19th 19th
         
6B-Gardens Galore EvQ 60 Dressage  Show jumping Cross-Country Overall 
Hanaka Parker

 

4th   13th 13th
Phoebe Sellick

 

9th   10th 10th

*individual show jumping placings on nominate were not available at the time

Sheep Club Update

Mr Carel Rothman | Sheep Club Coordinator The SCOTS PGC Sheep Club had an excellent day at the Pittsworth Show last weekend. Our Texel sheep …

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Sheep Club Update

Mr Carel Rothman | Sheep Club Coordinator

The SCOTS PGC Sheep Club had an excellent day at the Pittsworth Show last weekend. Our Texel sheep performed well in all classes.

Congratulations to Maggie Myer on her first place in Junior judging and Abby Brown for a well presented speech in the Senior Division. The Sheep Club would also like to acknowledge the Brown family for their continuous support and contribution at the shows.

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Easter Madness

The Uniting Church in Queensland Synod extends an invitation to all students from Years 7-12 to this take part in this year’s EASTER MADNESS.  Please …

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Easter Madness

The Uniting Church in Queensland Synod extends an invitation to all students from Years 7-12 to this take part in this year’s EASTER MADNESS.  Please refer to the poster for all the key information.  Sponsorships are available.  If you have a student that is keen to go, please let me know.  Students are also welcome to visit my office to express their interest.  Rev. Willie | 0472 516 964