ANZAC Dawn Service

Kyle Thompson | Principal

Below is Mr Thompson’s speech as he delivered it, at our College ANZAC Dawn Service this morning, Friday 23rd April 2021

Sunday marks the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Like hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens, who will gather at memorials in cities, suburbs and towns across Australia, we have come here to commemorate one of the most significant events in our national calendar.

In recent years some commentators have expressed amazement at the fact that the observance of ANZAC day continues to draw record crowds. Even last year, in the face of a world pandemic, Australians found a way to honour this day. Those who are surprised by this fact show that they understand very little about our national character and the way in which it comes to affect all who settle in this country, even those who have lived here for a short period of time.

For younger generations, it is sometimes difficult to understand why it is with gratitude that we should remember, but we have enjoyed the benefits of the peace and easy existence, which was purchased at the cost of many lives.

Few of us have ever had to risk everything ourselves, or chance our loved ones to the dangers of war. But, for older generations of Australians, remembering such things is easier. War and death came far too frequently into their lives as, in the past, the men and women of our armed forces saw active service in places such as Belgium, Borneo, France, Korea, Malaya, the Middle East, New Guinea, Palestine, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Today, a new generation of our soldiers, airmen and sailors are serving in troubled locations, including Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Iraq, the Middle East, Sudan and the Solomon Islands.

It is now a long standing tradition that on ANZAC Day we all pause to remember those that offered up their life in the defence of their nation and community, which is the greatest contribution any citizen can make. This tradition is as relevant today as it was when our troops landed on the beaches of Gallipoli in 1915.

Today we recall those Australians that have died or been injured in recent years on operations overseas and within Australia to protect Australia and its national interests. There is something very Australian in coming together for such a cause. As we have over recent years with numerous natural disasters. Our natural disposition is to stick together in adversity and support each other. I like to think that this flows from the deepest springs of our national character and a belief that happiness is the right of all people in this country.

Our service today requires students to learn and think deeply about, not only the ANZAC story and spirit, but also the specific lives of one of our own 42 fallen in World War 2, Warrant Officer William Emerson Gilmore RAAF, who was known as Emerson by the people close to him.  It must be noted that in the late Mr Basil Shaw’s chronicling of the history of the first 74 years of our College, that, of the 746 boys enrolled at the College between 1919 and the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, 326 or 44% enlisted. Such a disproportionate enlistment record speaks volumes for the values of the College and our sense of community, pride and support for each other. These characteristics and our commitment to our values is still strong today.

The 31st of March this year was the Royal Australian Air Force’s Centenary. You will note that this morning we are flying the Air Force flag in respect of this recent anniversary.

SCOTS PGC College, a relatively small secondary college on the Darling Downs has created a unique record with the Australian Defence Force and indeed the Royal Australian Air Force.

Of the 326 enlistments from Scots College in World War 2, 42 former students lost their lives in battle, and thus became a College legend known as the “Magnificent 42”. Of these 42 heroes listed on the College’s Roll of Honour, 35 of these 42, enlisted into the RAAF, with 34 aircrew and 1 ground staff.

There are possibly many other schools across the nation who have similar honour boards, but it is rather unique that a small school totalling around one hundred students in 1942, could produce the number of RAAF aircrew who made the Supreme Sacrifice in World War 2.

The Darling Downs region did produce other distinguished Air Force personnel, but just what was it that compelled the young men of Scots to answer the call?

Our College continues to be a place in which young men and women are inspired to seek out careers in active service of their country and of equal importance, seek to produce people of substance and worth, prepared to work towards making our community, our world, a better place.

Future generations need to be reminded that happiness and security has a price. For surely if happiness is the product of freedom, then freedom is the reward of courage.

We should be grateful to those that have helped preserve our nation and way of life through their sacrifice. In doing so, we keep bright the memory of those lives. It is in the remembrance of these things that communities across the nation come together on a most special day, ANZAC Day.

Lest We Forget

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Equestrian Report

From the 16th to 18th of April, SCOTS PGC held its first ever Equestrian Camp, commencing with a well-attended BBQ at the Chapel on Thursday …

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Equestrian Report

From the 16th to 18th of April, SCOTS PGC held its first ever Equestrian Camp, commencing with a well-attended BBQ at the Chapel on Thursday night.  Thank you to Mr Thompson, Mrs Bohm and John for arranging such a wonderful evening to start us off.

At camp, we offered training in Dressage, Show Jump, Cross Country, Campdrafting, Led, Show Horse and Utility.  We had 34 riders attend from as far as the Sunshine Coast and west to Mungindi.  Some students boarded with Cahal and Alexis in Hawkins House, giving them a taste of what it is like to be a SCOTS boarder.  Thank you Cahal and Alexis.

 

The weekend would not have been such an outstanding success without the experience and skills of our dedicated in-house and visiting instruction team.

Mr David Finch – Show jumping

Ms Hillary McGregor- Potter – Dressage

Mrs Felicity Burton – Campdrafting

Mrs Sally Keable – Led, Cross Country and Show Jump

Mrs Beck Poole – Rider Biomechanics and Horse Management and

Ms Grace Buchholz – Show Horse, Presentation and Utility.

Thank-you team.  All riders external to SCOTS commented on how wonderful our Instruction Team is, which should make us pause to realise how lucky we are here at SCOTS to have access to this kind of high class tuition on an ongoing basis.  The words to our visitors when discussing our quality training team, of “No this is normal” became the catch cry of the camp.

And last but not least thank you to our Parent Group and Mr Wilson, who while not asked, stepped up once again to make this event run so smoothly.

Hope you enjoy the happy snaps of the weekend below and Good Luck to all our Competitors travelling to Cambooya Draft and the Fairholme Interschool event this weekend.

 

 

 

From the Co-curricular Desk

Senior Hockey Team Growing in confidence! This week in our return to fixtures, we saw almost a full strength team take to the turf on …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Senior Hockey Team Growing in confidence!

This week in our return to fixtures, we saw almost a full strength team take to the turf on Tuesday evening. A shaky first half saw everything fairly even at 3-3 but as we settled into our playing structure, the SCOTS Team started to assert some dominance over our opponents.

Sam Bourke as always, showed flare and skill against all opponents scoring at will for us during the evening. Seb Christensen returned to the turf for the first time in two years and demonstrated great speed on the ball down the right wing. Tanner Henley was cool calm and collected at fullback and both Lachlan Nolan and Tanner paired well to keep out the opposition.

A move to half from the back saw Ewan McFarland score on his return to the sport. Mille Groves was outstanding at left wig and paired well with Seb coming in from the right to score the most impressive goal of the night. Krystal Petersen continues to impress in midfield and although a move up front proved more challenging, she was more than up to the task. Briana Groves was solid on the ball as ever but a little quieter on this occasion as she was starved of the ball for much of the second half.

Abbey Petersen and William Angus continue to improve as our youngest Team members as does our new centre half Nicholas McGahan is growing more confident with each touch on the ball despite his lack of self-confidence on the turf. Nick’s distribution and control of the midfield is a growing feature and his ability to feed Sam Bourke with quality ball is improving all the time.

The team went on to win 8-4 in a game that certainly was harder than it appeared on the scoreboard.

I again look forward to working with this magnificent group of humans next week as we continue to build our program. Any interested players are welcome, particularly off season cricketers, so contact Mr Bradbury if interested in this fast paced Olympic sport.

 

Debating Success!

The Yr 8.1 Debating team had a hard earned win this week against Assumption up in Toowoomba.  The clincher for them was the combination of preparation and giving rebuttal a try.  The rebuttal is that “thinking on your feet” part of debating that is very difficult to perfect and a lot harder than it looks.  Isaac Ratcliffe, Connie Sue Tin and Bayden Tink delivered the goods in an excellent debating demonstration after a big day at Cross Country.

Congratulations to the team and to Mr Heather and the debating staff, who are going the extra mile to give our charges the very best they can.

 

Netball Fixtures

SCOTS 2 girls started off strong last night against Shooting Stars, winning the first quarter 6 v 2, however they ended up going down 19 v 25. The girls continue to develop and grow and above all are loving the game.

SCOTS 1 also started well but were outclassed by the Confro Team from Assumption going down by 13 at the end of the play. Ruby King stood tall as a guiding light and has really improved her play in a report from Mrs Wiid.

We wish the girls all the best as they build into their season.

 

Darling Downs Trials

Next Tuesday 27th April we have several students attending Darling Downs Trials for the following sports:

12yrs Hockey – Nathanael Amos, Abbey Petersen, Lachlan Groves

11yrs Rugby League – Harry Grayson, Scott Wainwright, Colby Miller

12yrs Rugby League – Tom Worboys, Innes Nowlan, Douglas Lawlor

12yrs Netball – Hannah Bourke, Bethany Moore-Kirkland

The following week we will have students at Darling Downs Trials for Orienteering, Basketball, Rugby Union and Touch. More detail on these will be reported next week along with the results of the trials on the 27th.

 

College Cross Country Championships

A glorious day greeted the runners for the College Cross Country this week as we contested the events from 5 yrs-19 yrs.

Good numbers were attracted to the Championship events and our Senior Participation Event was well supported by the less serious runners. All in all a great community day celebrating youth and fitness on a magnificent stage in marvellous conditions.

Some highlights from the day include the very convincing win by Lachlan Groves in the 12yrs boys. This time will likely be very competitive at Southern Downs and bodes well for the young man. The 11yrs Boys event was a hotly contested affair with Harrison Grayson showing tenacity to win from the ever impressive Colby Miller. These U11’s are untested at District and Regional Level due to COVID cancellations last year and their pathway shall be an interesting one indeed as we move to the next level for the first time. Hayley Wainwright had a strong win in the 12years girls and we look forward to seeing if she can again press for higher honours.

When it comes to sheer depth, the 13yrs boys was likely the race of the day with the first 5 placegetters all delivering very competitive performances over the 3km course. As a team, they will be hard to beat at Border District.

Benjamin Carey’s sub 14min effort for the 4km course seemed effortless and it will be interesting to see if he can step it up a gear against greater opposition.

Eliana Jones and Shona McFarland went toe to toe for the entire race and both may have a claim to Border District championships next week in the U16 and Open events respectively if they can repeat their performances.

Race 1 of the day saw Ewan McFarland dominate with a 5min win over the very handy Sam Harvey. In his post-race interview, he said he took it easy so next week could be very interesting. Ewan has spent the past three years developing himself and this year may see a huge pay off for his persistence, although by his own admission he feels a little underdone for the upcoming season.

I offer a huge thank you to staff, students and spectators for their support of the day. To the Maintenance and Catering staff a heartfelt thanks for all the little things they do to assist the successful running of the day. Also, thank you to Mrs Crawford and the P&F for their canteen, which is always a hit with parents, staff and students alike.

Below are our place getters and selected team for the Southern Downs and Border District Cross Country to be held here at SCOTS next Thursday, where we expect a good showing from our talented runners. Times indicated are their performance on the day. Students are invited to training with Mr Bradbury next Wednesday and are encouraged to join our program for track and field commencing in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to all on their performances across the day.

 

10 Yrs Boys Cooper Keogh 0:09:06.25 10Yrs Girls Elsie Holden 0:09:59.67
William Grayson 0:09:33.69 Naomi Ratcliffe 0:10:03.56
Timothy Amos 0:10:43.36 Sophia Pettiford 0:12:18.55
Connor Bruyn 0:11:14.63
11 Yrs Boys Harrison Grayson 0:13:02.71 11 Yrs Girls Bethany Moore-Kirkland 0:14:11.15
Colby Miller 0:13:23.83 Hannah Bourke 0:15:21.27
Scott Wainwright 0:13:56.42 Annabel Mayall 0:18:18.29
Clay Darragh 0:13:59.22 Natalie Mulcahy 0:20:02.53
Beau Edmed 0:14:35.76
Wilson Andrew 0:15:11.66
12 Yrs Boys Lachlan Groves 0:12:08.97 12 Yrs Girls Hayley Wainwright 0:13:31.68
Ashton Mayfield 0:13:36.35 Mylie Caldwell 0:17:26.04
Angus Bauer 0:14:10.86 Bridie Hutchison 0:20:12.84
Nathanael Amos 0:14:44.91 Lillah Nielsen 0:20:24.54

 

13 Yrs Boys Rory Farrell 0:12:23.92 13 Yrs Girls Elliza Moore-Kirkland 0:13:47.70
Murphy Benson 0:12:33.06 Amira Duffy 0:14:53.69
Bailey Harm 0:12:56.84 Sarah Morris 0:15:19.66
Joshua Millard 0:13:09.69 Ellyse Kruger 0:16:31.59
William Angus 0:13:12.12 Belle Sweedman 0:18:07.23
Declyn Wren Add Com Layne Frankcom 0:17:51.20
14 Yrs Boys Riley Wainwright 0:17:09.72 14 Yrs Girls Briana Groves 0:18:35.01
Samuel Bourke 0:17:10.89 Phoebe Sellick 0:20:40.44
Tanner Grant 0:18:22.91 Hannah Lawlor 0:20:41.86
Nicholas Hughes 0:19:14.34
Cooper Bischoff 0:20:25.39
15 Yrs Boys Benjamin Carey 0:13:59.92 15 Yrs Girls Jessica Angus 0:20:03.72
Hamish Swift 0:15:27.24 Niamh Ryan 0:20:05.05
Samuel Wainwright 0:16:05.38 Alyxis McDonald 0:22:27.72
Percy Kruger 0:18:02.46 Krystal Petersen 0:24:10.02
Benjamin Cameron 0:18:25.15
16 Yrs Boys River Taylor 0:25:14.95 16 Yrs Girls Eliana Jones 0:17:53.82
Mika Repo 0:25:55.24 Erin Keogh 0:19:54.20
Luke Stephenson 0:27:07.52 Molly-Rose Sinclair 0:20:49.30
Alexandra Rickert 0:25:11.74
Open Boys Ewan McFarland 0:19:21.68 Open Girls Shona McFarland 0:17:50.27
Sam Harvey 0:24:49.85 Georgia Moody 0:21:18.26
Mackenzie Mayall 0:26:37.96 Ala Frankcom 0:22:33.65
Darcy Brennan 0:27:50.54 Chloe Wainwright 0:23:15.74
Seb Christensen 0:28:04.89 Lucy Jackson 0:23:48.42
Ginger Aranas 0:24:21.67

 

Upcoming Events

SD 10-12yrs and BD 19-19yrs Cross Country – April 29

DD Various Trials – May 4

SD 12 yrs Rugby Union and Tennis – May 5

DD 10-19 yrs Cross Country – May 17

QCIS 10-19 yrs Cross Country – June 1

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Upcoming P&F Events

Mother’s Day Stall – Wednesday 5 May Not long to Mother’s Day and thoughts start to go.. ‘what to get mum?’.  To help with that …

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Upcoming P&F Events

Mother’s Day Stall – Wednesday 5 May

Not long to Mother’s Day and thoughts start to go.. ‘what to get mum?’.  To help with that special gift choice, the P&F will be running a Mother’s Day Stall for the Junior school (Prep to Year 5 children) with around 20 different gift choices.  An enthusiastic number of volunteers will be busy sorting and wrapping the gifts next week in time for the big stall day.  There will be $5 and $10 gifts for the children to choose from.

 

Trivia Night – Friday 11 June

  1. What is the capital of Brazil?

Mark your calendar for 11 June.  We will be running a Trivia night that evening, so you may want to start planning your teams.  This is a P&F fundraiser, but more importantly, this is a social evening for the Scots PGC parent/carer community.  More details will follow over the next few weeks around tickets, team tables and catering.

  1. Brasilia is the capital of Brazil. Similar to Canberra in Australia, Brazil also created a modern purpose-built capital city but later in 1960.

 

Colour Run

After the huge success with the Colour Run last year, we are now planning the next one, which will be held in early June.  It was such a fun day last year with a lot of laughing and shrieking from the students (and some teachers as well) as they navigated an obstacle course where they were ambushed with colour. Your children will start to receive more information about this in early May.

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NAPLAN 2021

Following the disruptions of last year, NAPLAN will be run in 2021 for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  In …

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NAPLAN 2021

Following the disruptions of last year, NAPLAN will be run in 2021 for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  In 2021, SCOTS PGC College students will continue to sit these tests in the paper format.

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will undertake NAPLAN tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy.

 

Tuesday 11 May Wednesday 12 May Thursday 13 May
Year 3 Language Conventions

45 minutes

 

Writing

40 minutes

Reading

45 minutes

Numeracy

45 minutes

Year 5 Language Conventions

45 minutes

 

Writing

40 minutes

Reading

50 minutes

Numeracy

50 minutes

Year 7 Language Conventions

45 minutes

 

Writing

40 minutes

Reading

65 minutes

Numeracy

65 minutes

Year 9 Language Conventions

45 minutes

 

Writing

40 minutes

Reading

65 minutes

Numeracy

65 minutes

 

Information has been sent to all Parents and Carers of students in these year levels outlining arrangements for NAPLAN and ways they can support their child.

Please contact Amy Woodgate (amy.woodgate@scotspgc.com.au ) if you have any queries or would like further information about NAPLAN in 2021.

 

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Beef Packs for Sale

The Cattle club is getting SCO-MO the award winning Speckle-Park steer value added. If you would like a beef pack (20-27 kg) then please email …

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Beef Packs for Sale

The Cattle club is getting SCO-MO the award winning Speckle-Park steer value added. If you would like a beef pack (20-27 kg) then please email peter.collett@scotpgc.com.au

A beef pack will consist of a variety of cuts such as rump, rib eye fillet, sausages, mince, roasts and corned beef. The cost is $15/kg. Further details will be sent out those interested once a date and time is finalised.

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We Need You in the Canteen

Our wonderful P&F Canteen Co-ordinator Mrs Crawford is seeking the help of some volunteers for the Southern Downs and Border District carnivals on 29th April. …

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We Need You in the Canteen

Our wonderful P&F Canteen Co-ordinator Mrs Crawford is seeking the help of some volunteers for the Southern Downs and Border District carnivals on 29th April. If you think you can help, even if it’s just dropping in some homebaked treats, please click on the link below to register your interest.

volunteersignup.org/Y7MHQ