Middle School Matters

Ms Amy Woodgate | Head of Junior and Middle Schools

Middle School is a time of incredible growth and change – physically, intellectually, morally, socially and emotionally.  It is a time of shifting friendships, increased expectations and broadening perspectives, with a healthy dose of hormones thrown into the mix.  The academic demands increase, as do the new students and teachers encountered on a daily basis.  It is a time where our young people want to explore their world, learn about different perspectives and challenge ideas, whilst still knowing they have a soft place to fall and boundaries in place that they can occasionally push against.  Our early adolescents want to both fit in and stand out.  They want to be forthright in their opinions but still need reassurance that they belong in their seemingly more complex social world.  In amongst all of this, they can amaze us with what they are capable of and let us catch a glimpse of the young men and women they are becoming.

That’s not to say, this time of transition is not without its frustrations.  On one hand, a 13-year-old may be able to share with you their insights relating to a contemporary social issue or surprise you with a kind gesture.  The same 13-year-old may then test your nerves by losing their hat for the third time in a month or have a locker full of books but turn up to their Maths lesson without a pencil. (I tend to find myself giving out pencils quite often!)  It is fair to say that these Middle School years can be messy, dramatic and confusing… for both the students and the adults in their lives.

In her book, ‘Middle School Matters’, American researcher and counsellor Phyllis L. Fagell, shares what she believes are the ten key skills our children need to thrive in Middle School and beyond.

These are:

  1. Making good friend choicesknowing how to build strong relationships built on trust that provide a sense of belonging
  2. Negotiating conflictlearning how to cope with increasingly complex social interactions and collaborate well with others
  3. Managing a student-teacher mismatchlearning how to work with and build a relationship with someone they find challenging
  4. Creating homework and organisation systems developing the skills to take ownership for their learning, manage disappointment and take responsibility for their work
  5. Considering others’ perspectivesbeing able to accept their own uniqueness and embrace the differences of others
  6. Being a self-advocatehaving the skills to ask for help or seek clarification or support
  7. Self-regulating emotionsknowing how to label their emotions and make connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  8. Cultivating passions and recognising limitationsdeveloping a passion for something and having the confidence to follow through and finding out how to deal with struggle
  9. Making responsible, healthy and ethical choicesknowing how to respect and take care of their bodies and make safe decisions that don’t put themselves or others at risk
  10. Creating and innovating being imaginative and divergent thinkers who think outside the box

Fagell encourages those of us working with young people, be it parents, carers or educators, to trial different approaches and ‘tinker’ with what works for each child.  She suggests adopting an ‘innovators mindset’, adapting and changing strategies and approaches, which also models to the young person how we can make mistakes, take a risk, demonstrate curiosity, creativity and compassion.  There are definitely highs and lows, and quite often the young person is unable to truly articulate what they need when they are navigating these shifting sands.  As Fagell states, ‘your child wants and needs you now more than ever – even when they say they don’t.’

Fagell also seeks to reassure parents and students that the Middle School years don’t have to be ‘the worst years of anyone’s life’ but although sometimes difficult or baffling for the child or adult, they can lead to our boys and girls emerging as confident, accepting and tenacious young people ready to enter the world to become whoever they want to be.

In saying all of that, if you are ‘in’ the Middle School years or approaching them, it is probably safe to say that there will be a few more lost hats you will need to help your child find, car rides to school in silence for no apparent reason and questionable fashion choices for you to support as they learn about who they are and where they fit in.  There will also be moments of immense pride when you watch them do something that stretches them out of their comfort zone or times of laughter when they tell a joke or share a story about something they’ve done with their friends.  And as someone who has the privilege of working closely with our young people, I can honestly say they never cease to amaze with what they are capable of during these early adolescent years.  Middle School certainly matters.

 

Reference

Fagell, P. L. (2019). Middle School Matters : The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond – and How Parents Can Help. Hachette Book Group: New York.

https://phyllisfagell.com/middle-school-matters/

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State of Origin Free Dress

Save the Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021 Students are invited to participate by wearing their State of Origin colours or favourite football jersey. Gold coin …

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State of Origin Free Dress

Save the Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021

Students are invited to participate by wearing their State of Origin colours or favourite football jersey. Gold coin donations for the day will go towards research for new immunotherapy treatments at the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Middle School Assembly

Last Friday 28 May, our Middle School gathered together for our first Middle School Assembly for 2021.  Our Middle School leaders hosted the event and …

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Middle School Assembly

Last Friday 28 May, our Middle School gathered together for our first Middle School Assembly for 2021.  Our Middle School leaders hosted the event and worked closely with Mrs Stephenson to organise the running order, share their thoughts about our College Value ‘Respect’ and write their individual speaking parts.  They were collaborative and supportive of one another and should be incredibly proud of the way they presented themselves and represented the College.

As a part of the Assembly, a number of Middle School Awards were presented to students across Years 6 to 8.  These awards were nominated by staff for a student’s achievements inside or outside of the classroom, the way they conduct themselves each day and the character strengths and personal qualities they possess.  It was lovely to see such a wide range of students being presented with an Award for their individual progress and achievement.

Congratulations to the Middle School leaders and all those students who received an Award.

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Equestrian Update

Natasha Paganin | Equestrian Captain The SCOTS PGC Equestrian Team had an extremely successful weekend at our very own Extravaganza event.  Congratulations to everyone who …

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Equestrian Update

Natasha Paganin | Equestrian Captain

The SCOTS PGC Equestrian Team had an extremely successful weekend at our very own Extravaganza event.  Congratulations to everyone who competed – each team member performed and represented the College to very high standard, which has now become the College benchmark.

The weekend could not have gone ahead if it wasn’t for some very important people within our College community.  The team is very grateful to every person who had a hand in helping, whether it was setting up dressage rings, showjumping courses, maintaining facilities, working in the marshalling rings or helping Deb in the canteen. Special thanks to our key organisers and parent helpers, Sally Keable, Cheryl Paganin, Beck Poole, Claire Angus, Grace Buchholz, Marie Brennan, Jo Sellick, Deb Bischoff, Sharon Sharpe, Kylie Brasch, Michelle O’Shea, Tom Keable, Georgia Rhode and to all the visiting judges who came.

This weekend coming, our campdrafters will be headed out to Goodwood Equine for lessons under the instruction of Angie Seibel, in preparation for our upcoming SCOTS PGC Campdraft at the end of July.

Here are the results from last weekend:

 

SCOTS PGC College Extravaganza 2021 | 29-30 May

Teams

  • 3rd SCOTS PGC College – Secondary Dressage
  • 2nd SCOTS PGC College – Secondary Combined Training
  • 1st SCOTS PGC College – Secondary Show Horse
  • 3rd SCOTS PGC College – Secondary Show Hors
  • 2nd SCOTS PGC College – Secondary ShowjumpingIndividual Results:

     

Bridie O’Shea:

Primary Preliminary 1B- 2nd

Primary Preliminary 1C- 3rd

Overall 3rd

 

Belle Meek:

Secondary Preliminary – Intermediate 1B- 11th

Secondary Preliminary – Intermediate 1C- 11th

Overall 11th

 

Madelon Weier:        

Secondary Preliminary – Intermediate 1B- 15th

Secondary Preliminary – Intermediate 1C- 12th

Overall 15th

 

Jess Angus:

Secondary Novice – Senior 2B- 1st

Secondary Novice – Senior 2C- 1st

Overall 1st

Senior Working Hunter 65cm Led – 1st

Rider –1st

Ridden-1st

Overall –1st 

Overall Secondary CT 60cm- 2nd

Overall Secondary CT 80cm-6th

Secondary Qualifier 90cm      Special 2 phase- 4th

                                                AM5- 5th

 

Lucy Jackson:

Senior Working Hunter 65cm Led – 4th

Rider –5th

Ridden-6th

Overall –6th

Overall Secondary CT 80cm- 7th

 

Tom Brasch:   

Overall Secondary CT 80cm-14th

Overall Secondary CT 95cm- 6th

Secondary Qualifier 80cm      Special 2 phase- 4th

AM5- E

Overall – 16th

Secondary Qualifier 100cm    Special 2 phase- 4th

AM5- 5th

Overall-4th

 

Sophie Poole:

Overall Secondary CT 80cm-8th

Secondary Qualifier 90cm      Special 2 phase- 5th

AM5- 6th

Overall-6th

 

Natasha Paganin:     

Overall Secondary CT 60cm-15th (Monique)

Overall Secondary CT 60cm-19th (Ink)

Secondary Qualifier 70cm (Ink)          Special 2 phase- 7th

AM5- 11th

Overall-8th

Secondary Qualifier 70cm (Monique) Special 2 phase- 9th

AM5- 6th

Overall-5th

 

Mia Biscoff:    

Senior Working Hunter 65cm Led – 2nd

Rider –6th

Ridden-5th

Overall –4th

Overall Secondary CT 60cm-6th (Indie)

Overall Secondary CT 60cm-14th (Trixie)

Secondary Training 50cm       Special 2 phase- 1st

AM5- 3rd

Overall-2nd

Secondary Qualifier 70cm      Special 2 phase- 3rd

AM5- 12th

Overall-6th

 

Felicity Sellick:           

Overall Secondary CT 1*-6th

Secondary Qualifier 110cm    Special 2 phase- 7th

AM5- 8th

Overall-7th

 

Gabby Sellick:            

Overall Secondary CT 80cm-2nd

Secondary Qualifier 90cm      Special 2 phase- 3rd

AM5- 3rd

Overall-3rd

 

Phoebe Sellick:          

Overall Secondary CT 60cm-5th

Secondary Qualifier 70cm      Special 2 phase- 1st

AM5- 1st

Overall-1st

 

Hanaka Parker:         

Secondary Preliminary – Senior 1B- 6th

Secondary Preliminary – Senior 1C- 7th

Overall 6th

Senior Working Hunter 65cm Led – 6th

Rider –4th

Ridden- 4th

Overall –5th

Overall Secondary CT 80cm-9th

Secondary Qualifier 80cm      Special 2 phase- 13th

AM5- 10th

Overall-11th

 

April Davies:  

Secondary Preliminary – Senior 1B- 7th

Secondary Preliminary – Senior 1C- 6th

Overall 7th

 

Astrid Harrison:         

Secondary Preliminary – Senior 1B- 10th

Secondary Preliminary – Senior 1C- 9th

Overall 10th

Overall Secondary CT 80cm-13th

Secondary Qualifier 90cm      Special 2 phase- 7th

AM5- E

Overall-7th

 

Darcy Hodges:                       

Secondary Qualifier 80cm      Special 2 phase- 14th

AM5- 13th

Overall-14th

 

Felicity Hodges:         

Overall Secondary CT 60cm-7th

Secondary Qualifier 70cm      Special 2 phase- 4th

AM5- E

Overall-16th

 

Amy Jefferies:            

Secondary Novice – Senior 2B- 7th

Secondary Novice – Senior 2C- 7th

Overall 7th

Senior Show Hunter    Led – 3rd

Rider –3rd

Ridden-3rd

Overall –3rd

 

Jacolene De Jagger:   

Senior Show Hunter    Led – 4th

Rider –4th

Ridden-4th

Overall – 4th

Secondary Training 50cm       Special 2 phase- 7th

AM5- E

Overall-8th

 

Mac Sanderson:

Primary Qualifier 50cm          Special 2 phase- 1st

AM5- 1st

Overall- 1st

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the Co-curricular Desk

QCIS Cross Country Success! In what has been a very successful year for the Cross Country squad, I am excited to say that our team …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

QCIS Cross Country Success!

In what has been a very successful year for the Cross Country squad, I am excited to say that our team finished 1st in both the Average and Aggregate trophy categories at the recent QCIS Cross Country held here at SCOTS PGC.

The day started strong with a win to Ewan McFarland as he led the field from start to finish in the open and U16 Boys 6000m Event. Mika Repo was the first of our 16yrs boys across the line with 3rd place. Both the Senior Boys and U16 boys took out their respective team events and set the tone for the day. In the senior girls, Shona McFarland persevered to get the win over her Downlands opponent and Eliana Jones took third place in the 16yrs girls’ event against National steeplechase champion Hattie Lloyd-Jones from Downlands. In the Teams event, the Senior Girls took the cookies whilst the U16 girls were 3rd.

Other individual and team highlights included the following…

15yrs Boys – Ben Carey 1st, Hamish Swift 2nd and Samuel Wainwright took the clean sweep and the teams event

15yrs Girls – 5th as a team

14yrs Boys – Samuel Bourke 1st with the team also first

14yrs Girls – Hannah Lawlor 1st, Phoebe Sellick 3rd with the team 2nd

13yrs Boys – Rory Farrell 2nd with the team 1st

13yrs Girls – 2nd as a team

12yrs Boys – Lachlan Groves 1st with the team 2nd

12yrs Girls – Hayley Wainwright 1st with the team 4th

11yrs Boys – 4th as a team

11yrs Girls – 2nd as a team

10yrs Boys – 6th as a team

10yrs Girls – 6th as a team

QCIS XC Average Trophy – 1st SCOTS PGC – 67.71%, 2nd Concordia College 56.96%, 3rd Toowoomba Anglican School 56.82%

QCIS XC Aggregate Trophy – 1st SCOTS PGC – 172pts, 2nd Toowoomba Anglican School – 148pts, 3rd Concordia College – 146pts

 

Senior and Junior Netball Results

The Junior girls lost against Bandits 15 v 54, however, their determination and never give up attitude persisted for the entire game, as did the smiles on their faces.  Some great intercepts and turnovers in the defensive end, however, girls had trouble getting the ball into the circle over the much taller defenders.

This week, the Opens Netball team had a hard-fought win over ACW: with a final score of 19-11. The game started a little shaky due to some rushed passes; but, by the third quarter, our flow became much more effortless down the court. Lani Lavea converted the ball multiple times in the centre court and Felicity Hodges had a fantastic first game back, scoring a number of goals. Every week we are gelling more as a team and have improved tremendously since the beginning of the season.

 

Senior Hockey Fixture Results

The last 2 weeks have seen us short a few players so smart hockey has been the order of the day. Last week we had a 2-2 draw with Black in a tense affair in which neither team could gain the upper hand. All in all, a very tight affair in a top of the table clash.

In this week’s game against the Green Team the game started as quite an arm wrestle with few goals scored in the first half. At the break, we were 3-2 up and although some good hockey had been constructed, we were not able to truly penetrate the staunch defence.

The second half was a much better team performance from the side and with a variety of players spreading their wings, it wasn’t long before the team started the scoreboard to tick over once again. A double to Tanner Henley and Samuel Bourke were classic team goals but singles to four other players really proved to be a fantastic team display.

A personal highlight was the cross field service from Sam Bourke to brother James who in turn swept the ball promptly across the face of goal to Emma Bradbury who calmly slotted the winner. This was just one example of the exemplary team play from the squad. Improving performances from young guns James Bourke and William Angus are strengthening our male stocks as we move forward in our Hockey Program.

The old heads of Ewan McFarland, Seb Christensen and Nicholas McGahan certainly are a very positive influence on our junior players and this positivity will certainly be the legacy they leave for hockey teams of the future.

 

Boys Rugby Wrap

The club season has come to an end for the SCOTS PGC/Water Rats teams playing in the Downs Rugby U13, U15 and Open Teenage competition. The boy’s teams did it tough against the Toowoomba based clubs choked full of Downlands and Toowoomba Grammar boys, but this hard competition has prepared them well for the upcoming Darling Downs Super Schools Cup in Term 3.

The Super Schools Cup promises to be a very competitive interschool competition as it enters its 3rd season with growing interest from several schools across the Downs.

 

Teenage Girls 7’s

The U13, U15 and Open Girls Rugby Teams have also had mixed success with the U15’s and 13’s being the most successful as they enter the final round this Friday evening. The teams will have a break before preparing for the QCIS 7’s mid-term 3, and then the SCOTS 7’s to be held 4th September.

 

Arranmore Activities

Term 2

These activities continue through Weeks 6-9 in Term 2.

Monday – Gymnastics – Assembly Hall – 3.15 – 4.30pm

Tuesday – Athletics – Buss Oval – 3.15 – 4.30pm

Wednesday – Rugby – Buss Oval – 3.15 – 4.30pm

Places still are available for these activities. Please contact Mr Bradbury if you wish to join.

 

Term 3

This is fast approaching and the new activities for Term 3 will include the following:

CRICKET – Monday’s Week 3-9 for students in Year’s 1-6

BASKETBALL – Tuesday’s Week 3-9 for students in Year’s 1-6

GOLF – Wednesday’s Week 3-9 for students in Year’s 4-6

Students interested in these activities are asked to email Mr Bradbury with their registration.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Senior Athletics Training continues this coming week with sessions available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through until our carnivals.
  • Junior Athletics Carnival (5-12yrs)– Week 8 – Wednesday 9th June Period 5-6 and Thursday 10th June all day, including the Junior School Colour Run
  • Senior Athletics Carnival (13-19yrs) – Week 9 – Wednesday 16th all day and Thursday 17th June all day, including the Senior School Colour Run and the SCOTS College Gift
  • Broncos Cup Sports Day – Friday 18th June – Yr 4-6 Students – Hockey, Soccer, Rugby League and Netball
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The Colour Run is Almost Here!

The Colour Run is nearly here! It will be held on the following dates (after the Athletics carnival on each day). Thursday 10 June – …

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The Colour Run is Almost Here!

The Colour Run is nearly here! It will be held on the following dates (after the Athletics carnival on each day).

Thursday 10 June – Prep to Year 7

Thursday 17 June – Year 7 to Year 12

A change of clothes!

Like last year, it is recommended students bring along a change of clothes. A white shirt is suggested so as to enjoy the psychedelic colour that the students will be quickly wearing. The powder is made from non-toxic food colouring, so it can stain.

This is a P&F fundraising event and you can fundraise for another few weeks before it closes.  For those students who raised $10 or more you can order your prizes from 24 June to 2 July.  So far we have 52 students registered for the fundraising and 30 students actually raising money online.  If you are not raising money online you will need to let me know so it can be collected and ordered your prize.  It is certainly not too late to register and start fundraising and of course, the money raised will go to initiatives that support the students and school.  It would be fantastic if we could get another 30 students to fundraise – the link below will take you to the site to register and start fundraising.

https://www.schoolfundraising.com.au/

Below are the top 5 fundraisers so far – congratulations!