Celebration of Co-curricular

Mr Peter Wilson | Director of Co-Curricular Activities

As Term 3 draws to a close, a couple of recent events caused me to reflect on the Co-Curricular program at the College and the wonderful array of opportunities and experiences we provide our students.  As I have said on many occasions, it’s the memories that are made outside of the classroom that will often have a lasting impact on our students as they fondly remember their time at SCOTS PGC into the future.

At our Open Morning last Wednesday, the Pipes and Drums played outside the Chapel as a way of welcoming new families to the College in true SCOTS style. Led by some of the senior members, the band comprised mostly young players.  I found it great to watch along and see some of the visiting students and their families admire the overall talent of our band.  I too was proud to witness the performance and was particularly taken back by just how far our young players have developed throughout the year.  I think it’s safe to say that the future of the Pipes and Drums at SCOTS PGC is in good hands for the future.

Over the past weekend, the College hosted a QRU Rugby 7s event. We welcomed 27 teams from across the region to Briggs and Dunning Ovals for a spectacular day of rugby.  SCOTS PGC had 6 teams of both girls and boys competing across all the nominated age groups.  It was a great experience for our rugby players to compete on their home grounds as this tends to be a rare occurrence.   It was great to see so many visitors to the College grounds and a pleasing vision for the Briggs Oval grandstand to be full of spectators, outside of our usual Inter-Clan events.

Co-Curricular is not all just about sport.  The STEM club is a relatively new addition to our activities program and it filled me with pride to witness their presentation at assembly a couple of weeks ago.  STEM club members got up on the stage and confidently shared their love of science and some of the activities they’d taken part in with the Middle and Senior schools. For many, it was their first attempt at public speaking and they did a fantastic job. However, their dancing robot did steal the show!

Finally, earlier this term the College Drama production of Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Nights Dream” really showcased the breadth of the Co-Curricular program at the College.  The creative arts and the students who are involved in these activities are guided by some wonderful mentors here who have a passion for the arts.  I was in awe of the performing abilities our students displayed and once again taken back by our student’s commitment to achieve in all different facets of College life.

The opportunities in Sport, Cognition, Agriculture and the Creative Arts for all students are a real strength at SCOTS PGC. I observed yesterday a young SCOTS PGC student turn up at Briggs oval in her full Cattle Club Parading uniform, straight from the Toowoomba Hook and Hoof competition and promptly get changed into her Rugby 7s gear ready for training. That situation is uniquely SCOTS PGC and attributes to producing well rounded young humans.

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Masters of Maths!

At today’s Assembly, we acknowledged two outstanding students who have achieved a very special feat in Maths. ‘Persistence’, ‘Excellence’, and ‘Achievement’.  These are the three …

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Masters of Maths!

At today’s Assembly, we acknowledged two outstanding students who have achieved a very special feat in Maths.

‘Persistence’, ‘Excellence’, and ‘Achievement’.  These are the three attributes that Ms Brittain used to frame her introduction to our two ‘Maths Masters’ who have successfully managed to complete their Maths Pathways journey.  Alexis Zerner and Bridget Hardy from Year 10 have completed every possible Maths Pathways module, achieving 100% accuracy in every test.

Today they were acknowledged for their persistence in never giving up, their excellence in work ethic and attitude and their achievement in reaching this goal.

Congratulations Bridget and Alexis –  this is a wonderful achievement that we are all very proud of!

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Volcanic Activity in Year 6!

You may have heard the rumblings from the Year 6 classroom… Was it a volcano? Sort of. Our students have been busy learning about the …

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Volcanic Activity in Year 6!

You may have heard the rumblings from the Year 6 classroom… Was it a volcano?

Sort of. Our students have been busy learning about the geological changes and effects on the earth as a result of earthquakes and volcanoes.  In order to truly understand the structural makeup of a volcano and its many elements, students have been actively seeking out the answers and constructing their very own paper-mache volcanoes.

In addition to this hands-on and messy activity, the students have enjoyed writing a newspaper report about a fictional earthquake.

Take a look at some of our progress shots… some of these volcanoes are cones and some are stratovolcanoes!

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Bass returns to Briggs for annual SCOTS 7s Carnival

The Annual SCOTS Q7s Carnival Last weekend we hosted the SCOTS Q7s Carnival on Briggs and Dunning with the assistance of the QRU.  The standard of …

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Bass returns to Briggs for annual SCOTS 7s Carnival

The Annual SCOTS Q7s Carnival

Last weekend we hosted the SCOTS Q7s Carnival on Briggs and Dunning with the assistance of the QRU.  The standard of rugby played across all age groups was very pleasing, matched only by the conduct of all teams. To the handful of players who picked up injuries across the day, we wish you a speedy recovery and hope you return to the sporting field ASAP!

A highlight for all players on the weekend was welcoming former SCOTS student and Autralian 7s Representative Emily Bass, back to Briggs Oval.  Emily spent the day refereeing games, offering support and was on hand to make some presentations with fellow Olympian Charlotte Caslick – their presence added a real sense of occasion to the day.  Emily graciously donated her Queensland Reds jersey to Principal, Kyle Thompson as a token of her appreciation to the school.  Emily’s jersey will be proudly displayed in our College soon.

To our match officials, medics, scorers and plethora of other volunteers across the competition we recognise your significant contribution and thank them all greatly for their efforts..

For photos from the day please visit the Queensland Rugby Community social pages (like and share!) for a range of photos – https://www.facebook.com/queenslandrugby/

Lastly, we recognize our eventual team and individual award winners and the runners-up from each category:

 U13 Girls – Secondary School Competition

  • Winner: Fairholme College
  • Runner-up: The Glennie School
  • MVP: Claudia Woodhead (Fairholme)

U13 Boys – Secondary School Competition

  • Winner: Faith Lutheran College
  • Runner-up: SCOTS PGC
  • MVP: Jay Clark (Faith Lutheran)

U15 Girls – Secondary School Competition

  • Winner: The Glennie School
  • Runner-up:  Toowoomba Anglican School
  • MVP: Anna Park (Glennie)

U15 Boys – Secondary School Competition

  • Winner: SCOTS PGC
  • Runner-up: Highfields State Secondary College
  • MVP: Nelson Madua (SCOTS PGC)

Open Girls – Secondary School Competition

  • Winner: Fairholme College
  • Runner-up: SCOTS PGC
  • Scarlette Rose Memorial Shield: Tahleah Ackland (awarded to the best U18 Player at the Carnival)

Open Boys – Secondary School Competition

  • Winner: Toowoomba Anglican School
  • Runner-up: SCOTS PGC
  • Scarlette Rose Memorial Shield: Joe Shaw (awarded to the best U18 Player at the Carnival)

 

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities SUPER SCHOOLS CUP SCOTS v TAS/Concordia The final rounds of the Super Schools Cup have been …

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

SUPER SCHOOLS CUP

SCOTS v TAS/Concordia

The final rounds of the Super Schools Cup have been played. Going into the final round our Under 15 and Open Teams were still an outside chance at the title after solid performances against the combined TAS/Concordia.

The Under 13s went down 41-12 with Mac Morris, Joshua Millard and Ethan McDonald the stand-out players in what was a one-sided affair at times. These boys provided some sense of future success with their strong running and level-headed play.

The Under 15s scored a tense 19-17 win led from the front by Hank Zammit with the boot of Lachlan Woods keeping the boys in it to the death. This set up a final showdown with St Mary’s this week.

The Open Boys also had a low scoring tight affair getting away with a 10-7 victory that also set up a final showdown with St Mary’s College.

SCOTS v St Mary’s

The final round was played here at SCOTS on Briggs Oval with the Under 13 boys going down against a far bigger and stronger St Mary’s outfit with Mac Morris and Joshua Millard again leading the team from the front with their tenacious defence.

The Under 15 Boys were in a real arm wrestle throughout the entire game. Owen Eising led up front with some bustling runs along with Tyler Caldwell who carried the ball excellently. Hamish Swift never gave an inch and Lachlan Woods was a good all-round performer with the boot and ball in hand. With the game in the balance, the St Mary’s boys slipped out of a few too many tackles to score under the posts and convert the final try of the match to snatch a 19-14 victory over the home side. The boys may have lost but certainly can hold their heads high knowing they put on a magnificent performance.

The Open Boys took to Briggs Oval, led by the lone Piper Nicholas McGahan adorned in his jersey and kilt stirring up the crowd that was gathered before them. In what was the final game for several boys in Year 12 it was a close first half with the teams trading blows end to end. With the loss of No12 Paul Costello early in the game, the SCOTS lads were a little rattled and took a little time to hit their straps. Kenneth Jacks was electric as always with several runs into space jinking in and out to evade capture. Peter McFarland on the wing played an integral role with a try in the corner and a solid kicking display. Beau Kendall certainly attracted a lot of attention after several barn-storming ball carries. Towards the end, the defence started to tire and St Mary’s ran in a few last-minute tries to finish up winners 31-10 and taking the title of Super Schools Champions for 2021.

Well done to all boys and their support staff on a magical yet tough and challenging final round, and we look forward to returning to the Super Schools Cup in 2022 where we hope to break the hoodoo and take our first title.

College Tennis Championships

In 2021, we would like to reinstate the previously contested College Tennis Championships to the College Calendar in an attempt to re-establish this beautiful sport within our Community.

The proposed competition structure:

12 years and Under Girls Singles (1 Set Tiebreak)

12 years and Under Boys Singles (1 Set Tiebreak)

15 years and Under Girls Singles (1 Set Tiebreak)

15 years and Under Boys Singles (1 Set Tiebreak)

Open Student Girls Singles (1 Set Tiebreak)

Open Student Boys Singles (1 Set Tiebreak)

Open Students Mixed Doubles (All ages may form a mixed doubles pairing of their choice) (1 Set Tiebreak)

Proposed dates: October 9-10, 2021 – End of Week 1 Term 4 – (EOI’s / Nominations close on September 1, 2021)

All Nominations to Tom Bradbury via email: tom.bradbury@scotspgc.com.au

***Competition will be dependent upon nominations received***

SCOTS Junior Touch Competition | Term 4

It’s coming back in Term 4 pending support. Our very popular Junior Touch Competition is hoping to return next term. Year 10 and Year 11 students have been asked to assist in coaching and refereeing. We need their assistance to be able to proceed so stay tuned as to how, when and where to sign up for the competition.

Junior Cricket | Term 4

We are currently asking for Expressions of Interest for students, both boys and girls, who would like to play cricket for the College in Term 4 2021 and into Term 1 2022.

The age groups are Under 11, Under 13 and Under 16/17 and fixtures will be played on Saturday mornings in Warwick.  The competition commences at the end of Week 1 Term 4 so it is imperative we get our teams together ASAP.

Please forward your EOI to Mr Bradbury by Tuesday 14 September so we may start assembling our teams.   Details on the registration process will be forwarded to students who have expressed their interest at the end of next week.  We will also have the option of some inter-school games on Wednesday afternoons in Term 4, with matches organised against St Joseph’s Stanthorpe and Warwick SHS at this stage.

Upcoming Events

SCOTS Junior Touch Competition – Term 4
Junior Cricket – Term 4