In pursuit of excellence

Mr Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

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

Through all the haze and uncertainty of this year we have emerged out of our enforced cocoons like the majestic Birdwing butterfly.  External exams are upon us and the new educational landscape has been revealed in all its flawed glory.  Dealing with these upheavals and chaotic times emphasises the importance of teaching our students values as well as knowledge and understanding.  Tenacity and the pursuit of excellence are particularly important, given the need for self-motivation and the ability to overcome the obstacles evading proverbial spiders along our path.

I know, looking at my young 22-month old child as he chases our dog in the backyard, that at some point he is going to be disappointed that he did not catch the dog.  He may even experience the agony of a clatter of limbs as he falls and gets a couple of dog licks for his troubles.  He will be upset and angry but, hopefully, by teaching him to brush himself off and try again, he will learn from his mistakes and succeed at his chosen profession of dog catcher in the future.  It is our role as teachers, parents, and community members to assist our students and to demonstrate that how we respond is key.  Sometimes clouds have a silver lining.  They spur us on to greater achievements and the way we rise defines our true character,  always aiming higher.

Watching students grow and accomplish their goals is one of the main reasons many teachers choose to go into education, to see students flourish and thrive, to transform into something more.  Like the Dreamtime story of the Birth of the Butterflies, we hope that our student caterpillars will agree to venture into the sky, to let us all know the spirits are looking after us.

“Excellence is a daily choice, a way of being and our guiding principle for success.”

This culture of excellence has been very apparent in the Year 12 cohort this term as they prepare themselves for their final exams.  The number of students attending extra tutorial sessions, sometimes on the weekends and in the evenings, has been phenomenal.  I was exceedingly impressed to see the Essential Maths class engaged and focused on their final exams as this would be unusual in most other schools.  The collective drive of all the Year 12s to help and support each other and deal with the stresses and strains of the external exam environment has been remarkable.  Their attitude and behaviour during this assessment period has been testament to the spirit and leadership they showed whilst leading the College this year.  I am confident their results and subsequent ATARs will reflect their obvious hard work and dedication and I urge all our boys and girls to follow their example in the future.

“Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent in fact, we achieve excellence by acting rightly.” Plato

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Year 10 hits the surf!

Yesterday our Year 10 students ventured to Miami Beach to engage in the Community Education Program conducted by Surf Lifesaving Queensland. The students enjoyed activities …

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Year 10 hits the surf!

Yesterday our Year 10 students ventured to Miami Beach to engage in the Community Education Program conducted by Surf Lifesaving Queensland. The students enjoyed activities including belt rescues, surf-ski riding, body-boarding, beach flag races and CPR instruction, along with education about rips and basic water safety.

With a large contingent of bush kids in the Year 10 cohort, some of our students had not been near the beach in more than 2 years, so the day was very educational for all and a most enjoyable way to spend a school day. Special mention must go to all students who participated wholeheartedly and really gained valuable experience from their engagement in the day. Photos from the day will appear in the College App in the near future.

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Who’s rockin at SCOTS?

Our College Rock band has been rocking out and entertaining the College community at a number of events since their inception.  This year we’ve added …

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Who’s rockin at SCOTS?

Our College Rock band has been rocking out and entertaining the College community at a number of events since their inception.  This year we’ve added a second Rock Band to the Co-curricular offering here at the College.  Following on from the successful launch of The Clan in 2019, the College is pleased to announce the formation of the second band, formally introduced at today’s assembly as The Highlanders.

Both bands have original and new members and are flourishing under the guidance of superstar teachers Mr Colin Alley and Mr Michael Keevers.  Both bands are now covering a number of genres including soft rock, blues and classic rock.

The rock band recruits are:

The Clan                                                            The Highlanders

Ambrose Barton (Bass Guitar)                      Josh Bailey (Drums)

Mat Bailey (Drums)                                         Alex Naughten (Bass Guitar)

Mitch Twidale (Guitar)                                   Mat Bailey (Guitar)

Luke Stephenson (Guitar)                             Lachlan Naughten (Guitar)

Josh Bailey (Keyboard)                                  Charmaine Wakpi (Vocals)

Alexis Zerner (Vocals)                                    Lelia Stiles (Vocals)

Abby Brown (Vocals)                                      Lily Cole (Vocals)

Bre Ware (Vocals)

From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities All Schools Orienteering Championships Over the recent school holidays Will Gilmore and Ewan McFarland contested the …

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From the Co-curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities

Ewan McFarland

All Schools Orienteering Championships

Over the recent school holidays Will Gilmore and Ewan McFarland contested the Orienteering Queensland All Schools Championships held in Brisbane. Will and Ewan took on the Senior Boys Course and were very competitive. In the absence of a future Nationals competition due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Queensland Merit Team was named following the event.  Congratulations to Ewan on his successful selection to the Merit Team after his medal-winning performance in the Queensland All Schools event.

 

Holly Naughten

Queensland 12 years Netball Official

Last week Holly Naughten was called upon to officiate at the Queensland School Sport 12 years Netball Championships in Toowoomba. Holly was one of two Darling Downs student officials selected to preside over matches at this event. From all accounts Holly did a great job and was a credit to herself and to the region. Well done to Holly!! Maybe we will see her officiating at an international level in the near future!

 

Girls Futsal Round 4

Our girls continue to punch above their weight in the Football Toowoomba Futsal competition. Numbers were tight with excursions and other activities, but despite this our girls played well.

Our Junior Girls had a hard-fought 4-3 loss to a very experienced St Ursula’s outfit. Stevie Collins bagged a hat trick with 3 goals. The team impressed coach Kane with their ‘never-say-die attitude’ and ever-improving gameplay.

The B Team lost emphatically but fought on which again is a testament to their resilience.

The A Team went down 4-1 with Emma Bradbury getting our only goal. Lucy Jackson and Krystal Petersen performed well as always and some of our junior girls came off the bench which only added to their experience. Ellyse Kruger is growing in skill and confidence with every game and Tilly Nowlan and Briana Groves are becoming fine exponents of the game with small incursions to the senior team.

Matches continue next week and the week after at Harristown SHS.

 

 

 

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World Teachers Day

Today we recognised the wonderful work our teachers do by celebrating World Teachers Day. In a morning filled with coffee, pastries and delicious treats from …

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World Teachers Day

Today we recognised the wonderful work our teachers do by celebrating World Teachers Day.

In a morning filled with coffee, pastries and delicious treats from our College kitchen, we reflected on the challenges the year has presented and how our teachers and our wider support staff have taken each day in their stride, continuing to ensure our SCOTS PGC students have access to best educational experiences we can offer.

As our senior students sit their external examinations this week, it is has become more evident just how special our SCOTS PGC teachers are.  Weekend tutoring sessions, extended help with revision and open lines of communication are just a few things our teachers do outside their every day roles to ensure that every senior student is supported as they embark on their biggest educational challenge yet – it is clear that our teachers really do go above and beyond every day.

By commemorating World Teachers’ Day across all school communities we each have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional work of all teachers.