Awards or Rewards?

Mr Peter Wilson | Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Speech Day looms large for the College community. A day of celebration for many students and their achievements in all areas of the College. A day for the presentation of colours and awards ranging in criteria from service, citizenship, commitment and leadership to sporting and academic excellence.

Colours have always raised a personal conflict with me, particularly in the Co-curricular program. On the one hand, the students proudly wear them on their blazers and these colours improve their self-confidence and justify all the training. On the other hand, colours can mask the real reasons for participating in Co-curricular programs. These being the development of mateship, the personal growth attained through competition and performance, the strengthening of the connection between the student and the College, and most importantly for the joy of participating in an activity for nothing but the love of what that activity demands of the student.

I would remind students then to accept these accolades with humility, to reflect on their motivation for participating in an activity and to remember to thank their teammates, teachers, coaches, parents and carers, because without their support these achievements would not be possible.

Enjoy Speech Day, savour the moments, walk with purpose and demonstrate the pride you have in your College.

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QLD Reds are coming to SCOTS!

As part of the QLD Reds initiative to visit and connect with regional areas, we are pleased to share that we will be expecting a …

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QLD Reds are coming to SCOTS!

As part of the QLD Reds initiative to visit and connect with regional areas, we are pleased to share that we will be expecting a visit from two Reds players on Thursday 25 November.

Our Reds guests will join us for a SCOTS lunch and will then spend some time with our students in Years 5 and 6 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Students will be part of a Q & A session with the players in the WALEC, then Mr Savovski and Reds players will run an introductory skills coaching clinic followed by a game of Touch on Buss oval.

Students in Years 7-12 will then have the same opportunity to interact with the Reds players on Briggs oval from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities NPLQ Champion in our midst! We take this opportunity to congratulate Zara Kruger (Year 10) on …

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From the Co-Curricular Desk

Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Activities

NPLQ Champion in our midst!

We take this opportunity to congratulate Zara Kruger (Year 10) on her recent achievement with the Lions FC Women’s team playing in the National Premier League Queensland Premier Division.

Zara has been playing for Lions FC in both their U23 and Open Women’s side all year and her recent form saw her gain a spot off the bench in the Grand Final. Lions FC went on to win the Grand Final with Zara featuring in a solid second half contribution.

The Women’s NPLQ is the premier competition in Queensland and just one step below the W League from which many of our Matildas gain their big break. This follows on from Zara’s selection in the Queensland Schoolgirls Merit Team earlier this year.

We congratulate Zara on this achievement and wish her well for her continued success in her beloved Football.

SCOTS Cricket V WSHS and St Joseph’s Stanthorpe

On Wednesday, the SCOTS Junior and Senior teams took to the pitch against St Joseph’s Stanthorpe in the Juniors and Warwick SHS in the Seniors.

The First XI won the toss and elected to bowl with Warwick SHS starting slowly and unfortunately capitulating to the SCOTS attack. Seven straight ducks to the SCOTS bowlers left Warwick State High floundering. With a total of 46 to defend the boys from State High managed to take out our openers, and after that, they got a start but that was all she wrote when Sam Bourke strode to the wicket. Sam scored 22 in a patient yet dominant display to see SCOTS home with many wickets and overs to spare.

The Juniors chose to bat first. Rory Farrell got us off to a good start but a very accurate skidding delivery (after some very loose bowling) saw him fall to the St Joseph’s attack. Josh Millard steadied the ship with Seth Esson taking up the mantle as the aggressor. Josh was the next to fall bringing Ben March to the crease. Ben was extremely patient early and went on to make a valuable 13. The boys plugged away and scored a very creditable 103.

After the break, St Joseph’s took their turn to bat and they kept the score ticking over slowly with the occasional fall of wickets. This game went down to the wire with the last over the deciding factor. St Joseph’s pulled off a last-ball win with a four in a climactic finish in what was another fantastic match that tested both sides.

Next week, both teams take on Assumption once again in a rematch of last week’s matches where SCOTS narrowly took the cookies in both games. That will round out our mid-week program for 2021 with Saturday fixtures continuing through until the end of Term.

2022 will see more mid-week contests on Briggs and Dunning with matches in the pipeline for both Senior and Junior Teams. A feature of next season will be a 50 over match between Downlands College 1st XI and the SCOTS 1st XI on Saturday, March 5 here on Briggs Oval.

We thank all players, spectators and our gracious opponents for the opportunity to play some cricket on our beautifully prepared turf pitch courtesy of Mr Brian Miller, our curator.

 

South West Rugby 7s

Our Under 13 Girls continue to progress well with mixed results over the past two weeks. Last week, a 17-15 win against Wilsonton SHS was secured after a late cover tackle by Hannah Lawlor followed a 30-0 loss to Glennie earlier in the afternoon.

This week saw the girls take on Fairholme which ended with a late try to Fairholme leaving us with a 20-17 loss, earlier in the evening Glennie gave the girls a 45-0 lesson in running rugby, but to their credit, they never gave up and their match against Fairholme was certainly a turnaround.

Queensland All Schools Athletics Championships

Last weekend, five of our students attended the Queensland Athletics All Schools Championship for 10-14 years athletes. All competitors gave a good account of themselves in the exceptional competition.

Oliver Miller was our most successful participant taking silver in Long Jump, 10th in the 100m, 6th in High Jump, 8th in Shot Put and 11th in Discus. Emilie Miller competed in the Shot Put gaining 8th and the Discus where she finished 9th.

Hayley Wainwright, like Oliver, had a big program with the 100m 11th, 200m 11th, High Jump 7th and her best result in the Long Jump where she gained 6th place.  Riley Wainwright gained 14th in the Long Jump and 10th in the Triple Jump, and Scott Wainwright finished a creditable 9th in his Discus event.  With the school-based pathways unavailable to students in Track and Field this year, this has been a great opportunity for students to experience a state level of competition in 2021.

SCOTS Junior Touch Competition – Term 4
Fixtures resume this Friday 5 November from 4.00 pm and the finals will be held next week 12 November.

Upcoming Events
• Speech Day and Co-Curricular Awards | Years 9-12 – 18 November
• Speech Day and Co-Curricular Awards | Prep-Year 8 – 19 November

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Year 10 Tribes Adventure Incursion

Bridget Hardy | Year 10 Student Last week following the end of our exam block, the Year 10s participated in a challenging, but enjoyable leadership …

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Year 10 Tribes Adventure Incursion

Bridget Hardy | Year 10 Student

Last week following the end of our exam block, the Year 10s participated in a challenging, but enjoyable leadership incursion held by the Tribes Adventure Group from the Gold Coast. As a group, we were lucky enough to gather first-hand experience from ex-military soldiers who challenged us physically, and mentally throughout the two days.

There were five activities each day, all of which were based around teamwork, building relationships, decision making and problem-solving. All 10 groups were using these skills to gather points from both days and fighting for the winning prize of… Mr Dobrenov’s box of favourite chocolates!

On the first day, we split into our groups and participated in gel-blasting (which believe it or not, was a common favourite among all groups), angry-bird catapults, observational and scenario courses, and archery. The highlight of the day was when Mr Alley took out Paul Costello with a low blow which put him out for the rest of the day. The second day was spent doing memory courses, riddles, raft-building, ultimate frisbee, and of course more gel-blasting. One of the most challenging aspects of both days was the heat, but everyone handled it really well.

We all enjoyed the two days spent with the Tribes Adventure Group, and we all learnt new, valuable skills throughout the two days.

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Beach Life

Jesse Bohm | Year 10 Student Last Friday, Mr Fender, Mr Bradbury, Mr Marriot, and Mrs Wiid took us for a trip to the Gold …

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Beach Life

Jesse Bohm | Year 10 Student

Last Friday, Mr Fender, Mr Bradbury, Mr Marriot, and Mrs Wiid took us for a trip to the Gold Coast, where we spent the day completing a life-saving course as part of our HPE learning.

We departed bright and early at 5:30 am from school, and arrived at around 8:30 am where we were presented with coloured life-saving caps and split into our tutor groups. Some activities that we participated in were first-aid, flag identifications, boogie board relays, and the crowd favourite, beach cricket, where Lucy Watts made a striking shot and accidentally winded Conroy Brown.

Following the activities, everyone had some lunch.  Many gathered around a small fish and chip shop around the corner from the beach. We soon departed and came home after what had been a long but enjoyable couple of days. Despite our fun, a few of the Year 10 boys who didn’t apply their sunscreen very well came back with painfully red sunburn (including myself), which taught us an added lesson regarding sun safety.  All in all, it was nice to go from a tree change to a sea change for a day.

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STEM News

Our Year 8 STEM Silent Auction is officially open for bids.  Take a look at what’s on offer in the gallery below. To place a …

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STEM News

Our Year 8 STEM Silent Auction is officially open for bids.  Take a look at what’s on offer in the gallery below.

To place a bid, please e-mail kasey.casey@scotspgc.com.au by Thursday 3:00 pm 18 November.  (Please note the item number is the file name of the photo)

These exciting STEM events will all take place during Week 7 (15 – 19 November) with winners from the silent auction to be e-mailed on the Friday afternoon!  Winners can collect their items on Friday afternoon (19 Nov) or during Week 8.

Place your bids!

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2022 Stationery Orders

It’s hard to believe we have reached the time of year where it is time to start planning for next year! The College website has …

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2022 Stationery Orders

It’s hard to believe we have reached the time of year where it is time to start planning for next year!

The College website has been updated with the 2022 Stationery Order information and order forms.

This year, stationery orders are due to the Uniform Shop on or before Friday 26 November 2021.

Please access all information relating to 2022 Stationery orders from the College website by visiting: https://scotspgc.com.au/uniform-shop/