Appreciating the Importance of Values

Mark Richards | Director of Learning and Innovation

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

The time around ANZAC day is truly special for everyone at SCOTS PGC College. Anzac Day is a time of reflection: to reflect on what the original Anzacs did for all of us, and the values they represent.  It was amazing to see many of our students many wear their grandparents’ service medals as proudly as they wear their own.  Children are the heirs of the Anzac legacy and, as the College, they have embraced it with great respect and dignity.

Nothing represented this more than the wonderful turnout for the dawn service last Tuesday morning and the parade on ANZAC day itself.  If you were a casual observer on Wednesday, you would be forgiven for thinking that SCOTS PGC College was the largest school in Warwick.  The commitment, presentation and respect that every student showed is a testament to the values our community holds dear.  It was with great pride I marched behind the dulcet tones of our stupendous pipe and drums band as we made our way along Palmerin Street.  This is part of what makes our College so special.  It is our values, above all else, that defines us.

“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” – William S. Burroughs

For our former and current serving members, Anzac Day is about mateship. Those they have served alongside, the mates they lost, and those who they stood beside next to the cenotaph.  We acknowledge the battlers and the heroes and salute the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who paid with their lives in the service of our nation.  At SCOTS PGC College we especially acknowledge the magnificent 42 past students whom gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedom and security.  If you have not had the chance to view the wonderful video on our Facebook page of the dawn service I entreat you to do so.  It is a very moving and emotive tribute.

As a College we endeavour to deliver a holistic education, highlighting the importance of values, sport and co-curricular and academic excellence as part of a whole.  Based on the quality of spirit and respect of the ladies and gentlemen present at the dawn service and the ANZAC day parade then, as a whole community, we should be very proud.