Whilst the return to the boarding houses was delayed in 2022, all boys are now back ‘home’ and thriving at SCOTS PGC in both Hawkins House (Years 8-12) and Cunningham House (Years 5-7).
Already, the year has been filled with many new experiences for both new and returning students, with new friendships formed, new routines put into place and new boarding staff joining our SCOTS team.
I would particularly like to congratulate Peter McFarland (Boys Boarding Captain) and Scott Taat (Boys Boarding Vice Captain) for their support, leadership, and friendly manner in welcoming all the boarders over the initial weekend. Both young men, and several other long-time boarders, proved to be very helpful to staff and new students during the initial days of boarding. This respectful approach truly demonstrates the positive spirit of boys’ boarding at SCOTS.
As we progress toward the end of week 4 of term, the girls and boys boarders look forward to our first combined weekend activity of swimming, games and a BBQ at Leslie Dam on Saturday.
A very warm welcome to our boarding families for the 2022 school year. While it’s been a later start than usual, we are all excited to make 2022 a great year. I would like to pay tribute to the wonderful examples set by last year’s seniors; in particular, our House Captain Erin Fearby and Vice-Captain Arena Wheeler. Both girls led the House with distinction and their kindness and positivity created an atmosphere of inclusion and fun. This year Matilda Bryant from Mitchell has been appointed as our House Captain and Kaysan Miles from Mareeba, has been appointed as our Vice-Captain. Matilda began boarding at SCOTS PGC in Year 7 and Kaysan in Grade 9. Both girls have an appreciation of the challenges faced by girl boarders and importantly have thrived in this environment. I look forward to working with them throughout the year as we make Locke Street a “home away from home” for everyone.
To cater to the growing demand for girls’ boarding, the Upper Mackness refurbishment is now complete. What were four open-style, six-bed dormitories with only a curtain for privacy, have now been transformed into four University-style bedsits with three single bedrooms, shared table and chairs, and a lounge. The new bedsits have been well received by the Year 12’s living there and have become quite the envy of the rest of the House.
We’re also pleased to share that our Boarding pages on SCOTS Connect are now being populated with information and updates on the daily happenings within boarding. Here you’ll find photos and blog-style posts of weekend activities, sporting and co-curricular results and general ‘boarding life’ updates.