From the Boarding Houses…

Junior Boys Boarding – Welcome back boys!
Mr Tom Bradbury  | Acting Head of Junior Boys Boarding

It is with great pleasure that I have taken on the Junior Boys Boarding duties for Term 2. On Sunday, the lads started to arrive from near and far to resume their educational journey with us here at SCOTS PGC.

Fortunately, there were few tears, mostly mum’s, as the boys entered this new and socially distanced world of boarding. By Sunday evening Cameron, Will, Owen E, Mac M, Nash, Lachlan, Cooper, Mac L, Anthony, Kolby and Owen W were all in house ready to resume their studies. The effervescent George joined us on Monday and we welcomed a new student, Nelson Madua, on Thursday evening. We are just awaiting the return of Douglas on Sunday to complete the puzzle.

The boys seem to have settled very quickly engaging in activities and applying themselves during study, at most times. Mr Derek Kane and Mr Phil Strang round out our staff for the lads in Junior Boys Boarding, and we are looking forward to the negotiating this post isolation period with the boys as best we can.

I must say in the first week I have been very impressed with the leadership and application shown by the Year 8 boys who have truly been excellent role models for the younger students.

 

Hello from Hawkins House (Home of Senior Boys)

Mr Fraser Bolton | Head of Senior Boys Boarding

It is wonderful to have most of our boarders back! Our boarding house has been filled with laughter and excitement since their return.  We have also welcomed Year 9 boarders to Hawkins House, to allow our Junior boys to spread out a little easier in Cunningham House.  All boys have displayed an excellent attitude to coping with our ‘new normal’.

We are working hard on ensuring that our boarders are back on track with their learning as quickly as possible. As such we have put individual learning schedules in place for our returning boarders in Years 9-10 to provide some additional support.

While classroom learning is important, it has been great to see our boarders enjoying some downtime, too. In addition to some of the usual afternoon activities, our boys have also discovered a newfound love for golf and tennis. The courts and College golf course have been frequented most afternoons.

This weekend we are all looking forward to a hearty Sunday BBQ breakfast, but before Sunday comes around, the boys are keen to relax with some footy of the TV as the NRL returns to screens this week.  All in all, a great week with (almost) everyone back on deck.

 

Girls Boarding – An update from Week 5
Molly Turnbull and Heidi Robson | Captain and Vice Captain of Girls Boarding

It was a strange experience being part of the house without all of our girls back at boarding in week 5 – it felt a little empty.  Nevertheless, our first week with just the seniors back was a time we enjoyed.

We enjoyed spending time with Miss Woodbine, who introduced us all to her dog and we all took turns in taking her for a walk.

Last weekend, Heidi, Mya and Charmaine made chicken kievs for us all for dinner, whilst Molly and Arena made chocolate mousse for dessert. The rest of the girls dressed up for dinner. Miss Woodbine and Miss Berriman joined Ms Clark and ourselves for a lovely meal, after spending the afternoon with the girls doing hair and makeup.  To finish a perfect evening, Shona played the piano for us all and we sang hits from the Greatest Showman, the Titanic, Elton John and Abba.

Sunday morning saw Heidi, Molly, Erin, Eleanor, Emily and Molly prepare a lovely barbeque breakfast that consisted of bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and pancakes (successfully cooked in the sandwich maker – a skill that we will all no doubt remember for future cooking.)

After breakfast we enjoyed a group yoga session (Thanks to Rachel for organising) and relaxed for the remainder of our weekend.  Despite a lovely time, it wasn’t the same without the other girls – and we are so glad to have them back now!