With a Song and a Dance

Kyle Thompson |Principal

The term feels like it has ended with a crescendo rather than a gradual petering out of activity. The last couple of weeks has seen choral performances at the Stanthorpe Eisteddfod, where our students not only looked the part but sang beautifully to receive a number of awards and recognition. We have had the Winter Performing Arts Concert with 58 different performances covering speech and drama, vocals, instrumental pieces and, of course, the public debut of our rock band featuring students and staff. The Pipes and Drums continue to play, having held their concert in Tenterfield and also being represented at Park Run (also run by SCOTS PGC) last week. Girls boarding held a most special morning for the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which was fantastically supported by students, staff and parents. This service initiative raised in excess of $1200 and is a great reflection of the strengthening service culture at SCOTS. In reflecting on this it is pleasing to note the resurgence of the Arts and of music into the fabric of what we offer here at our school and the many benefits associated with these activities.

At the same time, our sports programmes continue to develop and our cross country, track and field, rugby (boys and girls), hockey, tennis and netball continue to provide opportunities for our boys and girls to grow, develop and have fun.

Throw into this mix academic assessment and examinations, reporting, and our general classroom activities and it certainly has been a busy term for one and all.

Next term the College will see the following staff changes:

Mr Simon Edgar leaves us to take on the Head of Junior School role at A B Paterson College. Ms Amy Woodgate has accepted the position of Head of Junior and Middle Schools, joining us from Somerville House in Brisbane.

Mrs Julie Gander is on long service leave next term. We welcome Ms Lynne Nolan to our Junior School and Year 2 for the term. Lynne has worked at a number of excellent Primary schools in Brisbane and Sydney and also holds a Masters qualification in Educational Psychology.

Ms Wendy Watkins has resigned from her position as mathematics teacher and Miss Danni-elle Reading is also leaving the College to take on new challenges. I thank our departing staff for the positive impact they have had on students here at SCOTS and for their commitment and efforts inside and outside of the classrooms.

Mr Andrew Robertson is joining the College as our new STEM teacher and will assume a significant role in mathematics. He joins us having worked in Brisbane based independent and Catholic schools and recently purchasing property in the region.

The next P & F meeting is scheduled for Monday 15 July. At this meeting there will be an opportunity to meet Ms Woodgate and for her to share a little about her experience and her vision for SCOTS PGC’s Middle and Junior Schools. There will be more information shared through our Parents and Friends.

Once again, at the conclusion to the term, I thank all our students and their families for their support of our school and for their contributions to our community. I would also acknowledge the efforts of all our staff as we continue to strive to make SCOTS PGC the best it can be for the benefit of all our students. I trust that all of the SCOTS family will have a safe, rewarding and re-energising break.