Term1 - Week 9 - The SCOTS PGC College

Dear Parents,
26 MARCH 2015
• Warwick Show Holiday
• Rugby - Open 7’s Sydney
• Qld State Swimming
Championships - Brisbane
• Sheep Club - Warwick
• Girls and Boys Boarding Show
night - Warwick
• Sheep Club - Warwick
• Equestrian - Eq Centre 9am
• Rugby - Open 7’s Sydney
• Qld State Swimming
Championships - Brisbane
• Pipes and Drums 9:30am
•Rugby against Somerset 10:30am
• Downs Junior Rugby Carnival 1
• Rugby - Open 7’s Sydney
• Qld State Swimming
Championships - Brisbane
• Pipe Band Competition 12:00pm
• Girls and Boys Boarding Chapel
Service and Formal Dinner
• Qld State Swimming
Championships - Brisbane
• JAM Kingswood 8.00am
• Senior Choir Practice 3.30pm
•QCS Prac Yr 12 9:30am
• Darling Downs Trials 12:00pm
• USQ Visit Yr 12 1:15pm
The last few weeks have been exceptionally busy for all students engaged in the co-curricular programme at SCOTS PGC. Activities over the last few weeks have seen our students,
running x-country, debating, swimming, showing and judging cattle and sheep, playing
rugby, hockey and netball just to name a few.
Running such a vast co-curricular programme is done to try and ensure that every student
has opportunities to learn and shine outside the classroom, opportunities to learn more
about themselves and offers in a different context that may encourage attributes such as;
team work, resilience, camaraderie and determination. However, running a programme
that is so extensive in a relatively small College does stretch our resources and it can mean
at times that staff are very busy. We do aspire to ensure that there is very clear and effective communication about all of the co-curricular activities that we are involved in that
said, we are often dependent on third parties who provide us information in ‘a just in time’
manner, when ideally we need this information well in advance so that it can be effectively
shared with the whole community.
As a College we will continue to provide opportunities for all of our students. Some may
take these opportunities further and find themselves having the honour of being selected
for regional or even state teams. We will also strive to provide clear, timely and effective
communication around co-curricular events and we ask for forbearance in this regard
should there be a shortcoming. I hope that all parents would rather we were actively
engaging in co-curricular opportunities rather than talking about them.
As you are all aware with SEQTA as our new learning management system there is now
access to Daily Notices for the whole College. I would encourage all parents to check these
notices, likewise our Newsletter does not attract the level of readership that it could have
neither do emails from the College. Currently significant amounts of time are spent re-directing people to information that has already been communicated creating an inefficiency
that ultimately hinders further communication.
Communication is a two way process and it is something that we as a whole community
need to improve. I would strongly encourage all parents to be using SEQTA and the Newsletter to stay informed as to what is happening in the College. We had hoped to roll out our
new webpage this term, this process has taken more time than anticipated and we should
be going live at the start of next term. If these information sources are used appropriately
by the whole community it will in fact create more time for communication around other
Simon Shepherd
Co-educational Day & Boarding, Prep to Year 12
Where country values inspire excellence
• Inter Clan Cross Country Carnival
12yrs & up 8:30am
• QCS Prac Yr 11 9:30am
• Boxing 6pm
• Rugby Training 3:30pm
• Sheep Club 3.30pm
• Drumming Practice 3.30pm
• Hockey Training 3.30pm
• Netball Training 3.30pm
• String Ensemble 8am
• Yr 11 Vet Students 8:30am
• Yr 10 PE Excursion 10:45am
• All Schools Cross Country 1pm
• Senior Dance 3:30pm
• Pipes and Drums 3:30pm
• Rock Band 3:30pm
• Sheep Club 3:30pm
• Chem ERT Yr 12 2pm
• Junior School Chapel 2pm
• Senior School Chapel 11am
• Yr 1 - 6 Swimming Carnival 9am
• Scots IQ Challenge Yrs 7-12
• Good Friday
• Travel Day
• Parent Teacher Interviews
• QCS Prac Yr 11 12:15pm
• Senior Dance 3:30pm
• Senior PE Polo 9:30am
• Senior School Chapel 11am
• Collece ANZAC Day Service
• Senior PE Polo 9:30am
Jumpers ‘n Jazz – Tree Decorating Committee
Parents, we need you. Do you like to create and decorate?
Once again the College will be decorating the trees on the Middle School campus
for the upcoming Jumpers ‘n Jazz Festival. In the past, students from each class,
from Prep to Year 8, have decorated a class tree individually. Thus, the overall
picture is a bit disconnected and we would like a plan whereby all the trees form
one co-ordinated display.
We would love parents to form a committee to create and co-ordinate this year’s
theme “FEATHER” with the students. Please nominate by contacting Monique
Bryson on 46669860 or via email. Please visit the Jumpers website for other
information http://jumpersandjazz.com
Thank y ou
Thank you for the support of all staff and families
this week while the students enjoyed their annual
Cross Country event. It was lovely to watch all the
children ‘have a go’ and participate for themselves
and their Clan. The day was well organised and
the students and parents thank the staff who were
there very early in the morning fog to lay out the
course. Thanks to Mr Cahill and his staff, Ms Quinlan
and Rebecca Horne. The students were well trained
for their races, both through PE lessons and with
early morning runs with Mr Campbell and Mrs Stephenson. The Cameron clan were the Junior School
champions and the Mackay Clan won the day for the
younger Middle School students. Their points will
be added to the 12, 13 and 14 year old Middle School
results next week to award the Middle School Clan
Age Champions:
U9 Boys - Samuel Wainwright
U9 Girls - Clancey Armitage-Kenway
U10 Boys - Daniel Shepherd
U10 Girls - Lucy Bourke
U 11 Boys Thomas Whittle
U11 Girls - Niamh Fender
Swimming Carnival Year 1-6
All students, from Year 1 to Year 6 will be
participating in the annual Swimming Carnival
on 2 April from 9.00am at WIRAC. Students
are asked to arrive at school for their roll
call at 8:40 and will be transported by bus
to WIRAC. Parents and caregivers are most
welcome to support the students.
The students will be back at the College at
1pm and the usual end of term Junior School
Chapel service will start at 2pm. Again, all
parents and other interested people are
cordially invited to attend the chapel service.
One of the names that Jesus is known by is Emmanuel, which means “God with us”. God
being with us doesn’t mean that we get out of all the boring, or even nasty stuff in life. What
it means is that God wants to be in life alongside us. And sometimes it is in the tough times
where we grow the most, however much we’d like to say, “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!”
These are the times when we learn about the compassion and help of others, who are the
people who truly love and care for us. We learn something of our own strength and even of
our limits as humans. We see the face of God, and can learn to know something of what God
is like through the people around us and the experience of God in our lives.
- Mrs Jenny Potter
Sheep Club & Ag Science
Sheep Club Report
The last couple of weeks have seen the students and sheep from the
SCOTS PGC Texel stud achieve some remarkable successes.
At the Inglewood show, the following students did well in the Junior
Judging competition on Friday night –
U15 section – 1st – Keeley Fagg; 2nd – Carl Gray;
3rd – Ruby King
15-25 years section – 1st – Kate Worth; 3rd – Rhys Branson
Then, after a fun night of camping in the prime lamb pens, we showed
our sheep against five other exhibitors, representing six different
breeds. As well as winning both Champions (ram and ewe) in the Texel
classes, we were delighted to go on to win the prestigious Supreme
Breeders Group and Supreme Pair of Ewes classes.
Last week, we backed up at the Royal Toowoomba show and again
achieved some notable successes. We won eight classes in the Texel
breed and went on to secure the Champion and Reserve Champion
ribbons for both rams and ewes. On the strength of this, we won the
Samantha McConnell-Green trophy for Most Successful School.
Also at the Toowoomba Show, Kate-Elizabeth Worth competed in the
state final for Junior Judging (meat sheep). Despite only competing at
this level (15-25 years) for the first time this year, Kate overcame her
nerves and won from a strong field of nine finalists. As winner of the
Queensland final, Kate will go on to the national final in Launceston
next year – all expenses paid!
If you haven’t seen the Sheep Club in action yet, you are welcome to
drop in at the Warwick Show this coming Saturday.
Maritta Hutley (CDRV), James
King, Olivia Rickert and Laura Moody with some of the
money James fundraised for
drought stricken families
Staff Profiles
Neil Goodwin
Humanitites Teacher
Born in country Queensland, I spent most of my formative
years in the big smoke of Brisbane. After completing
high school and university I entered the world of finance
but quickly changed career paths to become a solicitor,
practising with a mid-sized law firm in Brisbane CBD. The
life of a legal professional took its toll so I decided that a
career change was in order and completed my Graduate
Diploma in Education in 2011.
Shortly after becoming a teacher, my wife, dog and I moved
to Tasmania to see what all the fuss was about and discover
what island life was really about. Two years, a box of winter
woollies and a 2nd dog later we all moved back to Brisbane.
After spending one term coming to know Scots PGC in the
first half of 2014, I was hooked by the rural life and the
wonderful community that is Scots, resulting in my wife,
two dogs and myself taking up a permanent role teaching
Legal Studies, Accounting and History at the school.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with
the students at Scots, with my aim being to see students
achieve to the best of their abilities, whilst ensuring their At the end of the most southern road in Australia
- Cockle Creek, Tasmania
time at the school being a positive and inspiring one.
P&F Major Fundraiser
1st Prize—$7500 credit towards school fees at SCOTS PGC College
2nd Prize—Spicers Lodge. Overnight B&B for two valued at $1198
3rd Prize—Spicers Lodge. Lunch for two valued at $150
To buy tickets go to: http://www.trybooking.com/113658
Or purchase at the College main office
Prize Draw: 30/04/2015 at Scots College
Ticket Price: $50.00
(T&C’s on ticket booking site)
College News & Reminders
YMCA Scots PGC College OSHC
SCOTS IQ Clan Challenge Day
A reminder that we are open for the school holidays from Tuesday
7th of April from 6.30am until Travel day on Monday 20th of April
until 6pm. Our opening hours are 6.30am until 6pm, we provide
morning tea & afternoon tea daily.
The final day of Term 1, Thursday 2nd April, will be the inaugural
‘SCOTS IQ Clan Challenge Day’. As the name suggests, the event
will consist of a variety of tasks for all students in Years 7-12 who
will compete to show which Clan has students who are the most
ingenious, the best designers, the most effective young leaders
and team workers, the cleverest and the fittest.
Children need to bring lunch, drink bottle & hat. Below is a copy
of what’s happening over the holidays. Excursions have limited
bookings left. If you would like to receive more information then
please contact the centre.
P: (07) 4666 9864
M: 0477 767 985
E: [email protected]
Students will need to wear Clan uniform that day and bring a
towel and change of clothing as those involved with the raft race
will almost certainly end up extremely wet.
Students will agree with their Clan Captains and Clan Leader which
task suits which young person best, and nobody will be allowed
to enter more than three of the challenges. You may not fancy
building a raft, then racing it down the Condamine, but perhaps
making the most aerodynamic paper planes, or wowing everyone
with your trivia knowledge is more your cup of tea? Everyone will
be able to contribute as we seek to crown our first-ever ‘SCOTS IQ
Year 10 Career Avenue Interviews
During Term 1, the Year 10 cohort completed a series of career
profiling tests with Dr Marian Kratzing from Career Avenues.
Whilst it was exhausting for the students, the outcome of the
tests will provide each individual with a fairly accurate picture
of who they are as a person as far as their personality type
goes, along with a number of industry areas and career options
which would best suit them in the future. Please be aware that
the career options suggested in the report are just that, suggestions, and are there to invite further investigation.
Each student will receive a full report outlining the findings
from the tests; this will be given to them when they have their
individual interviews with Dr Kratzing and her staff at the
beginning of Term 2 on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th April
and Friday 1st May. All students will be notified as to what
day their interview is and at what time. Interviews will take
place in the Resource Centre.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Will be held Travel day Monday 20 April from
1pm. Prep - Yr 6 will be in classrooms, Yr 7 - 12
will in the dining hall. An email detailing logon
information will be sent out for bookings.
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Reminder Flu vaccine clinic 1 April 8:10am for
students. Please be at the Health
Centre no later than 8:10am
Rugby Reports
Best of Luck
Yet another very tough fixture awaited our battle-hardened Under 14 squad, the
Toowoomba Bears, away, last Sunday morning, and an unusually early 10:00 kickoff. Having been on the wrong end of some heavy defeats recently we decided to
change tactics and create surprise and confusion for our heavily-fancied opponents.
Our prayers were answered by finding ourselves enveloped in thick fog, making it
difficult to see one end of the line-out from the other, let alone assess the formation
of back divisions in defence. The second part of our plan was to play in exactly the
same colour as the enemy! With a referee who seemed strangely unconcerned,
possibly colour blind (?) we ran on to the field before a small, but vociferous crowd
who peered through the gloom at 30 boys in maroon jumpers, chasing after one
white ball that occasionally disappeared from sight when kicked high or into
open space. Despite the trap being perfectly set, unfortunately the Bears seemed
unperturbed and mounted wave after wave of attacks with their team showing the
benefit of playing together for many years in a club situation. Brave defence was
our only option but the size and power of the opposition soon wore us down and
the score began to rattle up. As if we needed any extra challenges, the fog began
to clear. At half-time both coaches agreed to swap 7 players from one side to the
other and this created a rather unusual but much more closely-fought second half
in which Josh Crow seemed to be at the heart of almost every play. All in all, a
memorable if not ultimately successful game.
Best of Luck to Toby Gilmore, Will Gilmore and Tom Winter
who are representing Darling Downs this week at QLD State
Swimming Championships
Congratulations to the following students that were selected
in Darling Downs teams:
18 years Rugby Union - Tim Allport, Khan Ladbrook, Will
Troughton, Kieran Fender & Jacob Davis
15 years Rugby Union - Tom Winter & Matthew Fatnowna
18 years Basketball - Amelia Starasts
This squad has shown great progress over the season so far and been competitive
in every fixture. Sunday took the team to Toowoomba to play Toowoomba South
at Gold Park, fortunately well below the fog level, bathed in warm sunshine, for an
11:00 o’clock kick-off. Unfortunately our team did not start in especially sprightly
form and looked rather jaded. As a result we spent long periods defending our line
and while tackling was resolute, slowly the points began to accumulate against us.
Having not quite had a full team, once again, many played in unfamiliar positions
and Coach Wenham struggled to find a formation that had the necessary coherence.
The game was never a rout and the final score of 49-0 to the home side did not fully
reflect some long periods of closely-fought action, but the mid-season break comes
at an opportune moment, allowing the squad to re-group and focus on what made
it a more effective unit earlier in the season again pulled SCOTS back to the edge
of a first victory with only 5 minutes remaining on the clock. Frustratingly, with the
game within our reach, two small losses of concentration cost us dearly, allowing
Souths to pull away to a 28-12 margin at the final whistle. This was, however, a
great team performance against a long-established rugby club side. Our first win
at this level will not be long in coming and Souths will not relish the re-match in
Warwick in a few weeks’ time!
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APRIL 7 2015
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