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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Orienteering: Interschool Sprint Challenge


The Interschool Sprint Challenge is on this Sunday at the new Pittsworth SHS map starting from 1.30pm.  FYI new members, this is an ideal event to bring your friends from school along to try the sport.  Everyone who completes their course unassisted will gain a point for their school.  There is also a public event of course!

NOTE: entry for students is via the google doc (link on the flyer and on the website) as I need your school please.  Public can enter via the google doc if they don’t have an Eventor login, or via the web

Basketball – AAG Cup Winners

Congratulations to our Year 10 team who won the AAG Positive Choices Cup over the weekend. They defeated Harristown State High in the final to record a perfect 5 win and 0 loss in taking out first place.

Many thanks to Coaches, Mr Cicolini, Mr Weber and Mr Martin for their efforts with these promising basketball players.


Volleyball: QLD Representative – Ben Hood

Ben Hood (Yr 10) has made some significant headway in volleyball over the past 12 months. He is currently representing Queensland in the U15 Schoolboys team (selected from the state titles in May). QLD topped the table in this comp. going through undefeated. They played VIC yesterday in the semi-final and won in straight sets. The gold medal playoff is this morning at 9.30am SA time which is 10am QLD time against NSW. You can see the live link HERE.

Ben will further follow up this representative feat with his selection in the U17 QAS state team to compete in the Nationals in September. Fellow Grammarian, Hussein Yusaf will also play in that competition with the U14 team.

Kind regards

Eric Smith
Director of Volleyball
Toowoomba Grammar School

2019/2020 Cricket Information Inc. GPS 2020 Dates

Vic Williams letter 2019

2019 TGS Cricket Academy Flyer (1)

Dear Cricket Community,


The dates for the TGS Cricket program for the remainder of 2019 and the 2020 GPS season have been released.

There are multiple opportunities provided for our boys to become better Cricketers and more importantly, resilient young men.

Below you will see some key dates for all Cricketers as our pre-season fast approaches. Please add the relevant dates to your diaries and follow the instructions where necessary.


Term 4 dates:

Australian Cricket Institute – ACADEMY (one session per week)

Wednesday, 16 October – Wednesday, 20 November (Age 10-12: 5:00pm–6:30pm, Age 13-16: 6:30pm–8:00pm)

  • To register, please click on the attached ‘2019 TGS Cricket Academy Flyer’ and follow the instructions.

Vic Williams Academy (one session per week for TGS boys aged 9-15)

Sunday, 20 October – Sunday, 24 November (times based on number of registered boys)

  • For further information and registration details, please click on the attached ‘Vic Williams letter 2019’.

Development Squads (Current Year 6 – Current Year 11)

Week 2 – Week 7 (2 sessions per week – schedule to be confirmed)

  • Boys will be notified regarding selection and schedule in the coming weeks.

ALL Years Cricket trials (Current Year 6 – Current Year 11)

Week 5 – Week 7 (1 session per week – schedule to be confirmed)

  • Boys must register and trial to be considered for Cricket in Term 1, 2020


Christmas Holiday dates:

1st XI & 8A/9A (combined team) Cricket Camp

Sunday, 8 December – Tuesday, 10 December

  • Invite only (14 boys invited for 3 matches against Nudgee, BBC and Churchie in Brisbane)

TGS Cricket Coaching Camp (for boys aged 8-12)

Monday, 20 January – Wednesday, 22 January

  • Registration details and further information will be sent out at a later date. This camp is open to non-TGS boys.

TGS Cricket Development Camp

Thursday, 23 January to Saturday, 25 January

  • Invite only


Term 1, 2020 dates

Monday, 27 January – Australia Day Public Holiday

Tuesday, 28 January – Year 7-8 Cricket Trials

Wednesday, 29 January – Normal training schedule begins – please check Sport and Activities site for full schedule

Friday, 31 January – (Optional) Weekly ALL YEARS Wicket Keeper training commences


GPS Season

Saturday, 1 February – Round 1 v BGS (Home)

Saturday, 8 February – Round 2 v Gregory Terrace (Away)

Saturday, 15 February – Round 3 (Bye) – 1st XI v Downlands (Home) + supplementary matches for the following teams v Ambrose Treacy College (7A, 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 2nd XI only)

Sunday, 16 February – Parent/Son Big Bash Competition (Hosted by TGS)

Saturday, 22 February – Round 4 – TGS v IGS (Away)

Saturday, 29 February – Round 5 – TGS v TSS (Home)

Saturday, 7 March – Round 6 v NC (Away)

Saturday, 14 March – Round 7 v BSHS (Home)

Saturday, 21 March – Round 8 v BBC (Home)

Saturday, 28 March – Round 9 v ACGS (Away)

Sunday, 29 March – Cricket Presentation Day



When the 1st XI have a HOME fixture, the following sides also play ‘home’ matches.

4th XI/Year 5/7/9/11.

When the 1st XI have an AWAY fixture, the following sides play ‘home’ matches.

2nd XI/3rd XI/Year 6/8/10


I look forward to working with your son over the coming months.


Yours in Cricket,


Ben Schuhmacher
Director of Cricket
Toowoomba Grammar School

24 Margaret Street, Toowoomba
Queensland 4350 Australia

Telephone:    (07) 4687 2595

Email:            [email protected]


Volleyball Supporters Meeting – 28 August, 7pm

The Volleyball Supporters Group (VSG) will be having a meeting in the Sports Centre classroom at 7pm on Wednesday, 28 August. Whilst the committee has future matters to discuss, it will also be a great opportunity for parents to come in and discuss upcoming competitions, QVJSC and AVSC with the Director of Volleyball, Mr Eric Smith. We look forward to your presence.

Swimming: QLD Short Course Championship

The TGS Swim Club competed at the QLD Short Course Championships at Chandler over this past weekend. There were some fantastic swims from all participants but particular mention must go to:

Juert Eerkens (U12)

  • Silver 100m Backstroke with a 1.53 sec PB – 1.05.62
  • Silver 50m Backstroke with a 0.62 PB – 29.65
  • 3rd 50m Butterfly in a 1.20 sec PB – 29.34
  • 5th 50m Freestyle with a 0.05 sec PB – 27.34
  • 6th 100m Individual Medley with a 0.66 sec PB – 1.09.30

William Salmond (U15)

  • Silver 50m Freestyle with a 1.24 sec PB – 23.86
  • Silver 50m Butterfly with a 0.05 PB – 25.28
  • 4th 100m Butterfly with a 0.03 PB – 56.32
  • 4th 50m Backstroke with a 0.33 PB – 26.29

Isaac Cooper (U15)

  • GOLD 50m Backstroke adding only 0.04 sec – 25.64
  • Bronze 50m Butterfly adding only 0.17 sec – 25.67
  • 4th 100m Backstroke with a 0.22 sec PB – 56.68
  • 4th OPEN 50m Backstroke
  • 5th 100m Freestyle with a 1.43 sec PB – 52.67

Other TGS students included Archie Craig, Mitchell Crook, Zac Reid who also swam very well in a very talented field. Both George Tighe and Ryan Lynch withdrew to sickness.

Congratulations to all these swimmers.

Changes to GPS Basketball Buses – B1 & B2 (1st, 2nd, 3rd V, 11A/B/C/D Teams)

Please be advised, the B1 & B2 Basketball Buses departure/return times have been changed. B1 & B2 have been combined (now known as B2) – New Departure = 8.00am New Return = 3.00pm.

These changes affect the 1st V, 2nd V, 3rd V, 11A, 11B, 11C & 11D Basketball Teams.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Orienteering: 50 Yrs of Orienteering, WIN TV – Sunday, 18 August 2019

We are celebrating 50 Yrs of Orienteering in Australia at Harristown State Primary School, South St, this Sunday, 18 August 2019.  There will be a mass start at 11:00am.  Enter online here .  There will be a BBQ afterwards.  Proceeds will be going towards our 11 Qld Schools team members including our own Oliver Schubert.


WIN TV is coming. It would be great to have a big turnout to show how popular the sport is J

The plan is to mass start each class separately, starting at 11am (to give them something to film), then mass start the Qld team members altogether after everyone else.


Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

Spatial Orientation and the Brain: The Effects of Map Reading and Navigation



The human brain is a remarkable organ. It has the ability to reason, create, analyze, and process tons of information each day. The brain also gives humans the ability to move around in an environment using an innate sense of direction. This skill is called spatial orientation, and it is especially useful for finding routes in an unfamiliar place, following directions to another person’s house, or making a midnight raid of the refrigerator in the dark. Spatial orientation is crucial for adapting to new environments and getting from one point to another. Without it, people will walk around in endless circles, never being able find which way they want to go.

The brain has a specialized region just for navigating the spatial environment. This structure is called the hippocampus, also known as the map reader of the brain. The hippocampus helps individuals determine where they are, how they got to that particular place, and how to navigate to the next destination. Reading maps and developing navigational skills can affect the brain in beneficial ways. In fact, using orientation and navigational skills often can actually cause the hippocampus and the brain to grow, forming more neural pathways as the number of mental maps increase.

A study by scientists at University College in London found that grey matter in the brains of taxi drivers grew and adapted to help them store detailed mental maps of the city. The drivers underwent MRI scans, and those scans showed that the taxi drivers have larger hippocampi when compared to other people. In addition, the scientists found that the more time the drivers spent on the job, the more the hippocampus changes structurally to accommodate the large amount of navigational experience. Drivers who spent more than forty years in a taxi had more developed hippocampi than those just starting out. The study shows that experience with the spatial environment and navigation can have a direct influence on the brain itself.

However, the use of modern navigational technology and smartphone apps has the potential to harm the brain depending on how it is used in today’s world. Map reading and orienteering are becoming lost arts in the world of global positioning systems and other geospatial technologies. As a result, more and more people are losing the ability to navigate and find their way in unfamiliar terrain. According to the BBC, police in northern Scotland issued an appeal for hikers to learn orienteering skills rather than relying solely on smartphones for navigation. This came after repeated rescues of lost hikers by police in Grampian, one of which included finding fourteen people using mountain rescue teams and a helicopter. The police stated that the growing use of smartphone apps for navigation can lead to trouble because people become too dependent on technology without understanding the tangible world around them.