We congratulate our Robotics team who very successfully competed in the regional First Lego League Competition held in Morayfield over the weekend. The team won the Robot Design, Robot Performance and overall Engineering Excellence sections of the competition earning selection to represent Queensland in the National finals later this month. We congratulate our Year 8 and 9 team and wish them all the best for the upcoming national finals. We thank Mrs Janine Stone and Mrs Nicole Schirripa for their very capable leadership of our Robotics teams and digital technology within the College.
Many parents joined us for the Year 5 and 6 Ensembles Concert which celebrated the growth of musicianship of our students within the classroom strings, concert band and vocal classroom programs. Our students are very privileged to have this opportunity to learn an instrument from very capable teachers and tutors. We congratulate the students on their growth and performances. We thank our parents for your support of our music program and our Head of Instrumental Music, Mrs Helen Williams, Ms Kryst-elle Hill, Mr Paul Cusick and very capable music tutors for their nurturing of musicianship in our students.
As a further highlight, the College’s Choral program received a boost through sessions provided by highly regarded vocal coaches Sharon Brooks and Darren Percival. Sharon has international experience including performing in the ‘Elvis” movie and Darren is a very successful vocalist who was a runner-up in The Voice in 2012. We look forward to the continued strengthening of our Choral group.
Parents also joined with staff and students to cheer on our SCISSA Rugby 7s teams as they competed in their semi-finals. It was great to see our U13 Girls, and Under 13 Boys and Girls Teams compete in the Division 1 semi-finals. While each team was disappointed to lose the first semi final, they all went on to play very well to win the bronze medal match. We congratulate all of our students who competed in the Rugby 7s competition. We thank our parents, staff and students for their support and thank coaches Mr Josh Cummins, Mr Josh Danzey, Mrs Kristie Brock, Ms Tiffany Harman, Mrs Leah Croke, Mr Brendan Macaulay, Georgie Snelling, Rob Belchamber, and Danica Cockburn for supporting the growth of our rugby players.
We wish our Intermediate B Boys and Junior B Girls Basketball teams all the best for their grand finals this week. We congratulate our Water Polo teams on their performances and wish the Intermediate Girls all the best for their Bronze medal match and the Junior Boys for their grand final match next Monday. Our kayakers are also competing in the School State Sprint Championships this Friday and we wish them all the best as they complete their final competition for the year.
This week we join with the Sunshine Coast Grammar and broader Queensland educational community to remember and celebrate the significant contribution of past Principal Mrs Maria Woods. Throughout her time, Mrs Woods has made a difference to the lives of many people as an educator, leader and friend. We extend our sympathy to her family, friends and communities to which she has served so well including Sunshine Coast Grammar. We pray that God would comfort and support all those who miss her vibrant and warm presence.
We farewell Middle and Senior College Christian Studies, Japanese and Humanities teacher Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach. We appreciate that Mrs Schlotterbach will be completing the assessment and reporting for her classes which will be taken by Mrs Kana Chan. We thank Mrs Schlotterbach for the high quality of learning and care she has provided and her generosity in supporting a variety of activities within the College including our Youth Group. We wish Mrs Schlotterbach all the best as she takes on a role of Senior Consultant, Strategy and Investment within the private sector.
We look forward to celebrating our Sports Awards and Year 12 graduation events at the end of next week and wish those Year 12s who still have exams all the best.
We thank God for the peace and many opportunities we experience in Australia and pray that He would equip us to live well as one nation and one community. We pray for those around the world who are suffering through the impact of war and conflict and that God would bring peace to their communities.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal