Big year for St Joseph’s

Prin­ci­pal over­whelmed by ‘sense of com­mu­nity, love and supp­fort’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

ST JOSEPH’S stu­dents and staff cel­e­brated the end of a suc­cess­ful year at their awards night in Gayn­dah.

Ben Gray said he was over­whelmed in his first year as prin­ci­pal by a “sense of com­mu­nity, love and support (that) is un­like any­thing I have ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore”.

“Even for the staunch­est of city slicker, that is spe­cial,” he said.

Mr Gray paid trib­ute to the school com­mu­nity in his speech.

“I dream of a school that un­der­stands that com­mu­nity isn’t just the stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents, but the wider com­mu­nity as well,” he said.

“I dream of a school which recog­nises and val­ues its re­li­gious her­itage and seeks to be ac­tively a com­mu­nity of learn­ers.

“I dream of a staff that value the need to support the so­cial and aca­demic de­vel­op­ment of ev­ery sin­gle one of their stu­dents above all else.

“I dream of class­rooms, staffrooms and of­fices as be­ing flex­i­ble learn­ing spa­ces of col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“I see stu­dents ap­pre­ci­at­ing that the school val­ues them as an in­di­vid­ual and in turn pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to do the things they love and are tal­ented in.

“Above all else, I see St Joseph’s Pri­mary as a place where we glo­rify God in all that we do.

“I see our school be­ing a place where smil­ing faces " ]^> " _ ` { "P < X > > " ?> > ' } ' } shine brightly and the sounds of laugh­ter fill the grounds and where ev­ery day is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to achieve their full po­ten­tial.”

After the awards, St Joseph’s ju­nior and se­nior dance crews gave their maiden per­for­mances.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

HARD YAKKA PAYS OFF: Ge­or­gia Slack re­ceives the North Bur­nett All Rounder Award shield from prin­ci­pal Ben Gray and Coun­cil­lor Joanne Dowling.

Staff Aca­demic Award win­ners Lauch­lan Kemp and Sophie Young ac­cept their gongs from prin­ci­pal Ben Gray and Bur­nett State Col­lege prin­ci­pal Corey Mun­son.

The Good Sa­mar­i­tan award win­ners show off their well-de­served cer­tifi­cates.

LEFT: Michelle Dougherty presents the Dougherty Arts En­couage­ment awards to, from right, Poppi Cham­bers, Ge­or­gia Cham­bers, El­iz­a­beth Roth, Court­ney Bryant, and Shakia Mur­ton.

Will Roth and Sophie Young ac­cept their bur­saries from Coun­cil­lor Joanne Dowling.

Law­son Kenny and Adam Pearse col­lect their Gayn­dah MS Club awards from as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Michelle McClaf­ferty and MS Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Carmel Hafner.

Sophie Young and Torra MacDon­ald with their mu­sic awards.

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