Hard works pays off for students
GAYNDAH State School’s awards night was bittersweet as achievements were celebrated and Year 6–7 students and four staff were farewelled.
Callum Evans, 12, achieved a goal by being named co-recipient of the P&C All Rounder Award with Grace Hatton.
“I wanted to get this one,” said Callum, who has planned his high school studies next year.
“I want to succeed in agricultural science in cattle, citrus and farming.”
The all-rounder also took out three sports awards – the Gold Sports Award for his 800m final; the Silver Sports Award for representingWide Bay in swimming and track and field; and 12 years’ age champion.
Kirsty Taylor shared the Year 7 academic award with Sophie Scanlan and took home the language award for studies in German. She was also named 13 years’ age champion in sport.
Kirsty, who was proud her 1.3m high jump broke the Gayndah State School record, said she was looking forward to agriculture and business electives next year.
“I might possibly go into business or become a lawyer because I like debating,” she said.
The Indigenous Positive Choices Award was a surprise for Ethan Dobson.
“I didn’t think I’d get that one,” said Ethan, whose goals for next year include improving his maths and geography.
After celebrating the successes, it was time to farewell Year 3 teacher Kath Grant and Year 5 teacher Zane Tucker, who will transfer to Brisbane.
Teacher Anne Purcell, “the heart and soul of special needs”, will move to Bundaberg Special School, and teacher aide Steve Trott will not return due to lower student numbers in 2015.
The outgoing school captains welcome the new 2015 captains.
Students, from back left, Wade Jensen, Callum Evans, Grace Hatton, Scotia Spry, front, Myles Polzin, Kaleb Wilkinson, Ella Darlington and Lily Tuituri.
LEFT, HIGH ACHIEVERS: Proud 2014 winners, from back left, are Kirsty Taylor, Miriam Shepherd, Lyndon Kenny, Callum Evans, Ella Darlington, Jamie Cooper, front, Kaleb Shepherd, Dayne Dakin-Mimi, Lauren Trott, Chloe George and Georgia Goldie.