Petero at school chaplain breakfast
Civoniceva in special appearance
THE school chaplain plays a significant role in supporting young students in Queensland schools.
Last Monday Childers State School hosted a breakfast fundraiser to support Shane Turner.
Mr Turner’s moment in the spotlight was overshadowed by the guest speaker, rugby league legend Petero Civoniceva.
Mr Turner works at the school three days a week, assisting students, staff and parents.
Vice principal Paul Russo said Mr Turner’s role included delivering programs to develop self-esteem and build resilience and team work.
“Over 130 people attended the chaplaincy breakfast and were entertained by the reflections of the guest speaker, Petero Civoniceva,” Mr Russo said.
Civoniceva played a total of 309 NRL first grade games, 33 State of Origin games and 45 Test matches.
He played his club football for the Brisbane Broncos, with whom he won the 1998, 2000 and 2006 NRL premierships.
Late in his career, while playing for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Intrust Super Cup, he captained the Fijian national team in their 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign.
A medal was established in his honour, the Petero Civoniceva Medal, and is awarded to the Australian Fijian rugby league player of the year.
Civoniceva also won the Favourite Son Award in 2011, which recognises players who embody the values and qualities of a role model for families and junior players.
To date he is the oldest player to represent Queensland and he also went on to captain Fiji in six games.
Civoniceva finished his playing career where it began, with the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Intrust Super Cup.
Since retiring from rugby league in 2014, he has taken on a number of roles.
These include working with the NRL as a community engagement officer, running a sportswear business – Pacific Custom Sportswear, and a liaison role with the Queenslamd FOGs program.
Following the breakfast he addressed an assembly of all students at Childers State School.
He spoke with the students about the need to value a good education, the power of learning and particularly the virtue of being an avid reader.
His words were inspirational and well received by students and staff.
“We want to thank all who attended the chaplaincy breakfast. This will ensure Mr Turner’s great work continues,” Mr Russo said.
TEAM PLAYERS: Childers State School’s senior rugby league team with coach Paul Russo and Petero Civoniceva.