Petero at school chap­lain break­fast

Civon­iceva in spe­cial ap­pear­ance

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT180716PETRO03

TEAM PLAY­ERS: Childers State School’s se­nior rugby league team with coach Paul Russo and Petero Civon­iceva.

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