St Joseph's School
Annual awards night
WELCOME to our awards night, the night on which we celebrate the excellence of our students on this, the 142nd year of St Joseph’s School.
I would like to extend a special welcome to Mr Lawrence Springborg, the Member for Southern Downs.
I would like to thank Mr Springborg for his support for St Joseph’s over a number of years, including the sponsorship and presentation of some of the awards tonight. I would also like to thank and congratulate Mr
Springborg, on behalf of our school community, for his principled and dedicated service to Stanthorpe, the Granite Belt and Queensland over many years.
I also extend a special welcome to Dr Pat Coughlan, executive director of Toowoomba Catholic Schools, Mr Jim Midgley, TCS director of teaching and learning, and Mr John Coman, TCS senior education leader, who have given me their trust and confidence to lead this wonderful school, and who clearly place great value on this school by their attendance tonight.
Welcome and thank you Fr Brian Connolly. You have been a great source of support for the school, and to my family and I since we arrived in Stanthorpe.
Thanks to the Mayor, board, P&F, parish and other distinguished members of the community who clearly support and value the successes of our students and the great work that goes on at St Joseph’s.
I would also like to thank the staff and students for organising and running the event tonight. In particular, thanks must go to Mrs Linda Perrett and Mrs Angelina Sims for their efforts.
When you look at the lives of our students in their time at St Joseph’s School it is really a journey – what I like to call the Joey’s Journey.
It starts in Prep and goes through to Year 12. Some join later somewhere along that continuum. Some finish before they reach Year 12. But for all it is a special journey.
So, what does, or should, that journey entail?
For me this links closely to my vision for St Joseph’s School.
And for my vision I draw on the words of Catherine McAuley and the inspirational orator, Martin Luther King.
Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Mercy Sisters, who in turn founded this school 142 years ago, once said:
“The simplest and most practical lesson I know is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.”
I have a dream that all students at St Joseph’s School have the opportunity to achieve excellence and know Jesus.
I dream that St Joseph’s School provides all students with the teaching, environment, culture and resources to enable them to excel academically, spiritually, physically, culturally, emotionally and socially.
I dream that all students are accepted and valued.
I dream of all students leading, teaching and supporting other students… in an environment full of expert teachers who develop nurturing relationships with our students, who are striving to be better tomorrow and who consistently display student centred leadership.
I dream that all members of St Joseph’s School walk with Jesus and live out our mercy values.
I know that St Joseph’s School is good today, but dream for a better tomorrow.
In short, my vision is that this school provides the opportunity for all students to excel.
And what makes this school stand out from other schools is that we have a clear sense of what our values are.
They are the gospel values, the values that many years ago Jesus preached to the world.
It is those values which define who we are as individuals and as people.
So, at St Joseph’s School I believe we need to ensure that our students have every opportunity to excel in all aspects of their school lives, that is, to do the best they can, and to walk out of this school as exemplary members of our society, who live their lives based on strong values, who can go out in our society and become the type of leaders, workers and parents we need today.
Tonight, we celebrate the excellence of our students.
Thank you all for being here to share their Joey’s Journey of excellence and congratulate them and the school for a great year.
Year 11 Awards-Distinction recipients are Ann-Mary Vincent, Anika Spiller, Kate Saxby, Alexandra McLellan and Joshua Mahoney. Year 10 Excellence Award winner Hannah Debnam with Year 10 Distinction Award recipients Lara-Jane Biggin and Weylin Alldridge. McAuley Award winners Eden Shatte, McKayla De Mamiel, Aryanna Davie, Sienna Dunn, Darius Jansink, Ella Green, Charlie Chen, Halley Duff and Rhianna Richards. Megan Berlese is presented with the Betty Yap Excellence Award. Dux BJ Perrett with alumni Judy Lee. Donna Shannon Leadership Award recipients Christopher Gasparin, Grace Caruso and Eliza Telfer.