St Joseph's School

An­nual awards night

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS - — An­drew Ken­dall, St Joe­sph’s School prin­ci­pal


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.

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