Club marks four decades

The Morning Bulletin - - GETTING OUT -

ST UR­SULA’S Col­lege In­ter­act Club cel­e­brated 40 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity in 2018, and is recog­nised as one of the long­est run­ning In­ter­act club in Queens­land.

The In­ter­act Club which is a ju­nior en­tity of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional, works closely with teacher fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ari­anna Greinke, who has the sup­port of Yep­poon Ro­tary Club and its youth di­rec­tor Jes­sica Price.

“The first teacher fa­cil­i­ta­tor in 1978 Sr Ber­nadette Flem­ing and she set the role for guid­ance, en­cour­age­ment, and sup­port,” Mrs Greinke said.

“In­ter­act en­ables stu­dents to demon­strate the col­lege val­ues of com­pas­sion, re­spect, hos­pi­tal­ity, and faith, through their day-to-day in­ter­ac­tions with oth­ers, and their fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, too.

“In­ter­act gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to help those less for­tu­nate; they learn to con­nect, com­mu­ni­cate, en­gage and de­velop crit­i­cal think­ing, lead­er­ship skills, and per­sonal in­tegrity, in a sup­port­ive and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

St Ur­sula’s Col­lege In­ter­act Club sup­ports a com­bi­na­tion of in­ter­na­tional, state, and lo­cal projects each year.

Many ac­tiv­i­ties are or­gan­ised by the club each school term to meet fund­ing goals and the club ap­pre­ci­ates the on­go­ing sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

For sev­eral years now, the club’s in­ter­na­tional aim is the spon­sor­ship of five-year-old child James Thul­luh and fam­ily, who live in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Ian Weigh Toy­ota Yep­poon man­ager Brett Terry pro­vided the Yep­poon fa­cil­ity to host car washes once a term to help the Club raise funds for James.

Stu­dents are elected into the roles of pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary and trea­surer each year, and Year 11 stu­dents Yas­min Craggs (pres­i­dent); Bella Wein­ert (sec­re­tary); Amy Mar­shall (trea­surer); and Michaella Arm­strong (pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer and sergeant at arms) served as the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for 2018.

Pres­i­dent Yas­min Craggs said in­volve­ment in the cClub cre­ated a broader un­der­stand­ing of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, and had em­pow­ered her to reach out to those in need.

“In­ter­act gives us the plat­form to en­able us to make a dif­fer­ence,” Yas­min said.

Sec­re­tary Bella Wein­ert said she had im­proved her un­der­stand­ing of self and oth­ers, thanks to her in­volve­ment in the club.

“In­ter­act events are op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet new peo­ple, in­ter­act with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, and de­velop skills such as pos­i­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, at­ti­tude, and work ethic,” Bella said.

In 2018, an ad­di­tional In­ter­na­tional project was to sup­port the Girl Up Foun­da­tion, as it part­nered with the United Na­tions and other aid agen­cies to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion for girls in Uganda, Gu­atemala, Liberia, Ethiopia, Malawi, and In­dia.

St Ur­sula’s In­ter­act Club, in con­junc­tion with the Col­lege’s Par­ents and Friends As­so­ci­a­tion, hosted a Girl Up High Tea on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, with the aim to raise enough to fund ed­u­ca­tion for 40 girls, one for each of their 40 years in oper­a­tion as a club.

The event was well at­tended, and funds raised will sup­port 100 girls through the Girl Up Foun­da­tion.

Bella thanked those who sup­ported the event through do­na­tions, which in­cluded a $400 cheque from Yep­poon’s Ro­tar­i­annes.

“Through my role as sec­re­tary, I have im­proved my abil­ity to lis­ten to all ideas and ac­knowl­edge that ev­ery per­son has a unique per­spec­tive; there is more than one way to ap­proach a sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

“The club has in­stilled the mes­sage of ‘ser­vice above self’ in me, and given me the op­por­tu­nity to help oth­ers.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

UR­SULA’S IN­TER­ACT: 2018 In­ter­act Ex­ec­u­tive at their Novem­ber In­ter­act Meet­ing from left to right - Amy Mar­shall (trea­surer), Michaella Arm­strong (sergeant at arms and pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer), Yas­min Craggs (pres­i­dent) and Bella Wein­ert (sec­re­tary), with teacher and fa­cil­i­ta­tor Mrs Ari­anna Greinke.

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