Kenmore State High School awards night
I was delighted last night to attend Kenmore State High School’s (SHS) Awards Night for 2014 for the tenth time as local MP.
Our local community should be extremely proud of Kenmore SHS’s exceptional standards of education, evidenced by the large number of students who were recognised for their fantastic outcomes over the past school year.
I was particularly pleased to be able to present Keagan Godfrey as the 2014 School Dux.
Ground-breaking music and German immersion programs place Kenmore SHS amongst Queensland’s—if not Australia's—leading schools.
The school also continues to challenge and develop its students in extra-curricular activities and this year, for the first time, one of Kenmore’s Year 9 debating teams won the Queensland Debating Union’s schools competition, becoming just the second public school team to ever do so.
Students’ academic talents were not the only abilities on show, with many also acknowledged for their strong leadership, their cohesive teamwork, and their ongoing commitment to the environment and community.
In particular, four students were presented with the Kenmore-Moggill RSL Anzac Prize for their thorough and empathic approach to sharing the stories of local World War I diggers—a wonderful project being undertaken in partnership with the Kenmore-Moggill RSL sub-branch, which I have written about previously.
Kenmore SHS students should be proud of their many and varied talents and I congratulate all of last night’s award recipients on their outstanding achievements.
New facilities for Brookfield Horse and Pony Club riders
I was very pleased to attend the official opening of Brookfield Horse and Pony Club’s Cemetery Paddock Cross-Country Training Course and new Long Yard Arena on Saturday.
Funded by the Brisbane City Council’s Community Sports Clubs Grant Program, these facilities will be of great value not only to Brookfield Horse and Pony Club riders, but also to our wider local equestrian community.
The updated Long Yard arena, in particular, provides a terrific improvement to the equestrian facilities within the Brookfield Showgrounds. One of our very talented local riders, Rose Gunn, immediately put the arena to good use with an impressive dressage demonstration on the afternoon.
The cross-country course meanwhile provides the opportunity for novice riders to be introduced to cross-country jumping, whilst also offering a challenge for more capable riders.
Brookfield’s rural heritage and character plays a major role in residents’ choice to live here, not least because it provides families with the space to keep horses and ponies and the opportunity to pursue horse-riding as a recreational pastime or sport.
I am delighted to see local groups like the Brookfield Horse and Pony Club proactively working to extend and improve the equestrian facilities within our community.
Congratulations to the Club on the completion of these facilities and, in particular, to the dedicated volunteers whose hard work saw the plans through to fruition, and thank you to President Ros Macdonald, Treasurer Veronica Pichlmann and the other organisers for putting on a wonderful opening celebration.
Koala Count-a-Thon Survey
The Redlands’ annual Koala Count-a-Thon Survey will this year also be accepting koala sightings from the Moggill area, thanks to a collaboration with our local community group REPA.
The survey takes place over the weekend of 25th and 26th October and Koala Action Group staff will be recording any reported sightings from our area over the past 12 months.
If you see or have seen a koala in one of our local suburbs (from Chapel Hill through to Karana Downs), you can report the sighting on the Count-a-Thon weekend by:
- Calling 3820 1103 (between 8am-5pm);
- Posting it to Facebook;
- Entering it online at www.koalagroup.asn.au/report-a-koala-sighting
This is a wonderful opportunity to help inform our awareness of the koala population in Moggill and I strongly encourage people to take the occasion to share your recent sightings.
For further information on the Count-a-Thon and how to spot a koala, click here.