Congratulations to 2019 graduate, Tom Morrall, who has been accepted into the prestigious Vancouver Film School. Tom was an avid filmmaker during his time at St Teresa's and is a wonderful example of what you can achieve when you have a real passion for something and are prepared to work hard to chase your dreams.
In partnership with schools, the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) connects the finest young musicians with a team of eminent international and national conductors in a pursuit of musical excellence. Queensland’s finest middle school and secondary school musicians, are nominated by their school to apply to be a part of this outstanding State-wide program which is hosted by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University. Year 12 students Ella Hawkins and Ruby Pate-Macdonald were nominated by St Teresa’s earlier in the year and were both selected by the panel at the Conservatorium to attend this prestigious event which ran in the second week of the recent holidays, on 3 - 6 October.Both girls were outstanding representatives of St Teresa’s and enjoyed a challenging and rewarding experience as members of large choirs (some SATB with over 100 singers) developing their skills in ensemble work, performance, sight reading and connecting with other musicians from across the state.
Congratulations to Year 11 student Jacob Abbott who represented QLS in the National School Futsal Championships in the school holidays. The National School Futsal Championships 2019 saw a total of 750 players across multiple age groups gather at multiple Brisbane venues for the four day tournament, before the final night presentations at a private function at Dreamworld. Jacob and his team got through to the quarter finals and only missed out by 1 goal to go through to the semi finals. Jacob has been selected to play for Australia in the U17's touring Chile in 2020, along with an opportunity to tour in China.
Meanwhile, Jacob's brother, Year 8 student Max Abbott also represented QLD and competed in the National School Futsal Championships in the school holidays. Thirteen teams in 17 age groups, travelled nationwide to the Australian Futsal Association's headquarters in Oxley. Max and his team went undefeated until semi finals, missing a place in the Grand Final by one goal.Max has been invited to represent the Gol Brazil Australian futsal team touring China in 2020. He has also been invited to play in a tour of the UK in 2020. Meanwhile, Jacob's brother, Year 8 student Max Abbott also represented QLD and competed in the National School Futsal Championships in the school holidays. Thirteen teams in 17 age groups, travelled nationwide to the Australian Futsal Association's headquarters in Oxley. Max and his team went undefeated until semi finals, missing a place in the Grand Final by one goal.Max has been invited to represent the Gol Brazil Australian futsal team touring China in 2020. He has also been invited to play in a tour of the UK in 2020.
Congratulations to Year 11 student Ryan Thornton (right) and his brother 2018 graduate Josh Thornton (left) who won a gold medal in the Mixed Team Kata at the WSKF World Karate Championships in Tokyo in August. Ryan also won a silver medal in Kumite (sparring) and a bronze medal in the Individual Kata.
Many of our students undertake work within our local community. It was lovely to receive this message about two of our Year 9 students and what they are doing.
"We have been very fortunate to have your students Lizzie Kelly and Tayte Ellis volunteer to coach our girls’ netball team. Throughout the season, as parents, we have been repeatedly impressed by Lizzie and Tayte’s organization, reliability and coaching skills. Lizzie and Tayte never missed a training session except for when they went on Yr. 9 camp, and even then, they checked in and offered to send through some drills and gave us parents a list of who was to practise their goal shooting. Our coaches arrived early at every game, warmed up the team, positions were previously organized and then they refereed the games.We parents have been in awe of Lizzie and Tayte all season, demonstrating maturity beyond their years. As a bonus, they have been fantastic role models to our girls; we witnessed their patient, kind, organized, calm, positive and encouraging manner every week. Every single Year 4 girl in the team has absolutely loved their netball season and the game of netball – entirely thanks to Tayte and Lizzie.We have all felt incredibly blessed to have had your students volunteer their time to give so much to our girls. They learnt netball skills, but also a lot more."
On the 15th April, Year 11 student, Frankie Morris joined 25 other young Australians aged between 16 and 24, on the quayside of Sydney Naval Port. They went on to spend the next 11 days at sea, along with a Naval crew on board the tall ship, Young Endeavour. During the course of this trip, everyone was required to climb the ship's mast that soars 35 metres high, in daylight and darkness. They learned how to set and furl sails, tacking the boat at all hours of the night, basic sailing skills, navigating and steering the helm. They were required to keep watch throughout the day and night, and the young people even took charge of the ship for 24 hours. On the final night of this adventure, they slept under the stars before waking at 3.30am to attend the ANZAC Dawn Service at Nobby Beach, Newcastle. Frankie has now been asked to be an Ambassador for the Young Endeavour Youth Programme.