Education

St Augustine’s College athletes shine on the international stage

Guy Hazlewood May 31, 2024 3 min read

St Augustine’s College is beaming with pride as three standout athletes have recently achieved remarkable feats on the international sports stage. Isabela Hoyos Yanez has been selected as part of the Junior Matildas, representing Australia in the Asian Football Confederation U17 Women’s Asian Cup First Round competition last month. The Junior Matildas secured a commendable…

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Greater Springfield schools embrace pilot program to alleviate teacher workloads

Guy Hazlewood May 13, 2024 2 min read

In a bid to ease the burden on educators and prioritise classroom teaching, two schools in Greater Springfield have eagerly embraced a pioneering pilot initiative launched by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments. The $1.88 million program aims to alleviate the administrative workload faced by teachers. With the employment of 11 specialist staff across 33 schools…

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Students start at Mater Health Hub

Guy Hazlewood and Daniel Bouwmeester March 3, 2024 3 min read

Two local high schools are now offering students a health career pathway by gaining nationally-recognised qualifications at the new Mater Health Hub, Springfield. Mater Education’s Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program will support the region’s growing demand for healthcare professionals. This will be especially true when Mater Hospital Springfield Stage 2 – the…

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Easter and the chocolate hunt – how to find the happy balance

Easter and the chocolate hunt – how to find the happy balance

Guy Hazlewood February 22, 2024 5 min read

This year, Easter falls at the end of March, so it is right around the corner. For many people, Easter means an extra-long weekend, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying tasty foods. For most of us, this includes lots of chocolate for adults and children alike. There are scientific reasons why chocolate tastes…

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Celebrating the appointment of school leaders

Guy Hazlewood February 21, 2024 1 min read

The Hymba Yumba Independent School in Springfield held their annual school leaders badge ceremony last month.   Hymba Yumba is an innovative First Nations school of excellence in Springfield providing the children – known as “jarjum” – the traditions of Australian Indigenous culture in an educational setting.   The ceremony, which took place on February…

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St Augustine’s student continues youth advocacy

Guy Hazlewood February 21, 2024 2 min read

Now in his final year of high school, St Augustine’s College student Louie Galman has a determined mindset and ambitious goals. Louie won the Young Citizen of the Year award at the 2024 Ipswich Australia Day Awards in January. His continuous involvement in various organisations and initiatives such as the Ipswich Youth Advisory Council and…

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St Augustine's College senior student Louie Galman won Young Citizen of the Year at the 2024 Ipswich Australia Day Awards last week.

St Augustine’s student wins Young Citizen of the Year award

Daniel Bouwmeester January 29, 2024 5 min read

Louie Galman, a Year 12 student at St Augustine’s College, won the prestigious Young Citizen of the Year award at the 2024 Ipswich Australia Day Awards last week. Louie, 17, was recognised for his many achievements last year, particularly his participation in the 2023 Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC) and role as Youth Member for…

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The Greater Springfield Rotary stepped up to assist families grappling with escalating costs of education at a recent back-to-school event.

Rotary helps ease back-to-school burden

Daniel Bouwmeester January 26, 2024 2 min read

In a display of community spirit, the Rotary Club is stepping up to assist local families grappling with escalating costs of education. The Greater Springfield Rotary Club teamed up to assist Westside Community Care with its “Back to School Pop-up Shop”, hosted on January 19 at the Camira Springfield Community Centre. The Pop-up Shop offered…

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Ipswich City Council is bringing a four-week aquatic access and skills program to Orion Lagoon for people living with a disability.

Rising ‘STAARS’ at Orion Lagoon

Daniel Bouwmeester January 22, 2024 2 min read

Ipswich City Council is bringing a four-week aquatic access and skills program to Orion Lagoon, beginning February 5, for people living with a disability. The Water STAARS (Support to Access Aquatic Recreational Spaces) Program is a partnership between the Royal Life Saving Society Queensland (RLSSQ) and the Council’s SEAL Pool Safety Program. Qualified Royal Life…

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The University of Southern Queensland has teamed up with St Andrew's Toowoomba Hospital to install an exhibition in its oncology ward.

Art aids wellbeing for hospital patients and staff

Daniel Bouwmeester January 19, 2024 4 min read

The University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) has teamed up with St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital to install an exhibition in its oncology ward to help address health and wellbeing for both patients and staff. The exhibition, titled Undercurrent: Arts and Wellbeing, is not just for hospital patients – it’s also for healthcare workers and staff who might…

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