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Staines’s wild end of semester

Daniel Bouwmeester    August 1, 2023    2 min read   

Term 2 ended with a lot of excitement for Staines Memorial College students with a day of jungle mayhem followed by a visit from some brave local heroes.

Under 8s Day

On Friday, June 16, students and teachers alike took part in the school’s annual Under 8s Day.

This year, the day was jungle-themed, and began with a ‘Jungle Parade’, communications officer Jeremy Williams said.

“Class by class, the students marched around fellow students and parents, before moving to the front to give one almighty roar, squeak, or grunt,” Mr Williams explained.

Students then moved to the oval where a range of activities awaited them, including dancing, obstacle courses, tunnels, craft, and much more.

“It started off being a cold morning, but the constant physical activity and beautiful hot sun kept everyone warm.”

Images: Staines Memorial College.

Hot topics

On Monday, June 19, students in Year 1 were thrilled when a team of firefighters from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service visited their class.

They demonstrated crucial fire safety skills, including the important “stop, drop, and roll!” manoeuvre and how to “get down low, and go, go, go!” to escape billowing smoke.

They also gave the kids the opportunity to use a real fire hose and see the Jaws of Life – a powerful hydraulic cutting tool – in action, cutting through a water bottle.

It was an unforgettable day filled with valuable lessons and hands-on experiences, Mr Williams said.

“We’re incredibly grateful to these brave firefighters for taking the time to educate and inspire our children about fire safety.

“Thank you, firefighters, for your dedication to keeping our community safe!”

Earlier this year, Staines raised over $5,000 at its Slime Spectacular, with the goal of upgrading their sports equipment.

Staines Memorial College is a non-denominational Christian College located in the south of Redbank Plains, Ipswich and offers a Christian school culture and educational experience for students from kindergarten through to Year 12.

For all enquiries, visit the website at staines.qld.edu.au or call 3814 8600.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.