QSS 13-15 Years Netball State Merit Team - Our Student Official

2021 QSS 13-15 Years Netball State Merit Team – Our Student Official

Not all of Canterbury’s recent netball success is player-based, as we’re also making inroads on the umpiring front.

Back in May, Lilyana Fawkes – daughter of Canterbury Teacher Mrs Suellen Fawkes and Canterbury Alumni Network President Mr Warick Fawkes – was selected as a Student Official for the Queensland School Sport 13-15 Years Netball State Merit Team.

Currently completing Year 10 at Canterbury, Lilyana umpired U19 matches throughout the netball competition, and then had the opportunity to umpire the U15 finals.

This was an impressive achievement, considering the other three umpires selected to oversee the finals, were all older Year 12 students.

Furthermore, she was one of the two Queensland umpires officially chosen after the QSS 13-15 Years State Netball Championships concluded.

In a normal year, being selected would mean the opportunity to travel onto the 13-15 Years National Netball Championships.

But unfortunately, due to ongoing COVID-19 lockdown disruptions, these championships will not be held again this year, following their cancellation back in 2020.

Being chosen however, does enable Lilyana to purchase official QSS apparel, available exclusively to state team members only.

Congratulations Lilyana from Canterbury College!

In the future we might need you to referee a State Of Origin game!

The photos show all the QSS student officials that attended the state championships and the two umpires named in the QLD state merit team including Lilyana Fawkes.

Canterbury Students set to be World Ready

Canterbury Students set to be World Ready

Canterbury's Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CCEL) is set to deliver innovative entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities that will allow students to develop, grow, cope and engage in an ever-changing world of learning from the start of 2021.

The Head of the CCEL, Mr Greg Wacker, said that the "foundations for the CCEL are built on the four 21st Century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking and support three student-centric visions of opportunity, innovation and growth. These are all underpinned by the student's passion as the CCEL nurtures and expands their entrepreneurial mindset as they grow into resilient world ready leaders".

Year 10 Canterbury student, Ashlyn Dinsdale, the owner of startup company Rose + Quill has been successfully selling her handmade, personalised art and calligraphy online for over a year. She is excited about the possibility of accessing coaches and mentors through the CCEL to help grow her business. "I know that the experience of other successful business owners will assist me in making good decisions about the next step for Rose + Quill and there are so many other students who are also looking for this opportunity."

Year 11 student Charlie Johnstone has been involved in many entrepreneurial opportunities since Year 8, most recently competing in Australia's largest open government and open data hackathon GovHack. Using his understanding of language-based code for web orientated algorithms, Charlie successfully developed an app to help tackle the issue of common waste items affecting sea life. The app was called "Bin Bingo" and won his team second place in their chosen category from over 300 teams. "Canterbury has always allowed for students to extend their engagement beyond the curriculum boundaries, providing creative ways for them to truly thrive. CCEL is yet another example of Canterbury's eagerness to help students grow, and develop, and I am very excited to be part of this initiative," Charlie said.

Principal Mr Daniel Walker sees a broader range of leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities as benefitting not only Canterbury College students but strengthening the quality of community partnerships in Logan and beyond. "Schools have a responsibility to do more than create high ATARS; we must bridge the gap between school and the real world."

Throughout the year the CCEL will be proactively establishing a range of innovative events and activities that will engage students with local industry and community organisations to help broaden students' understanding of the world of work and enrich their school learning experiences. This will include providing opportunities to partner with, meet and learn from various industry professionals through a structured internship program, solve real-world problems and engage in diverse learning experiences that reach beyond the traditional approaches to learning in a school context.

Mr Wacker believes that the days of one-off work experience visits are no longer a valued model. "The reality is that young people need to understand the range of new and emerging skills, knowledge, and capabilities valued in the workplace," he said.

The CCEL model is a whole school approach with a range of experiences established for Junior and Secondary School students at Canterbury and around the country.

Canterbury College continues to outperform many of its more expensive Brisbane rivals

Canterbury College continues to outperform many of its more expensive Brisbane rivals

The 2020 Year 12 students of Canterbury College have achieved results which are amongst the best in the College’s 33 year history.

  • 14% of students achieved an ATAR of 95 or above.
  • 26% of students achieved an ATAR of 90 or above.
  • 48% of students achieved an ATAR of 80 or above.

Principal, Mr Dan Walker attributes these outstanding results to the calibre of the working relationship between Year 12 students and their teachers. He reflected that "motivated students who work hard and trust their teachers’ advice alongside experienced, passionate teachers who go the extra mile, sit at the heart of the Canterbury experience."

Whilst the College is pleased with this wonderful array of academic results, we are focussed on allroundedness in our students, with participation and achievement in community service and leadership, the arts and sport our overall objective for every single student.

Most importantly of all, Head of Secondary School, Mrs Rebecca Adamson, is "supremely confident that these results will position our class of 2020 to enter the courses and careers of their choice."

Mr Walker also is pleased that the College’s OP and now ATAR eligibility percentage, which has averaged over 78% for the past decade, means that the ATAR results achieved by the school are a statistically meaningful snapshot of the College’s academic culture and performance. He calls on all schools to be
transparent with their ATAR eligibility percentage, in the interests of fair comparisons being made in public forums.

Canterbury Prep Teacher named NEiTA Exceptional Early Childhood Educator

Canterbury Prep Teacher named NEiTA Exceptional Early Childhood Educator

Canterbury's Junior School teacher Clair Goodall has this week been awarded the Futurity Parents Award for the best early childhood teacher in the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).

In these number one teaching awards for Australia and New Zealand, 23 teachers across both countries were named as "exceptional educators in exceptional times" for their work this year during the COVID-19 lockdown and periods of online learning. Only two Early Childhood educators were recognised in the list.

Clair teaches Prep but is also the Academic Care Coordinator for the Early Learning Centre and Prep.

"Clair is a dedicated and passionate early years teacher who has an incredible knowledge of the way young children learn," says Head of Junior School Bill Garland.

"This is evident from the moment you enter her classroom, where you can see the kind and nurturing relationships she has with her students. I receive many requests each year from parents to be in Clair's class as the learning environment she creates allows all children to flourish."

Clair has led the implementation of a play-based curriculum at Canterbury called iTime (Investigation Time) in Prep and Year 1. The program has had a very positive impact on early years student learning outcomes and literacy development.

During the COVID lockdown period, Clair implemented online teaching that included providing her students with videos to ensure they maintained a connection to her and fellow students.

Year 12 student awarded a prestigious Bond University Scholarship

Year 12 student awarded a prestigious Bond University Scholarship

Year 12 student Grace Hamilton has been awarded a Bond University leadership scholarship to commence tertiary studies in 2021.

Grace has accepted an offer to study Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University next year, in combination with a Language and Culture degree, where she intends to continue her school studies in French and add Spanish as well.

“After visiting the Bond University stand at the tertiary expo last year, and hearing about their international internships, I was very motivated to apply to study there,” Grace says.

“Visiting the campus, taking a tour and then talking with the academic staff was a great experience. The campus and facilities are amazing and I really liked how flexible the study programs are.”

Dean of Studies, Mrs Rebecca Adamson said “Bond University only offers a limited number of scholarships each year to Australia’s best and brightest students, so we are very excited for Grace. She is a worthy recipient, chosen based on a list of merits, including academic ability, leadership skills, extensive community and extra-curricular involvement and her personal character.”

Grace was a Canterbury House Captain and Prefect in 2020, along with excelling in academic, service and co-curricular endeavours across her years of schooling at Canterbury. In particular, in 2020 she was a member of Cantabile, Canterbury’s renowned Choir, played ‘Firsts’ Basketball, Netball (where she was Captain) and Volleyball and was a member of the TAS Athletics Senior Girls Team.

In a statement, Bond University said they received a large number of applications from students across the country and competition for these prestigious awards was exceptionally strong.

Canterbury Netball: a powerhouse of success in 2020

Canterbury Netball: a powerhouse of success in 2020

Our Netball program was again a dominating force in 2020, with our teams and individuals achieving great success in local and state championships.

We also commenced a Netball Academy subject for Year 9 and 10 students. In a great uptake for a beginning subject, the 27 students all received their general community coaching accreditation. Director of Netball, Deanne Hamilton says the students’ results didn’t go unnoticed. “Netball Queensland was very impressed with the high number of students completing their accreditation, particularly when a switch to online learning for part of the course meant it was an interrupted learning year.”  The students also successfully completed their umpiring theory, many now umpiring for their local netball associations. Year 10 student Lilyana Fawkes went on to umpire at the 13-19 years Queensland State Secondary Championships and gain her national umpiring accreditation.

Canterbury’s Vicki Wilson Shield and Cup teams excelled in 2019 and so received automatic entry into the state championships this month. The Shield team comprised of Year 7-9 students once again staked their victorious claim on the top position, winning the gold medal for the second year in a row, convincingly beating Helensvale SHS in the grand final 39-16.

Our Cup team featuring Year 10-12 girls, finished third in a highly competitive pool, qualifying for the finals for the first time. Canterbury’s senior mens’ netball team received a wildcard entry to the competition, a great feat in their first year of competition and for many of the students, the first time they have considered playing netball as a competitive sport. Although not qualifying for the finals, the team showed significant improvement in their games, with a number of players catching the eye of Queensland Suns talent scouts.

Two Canterbury Year 12 students, Grace Hamilton and Lori Barron are contracted to Brisbane East Netball for the 2020 Hart Sapphire Series, with both girls also selected to play for the Tigers team in the 18 Years State Titles. The shooting duo had a strong competition, walking away with a well-deserved silver medal. In the 16 Years age group, the College had strong representation in the Emerging Talent Program across both Brisbane South and Brisbane East regions. Jada Anstee, Madisen-Jade Iva, Ema Wood, Lathia Sheppard, Tahmira Sheppard and Zoe Battaglene Sharp were all successful in their trials and in securing positions in squads.

Aside from association pathways, a number of players represented the College at district level and then for South Coast region at the Queensland Championships. Year 8 student Aaliyah Frescon-Sheppard conquered the centre court and brought home a gold medal in her championship final.

Netball training began at the start of the season in earnest, with Canterbury’s Performance Netball Coach Erin Byrnes working closely with the students. “We are defining their court structures to bring more of a competitive edge to their game, which is a new style and understanding of game play aimed at lifting them to the next level,” she said.

Coach Erin was keen to make her mark across all of the school’s netball teams. “Canterbury plays in The Associated Schools sport, and we are developing the girls as athletes and conducting specialist shooting clinics. Many of these students play representative netball for their eight associations across South East Queensland, coach in the TAS competition and also coordinate the Junior School Net Set Go program at Canterbury,” she explained.

“The last couple of years I have mainly coached adults but working at Canterbury was an opportunity to get back to doing what I love most: developing young talent,” Erin said.

"Canterbury has a great many talented, committed players who are keen to learn, it is exciting to be here and part of it.”



Queensland’s newest learn to swim program

Queensland’s newest learn to swim program

A brand new Swim School will “hatch” in November at Canterbury.

We will shortly open our state of the art aquatic and tennis centre, featuring an exciting “Tiny Taipans” learn to swim school. The facility will offer easy and plentiful parking and very bright and modern facilities, including a 10 lane 50m pool and a learn to swim pool, both heated for year round swimmer comfort.

The Tiny Taipans Swim School will be run by a team of quality instructors, led by one of Australia’s best learn to swim coaches, Mr Daniel Blackborrow.

Daniel comes to Canterbury with a wealth of swim experience, in large learn to swim schools in Brisbane and Melbourne and in overseeing not only state and nationally ranked swimmers but also beginner and development squads. He has developed elite swimming programs for local, state and national squads, gaining medal success at national and international level. Daniel is himself an accomplished athlete, still holding top-10 rank Junior times in his favourite stroke, backstroke.

The Tiny Taipans learn to swim programs will include classes for babies, preschool and school aged children. We will also have the Taipans Club swimming, for stroke development, squad and high-performance swimming.

Soon after the commencement of learn to swim, there will be community swimming and fitness classes also offered, so that all members of any age from the wider community can enjoy this great facility.

Alongside swimming, the centre also has eight tennis courts, for tennis lessons and club tennis, run by another very experienced sports professional who is well known around Brisbane, Mr James Rapkins.

“This is a much-anticipated exciting addition to our already impressive Sports Precinct facilities.” Principal Mr Daniel Walker said. “We look forward to welcoming Canterbury families but also the greater Logan community to join our club, take swimming and tennis lessons, or just use the pool and courts for social swim or game.”

Athletics Success

Athletics Success

Both our Junior TAS and TAS teams had outstanding success at their recent Athletics Championships.

Our Junior TAS Track and Field Team competed in the Junior TAS Track and Field Championships, and were named overall winners of the competition.

Our Secondary School athletes had an equally great day at the TAS Athletics Championships, winning the Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Girls divisions.

Due to the change in format for COVID precautions, no official Champion School was awarded in this competition; however, across all age groups, Canterbury comfortably accumulated the most points of any school.

Congratulations to all students and coaches, and go Canterbury!

Canterbury announces two staff shortlisted for TeachX Awards

Canterbury announces two staff shortlisted for TeachX Awards

We congratulate Clair Goodall and Laurie Maetam for being shortlisted for the Queensland College of Teachers #TeachX Awards.
Clair, who teaches Prep and is the Kindy and Prep Academic Care Coordinator, was nominated for the Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award for driving the implementation of key new curriculum programs and improvements across Kindy, Prep and Year 1.
Laurie, who is the Head of Faculty for Science and Engineering, was nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award for his longstanding, highly regarded commitment to Canterbury students, both inside and outside of the classroom, for nearly 30 years.
Winners will be announced at the end of October as part of World Teacher's Day celebrations.

Student Connections at Canterbury

Student Connections at Canterbury

This year at Canterbury we have been looking at how students feel connected to both the immediate Canterbury community and the wider community in which they live.  The involvement of students in discussions about local and international social justice issues such as mental health, wellbeing, tolerance, and environmental problems, has led to student initiatives that begin to address some of these issues.

During Covid-19 these ideas revolved around specific challenges or activities individuals, families and friends could get involved in, while being isolated at home. The ideas encouraged peer support, embraced inclusivity, and showed, if given the chance, students the ability to connect with each other in ways that strengthen emotional and relational ties.

With the resumption of on campus schooling, many students brought back ideas of how they would like to see the Canterbury community develop. From small student led discussions grew projects designed to highlight diversity, reach out to those less fortunate, create spaces for inclusivity and address local community problems. For example, some students felt that there was a need for more understanding within the school community of racial differences. To begin to address this, a multicultural festival was initiated, to help highlight the diversity of the school community. What began as a small idea ended in a celebration involving a large portion of the Secondary School student body. More importantly, while giving many students a sense of pride in their own culture, it brought the student body together in support of one another’s cultures and gave them a greater sense of belonging within the school community.

“While this, along with other student programs, may seem just small beginnings, their success has greater implications for the ongoing development of our school community and the student’s social connectedness,” Director of Student Development, Mr Chris Nield said.

“Their success has given them a sense of community ownership, where they can be heard, their ideas are valued and their contributions help the shaping of their community.”