Our Achievements & Success Stories

The College SRC had a very successful year, raising $1500 to support the Animal Welfare League, through a five-year kennel sponsorship. The Years 9 and 12 SRC Representatives recently travelled to the AWL Rehoming Centre at Coombabah to see the fantastic work of the AWL in action. It can cost around $800 to rescue an animal and rehome it, showing just how important and life-changing for the animals donations can be. The Coomera Anglican College legacy continues to shine at the AWL, as a plaque has been displayed in recognition of the SRC's fundraising efforts, making a huge difference in the lives of the animals.

Monday, 11 September 2017 23:13

NETBALL - STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Coomera Anglican College and Golden South Jaguars Netball are pleased to announce our strategic partnership which will see the Golden South Jaguars based at Coomera Anglican College for the 2018 season and hopefully beyond.

The agreement will see the Golden South Jaguars training at the College and providing opportunities for our College netball players and coaches. There are already strong ties between us, and we believe that this arrangement is very beneficial to both parties and will go a long way in developing netball at the College and on the Gold Coast. This is very exciting!

The College will become the major sponsor of the Junior Jaguars team, and will also become a minor sponsor of all other teams as part of the agreement. The expanded training and coaching opportunities that will open up to our Netball Academy, will further enhance our Academy programmes.

The partnership with Golden South Jaguars, adds to the high quality stable of partners the College has with Gold Coast Football Academy and Helensvale Swimming Club.

Go CACAburras!!! Go Jaguars!!!

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 22:38

Student Achievement - Hayden Jones

Congratulations to Hayden Jones (Yr. 5) who recently competed for South Coast Schools in the Queensland State U/12 Schools’ Tennis Championship in Toowoomba. Hayden’s team was successful in winning the championships and placing 2nd in the doubles. Hayden was ranked 3rd overall at the championships and as a result, has been selected in the Queensland U/12 Schools team which will compete in the National championships in Shepparton in October. Well done Hayden!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 02:21

Congratulations - Anastasia Neumann

Congratulations to Year 8 student, Anastasia Neumann, who competed last weekend in the Down Under Athletics Championships held at Griffith University along side athletes from the USA, NZ, and Australia. Ana, who is only 13 years old, competed in the 15 years age group 100mt and came 6th! She also received a gold medal in the under 15's 100m relay.

An oustanding opportunity for her and quite a wonderful result.

Well done Ana!

Sunday, 19 February 2017 03:48

Academic Success Recognition

Kate Murray 2016 Dux, wins a QCAA Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement. Top 25 in the State. Kate was presented with her award by the Minister for Education, Kate Jones and QCAA Chair Brian Short at the State Library on Saturday 18 February 2017. Great recongiton for hard work and effort.  Well done Kate.

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We are delighted to share the inspiring story of 2012 graduate Tosca Goldberg.

Some students will always face more obstacles than others during their school years, and Tosca was one such student.  “I have many great memories from Coomera Anglican College and I’m sure at times I drove many of my teachers crazy!”  However Tosca’s potential to succeed was always clear to those teachers and to Dr Sly.  With their encouragement and faith, together with Tosca’s own self-determination, she has certainly achieved great success.

In 2013 Tosca commenced at QUT studying a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil and Construction.  In 2015, she was offered a wonderful opportunity to study abroad on a part scholarship in California.  Throughout her degree, she has worked as a Contracts Administrator, undergraduate Civil Engineer, and alongside property developers.  In December 2016, Tosca proudly graduated and found herself thanking those people who had helped her along the way, “I realised I owed Dr Sly a massive thank you; if he hadn’t seen the potential in me I can’t imagine where I’d be today.”

Tosca’s future goal is to undertake her Masters in Engineering with a focus on Project Management.  She has recently arrived home after a trip to India and, looking ahead, hopes to spend time in the UK furthering her career and taking time to travel.

“I often hear people around me complaining about their day to day life and wishing away the week just for the weekend. I honestly cannot relate, I'm so happy where I have ended up and truly enjoy what I do. That being said, my favourite quote, as cliche as it is, would have to be':

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Albert Schweitzer

We look forward to following Tosca’s bright future and continued success in the years ahead.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 04:03

Alec Pokerier - Making His Mark

With determination and dedication beyond his years, 2013 College Captain Alec Pokerier is making his mark on the world.  After graduating from the College, Alec was awarded a 25th Anniversary Academic Scholarship at Bond University and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance with a minor in International Business. He is also a Student Mentor at Bond assisting the English Language Institute with a United Arab Emirates student delegation.

Over the last 2 years, Alec’s incredibly busy schedule has also included his current role as a volunteer facilitator with UN Youth Australia; a recent 7-month stint as the Administration Director of UN Youth Australia and subsequent UN Youth Queensland Treasurer; two years as Student Staff Member for the National Youth Science Forum; Coomera representative for the 2014 sitting of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament; and selection as one of 7 young Australian representatives at the 2014 World Science Conference in Israel. 

In addition, Alec finds time for his job in Corporate Events at Jupiters Hotel and Casino.

“My grandfather is my one true role model,” said Alec “throughout my childhood he provided guidance and wisdom, and taught me to be a dedicated hardworking individual with the ability to achieve new heights.”

We are all very proud of your achievements to date Alec, and look forward to hearing of your future success!

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Past student and College Captain 2011 Jessica Jolley, is currently volunteering on the other side of the globe. Her story is an inspiring one, and we are humbled by her passion. We asked Jess for her current story and here it is:

I'm currently volunteering with a Greek NGO called Earth Refugee, and I have been in Sounio, 2 hours from Athens, for 5 weeks now. Sounio is an old summer camp owned by the Greek Ministry of Agriculture and is the only centre in Greece that satisfies basic humanitarian standards. Sounio is not an emergency situation- but instead we are working towards creating a safe, secure and prosperous environment in the camp, whilst the residents await their registration interview for asylum in Greece and eventual relocation to another European Union country. There is no 'typical' day at camp, but I'll try to explain what we may do. For the first four weeks I was volunteering at Suonio, we had school run by volunteers for 3 hours every morning. I taught the English class for students 8 years and older for an hour and a half and we also had sports and arts and crafts lesson. As of last week, the children have been enrolled and are attending Greek school in the nearest town Lavrio every afternoon for four hours so our schedules have changed a little bit- but now we provide entertainment and basic English lessons to 4 and 5 year olds who are too young to attend school. Our afternoons were filled with other tasks and social events, that would sometimes include cleaning communal spaces with the community, painting buildings in preparation for a women's space, distributing hygiene products, taking the children for swimming lessons at the local beach or helping to waterproof the cabins for families (because winter is coming). As volunteers we also provide children's cinema nights twice a week, women's exercise classes in a safe space so the women feel comfortable enough to remove their hijabs and most importantly the weekly chai party where we are invited to socialise and dance dabke with the residents.

I have had such an incredible time here and considering I had only planned to stay for two weeks- my love for this place and these people has made me extend time and time again.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" - Mahatma Gandhi

Jessica Jolley

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Josh MacTaggart always dreamt of a career in the skies.  Since graduating from the College in 2007, he has achieved his dream with flying colours.  After completing a Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University, he applied for a cadetship though Cathay Pacific Airways and was accepted in 2011.  He completed the cadet course over a period of 15 months  in Adelaide, and then moved to Hong Kong in 2013 where has lived for the last two years.  Josh is now a Second Officer on the Airbus 330/340 currently flying to Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.  

“I love living abroad and travelling the globe,” said Josh recently, “to be able to go to work and truly enjoy what you’re doing is a blessing”.

Dr Sly caught up with Josh while visiting Hong Kong earlier this year, and like all of us is extremely proud of Josh’s achievements.

After arriving at Coomera Anglican in 2006, Veronica Rakich always knew she wanted to become a High School teacher and after graduating in 2011, she commenced her Undergraduate studies – Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Languages & Linguistics (Mandarin Chinese) at Griffith University Gold Coast. In 2015 she completed her postgraduate studies – Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education in Humanities (History & Geography) and LOTE (Mandarin Chinese) at Griffith’s Mt Gravatt campus. Veronica is now in her second term teaching at St George State High School, where she teaches Humanities & Social Sciences, Career & Work Education, Certificate II in Active Volunteering, and TIC for Industrial Technology and Design. “My decision to teach in a rural location was something I always wanted to do, to gain independence and really integrate myself into my career as a first-year teacher”. The township of St George is situated on the Balonne River, just over 500km west of the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Although a small town, it has provided Veronica with many amazing opportunities including coordinating the school’s Kokoda Team where in March she attempted the 30km Kokoda Challenge on the Toowoomba Range with 20 students and 4 staff. “I am very lucky to be part of such a wonderful school community with such incredible staff and bright, talented students”. Veronica has also been busily involved in the school’s various camps, excursions, music performances, PD’s and conferences. “Much of my teaching and pedagogy is based on the values that were implemented within my time at Coomera Anglican College, and modelled on some of the amazing teachers who taught and inspired me over the 6 years I attended”.

Monday, 08 February 2016 03:26

Ben Senden - Powerlifting Champion

Half A Ton and Then Some!

2014 graduate, and Powerlifting extraordinaire, Ben Senden recently achieved his dream of representing Australia in Powerlifting at the 2015 Asian/Oceania Powerlifting Championships.  The competition, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in December, saw Ben competing in the 83kg Sub-Junior (18 years and under) Class.  Powerlifting is comprised of three events – Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift, with results combined to give a Powerlifting total.  Ben achieved an incredible total of 623kg Powerlifting (Squat 225kg, Bench Press 137.5kg and Deadlift 260kg), which resulted in 4 Gold Medals, 2 Australian Records, and 1 World Record in his age and weight division.  With his immense dedication to training and passion for his sport, Ben well and truly deserved this remarkable championship result ... congratulations!
 
Ben is currently working as an Assistant Swim Coach at the College’s Aquatic Centre.  Over the next year or two, he is aiming to coach a number of swimmers to qualify and compete at State Championships, and to further develop the College’s swimming programme.  He is also looking forward to commencing at Griffith Uni this year to study Sports Development.

 

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE … Shannon Maugham’s Story

Since graduating from the College less than a year ago, 2014 College Captain Shannon Maugham has been pursuing her love of the creative arts.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries at QUT, majoring in Film and TV, a 3-year course which provides the framework for graduates to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as a Producer - originating, designing and running a range of projects from TV shows and theatre, to cruises, books, even casinos!  During her short time at QUT, Shannon has already been selected as a member of QUT Connectors, helping to run sessions for new students and planning events throughout the year.  In 2016, Shannon hopes to study abroad for a semester preferably in the UK, or alternatively a study tour in either France or India.  After graduating in 2017, Shannon’s goal is to become a Producer for a film or television company overseas.
 
In the meantime she has worked on various short film projects, and in collaboration with former Co-Captain Mark Mather, wrote a 10min play called ‘Love Essentially’ which they performed at the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s Short And Sweet Theatre Festival in July 2015.

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Chookas, Shannon, and we look forward to seeing your name in bright lights on the world stage!

2014 Shannon Maugham

Josh MacTaggart always dreamt of a career in the skies.  Since graduating from the College in 2007, he has achieved his dream with flying colours.  After completing a Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University, he applied for a cadetship though Cathay Pacific Airways and was accepted in 2011.  He completed the cadet course over a period of 15 months  in Adelaide, and then moved to Hong Kong in 2013 where has lived for the last two years.  Josh is now a Second Officer on the Airbus 330/340 currently flying to Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.  

“I love living abroad and travelling the globe,” said Josh recently, “to be able to go to work and truly enjoy what you’re doing is a blessing”.

Dr Sly caught up with Josh while visiting Hong Kong earlier this year, and like all of us is extremely proud of Josh’s achievements.

Josh McTaggart Adelaide