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July 2018

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

at the forefront of appearance research

In this issue:




July 2018



26 Professor Phillippa Diedrichs


28 Travers Lee


Family Corner

30 Bronwen Lloyd


Chaplaincy Chat



From Principal Colin Minke

at the forefront of appearance research

making a difference

Hello to the ILC community

stands up for what’s right

32 Rob Jericho

The Courage of Women

reaching for the stars

Maths & Science

34 The Brennan Sisters

the big winners for Immanuel’s Class of 2017

36 David Martin

10 Looking for answers

changing the early childhood landscape

beyond our galaxy

13 Transforming the Arts at ILC

38 Joseph & Jemima Lai graduate VCA

16 New learning areas

40 Linguist Renee Oldfield

unveiled for Years 1, 2, 4 and 7

heads for Japan

17 Environmental Centre

41 Dr Joel Matthews

takes shape

in a race to save lives

18 Brave Claire

42 Courtney Burns

shares her story

building homes not just houses

20 Arthur Hodge

44 Ben Jones

steps down

and the world of sports broadcasting

20 Mission trip

39 Renee Mathews’

a success

life as a missionary

21 Back to Binga 2018

47 Old Scholar News

22 Life beyond Immanuel 25 Robert Engelhardt’s

20 years’ service at Immanuel

50 Weddings Joseph Lai

52 Births 53 Date Claimers 54 10-Year Reunion July 2018

Class of 2008

56 30-Year Reunion Class of 1988

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Reflections From the Principal Why do we need to know this? In the back of the class, there’s that idly waving hand. You’ve been teaching long enough to be pretty sure that hand is going to go up as soon as you got started on this topic, and so it does, with an annoying indolence. All right. You gesture toward the hand: Let’s hear it. And of course, the smarty pants says: ‘Why do we need to know this? David Perkins, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, calls this ‘an uppity question’ be-cause it can be considered a direct challenge to the authority of the teacher. And the usual teacher response of: ‘Because it’s part of the unit goal.’ ‘Because you’ll need it for the test.’ ‘Because you’ll need to know this for next year’ doesn’t usually satisfy the questioner. But Perkins sees that question as a very important one. He recalls the classic legend of Pandora who opened the box she wasn’t supposed to. What inspired Pandora to lift the forbidden lid? Curiosity. And curiosity is part of the foundations of the human condition: humans are always asking questions about how things work; what are the lands and people like on the other side of the world; how can we make this better? Colin Minke Principal

Can we find a more important question to ask about education? After all, ‘Why do we need to know this?’ is an uppity question of one of the most important questions in education, a question with only three words: What’s worth learning (in school)? Greetings and welcome to the 2018 edition of Immanuel Features. Almost from the beginning of formalised education we have had this question asked of educators, not only by students, but increasingly by parents and the broader employment community. It is a vexed question, as often there are perspectives and value sets placed around the answer. Added to this is the rapid pace of technological change, which is radically shifting our understanding of what learning looks like for our students now and in the future. A key question we need to ask is: What type of intelligence and competencies do our school and university graduates need to navigate the so-called VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous operating environments) of the 21st century? The development of the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the 1980s and 1990s acknowledged the limitations of IQ and recognised the ability to empathise and display compassion with another’s situation as a critical competency to being effective in our work lives. However IQ + EQ is still a limited combination of intelligence in the face of a rapidly transforming and unpredictable work landscape, where problems arise at a frequent pace and adaptive challenges are pervasive. Our educational institutions need to complement the technical IQ-based skills and empathetic EQ-based skills of our young people and graduates with the competencies of ‘Critical Intelligence’, a bringing together of key ideas from work in Contextual and Spiritual Intelligence. According to Gianni Zappalà, a professor at UNSW, Critical Intelligence (CQ) is: The ability to diagnose and solve problems of meaning, value and purpose in VUCA contexts. Possessing Critical Intelligence means not only being aware of the technical knowledge to know how to address a problem in a given context but knowing what to do based on intuition, greater self-awareness and consciousness and the ability to see connections and patterns between seemingly different events and data. 21st Century Education So, in light of these new ‘competencies’, how do we navigate learning experiences for our students in a ‘brave new world’? Work-based skills are changing as more and more jobs are displaced by digital technologies. Software, apps and online technology such as Uber, Airbnb, Legal Zoom and TurboTax to name a few, have already had an impact on many professions. Online shopping has eliminated tens of thousands of retail store positions. And with self-driving vehicles on the way, how many taxi, trucking, express delivery – and even aviation jobs – will go the way of the telephone switchboard operator? If history is a reliable guide, the technologies that are eliminating one set of jobs will create others: jobs that require twenty-first century – mainly digital – skills. The explosion in industrial robotics, for example, is eliminating thousands of assembly-line jobs but it is creating a demand for people who can design, manufacture, program and maintain those machines. The questions are – what will the net impact on jobs be

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and how well are our schools preparing young people for those new, higher skilled jobs as we head toward the fourth industrial revolution? According to the UK Chairman of the Edge Foundation, Lord Kenneth Baker, “Knowledge is as necessary as ever, but it is not enough,” he says, “It has to be connected with the real world through practical applications ranging from engineering and IT to the performing, creative and culinary arts. We need 21st education for a 21st century economy.” Already, too many young people are failing to make the transition to work, with the result that youth unemployment in many developed countries like Australia is roughly twice the rate of adult unemployment. And it’s not for a lack of available jobs. There are plenty of unfilled job openings. The problem is that many young people are leaving high school without the skills and work experience that business and industry need. And with so many traditional jobs being ripe for automation, young people need skills that will matter in the working world of today – and tomorrow. Where To From Here? So, what does this all mean for Immanuel? It is good to know that Immanuel has always had a focus on the whole child, ensuring our graduates exit with the key attributes of empathy, creativity, communication and teamwork skills. These still remain a focus for us from P-12, with increased opportunities to engage in service learning, sport and cultural activities assisting with character formation. We are also acutely aware that our young people have an insatiable desire for information and directing this energy and enthusiasm into creative and productive outcomes is a constant focus. We believe our Blended Learning approach, coupled with significant changes in learning spaces and pedagogy, leave us well placed to provide our students with the necessary capabilities, skills and depth of character to make a difference in the world. It is an exciting future we face and we also acknowledge all those who have gone before us; Old Scholars, previous staff and Council Members, who both individually and corporately have added to the rich history of Immanuel. May God bless all in our current and extended community, as we seek to make valuable contributions to society. Yours in Christ. Walk as Children of the Light




Sheldon Busch Chair, Parents and Friends Community

Hello to the ILC Community! Who would have thought I would be back at Immanuel Lutheran College, especially as the Chair of the P&F! It has been 26 years between my leaving Immanuel as a Year 12 student and then returning as a parent. It is a new chapter and it feels both positive and exciting. IMy wife Sarah – also an Old Scholar – and I have been part of the Immanuel community for just under three years, when our daughter decided to attend secondary school here and be part of the Immanuel Lutheran College family. Since then, our son has commenced at Immanuel and we feel we are amongst a great and caring community. Most of us have a similar picture of what is expected from a school in regards to educating our children, and the direction it tries to steer them in. Immanuel though is much more than a place of education. I can see our children growing in confidence and personality since starting at the College. They are happy and relaxed and this certainly comes from being in an encouraging, supportive and nurturing environment. I joined the P&F half way through my daughter’s first year in Year 7 and was asked to take on the role of Chair by my predecessor, Andre Ghouse. I agreed with nervous enthusiasm that quickly turned into real excitement for what lay ahead, and for what the P&F could achieve for the College and its students. This happened most definitely due to the amazing support that I have been given from the team around me. Long time members, ILC community and friends; I would like to thank them all. I am a firm believer in actions speaking louder than words. We all run very busy households and tend to feel extremely time poor. However, I have learnt that it all comes down to effort. The sense of doing something for others and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with it. Using this approach through the P&F, I would hope we could all benefit from the positivity and reward that this brings. I would like my two children to see me giving beyond our family unit and stepping up to be a part of something bigger. The P&F exists to meet the varying needs of the students and enrich their school experience, however big or small the requirement may be. We support projects within the College, the broader community and international pursuits. The P&F has a history of many successful accomplishments with many more goals ahead. We have begun this year with a number of new faces from parents of both Primary and Secondary Schools which is very exciting. They have already brought many new ideas and foci in support of our students. We greatly value the input of each individual. Beyond this, we always have the requirement for innumerable volunteers to donate their time and help when the need arises. I hope to expand the enthusiasm of all our parents and extended families to rise to the occasion when called upon. Any time given means a great deal in achieving the bigger goals and is always appreciated.

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Family Corner

You’re so gorgeous xx (reply: stop it you!) Absolute stunner JJ (reply: That’s youuuuuu) Damn hot!! (reply: You are!). Beauty!! Goddess (reply: I’m blushing). You slay my existence. You are my IDOL. (reply: No, you’re mine). That line is perrrrrrfect. Stunnerrrr (reply: LOOOOVE YOU). Slay queen. Literally the best bod. My eyes are burning! Obsessed. Damn legs!!!! Hell yesssssss! Hottie (reply: You are!!!!) You are so stunning – that bod!!! Cuteeeee (reply: you are!!!) Pepper the above with a liberal sprinkling of heart and flame emojis and you are ingesting the daily (hourly) social media diet of a large portion of our (very) young women. These comments comply with all of the e-safety/anti-bullying guidelines. They are posted by friends and admirers. Nevertheless, it seems hard to imagine a diet with less nutrition than this one. Recently, I listened to a podcast in which the concept of ‘survival of the fittest’ was called into question. The author, Shawn Achor, suggested instead that ‘survival of the best fit’ is more accurate. As a society we should be alarmed by the shape our girls need to be in to fit into a world which trades on selfies. Social media is the naked underbelly for our adolescent girls (and boys). How do we begin to create a more nourishing space for our young people to grow in? We can call out the myth that life is a competition for the poison that it is. We can model for our girls (and for our boys) that collaboration rather than competition tastes sweetest in the long run. We can dose them up on the sunshine, problemsolving skills and huge portions of taking themselves lightly. We can, by our words and our deeds, ensure that our young women have a chance of knowing that how they look in a bikini is by far the least interesting thing about themselves. Social media junk food might be okay now and again, but to stuff oneself full of empty calories over and over only leaves our kids hungry and craving for more. Maybe if we work together we can cook up this kind of feast instead: That’s a cool idea. Where did you learn that? See you at the beach. I just read this amazing book. Shall we book a ticket? Can I borrow your hiking shoes? Listen to this piece of music. Wanna help out?

Ms Tarnya Mitchell College Counsellor

Chaplaincy Chat A couple of years ago on Palm Sunday, we did Godly Play with the children at church. I presented the Holy Week story, which involves retracing Jesus’ movements on his final visit to Jerusalem, using the materials in the image, below. It is a threedimensional map of the city showing the main sites in question.

The Courage of Women

The black line represents Jesus’ path as he was taken beyond the city walls to be crucified on Golgotha.

important?” one boy replied: “That the women had the courage to walk the Street of Sadness to find Jesus.”

Continuing the story, I said: “People still walk along these streets to remember Jesus and to pray. Today, they move from a school, where the Roman fortress used to be, along the Via Dolorosa, the Street of Sadness, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


After Jesus died, the disciples took him down … and placed him in a nearby tomb… A great stone was rolled in front of the opening to close it like a locked door. On Saturday, everything was quiet. On Sunday, the women had the courage to go to the tomb just to be close to Jesus. When they got there, they found the stone had been rolled away and discovered that somehow he was still with them, as he is with us today.”

Resurrection happens when we have the courage to face the dark stretches of our journey in search of Jesus. Indeed, resurrection also happens when we join others along their paths of sadness, worry, injustice, fear, loneliness, etc. taking Jesus by his word: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28, 20) Easter is not just a season: it’s a state of being that sustains us with a living hope, giving us courage and joy for the road ahead. As an aside: I wonder which women have shaped your life with their courage, inner strength and kindness?

Then it came time for the Wondering in our Godly Play circle. In response to the question: “I wonder which part of the story you think might be the most

Pastor Kathrin Koning Chaplain / Director of Christian Life

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Mathematics and Science The big winners for Immanuel’s Class of 2017

A group of extraordinary young women who excelled in science and mathematics were the top place getters for Immanuel’s Class of 2017. Overall, more than 98% of the College’s OP-eligible students received a university offer and over 85% received their first and second preferences with the sciences being the big winner. For many, it’s a mixture of joy and trepidation as they log on to their student learning accounts to find out what their immediate future holds and for two young women, both of whom achieved an OP 1, their immediate plans involved starting university and taking a gap year. “This year, our highest achievers were a group of young women set on pursuing careers in the sciences,” said Principal Colin Minke. “Statistically, the class performed well above the state average with 13% achieving an OP 1-3, 20% achieving OP 1-5 and 88% 1-15. “However, whatever their gender or pursuits, I am proud that Immanuel has been producing confident, wellrounded young men and women for nearly 40 years; graduates who enjoy not only academic success, but who have the skills and values needed to succeed in any vocation – teamwork, communication and placing others before self. College Captain and 2017 Dux Olivia Lindsay is studying a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at James Cook University (JCU) and earlier this year, was awarded a TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship from the Department of Education. Only ten scholarships are awarded across Queensland each year to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence during their senior years of study. The scholarship is worth $10,000 and supports students to pursue a tertiary education. She was also named the Sunshine Coast’s 2018 Young Citizen of the Year in the Australia Day Awards. “I chose JCU as their medical degree is more hands-on with extensive clinical training and you can enter directly as an undergraduate,” said Olivia. Fellow OP 1 student and mathematics whiz, Renee Oldfield, has deferred a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Mathematics) at the University of Queensland (UQ) while she continues her Japanese language studies. Renee was awarded a scholarship through the Australian Institute of International Understanding (AIIU) which involves a 10-month exchange program to Japan where she will go to school and assist at English camps for middle and high school students. “Following my gap year, I’ll commence my science degree and pursue mathematics and chemistry as they’re my two main interests,” said Renee. Zarah Boutchard and Alexandra Wilkinson, both of whom received an OP 2, are studying physiotherapy and engineering respectively at UQ. “I have always wanted to study physiotherapy as athletics, sports and nutrition – and their impact on the body – have always been an interest and big part of my life” said Zarah. “I’m studying a combined chemical engineering and science degree at UQ. I’m really pleased with my result and grateful for the support I was given during my years of schooling at Immanuel,” said Alexandra. The degrees embarked upon are diverse with graduates commencing tertiary studies in medicine, physiotherapy, engineering, law, business, commerce, psychology, nursing, forensic science, mathematics, education, urban development and even circus arts. Notwithstanding the girls’ success, Immanuel is committed to promoting the arts and an all-round education; STEAM is perhaps a more balanced acronym over the highly popularised STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Read on to find out how far the Arts have come at Immanuel! 8 | Immanuel Features

2017 Dux Olivia Lindsay

TJ Ryan Award Ceremony

Principal Colin Minke and Alexandra Wilkinson Olivia Lindsay 2018 Young Citizen of the Year Australia Day Winner

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Looking for answers beyond our galaxy

With the success of our graduates pursuing their love of science, it was the perfect time to catch up with one of Immanuel’s more high profile scientists, Astrophysicist Dr Anthea King (Joint Dux 06), who is an Affiliate at the University of Melbourne and Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO). Anthea is modelling the structure of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) using photo-ionisation modelling and microlensing. Recently she took time to reflect on the universe, the possibility of multiple dimensions, whether we are in fact alone in the universe and even her favourite Big Bang character – which is Bernadette by the way. Readers might ask why the focus on women in science. As this magazine goes to Old Scholars and families, editorial staff believe it is important to promote diversity and gender equality, especially when there is still such disparity in the scientific world. Gathering statistics about women astronomers is not easy. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is an organisation with participants from 68 countries and in 2009, had 10,000 members. Figures were compiled that looked at the percentage of female members of the IAU per country and Australia had 15.3%, only marginally better than the United Kingdom and United States. (Source:

In 2014, The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA), which is committed to pursuing gender equality in astronomy, had a membership comprised of 74% of male astronomers. In 2011, the Women in Astronomy Chapter instigated what has now become an annual workshop to examine the root cause of the problem and devise ways of dealing with it. (Source:

At present, the best we can do is to educate and inform that girls are just as capable as boys about studying the ‘hard’ sciences like physics and chemistry. Mentors like Dr King and female mathematics and science teachers are critical, especially if they are in a cutting-edge field like Anthea. 10 | Immanuel Features

Like the brilliant Dr Stephen Hawking, Dr King’s work also delves into the complex world of black holes and when asked about the nature of her research, and where she is headed as a scientist, Anthea talked at length about black holes at the centre of the galaxy. “I study things call quasars, or more formally, active galactic nuclei which literally refers to the very bright (active) cores (nuclei) of some galaxies (galactic) caused by the infall of gas into the supermassive black holes at the centre of the galaxy. We believe all galaxies have supermassive black holes at their centre. In fact, we have one in the centre of the Milky Way called Sagittarius A* which is about 4 million times the mass of the sun. “In a select group of galaxies, the black holes are actively accreting (gaining) material and growing in size. As the material falls onto the black hole, the particles pick up tremendous speeds and collide with each other. These collisions create friction and produce huge amounts of heat and energy that get converted into light. Think of a spaceship re-entering the atmosphere or a meteorite, but to a much, much larger scale. In fact, the light produced can easily outshine the galaxy by more than 100 times (remembering galaxies can host billions of stars). Quasars are actually the most luminous persistent sources of light in the Universe and emit over the whole electromagnetic spectrum – from x-rays to radio waves. “My line of research concentrates on looking at the regions close to the black hole where the bulk of the emission is created. This region is unresolvable with modern telescopes due to the small size of the region and the cosmological distances to quasars. So, I have to use different techniques to infer what’s going on. One technique is called reverberation mapping and it uses time delays between the light emitted from different parts of these inner regions; specifically, the accretion disk and broad line region to infer the size scales of these parts and their dynamics. We can infer sizes as light travels at a finite speed so distance equals speed of light*time and we can infer the dynamics through doppler shift. The other technique uses gravitational lensing. Gravity not only attracts massive objects together, but it attracts light to massive objects. In black holes, within the event horizon, light falls directly onto the massive object, but in all other cases the speed of light is great enough that the light is not trapped but instead its light path is bent. This is what occurs

in gravitational lensing. The light from a distant object gets bent around a massive object, usually a galaxy. This makes the galaxy act effectively like a magnification glass and the light from the original object is enhanced and appears larger. We can use this lensed light to infer something about the size of the different emitting regions. “Now, you might ask, why do we care about these regions, besides the point that they produce a huge amount of energy? Firstly, if we know the size and dynamics of these regions, we can measure the mass of the black holes within them. We do not know how we grow such massive black holes, so by studying their mass over a large range of time, we can see how they evolve. Quasars also hugely affect the evolution of their host galaxy so understanding their properties helps us understand how our galaxy evolved to look like it does today. One other really cool thing we do with quasars is to use them as cosmic beacons. Quasars can act as a beacon of a known luminosity that can be used in conjunction with its recession velocity to map out the expansion history of the Universe. How the Universe expands depends on gravity and the contents of the Universe. Currently, we only understand 4% of what we think the Universe is made of (assuming our theory of gravity is correct). So, by mapping out the expansion history of the Universe can help us understand what makes up our Universe, the nature of dark energy and test our theory of gravity. Looking back over the last few years, Anthea reflected on her time completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics straight out of school. She didn’t know what she wanted to do in terms of a career, just that she wanted to learn more, especially in science and physics. “I had some excellent lecturers, one in particular who was my astrophysics professor and my journey into astrophysics started with her. As part of my bachelor’s degree I did an Honours year and worked on a research project which focused on the effect of dark energy on groups of galaxy and quickly fell in love with astronomy. I then signed up to do my PhD jointly between the University of Queensland and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. This meant that I spent a significant portion of my PhD in Copenhagen, which was incredibly cool. It was a great institute and I learnt a lot living in a place with a different culture to Australia.

“One of the projects I am involved in now is a Dark Energy Survey for which I am an associate scientist. We are using a Victor M. Blanco 4-metre Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in the Chilean Andes and the camera is the Dark Energy Camera (DECam). “At the end of this year I will complete my three year postdoctoral position at the University of Melbourne. At the moment, my plan is to leave academia and go into data science. This means I get to use all my science and coding skills that I have developed but apply it to a wider variety of more practical problems, which is a huge incentive to me. Astronomy will always have a special place in my heart (and I will probably stay involved in a few projects) but I am looking forward to seeing my work get turned into practical applications. “When I think about it, we probably aren’t alone. The Universe is massive and it is becoming quite clear that most stars have associated planets. What is less clear is what type of life is out there and whether we will ever come into contact with it. It’s not a foregone conclusion that life would naturally evolve into life like ours that builds rockets and telescopes. That is not necessarily the ‘fittest’ configuration for most situations, and we all know the planet they are on is probably incredibly grateful for that. “Astrophysics is such an exciting field to be a part of. Recently, there was a detection of the first stars forming in the Universe. This is a signal that people have hunted for decades. After the big bang, there was a period of darkness in the Universe before stars and galaxies started to form and the Universe started to become the one that we see today. This signal shows the start of this transition period. Interestingly, the signal was actually a factor or two larger than what was expected by models and hints at interactions between dark matter and baryons (atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons – the things we are made of). Australia is heavily involved in experiments like this one and will continue researching this era of time. “The other big thing that happened in the last couple of years was the detection of gravitational waves, about 100 years after Einstein predicted them. The first detection was of a gravitational wave coming from a collision of two black holes. More recently, one of the events was from a neutron star-black-hole collision which also gave off light that we could Walk as Children of the Light



Dr Anthea King

Ms Wendy Cook

detect with our telescopes. A huge co-ordinated effort was performed to make precise measurements of the event. It told us a lot about the theory of these events but also of gravity itself and the expansion of the universe. When asked whether the so-called ‘glass ceiling’ is starting to crack, Anthea said there is a lot of good discussion about gender equality in astronomy and a real effort to improve the situation. For example, when organising conferences, organisers aim to get equal male and female speakers or make the selection blindly. The disparity is clear and most members of the community are trying to come up with solutions to the problem.

to be perfect and I think something that has helped inhibit women’s involvement in STEM subjects. To help with this, the University of Melbourne’s Mathematics Department has posted female-only faculty positions. This comes with its own criticism and issues, but I think it is a step that is necessary at the moment to fix the problem. “Research has shown, quite clearly, that another part of the problem is that men are more likely to mentor men. By balancing out the gender balance in faculty positions, we can help the problem from the top down.

“We still have an issue where women are less likely to apply for jobs,” she said.

“There is a great deal of international travel in our job. It is common to have two international trips per year. Last year, I had three. One reason is to attend international conferences where you can present your work, hear what others are working on and meet colleagues in your field to discuss ideas.

“Women will seldom apply for a job unless they are confident they satisfy all the selection criteria, whereas men will try even if they satisfy only a few. I think this is a remnant of the societal pressure on women

“The main reason is to visit collaborators, work on projects together and share expertise as having an adequate pool of mentors in senior positions can only benefit the field of astronomy worldwide.”

Immanuel’s Science and Mathematics faculties are quite unique. The Science department is all female, bar one, and the Mathematics department’s Acting Head, Fiona Forsyth, is also the College’s Mathematics C teacher.

might be encouraging them to pursue science or maths because they have always dreamed of one day working in a cutting-edge field such as engineering, medical research or robotics. We don’t even know what manner of jobs will evolve in these areas,” she said.

paint is made, which pigments are used, how they react with oxygen, all of which have an effect on the artwork itself and the choices an artist may make when painting. Each of these tasks requires skills that are common to both disciplines.

“It’s unusual to have two female Physics teachers and a Mathematics C teacher. However, we feel that we have the right people in the right jobs doing what they’re supposed to do,” said Head of Science Wendy Cook. Ms Cook believes having female role models is important to inspire girls to consider studying science. While high-profile scientists such as Dr Anthea King can help inspire the next generation, the journey can start in the classroom with some advice or encouragement from a teacher.

“When it comes to mentoring young girls into areas they may not be entirely familiar or comfortable with, I think it does help having female role models,” she said.

“We have spent a long time compartmentalising these areas as discrete subjects, without taking opportunities to show students how the skills they can gain in the arts field are just as useful in the science field (and vice versa).”

Another area that is gaining traction is combining the sciences with the arts to allow students to develop the creative skills, logical thinking and problem solving. Ms Cook believes there is often a great misunderstanding of the links between science and the arts. “There is a great deal of overlap,” she says.

“Sometimes we need to encourage young women to take a risk, especially if it’s something that they’re really interested in. This

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“For instance, you can learn a lot from a scientific analysis of a painting – how the

She says it is not a competition over whether Sciences or the Arts are more important. The College is finding ways to overlap the curriculum and to encourage young women to consider all options available to them. “I’d be happy if students go through my classes and make a connection between what they learn in lessons and what goes on in the real world,” she says.

In 2015, Immanuel opened a new $2.5 million Music and Drama Centre which included seven specialist music practice rooms; a sound booth and recording studio; a 200-square metre auditorium and stage; three props and dressing rooms; and new Drama and Music teaching classrooms. Built to the highest specifications, the Centre is home to a burgeoning Arts program that boasts 22 ensembles including four vocal chorales and twelve instrumental music ensembles ranging from beginner to advanced performance level. Head of Arts Nick Knijnenburg took time out of the classroom to talk about his goal of making Immanuel’s program one of the best arts programs in Queensland. The aim is to offer holistic experiences and opportunities to all students, giving them a chance to find their avenue of expression and not pigeon-hole any child into a particular genre. “Our students’ arts experience is extremely diverse. We have a five-strand arts program and six subjects in the senior syllabus, which sets us apart from many other schools. Students can study Music, Music Extension, Drama, Film Television & New Media, Dance and Visual Art. “We’ve always had good teaching but our drama space is the best I’ve seen in any school, ever.

Other schools have great theatres, but they’re not great to teach in. Ours is accessible and very well resourced. Students can hone their stagecraft to become proficient performers as well as behind the scenes operators of sound and lighting,” he said. “We have a recording studio that all students can access – another thing that other schools don’t have access to. Last year’s Year 10 Music class made an album of original songs and released it on Soundcloud. Jazz, hip hop, folk, pop rock; professional outcomes due to the staff we have on hand and our facilities. “We’re regularly seeing students pursuing tertiary pathways in the Arts. Musicians Leith and Jarvis Miller (15) are both working in the industry, teaching. Sean Abnett (14) and Will Dabinet (15) are studying film and Kathleen Hylton (14) and Martelle Simon-Green (13) studied drama and are staging productions in Brisbane. Stefan Volejnik (14) developed his skills here as a studio and events technician, which he continues to exercise part time. “We provide students with an integrated concert experience with smart (moving) lights, cordless mics, full tech box set up for sound, lighting and video which is set up for multiple operators up top and also a full portable system that we use for Fruehlingsfest. We’re self-sufficient. We don’t need to hire anything. Schools don’t generally have access to that level of

professional gear which we also use for music exams and performances. Everything we do has high production values. “Every year, we do a student-led senior production whereas most schools do a small in-class assessment. By doing this, we’re giving students the full production experience; they write their own show – sound, lighting, it all comes together. “In Drama, the SCENE project with the Queensland Theatre Company took place during Semester Two and culminated in a performance in Brisbane. Students had to audition to be involved and Immanuel was the only school on the Coast to participate as only a limited number of schools could get in,” said Nick. Film Television & New Media is another popular subject with students entering festivals and film showcases. “Our Film teacher is fantastic and enters student work regularly into national and international film competitions. At last year’s STUFFit Student Film Festival, which attracted 110 high quality films from students across Australia, three Immanuel students were shortlisted: The Girl who wanted to see the world (Sophie Rawlins), Not pretty enough (Eloise Millman) and Black and White (Matt Hattrick). In previous years, students have won their category,” he said. Walk as Children of the Light



Since 2013, we have watched Immanuel’s Dance program grow in popularity. Five years ago, classes were between two to six students graduating Year 12. Last year, 10 students finished and this year, 14 will graduate from this OP-ranked subject. In a first for the College, two students were accepted on Dance scholarships in 2017 and this year, Dance teacher Amy Sluggett has four amazing, beautiful girls promoting Dance through scholarships. “Due to their passion for Dance, this year’s Year 10 students – on their own initiative – created a Dance Troupe and entered a number of external competitions in 2017,” said Amy. “They placed first at the Evolution Competition and third at the Noosa Eisteddfod. I was excited to take these girls to Melbourne in June as part of the 2018 Music and Dance Tour where they performed at Federation Square and participated in workshops with some of the best in the industry. “Due mainly to the popularity of Dance Troupe, with the girls’ support – including our scholarship students – the College also started a Years 7-9 Dance Troupe. Both groups will perform at College functions such as Fruehlingsfest and the Get the Beat competition later this year,” she said. In every area of the Arts, new things are happening. In Visual Art, a full-time specialist art teacher was employed in the Primary School – a first for the College – and in the Secondary School, new initiatives such as pop-up galleries and installation art are being explored. Visual Art scholarship and senior students were also mentored by the College’s new Secondary School Visual Art Teacher, Gregg Elliot, to enter pieces into the 38th Immanuel Arts Festival. These initiatives are about enhancing the cultural landscape of the College. Mentoring plays a major role where students are encouraged to develop a project. For instance, choreograph a piece or lead an ensemble if they aspire to one day be a conductor. One of the most noticeable areas of growth and change has been within the College’s Instrumental Music program. This has mainly been due to the dedication of a hardworking team of Instrumental Music tutors and enthusiastic students and their families. But ask this question of Nick Knijnenburg and he attributes a large part of the program’s success to Instrumental Music Co-ordinator Emily Bonar. “Our beginner program is very good and our tutors are excellent; all gig somewhere and sometimes together. We’ve had 350 applications for lessons and nearly 40% of our student body is learning a musical instrument, which is excellent. We are also up to 22 14 | Immanuel Features

ensembles and three specialist programs – that is very rare,” he said. At Immanuel, we provide students will realworld experiences in a setting that creates a culture of excellence and professionalism. We ensure that multiple avenues are provided, for exposure to a variety of musical and performance styles, for a wide variety of learners. Participation in the arts is just as important as the sciences as it provides students with skills that stay with them for life and complements their academic performance.

As the great theoretical physicist Albert Einstein once said, “I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin”. Many years later, Barack Obama said “If you try to suppress the arts, then you’re suppressing the deepest dreams and aspirations of a people.” The growth in the arts at Immanuel comes down to a lot of hard work and constant progression; looking toward the future and developing performance experiences to let our students shine. With this in mind, let us look toward a future filled with creativity, joy and originality, with a bit of risk taking thrown in for good measure. Walk as Children of the Light



New learning areas

unveiled for Years 1, 2, 4 and 7 In Term One this year, Immanuel opened two new learning areas as part of its $9 million refurbishment of the College’s Primary School. The project commenced in 2017 and will continue until 2022, by which time the entire primary campus will have a completely new look and feel consistent with the needs of 21st century learners. “Since 2009, Immanuel has invested in excess of $25 million in infrastructure which will ultimately benefit our students and families,” said Principal Colin Minke. “We believe in continuous improvement, both in pedagogy and facilities. “At the end of 2017, we opened a customdesigned building for Years 1 and 2 students worth $3.6 million, which offers flexible learning areas, both inside and out, and opportunities for classes to collaborate in joint learning ventures. “At the start of the 2018 academic year, a completely refurbished building was opened for our three Year 4 classes and feedback from students, parents and staff has been extremely positive. “We’ve recently completed a $2.6 million remodelling of Student Services and the Years 5 and 6 classrooms as part of the master-planned Primary School campus,” he said. Building on the existing master plan, the College is consulting with stakeholders across the community to plan for the next 20 years of development at the Buderim and Mt Binga campuses. “In addition to the refurbishment of the Primary School, we are progressively remodelling the Secondary School learning areas, commencing with Year 7 in 2018” said Mr Minke. “It’s an exciting time to be at Immanuel and while the external environment is changing, so too are internal practices, as teachers become more adept at using technology to complement their teaching and further develop engagement in the social, emotional and spiritual lives of our students. “But whatever changes take place, the core of our College remains the same – strength in community, relationships and academic achievement.” 16 | Immanuel Features

In April, the College turned the sod on our newest building project, the Immanuel Lutheran College Environmental Education Centre. In what is a first for a Sunshine Coast school, the $2 million Centre will be completed by October and ready for Primary and Secondary School students to make the most of its purpose-built facilities. For some time now, the College has been developing partnerships with the University of the Sunshine Coast to explore the Centre as both an educational and research-based facility. It is hoped other Sunshine Coast schools will also enjoy the opportunity to visit the Centre and experience life in the rainforest and learn about the Sunshine Coast’s local flora and fauna. “It’s an exciting time to be part of the Immanuel community,” said Principal Colin Minke. “When we poured the foundation, we posted a story on our Immanuel Old Scholars Facebook page and one of the comments that came from a Foundation student said ‘Just like in the good old days. Always a new building coming on’, which was great to hear.

“We completely refurbished our secondary science facilities in 2010 so it wasn’t a case of needing to build what we were lacking. Rather, we wanted purpose-built indoor/outdoor science and general purpose classrooms as the Centre sits on the edge of Immanuel’s rainforest and is ideally located for a unique style of learning. “With an increasing emphasis on the sciences in the Australian curriculum, coupled with the growing global awareness around environmental sustainability, the Centre will deepen student learning and emphasise the importance of stewardship over the environment. When completed, the Centre will accommodate three classes at any given time, or up to 75 students. It also has the capacity and facilities to be used for professional learning and conferences. “Nestled in the rainforest, the Centre will hopefully nurture a new generation of biologists, ecologists and botanists. Students will have direct access to the rainforest, across a verandah, from the lab on the ground floor which is a key part of the design,” said Mr Minke.

Over 550 square metres in size, the Centre will also have an area upstairs that will accommodate around 100 people for events and onsite professional learning needs. “The opportunities to use the facility for parent information sessions, professional sessions and student-led conferences are an exciting development for the College,” said Mr Minke. The design and construction of the building are critical to its success and will use the latest in sustainable materials and technology, including energy-efficient lighting with smart controls; photovoltaic panels to power lighting and ceiling fans; louvres to provide natural cross ventilation; larger eaves to increase daylight throughout the year without unwanted heat; solar panels, solar hot water and rainwater catchment tanks; and recyclable, waterproof materials for doors and joinery. The building will be officially opened when school resumes in Term One 2019.

Claire McCulloch

Brave Claire shares her story Without medical intervention, Immanuel Year 6 student Claire McCulloch could have grown to stand more than 2.5 metres tall – that’s taller than the average professional basketball player. Diagnosed with a rare condition called gigantism, Claire has stood head and shoulders above her peers from the age of four. But thanks to lifesaving surgery in the United States, she is now a happy young tween enjoying school, sport and life in general. Mum Toni said tight hamstrings were the first clue that something wasn’t quite right and was noticed by a friend when Claire was competing in a kids’ triathlon. “She looked awkward running. Taking our friend’s advice, I took Claire to a physio who was reluctant to treat her without a paediatrician’s referral and that’s when our lives changed forever,” she said. “The paediatrician ordered a blood test which showed Claire’s growth hormone was abnormal and we were referred to an endocrinologist. An MRI followed and we were told that our seven-year-old daughter had a two-centimetre tumour on her pituitary gland which regulates the other glands and hormones in the body. We were told that it was causing her pituitary gland to secrete excess growth hormones, that Claire had gigantism and that without treatment, her bones would never stop growing. “We were devastated as gigantism causes shorter life expectancy,” said Toni. “Every year she was getting taller and taller than her friends. At first, Claire was just a few centimetres taller than her peers. She was four years old and the gap wasn’t unreasonable; she was still on the growth charts. But by age seven, Claire was 160 centimetres, a full head and shoulders taller than other kids her age. GPs, friends and family reassured Toni that because she and Claire’s dad, Richard, are tall, it should follow that Claire would be tall too. Toni wasn’t convinced.

Because medications weren’t working to block the growth hormones, the tumour would need to be fully removed, but neurosurgeons said they could only target 80 per cent.

Throughout the ordeal, she maintained a very positive attitude and has even talked of becoming a doctor to help other children like her.

The family searched for alternatives. “Claire ended up in an international research study,” Toni said. “We were told that her pituitary gland was the source of her problem and that it would have to be removed along with the tumour.”

“I know she wakes up not feeling 100 per cent every single day, but she still gets up at 4.30am most mornings and swims for two hours,” said Toni.

In 2015, after exhausting all options at home, the family travelled to Washington D.C. for help where Claire, who was already 1.6m tall, was enrolled in a gigantism study and underwent surgery to remove her pituitary gland.

“After the diagnosis, there was a small window of time to try medications to slow the release of the growth hormone but nothing worked on Claire,” said Toni.

Without a pituitary gland, Claire’s body cannot produce the hormones it needs and she is now on full hormone replacement therapy for the rest of her life. Claire’s growth, now controlled by medications, is on hold. However, in a few years’ time she will start on growth hormones so she can grow a bit taller.

Eventually they ran out of time; the tumour was pushing on Claire’s optic nerve. If it wasn’t removed, she’d lose her vision.

But for now, Claire is getting used to life as no longer the tallest member of her basketball team.

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Brisbane endocrinologist Warrick Inder said every giant throughout history was believed to have had gigantism, but the condition, which only affects children, was rare. A new treatment, Somavert, for a similar common condition which affects adults called Acromegalee, is now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. November 1 is Acromegaly Awareness Day. Claire’s surgery was successful and today, 11-year-old Claire’s gigantism is in remission. She’s stopped growing at 1.6m and won’t grow anymore because her pituitary gland has been removed. However, it’s not possible to live without a pituitary gland. As the master gland, the pituitary

gland is essential for sending messages to other glands like the thyroid, adrenals and ovaries. “With medicine we can replace the hormones orally or with injections,” Toni says. “She takes an oral dose of the steroid hydrocortisone every three hours to deal with her inability to secrete adrenaline. “She also lacks a receptor to tell her when she’s had enough water, so she takes a tablet to stop her drinking too much. In the next two years, she’ll get oestrogen slowly to mimic the prepubescent time period and then puberty. “We worry about the potential side effects of oral hormone replacements,” she says. “Twenty years ago women were getting cancer because of hormone replacement. We don’t know what the side effects of Claire’s medications will be.” The family is managing Claire’s medications and besides some general malaise that Claire pushes through, she lives a normal life. “She’s just a regular 11-year-old kid. She plays sport, she has friends,” says Toni. “She still runs a bit funny. She may be on par with her peers in a lot of ways, but Claire is unique. “She swims eight hours a week starting at 4.00am,” she says. “She has to – hydrocortisone can cause a lot of weight gain, so exercise is really important.” There are days when Claire sees her peers swimming faster than her or growing taller than her and she gets angry. “Sometimes Claire gets frustrated and says, ‘I hate my tumour’ which is hard for a mum to hear,” says Toni. However, her hard work has paid off and earlier this year she qualified for the State Swimming Championships in March. She also represented Immanuel at the District Cross Country Carnival after winning the U12s cross country event; she represented the Sunshine Coast in the Independent District U12 Basketball Team at this year’s Sunshine Coast Regional Selection Carnival; and was selected in the Sunshine Coast Regional Team, travelling to Cairns in May, for the Queensland State Championships. Toni says that while it is difficult, they’re among the lucky ones. “We’re lucky we had early intervention. When we first found out Claire had gigantism, we were told she’d be over 2.5 metres tall and that she wouldn’t live long. “We see people in the hospital system who are still fighting and kids who aren’t getting better. Our daughter is in remission and we’re so very lucky,” she says.

Claire & Toni McCulloch

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After 18 years, Arthur Hodge steps down Earlier this year we said thank you and farewell to Rotary Mooloolaba member and Interact Mentor Arthur Hodge, as he stepped down after 18 years’ involvement with Immanuel’s Interact Club. Arthur attended weekly meetings and provided support, guidance and practical assistance to both students and staff in their fundraising efforts. Staff and students are grateful for the long-term relationship between Immanuel and Mooloolaba Rotary through the Interact program. Fortunately for the College, Rotarian Cathy Wright stepped into Arthur’s very large shoes to guide students as they work hard to fundraise for their 2018 charities – Hummingbird House, the Heart Foundation and Destiny Rescue. It was great to see 2017 President Jacinta O’Shea (17) travel from university to join current President Kyra Everson at Arthur’s farewell.

Cathy Wright, Kyra Everson, Arthur Hodge, Jacinta O’Shea & Nick Cheyne

Mission trip a success

At the end of 2017, a group of four students and three College staff departed on a service trip to Indonesia for two weeks. They travelled to North Sumatra and spent a week at the SMA HKBP school in Parapat and a week in Community Rehabilitation Centre(s) (CBR) which look after disabled children and adults. Strong connections and partnerships were formed and funds were provided to the school on behalf of the Immanuel P&F Community for science resources, whiteboards, electrical upgrades and teaching resources. Their need is primarily pedagogical and the College sent 15 laptops for teachers to plan collaboratively and to present creatively to their students. 20 | Immanuel Features

At CBR, they need funding for volunteer training and basic facilities which the College was able to help with by providing funds for water provision, enterprise initiatives (pigs and chickens), transport assistance and learning resources. The trip provided a wonderful service learning experience for both students and staff and in May, two staff from each organisation visited Immanuel to train and broaden their own experiences in teaching and supporting young people with disabilities. “We worked closely with Immanuel Church to provide a two-week program for our visitors which saw them immersed in our community

experiencing activities in the classroom, at Mt Binga, as part of various school services and also able to attend the College’s iconic Immanuel Arts Festival,” said Principal Colin Minke. “We saw this as a wonderful way to build cultural capital in our communities while providing meaningful experiences to help staff when they return to their roles in Sumatra,” he said. The College’s next service trip is planned for November 2019. This will include a return to the SMA HKBP School in Parapat and the community-based rehabilitation centre in Raya.

Back to Binga 2018 This is your chance to head back to Binga for a weekend of memories and adventure! Back to Binga 2018 will be held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September and anyone who has been to Mt Binga is welcome to attend. There will be opportunities to participate in activities including archery, high ropes, horse riding, farm life plus time to explore the area at your own pace. Cost is $35 per person or $80 for a family of four and includes dinner provided by Binga staff on Saturday night. BYO everything else! Questions can be directed to and tickets can be purchased via the Immanuel website. To register, log on to and select Business@ILC/ Event Ticketing.

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Life beyond Immanuel

Lyn Roberts

Whatever happened to…That’s a question often asked by Old Scholars at reunions and enrolment interviews as the next generation of students begin their journey at the College. Well, in this edition, some former staff members volunteered to share what they’re doing now. Read on to learn about their journey postImmanuel. And yes, there is life beyond the classroom! Lyn Roberts “Since my retirement in 2016, I have been on a variety of jaunts around Australia – as you expect most retirees to engage in. Finally being able to select cheaper fares outside school holiday time is a real treat! But, unless you decide to pack your bags and join the “grey nomads,” you need to find something to fill all those extra hours! There are only so many meals you can cook and clothes you can make for yourself! So, my sisters introduced me to Angel Gowns Australia Inc. Never heard of Angel Gowns? My prayer is that you will never have to know about them. Angel Gowns is a registered charity that recycles wedding gowns into burial gowns for stillborn babies. There are currently eight babies who are stillborn in Australia every day. Angel Gowns provides a beautiful gown (free of charge) for the babies to be buried in.

I decided this was something I really wanted to do, as my mum had a stillborn three years after I was born. I should have had a younger brother, but it was not to be. In those days, the baby was taken straight from the mother – the parents were not allowed to see the baby or even hold it, let alone be given time to grieve over their loss. This had a lifelong effect of sadness for my mum. At the time, she was told to go home and look after the children she already had. As difficult as it was for her, at least she had children at home to look after. It must have been so tragic for those whose stillborn baby was their first child. Thankfully, today, hospital administrators are much more empathetic and families can have a funeral for their child. And so I began the process of becoming a seamstress for Angel Gowns. After my initial application was accepted, I was required to make two samples of the gowns so they could assess my sewing ability. It was not long before they contacted me to let me know I had been accepted. My first bundle of deconstructed wedding dresses was delivered and I set to work. I have made about 20 gowns in various sizes from premature to large (depending on the cut of the fabric) and a few bonnets, from each bundle that arrived. I would return them to a central collection centre and from there, they are boxed and sent to maternity hospitals around Australia. Anyone wishing to donate a wedding gown needs to check their website for more details. And so that, combined with caring for my mum at Immanuel Gardens, made my first year of retirement fly by. Sadly, mum passed away in October last year but one of her best memories was playing Scrabble with the ILC students when they came to visit. And of course, it still left me time to catch up with my “retired” friends and here’s what a few of them had to say…” Sue Munchenberg “What a roller coaster eight years of retirement have been! Some enormous highs – Pastor Munch and I bought our first house in Seacliff Park, a southern suburb of Adelaide. I have glorious ocean views and it’s only a 20-minute walk to the beach. We also did an APT tour of New Zealand with my brother and his wife. I’m not sure which island I enjoyed most, but a highlight was to visit the Bert Munro (World’s Fastest Indian movie) Museum in Invercargill.

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Unfortunately, Pastor Munch rapidly succumbed to the effects of an Alzheimer’s form of dementia. It was distressing to care for someone I loved so much become a shell of a man. Pastor Munch died quite suddenly in January 2016. I am now a 70-year-old. I have weathered several health scares but have recovered well. I love living near my children, grandchild and extended family. I volunteer as a remedial teacher at my granddaughter’s school one day a week and I enjoy cooking, sewing, tending my extensive rose garden and in fine weather, driving my topless 1960 MGA. I am also an Adelaide Thunderbirds member and instead of playing netball, I now watch. This year, my daughter, son-in-law and I returned to England, France, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man to visit his family and also for his daughter’s wedding. We travelled there just over a year ago for a magical few months and for my birthday we rode the Isle of Man TT track! Another thing to tick off my bucket list! I regularly travel back to the sunny coast to catch up with my good friends from Immanuel days and I love to hear about the lives of former students at Good Shepherd and Immanuel.” Ian Wood “When I retired at the end of 2013, the senior German students gave me a map of the world and a box of drawing pins. They were well aware of my interest in travel and they told me to stick a pin in each country that I visit in my retirement. I am gradually using up that box of drawing pins.

Janette Planck “I always enjoyed teaching and had the opportunity to experience working across different educational systems since leaving Immanuel in 2007 after teaching Years 7 to 9 for 13 years. Seeking fresh challenges, I gained a position as Head of Learning: Information Literacy and a teacher within the International Baccalaureate program at Trinity Lutheran College. I also presented at educational conferences and professional learning events. After three and a half years at Trinity, I retired and returned home to the Sunshine Coast. But, opportunities beckoned and I accepted supply teaching contracts in addition to tutoring postgraduate Education students at USC Sunshine Coast. In 2013, I interrupted a contract at Sunshine Coast Grammar to accept a permanent position at Suncoast Christian College as Head of Information Services and teacher of Year 10 Humanities, finally retiring in August 2017. I hold very fond memories of my time at ILC and am grateful for the wonderful relationships I enjoyed with staff, parents and students; now all adults of course! Currently my husband and I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends.” Cecily Odgers Remember Mrs Odgers? She worked in the College Shop. You’d never have to remember your name or ID number when she was around! “I joined the Immanuel family in 1982 as a parent and became a staff member, retiring in 2008. I have happy memories of working there and have made lifelong friends amongst colleagues with shared experiences.

Since my retirement, I have been to mainland USA and Hawaii, South America, a number of European countries, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, and I have travelled from Cairns to the tip of Cape York. There are still plenty of places on my bucket list.

Thankfully, my retirement has been a happy and healthy one, with time spent travelling, visiting family and friends, spending life on the land and enjoying the coast.

I have not given up teaching altogether. Over the last few years I have worked as a volunteer tutor with adult migrant English students at Maroochydore TAFE. It is fascinating working with students from all over the world. I am sure that I learn far more from them than they learn from me. One of the greatest joys of my retirement is being able to spend time with my two young grandchildren in Brisbane.”

With family now on three continents, we have enjoyed trips to the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, France and Russia. Favourites have been river cruises in Europe but last Christmas, I ventured onto the open sea with a trip around New Zealand and loved it. In Australia, I have ticked off a few from my bucket list – Lake Eyre in flood, cruising on the Murray River, the state capitals and the Tasmanian Wooden Boat Janette Planck

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Festival. Seeing wild flowers in Western Australia and the Red Centre are still to happen. Every day is an adventure for which to be thankful.” Jane Jensen Not everyone retired! Here’s what Miss Jensen has been doing “When I left ILC in 2006, a rumour circulated that I had retired – I was only 42 and not independently wealthy, not on a teacher’s wage! Now I mostly work for Education Queensland filling in for teachers who are on leave. My one regret is that I may never get the chance to teach Ancient History again, but I live in hope. I am resisting the pressures of the tech age – I’m possibly the only living person who has neither a mobile nor a computer – and I am attempting to apply Epicurean principles to my life: a safe harbour, nourishing food and good friends. It’s going well so far. I have many fond memories of my students at ILC and always enjoy hearing how they are making their way in the world. All the best to all of you.” Wendy Slack Mrs Slack worked in the Business Office and she would often bring her Guide Dog in training to work. “I work in The Mudjimba Store for my daughter, Kirsty, now and then and babysit twice a week with the grandkids. But we still manage to travel and this year are doing the Alaskan Passage and driving across Canada in an RV with another couple. It should be fun. We are going from Vancouver to Calgary for the Stampede. So, I will dust off my chaps and cowboy hat and practise my rope throwing!” John Mitchell “Just 12 months after retiring from my teaching position at Immanuel, I wondered if I had done the right thing. In those 12 months I had managed quite a bit of travelling, mainly in Australia, France and Scotland. I had walked solo across the North of England on the Coast to Coast walk as well as some other extended walks in company with others, and I had enjoyed my long-time interests of cooking, gardening and reading. Many would say, “What more could you ask for?” However, something was missing: I didn’t feel useful. It may have been self-delusion, but for more than 40 years as a teacher, I had thought of myself as a useful person who could help students to do, even to enjoy, Mathematics. Doing some voluntary work helped to some extent. The Buderim Men’s Shed provided some social interaction and opportunity for community service. Still, something was missing. I really missed the lively interaction with people who (generally) wanted to learn. I loved teaching and really missed it. Then, through a former maths teaching colleague, I found out about tertiary level teaching in tutorials at USC. Now I run tutorials in Statistics with lively people who all want to learn – if they don’t then they don’t turn up. That’s a dream job for any teacher and, with just 10 or 12 contracted hours a week for 26 weeks a year, it leaves plenty of time for walking, travelling, cooking, gardening and grandfathering. So now I have the best of both worlds. I don’t miss teaching because I haven’t left it. I can do voluntary things like hospital visiting for my church and serving on the Immanuel College Council. I have been able to do extended walks with each of my three children: one in Tasmania, one on the Camino, or Chemin de St. Jacques as it is known in France, and one on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. I get to go to football games (that’s the game played with feet and a round ball) with my son and grandson. My wife, Liz, has also retired now so we get to see each other for more than the occasional breakfast and dinner, and can travel together. In the Australian vernacular – I wouldn’t be dead for quids!” Nettie Knox Nettie started at Immanuel in January 1992 and retired as the College Bursar in September 2007. “At the beginning of 2008, I began volunteering at Govinda’s Vegetarian Cafe in Maroochydore (a not-for-profit cafe which donated its leftover

meals to local shelters for the homeless, crisis accommodation etc.). I kept their books and served in the cafe. It was busy and rewarding, but the cafe was sold in 2009. In January 2009 I discovered community radio. I responded to a request for a volunteer to look after Community Service Announcements at 104.9 Sunshine FM (SFM) and have been there ever since. Radio was something that was completely different from anything I’d done before and I really enjoy it. I write, edit and record scripts for not-for-profit organisations that need publicity for events. Over the years I’ve served on various SFM committees as well as be their CSA Co-ordinator. I also sing in a choir, enjoy spending time with family and friends and find great satisfaction in gardening.” P.S - And if you tune into 104.9, you will hear Greg Gregory’s voice on many of the ads! Deidre Arnold Dear Mrs Arnold, always there with a shoulder to cry on. “In 2009 I left ILC after 10 memorable years. Twelve months earlier my family had relocated to the Hinterland after 28 years in Caloundra. Since leaving ILC, I worked for a local medical practice and was then approached by a lovely South African doctor (who I had worked with previously) to set up a new practice, train staff and implement computer systems. I worked there until I retired (or should I say semi-retired) until recently. Travel wise, I started travelling in earnest six years ago. I went to New York for a wedding and then toured Wyoming, Montana, Arizona and Yellowstone in the United States for five weeks. The year after that I travelled with my husband and friends to England, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Italy and France. The following year I travelled to Dubai, Jordan and Petra with a friend – amazing. We travel to New Zealand almost every year and last year, I toured Tuscany, Lake Garda and surrounds, and Venice. This year, it is back to New Zealand and then in September, to Canada and the United States. This time I hope to see the communities where the Amish live. Family wise I have five grandchildren. My daughter has three boys aged seven, four and six months. My four-year-old grandson has Down Syndrome and is a source of great joy and pleasure (as are the other boys) to our family, extended family and friends alike. My son Rohan (99) is married and has two children – a girl aged four and a son aged five months. He works for the Infinity Group (a part of Flight Centre) as a Systems Analyst. I have many fond memories of ILC. A lot of students, their parents and staff made an enormous difference to my life, even if I was the – ‘put your hat on, tuck your shirt in, take your make-up off’ police. During my time at Immanuel I was privileged to be asked by the father of Annabel Garriock to assist in the organisation of Annabel’s funeral, along with workmate Jenny Veigel. It was a very sad time for her family, school friends and staff. Dave Glassock is a man who also comes to mind – a much loved father, teacher, mentor and friend. Rest easy, Dave. I still have lots to do from my bucket list and my beautiful grandchildren keep me busy. Finally, I still have my menagerie – one dog, two cats and two cockatiels.”

30 years since graduation and 20 years’ service at Immanuel. Bravo Robert Engelhardt (88)

Robert Engelhardt

“You are lucky, my son. When I were a lad things weren’t as fancy as they are now. For example, TVs weren’t as slim or as reliable as they are today. And if my TV went on the blink I didn’t just buy a new one. I called for the TV repair man. But I had to call his office to make a booking for him to visit, since the only phone he had was at his office, connected with wires. And then, to pay him, I had to actually travel to the bank to pick up some cash. And to find my way to the bank I had to use a map, printed on paper, and read it myself! And then on the way to the bank I might have played some “Wham!” on my cassette player, or tuned in to some “Phil Collins” on the local AM radio station. And I really hoped that I got to the bank safely because my car didn’t have any airbags, ABS, TSC, ESC or AEB. And if it turned out that I somehow had fun doing all this, I wouldn’t have taken a selfie because in those days you had to have your photos printed at around a dollar per print...!” Yes... so it seems that quite a bit has changed since the 1980s. It was during the mideighties that I was a student at Immanuel Lutheran College, joining the school in Year 8, in the third year of its existence. Now, if that doesn’t make me seem old enough, I have just completed my twentieth year of teaching at Immanuel. And if that isn’t enough Immanuel for me, my kids are currently enrolled in Prep and Year 5, and my mum worked in the Junior School Office for 18 years. Now back in 1984 when I was in Year 8, Wises Road was just a two lane, dead-end road which was unsealed for the last 100 metres, before you turned off into Paveways Drive. Farmer Wise’s cows would graze on the southern side of Wises Road. At Immanuel there were only three buildings in the Secondary School: the library was in one of the science rooms, there was just one computer room and there were ‘Big Visions’ for the Immanuel campus. By my year of graduation in 1988, the College had plenty of facilities and was successfully building its reputation as an excellent educational institution. And as I left Immanuel to study at UQ, I can honestly say that I missed the personal care and support provided by the school.

I began my teaching career as a German teacher, although my official Government title was an “Itinerant LOTE Teacher” (which made me sound rather like confused educator of no fixed abode). I was based in Yarraman which is actually quite close to Mt Binga, but also travelled to the surrounding primary schools including Upper Yarraman, Blackbutt, Benarkin, Cooyar, Tanguringie and Quinalow. Part of my role in this country service included “teleconferencing” with the students and a teacher aide in the smallest schools once a week. This basically involved me “announcing” instructions down the phone at the kids and their supervisor whilst making the lesson as interesting and engaging as possible through a little speaker on their end. The Skype-ers of the modern age would chuckle at the format of those lessons held over 20 years ago. But my passion has always been mathematics and in 1997, I got the chance to be transferred from the country to Sunshine Beach High School as a maths teacher. Just one year later, I had the opportunity to begin at Immanuel Lutheran College as a Mathematics and German teacher, and I have loved it throughout all of those twenty years.

Some things have certainly changed since my time as a student with far greater options and opportunities provided in terms of resources, academic pathways and subject choices. But many things have remained the same. A sense of community was easily established and evident when the College was small in the 1980s, but even as a larger school, today Immanuel is still highly regarded for its care, for its warmth and for the relationships which exist between students and staff and the wider community. And that is why my wife and I have gladly enrolled our two children as students of Immanuel. Now if I wasn’t already feeling old, there are quite a few children of past students from the 1980s who I teach in my classes, there are a few more children of students who I taught in my son’s Prep class, and there is even at least one student in my Secondary School maths classes whose parent I taught at Immanuel! So this year I attended my 30-year Immanuel reunion as a past student, as well as the 20-year and the 10-year reunions as a teacher. Prior to writing this article, I regarded “middle-aged” people as individuals who are a little older than average and are ready for a mid-life crisis. I just realise that I am now in fact already beyond being middle-aged. I’m probably too old to have a crisis… Although that does make me think about the one member of staff who is currently teaching at Immanuel who taught me back in the 1980s… So, it’s been a long time and a lot of “Immanuel”, but I feel very blessed to have had the chance to give as well as to receive so much at a place which is very special for many people. Robert Engelhardt Mathematics Teacher Walk as Children of the Light



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Dr Phillippa Diedrichs

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs (99) has been living in the United Kingdom (UK) since 2010 when she was offered a job which changed the course of her life. An expert in working with young people, Phillippa is called on to testify in front of parliamentary inquiries and in March, was appointed Professor in Psychology at the University of the West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research. As a full tenured professor, Dr Diedrichs is to be congratulated. Notwithstanding the difficulties in arranging an interview time when your subject is on the other side of the world and has myriad corporate and academic demands on her time, Phillippa was happy to share her experiences about her professional and personal journey and how she came to be based in the United Kingdom. The Centre for Appearance Research is a world-renowned centre of excellence for the study of body image and appearance psychology and is based at the University of the West of England in Bristol. “I came across the Centre’s work while I was doing my PhD in Health Psychology at the University of Queensland. I was really impressed by the Centre’s applied ‘real world’ research and the passionate staff who worked there. Its mission aligned with my career goal, which is to create environments that accept diversity in appearance and support people, particularly girls and women, to live free from the constraint of body image and appearance concerns. A postdoctoral research position was advertised toward the end of my PhD and I applied and got the job! I’ve been living in Bristol and working at the Centre since 2010 and during that time, have progressed in my academic career to being appointed Professor in Psychology in March this year.” “Australia is still home. However, the UK feels like a version of home too. I have read that expats can often feel like their heart is in two places, and that is exactly the way I feel. One of the things that I love about living in the UK is how diverse the cities are and the easy access to international travel that it affords. I have always loved to travel and since living here, I’ve got to see lots of Europe, North America and Asia through trips on holiday and for work. “But I don’t think I fully appreciated what a privileged and beautiful setting the Sunshine Coast offers when growing up until I moved to the UK and had to deal with high density living and winters that go on for over six months of the year. I really look forward to coming home at least once a year to the Coast to see my family and to be by the beach. “The three things I miss most about living in Australia are family, sunshine and living by the beach. Coming in close fourth is the coffee! Whenever I come home, a regular routine is getting a flat white from Old Bean with my Dad after a walk on Mooloolaba beach.

psychology students. Not only that, she was incredibly generous with her time and you could tell that she really cared about, and enjoyed teaching, our class. She was professional at all times, but still felt relatable and was very kind. “I took a year off after Year 12, worked part-time in retail and travelled. The following year I moved to Brisbane where I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland (UQ) and took a broad range of classes from women’s studies to history to cognitive science before settling on psychology. I then transferred in my second year to a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology and followed this with a PhD in Health Psychology, both at UQ. “My days as a researcher and university professor are really varied, which is one of the things I love about my job. I lead a team of researchers and students investigating psychological and social influences on body image and the development and evaluation of online and face-to-face body image interventions. All of our research is designed for rapid translation into social impact, so we often collaborate with schools, community organisations and government. I often can’t believe that I get paid to ask interesting questions and design and execute studies to find the answers. “I also regularly consult with businesses, agencies, and organisations on research, communications, campaigns and advocacy on issues relating to body image, appearance diversity, health promotion, girls and women. “A standout project over the past six years has been collaborating with the Dove Self-Esteem Project which is the social mission for the multi-national personal care brand, Dove, which is owned by Unilever. I worked with them to co-create and evaluate evidence-based body image programs for schools, youth groups and parents. These programs have now been delivered in 139 countries to over 8.5 million young people, which is really rewarding. We’re now working together on creating emotionally intelligent animated cartoons with body positive messages in collaboration with the Cartoon Network. “Body image is increasingly recognised as a public health and social justice issue, particularly for young people. In 2016, over 1 million young people in the UK voted for body image to be the focus of the British Government’s Youth Select Committee Parliamentary Inquiry. The Youth Select Committee is supported by the House of Commons, which takes evidence in public and has its proceedings televised and recorded in Hansard. I was asked to attend parliament to present evidence for the inquiry on the prevalence, causes and consequences of body image concerns among young people, and evidencebased strategies to address this issue.

“Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Immanuel. I had great friends and teachers and it provided a good foundation for my future academic studies. Highlights for me were the great friends I made and leisurely lunches on the grass by the sound shell.

“I am fortunate that I get to travel a lot for work. For example, in the past eight months I’ve travelled to India for a project we’re working on in schools in Delhi; to Barcelona to lecture at a university; to Chicago and New York to take part in international conferences; and to Australia for some consultancy work with the Victorian Eating Disorders Association and the Society for Plastic Surgeons. This keeps my work really interesting and satisfies my passion for travel.

“The stand out teacher for me was Ms Zweck, my Modern History teacher in Years 11 and 12. Ms Zweck taught me how to think critically, build a clear argument and how to structure a paragraph – all of which are essential skills in my career today, which includes writing academic journal articles, policy briefs and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate

“I still keep in touch with quite a few people from Immanuel and try to catch up with them when I go home. It’s fascinating to see where we’ve all ended up and although I’m now on the other side of the world, the UK is a version of home too and I’m fortunate to be working in a really rewarding and challenging field,” said Phillippa. Walk as Children of the Light



London-based Travers making a difference

Since leaving Australia in 2005, Travers Lee (92) has added some rather glamorous and interesting places of employment to his resumé. From London, Nigeria and Qatar, life has certainly been an adventure. Not one to back down from a challenge, Travers is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Founders4Schools (F4S), a UK-based charity where he leads a team responsible for the success of workfinder, an app designed to connect young people with fast-growing companies across Britain. F4S and workfinder were both founded by Sherry Coutu, who was named Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2017, Barclay’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and one of the Top 50 Inspiring Women in Europe by Management Today. “I joined Founders4Schools in August 2017 after being recommended by a mutual peer. I never knew Sherry prior to this position but came to realise she was a titan in the tech industry. “She comes from a humble background and became a self-made multi-millionaire in the tech sector and now champions other young women to take STEM subjects and pursue meaningful careers. Prior to this role, I was marketing director for another charity that helped children with special needs receive therapeutic yoga. Both charities are focused on tech innovation to deliver scalable and measurable services. I have focused on digital and tech since the late 1990s mostly in the commercial and creative industries and now I’m interested in how to apply this in the charitable and social enterprise sectors. 28 | Immanuel Features

“Nothing slips by Sherry without her noticing. She is extremely intelligent, a technical genius and knows everyone; casual meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May, Barack Obama and Richard Branson are very normal for her, so I am getting exposure to some very interesting people. “In addition to marketing duties, I take an active role in operations and product development. Workfinder is the project “dearest to her heart” and so she pays particular attention to it. She is also on the board for Zoopla, LinkedIn, Raspberry Pi and other major companies, in addition to being a mother and wife, so it’s fortunate to have regular weekly access to her. “I left Australia and moved to the UK in 2005 after a job offer in New York fell through. After a quick stint at a London digital agency, and a six-month consultancy role in Nigeria to facilitate the takeover of the national telco, Nitel. (Yes, it was dangerous and reserved for another story at another time), I returned to London and started working for a tech fashion startup, Isabella Oliver, that rivalled the innovation of ASOS back in the day. We actually beat ASOS for the e-tailor of the year in 2008. I stayed with them for five years and cut my teeth on the fast London pace in e-commerce,” said Travers. But despite the glamour of being in the London fashion scene, Travers said he felt he could relate a little too much to the film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and needed to push outside his comfort zone.

“London is a battlefield when it comes to commuting into work. Often I am crushed on to trains standing for the full journey and paying the highest transport fees in the world for the privilege! Meanwhile, I remember casually riding my bike into the Valley (Brisbane) to go to work on a sunny day. Lastly, but most importantly, I miss family and friends. Skype really helps but it doesn’t replace being in the same space as them. “I joined Immanuel in Year 11 after coming from Coolum State High School. I was excited to join a school with a respectful community, great education and a superior swimming program. The principal, Mr Jericho, stood out as a friendly, supportive man who made it easy for me to integrate. I loved the grounds – the thick scrub and nature somehow helped me to stay calm with plenty of places to find some headspace. “One of the highlights was winning the state competition for Rock Eisteddfod in 1992. It brought the school together and was exciting being part of it. “The teachers at ILC were a cut above. The family values of the school were impressed upon all teachers who were dedicated to bringing the best out of the students. My passion at ILC was art, so naturally Mrs Cronk was influential for me. She encouraged my critical analysis of art which became an obsession for me. I loved deconstructing art and trying to get into the mind of the artists. I must admit, I would not have been the easiest student to manage. I had a rebellious streak but I value my time at ILC and it shaped the opportunities I have today. “After graduating, I went to UQ to study an arts degree in psychology, but typically in arts degrees you can slide across into other fields, which I did, completing a double major in Philosophy. Despite the reputation that philosophy doesn’t get you jobs, I found the opposite. Philosophy allowed me to be a creative thinker, to create strategies and problem solve which underlines the successes in my career. “I was a professional musician for a brief moment in time as well, playing around the digs in Brisbane and I toured around Australia. My highlight here is Ben Ely from Regurgitator saw our band and loved it so much he volunteered his time to session guitar with us. He was my idol so it was super exciting! (I guess the millennials today may not know them!?) “In 2010, I moved to Qatar to become the digital marketing director for the branch of the government focused on growing the arts, culture and heritage of Qatar. In this role, I worked closely with Her Excellency, Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani – the most influential person in the Arts and sister to the Emir. We worked on many exciting national and international projects with world renowned artists and creatives such as Damien Hirst, IM Pei, Murakami, Louise Bourgeois and Jean Nouvelle. I co-led the Middle East launch of the Google Arts Project and Creative Commons, created the first museum membership program in the Middle East and led the digital strategy for the country to grow its first arts audience. And despite its reputation, women are encouraged to work and become leaders. “I left Qatar in 2015 to return to London to try my hand at being a tech entrepreneur by launching Stereotribes, a music tribefunding platform. Launching a self-funded tech startup is tough, but I did get it to market and made some revenue, just not enough to sustain the business. I am proud to say that Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols launched my company and I helped a few musicians reach national recognition. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. “Leaving Australia was great for my career, but it wasn’t easy and definitely comes at a cost. The three things I miss the most are warm sunny beach days. This is a common gripe in London! Constant moaning about the rainy weather. The underground tube is plastered with sunny holiday get-away ads during winter. The second thing is the quality work-life balance in Oz.

“Today, as the CMO for Founders4Schools, most of my focus is launching a new service which is an app to connect young people with local, fast-growing businesses. Think of it as Uber for work experiences, internships and apprenticeships. My days involve managing partners across the tech, business, government and education sectors developing strategies and keeping the office running alongside the senior management team. However, I stay active outside work hours too, developing new tech ideas, writing scripts (for fun), occasionally writing music, swimming and seeing as much live jazz as possible. “Five years from now, I hope to have started a family and possibly move back to Australia. If I do move back home, it would be to find a healthier life balance, starting a community project and looking for ways to improve/support education in Australia. “Six years ago, I married a wonderful Australian-German woman. She works as a project manager for the Museum of London and we’ve become vegans so cooking is a passion of ours. “I don’t keep in contact enough with my classmates but Facebook allows me to stay up to date. I did live with Megan Valentine after school who I believe was the smartest person in our grade. She became an inspiration and good friend for some time – I think we were both misfits to some degree. But I do feel it’s a good time to reconnect and I welcome any of my classmates to reach out to me. It’s always a good time to reconnect.” Walk as Children of the Light



Lawyer Bronwen Lloyd stands up for what’s right “The welfare of the child is paramount”. This statement, made by Bronwen Lloyd’s (96) Year 12 Legal Studies teacher, Ken Dyce, has stayed with her to this very day and helped shape what Bronwen chose to do with her professional life. Now a lawyer for the Queensland Women’s Legal Service (QWLS) in Brisbane, Bronwen specialises in family law and domestic violence. She has a double degree in Justice Studies/Law from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Masters in Law, also from QUT, majoring in Public Law which explains and regulates the relationship between people and government bodies, including human rights law. “Family law fascinates me. It deals with the things that people hold most dear – the safety and wellbeing of themselves, their children and their homes. But it is much more than that. It involves helping people to recover, move forward and feel safe after their lives have been disrupted by violence, mental illness and substance abuse (among other things). “I firmly believe that family lawyers are peace makers and problem solvers, even when it involves going to court, as an ultimate means of resolving disputes. I have explained to my young son that Mummy’s job is to ‘help people to stop fighting’,” explains Bronwen. When prompted to reflect on her time at Immanuel, Bronwen talked about Binga being a highlight, but like many teenagers, said that a lot of people have a hard time at school. “I remember feeling quite sad and unsure of myself at times and being very scared of being rejected by my friends. I tried to be involved in a lot of different activities: sporting, musical and academic. To be honest, I wasn’t great at any of them, but I think that is one of the points of school; the benefits of having a go at lots of things, even if you’re not excellent at any of them. “I am now aware that when I was at school I had very little insight into how privileged and sheltered my life was. Really, if feeling insecure was my biggest problem – then I had it easy. I mean, I studied pretty hard to get fairly good marks, but I realise that I have had opportunities presented to me that many others wouldn’t – from being able to get a casual job (from Year 10 onwards), to completing uni, to travelling the world and walking into the career of my choice. I have had virtually no systemic barriers to achieving my goals. It’s only later in life that I have appreciated how many kids don’t have it this easy. Now, I truly feel compelled to help people who are less privileged than me. 30 | Immanuel Features

“At school, Mrs Jaaniste was one of my favourite teachers. She wasn’t patronising and she even let us drink coffee! I respected her and her respect wasn’t earned by use of terror tactics. “During Religious Education, she asked us to draft our own “Apostles Creed” – a statement of what we each believed. I actually cannot remember what I wrote in mine, but I do remember that it taught me to think about what I knew and what I believed, and ask questions about why I held these beliefs. It was also the first time it dawned on me that it was okay to have a mixture of beliefs; it’s such a personal thing. I’m still interested in philosophy and religion and the wonders of the universe. “I also remember my Legal Studies teacher, Mr Dyce, banging his hand on the white board and repeating, “The welfare of the child is paramount!” when telling the class about Family Law. Little did I know my eventual career was to lie in Family Law and that in fact the application of the Family Law Act is so much more complicated than Mr Dyce’s advice made

out! I often chuckle when I remember my other Legal Studies teacher, Ms Spring, telling the class that: “The law is irritatingly logical.” If only the legislators followed that motto. “In 1997, I enrolled at QUT in a Justice Studies/ Law degree. It was a five year degree but I took seven years to complete it due to the travel I did after completing the first three years. Combining the law degree with justice studies was a great fit for me. Back in the 1990s, law was quite ‘dry’ and I loved complementing the ‘legal’ side of things with critiques and analysis that came with the ‘justice’ side of the degree. The mid 90s was a real time of renaissance for me – a time of independence, exploration and discovery. “I embraced learning about inequality, power and the “isms” like feminism, Marxism, liberalism, utilitarianism and yes, even postmodernism. I started seeing injustices that I had previously been unaware of. I started to realise that my calling was definitely not going to be in commercial or tax law.

“In 2000, I took two years off to live in London on a working visa. I travelled through east and west Europe and Turkey and it was amazing! I didn’t appreciate how lucky and free I was at the time. “I returned to Brisbane to complete my studies before working for a private legal firm, practising family law, for four years. I also volunteered at the Women’s Legal Service’s free legal advice clinics in the evenings. This is where I first became interested in community legal centres and refugee rights groups. “In 2008 I got a job with Legal Aid Queensland in Rockhampton. Working for two years there made me feel like much more of a Queenslander and I enjoyed the challenge of assisting more Indigenous clients. “After a second stint around Europe and Asia, I returned to Brisbane in 2011 and was able to land my dream job working as a lawyer for the Queensland Women’s Legal Service (QWLS), where I have worked ever since. “QWLS is a specialist legal service for women and working for an organisation that focuses on domestic violence is very important to me. Organisations like this one are crucial because women are far more likely to experience domestic violence than men and traditionally earn less money and have fewer financial resources than men. Our clients often do not have the resources to afford private lawyers – many do not qualify for Legal Aid funding – so they often end up having to represent themselves for their legal matters. “This is extremely stressful, especially for someone already traumatised from domestic violence abuse. I love working in the community/not-for-profit sector; the idea of helping the partners of a private firm to profit from people’s conflict does not interest me. “Every day I help Queensland women to navigate their way through the legal system to help provide them and their children safe and just outcomes. Some days, I am in the Magistrates Court as the Duty Lawyer in domestic violence matters, providing free legal advice and assistance to women who have no legal representation. These days are busy and intense. Sometimes, I only have a few minutes to prepare before I am in court advocating on their behalf. It’s chaotic and certainly an adrenalin rush. “On other days I have appointments with clients who have been referred to us from domestic violence shelters or other crisis and counselling services. I assist them in documenting their evidence in a succinct manner, help them prepare for court and explain the legislative requirements and legal process to them. Drafting affidavits involves listening to their stories, which can be quite harrowing at times. Since 2016, I have also been teaching a subject

at Griffith University called “Advanced Family Law Clinic”. I have loved the opportunity to mingle with law students and teach them some of the tricks of the trade. “A lot of my clients do not speak English so I often work with interpreters. One of the best parts of my role is helping QWLS write government submissions for areas of law reform. We try to record the experience of clients who feel that the system has failed them, and then use these stories to advocate for systemic change. “We were heavily involved in the development of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, brand new legislation which protects the counselling records of victims of sexual assault from being subpoenaed in criminal proceedings. “In 2016, I also gave evidence at the parliamentary inquiry into the Abortion Law Reform Health Bill, which has now become law. This was one of my proudest moments as a feminist lawyer. “QWLS provides free legal and welfare help to over 11,000 women and 17,000 children throughout Queensland each year. Fifty per cent of all the women we help are living with immediate risks to their safety. Fifty per cent live in rural and regional Queensland. The majority of women we assist experience significant disadvantage, are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. The specialist support we provide focuses on enhancing access to justice and creating safer futures. This year has seen unprecedented calls for help and only half the women who reach out can be assisted. “Separation is an extremely dangerous time for women in domestic violence situations so safety planning and ongoing emotional support are essential, as well as legal advice. “A benefit of my role (as opposed to working in private practice) is working alongside a talented and passionate group of social workers. God bless the social workers of the world! “Working in family law involves contact with clients who are often at the lowest points in their lives. This is especially true at QWLS where there are also issues of poverty, homelessness, disability, drug use and mental illness impacting our clients. It is hard not to get too emotionally involved with clients. One thing that has helped is to realise that I am not here to fix everything. I can listen to clients’ stories, provide advice about options and help with some of the steps along the way. “Focusing on caring for two young, adorable, sticky, needy little boys allows me to keep my mind off work. I have a step-son and two of my own boys who are quite young, so when I’m not working, life is a minefield of tantrums and poo explosions.

“Since having children, the clients’ stories that I hear do affect me more profoundly than they used to. To be honest, these days, I am likely to shed a tear listening to the news, or watching some ads on TV. I mean, the RACQ ad where the woman locks her child in the car and gets rescued by emergency roadside assist – that gets me every time! “There are strategies that lawyers can practise which we know can reduce psychological distress. It is important to acknowledge that it is not shameful to feel stressed or distressed and seek support through formal and informal debriefing practices. This is quite a new concept for the legal profession, who are used to maintaining the perception of strength in the context of the adversarial system. “Practising good self-care is important. For example, leaving work on time, trying to have a lunch break away from my desk, getting sufficient sleep, exercise and down time. Okay, those last few are a bit out of reach for me at the moment, with little kids at home, but one day I’m aiming to sleep more than four hours in one block and read a book! “Having a certain optimistic outlook in life is also a big benefit in this area. Despite the awful stories I hear day after day, working at QWLS is my dream job. I get to do what I am passionate about; I am surrounded by a group of amazing, talented, funny women who inspire me every day to keep going. “Picking up the kids from daycare after work is one of my favourite times of the day. Watching their faces light up as they run (or crawl) towards me is the best feeling. After dinner, relaxing (often on the bath mat) while bathing the kids is another beautiful time of the day, as is reading stories in bed. Organising babysitters so my partner and I, or my girlfriends and I, can enjoy an evening out is also a real treat and something that really recharges my batteries. “I keep in touch with a pretty large group of my girlfriends from school. Many of us went to uni in Brisbane, then travelled overseas in the 90s, and lived elsewhere in Australia before settling down either in Brisbane or back on the Sunshine Coast. I love coming home at Christmas time and catching up with my school mates and the swarms of young children that now surround us. I attended my 20-year reunion and enjoy the fact that I am still connected, even now, all those years later,” said Bronwen. The QWLS’s state wide domestic violence helpline (1800 957 957) is open Monday to Friday. More information about QWLS and how to access support can be viewed at All donations and support for Women’s Legal Service is greatly appreciated.

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Rob Jericho

reaching for the stars Rob Jericho (98) is a great guy; he’s friendly, down to earth and easy to chat with. He’s the sort of person who wouldn’t tell you that he was one of the youngest chief pilots and chief flying instructors in Australia, achieving a Grade 1 instructor rating, the highest qualification attainable; that he was an elite kayaker in surf competitions and left flying for three years to compete with K1 kayaks. Now, Rob flies an Airbus A320 passenger jet for Tigerair, ferrying 200 passengers daily in a US$99 million aircraft. In his down time, you’ll find Rob with his wife, Beck, and their two young sons – his eldest is starting Prep at Immanuel next year – as well as studying for a degree in law. To use the old onion metaphor, start talking to Rob and you realise there are layers upon layers to uncover. Immanuel students had the chance to experience this for themselves when Rob returned to the College to talk to Secondary School students about a career in the aviation industry. He encouraged them to dispel the myth that flying is a maledominated industry and told them that Tigerair

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has the highest female pilot per pilot-base ratio in Australia. “It took me more than a gap year to find my way in life and now that I’ve found it, I can’t imagine doing anything else.” To an audience of 500 or so students in Years 7 to 12, Rob talked about the future of aviation. In 2017, Korean Air announced that they needed 3,000 pilots by 2022 and for the first time ever, airlines from the United States are offering E-3 visas to Australian pilots; it’s been estimated that the United States will need 65,000 pilots within the next few years. Rob mentioned a study, released by Boeing, which claims that 500,000 pilots will be required in the next 10 to 20 years in the Asia Pacific region alone. These figures were staggering for 15-year-olds to comprehend but they got the message – if they didn’t have a pathway in life yet, it wasn’t the end of the world. Rob Jericho is the nephew of founding Principal Dr Adrienne Jericho who passed

away suddenly in 2010. He commenced at the College in Year 1 before graduating in 1998 and explained to his audience why their stadium is called the A.J. Jericho Stadium. “At school, I wasn’t a very academic student, not through lack of ability, I just had very little interest in what I wanted to do after graduation. Every time I saw the careers counsellor I had a different idea of what I wanted to do. “After school, I had a few jobs before learning to fly privately. I realised that flying interested me and I obtained my pilot’s licence in 2004. My life has certainly taken a number of different directions. I graduated from Immanuel in 1998 and the College has definitely come a long way from when I started. When I was in primary school, the high school was in the basement, although by the time I reached high school, we were on the same campus as that being used now,” said Rob. The aviation landscape has also changed significantly. Since Rob started learning to fly in 2001, there were only two options – the defence or private (self-funded) path. Now,

Rob in the cockpit

The Jericho family

there are airline cadet schemes and university courses with government funding. Rob’s advice for his eager, young audience was work hard, keep your grades up, stay fit and show an interest, whether you want to try the defence, university or cadet pathway. The obvious benefit of the defence or cadet option is that you are guaranteed a job. Rob’s story is an interesting one, full of twists and turns. He obtained his licence in 2004 from Sunshine Coast company QAS, left for three years due to his involvement in kayaking and surf competitions, returned in 2007 to obtain his instructor rating and then started working for the company as a flight instructor and charter pilot. “QAS was a company that conducted flight training, government and corporate charters around Queensland and the Northern Territory and at our peak, we had 50 planes and around 40 pilots. From there, I built my way up to a Grade 1 Instructor which is the highest qualification in Australia. I also became one

of the youngest chief pilots in the country and chief flying instructor for QAS. “In 2015, the owner wanted to retire so I bought the company and continued until October 2016 which was when Tigerair offered me a job. It was a very steep learning curve as I had never run a business of this magnitude. One of my biggest challenges was learning to manage 40 pilots and a lot of aircraft and equipment. “I’m happy where I am but I’d like to build my way to training and airline management and to help achieve that goal, I’m studying a Bachelor of Laws through Queensland University of Technology. “My advice to anyone is to keep your mind open to opportunities that present themselves when least expected. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for these unexpected opportunities. “It took me more than a gap year to find my pathway in life but once I found it, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere or doing anything else. Have faith and enjoy life. You only get one go at it.”

Rob on the tarmac

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Brennan Sisters

Kathleen Brennan

Introducing… the Brennan Sisters. They could be a cool, Indie pop act based on the popular music genre that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. After all, both girls are English, talented and beautiful. But no, wait for it, they’re historians! Dr Alice Cranney (nee Brennan) (05) received her PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2017 and is now teaching at Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney and Kathleen Brennan (11) is in her final term of a Master of Studies (M.St.) in British and Modern European History at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (UK). Two sisters with a common love of history. Was it inspired by parental influence or their teachers at Immanuel? Or a combination of the two? This author dug a little deeper and discovered a wonderful story of shared passion and inspiration which started during family holidays to historic castles in Britain, continued in the classroom and then at university into what has become a lifelong pursuit. Alice began her Immanuel journey in Year 11 when the Brennan family moved to the Sunshine Coast from England. 34 | Immanuel Features

“It was a big change, made easier by the welcoming ILC community. Having come from a school in the English countryside, where we were always looking to escape the cold, I loved how at ILC we had biology lessons in the rainforest, school camp on Fraser Island and the ritual of swimming at Mooloolaba beach in our uniforms to mark the end of our schooling. However, it was definitely the lifelong friends that I made during my time at Immanuel which defined both my school years and my future. “I think Kathleen would agree that our mum instilled in us a curiosity of the past from a young age. Our home was always filled with historical books and period dramas and often my mum’s extensive knowledge of history would be evident during our dinner table discussions. We reluctantly spent our childhood being dragged around castles on weekends and on holidays. It was not until I got older, and thanks to my history teachers at Immanuel, my lecturers at university, and my overseas field work, that it became a shared passion of ours. “I have since completed a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) (Honours) majoring in Ancient History, French and Spanish at the University of Sydney; a Master of Teaching (Secondary)

(History and Spanish) at UNSW; I spent six months in Mexico conducting fieldwork in five different locations; and in 2017, I completed a PhD in Education and Latin American Studies so I now jump at any opportunity to visit historical sites. “I have written a book chapter about my experiences conducting fieldwork. I have also presented my findings at two international conferences – University of Cape Town and University of Illinois – and I am writing three journal articles using the data I collected while in Mexico. “I currently live in Sydney with my husband, Ben. I have thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of post PhD life and I’m enjoying the challenge of teaching. However, after six months away from academic work, I am getting back into researching and writing journal articles. “As for teaching, for as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. My career started at the age of six when Father Christmas brought me a whiteboard. I set up a classroom for my teddies as well as my brothers, although I had some classroom management issues with them. However, while at university, I realised that I

Dr Alice Cranney (nee Brennan)

wanted to gain some life experience, travel and research a topic I was extremely passionate about before I began working in a school. Having completed my PhD, I am now teaching History, English and Studies of Religion at Presbyterian Ladies College, one of the oldest girls’ schools in Australia. Like Immanuel, it is grounded in a Christian worldview. I love teaching young women as they are curious and eager to learn. Thank you to Herr Wood, Mr Scott and Pastor Koning, and all the wonderful teachers at Immanuel for the role they played in my education and the support they offered me while at school. Kathleen also has fond memories saying she loved her time at Immanuel. “My year group was made up of very talented and hilarious individuals who made all seven years I was at the school truly special. “However, the most defining memories I have took place in the classroom of my favourite history teacher, Mr Scott. Mr Scott would bring in hats for the class to wear that related to the historical period we were studying. We would sit in Soviet ushanka and British Army caps while he told us the best anecdotes and

encouraged us to think critically about what we were studying. He was a fantastic teacher and his lessons were always the highlight of my week. “Both my parents actively encouraged Alice and my decision to pursue history at a tertiary level. I have gone on to major in history and Latin at the University of Sydney, focusing particularly on nineteenth-century British history, and my love of history has continued to grow as a result of this further study. “I am currently in my last term of my M.St. in British and Modern European History at the University of Oxford. After graduation, I hope to stay on in the UK for a few months to work and travel. “I have wanted to study at Oxford for a long time. The University is thought to have the best history faculty in the world, and the people studying here are incredibly hard working and enthusiastic about their subjects. The city itself is also beautiful and constantly buzzing.

well as Australia. Eventually, I think I would like to apply to do a PhD at Oxford or Cambridge. “I feel incredibly grateful, and often a little overawed, to be studying at an institution that has attracted so many important individuals throughout history. “As I go about my day, I am very aware of how my paths cross with these people of the past. I have eaten in the same dining hall where John Locke and Albert Einstein once sat, walked the same streets as Sir Thomas More and Adam Smith, and drank in the same pubs as J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. My college’s favourite hangout is the pub where Bob Hawke, during his own graduate degree at Oxford, set the Guinness World Record for drinking a yard glass of ale in 11 seconds. Even just the other day, I bumped into Kevin Rudd as I was leaving the library. “Having this connection to people who have made their mark on history, makes Oxford an incredibly exciting place to be, and an unforgettable university experience,” said Kathleen.

“As for the future, I am open to all possibilities! I am not exactly sure what I will do, but I would like to spend some time working in England as Walk as Children of the Light



Changing the early

childhood landscape

David Martin (09) is a man of faith and vision. However, even he could not foresee that he would one day present at an international early childhood conference in Italy. In fact, he wanted to pursue a career in film and completed a diploma in video production following his graduation from Immanuel. But, having obtained a job in early childhood education – without having any qualification – he began to forge a new path, one he never saw himself on and now, he’s a man on a mission. Enrolled at Australian Catholic University (ACU), David is studying a Bachelor of Early and Primary Education and believes he’s found his calling. But David’s own educational journey has been tough, particularly with a diagnosis of dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) while at primary school. David was happy to share his story to inspire hope; to tell others that even in times of challenge, faith, hard work and perseverance will always see us through. Like many before him, David loved his years at Immanuel. He attended ILC from pre-school 36 | Immanuel Features

through to Year 12 and talks fondly of Mt Binga – as many will say, this was their fondest time. He played soccer and remembers being runner-up and team champion in Years 6 and 7. He likes to joke that he and his brother were the first siblings to be members of Immanuel soccer teams who won the age championship. Voices on the Coast was another highlight as he loved being part of the technical support crew. But behind the scenes, David was battling with dyslexia and ADD. “I had a lot of amazing teachers during my years at Immanuel. Mrs Miriam Gerhardy was by far my favourite primary school teacher. She knows and understands my school journey better than anyone. I also fondly remember Mr Robert Engelhardt making maths enjoyable! And Mrs Sue Hope’s Film and TV classes were what I looked forward to the most every week. I think the common denominator was that all these teachers brought out the best in me,” said David. “My journey was filled with some incredible highs and lows. Hopefully my story will show that even during great trial and tribulation, there is a place on this earth for everyone. I believe

that each person is cherished by God, and He has given each of us gifts and talents that are designed for the betterment of others. “The dyslexia and ADD meant I had difficulty with reading, comprehension and paying attention. I was a shy and anxious boy, dreading the moment a teacher would call my name to read aloud in class or explain my reasoning. The fear of making a mistake, or not living up to the perceived expectations of those around me, was crippling. I remember being pulled out of class during the school day to go for extra support. I felt humiliated and worthless and despite the help, I felt I was slipping further behind my mates. “In Year 8, things started to turn around. With the help of a small dose of medication, I could concentrate in class and actually engage in the learning that took place. This was a game changer for me. My participation in class changed, my confidence grew and I started to make up lost ground from my primary years. Slowly, but surely, I grew in confidence. I was actually achieving and my grades began to improve. It was still an uphill battle and difficult though.”

“Five years on and I have developed a passion for the children and their families, especially those in the early years. I’ve been supported and presented at the largest conference the globe has to offer in early childhood and I’m currently completing my teaching degree. “For the last five years I’ve been working as an educator for Goodstart Early Learning. It was actually a research assignment for my last module of the Diploma of Children’s Services which paved the way for me to travel to Italy. My task was to research one of the seven quality areas of the National Quality Standard within the centre where I work and develop strategies to make quality improvements. I decided to look into staffing arrangements and how interactions with staff affect the learning of the children. After completing the task, I submitted it and didn’t think anything more about it. My course supervisor told me that the work I had done was impressive and asked if she could share my research with Goodstart’s national research manager. I agreed but didn’t expect to hear anything further. The national research manager then contacted me and told me that my research was extremely interesting and had not been touched on in this way. She encouraged me to write an abstract for the 2017 European Early Childhood Education Research Association’s (EECERA) 27th Conference being held in Bologna, Italy and apply for a Goodstart sponsorship to attend the conference.

When asked the question was it worth it, David’s response is a definite, yes. He admitted that it was hard catching up on eight years of schooling and that it didn’t happen overnight. However, he firmly believes that doing the work helped him discover his abilities, capacity and faith. “’Do I have what it takes?’ This is a question I believe many children and adults struggle with every day of their lives. To answer that question, I played the deadly game of comparison which is crippling. Throughout my schooling, I was hoodwinked by the comparisons I made and believed the lie that I did not have what it takes to succeed,” said David. “The fact is, learning difficulties are big challenges but they don’t need to define you. They don’t limit your success or your contribution to the world around you. If I can speak from the heart, your self-esteem comes from no one else but Jesus. He created you, you are his masterpiece. Before you knew him, he loved you. He chose you, goes with you and even appointed you to go and do the things he has planned for you! (Ephesians 2:10; John

15:16). What an incredible promise to hold on to. The trials you and I face are not the end, they are only the beginning to do what we were created to do. “Initially, after graduating from Immanuel, I completed a Diploma of Digital Video Production. Sue Hope was a great influence in my decision to enrol in the diploma with a view to having a career in that area. Although now just a hobby, every year I am blessed to use my creative skills for the betterment of others by promoting a number of different events in Brisbane, particularly the Shift Youth Festival which attracts close to 2,000 high school students. “Now I’m on a completely different journey, one that began almost by accident. Honestly, I didn’t see myself doing early childhood education when I finished school. It wasn’t until one of those difficult times in life that sparked an opportunity to change direction. Jesus really did have plans for me, because through unlikely connections, I found myself moving to Brisbane and within a month, sitting in an office at a Goodstart Early Learning Centre being interviewed for a job I had no qualifications for!

“After several months, both Goodstart and EECERA accepted my application to present my research in the form of a poster presentation; a sign of their commitment to developing their staff and early childhood education not just nationally, but also globally. At the conference, my poster caused quite a stir and gave me the opportunity to speak to its content. “Goodstart has been incredibly supportive. They showed real faith in me and gave me opportunities to meet and talk with educational leaders who are shaping early learning education today. It was such an honour and I am very thankful to them for the opportunity they gave me. I particularly remember sitting in a meeting room with about 15 of those leading researchers and policy makers. The colleague that invited me along very neatly segued me into a conversation to talk about my research during the meeting. A lady who was in the session was lovely and took great interest in what I had done. I realised the next day that the presenter at the keynote session was the lady I had been sharing my research with the day before! “During the conference, I made some great connections and friends and feel blessed to have been part of some further research projects since. But for now, it’s work, uni and doing my best to keep in contact with a few friends from school. Distance and our various commitments do limit these opportunities but when we start chatting, it’s like the good old times again. I really do feel very lucky to have found my way.” Walk as Children of the Light



Talented siblings Jem and Joey graduate VCA Joseph (10) and Jemima (14) Lai both share the same passion – acting. With a large part of their youth spent with the Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence (BYTE), the pair are now alumni of the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) where they are forging ahead with their acting careers. Both siblings were cast in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ where they performed alongside William McInnes and Gina Riley in July this year. ‘The Telegraph’ reviewed the play as ‘Hugely entertaining’ and Jem’s credits included cast and creative, a great step forward for a new actor just seven months out of acting school. Joe and Jem are both based in Melbourne where they graduated from the University of Melbourne’s VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice); Joey in 2016 with Honours and Jemima in December 2017. They were able to take time away from their busy schedules to share their stories of inspiration, hope and struggle in what can be a tough industry. Joe had time for a brief 15-minute interview during a break from his job at an inner-city café where he does some chefing.

However, in his late teenage years, Joe’s talents developed to the point that it became a real interest. He then began to choreograph and teach improvisation techniques, which is how he became a present-day consultant to theatre companies. On his resumé, Joe is an ‘Actor, Devisor and Researcher’, the latter which draws on experience gained during his Honours year. “When I was in primary school, I was diagnosed with a fine motor skills disability. I found writing really difficult and struggled with English. So, my wonderful teacher at the time recommended I start drama classes which I did, with BYTE. I didn’t take acting seriously though until high school. But I was also keen on studying medicine and in Year 12 did Mathematics B and C, Physics and Chemistry. I was also on the Queensland volleyball team – later the Australian team – and so I had a lot going on. “After school, volleyball was a big focus. I enjoyed the discipline and vigorous nature but realised that I didn’t want to pursue a career as a professional volleyball player.

“I’m fortunate that I’m now getting more acting than hospitality jobs but for the moment, this helps pay the bills. I also do some labouring. It’s great that I have flexibility to get auditions or other commitments when I need to,” he said.

“I did a workshop with Sam Clark in Brisbane – who’s now a drama coach in New York – and a year of drama at QUT. It was then that I realised I was really into physical theatre and that I wanted to do more creative work, which is why I went to VCA. I wanted to devise practices, not just perform; I wanted to be involved in the writing, directing, choreographing, improvising and not just write up a script.

When asked why he became an actor, Joe explained that it was something that evolved slowly. At first, drama classes were attended to deal with a childhood developmental delay.

“Coming from a sports background, physical theatre really appealed. The next stage for me was discovering the world of stage combat in which I’m currently getting my internationally Jemima Lai

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recognised qualification. Basically, I’m learning how to choreograph fights and there are three levels of certification. “I’m studying with choreographers such as Felicity Steele, who’s a phenomenal teacher and actress, as well as Lyndall Grant who is the main choreographer for the Melbourne Theatre Company. I also did a teaching secondment under Scott Witt during my Honours year when he was at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). Scott is with the International Order of the Sword and the Pen, which recognises stage combat internationally. Scott was teaching at NIDA at the time and was a fantastic mentor. “Gem and I attended Immanuel from Prep through to Year 12 and we’ve always been close. I’m not sure if that had something to do with why we’ve both entered the same industry. I was in my third year at VCA when Gem started and I was worried she was going to be seen as ‘Joe’s little sister’ but she’s really forged her own way and is so talented. “Jem did a Young NIDA course when she was in Year 11, which is a great introduction to the industry. My advice to anyone interested in a career in acting is to go to as many theatre shows as possible and learn what you can as there’s nothing like watching it live. There’s nowhere to hide; it’s not like a movie set where you can stop and reshoot. In the later stages of Secondary School, Joe was headed toward a career in medicine or physiotherapy. “I thought I wanted to be a doctor or physiotherapist. It’s strange, I guess, how

things turn out as I’ve recently been accepted into the GAULER International Theatre School to study clowning in Paris for 10 weeks. After that, I’m off to Banff, Canada, for the Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop. There, I’ll do everything from fencing, stunt work, modern martial arts, fight direction, stage combat and learn a variety of different movement systems. “Up until now, I’ve done lots of ensemblebased work and physical theatre. I also formed my own company called The Human Project with two other graduates from VCA. “In 2017, I was a performer with the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of ‘Cybec Electric’ which was part of the Asia TOPA Festival. In 2016, I was the creator, performer and producer with The Human Project Ensemble of ‘2.0 Contact’ at Melbourne Fringe 2016 and from 2016 onwards, I’ve been a stage conduct consultant, in a choreographing role, for the Baker’s Dozen Theatre Company. A lot of my work is in creative development – reading plays and making suggestions about the script and choreography but as quite a bit of my work is in production, I can’t really talk about it. “During the Commonwealth Games, I travelled up to Brisbane for the lead role of Simon in Shock Therapy Productions’ play ‘Welcome to Saneville’. The company has won a number of theatre awards in Queensland so it was a great opportunity and there was of course the recent run of Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’,” said Joe.

“In Year 3, I began doing drama lessons at school with Miss Beattie and started at BYTE in Year 6 with Miss Beattie and Robyn Ernst, studying there until Year 9. “Acting drew me in as I’m interested a great deal in social and political activism. Our degree was mostly theatre making; we learnt how to devise theatre, how to shape people’s thinking which can affect and change their lives in significant ways. That’s what I’m passionate about – big, new ideas that can change the world. “I also love musical theatre and I remember a turning point in my life when I was 15. I was at school and we were attending Voices on the Coast, the literature festival that Immanuel hosts with USC every year. Performance artists Shake & Stir were performing to a large crowd and called me up to perform with them; I did a few random activities and it was such a buzz. “Doing Young NIDA in Year 11 also established the foundation skills of acting. Mum used to drive me to Brisbane every Sunday to do the workshop and I’m really grateful that she did. “I’m also grateful to my Drama teacher in Years 11 and 12, Solitaire Marks (05) and Head of Arts Nick Knijnenburg, who both really inspired me. Once I realised how much I wanted to act, and started to prepare for auditions, I sat down with the both of them and they said I could make it. From two people who really knew the industry, this made a huge difference.

“I’m pretty happy with where things are at. It can be a tough industry but I know what I want to achieve and where I’m headed,” he said.

“I loved my time at ILC – having teachers like Mr Scott, Miss Marks and Mr Knijnenburg. Sol realised that school wasn’t everyone’s whole life. She kept us on the ball, but was very caring and nurturing at the same time.

Jemima has always enjoyed acting and said it matched perfectly with her core values in life.

“Now that I’ve finished my degree, I’m working for Mr Moto, a poster distribution company

for events, theatre or band promotions. I hang posters in cafes and have very flexible hours which is great, as auditions are constantly popping up. I’m in the early stages of my career but I’m fortunate that 50% of my income is now coming from acting jobs, which I’m really proud of. I do receive support from my parents though, which I realise makes me very fortunate. “Your first year out of acting school is all about the hustle. It’s about keeping your name on everyone’s radar and getting jobs, even if they’re unpaid. It is lots of fun. I’m with Kubler Auckland Management in Brisbane who represent Joey and me. I look for things and they look for things. “In May, I was measured up for a pink ball gown for ‘An Ideal Husband’ which was so exciting. Rehearsals started mid-June and my dad was so proud. Joe played a French barrister and it was thrilling getting to learn alongside Gina Riley and the director. “There have been so many highlights for me so far. I’ve had the opportunity to travel through Europe – to Barcelona and Berlin; I did an exchange with the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow; and now I’m involved in lots of play development which is where a writer is developing a play and gets actors in to do readings and figure out where they want to go with it. It’s a paid job, low pressure and a fun environment. “Getting ‘An Ideal Husband’ through a Melbourne Theatre Company general audition was such a buzz. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and work toward finding plays that allow me to have a voice, to express my views on how I feel about certain social and political issues. That is, after all, one of the reasons I chose acting as my vocation,” said Jemima. Jemima Lai

Joseph Lai

Joseph Lai

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Mathematician and linguist Renee Oldfield heads for Japan

Throughout school, Renee Oldfield (17) was a diligent and hardworking student who attained an OP 1 at the end of Year 12. Renee is also one of only a handful of students to be awarded an academic scholarship through the Australian Institute of International Understanding (AIIU) which involves a 10-month exchange program to Japan. Renee arrived in Japan in March, where she has been going to school and assisting at English camps for middle and high school students. While in-country, we took the opportunity for a Q&A about how things are going being so far from home. How did you come to be living in Japan? One of the subjects I studied in Years 11 and 12 was Japanese and my teacher, Mrs Vanessa Guild, told the class about an exchange program to Japan that accepted gap year students. I applied for the program mid-last year and was accepted. How difficult has it been for you to adapt to going from the Sunshine Coast to living in Japan? I think it’s been pretty easy for me to adapt to living in Japan. Although it’s very different from what I’m used to, my host family and friends have all been really supportive, which made settling in much easier. How long will you be in Japan? I arrived in Japan in March and I’ll be returning to Australia in January 2019. So far, what have been your most memorable experiences? I’ve had a lot of memorable experiences, mostly with my host family. There were still two weeks of spring vacation left when I arrived, so I spent a lot of time with them before school started. I went to Kyoto with my host mum and sister and we went to Fushimi Inari shrine, a few temples and a cat cafe. I also went to Universal Studios with my host sister and her friends, which was so much fun. I’d wanted to go there for ages before I came to Japan and I’m so glad I got to go. 40 | Immanuel Features

Where are you living and going to school? I’m living in Fukuchiyama in the Kyoto prefecture. It’s a town in the countryside and it’s actually smaller than the Sunshine Coast. How do you travel to school each day? Every day I ride my bike to and from school with my host sister, which takes about half an hour each way. Do you have a good support network? I’m living with a host family and I have lots of other people supporting me as well, like my friends, my teacher, my counsellor and the other exchange students I came here with. Have your Japanese language skills improved since being there? I’ve been here a few months now and I’d say my Japanese has definitely improved. I can understand people more easily than when I first arrived (although I still don’t understand all classes) and I can communicate more easily with my family and friends. Do you have any advice for Year 12 graduates about going straight to university, taking a gap year or travelling? I’m really glad I took a gap year because I don’t think I would have been ready to jump straight back into studying and exams at uni this year. However, I know that lots of my friends were ready to start uni this year. It sounds cliched, but only you can know what’s going to be right for you, and if any graduates are considering a gap year, I’d definitely recommend it. Your degree will still be there when you get back. Are you still planning to return and study a degree in mathematics next year? After I return to Australia, I’m planning on studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science majoring in mathematics at the University of Queensland.

Dr Joel Matthews (02) is in a race to save lives, not just in his dayto-day life as a doctor, but in an epic physical endurance race to raise money in the fight against melanoma. Joel is one of 12 doctors who have come together to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest team to run one million metres. This gruelling event will take place on a treadmill at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on 16 October. The current world record stands at 82 hours.

In a race to save


“The purpose of our world-record attempt is to raise money which will be used to set up the new melanoma unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital,” said Joel. “We want to help individuals and families in their fight against melanoma. One Queenslander dies every single day from the disease. “All 12 of us are Queensland doctors and our aim is to raise $250,000 to help change these statistics. “The attempt is part of a campaign known as ‘A Million Metres For Melanoma’. In April 2014, 31-year-old Phoebe Eales had a mole removed at a regular skin check. It was melanoma. Five months later, Phoebe felt a lump in her neck. It was melanoma. Her battle with melanoma continued with countless check-ups, scans, surgery, radiation and immunotherapy, and ended in November 2015 with this aggressive melanoma taking her life. During her final days, she reached out to her brother-in-law, Chris Conyard, and asked him to help those who were also fighting against melanoma. “In April 2016, Chris, myself and ten of our mates completed our first ‘A Million Metres for Melanoma’ challenge which saw us break the world record for the fastest team to row one million metres on an indoor rowing machine. During this gruelling three-day event, we managed to raise over $132,000 which was donated toward melanoma research. Phoebe would have been proud. “During the event we were lucky enough to get exposure on Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10 News, Triple M radio station, The Courier Mail and multiple local newspapers. For the treadmill challenge in October, we have already been in discussion with several media outlets and plan to increase our exposure exponentially in an effort to raise more funds,” said Joel.

Dr Joel Matthews

Generous donors are the key to success and make it possible for organisations such as the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to provide for individuals and families in need during their fight against melanoma. If you would like to make a donation via the Million Metres For Melanoma website, go to

Joel Matthews & daughter Lila

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amazing time I’d had wandering paddocks, creeks and hills, and how I can’t wait for my own children to have the same experiences. Being from interstate, he couldn’t believe the opportunities I’d been given at such a young age. When asked whether there were any particular teachers who’d made a real difference during her educational journey, Courtney said that it felt like asking her to pick her favourite child! “There are a few names that have stuck with me over the years starting with Primary School Principal Mr Auricht and Mrs Semmler, my Year 1 teacher. My Year 7 teacher, Mr Ruediger, probably had the biggest impact on my early life. It was in his class that I formed some of my strongest friendships and best memories, when trading a packet of two-minute noodles for a Milo popper made me feel like the wolf of Wall Street. “In high school, Mrs Rita Rainnie and Mr Fred Ade stay with me. In hindsight, I realise that their ability to get through to a teenage kid’s brain was so valuable and I know many others would share my opinion. “I’ve been lucky enough to have had two, very different careers in my life so far – radio and building. By the time I finished Year 12, I was already doing free work experience with 92.7 Mix FM. That continued as I started a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree at USC the following year. Over the next four years, I worked at 92.7 Mix FM (a real, paid, full-time job!) and completed my degree. From there, I landed my first on-air role and progressed until I was lucky enough to score my ‘dream job’, working with Jamie Dunn and Ian Calder (we were the breakfast show on Zinc 96, beginning in 2006). Courtney Burns (99) is one very busy woman. With five young children, three of whom attend Immanuel, Courtney won last year’s Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards Women in Building Award and says building is in her blood, having returned to the family construction business, P.J. Burns, after some time in the radio industry. Courtney has a Diploma in Building and Construction, a low rise Builder’s Licence and says housing is what she loves. “The company was established in 1978 and we treat each build like it’s something special and maintain a really personal touch. We’re proud of the fact that our clients speak to someone in our office rather than a site office somewhere,” she said. 42 | Immanuel Features

Having such a long-term connection with the Coast, it’s no surprise that Courtney also has a deep connection with the school that she spent her entire education at – Immanuel. “I loved my years at ILC and was lucky enough to be a student from Year 1 all the way through to Year 12. My best friends today are the same ones I made on the school grounds all those years ago – making me feel a little bit old! The highlight of my time was Mt Binga (no surprises there!). “My favourite memory is lighting the fires to heat the water for our showers. It’s funny how the simple things are often the ones that have the biggest impact. I was in the car with a colleague recently, chatting to him about the

“I worked my way through the radio industry until I had our third child, Frankie, in 2013. Throughout the years, I had been helping out with dad’s business, P.J. Burns Builder, and we often chatted about working together one day. While on maternity leave, I spent some time with him and decided to make the move and completely switch career to the one that I was born to have. “P.J. Burns Builder is a family company, currently celebrating our 40th year. I am lucky enough to work with two of my three sisters, Amanda (01) and Sarah (04) and my husband, Hayden Semmler (no relation to my Year 1 teacher). “I am the Sales Manager at P.J. Burns which is my new ‘dream job’, am on the State Contracts

Committee with Queensland Master Builders and in 2017, was acknowledged for involvement within the industry, with the Women in Building award. I juggle my time between a hectic work life and spending time with Hayden and our five amazing kids.

amazing teachers, some the same as when I was there (probably making them feel a little bit old) and the kids have already formed lifelong friendships. Catching up in the carpark with Old Scholars, who now also have kids of their own, is a testament to the quality of our years there.

“When Hayden and I were considering our kids’ future, we toured through at least five schools across the Sunshine Coast looking for one that could cater for five kids with very different interests and abilities. I always raved about my time at Immanuel but it was actually Hayden (a qualified teacher himself) who made the final call on ILC being our school of choice. This decision was based on the broad range of opportunities for our children and the simple Christian values in a fast-paced, technology-driven world. The last four years at the Immanuel ELC and ILC have only given us confidence that we made the right decision.

When asked if she still keeps in contact with classmates, Courtney’s response: “Yes! Too many to count. Is this where I list names and try not to forget anyone? (sorry to anyone I haven’t mentioned by name!).

“I love being back in the Immanuel community! We’ve been lucky enough to have some

“I work beside Nathan Manz who was in my class at Immanuel Primary School. My closest friends today, Rachel Torr (Daily), Michelle (Alvisio) and Ben Cook (who married years after graduation), Brendan Legg and Bec Wood are all directly from the senior school tables closest to the tuckshop. Since graduation, we have all been through the ups and downs of life together; they are the family I chose and am so grateful to have. Then, there are the countless others who I’d still call friends, whose paths

I cross daily, in both corporate and personal circles,” she said. At Immanuel, Courtney has come full circle; she has rediscovered old friendships and the essence of what made the College special when she was a student, but now seen through the eyes of her three young daughters. As a College, the next generation will springboard to success based on the values taught to Courtney and her sisters but in facilities that have been updated and improved and with new technologies and networks that will broaden knowledge and reach. As they say, the world is their oyster. The P&F Community and College are grateful to P.J. Burns for sponsoring, for the second consecutive year, Best Painting at the 38th Immanuel Arts Festival.

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Ben Jones

making a name in the tough world of sports broadcasting

Ben Jones

Ben Jones (98) loves his sport but as Business Manager, Production for Fox Sports, it’s his job to oversee all sports that Fox manages. Recently promoted from General Manager Fox League, Ben used to oversee the rugby league channel. Now, as Business Manager Fox Sports Production, he looks after all major codes including NRL, football, rugby, golf and motorsport ensuring the television network continues to grow its audience and market share. The role involves collaborating and developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, governing bodies and commentators. As Ben says, “It’s a fantastic job and I get to watch a lot of sport!” But how does a kid from the Sunshine Coast end up working for News Corp’s premier sports channel? “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Immanuel and have fond memories of my schooling. There are several highlights but one of the best memories is definitely my time at Mt Binga in Year 10; although those hikes were long and hard and getting dropped 44 | Immanuel Features

out in the bush, alone for survival, was tough! My favourite teacher was Mr Evans who I had for both maths and basketball. He always found a fun way to teach and was very kind and supportive of the students. “After graduating from Immanuel, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at the University of Queensland. After six months, I decided it wasn’t for me so I started studying IT instead. Six months later, I realised business management was what I wanted to do and I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management in 2003. I loved my days at uni and I learnt a lot while making some great friends along the way. “When I finished university, I sent an email to the ‘Boots n All’ program on Channel Nine answering a trivia question and at the end of the email, I asked for a job. Six months passed before I received a response from the host of the show, Andrew Voss, informing me there was a job available for a production assistant at the Wide World of Sports for the first time in several years. I applied for the job, had an interview and ended up getting the role. After working for the Wide World of Sports from 2004 to

2010, I moved to Fox Sports to work on rugby union for two years. In 2012, I was appointed Executive Producer of NRL and now, as Business Manager, I’m Andrew’s boss! The timing was perfect. I was very lucky to get the opportunity. “Most of my days involve looking at ways we can be more cost effective across Fox Sports without having an impact on our production and output. I deal with stakeholders across all codes on a regular basis especially around contractual agreements. I also deal with the NRL governing body on a day-to-day basis and I spend a great deal of time going through broadcast contracts and scheduling to ensure we’re growing our production while aligning with our rights agreements. “Recently, Fox Sports merged with FOXTEL to ensure the brand grows into the future in a very competitive, evolving market. We currently have long-term rights agreements with all major codes which puts us in a great position in the sports broadcasting world. “In previous roles, I would travel every weekend for work but now, I mainly work Monday to Friday which is great as I have a young family. I got married in

2014 and in August 2016, my wife Michelle and I welcomed our son, Oliver. He already watches plenty of sport! “Over the years, I’ve travelled to some amazing places and attended and worked on some world class sporting events including rugby internationals in South Africa and Hong Kong, the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, State of Origins, NRL grand finals and the Commonwealth Games. “It’s been difficult keeping in touch with classmates from ILC as a lot of the friends I had back then have moved overseas but I do still speak to Pete Thornton (98) quite regularly who lives in London and is the Vice-President, RBS Corporate and Institutional Banking and also to Gareth Phillips (98), who works for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; also, Steve Cadell (98) who works in mergers and acquisitions and lives in Dubai from time to time. “For all that’s happened, I’m really looking forward to catching up with old friends at the 20-year reunion in August. It will be a great chance to reconnect with everyone,” said Ben. Walk as Children of the Light



Renee Mathews takes on life as a missionary

It’s not often that a young woman in today’s world announces to her family that she wants to be a missionary. But that’s exactly what Renee Mathews (14) did. At first, she was on track to study a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the University of Queensland with the goal of becoming a Mathematics and German language teacher. Her plan was to take a gap year then commence studying. As well as securing an OP, Renee completed a Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology which helped her secure a part-time job as a youth pastor at Nambour Anglican Church so she could spend time with her family and congregation during her gap year. “While I was there I met a couple who were connected with YWAM, Youth With a Mission, and I was fascinated; fascinated with the idea that I could build on my beliefs and passions and do God’s work overseas where I felt called to go,” said Renee. “My plans changed quite quickly and before I knew it, I was enrolled in YWAM’s Discipleship Training School (DTS) program which is a six-month program – three months of lectures and three months of outreach missionary work which I spent doing in Nepal.

helped organise the community’s Christmas entertainment and did lots of fun skits. We went into the mountains for a week, three to four thousand metres above sea level, which was a beautiful, incredible experience. We did a lot of hiking, prayer walks and brought church to two villages. We would sing worship songs, conduct house fellowship and often stay over, eating dinner with the villagers before hiking back the next day. “With the anti-evangelism laws, we couldn’t approach people directly but if they approached us, that was fine. With the pastor, church elder and some Nepalese Christians, we would often set up in a paddock and perform exaggerated skits where language wasn’t a problem. We did have interpreters, but with exaggerated body language and humour, our meaning was obvious and before we knew it, we would draw a crowd. We’d then talk about Jesus and Christian values. “In Nepal, 80% of the country is Hindu and we were certainly sensitive to the customs and beliefs that exist. It’s a very spiritual country and as a missionary, I was working to bring the teachings of Jesus to everyone I met.

“Initially, I was in Restenas on the west coast of Sweden for the lecture component – I now have a pretty good grasp of conversational Swedish – before going to Nepal.

“YWAM supports local churches and what they’re already doing in-country. Sending short–term teams with energy doesn’t make sustainable change, but it is more effective in Hindu countries than other cultures that require longer term relationship building,” she said.

“A big part of a missionary’s work involves taking care of those in need and helping communities expand their skills. In Nepal, there are anti-conversion or anti-evangelism laws so we worked with established YWAM bases and churches on programs that are already in place. These involved pre-schools, with widows and others in need within the community. We

Renee’s passion stems from the core components of the YWAM charter that include having a Christian education available for children; having the basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and health care; and leading a productive life of fulfilment spiritually, mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.

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“Being a missionary can be tough. Every day you feel called to do God’s work and I know I need to raise all of the funds to continue on my mission. It’s not always easy. Some days it’s just digging holes for fence posts. But overall, it’s a privilege. “It’s surreal to trek for hours and then talk to people who have very little contact with the outside world. You get moments of gold; seeing God move in their hearts is beautiful. “In all my work, my goal is the same – to have people understand that we are loved and accepted children of God. “In the west, we want to live forever. In a Buddhist country, they don’t. They see that as being trapped. Every culture has specific issues that you need to be sensitive to. We always consider ‘how do we communicate?’ and ‘what are we trying to communicate?’ “Next up for me is being part of establishing a new YWAM base in Smaland, Sweden. Sweden used to send out the most missionaries in the world and now they’re the most secular society in Europe. The region is the Bible belt of Sweden; affiliated with the Swedish State Church but theologically very Lutheran. It’s an adventure that I can’t wait to be a part of as I’ll be teaching new missionaries, so a whole new chapter in my journey. “I ask myself, what does the Gospel look like? And what am I trying to communicate? My answer – instilling the love and teachings of Jesus into new missionaries as they start their DTS which not very long ago was me. “I’m not sure where my missionary journey will end, but for the moment, I’m loving every minute of it.”

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Old Scholar News The Hon. Charles Abel MP (86) is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury of Papua New Guinea, a post he has held since August 2017. He is serving his third term in parliament in the O’Neill-Abel cabinet and represents the electorate of Alotau Open for the People’s National Congress (PNC) Party. Charles has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and worked as an accountant, financial controller and businessman prior to entering politics. Sean Abnett (14) is in his second year of a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production at Griffith University. Recently, he was part of a media crew filming the cycling at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Daniel Berry (89) is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer and Director at Projex Partners on the Sunshine Coast. With over 20 years’ experience, Daniel specialises in the planning, design, documentation and construction of transport, road and civil infrastructure projects. His experience encompasses team and project management, road and highway design and construction, stormwater hydrology and hydraulics, environmental management, traffic and transportation planning and modelling, community consultation and cost estimating.

As a planning consultant, Georgia travels regularly and has worked across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Alyce Burnett (09) has been named in this year’s sprint squad to represent Australia at the Canoe Sprint World Cup Series and World Championships. Alyce dominated in all her events during selections trials before taking home the national title in the women’s K1 500 and K1 200. Alyce also combined with her K2 partner, Alyssa Bull, to win the K2 500 at both events. Matthew Diesel (95) is an auctioneer and licensed real estate agent with Ken Guy Buderim and mentored Year 12 student Gwenyth Hill as part of the 2018 Schools Auction Championships. A national competition, Gwen completed a 12-week program under Matt’s careful tutelage and was so successful that she was nominated to be Queensland’s official representative to the national championships in Adelaide in May. Jennifer Francis (88) is a clinical psychologist who had a private practice, All About Kids, on the Central Coast of New South Wales for 12 years which included psychologists, speech therapists and occupational therapists. Jennifer sold the practice late last year to move back to the Sunshine Coast.

Catherine Brown (98) is a police officer with the Victorian Police Force.

Karen Galvin (nee Harding) (98) is a radiographer on the Sunshine Coast.

Georgia Burkin (12) completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Honours Class 1) at the University of Queensland in 2017 and now works at ROSS Planning in Brisbane as a planning consultant. That same year, Georgia was accepted as part of the crew of the STS Young Endeavour tall ship. The Young Endeavour Program is an internationally recognised youth development program that has been teaching teamwork, leadership, communication and resilience skills to young Australians for more than 25 years.

Major Luke Holloway (02) has been posted to Brisbane as Officer Commanding 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and returned to the College in April to deliver the commemorative ANZAC Day address. Luke is married and has a newborn daughter, Emily Rose and will be deployed overseas in coming months.

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Jennifer Jonas (08) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2011 and in 2018 she completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She is currently working as a paediatric occupational therapy assistant in Brisbane. Dr Matthew Jones (07) is a surgical registrar within the Department of Surgery at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and a Research Associate at the F. Douglas Stephens’ Surgical Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He recently completed a Master of Surgery through the University of Sydney and continues to sponsor a bursary which enables a Year 12 Immanuel student interested in studying medicine to sit the Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test (UMAT).

Scarlett Jaeger (14) is in her final year at USC doing a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.

Andrew Kesper (99) works for the ABC at Parliament House in Canberra. As an aside, he runs a website named “Midday Somewhere” which tracks online wine prices.

Zara Jaeger (16) is working in hospitality at Australia Zoo.

Kevin Kiernan-Molloy (01) is living in Copenhagen, Denmark

with his Danish girlfriend and son. He is also working at Kronborg Castle doing an interactive show called ‘Hamlet Live’. Kronborg is the 500-year-old castle in which ‘Hamlet’ is set. Kevin is playing Hamlet’s Uncle King Claudius. After the summer, he is hoping to commence a degree at Roskilde University. Emily Larkin (09) returned to Immanuel for the 2018 Voices on the Coast Literature Festival to promote her newly-published book, The Whirlpool, which talks about happiness, sadness, loneliness and love as experienced through the eyes of a young polar bear cub. Children loved Emily’s beautifully written story and Helene Magisson’s magical illustrations. Paula Lawrence (88) is the Program Director for the Melbourne office of Kathy Jones and Associates (KJA) which provide strategic communications and community engagement consulting to government and the private sector. Paula’s career in communications and engagement began after Ansett International collapsed in 2001. She joined the NSW Government in 2001 and Walk as Children of the Light



was seconded to the office of the Minister for Tourism in 2002 to advise, on the tourism portfolio. Paula spent 10 years in the NSW Government, becoming a Chief of Staff for the last four years across portfolios of Tourism, Housing, Roads and Regional Development. In 2011 she moved to Victoria to take up a senior communications and engagement role with a large regional council, before moving to the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils for four and a half years and then to KJA in 2017. Paula returned to the Coast for ILC’s 30year reunion. Robert Lowe (88) is the Head of Health, Safety and Environment for Sanofi in the Asia, Japan and Pacific Region. Rob has been with Sanofi for 13 years and is currently based in Singapore. Prior to this, Rob was based in Shanghai for three years. Fiona Maclean (nee Nelson) (86) is a self-employed podiatrist living in Brisbane. Foundation student Gillian Meyers (Year 7/79) is a secondary school teacher at Unity College in Caloundra. 48 | Immanuel Features

Hayden Murphy (12) commenced army officer training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in January 2013 where he completed a Bachelor of Business graduating in December 2015. He was then posted to the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC) where he underwent Army specific officer training graduating from RMC in June 2017 as a first lieutenant. RMC is considered one of the best leadership and management training institutions in the world and as a result of his performance, Hayden was one of ten people to be allocated Infantry after his four years of training. He has now been posted to the 8th/9th Battalion in Brisbane and is under the command of Major Luke Holloway (02). He is excited about leading 30 to 40 infantry soldiers and in coming years, hopes to be deployed overseas. Katie McCann (17) has been awarded the Desmond Tutu Scholarship at King’s College London. This award is given to students who are pursuing higher learning so that they can play a part in making the world a better place. Katie was required to

submit a one thousand word essay on how an education at King’s College would help students serve society upon graduation. As well as a small monetary award, she will attend functions connected with the scholarship throughout the academic year. Katie will commence a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religion, Politics and Society at King’s College in September. Sarah McGovern (14) is 18 months into a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne majoring in politics with a minor in development studies. Sarah recently returned from a six-month exchange with the University of Bologna in Italy. Her goal is to work in the field of social justice. In this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Commander Anthony Nagle RAN (97) was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. The citation reads as follows: Commander Anthony Richard Nagle RAN, NSW For outstanding devotion to duty as the Executive Officer in HMAS Newcastle.

Commander Nagle’s outstanding devotion to duty, leadership and resourcefulness were principal factors in the development of an esprit de corps amongst the crew that resulted in the highly successful conduct of HMAS Newcastle’s operational capability throughout 2016 and 2017. His dedication, application of superior management and clear communication skills were major contributing factors to HMAS Newcastle’s success.” Erin Norton (17) was excited to be accepted into Griffith University’s Film School. According to the latest Uni Reviews rankings, Griffith was named the top creative arts school in Australia where they’re preparing the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game designers for careers within the international business of film, television and digital screen media creation. Cheney Railton (88) is an intelligence analyst for the Queensland Child Protection Offender Registry, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Major Events Command.

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Former air force officer Gary Rains (88) is an airforce aerospace engineer with the Department of Defence – Air Force. He holds a Masters of Defence and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University. Liam Renton (93) is the Executive Producer of the 97.3 Breaky Show in Brisbane. Dimity Stoyle (08) is competing in the Qualifying Series of the World Surf League and is also a DJ known as “Shimmy Disco”. In 2015, Dimity was ranked 15th in the Women’s Championship Tour. Samantha Seghers (88) is a yoga teacher in Redcliffe with her own studio. She also teaches meditation, Japanese home-style cooking and does Reiki treatments. Samantha has a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Applied Science and Master in Education (TESOL) and lived in Japan where she taught English for 12 years. Dr Jedda Schutz (98) is a consultant psychiatrist for Northern NSW Health in the Byron Bay region. Frances St John (00) completed a Bachelor of Laws at the

University of Queensland and a Master of Laws at the Australian National University. She worked as a solicitor for years before being called to the Bar where she is now a member of Tenth Floor Selborne/Wentworth Chambers and specialises in intellectual property law. Kate Szumowski (98) (nee Wadley) is an exercise physiologist on the Sunshine Coast. Jackson Wendt (15) is studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in film, and currently lives in Toowoomba. Lucy Wong (16) secured a contract with Royal Caribbean Cruises to dance upon the Grandeur of the Seas. Since graduating from Immanuel, Lucy had been studying performing arts with Transit Dance in Melbourne. Eve Wood (98) (nee Battersby) lives on the Sunshine Coast and is a social worker for Queensland Health working in hospital emergency departments. Natalie Wood (12) graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science degree in July 2016. Natalie was interested in and completed

several food science subjects in the latter half of her degree and following graduation, gained employment as a food technician for a company in Brisbane where she continues to live and work.

Lucy Wong

Aaron Zamykal (97) is Managing Director of Zamykal Investment Group and has a technology incubator called Scrappi which has launched a kids writing platform called Your Secret Sauce ( A Queensland primary school has subscribed their 500 students to the platform, a hospital is considering doing the same to help their paediatric patients write about their experience, and kids from all over the world are now writing on the platform. USC held a morning tea to thank scholarship donors and a number of VWMS recipients were photographed together. Sarah Conrad (14) has recently completed her paramedic science degree and can be see above next to Wendy Gorissen (89) (nee Walker), Jocelyn Walker, Taylor Davis (13) and Sean Cross (15), who will complete his paramedic science degree this year. Taylor is teaching at an independent primary school in Everton Park, Brisbane.

Natalie Wood

The very talented Elliette Halpin (17) is this year’s recipient of the illustrious Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship (VWMS). Offered to an Immanuel graduate who intends to complete their degree at USC Sunshine Coast, Elliette has chosen to study a Bachelor of Nursing Science and wishes to work in paediatric oncology. Elliette was chosen from an outstanding field of candidates and we wish her the very best in her future endeavours. In a lovely moment where the next generation learnt about the generosity of their forebears, Vic’s grandson, Zane, was on hand to help his grandmother, Jocelyn, award Elliette with this year’s scholarship which covers her first year university tuition. The Scholarship was first awarded in 2000 and we thank the Walker family for their continued support of Immanuel Lutheran College. Elliette Halpin

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Weddings Laura Berry (05) (nee MacLeod) married Alec Berry from St John’s College on 27 May 2017 at the Old Dairy in Maleny. Old Scholars in attendance were sister, Hannah, Tara Fahey (05) (nee Paroz), Sarah Brown (05) (nee Wimmer), Ellen Keane (05) (nee Whalley), Ashleigh Smith (05), Chloe Grant (05) (nee Dyce), Emma Street (05) and Cameron Brown (03). Hannah, Tara and Sarah were bridal attendants. Laura is a senior associate with MinterEllison in Brisbane where she specialises in construction law. After graduating from Immanuel, Laura studied a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business Management at the University of Queensland and is currently completing her Masters in Construction Law through the University of Melbourne. Laura and Alec honeymooned through the south island of New Zealand. Katherine Conway (05) married David Howard in a barn-style wedding at Mooloolah Valley Riding Centre on 7 April 2018. She is shown below with one of her best friends, Fiona Bell (05). Katherine and David live on the Sunshine Coast where Katherine is a physiotherapist and works between Nambour and Sunshine Coast University Hospitals. The couple took a belated honeymoon to Japan in June. In a beautiful location at St John Bosco Catholic Church in Kenilworth, Eliza Gibson

(10) married Alex Odorico on 21 April 2018 surrounded by friends and family, many of whom attended Immanuel. Eliza and Alex then spent a week in Tasmania for their honeymoon. Eliza is an English and Visual Art teacher at Southern Cross Catholic College in Scarborough. Oni Ieong (05) and Kim Greaves were married on 10 March 2018 at Old Government House in Brisbane. The couple were joined by family and friends for their reception at Hotel Grand Chancellor. Oni was accompanied down the aisle by her younger brother, Alex (06). Other Old Scholars in attendance included Oni’s cousins Annie Yang (99), Michael Yang (06), Heidi Yu (07) and Tracey Yu (12), along with school friend Katelyn Peet (nee Poulsen) (05) and her husband, Bradley. XXX

Oni is a registered architect and works for TVS Architects in Brisbane. TVS Architects is a small-to-medium sized firm and Oni is assisting with the management a large mixeduse development project located in Forster, New South Wales. Kirsty Mark (05) married Gareth Wilkinson on 9 March 2018 at Boat Harbour Beach in Tasmania. Kirsty was accompanied by her bridesmaids Ashlie Newell (05) and Natasha Hore (06). Kirsty and Gareth have relocated to Tasmania

Oni Ieong & Kim Greaves

Laura & Alec Berry

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Oni & Kim Nikila Schomberg, Eliza Odorico, Madison Shorten & Naomi Wong

Katherine & David Howard Angus Gibson, Callum Gibson, Eliza and Alex Odorico, Hamish Gibson

Kirsty & Gareth Wilkinson

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Births Barry Ballantyne (06) and wife, Katrina, welcomed baby girl Layla Rose on 6 March 2018. Born at 8.52am, Layla was 3.25kg and measured 51cm long. Layla is the second child for Barry and Katrina and a little sister to Sebastian who is three years old. Jon Collins (05) and Kristen Collins welcomed daughter, Goldie Rose, who was born on 30 December 2017 in Costa Mesa, California in the United States. Using the American imperial system, Goldie was a petite 6lbs 14oz in weight and 20 inches long. Theresa Ellis (nee Blumel) (05) and husband, Bryce, welcomed their first child, son Oliver, on 12 March 2018. Oliver was born at Hurstville Private Hospital in Sydney weighing 3.940kg and was 51cm long. It’s been a busy year for Theresa and Bryce who relocated to Sydney in January for Bryce’s new posting with the Army. They are loving parenthood and spending time as a family with Oliver. Tara Fahey (nee Paroz) (05) and husband, Dylan, welcomed Lily Eve on 26 September 2017. Lily is Tara and Dylan’s first child and was born at Buderim Private Hospital at 1.45pm. She weighed 3.6kg and was 51cm long. Tara has been a teacher at Caloundra City Private School for the past five years before taking maternity leave to be at home with Lily. Dylan is the owner and Managing Director of DYFA Plumbing. They were married in December 2015 at Maleny Retreat.

Lilly Eve Fahey

Goldie Rose Collins

Oliver Ellis

Patrick James Lang

Bryden Lang (05) and his wife, Elizabeth, are the proud parents of a little boy, Patrick James, who was born on 13 February 2018 and weighed 3.83kg. Patrick is the couple’s first child. Kara Lawson (00) and her partner, Tyrone Fourie, welcomed their second daughter, Mya Blair Fourie on 4 March 2018. Mya arrived at 12.29pm, was 46cm in length and weighed a petite 2.6kg. She’s a sibling to proud big sister Amalie who is 20 months. Amy Gray (nee Simpson) (05) and her husband, Thomas, were thrilled to announce the arrival of son, Angus James Gray who was born at Buderim Private Hospital on 10 October 2017. Angus weighed 4.140kg and was 52cm long. The family live in Flaxton and Amy is a senior speech pathologist for Queensland Health.

Mya Blair Fourie

Charlie William Watson Angus James Gray

A slightly belated but no less important announcement, Chloe Marie Sullivan was welcomed by Ryan Sullivan (02) and Natalie Sullivan (03) (nee Cloutter) on 24 January 2017. Chloe is Ryan and Natalie’s second child and is a little sister to Ari James. Kirk Watson (03) and his wife, Kasey, welcomed their second son, Charlie William, into their family on 1 February 2018. Born at 7.32am, Charlie weighed 3.37kg, was 50cm long and is a little brother for Parker. 52 | Immanuel Features

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Class of 2008 10-Year Reunion

On Saturday 28 April we welcomed back the Class of 2008 for their 10-Year Reunion. Twenty-five Old Scholars gathered at Lot 104 in Mooloolaba and a lot of time was spent catching up with old class mates, reminiscing about their time at school and what they’re doing now. While most people who attended still live locally on the Sunshine Coast, a number travelled from Brisbane, one from Kingaroy and two Old Scholars flew in from Melbourne to be there on the night. It was wonderful to see them make the journey back to catch up with friends. Guests were thrilled to see three of their former teachers with Robert Engelhardt, Rod Blom and Todd Sobey calling in to say hello.

Hamish Gibson, Brendan Duncan, Daniel Hall & Michael Frangos

Jessica Nicholson, Morgan Earney, Jessica McMahon & Joel Turnbull

Grant Shannon, Haydn Burns & Shea McNeill

Erin Mayer & Teagan O’Leary

Haydn Burns, Daniel Hall & Jessie Neumann

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Charlotte Mumford, Keira Cross & Taylor Cross

Jessica McMahon, Ryan Mark & Cameron Hicks

Ryan Mark, Elliot Whisson & Luke Ryan

Grant Shannon & Robert Engelhardt Erin Mayer, Teagan O’Leary, Rosey Stone & Brittany McCarthy

Jessica Nicholson, Morgan Earney & Emily Rhind

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Class of 1988

30-Year Reunion

There was a lovely vibe in the room when 28 Old Scholars gathered for the Class of 1988 30-Year Reunion on Saturday 26 May. This close-knit group were thrilled to see each other, many of whom attended the 20-Year Reunion ten years ago. The night was a trip down memory lane with Old Scholar, Eileen Fowler (nee Burlington) bringing along a number of old photo albums and yearbooks to share. The group was equally thrilled when former teacher, John Gray popped in to catch up with everyone. John was a favourite with Robert Napier, Kylie Allen & Odette Hargreaves

many and a great deal of time was spent reminiscing about their school years. Many Old Scholars travelled to be at the reunion, with two coming from Victoria and others from across south-east Queensland. Special mention must be made to Odette Hargreaves (nee Reid) who spent countless hours tracking down her former classmates and putting them in touch with staff at the College. Thank you, Odette David Capper & Robert Engelhardt

April Sullivan & Tim Hicks Natalie Jones, Kylie Wiebusch, Anna Sheldrick & Toni Weller

Anna Sheldrick & Tamara Thorogood

Donna Cook, Samantha Power & Haylie Elder Eileen Fowler, Deearne Pearce & Donna Cook

Donna Cook, Amanda Fanya & Yvonne Hutchins

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Donna Cook, Odette Hargreaves & Eileen Fowler

Haylie Elder, Tamara Thorogood, John Gray & Michelle Mackintosh

Paula Lawrence & Tim Hicks Kurt Hall, Simmone Frizzell, Deearne Pearce & Kirstin Tacey

Kylie Wiebusch & David Capper

Tamara Thorogood, Jenny Francis, Odette Hargreaves & April Sullivan

Odette Hargreaves & Amanda Fanya

Toni Weller & Tim Hicks

Robert Engelhardt, John Gray & Odette Hargreaves Travis Schultz & Kylie Allen

Robert Napier, Yvonne Hutchins & Paula Lawrence

Samantha Power, Paula Lawrence, Simmone Frizzell, Michelle Mackintosh & Yvonne Hutchins

Walk as Children of the Light



Friday 28 to Sunday 30 SEPTEMBER

BACK TO BINGA 2018 Join us for a weekend of memories and adventure. As a treat, dinner will be cooked for you by Binga staff on Saturday night. BYO everything else. To cover the provision of amenities, a nominal cost of $35.00 will be charged per person, or $80.00 per family of four.

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Student Days 19 & 20 July 2018

Perfectly Lovely Afternoon with Chrissie Perry

Author Chrissie Perry of Penelope Perfect and Go Girl fame will be hosting a perfectly lovely afternoon of chatting and cupcakes. Caloundra Library Wednesday 18 July 3.30pm-4.30pm Free (Bookings Essential)

Cooroy Library with Anne Spudvilas

Join author/illustrator Anne Spudvilas in a young adult workshop using charcoal. Get ready to create your own artwork exploring the love of black and white in illustration.

Wednesday 18 July 3.30pm-4.30pm Free (Bookings Essential)

Over 150 literary talks and workshops for students in Years 4 to 12. 9.00am-2.15pm USC Sunshine Coast

USC Creative Writing

Pathways to Publication through USC Creative Writing Dr Gary Crew and invited lecturers will outline how USC Creative Writing can assist the publication journey. This is a free session for students in Years 10, 11, 12 and adults. Thursday 19 July and Friday 20 July 10.30am-11.15am Free (Bookings Essential) USC Sunshine Coast From Manuscript to Published Author with USC! Emily Larkin and Tash Turgoose with their lecturer, Dr Ross Watkins, will discuss how USC can provide skills and knowledge to become a published author. Thursday 19 July and Friday 20 July 12.00pm-12.45pm $8 USC Sunshine Coast

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Sunshine Coast Girls Conquer the Publication World! Authors Emily Larkin, Michelle Law, Lynette Noni and Tash Turgoose all started on the Sunshine Coast. They are now taking on the publication world. Thursday 19 July 5.15pm – 6.15pm $10 Immanuel Lutheran College

Literary Gourmet Feasting Festival Launch – A Taste of the Festival

Literary Gourmet Feasting will feature visiting presenters. Join us as we celebrate the Festival with authors, illustrators and poets. Mix and mingle whilst enjoying fine finger food, dinner and drinks. Purchase books from your favourite presenter and have them signed. Thursday 19 July 6.30pm $55 Immanuel Lutheran College

Literary Breakfast

Saturday 21 July 7.30am $40 Maroochy Surf Club, Maroochydore

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