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July 2017

Michelle Law talks about life in the spotlight

In this issue:




July 2017

4 Reflections

18 On the cutting edge

Design technology @ ILC

5 Community

19 20

Change in schools Is change important? Service Learning @ Immanuel

From Principal Colin Minke Moving forward

6 Chaplaincy Chat

Starry Sensation

7 Family Corner

Are you experiencing wailing in your home?

21 Girls in Sport @ Immanuel

8 Where to next for Immanuel’s Class of 2016

Graduates make their mark

QUT study yields top results

Calibre of art continues to impress

International award for Olivia

16 Immanuel goes green

Environmental Centre coming Soon

Dr Wayne Petherick (88)

30 Biotechnologist making inroads in skin cancer research

15 College Captain bound for London

Dr Paul Leschke (97)

28 Criminologist keeping Queensland safe

New facilities emerge

13 37th Immanuel Arts Festival

Miriam Gerhardy moves on

26 ILC graduate brings new specialty to the Coast

Pathways increase for senior students

11 All ahead full for Immanuel’s new Primary School

Goodbye Michael Scott

24 After 40 years helping others, Miriam looks for new challenges

10 Immanuel’s vocational opportunities expand

Rugby & AFL expand

22 After 30 years’ service, Scotty bids adieu

9 Immanuel recognised in Top 5 of Queensland Schools

Mission trip to Indonesia

Dr Paul Leschke (97)

Dr Louise Marquart-Wilson (04)

32 The world is his stage

Simon Schmidt (00)

34 Michelle Law talks about life in the spotlight Editor: Fiona Christie Contributors: Louise Brear, Fiona Christie, Dr Donna Evans, Melissa Evans, Miriam Gerhardy, Michelle Law, Cameron Roach, Simon Schmidt, Michael Scott. Cover: Michelle Law. Image courtesy of Tammy Law.

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35 Playful distraction over kisses and cuddles

Erin Brown (03)

36 Education trailblazer

Dr Donna Evans

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38 Old Scholar News

A weekend to remember Weddings, births and general news

41 Vale

Dave Glassock and Grant Schindler

44 Reunion

Class of 2007, 10-Year Reunion

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Greetings and welcome to the 2017 edition of Immanuel Features. The focus of my, and subsequent articles in this magazine, is the notion of change, for which there has been much evidence at ILC over the past two years. It is worth noting that in the past 24 months, we have had a change in Principal, Head of Primary School, Head of Secondary School and Head of Mt Binga! This signifies a fundamental shift at the executive level which could, in some cases, be seen as a challenge, but has emerged as a significant catalyst for change and renewal. Immanuel enjoys a long and rich history on the Sunshine Coast being the first independent school established in the area back in 1979. Many of our earlier Old Scholars would struggle to recognise the campus now, with significant changes to the landscape, facilities and services.

Colin Minke Principal

One factor that has remained constant has been the importance of communication and engagement. We are only just starting to recognise the difference quality communication between all stakeholders in our community can make in raising student achievement and enhancing engagement. Over the last two years we have made considerable inroads to improving communication, in part by the introduction of a 1:1 mobile device program from Years 3 to 12, supported by an integrated Learning Management System – SEQTA – delivering real time information to staff, students and parents. While technology by itself has no inherent value, when it is integrated with 21st century teaching and learning approaches, it becomes a vital tool in the process of learning. Engaging more deliberately with students in owning and monitoring their learning journey – coupled with regular assessment and planning information being shared with parents – has led to greater engagement by students and parents and more opportunities to support the learning as it happens, and not just retrospectively at the end of a term or semester. I know from personal experience with my 13-year-old son, whose standard response to “Do you have any homework?” has been traditionally “no”, or “I did it all at school”. Now, through the parent portal on SEQTA, I can quickly determine that in fact, three assignments are being worked on and one is due on Friday! Involving parents in the learning has significant benefits for students and provides a consistent approach at home and school. Maximising this virtual space has also created opportunities to develop collaborative approaches to learning, utilising apps such as OneNote and social media platforms where peer-to-peer learning and feedback is more easily facilitated. We have seen an increase in real-time feedback from teachers to students, and questions/comments from parents who are partnering more fully with the learning process. While these new communication strategies have been evidently beneficial for our community, we have also refreshed our traditional forms of communication, with the newsletter and website undergoing significant changes to format and content. With the addition of the College App, and more sharing of information through the College Facebook page, we are finding addressing the perennial challenge of people who are increasingly time poor can be achieved in the method which best suits their personal circumstances. It is also important to note that amongst all the changes and excitement, Immanuel remains true to its history and resolute in its mission to Walk as Children of the Light. A renewed focus on service learning across the College, supported by proposed mission trips to Indonesia and remote Indigenous communities, is broadening our community’s understanding of contexts and cultures far different from our own. We are in an exciting phase of development, with some exceptional academic and sporting results demonstrating our commitment to providing a nurturing and supportive environment where the whole child can flourish. I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events. God bless.

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Community Andre Ghouse Chair, Parents and Friends Community

Hello Friends. As I reflect on the year so far, I consider my perspective as Chair of the P&F in the context that I participate as a ‘Friend’ of the College, as I am no longer a parent. My daughter graduated last year and is working her way through a university degree and facing the big, wide world outside of school. I continue to be a part of the College community because it is a lot of fun working alongside the teachers, students, parents and support staff in the various functions and events hosted by the College and P&F. I am equally motivated, even inspired, by a handful of rare individuals who also continue to serve the College even though they no longer have children at the school. I am not going to mention names, but you know who you are. You work in the tuckshop, help students with their reading, contribute on the P&F committee and you help organise our big events. It is the generosity of these people, and of the other parent and friend volunteers, who make our P&F Community something to be proud of and enjoyable to be a part of. For me, the greatest joy comes from working with the students and the enthusiasm they show in being a part of something bigger. One recent example really impressed me. I gave a brief presentation to the Years 11 and 12 cohorts seeking help in organising the fashion parade for this year’s Fruehlingsfest Fair as we were unable to secure a parent co-ordinator. By the time I arrived home, I had received an email form Mr Rod Blom that four students had put their hands up and offered to help. Since then, they have been very proactive in contacting clothing retailers on the Coast to enlist their support for the parade. Their enthusiasm and dedication is also what inspires and motivates me. While all these things are wonderful, I consider what is the future of our P&F? As society progresses, we become increasingly time poor and our ability to give up our leisure time is becoming more difficult. While the goal of the P&F will remain constant – Service to the College and its community – the objectives have changed. Thirty years ago, it was about planting shrubs, trees, laying paths, building shelters and so on. For the past four to six years, it has been about building community and providing positive experiences for our students. But what next? What is the concept that motivates the next group of parents to willingly give up their time to be of service to their community? What is that driving issue or value that is important to parents that they would feel strongly enough to continue the work that the P&F has been so happy to pursue for over thirty years? One such value, that we have only scratched the surface of, is the way in which the P&F supports, both passively and actively, the work of other volunteer groups within the College. Another concept is how we broaden the act of service to our community beyond the four walls of our College. These values are in their infancy and much discussion on how we develop them is yet to be had, but I think the P&F may strike some new objectives in the future; objectives that we as a College can be proud of. Yours, truly in service.

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One of my all-time favourite things to do is to snuggle into my swag when I am camping and gaze at the stars. For me, nothing beats the beauty and brilliance of a clear Australian night sky seen from a cosy bed; or the simple satisfaction of locating ‘south’ using the Southern Cross and Pointers. Each time I experience this pleasure I am reminded of the enormous size of the universe and my relative insignificance, together with the overriding feeling that I am safely protected and loved. For in that moment I know that God, who brought the universe into being; God who determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. (Psalm 147:4) is the same God who proved His love for me on the cross and who cares for me, and guides me, daily – even in my frenetic and fragile seasons; and even in these globally uncertain times. Now, I know that not everyone likes camping or is able to spend time in a low light-pollution zone to enjoy the stars, but it is my prayer that wherever you are and whatever circumstances you find yourself in, you would know that God’s love for you is real. He loves you ‘to the stars and back’; and just as the Southern Cross steadfastly points those who look, to safety, He faithfully waits to guide you to blessings in every area of your life. For His heart’s desire is to give you ‘Life to the full.’ (John 10:10) May you find wholeness and Life to the full, as you look to the Source of the Starry Sensation! The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 Gayla Mathews Chaplain

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Family Corner Tarnya Mitchell College Counsellor

Wailing (v): to utter a prolonged, inarticulate mournful cry, as in suffering. Synonyms: howl, weep, cry, moan, groan, lament, yowl, blubber, whimper, yelp, scream, bawl Are you experiencing wailing in your home? I have it on good authority that wailing peaks around the middle of the year in even the best family homes. Adolescents appear to be more prone to wailing than the general population, although it can strike at any age. What should one do in the case of wailing by one or more family members? 1.

Under no circumstances succumb to wailing yourself. This is guaranteed to increase both the intensity and duration of sound emitted by the original wailer.


Resist any attempt to reason with, lecture or berate a wailer. Wailing emanates from the amygdala, a small organ in the brain which has no capacity for reason (no matter how loudly you shout).


Wait until the wailing has ceased and the pre-frontal cortex is re-engaged before attempting the above (all wailing will eventually cease, although at times this may seem doubtful). Be aware, however, that any reference to previous wailing may trigger a fresh bout.


If all attempts at reducing the wailing have failed (a common scenario), take yourself to a serene location (i.e. the bathroom) and repeat “This too shall pass” one hundred times. (Warning: do not be tempted to emerge immediately upon noting silence. It is likely the silence will be merely a drawing of breath).


Resist reassessment of your parenting ability, your child’s future and the neighbour’s tolerance during periods of sustained wailing. All such thoughts will increase the likelihood that you will violate rule number one.

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Where to next for Immanuel’s Class of 2016

Harri Jones

Pilot, international volunteer, Tough Mudder participant and soon to be medical student. Spend any time with 2016 Dux, Lauren Atkinson, and you will be left wondering how she fits it all in. Managing a demanding Year 12 workload, Lauren achieved an OP 1 whilst studying for her recreational pilot’s licence. In 2017, she is planning to complete a special effects course in the United Kingdom and will work as a volunteer building houses in Cambodia. Next year, Lauren will embark on a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the University of Queensland (UQ). “I’ve always wanted to study medicine; it’s an environment where you constantly learn, improve your skills and expand your knowledge,” said Lauren. “You provide practical help to people every day and really make a difference. Longer term, I’d like to be a trauma surgeon, probably in the Air Force, as I recently acquired my recreational pilot’s certificate,” she said. 8 | Immanuel Features

Lauren hopes to complete a navigation qualification later this year after which she will have her pilot’s licence and can fly greater distances from her base airfield. 2016 College Captain Georgia Dean and Harrison (Harri) Jones also achieved an OP 1. Overall, the Class of 2016 achieved well above the State average, with 33% of the group receiving an OP 1-6 including 5% achieving OP 1s. State wide, 30.8% of graduates received an OP 6-10. At Immanuel, the proportion was 40.3% and 66% of ILC graduates achieved an OP 10 or better. Like Lauren, Georgia is interested in the health sciences and has commenced a degree in physiotherapy at UQ with a view to perhaps studying medicine after she finishes her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). “You have to complete an undergraduate degree before commencing medicine and I wanted to do physio, so if I decide at the end of the degree that I’m happy to be a physiotherapist, I can be.

I’m still interested in pursuing medicine but I’ll wait and see how things go,” said Georgia. “Moving away from home was pretty tough but I’m living on campus at UQ’s Emmanuel College where there’s lots of support and I’m feeling quite settled now with uni life,” she said. Harri Jones chose a different path altogether. He will study a dual engineering/mathematics degree at UQ in 2018. This year, he’s competing in the Australian Formula Ford Series (AFFS), one of the best known and most instantly recognised racing categories worldwide. In what was a great start to his racing career, the Buderim P-plater placed first in his division at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February this year. He won the Class C category with European team, ProSport, while driving a Porsche Cayman GT4. It was his first time driving at Bathurst, his first time racing a Porsche and first time in an endurance race where driver changes are a critical factor in pit stop efficiency and race strategy.

“I’m currently ranked fourteenth in the AFFS and have been working with my engineer on car set up. Hopefully, I can improve on these results throughout the rest of the year,” said Harri.

Fellow graduate Alyce Creedy chose another avenue by entering the workplace after completing a number of vocational qualifications whilst still at school.

Looking to the future, Harri hopes to progress through GT4 to Le Mans, whilst balancing university commitments.

Staff worked with Alyce and her family to develop an individualised pathway that allowed her to graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), a nationally recognised Certificate III level qualification and industry work experience.

“As an educational institution, we don’t define ourselves by the number of OP 1s produced. The character of a person can never be measured by a number. At Immanuel, our philosophy is to help each student realise their potential; to ensure a solid home-school partnership exists so that we can work with each child throughout their educational journey,” said Principal Colin Minke.

Lauren Atkinson

“At Immanuel, we promote individual and community growth in a supportive environment where all are encouraged to become the best they can be. Children are taught that anything is possible. Striving for personal best, whether it be in an academic, sporting or cultural

pursuit, is the message communicated to the College’s youngest learners through to Year 12 graduates,” said Mr Minke. The Class of 2016, like those before them, left Immanuel as confident, well-rounded learners. They are creative, competent and were shaped by myriad experiences academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. They were taught the value of service to one another and the wider community, and those who know them are left in little doubt that they will make a positive contribution to their country and the world.

Georgia Dean

Harri Jones

Immanuel recognised in

Top 5 of Queensland Schools A longitudinal study conducted by Federal Coalition MP Andrew Laming through Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has revealed Immanuel Lutheran College to be among the top five independent schools in Queensland for improving senior students’ performance. Noosaville’s Good Shepherd Lutheran College was also recognised. The study showed that Immanuel’s 2016 seniors achieved some of the most outstanding threeyear gains state-wide when tracking NAPLAN and OP data. Analysis from 2013 NAPLAN and OP bands from last year showed that ILC’s 2016 senior teaching staff converted more students from bands 8-10 NAPLAN into high OPs than nine out of ten schools, state or independent. “This ground-breaking study by QUT identifies Immanuel’s Class of 2016 as achieving some of the most outstanding gains in learning across

the three years from Year 9 to Year 12,” said Principal Colin Minke. “For the first time, a study has measured a school’s ability to ‘value add’ for their students,” he said. NAPLAN results for numeracy and reading were equally weighted and adjusted for attendance, and used as a baseline. The OP bands three years later were ICSEAadjusted to account for varying OP ratios, which distort band percentages. The impact of scholarship students was also assessed and caveats placed based on school size or low NAPLAN start points. “When selecting a school, this ‘value adding’ measure gives parents a much clearer indicator of how a particular school will help their child to reach his or her potential,” said Mr Minke.

“It is also a fairer measure because it considers students’ starting points in Year 9 and how far they advance in their learning journey over the next three years at the school. “Year 12 OP outcomes alone can be misleading for parents because they can be skewed by school policies like selective intakes. Academic outcomes are important. However, the measure of success for any school should be its ability to produce confident, well-rounded learners who will be creative, competent and capable of making a positive contribution to their community and the world,” he said. “At Immanuel, we take a holistic approach. While we have an excellent academic record, we encourage students to reach their potential in all areas; academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally”.

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Immanuel’s vocational

opportunities expand In catering for the educational requirements of all students, the College has increased the number of vocational pathways available to students in Years 11 and 12. Previously they could only study hospitality or a carpentry course. Now, students can choose a Certificate I in Construction, a Certificate II in Hospitality, a Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology, a Certificate IV in Crime and Justice, or enter a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT). Each course offers between four and eight points toward a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), Queensland’s senior school qualification. Students sometimes choose a certificate course because they want to keep their options open, even though they are keen to pursue a university pathway. In other cases, they enter a schoolbased traineeship, gain valuable QCE credits and enter the workplace directly from school. One such example is Alyce Creedy (16), recipient of the Senior Secondary Vocational Education Training Award which was presented at Immanuel’s Secondary School Speech and Prize Giving Night by Steve Dickson MP. Entering Immanuel in Prep, Alyce left the College with her dream job in childcare and the offer to continue studying to upgrade her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Alyce was part of an EPIC Assist program, an organisation which helps students transition from school to the workplace. She commenced with them in Year 11 under a ticket-to-work program then entered a school-based traineeship. “Staff worked closely with Alyce and her family to plan a flexible pathway which would allow her to graduate not only with a QCE like her peers, but also a nationally recognised Certificate III qualification and industry work experience,” said Dean of Teaching and Learning Cheryl Fillmore. “Alyce completed a Certificate II in Hospitality and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Alyce Creedy with Steve Dickson MP

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“To top it all off, she secured her dream job at Little Characters ELC and I believe is planning to complete a Diploma in Childcare,” said Mrs Fillmore.

All ahead full for Immanuel’s new Primary School

In the previous edition of Immanuel Features, plans for a new primary school – to be built on the College’s existing campus – were promoted. The concept has been significantly developed since then and now presents as a rather large building site near the College’s Rim Road entrance. “The Primary School redevelopment has been budgeted at $9 million and will be undertaken using a staged approach. Building A, with a budget of $3.5 million, is currently under construction and we anticipate practical completion by mid-October,” said Head of Primary School Scott Moore. “The tender for O Block will hopefully go out in July, with construction set to commence in October, to ensure works are completed prior to the commencement of the 2018 academic year. The budget for this project is $600,000. “It’s an incredibly busy time but the end result will make any inconvenience well worth it. We had to relocate our main playground, which was on the site of Building A, and are planning for the movement of staff and students once refurbishments commence on O Block,” said Mr Moore. While staff manage the day-to-day movement of students around the building site, and plan for Phase II in October, design documentation for H and N Blocks is also being finalised. With a view to put this out to tender in November, with construction to commence in late January 2018, it is likely that these two buildings will be under

construction for most of 2018. The anticipated budget for this project is $1.8 million. But what impact will these new facilities have on the everyday learning of students in Immanuel’s Primary School? “Our vision for the Primary School is to empower students to work collaboratively and cooperatively, and to be able to ‘think outside the box’,” said Mr Moore. “As we prepare students for an unknown future, we will equip them with essential skills to be active citizens in a new world. The emphasis still remains on the education of the whole child (academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically), however, we need to ensure they have the necessary skills of collaboration, critical thinking, inquiry processes, innovation and co-operation in this fast-paced, everchanging landscape that is the modern world,” he said. The commitment to triple streaming necessitates additional classroom and specialist areas to cater for the College’s projected growth. Building A will incorporate Years 1 and 2 learning spaces, both indoor and outdoor. Overall, the project will provide 21 refurbished classrooms to cater for triple streaming and to allow for full implementation of the Australian Curriculum in areas of the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages, and Learning Enrichment. Classrooms have been designed with the College’s Innovation @ Immanuel Blended

Learning Program in mind that talks about the use of flexible classroom furnishings – deemed essential for our new educational paradigm – including our 1:1 iPad program. Mr Moore took time out to answer some questions about what to expect when the new campus is unveiled! If I was a parent of a child in Years 1 or 2, what would I see when I visited them in their new classroom? Students will work in a variety of contexts including whole-class and small-group instruction. Depending upon the learning area, they may work on iPads using strategies that promote discussion and collaboration with others. You would expect to see students engaged in co-operative learning based on an inquiry approach. What would my child work at and sit on? A traditional desk, a couch a beanbag? Children will use desks and tables – round and connectable – chairs, couches, beanbags and cushions, whichever offer the most suitable environment for a particular task. What devices might they use throughout the day? iPads are the preferred device at the moment. However, you can expect to see technology integrated into the curriculum in myriad ways. For example, Bee Bots in Mathematics and WeDo to introduce robotics in the upper primary years.

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Computer generated images of the new Primary School

How might what they do in the new building differ to what they’re able to do now? The new building will provide formalised indoor and outdoor spaces, break-out areas that are fixed, but also configurable with furnishings. The new building will provide larger spaces for whole cohort gatherings and learning, which is important in creating connectedness across year levels. You can also expect to see different configurations of the classroom spaces throughout the day. For example, the year level as a whole may come together for the first part of the day, then split back into three separate classes for the next part of the school day. This is the design of a flexible space. Will there be any new IT equipment? Moveable LED televisions that have capacity for AirPlay and Dynamic Soundfield systems will be installed in all rooms. The benefits include improved sentence recognition ability, increased attention, quicker acquisition of reading, writing and numeracy skills, and easier deciphering of language; all critical for learners in the early years. You have talked about there being more collaborative learning. What will this look like? Teachers will use explicit structures such as Rally Coach and Think Pair Share which are Kagan Co-operative Learning strategies. Strategies such as these will allow for equal participation from all students and will promote higher order thinking skills. The 21st century learner is required to be innovative, creative and collaborative in their learning acquisition and this is what we will be guided by as educators. 12 | Immanuel Features

Calibre of art continues to impress at

37th Immanuel Arts Festival

Silence by Brett McIntosh

Passing Time by Denise Lamby

Plenty by Farley Cameron

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Jersey Girl by Edan Raw

Gabby’s World by Dasha Riley

Now in its 37th year, the Immanuel Arts Festival continues to go from strength to strength. Over 300 artists and 1,000 artworks were displayed across a number of genres including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, wearable art, film and creative. There was a record number of visitors during the four-day event with artwork sales just under $28,000 making it one of the most successful festivals in recent years.

Bush Beauties by Dianne Beerling

Festival Convenor Melissa Evans has overseen three successful festivals and is generous in her praise of the sponsors, artists, judges and volunteers, without whom the event could not go ahead.

Down Among The Banksia Men by Owen Hutchison

“All of this year’s judges were women, three of whom are staff members at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC),” said Melissa.

Outstanding Piece of the Festival

“Immanuel and USC have a long history of collaboration and we are grateful for their continued support; choosing this year’s winners was no mean feat considering the outstanding calibre of work on display.

Category Best Student Art P-3 Best Student Art 4-6 Best Student Art 7-9 Best Student Art 10-12 People’s Choice – Student Best Student Film Award Best Student Wearable Art

“The Festival was again fortunate to have such committed sponsors. My Weekly Preview has been a platinum sponsor for the last two years and showcased the incredible Peter Rowe as well as our wonderful Artists in Focus, Jill and Lyn Braiden. Mix FM and Sunshine Cove also promoted the Festival through extensive radio and print exposure. “As always, none of this would be possible without the support of the College community and the army of volunteers who work tirelessly and selflessly to deliver an event which is regarded as one of the premier arts events on the Sunshine Coast,” she said. 14 | Immanuel Features

Artist name Dianne Beerling

Artwork title Bush Beauties

Sponsor Medicine on Second

Artist name Joshua Giles Romeo P aora Ruby Spee Lillie Kirkwood Ruby Spee Corey Lucas Libby Evans

Artwork title Still Life - Oranges Three Brothers Face to Face Behind Closed Doors Face to Face Cleanozie #PlaySchoolRemix Op-ulence

Artist name Lou Gatliff Pam Conder Denise Lamby Dasha Riley Brett McIntosh Farley Cameron

Artwork title DJ Oriental Vase Passing Time Gabby’s World Silence Plenty

Best Works – Student

Best Works – Open Category People’s Choice Best Wearable Art Best Sculpture Best Mixed Media Best Photograph Best Painting

Highly Commended Works – Open Highly Commended Sculpture Highly Commended Mixed Media Highly Commended Photograph Highly Commended Painting

Brian Eugarde Owen Hutchison Edan Raw Rachael Curry

Wychwood Down Among The Banksia Men Jersey Girl Currimundi Dusk

College Captain bound for London

Olivia Lindsay at the Queensland Museum’s Hadron Collider Exhibition

2017 College Captain Olivia Lindsay has been selected alongside the top science students in the world to take part in the London International Youth Science Forum in July. She is the only delegate from the Sunshine Coast and is keen to explore and bounce ideas off some of the brightest minds in science; her aim, dream big!

(Joint Dux of College 2007) to assist a Year 12 Immanuel student to gain entry to undergraduate medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at universities which are part of the UMAT Consortium. The bursary covers the cost of registration for the UMAT which includes various preparation materials.

“Forums like this are empowering,” said Olivia.

“I was very fortunate to receive this award as it’s not just about academic achievement, but also what you give back to the College. I’m a keen volleyball player and violinist and have been part of Immanuel’s Vivace String Ensemble for a number of years,” said Olivia.

“One of the themes for the forum is about making life better and for me, that’s what science is all about and why I am attracted to it. “I’m primarily interested in medicine but I’m really hoping to connect with a global network of people who have the same ideas as me. There are people coming from everywhere who are interested in virtual intelligence, space and physics, to finding a way to cure cancer,” she said. “The thing that underpins all our ideas is making the world a better place.”

“I’ll actually sit the UMAT while I’m in London, so there has been a lot to organise,” she said. Like Olivia, Dr Matthew Jones (07) also had a passion for science at school and is currently training to be a paediatric surgeon at Gold Coast University Hospital. He’s also a captain in the Army Reserves and recently completed a three-week volunteer mission to Nepal.

Olivia is also the recipient of Immanuel’s 2017 Dr Matthew Jones UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) Bursary Award. The bursary was established by Old Scholar Dr Matthew Jones Walk as Children of the Light



Immanuel goes


New $1.5 million Environmental Centre for Immanuel In a first for a Sunshine Coast school, an innovative $1.5 million Environmental Education Centre will be constructed at Immanuel. Using the latest in sustainable materials and technology, the Centre will be a joint venture between Immanuel and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). The Centre’s main goal will be to promote student learning experiences. It will showcase the College’s rainforest environment by creating wet labs and ‘living’ classrooms in which students from Immanuel, USC and other Sunshine Coast schools can conduct field studies to learn about the region’s flora and fauna. 16 | Immanuel Features

“With an increasing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Science) 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 our environment,” said Principal Colin Minke. “Over 550 square metres in size, the Centre will also offer a venue for professional learning in which external agencies such as USC and Queensland Parks and Wildlife can work with Immanuel students from both the Primary and Secondary Schools. “To be located adjacent to the rainforest, the Centre will create an indoor/outdoor learning

experience where the traditional classroom context will mix with real world experiences. There will also be opportunities to engage with local Indigenous people to map the history of the area,” 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 extra, unwanted heat; solar panels, solar hot water and rainwater catchment tanks; and recyclable, waterproof materials for doors and joinery.

It is expected that construction of the Centre will commence later this year with completion in early 2018. Immanuel and Coastline BMW introduce Environmental Sustainability Award Immanuel has teamed up with Coastline BMW to offer the College’s first corporate environmental award. “Immanuel has always emphasised environmental sustainability and with the support of Old Scholar Tristan Kurz (98), we are pleased to offer the Coastline BMW and Kurz Family Sustainability Award,” said Principal Colin Minke. “With annual recurrent funding of $5,000, the award provides assistance to students for environmentally sustainable projects and activities. The project should promote and encourage student participation as well as increase awareness of environmental issues for

the benefit of this and future generations,” he said. The BMW Group is known for its green credentials. It’s received a raft of environmental awards including the first-ever Green Steering Wheel award for environmental excellence in the automotive industry. It’s also won awards for its thermoelectric generator which has significantly reduced fuel emissions and was once again named the world’s most sustainable automotive company in the annual Dow Jones sustainability index. “We are proud to partner with Immanuel in offering the Coastline BMW and Kurz Family Sustainability Award as it will encourage this and future generations to think about their environmental footprint,” said Coastline BMW Dealer Principal Tristan Kurz. “The recipient of the inaugural award is ILC’s Eco Club, which plans to introduce a recycling

scheme with a dedicated recycling shed to sort and recycle waste that is produced on campus,” said Mr Minke. “The students want to make Immanuel the leading school in sustainability on the Sunshine Coast and this is something I want to be a part of,” said Mr Kurz. “I spent many happy years at Immanuel and am glad that I can give back to the College in this way. “The most important goal I’ve set is at the age of 70, I want to look back and say I’m content with my life and the choices I made. “On a business basis, I would love to embark on big opportunities that come with making the planet more sustainable. This award is part of a bigger plan I’ve set in play and I am excited to see where it goes,” said Tristan.

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On the cutting edge

Year 9 Design Technology students

Changes have been taking shape within Immanuel’s Design department with a shift from what is sometimes referred to as hard technology (Manual Arts), to areas where students are given the opportunity to use leading-edge technology and appliances. With continual advancements in technology, this year, it was decided to extend the College’s subject offering to include Digital Technologies, and to introduce new elements into Design Technology in order to prepare our students for future subject offerings in senior secondary school. To continue to provide opportunities for students to create elegant solutions, staff formalised the inclusion of more computer-controlled machines. “The department is still committed to the design engineering aspect, where students have the opportunity to see their designs fulfilled with the use of hand and power tools,” said Head of Design, Innovation and Business Cameron Roach. “Being able to manipulate materials, cut, sand, affix and finish a project provides students with a rich and rewarding experience where they develop skills and memories that remain with them throughout their lives”, he said. 18 | Immanuel Features

“Nevertheless, as times change, we need to empower students by providing them with experiences to engage with technology such as laser cutters and 3D printers. “Design is a balancing act where we have to think creatively and analytically. During Design Technology, students develop a concept and then produce a computer graphic representation. This is then manufactured on a computer-controlled machine,” said Mr Roach. An example of the design-to-concept-to-manufacture model is shown in these images where Year 9 Design Technology students produced individual and original designs of soap dishes that were inspired by beehives as part of a cross-curricular unit of work on bees. The soap dishes were manufactured via a 3D printer and were made to accommodate bars of homemade bee soap which are to be sold at Fruehlingsfest. Year 10s also manufactured ear phone buds which are quite striking in their design. At Immanuel, we are looking forward to preparing students for the changes to senior subject offerings in coming years. In the meantime, we will continue to ensure they can respond to emerging technologies and that they are proficient in interpreting and analysing data, as well as proposing sound design solutions.

Change in schools. Is change important? In today’s environment, companies undergo change almost constantly if they want to remain competitive. There are a number of factors that drive change such as market globalisation and rapidly changing technology, through to the need to refocus a company’s marketing strategy. Like any organisation, schools have to adapt to and manage change. The challenge in education is that every few months, another State, federal or international initiative is mooted as the panacea for educating our young people. Ask any educational leader and they will say that the challenge is to discern what is episodic from what will have long-lasting benefits for a school community. In the last two years, Immanuel has undergone what is virtually unheard of in schools – a completely new management structure; a new Principal, Head of Primary School, Head of Secondary School and Head of Mt Binga. College Council has also had a renewal with half of the board being new to the job. Principal Colin Minke took time out to share his vision for the College and to explain what the future holds for ILC. “In a nutshell, I want Immanuel to be the school of choice for parents on the Sunshine Coast. This can only be achieved with a singular focus on continuous improvement and building community awareness and confidence in our product,” said Mr Minke. “Exciting developments including educational innovation, quality facilities and a refocus on our core values is what we are looking at. Our number one priority though is to remain true to our calling, that every child is unique and with guidance and support, can achieve great things,” he said.

Change is a natural part of life; how an organisation creates a ‘culture of change’ is the critical ingredient to success. This is done incrementally, with involvement of all stakeholders, to create ownership and engagement in the journey. Celebrating along the way is fundamental to motivation; acknowledging milestones (big and small) creates an energy and builds capacity in everyone. “At ILC, we have determined that change is both structural and cultural. This requires fundamental changes to infrastructure and daily organisation, a refocus on teaching and learning, and taking into account the influence of brain science. We are far better informed about how physiological development can impact on learning than we were a decade ago; the challenge, once again, is how we utilise this knowledge without layering more and more expectations on teachers and students. It is a balance and one that requires regular reflection – and often changes in direction – as we navigate these new understandings,” said Colin. We aim to see improvements in student outcomes within the next two years – the end of the 2019 Strategic Plan – which requires new targets to be set and initiatives to be reviewed. Change management generally works on a three-to five-year cycle and implementation phase. However, some of the structural changes at Immanuel are geared to address the next 20 to 50 years. In today’s environment, independent schools have to undergo almost constant change to remain competitive and maintain community expectations. “The changing nature of the workforce and composition of families has fundamentally reframed the experiences for our young people both at school and once they leave our environment,” said Colin. “We are very aware that the essential ‘soft skills’ such as communication, teamwork, initiative, resilience and co-operation are just as influential in a young person’s success as is an excellent academic (or vocational) outcome. “My perception of the education market is we are oftewn slave to trends from Europe and the United States and, ironically, we often adopt them once other countries have changed

direction – we are usually around three to five years behind in an educational sense. “It is fundamental that as a nation, we are able to focus on what is important for our young people to succeed, both within and beyond Australia. It is true to say that many new and successful educational initiatives have their genesis outside of Australia, but we also have a role to play in discerning how (or if) they are suitable for our context. I am very excited about the future of education, and we are extremely blessed by the commitment, care and professionalism of our staff, both teaching and support. “We are seeing greater incorporation of technology (as a tool for learning, rather than the learning), which has begun to leverage the notion of global citizenship, and opens opportunities for greater engagement and learning as the horizons broaden. We acknowledge that learning occurs in many different forms, and the traditional classroom is only one of many environments where rich learning happens; at home, in the community and through service to others are examples of new spaces for (life) education,” said Colin. February 2017 saw the commencement of Immanuel’s $9 million construction and refurbishment program in the Primary School; the College’s Blended Learning Program has been implemented, with the introduction of iPads and Surface Pros across the Primary and Secondary Schools; and significant investment has been made in IT infrastructure and staff professional development as part of the College’s commitment to continuous improvement. Change can be difficult, particularly in schools that have many decades of tradition. “One must be respectful of the history of a school, but not let this dictate (only inform) future directions and decisions. As our world evolves, the educational needs of our children change and grow and it is with this in mind, that we need to adapt and embrace the future. “I am excited for our present and our future. We experienced an extraordinary growth in enrolments this year because Sunshine Coast families believe in our College and what we have to offer. I can only look to the future with vigour and enthusiasm as to what the next few years will bring,” he said.

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Service Learning @ Immanuel

A big push this year has been the concept of outreach, or mission work; teaching students the importance of helping those in need. It’s not a new concept, as Immanuel’s Interact Club has consistently had over 50 members and been mentored by Rotary Mooloolaba as it fundraised for charities at a local, national and international level. What is new, however, is the move to take students overseas to experience life helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in our global village. At the end of November, Principal Colin Minke and members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church congregation will lead a team of Years 10 to 12 students to Sumatra, where they will work with staff and students in a junior/senior secondary school (HKBP Synod) in Parapat, which is approximately four hours south of Sumatra’s capital, Medan. “The idea is to form links with a secondary school where our students can share experiences, work with local students and experience life in a culture considerably different from their own,” said Mr Minke. “Nearly 90% of Indonesia is Muslim making it the world’s largest Islamic nation. However, the area in Sumatra where we will travel has a large Christian, predominantly Protestant population. The area is quite poor and its resources are limited. I, along with Pastor Matt Thiele from Immanuel Lutheran Church, visited the area late last year and found the school and church open to forming partnerships with us. “SMA HKBP is making a big effort to increase the digital literacy of its students and we are hopeful this will enable links to be maintained through Skype when we return to Australia,” he said. As well as visiting a school, a significant part of the trip will be servicebased cultural immersion which will largely take place in Raya, where Immanuel students will work with disabled children at a newly formed disability rehabilitation centre. “The opportunity for our students to work alongside disabled children, supporting their engagement in learning, will be confronting for many students. However, I feel that it’s important for our young people to be taken outside of their comfort zone and to make a difference wherever they can,” said Colin. 20 | Immanuel Features

“The students will work at the centre by running activities and sharing their own knowledge, all the while forming relationships with local children, their teachers and the wider community. It’s about developing cultural capital and sowing the seeds for future trips and possible student and/or teacher exchanges,” he said. The trip is the first of hopefully, many more to come, where both Indonesian and Australian teachers and students can celebrate diversity and come together in unity on many shared projects and ideals.

Shannon Campbell with Year 7 students

Aasta O’Connor (04)

Girls in Sport

ILC’s Girls’ AFL Team

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Schools and sport go hand in hand. Independent schools are known for offering a wide range of sporting opportunities and Immanuel is no different. What is different though is the College’s focus on promoting girls in sport. This year, an Immanuel girls’ AFL team was formed and Shannon Campbell, from the Brisbane Lions women’s team, helped lead a skills development clinic for Year 7 students. Known as a courageous backline player, Shannon was inspiring as she encouraged the girls to play sport and challenged them to try sports they may not have considered before. “At Immanuel, we’re actively promoting girls in sport and this year, we have more girls’ volleyball teams than boys’. Research shows that girls who play sport do better in school than those who don’t. Exercise improves learning, memory and concentration, which can give active girls an advantage in the classroom,” said Head of Sport (Years 7-12) Craig Harris. “Girls who play sports also learn teamwork and goal-setting skills and importantly, it boosts their self-confidence,” he said. ILC’s first-ever girls’ AFL team made the College proud when they participated in the 2017 Junior Girls Tribal Sport QS Cup gala day. The team consisted of 16 girls from Years 7 to 9 and very few of them had played AFL before. “The level of enthusiasm displayed by the players was fantastic to see,” said Mr Harris. “The team won their match against Caloundra High School before being defeated by Good

Shepherd Lutheran College. Roy, the Brisbane Lions mascot, joined in the fun and the girls are looking forward to their next AFL opportunity,” he said.

Aasta is currently an AFL Game Development Officer, much like Shannon Campbell, and is an inspiration to many female footballers. Here are some fun facts that Aasta was willing to share.

Immanuel also decided to host a girls’ rugby 7s program which ran for five weeks throughout Term Two. Other Sunshine Coast independent schools nominated players and the program was directed by Queensland Rugby development officers and included four weeks of VIVA 7s – which is a non-contact introduction to the game – followed by a three-week program of the full game (including tackling).

On the record with: Aasta O’Connor (Source: Official website of the Western Bulldogs)

“We had over a dozen girls from various independent schools participate and they enjoyed all aspects of this fast-paced, challenging sport with even a few start to dream that one day, they could represent their country at the Olympics,” said Craig. Here’s hoping we can inspire a future women’s AFL or rugby 7s player as it has happened before! Aasta O’Connor (04) is considered by many to be the best female footballer in Australia, no mean feat considering the talent in the women’s competition. At 1.82m tall, she is brave and unrelenting and is often found at the bottom of a pack dishing the ball out to her smaller team mates. Playing for the Western Bulldogs, she is said to be the complete team player, performing one percenters (spoils, shepherds, smothers) frequently and handling the ball cleanly, whether it’s on the ground or above her head during a contest.

Best piece of advice you have received from your mum or dad: Work hard! Sporting highlight or greatest achievement to date: I’ve really loved watching the AFLW grow. What it means for our great game and the women and girls who are part of that gives me goosebumps. Match day superstitions: Always left sock and left boot on first, and always two jumps as I run on to the ground. How many texts would you send a day: Maybe three or four, I’m more of a talker. Phone app you couldn’t live without: Quo Trek - I find currency markets fascinating. Favourite sport other than footy: I love watching the Tour de France. I’m a zombie for three weeks in July. Tea or coffee: Coffee, every day. Savoury or sweet: Sweet. Favourite movie: Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope. Favourite TV series: The Secret Life of Us

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After 30 years’ service, Scotty bids adieu

He started out teaching History and English at Lourdes Hill College in Brisbane and in 1986, Immanuel was fortunate enough to secure the services of the legendary Michael Scott. From premiership-winning rugby coach to amateur musical theatre actor – who else saw a kilted Mr Scott belt out the Proclaimers’ classic ‘On My Way’ – Scotty, as he was affectionately known, used his gift as a storyteller to educate thousands of students about Modern History and English literature. In his own words, Scotty talks about his time teaching and what called him to his chosen profession. It was indeed an honour to work alongside this exceptional teacher, 22 | Immanuel Features

Finishing my career in education has been a very affirming experience. Messages from colleagues, parents and students have described a person I have had trouble recognising at times. The experience has been so overwhelming that it makes one wonder if retirement should happen more often. The great bulk of my working life has been in education and I am very thankful that I have enjoyed such a rewarding career. It took a decade after finishing Senior in 1969 to decide that teaching was for me. In those years, I completed a degree at the University of Queensland, worked in a number of occupations and started, but discontinued, a couple of postgraduate diplomas. These experiences

revealed that for a job to satisfy my needs and suit my disposition, it had to meet three conditions: it would need to be people-centric; it would have to contribute to the greater good of our society; and it would be intellectually stimulating. Consequently, I finally went through with a postgraduate diploma – in education – and after teaching in Brisbane and North Queensland, I applied for a position at Immanuel Lutheran College in 1985. At the interview, the late Adrienne Jericho, the first principal of the secondary school, impressed me with his sincerity, warmth and love of history. He also surprised me by offering two roles that weren’t on my application. Thus, I began my time at Immanuel as the Head of

Photo courtesy of John McCutcheon, Sunshine Coast Daily

“I’d like to pass on my best wishes and sincere gratitude to Mr Scott for the influence he has had on my life. When I was first taught by Scotty in Year 11, I was a poor student; capable, but lazy, disinterested and apathetic to my studies. Over two years of Modern History, Mr Scott changed my perspective on the world, showed me the value of critical thinking and instilled a sense of self-belief. I am now studying political science and international relations at the University of Queensland, with the goal of working for the federal government in some capacity. Mr Scott has played no small role in the direction my life has taken. He was, and remains, a huge influence on the way in which I view the world around me. Thank you Scotty.” Jack Fuller (07)

saw first-hand the community character of the College that I found so very attractive, and still do. From their fruit and vegie business, College parents, Peter and Pat Chapman, generously donated supplies for the tuckshop. As I lived nearby, I would pick these up twice a week on my way to school and deliver them to Cecily Odgers, the tuckshop convenor, along with the latest in market information on lettuce, tomatoes and other products – everyone was always up for a chat.

English and founder of Ancient History. Little did we realise in Adrienne’s office, in the present S Block, all that time ago that I would see thirty-one years at Immanuel and that his legacy would be a great independent school on the Sunshine Coast, a fact recognised in the stadium that bears his name. Those early years laid the foundation for my attachment to the College that translated into thirty-one years of service. I was struck by how friendly the students were both in and out of school. I would encounter many in the surf at Point Cartwright or at the Kawana beach breaks, in the neighbourhood where I lived and in the shops at Kawana Shopping World, often as their customer. It was at this shopping centre that I

Such connections were beyond my understanding of teaching up to that point. They were the first of many enriching extra-curricular experiences and the relationships they generated that bound me to the College and its values. In the years to follow there were rugby coaching and tours to New Zealand, ski trips to Perisher and Falls Creek, leadership camps, Fruehlingsfest stalls, Amnesty meetings and many others. One incident comes to mind that encapsulates the tremendous worth of these activities: At a post-game function at The Scots PGC College in Warwick, one of our younger rugby players presented himself out of uniform. Before we coaches could intervene, two of the senior boys, extolling the virtues of personal, team and school pride, castigated the offender and sent him back to the dressing room. These same players learnt the equivalent lesson themselves on a recent tour to New Zealand. Such are the rewards of teaching. First and foremost, however, I was a teacher of History and English, and it was in doing this over such a long period that I truly found fulfilment. To witness the progress of students in their skills, knowledge and application is a profound sensation. Teachers who remain in the classroom for many years, as I have, find that all the tedium of reports, marking and drafts can be erased in an instant by one student who moves from a ‘D’ to a ‘C’ through persistence and hard work. Furthermore, to see students run with

their own ideas and think independently gives one hope for the future. A Year 10 English class once turned a basic word association game into one involving rhyming couplets. Modern History classes regularly evolved into lively discussions of current affairs where students’ world views were challenged and often modified. Of course, there were disappointments, especially with underachieving students but I have always believed that they would work it out at some stage; what I could do was to provide a model from which they might draw some inspiration later on. I am indebted to Adrienne Jericho’s creativity with his job offer in that interview of September, 1985. He brought me into an environment of community, moral substance and noble purpose that provided the opportunity for me to fulfil the three criteria I had set for a worthwhile career. In addition, I count as my closest and dearest friends many of my colleagues from these years at Immanuel. Without a vibrant, supportive and dedicated staff, no educational institution can realise its mission. I consider it a great privilege to have shared my career at Immanuel with such admirable people. To paraphrase a character from Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front – thirty-one years at Immanuel College: you won’t peel that off as easily as a sock. There is much that I will miss: the camaraderie of the staffroom; the banter with colleagues from all over the campus; the relationships with students and parents; the joy of student achievement and development; and the infectious enthusiasm and different perspectives of young people. However, the time has come for me to move on. The decision I made in my late twenties after a decade of wandering has been well and truly vindicated, and I have been very fortunate, indeed, that the greater part of my working life has been spent at Immanuel Lutheran College. I sense now an understanding of the meaning of “a calling”. Walk as Children of the Light



After 40 years helping others, Miriam looks for new challenges

Chris Bowden and Miriam Gerhardy who worked together in Learning Support for 17 years

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Miriam Gerhardy spent over 40 years making a difference in the lives of thousands of children. She worked tirelessly and selflessly, and has a particular interest in special education, attaining both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Special Education. She received numerous awards – too many to mention here – including a National Teacher of Excellence Award in 1998. Her passion for promoting the needs of her students was extraordinary and her work ethic and stamina, phenomenal. All good things must, however, come to an end and after 22 years at Immanuel, Miriam retired at the end of 2016 to spend more time with her family. As this magazine arrives in your mailbox, she will be travelling Europe enjoying a well-deserved break with her husband. As a final footnote to Miriam’s story, it is lovely to mention that her journey began at Immanuel, Novar Gardens in 1972 and finished at Immanuel, Buderim; a career that covered many highlights and memories, some of which she mentions below. Retirement has in no way diminished the strong passion and love I have for the call God gave; to be His privileged servant and take up the daily challenge to provide an authentic, Christloving and challenging learning environment for the young and precious lives of His people. Needless to say, the journey was not always smooth, but it was especially those more challenging experiences that defined and refined my teaching ministry at ILC. The very unique and special gifts of every individual student, irrespective of mere academic or sporting achievements; the love, grief, laughter and tears shared with countless parents across so many years; celebrations of the very smallest steps of achievement; opportunities to capture the real essence of a child through worship experiences, school camps, excursions, music and drama performances, community service projects and sporting carnivals; visiting homes of school families; celebrating birthdays with students and their families; sharing in a child’s loss of a family pet; being Head of Stradbroke House (Primary School); curriculum and year level leadership roles; mentoring pre-service teachers; co-ordinating Learning Support P-12, and most especially, celebrating those students who experienced special learning difficulties and/or disabilities, successfully completing their schooling years and becoming valued contributors and participators in society. These are just some of my many roles and cherished memories. There have been many changes across the years: new principals, heads of sub-schools, student uniforms, sporting house team names, buildings, facilities and curriculum. Pre-school became Prep and there have been significant changes in technology, furniture and room design to accommodate different teaching and

learning styles. From my role as P-12 Learning Support Co-ordinator, there was an increasing number of students identified with learning disabilities. This required my support of mainstream classroom teachers in an inclusive approach through differentiating curriculum to enable all students to achieve to their potential. There have been so many memorable moments. I recall a Year 2 child bursting to share her latest achievement, scarcely able to contain her excitement, skipping into the room, twirling around in circles, hands in the air and announcing so proudly, “On the piano I can play ‘God save the Queen’ up to ‘save’”; a lesson for teachers of the importance of celebrating small steps! Or the pre-schooler who physically – and mentally – could not eat his tasty sandwiches for lunch because his mum had mistakenly cut them into squares and not triangles! The tears flowed freely as he drooled over the sandwiches he so much wanted to eat but they were not triangles – no easy solution amidst the heartbreak! Whoever could imagine that an ordinary lead pencil was in reality (very real for that child) an amazing rocket ship, hovering above the desk through space, making amazing encounters in space, and all the while remaining totally oblivious to any instructions and peers watching in bewilderment.

dramatise the Palm Sunday Story and so dressed in biblical costume, I told the story as if I had witnessed this event and watched it with my very own eyes. Later that morning, a Year 1 child, sharing with a teacher aide, was hardly able to contain her excitement, “You know”, she said, “Mrs Gerhardy was really there! She was really there! She saw Jesus riding the donkey!” One morning, Mum delivered her very sad and forlorn boy to my literacy group, a little late for school, because obviously there had been a lack of co-operation at home before school. Glaring at his mother through the door as she left, he looked up at me, almost pleading and said, “I wish you were my mum! My mum is SO mean!” I simply smiled and all was well! Little did he know that I knew too well how hard it is at times for mums! On a few occasions a young child would ask, “How old are you?” I would often simply respond, “Well, I’m a little bit older than your mum and dad, so what do you think?” The reply was often something like, (as if it was a sudden revelation), “My mum is 36 so then you must be about 37!” They never challenged their own thinking beyond this, though in reality I was probably closer in age to their grandparents! A reason why I love kids so much!

In learning about sounds in words e.g. “What are the sounds in the word ‘sun’? (s-u-n), what are the sounds in ‘big’? (b-I-g). And who can tell us the sounds in ‘cat’”? With such enthusiasm, scarcely able to stay seated, and waving his hands around frantically, he confidently shouted, “Miaow, miaow! I have a cat you know.” There were just a few times when one parent delivered her little boy to school in his pyjamas, due to his refusal at home to take his pyjamas off and get ready for school. With teacherparent agreement, we dressed him in uniform at school. The lesson was learnt quickly! In participating in Stations of the Cross with our Primary School one Easter, my role was to

As Head of Stradbroke House in primary, we were proud owners of a huge shark mascot. One fire drill event saw our receptionist, Mrs Engelhardt, another keen Stradbroke team member, ‘reprimanded’ for rescuing the shark and racing it to the school oval ensuring its safety. The evacuation rules were, “Take nothing, but yourselves and the children!” However, Stradbroke House were so proud of the shark rescue! My Immanuel Lutheran College 22-year journey has been so blessed! Countless students and their families have ministered to me daily without even knowing. I hope that I too have been able to give testimony to God’s power, grace and love, as together we have endeavoured to “Walk as children of the Light!” Thank you, Immanuel Lutheran College. Walk as Children of the Light



ILC graduate

brings new specialty to the Coast

When Paul Leschke was in Year 12, he thought he wanted to be a physiotherapist but wasn’t sure he’d get the OP required. Meeting with Careers Counsellor Michael Scott, it was suggested that he consider a science degree at the University of Queensland (UQ). The rest, as they say, is history. 1997 College Captain Dr Paul Leschke graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) degree from UQ and a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle, and after nearly 20 years living away, he’s back on the Coast heading up a world-first surgical unit at the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH). As director of the hospital’s Interventional Radiology (IR) unit, Paul will head up a new, hybrid operating theatre which combines $2 million worth of ultrasound, CT and X-ray imaging equipment. For the first time in Australia, these components have been combined into a surgical theatre which will significantly improve diagnostic accuracy. The unit will also have a major role in treating trauma 26 | Immanuel Features

cases and will offer Sunshine Coast residents diagnostic, imaging and surgical procedures which in the past, they would have had to travel to Brisbane for.

friend who was a surgeon in the PNG Highlands. At the time, I was considering gene therapy as an Honours topic but Steve inspired me to consider medicine instead.”

While his 3-year-old daughter attended Immanuel Lutheran Church’s weekly playgroup, Paul took time out to share some of his journey post Immanuel.

Graduating in 2000, the same year the human genome was mapped, was an exciting time in the world of molecular genetics. But a research project at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute earlier that year had convinced Paul that he wasn’t cut out to be a researcher.

“I spent 12 years at ILC, along with my three siblings. I think I got along with everyone, ‘survived’ Binga and have great memories of my school years. I didn’t get an OP 1 and I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do after school,” said Paul. “Mr Scott, my History teacher and careers counsellor, suggested I do a science degree and it was following this path that my interest in the sciences really took off.

“Looking back, I was encouraged to study medicine by two people – my UQ anatomy tutor and my surgeon friend, Steve, who I’d spent eight weeks with in the PNG Highlands. My parents live in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), so I took a nine month break from study to think about my future whilst applying for medical schools in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

“At uni, I majored in biochemistry and molecular genetics. It was amazing observing the level of detail at a cellular and sub-cellular level. Then, at the end of second year, I spent eight weeks in Papua New Guinea (PNG) working with a family

“When my application for Newcastle was accepted, I actually thought it was Newcastle University in the north of England, so it was a bit of an adjustment when I realised I was heading to New South Wales instead.

inspires you. There were a number of young, dynamic radiologists on the Coast at the time who showed how interesting diagnostic radiology could be; rather than being locked away in a dark room reporting all day, I found that radiologists were engaged with all medical and surgical specialties and had an important part to play in every patient’s journey. I really enjoyed the procedural side of radiology and found that radiologists treat a whole range of conditions in a minimally invasive way, that once, could only be treated surgically – enter interventional radiology, which is a sub-specialty of radiology.

For many, it’s a game changer.

“It’s kind of like MacGyver medicine as there are a broad range of skills that can be applied to any body system; a number of creative solutions to address existing problems which I really like. I was also particularly interested in the mindset that one day, catheters will replace scalpels – the philosophy of Dr Charles Dotter, one of the founding fathers of IR back in the 1960s.

“Ordinarily, a patient would be moved across various parts of the hospital for diagnostic, imaging or surgical procedures. Now, they can land on the helipad upstairs and come straight down to us. They can have their diagnostic CT scan and then we decide what the best treatment will be – a surgical operation or something IR can fix,” said Paul.

“It’s a ‘newish’ area of medicine that has gained momentum in the last 15 years. Essentially, it’s a micro-invasive form of surgery and I believe, one of the most exciting areas of medicine.

“By 2018/19, I’m hoping we’ll have a clot removal service on the Coast and can expand into interventional neuroradiology. We could treat patients who have had an acute stroke by inserting catheters into the arteries of the brain to remove the clot.

“In 2014, I was working at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital when the opportunity arose to move back to the Coast and set up an IR unit. I’d lived in 18 different houses in as many years so it was nice to return home with my wife and daughter.

“I graduated from Newcastle in 2006 – nine years after finishing at Immanuel.” Paul was then asked if there was a particular teacher who had helped guide him along his current path. “Michael Scott was a great History teacher but of all my teachers, the most memorable would have been Biology teacher Judy Cakacaka. “In the last few weeks of Year 12, Judy said: ‘When you leave here, you have to realise, no one cares’. At the time, I thought it was an awful thing to say. Looking back though, it was probably the most useful thing any teacher had ever said to me. Basically, once you get to uni, no one cares about your OP and whether you got an OP 1. It was actually quite liberating to realise that. Now, I just do the best that I can,” he said. Paul returned to the Coast – to Nambour Hospital – to do his internship and it was there that he became interested in radiology. “When you choose your specialty, you’re often influenced by someone who interests and

“I spent time in the UK last year looking at tumour ablation and fibroid and prostate embolisation. There are currently trials in Brisbane and Sydney using IR to treat tumours in the prostate and so far, the results are quite promising. In terms of trauma, the SCUH’s new theatre will hopefully make an enormous difference in how patients are treated in a time-critical environment.

Since graduating from Immanuel, Paul has lived in Brisbane, Newcastle, Tamworth, the UAE and Townsville, and has lost contact with a number of his classmates.

“At the time, I was a first year consultant and it was quite stressful setting up the unit. Ideally, when you finish your specialty, you’d have five or so years working alongside senior guys. Here, that wasn’t the case, although I do have a number of colleagues close by and I work at the Royal Brisbane one day a week.

“I was 23 before I got a phone and I don’t have Facebook. I’m hoping to get to my 20-year reunion next month though,” he said.

“IR engages every branch of medicine. It’s kind of like being a plumber; anything that needs unblocking – arteries, veins, livers, kidneys – we can fix. Sometimes things need to be blocked off, like a bleeding artery, or the blood supply to a tumour, which we can block with a variety of materials. Often working through a small incision in the groin, we can treat the chest, liver, kidney and vascular system, provide cancer care, women’s and men’s health, and a trauma service,” he said.

“What I really liked, is that it felt like my school... my place.

“For liver or kidney cancer, we can insert a needle into the tumour and kill it by burning it, either with microwave or radio frequency. All up, the procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour and the patient can go home the same day. “We can also block up arteries that lead to fibroids. The fibroid will shrink which does away with the need to remove the uterus, meaning the patient doesn’t need to have a major operation.

“When I was at school, Immanuel did a really good job of encouraging kids to do a broad range of things, to be all-rounders I guess.

“From what I’ve seen when visiting the school recently, it’s retained that philosophy, that sense of community in encouraging kids to become the best they can be. “I sat the European Board exam for IR late last year – hopefully my last exam ever, though I’ve been saying that for about 20 years – and I’m looking forward to working with a great team of interventional radiologists, nurses, radiographers and radiologists. I’m sure there’ll be lots of specialists and interventional radiologists from around Australia who’ll come to observe our techniques and look at training opportunities. It really is an exciting time for medicine on the Sunshine Coast. “I’m glad to be back on the Coast in a role that is both challenging and fun.” Walk as Children of the Light




keeping Queensland safe

Dr Wayne Petherick (88) was always interested in psychology and was on his way to becoming a forensic psychologist. His career path diverged, however, when as an undergraduate studying at Queensland University of Technology, his lecturer encouraged him to consider criminology rather than psychology. Although he was at first taken aback, she explained that she had noticed he had a keen interest in understanding who commits crimes and why, and in criminology, he would perhaps find the challenge he was looking for. 28 | Immanuel Features

Nineteen years later and Wayne is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University teaching in the areas of Alcohol, Drugs and Crime, Criminal Profiling, Applied Crime Analysis, Criminal Motivations, Crime and Deviance, Forensic Victimology, and Forensic Criminology. He is the author, editor or co-editor of textbooks Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioural Profiling, Forensic Victimology, Forensic Criminology, Applied Crime Analysis and The Psychology of Criminal and Antisocial Conduct with neuropsychologist Grant Sinnamon (87). Incidentally, all were published

by Elsevier Science, the oldest publisher in the world which also published Galileo. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, criminologists look for ways to understand the nature and impact of behavioural and social problems, and ways of alleviating their impact. “Criminology draws heavily from both psychology and sociology and is concerned with who commits crimes and why, and how we as a society respond,� said Wayne.

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Methods and Content, examining criminal profiles to better understand the nature of logic employed and the types of characteristics offered by the different approaches. This doctoral work studied a sample of criminal profiles from different methods to better understand how profilers reach their decisions about offenders, and also the types of characteristics that profiles provide. Other areas of interest include stalking, where he is developing a model to better understand the response style of victims and how this may perpetuate the cycle of harassment. His research is integral to understanding the relationship between self-esteem, personality disorder, crime and criminal (and victim) motivations. As well as teaching and research, Wayne works on a variety of cases including homicides, threat and risk, and stalking. He provided media commentary earlier this year in the hunt for Queensland’s ‘Night Stalker’, a serial rapist who terrorised the Brisbane and Gold Coast area from 2005 to 2016. Fortunately, an arrest was made and a 50-year-old-man is in custody with DNA evidence linking him to four of the assaults. “In cases like the Night Stalker, it always ends up being someone’s next door neighbour, friend or boss. The reality is, criminals are everyday people,” said Wayne. “As a criminologist, you have to be objective and adopt the attitude that what you’re looking at is just evidence. “I’ve worked in Australia and the United States on murder cases, sexual assaults, arson and even a triple homicide. An American forensic scientist once told me that if you can’t treat what you see as just evidence, you won’t be able to do your job. Often, you’re dealing with second and third-hand sources, so you do have some emotional distance,” he said.

“I’ve been at Bond for nearly 20 years. I was there at a fledging time when there were only 25 students in the criminology department. I had a specific interest in criminal profiling and Bond wanted to offer the first profiling subject in Australia. After putting this together, I helped write the undergraduate course, which I’m still teaching today, as well as courses in the Master of Criminology program which has about 40 students,” he said. Wayne’s main interest is in criminal profiling with his doctoral thesis, Criminal Profiling: A

With two daughters, Halle and Millie, Wayne will marry his partner, Natasha, at the end of the year who also has two children. “I moved to the Gold Coast about 17 years ago; I was commuting to Bond from the Sunshine Coast prior to that. I still keep in touch with my school mates and was reminded recently that next year will see my 30-year school reunion! “I’ve had a varied path. Before academia, I spent four years in the Army driving armoured personnel carriers. Interestingly, that experience, and my work since, helped in a case involving an ex-military guy. His behaviour needed to be

guided in a particular way and so I provided advice on how to get him to behave in that way,” said Wayne. “I rarely consult with the police. I’m often called upon to educate others so they can solve a case; in effect, to look at the problems and find a way forward. “There was a homicide case a while back where a man incorrectly confessed to causing an injury that led to a child’s death. I looked at the medical evidence which revealed that the injury in question occurred days prior and was likely not the cause of death. In that situation, it was about advising the lawyers and the confession was less valid. “I enjoy pro bono work, especially if I can use the case material for teaching, which makes it more ‘real world’ for my students,” he said. In Australia today, more universities are offering criminology and criminal justice courses but unfortunately, this isn’t translating into more jobs. “We’re never going to have a society without crime, so there will always be jobs, but the market is competitive and depends on government policy at the time,” said Wayne. “Criminology graduates find work with State and federal police agencies, in the prison sector, for customs and border protection, for law firms, and for the crime and corruption commission. “My students do get jobs, often from the organisations that they complete internships with. They have advanced writing skills – essential in this field – which I drill into them throughout their degree. Strong literacy is important,” he said. Criminology is a fascinating field. Understanding the psychology of crime is the basis of many books, telemovies and documentaries on Foxtel, Netflix and prime time television. Understandably, it can also be an emotionally challenging and draining specialty. A positive mindset focusing on the good that can be achieved is essential. “In Australia, certain specialties in criminology are niche areas and positions are limited. However, the scientific study of crime and criminal behaviour is a fascinating and rewarding career choice. I’d encourage anyone interested in the field to look at the various degrees on offer and decide for themselves if they’re suited to studying crime and society’s response as part of their every day,” said Wayne. Walk as Children of the Light




making inroads in skin cancer research

Dr Louise Marquart-Wilson (04) has dozens of fond memories of her time at Immanuel. Like many graduates before and since, Binga features highly – reference survival camp! – as well as making great friendships which have continued to this day. In 2016, Louise completed her PhD and is now working at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute as a senior biostatistician. “Looking back, I had many great experiences. As well as Binga, I enjoyed water polo and 30 | Immanuel Features

have fond memories of the Year 11 Ball and graduation,” said Louise. “I still keep in contact with many of my classmates and I even bump into some occasionally in Brisbane! It’s always nice to see a friendly and familiar face.

who encouraged my passion was my Maths B teacher in Years 11 and 12, Mr Engelhardt. He always motivated and challenged me by giving me extra questions and problems to solve. It was great to see him at the 10-year reunion and let him know what I am doing now,” she said.

“At school, I was always interested in science (mainly chemistry) and maths. I liked that there is one solution in mathematics but so many different ways to get the answer. One teacher

After Immanuel, Louise went on to complete a dual Bachelor of Science and Economics degree at the University of Queensland (UQ). During the final two years of her degree,

“After I graduated from UQ, I applied for a job at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. The first job I applied for was a much higher role than my level of experience. However, my soonto-be boss created a junior level job for me. Whilst I was being mentored by my supervisor and being trained as a biostatistician, I completed my honours at Queensland University of Technology. “The theme of my honours project was on statistical genetics, investigating different statistical methodology used to find regions along the genome that are associated with quantitative traits. After completing my honours, I started full-time work as a biostatistician at QIMR Berghofer where I consulted and collaborated with scientists and clinicians from the QIMR Berghofer and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital providing statistical advice on the design and analysis of their experiments and data. “In 2013, I commenced my PhD at UQ, investigating statistical methodology. I graduated last year and am now back at QIMR Berghofer working full-time as a senior biostatistician.” Louise’s main research areas concern the application and development of statistical methods for medical research.

she was a summer intern with the CSIRO’s Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics group. “I worked on two completely different projects. The first applied statistics to study patterns in the genetic markers of sugar cane to find regions of interest along the chromosome. The second project applied statistics to look for different groupings of biodiversity in the benthic regions of the ocean. Both projects highlighted the diversity and applicability of statistics in science.

“As a biostatistician, I am involved in designing studies and analysing complex and large data. For instance, I am currently involved with a large group of statisticians to design and analyse clinical trials to evaluate candidate drugs and vaccines to eliminate malaria. In conjunction with QIMR Berghofer and international clinicians and scientists, we help design the studies and analyse data from a human challenge model whereby participants are given a micro-dose of malaria. In a controlled setting, the participants are followed over time to monitor the parasites during their growth stage and then we can assess the effectiveness of the candidate drugs by measuring how fast the parasites decay after receiving treatment,” said Louise. “I am also involved in the analysis of a large epidemiological study which has followed organ transplant recipients over time and performed annual skin examinations to identify and treat skin cancers. Immunosuppressed patients, such as organ transplant recipients, have an increased risk of skin cancers with squamous cell carcinoma occurring 65 to 250 times more often

than for the general population. This study helps identify potential risk factors in organ transplant recipients that may be related to developing skin cancers. “This is one reason why I really enjoy being a biostatistician; it merges the passion I have for mathematics and statistics with medical research. It is humbling to have the opportunity to work with amazing and passionate scientists and clinicians striving to make a difference in their research field, and being able to help contribute to medical research,” she said. When asked whether it is more difficult for women to succeed in STEM fields, Louise said that some fields can be male dominated, which can be intimidating. “When I was studying third and fourth level mathematics and statistics at university, I was usually the only female in the class. More recently, I sometimes find it hard to get my voice heard during interactions. One skill that I have developed, and which has subsequently helped, is to be assertive. There are some very inspirational women within STEM who are helping pave the way, and there are many opportunities and avenues available to help women to succeed in STEM fields,” said Louise. The new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital opened in March and Louise said it would be great to return to the Coast, especially if there are opportunities for biostatisticians. Statistical methodology is continually developing and within the next five years, Louise will continue to learn and diversify her current skill set. “I would also like to develop more of my own research themes and interests through collaborations with other statisticians and researchers. Another goal is to do some more travel. There are so many places I want to see!” In this data-centric era, statistics have become an essential tool for processing information in public health and medical research. Whatever the future holds, Louise will do her best to bolster medical research and make a significant contribution to the future of her field. And maybe, just maybe, she will stop by next time she is on the Coast and explain to our students how important the blending of mathematics and statistics is to solving public health issues facing our society today. Walk as Children of the Light



The world is his stage

As a student, Simon Schmidt (00) pursued singing lessons to escape clarinet practice. He is now an acclaimed baritone with the Flemish Opera and performs in German, Russian, Italian, English, French and Latin. Simon and his wife, Narissa (99), have lived in Brussels since 2009 when Simon commenced a one-year contract which launched his career on the international stage. Simon agreed to share his story, from being a down-onhis-luck student, to performing in some of Europe’s major operatic capitals. How did I get into singing? At first, it was my mother, who forced me to go to singing lessons at Immanuel before my voice had changed. I hated it and begged her to let me stop. It was embarrassing being able to sing higher than some of the girls. Naturally, I copped some flak for it too, but persevering in the face of opposition seems to breed good character. My voice changing down to baritone coincided with me having my first male singing teacher at school, Murray Holmes. He was the one who told me I could make a career out of this if I wanted to. I initially agreed so I could get out of clarinet practice (I just hated carrying that case around and piecing it together). Eventually, through encouragement, I came to love singing, and was given plenty of opportunities to develop my skills by Kathy Dyer, who was an outstanding classroom music teacher at ILC. Greg Gregory nurtured my theatrical side in drama class despite the fact that I was a cultural Neanderthal! My parents and those three staff members were crucial in my development and success in this field. I was reminded recently of a school performance of South Pacific in my final year. Julia Wiles (00) (daughter of former principal Adrian Wiles) and I played the lead roles, but my love for staged productions actually started three or four years prior to South Pacific, when I played clarinet in the pit orchestra for Bye, Bye Birdie. I was fascinated at how the music and staging fit together, as it’s a totally different perspective when you’re IN a show than when you see one from the auditorium. A few years later, when there were rumblings of the school doing another musical, it was a no-brainer that I was going to be involved. 32 | Immanuel Features

Directly after graduating, I went to the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane. I studied there for four years, earning my Bachelor of Music. For the next three years, I worked a patchwork of part-time singing jobs with five different organisations in Brisbane. I was a voice teacher at St Laurence’s College (where I learned that my singing progress didn’t always have to be more important than everybody else’s); I was a paid chorister in the ‘Schola’ Ensemble at St Stephen’s Cathedral where I learned to sight read music really quickly; a principal singer with the Australian Army Band Brisbane where I learned to sing jazz, scale obstacles and avoid gunfire in tandem; and a Developing Artist with Opera Queensland, where I humbly learned that having a cool title with an opera company wasn’t enough and I would probably have to train outside Australia to get serious. So, at the end of 2007, my beloved Narissa and I moved to London and I auditioned for a number of prestigious United Kingdom singing colleges. The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester mercifully offered me a half scholarship on the international course fees and I finished my postgraduate study there in July, 2009. My pathway to develop as a singer and artist was just as much outside the nest of university as it was inside. My transition from the Royal Northern to the Flemish Opera was when I fell from the nest and had to figure out how to fly on the way down! Our year in Manchester was financially the poorest year of our lives. While I was haemorrhaging student fees training these two pieces of gristle in my throat, Narissa (bless her soul) kept bread on the table teaching ‘aspiring young minds’ at a rough school in the suburbs. After a visit from my dad, he left a tin of sardines in our cupboard that I knew we would never eat. Things got so bad at the end of one month, we ate that thing on a couple of water crackers, holding our noses to avoid the taste. But, with nothing in the bank and no other food in the house, it was just nice to have something in our stomachs again. At that point I knew I needed to make something happen, and fast.

I was graduating in July 2009 and in March that year, Britain changed a law which made a visa extension impossible. Shoot. We had just enough savings for a one-way ticket back to Australia. After a lot of time in prayer, I felt like Noah building the ark when I concluded that God’s will for us was to spend that money on an audition tour of Europe. It was proper backagainst-the-wall stuff. Get a job in a country that doesn’t even speak your language, or get deported without a penny to your name. And so, among some failed auditions around Europe, I came to audition for the Flemish Opera and sang my heart out. I was offered a one-year contract despite the fact they had no official position free at the time. Coincidence? I think not. When they asked me if I was interested, I stopped short of ecstatically kissing the man, kept my business head and responded in the affirmative with a cautionary tone. I rang Narissa. I believe our conversation went something like this:

I don’t get a whole lot of time for it, but I do still like to compose music. A few years ago, I wrote ‘5 Songs of Faith’ for the Lutheran Church of Australia. These were published and are now sung at various Lutheran churches around the country. I like many things written between 1850 and 1950, late romantic to early 20th century – such rich harmony and interesting subject matter. In terms of classics, Puccini’s Turandot and Tosca come to mind, also Carmen by Bizet. But lesser known operas like Peter Grimes, the Queen of Spades and Dead Man Walking are what really sustain my interest these days. Professionally speaking, I would like to do some bigger solo roles in the future, but not if it detracts too much from Narissa and my home life. There are many artists who go down this route and they often end up with nothing left but a high opinion of themselves. My goal is to stay well balanced and find joy in the things that naturally come from old-fashioned, honest, hard work.

“Hey honey, wanna move to Belgium?” “I guess... what language do they speak there?” “‘I dunno. Some people say Flemish, some say Dutch and some say French.” “... Yeah, alright then.” The rest, as they say, is history. I have been singing covers, small roles and chorus in almost 50 different operas for eight years now. We sing operas in six different languages depending on the original language of the composition: German, Italian, French, English, Latin and Russian. Our productions are always modernised into a contemporary setting, so instead of being in tights and tunics, I am usually in suits and modern dress. I have sung operatic roles such as Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, Schaunard in La Bohème, Papageno in the Magic Flute, among other smaller roles and concert oratorios. I have sung onstage in England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Most recently, I finished doing the baritone solo of Faure’s Requiem, which was a co-production with the Ballet of Flanders. We performed this in Antwerp, Gent and Bruges.

My wife, Narissa, graduated in 1999. We got to know each other in choir at ILC. She was a year above me at school (silent fist pump) and we were drawn to each other through our common love of music. She claims that any extra street cred I had dating an older chick was lost because she was a teacher’s daughter. I still think it was awesome! Narissa is a high school music teacher but is currently teaching Year 3 at an international school in Brussels. She has a real knack for primary age kids and is often consulted by her colleagues as they consider their approach with their own classes. She has been a huge support to me over the years, which has not been easy away from her family and in a foreign language environment. I am really glad she is finally getting some of the limelight she deserves. The rewards of being the spouse of an opera singer can be very sparse at times, but she continues to support me with grace, fervour and class. Narissa and I would like to have a family of our own but it hasn’t worked out for us yet. In the meantime, we have taken up hiking and are doing the 10-day Tour de Mont Blanc trek this summer which is a definite highlight to look forward to.

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How did you find your time at ILC? Were there any particular teachers or experiences that helped define who you are today? I loved my senior years at ILC and the experiences I had there. I made some of my closest friends at Mt Binga and am still in contact with those people today, and activities like public speaking, performing in the school musical, being involved in the school magazine and being a house captain for Fraser all tie into the kinds of work I do today, which are about organisation, presentation and collaboration. I also remember all of my teachers and their quirks fondly, including Mr Engelhardt’s The Simpsons themed maths worksheets! The teacher who had the biggest impact on me was Rita Rainnie. I just adored her classes because she always went that extra mile for us (baking pumpkin pies for Halloween) and made class entertaining (groaning at us for taking a term to fully understand what ‘discourse’ meant!). But on a personal level, Rita recognised that I loved literature and really fostered that by just talking to me about books and helping me hone my critical reading skills. She also recommended that I read Jane Eyre, which is still my favourite book today. Up until that point, I’d always read for enjoyment, but Jane Eyre showed me that you could emotionally connect with art on a profound level and I thought it would be incredible to try and do that for other people. Do you keep in contact with any of your former teachers? Sadly, I don’t. I have had some teachers reach out to me via email and instagram, though, which has been lovely! It’s been amazing hearing from them and knowing that they still remember me. Brisbane-based freelance writer Michelle Law (07) has the literary world at her feet. Her versatility is astounding, with a body of work that encompasses magazines, journals, newspapers, film and television. She is the co-author of the comedy book, Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, with older brother Ben (99), and has had her work anthologised in books like Women of Letters and Destroying the Joint. She has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, frankie magazine and the Griffith Review. As a screenwriter, Michelle won an Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE award for her interactive media work and had her films screened on the ABC and at film festivals both locally and abroad. In 2016 she won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award and earlier this year, her first play, Single Asian Female, was staged by Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company. Arts writer for The Australian, Cameron Pegg, said “It is a work that any Australian theatre company would be proud to produce.” Michelle’s life is understandably hectic, but her recent acquisition of a pet cat is an attempt to slow down and spend more time at home. She agreed to be put in the ‘hot seat’ and share 34 | Immanuel Features

some memories of her time at Immanuel as well as her current projects and passions that drive her writing. Can you tell us a little about your journey post Immanuel? After school, I moved to Brisbane and studied a Bachelor of Creative Industries (majoring in Creative Writing) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I graduated in 2010. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Was there a particular moment when you decided ‘this is what I want to do with my life’? No, I didn’t always want to be a writer! In Year 12, I was equally split between wanting to be a writer, actor and visual artist. For a little while, I entertained the idea of studying something to do with medicine because I also loved biology, but I think I was always going to do something creative. I went to the open days for a couple of different courses – QUT for writing and acting, and Queensland College of Art for visual arts – and writing was the best fit for me; I enjoyed it and felt confident doing it. I also liked how it consolidated all of my interests; so many kinds of art begin with writing/narrative, so I thought I’d have more agency in the creative world as a writer.

What does a typical day look like for you? This year I’ve taken the leap and started freelance writing full time from my home office. Each day is different depending on what kind of deadlines, errands and housework I’ve got on, but a typical day might look like: waking up at 8.00am, having breakfast, answering emails, working until lunch time, making sure I leave the house for an errand or going for a walk to separate my mind from the work, working a bit more, exercising, having dinner, and then relaxing. If I’m on deadline I’ll work into the evenings, but I’ve been trying to curb that habit. You don’t get weekends or holidays as a freelancer, so self-care and making sure you get proper breaks is important. What projects do you currently have on the go? I’m currently working on a children’s television show as well as several personal projects, including a web series called Homecoming Queens (which I’m also acting in) and a feature film that I’ll be adapting from one of my favourite young adult novels. Do you have any particular interests/ passions/causes that you promote through your writing? Over the years I’ve found that

refer to myself as a ‘writer’ because I jump so frequently between mediums, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting or playwriting. Each medium comes with its own set of challenges, which I find endlessly interesting. It’s hard for me to choose just one medium and stick to it because I love them all!

the subject matter of my work often revolves around themes like race and gender, whether or not I intend it to. This is because a lot of my work is quite personal and those themes are recurring because they’re simply a part of my life. For instance, the topic of race — I didn’t grow up with faces like mine in the media and I’d like to play a part in changing that for younger generations living in an increasingly multicultural Australia. We’re a country of migrants but that’s rarely represented on TV/film/theatre and that not only sends a negative message to those who are already underrepresented, it also means we’re seeing the same stories regurgitated repeatedly.

Do you travel much for work? I do travel a lot for work. At one point, I was interstate every weekend for workshops, festivals and meetings for several months in a row; that really burnt me out so I’ve recently found a better balance. I also have a cat now so that means I can’t go away for very long periods of time.

As a feminist, I’m a strong advocate for gender equality and empowering women, and I’m also passionate about LGBTQI rights. These causes are important to me because they fight to elevate the basic human rights of marginalised people.

What can’t you live without? My family. We’re very close-knit and I know whatever happens in my life they’ll always have my back. And tea! I’m not a coffee person but I drink lots of tea to get me through the day.

Would you say you’re more of a screenwriter or playwright? Or, you’re happy to skip between mediums because you’re comfortable doing it all! I like to

It’s been 10 years since you graduated from Immanuel. Knowing what you do now, what advice would you give to the Class of 2017?

That as an adult you should strive to be the kind of person you needed when you were growing up. And whenever you’re feeling down about yourself, try talking to yourself the way you would to a younger sibling – you’d be kind and supportive, protective and proud of them. If you love yourself first, you’ll be able to love others too. Professionally, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? I’d like to have an established career as a professional screenwriter (both at home and overseas) but still have the flexibility to work on other projects and in other mediums. I’d like to have written another play at some point too and be acting more. Winning an Academy Award would also be neat.

Playful distraction over kisses and cuddles A recent University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) study has found parents’ behaviour in medical appointments affects how children cope during treatments.

Erin’s research focused on coping mechanisms for younger children as children aged under three years account for up to 70 per cent of those who present at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital with burns.

University of Queensland PhD candidate, Erin Brown (03), of the School of Psychology and the CHRC Children’s Burns and Trauma Research Group, conducted an 18-month study involving 92 families of burns patients aged between one and six at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

While distraction techniques may seem simple and obvious, Ms Brown said parents were often overwhelmed in hospital with their child, especially if they had been involved in the accident that resulted in injury.

Erin found that playful distraction can trump kisses and cuddles to reduce a child’s anxiety and pain during potentially painful burns dressing changes. “Up to 70 per cent of children experience severe distress during a medical procedure and my research found children often look to their parents for how to respond to the procedure itself,” said Erin.

“Even though a hot beverage scold or a burn in the kitchen is common, parents still carry a lot of guilt around the injury. “My research found when parents are feeling anxious or distressed about the accident itself, that affects how they are able to help their child cope during procedures. I’ve identified simple tips to help parents support their child and manage their own stress,” said Erin

“While it’s common for parents to reassure their child with comforting phrases such as ‘it’s okay, it’ll be over soon, be brave’, these words actually kept the child’s attention on the pain.

Tips for parents include:

“Parents should instead remain calm and confident and divert their child’s attention away from the procedure by using distractions such as games, asking simple questions, using tablet devices, making jokes or using a favourite toy,” she said.

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Using a noisy toy as a distraction; Preparing snacks and sharing them during the procedure; and Doing deep breathing exercises together to keep everyone calm.

Erin’s research findings have been reported in The Age, Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Medical Express and Health Canal. Walk as Children of the Light



Education trailblazer Dr Donna Evans started teaching at Immanuel in 1994. Sixteen years later, she left the College and went to The Glennie School in Toowoomba where she was Head of Middle and Senior Years and Deputy Head of School. During her time at Immanuel, Donna influenced the lives of thousands of students and to this day, keeps in contact with many, sharing their joys and triumphs as they celebrate major milestones. Now an educational consultant and university lecturer in Victoria, Donna agreed to share some memories of why she decided to become a teacher, her time at Immanuel and talk about why Immanuel still holds a special place in her heart. “No one in my family had ever been to university – only a couple had gone on to complete secondary school. My parents were great advocates of education even though their formal education was quite limited. I wanted to do law and was accepted at the University of Queensland but my family were very concerned about this choice. To get to university, I had to do an education degree and for a long time, I felt that I had ‘missed out’ by not doing law. But, as the years have gone by, I realised the absolute joy that comes from engaging with, and influencing young people as part of their education journey. I realised what a privilege it was to play this role – something that in the busy-ness of our professional life, we can overlook. “I began my time at Immanuel by taking on a 12-month maternity leave contract. It was only short term but I am an Economics teacher and there were very few positions available in that area. At the staff dinner at the end of the year, I still hadn’t heard if I had an ongoing job and approached Adrienne Jericho to see if there was more work – luckily he told me there would be. I had only ever stayed a maximum of five years at any of the places I had worked at before and certainly didn’t think I would stay for 16 years. “Lots of reasons kept me at Immanuel for so long. Obviously I enjoyed my job – it was quite varied and I undertook a range of roles so that it didn’t ever become too boring. I really enjoyed the community and liked the ‘down to earth’ personalities of the students and parents. My previous school was quite conservative, so it took a bit of getting used to the fact that the boys really only took geography because they wanted to understand the surf! “I was very privileged to have worked with an exceptional set of teachers and staff. The teachers at Immanuel were a great bunch to 36 | Immanuel Features

work with. I learnt a lot from them and admired daily their resolve and focus to always provide the best possible learning experiences for their students. Parents were also keen to engage with the school and I really liked its sense of community – a lot to do with the practice of its Lutheran faith. “I had taught in a wide range of religious schools but this was my introduction to what it meant to be a Lutheran and I found so much of the school’s practices were visible evidences of faith. There appeared to be quite a strong alignment between Lutheran faith and Lutheran practice and that authenticity also appealed. I knew of teachers who went well above and beyond their job descriptions in assisting students and families. I saw this again and again, specifically in the actions of Pastors Kathrin Koning and Roger Munchenberg. “I also stayed because, through a quirk of fate, my own children ended up at the school. As an Anglican, our children were enrolled in Matthew Flinders. However, after a few ‘disturbing’ incidents at home, such as my husband forgetting to drop the children off at their local school and pick them up in the afternoon – walking home to Montville wasn’t really an option! – I realised that it might be best for them to come to school with me. This was quite an adjustment since I was adamant that my children would never attend a school where I taught; again, Immanuel surprised me with the inclusive way the student population treated teachers’ children and as there were many teachers’ children at the school, they wouldn’t be alone.” When asked to recall some fond memories, Donna’s response was there were too many to mention. She did come up with some real rippers though! “In my first couple of months, Barry Oster appeared outside my classroom door with a note to say that my classroom was on fire and I needed to begin evacuation procedures for my classroom and the whole school. I sent students off to other classrooms to raise the alarm and the Secondary School evacuated to the oval. Unfortunately, we had forgotten to let the administration office know, meaning the principal and administrative team would have gone up in smoke! That’s why we have drills I suppose… “Initially, I got confused between C block and B block and began teaching a class in C block only to find out I was in the wrong classroom. Then there was the time when a group of Year 10 students, freshly back from Mt Binga, made up an imaginary student and introduced him

into the student population. They convinced the Binga staff to play along by issuing him with a Binga certificate even though he didn’t complete his time at Binga because he had ‘broken his leg’. This imaginary student became quite famous, so much so that when school photos arrived, we recorded him as being ‘absent’ in our home group photo. “When it came time to fill in the annual bullying survey, one of the students cited this student as a bully. It caused quite a lot of concern for the school counsellor endeavouring to seek him out and also for the principal, who had arranged an interview with the parents of the student who identified this bully. It was ultimately sorted out and I think our imaginary student came to an untimely end. “I fondly recall the showing of State of Origin matches in the Ken Thamm Lecture Theatre during breaks on subject selection nights and of course, the box of White Knights I was presented with when I left. Do you know you can’t get them in Victoria (hint! hint!).” Donna is still in contact with many former students and is amazed at their journeys which have taken them all over the world where they are making a significant mark in various fields. “I think a large part of this success came from the engagement, enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment of staff who opened the doors for so many students. I am equally proud, and amazed, that a significant number of business and community leaders, key players in the future of the Sunshine Coast, are Immanuel Old Scholars, many of whom I have a very different recollection of to the way they present within the community today! “One of the moments I always enjoyed was when past students were invited back to speak to Year 10 students as they were making decisions about subjects for Years 11 and 12. When approached, these Old Scholars were keen to give back and many made significant changes to their schedules to attend. This experience was one of the most valuable ‘realities’ for students as professional surfers, academics, political lobbyists, statisticians, lawyers and business operators took time to talk to students about their diverse pathways. It says a lot about the culture of a school when past

students are so willing to support the school and its students in these ways.” On a personal level, Donna opened up about her experience fighting breast cancer and is determined to raise awareness about this insidious disease. “One in eight women will contract some form of breast cancer; it’s nearly as common as the common cold. Breast cancer is not one disease – there are quite a few different kinds of breast cancer. Mine was a particularly aggressive kind that required aggressive treatment. I was not in the age range to consider regular mammograms nor was I in any of the ‘at risk’ groups so the first lesson is, don’t presume it won’t happen to you. Even men get breast cancer. The medical care I received, all on the Sunshine Coast, was second to none and really, I had a fortunate time even though the treatment was pretty tough. The

Immanuel community made this time bearable and I remember Principal David Bliss being very tolerant of my prayer for hair at one of our executive meetings.”

goals now relate to working with teachers, pre-service teachers, schools and organisations in building capacity in this highly challenging educational environment.

Now in the Gippsland lakes area of Victoria, Dr Donna Evans – her PhD was conferred in May last year and is based on how teachers engage with change and was helped, in part, by six teachers from Immanuel – has published a number of academic papers, begun a consultancy where she delivers workshops in Adelaide and Melbourne, and will present at two conferences this year – one on the Gold Coast, the other in Brisbane.

So where to next Donna? What’s left on your bucket list?

Donna recently secured a book deal, but says it won’t be on any airport best seller list, and lectures at Federation University’s Churchill Campus. She delivers on-line subjects within their masters’ programs and her professional

“I don’t really have a bucket list – I’m pretty bad at planning for the long term! I think just making the most of the opportunities available to you is important and closely aligned with not being too hard on yourself (we are our own most severe critics). I have ambitions to teach and work in developing countries, build public housing for abused women and children, do more volunteer work, raise chickens and pigs, and improve my tennis. We still have our place at Montville, so the Sunshine Coast is part of our retirement plans but for now, there’s still so much more to do.”

Back to Binga weekend coming soon! It is a place for kids to experience life on the land; to be away from home and their family for sometimes, the first time in their life.

be completed by mid-August. Then, in December, Binga’s dairy facilities should receive an $80,000 upgrade.

Mt Binga has been an integral part of an Immanuel education for more than 30 years and now, because we have had a lot of students go through, we thought it time for a Back to Binga weekend for all the city slickers!

Around 450 students go through Mt Binga every year and Back to Binga was chosen to coincide with the school holidays and end of the building program.

If you have not heard via email or Facebook, Back to Binga will be held from Friday, 29 September until Sunday, 1 October. The idea is for Old Scholars – and perhaps some senior secondary students – to come out, sit around a camp fire and reconnect with the values of Mt Binga: Engage in Community, Respect our Environment, Show Initiative, Persevere, Take Responsibility, Challenge Ourselves, Collaborate and Have Gratitude.

By September, 88 beds will be available in cabins and dormitories but families may choose to bring along their own tents. An activities program will be developed to include archery, high ropes, horse riding and farm life activities.

In the last couple of years, the concept of outdoor education has proved so popular that more and more schools are sending students to Mt Binga to experience the everyday farm life and activities that make it such a unique program. A $400,000 construction program has commenced to build two new dormitories which will add an extra 24 beds to the facilities. These should

To cover the cost of amenities and dinner on Saturday night, there is a nominal fee of $30 per person or $60 per family of four. For larger families, it is $15 per additional person/child. To book your spots today, go to and click on ‘Events@Immanuel’ at the bottom of the web page. We look forward to seeing you there and hope this concept of a reunion weekend will be the first of many more to come.

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Old Scholar News Georgia Burkin (12) has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management/ Sustainable Development at the University of Queensland and is working for Brisbane City Council. Annika Boyland (97) (nee Hakansson) is an accountant and lives in Brisbane. Lyle Carey (96) lives in Sydney and is the owner and director of Enzyme Productions and Enzyme Film. Fraser Clayton (11) graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree with an extended major in Clinical Measurement, specialising in cardiac clinical diagnostics. He trained at the Princess Alexandra Hospital completing a clinical placement as a cardiac scientist. He’s currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) with a major in Biology. Fraser is currently working as a biology tutor and as a standby ECG technician for two private cardiology clinics in Brisbane. Future goals include completing a graduate diploma in cardiac ultrasound and/or gaining qualifications as an electrophysiologist while working as a cardiac scientist. For the time being, he’s looking forward to a career in both medical science and education, possibly by combining the two. Lee Cutler (97) is a trade instructor with Queensland Corrective Services. William Dabinet (15) won third prize in the 2016 Noosa International Film Festival’s EcoFilx Competition. The film was screened alongside entries from Germany, Pakistan and the United States.

Courtney Evans (04) has moved to Japan to teach English for a year. She finished working with Schlumberger/Pathfinder as a field engineer and completed her Masters in Engineering (Project Management) at RMIT, Melbourne, before deciding a change was in order. William Evans (07) is a senior policy officer with the Australian Cattle Council in Canberra. Chelsea Everingham (98) is a naturopath on the Gold Coast and consults to three practices. Belinda Fisher (nee Lean) (97) is a speech pathologist and PhD candidate at The University of Queensland. Belinda’s research concerns supporting early childhood educators to identify speech and language issues. Belinda has three young children aged eight, six and four years of age. Belinda Gapes (98) is a police officer in the Queensland Police Service and lives in the Moreton Bay region. Kate Heliotis (01) graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours Class 1) with an extended major in civil engineering. She is working as a structural engineer with Bligh Tanner. La-Ra Hinckeldeyn has been producing visual effects at Peter Jackson’s company Weta Digital for the past three years. She finished up on Stephen Spielberg’s The BFG in May 2016. In mid-2016 she was working on War for the Planet of the Apes and is developing a television show for Netflix in the United States.

Lauren Dickson (99) welcomed baby, Tom, in 2016 and is teaching at Palmwoods State School.

Dan Hicks (91) made a lifechanging decision when he walked away from 20 years in the airline industry to become a personal trainer. Dan lives with his family in Glen Waverley, just outside of Melbourne.

Andre Dunn (07) is the Team Leader of Telstra’s National Retail Support Team

Dr Anja Hohls (07) has commenced a Master of Public Health and a Diploma of Child

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Health. In March, she was part of a five-week medical outreach program in Nepal which involved a migrating medical clinic that set up camp in a new village every two days to provide much needed healthcare to isolated regions.

Since 2008, the

Tim Horton (99) is the Head of Asia Pacific Real Estate, MetLife in Hong Kong. Hannah Hunter (01) (nee MacLeod) has worked in fashion since leaving Immanuel and now lives in Sydney. She studied Textiles, Clothing and Footwear at Cooloola TAFE on the Sunshine Coast and also completed a summer course in France, studying Fashion Design and Merchandising at the Paris Fashion Institute. Over the years, Hannah has designed her own womenswear collections – under self-titled label Hannah MacLeod – and worked in visual merchandising for brands including Prada, Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss. Hannah is currently working for Australian womenswear label, Zimmermann, as a visual merchandiser. Six months ago Hannah married Ben Hunter, a chemical engineer from Sydney. Katrina Ison-Gardner (01) is a human relations consultant at Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University and lives in the small town of Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Melanie Jacobson (96) was part of the November 2016 building team which travelled to Watoto in Uganda, Africa with congregation members from Immanuel Lutheran Church. Founded in 1994, Watoto operates three villages and cares for over 4,000 orphaned children. Villages are designed to include individual homes, each accommodating eight children and a housemother (usually a widow), a complete school system for the Watoto children and surrounding communities, a medical clinic, a church/community centre and an agricultural project providing food and clean water. The result is a self-sustaining village that raises the orphaned and helps the widowed of Uganda

Immanuel community has sent teams every second year to Watoto to help. Over the years, the group has raised funds to build two houses, a classroom and a teacher’s house. The next trip will take place in November 2018. To find out more, contact Lyndal Mayer via stephenmayer@ Gretchen Keelty (96) moved to Spain at the end of 2016 to commence a Masters in Fine Art Production. Gretchen’s mural, painted more than 20 years ago in Immanuel’s R Block – the original junior school administration building – is being preserved on canvas as the building will undergo extensive renovations. Brendan Koch (07) is a mechanical engineer for RPG Consulting Engineers on the Sunshine Coast. Jane Larkin (07) is studying for her PhD in creative arts with an emphasis on philosophy and literature at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Jane graduated with a Masters of Communication, majoring in

the same areas, in April 2016. Jane is just over 12 months into her doctorate and is striving to get some academic articles published this year. She also has a short story being published in the literary journal Number Eleven Magazine. Jane is a member of the USC High Performance Student Athletes squad and will compete in Europe in June/July this year. She won a bronze medal in the 200 metres at the most recent Australian University Games and last season was the Queensland Open State Bronze Medallist in the 100 metres behind Papua New Guinea Olympican Toia Wisil. Jane is ranked on the Australian circuit in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres and hopes to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Dr Tyrone Lavery (97) has a PhD from the University of Queensland and was the inaugural recipient of the Australian Museum Research Institute’s Expedition Fellowship for 2015-16. As part of the fellowship, Tyrone researched native mammals on the Solomon Islands in search of the endangered monkey-faced bat and the Kwete, the giant rat. Working with local communities is a vital part of any documentation expedition as it builds connections between the elders and young through conservation. Tyrone lives in Chicago, in the United States, and works for the Field Museum of Natural History. He works on a range of things to do with wildlife in the South West Pacific (Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

and Papua New Guinea). Most of his research focuses on mammals and he has spent more than five years researching mammals on the Solomon Islands, enlisting the support of local communities to do so. All three Lavery siblings are doctors of some description. Dr Rhys Lavery (00) is a medical doctor in Lismore and Dr Megan Maher (nee Lavery) (Dux 87) is a senior lecturer and Lab Head of the College of Science, Health and Engineering, School of Molecular Sciences and Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, at Latrobe University. With a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Melbourne, Megan’s areas of study are biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr Hamish Lunn (00) finished his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) at the end of last year and is practising in Ballina, New South Wales. He is married to Clare and has a son, Oscar Hank, aged one. Luke Marconi (07) is a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy and is currently serving as Staff Officer, Professional Development Program in the Directorate of Navy Engineering Policy. Luke is based in Canberra. Courtney Martin (11) is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Peita McCulloch Swenson (97) is the Manager, Development Assessment for Economic Development Queensland and is based in Brisbane.

Andrea Munday (98) is a registered nurse working in the field of mental health for Queensland Health. Andrea has five children aged from three to fourteen years. Susie McKenzie-Smith (92) has a Master of Science and Technology from Queensland University of Technology and is a professional services manager at Esri Australia in Canberra. Greg Morris (97) is an Emirates Boeing 777 pilot based in Dubai. He relocated there last year after a number of years in Asia. Aasta O’Connor (04) is considered by many to be the best female footballer in Australia. She plays for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL women’s competition in the position of ruck. Karim Owens (00) is a software engineer and Chief Executive Officer of KJO Computers and Web Design. Previously, he was Senior Executive Chief Information Officer of GPS Wealth Noosa. Brielle Parris (07) completed her undergraduate and honours degrees at the University of Queensland (UQ). She is currently working at UQ’s Thoracic Research Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital where she is doing her PhD is Lung Cancer Genomics, with a focus on early detection and monitoring of disease using molecular biomarkers. Kate Pollard (07) completed a Bachelor of Learning Management specialising in Early Childhood through Central Queensland University. The degree led her to a graduate position at Glasshouse

Christian College where she has been teaching Year 1 ever since. Kate has also taken on the role of Year 1 Co-ordinator which is an opportunity to extend herself professionally. Kate is a keen traveller having toured Europe and the United Kingdom in 2013, an interest she is planning to develop in coming years. Brooke Poulsen (07) is a clinical psychologist in Brisbane. Ainsley Pullen (11) is a Research Scholar at the University of Queensland studying mathematics and philosophy. In April, she gave a talk to the Mathematics Students Society on the topic: Bounds of the Knowable. She is currently living in Freiburg, Germany. Kelsie Rimmer (09) scored the last spot on Team Delta in Channel 9’s 2017 season of The Voice. This is the second time Kelsie has made it past the blind auditions having appeared in the first season of the show under the guidance of mentor, Keith Urban. Kelsie now lives in Melbourne. Renae Soppe (07) is a science journalist, having completed duel Bachelor in Science/Bachelor in Journalism degrees at the University of Queensland. She worked in print and online for publications such as COSMOS magazine. Renae was also a chemist for alphapharm pharmaceuticals in quality control then technical services. In December 2015, she and her partner welcomed son, Hudson, and are back living on the Sunshine Coast. Felicity Scott (01) works for Brisbane City Council in Project Walk as Children of the Light



Management, ICT. Felicity has lived in Brisbane for the last 10 years.

managing cabinet and cabinet committee meetings.

Jillian Schomberg (12) graduated from Queensland University of Technology in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with honours. She has accepted a graduate engineering position with BHP.

Elle is now with the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation in the Ministerial Services team. As an advisor, she drafts ministerial briefings, media releases, provides strategic advice to ministerial offices, and liaises with foreign embassies when organising overseas ministerial travel arrangements. Elle lives in Richmond, Victoria with her partner, Dean and younger brother.

Nikila Schomberg (10) graduated from the University of Queensland in July 2016 with Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees. She is working for Hartley Healy Family Law Specialists in Brisbane City. Samantha Senior (nee Radulovic) (07) is a midwife on the Sunshine Coast. Grant Sinnamon (87) is a neuropsychologist who has developed a model for brain repair. He is a part-time researcher at Bond University. Matthew Steinbeck (02) is a Senior Sergeant First Class with the South Australian Police Force. Naomi Swan (97) is the director/ owner of Melbourne Paperific Craft Expo. She is also a registered nurse in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Elle Sweet (07) attended the University of Queensland graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. After an internship with the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Elle commenced working within the Cabinet Office at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet 40 | Immanuel Features

Jalal Thompson (07) is a fifth year veterinary science student at the University of Queensland. Naomi Weier (04) is a pharmacist at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and is undertaking a PhD externally through the University of Tasmania. This year’s recipient of the Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship is Rhys Fuller (16). Jared Wynne (07) is a dental prosthetist and owner operator of Forever Young Denture Clinic which has surgeries in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Jared is married and lives on the Gold Coast. Tegan Wallis (nee Planck) (00) is married to Kerrin and together, they are senior pastors at Connect Church in Bendigo. The couple have a fouryear-old son, Boston. Heidi Yu (07) is a corporate accountant with wholesale funds manager, QIC. Stephen Yu (98) has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queensland University of Technology and works for the National Australia Bank in human resources, specifically learning and development. He is married and recently welcomed baby daughter, Chelsea.

The Scholarship was established in 1999 by Sunshine Coast philanthropist and College benefactor, Jocelyn Walker, in memory of her late husband, Vic Walker. The Scholarship is open to Year 12 Immanuel graduates who undertake to complete their degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and covers first year tuition fees. Rhys graduated from Immanuel in 2016. During his time at the College, he was a key member of the student leadership team, was part of various musical ensembles as a baritone saxophonist, and received numerous cultural and service excellence awards, including the 2016 Caltex Best All Rounder Award. Rhys has embarked on a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws degree at USC. Following completion of his degree, he would like to specialise in the patenting and licensing of new pharmaceutical drugs. “The Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship represents the special and ongoing relationship between the Walker family, Immanuel Lutheran College and the University of the Sunshine Coast,” said Principal Colin Minke. “Rhys is an outstanding ambassador for Immanuel as he embodies the qualities most admired by Vic Walker – dedication, responsibility, community service and generosity to others. I thank the Walker family for their support and congratulate Rhys as this year’s Walker Scholar, ” said Mr Minke.

Vale - Dave Glassock To those who knew him, Dave Glassock was a legend. Whether as a teacher, coach, colleague or mentor, Dave had an uncanny ability to make you feel at ease, whatever the situation. Sadly, Dave lost his 18-month battle with cancer on 23 February 2017 – he was 54 years old. Dave is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jenny, and their five children: Darcy, Archie, Harry, Maggie and Joey. During his 10 years’ service at Immanuel, whether as part of the executive leadership team or playing a major role in the development of sporting programs, Dave’s goal was always to help students shine. He selflessly and tirelessly gave his time to co-ordinating,

coaching and leading, particularly in rugby and water polo. Dave coached teams at school, zone, regional, state and Australian levels and at one time, convened a sports camp for geographically isolated children. He travelled with rugby and netball sporting tours to New Zealand and Canada, and was highly involved with the Noosa Surf Life Saving Club and Noosa Rugby Union Club. At Dave’s funeral, friend and fellow rugby coach, Phil Bowden, said: “He made sure every kid got a game, no matter where they were or who they were.” As Dean of Students, Dave went to exceptional lengths to facilitate balanced outcomes for all, not easily achieved in situations presenting social, emotional or faith-based dilemmas. Dave was a shoulder to lean on and a much valued mentor to students across the Secondary School. On a personal level, he was a man of faith, and his desire to see all children do well and succeed at whatever they put their minds to was an inspiration.

As acknowledgement of his efforts in sport, Dave received a Certificate of Appreciation from then Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Peter Beattie MP, as part of the Queensland Government’s Thanks Coach, thanks Ref campaign. Phil said: “A volunteer is someone who doesn’t step backwards when they call for volunteers. He would [always] leap forward.” Dave received awards of appreciation from Water Polo Queensland, sports awards for Volunteer of the Year and was awarded a Service to Sport Award and Life Membership of Queensland School Sport. He was also honoured by participating as a Queen’s Baton runner for the Commonwealth Games in 2006. Dave’s memory will always be upheld with the greatest respect in both the Immanuel and broader communities. Vale - Grant Schindler (90) Grant passed away on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Beloved son of Dorothy and Karl, brother to Stephen and Paul and their families, Grant was farewelled at a service on Wednesday, 7 June.

Births Angela Gordon (nee McPherson) (07) and her husband, Dean, welcomed Sebastian Cooper Gordon into their family on 10 January 2017. Born at Mater Mothers Private Hospital in Brisbane, Sebastian was 51cm long and weighed 3.34kg. He is Angela and Dean’s first child.

Sebastian Gordon

Nikki Kliskey (nee Schlanger) (97) and husband, Richard, are the proud parents of two little boys having welcomed Alexander Paul Kliskey on 24 October 2016. Alex joins big brother, James David Kliskey, who is four years old and is loving being a big brother. Nikki is an embryologist and lab supervisor at Monash IVF in Brisbane.

The Wright Family

The Kliskey Family

Olympic gold medallist Melanie Wright OAM (nee Schlanger) (03) and her husband, Chris, welcomed Madison who was born at Pindara Private Hospital on the Gold Coast at 3.00pm on 6 February 2017. Madison was 3.20kg and is Melanie and Chris’ first child. Melanie is studying a Doctor of Medicine at Bond University where she is in her second year of a four-year degree. Michael Berry (06) and his wife, Abby, welcomed Archer James on 27 April 2017. Archer is the couple’s first child.

Chelsea Yu

Stephen Yu (98) welcomed daughter, Chelsea, into the world on 8 May 2017 at 9:21pm whilst he and his wife, Summer, were in Sydney for his sister Vanessa’s (02) wedding. Chelsea couldn’t wait, arriving five weeks before her due date! She was born at Royal Hospital for Women and was 2.92kg.

Archer Berry

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Weddings Theresa Blumel (05) and Bryce Ellis were married on 10 September 2016 at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. The couple were joined by friends and family for their reception at Customs House after which they departed on their honeymoon to Bora Bora in Tahiti. Theresa is a Year 2 teacher at Coorparoo State School and Bryce is a corporal in the Australian Army. Old Scholars in attendance included Elicia Driver (nee Pretorius) (05), Oni Ieong (2005), bridesmaid Harpinder Kaur (05) and Katelyn Peet (nee Poulsen) (05).

Valley. The ceremony and reception were both held at Obi Obi Hall. The couple then enjoyed a honeymoon cruise around Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Alana Boyd (01) married Ryan Quade on 24 September 2016 at Novotel Twin Waters Resort. The three-time Olympian and dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist retired from her career as a pole vaulter and is now working with Ryan in their business, Qspec Building and Mobility.

Brendan Legg (99) married Skye Carvill on 28 April 2017 at Redcliffe in the Moreton Bay region. For their honeymoon, they spent seven fantastic nights in Fiji with their daughter, Olivia, who is 15 months old. The family are currently living in Zillmere where Brendan manages a Storage Choice outlet.

Alana made the decision to retire after almost a decade near the top which culminated with her fourth placing in the women’s final at Rio in August last year, when she cleared 4.80m. Alana is the current national record holder (4.81m), which she achieved at the University of the Sunshine Coast in July last year.

Hannah MacLeod (01) married Ben Hunter on 1 October 2016 at Circa 1876 in the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales. The happy couple were joined by 80 guests including Old Scholar Caitlin Irving (01). Hannah’s sister, Laura MacLeod (05), was maid of honour. Ben and Hannah honeymooned at Matamanoa Island in Fiji before returning to Sydney where Hannah is a visual merchandiser for fashion label, Zimmermann. Hannah’s dress was designed by Claire Pettibone.

Old Scholars in attendance included bridesmaids Jacinta Boyd (03), Lauren Griffiths (nee Barker) (01) and Carlie Holman (nee Horton) (01), as well as Matthew Boyd (05), Duncan Holman (01), Rebecca O’Brien (nee Carter) (01), Haydn O’Brien (01), Nicole New (nee Wallace) (01) and Christopher Conway (03). Emma Kerr (11) married fiancé, Jesse Rogers, on 20 September 2016 in the beautiful Obi Obi

Both Jesse and Emma work at Luther Heights Youth Camp. Emma teaches dance at Anne Fraser School of Dance and Dance Empire Sunshine Coast, as well as working at Nambour Christian College Early Learning Centre. In her ‘spare’ time, she is studying a postgraduate Bachelor of Primary Education.

Vanessa Yu (02) married Damus Chu on 6 May 2017 at Hickson Road Reserve at The Rocks in Sydney. It was an intimate, family-only event. Vanessa lives in Sydney and is currently working for Mercy Works, a not-for-profit organisation that supports long-term development projects in the South-East Asia Pacific region.

Hannah MacLeod & Ben Hunter

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Theresa Blumel & Bryce Ellis

Laura MacLeod, Samantha Halpin, Hannah McLeod, Bronwyn Granata & Tarley Quinlan

Alana Boyd & Ryan Quade

Vanessa Yu & Damus Chu

Brendan Legg & Skye Carvill

Hannah MacLeod & Laura MacLeod

Theresa Blumel & Bryce Ellis

Renee Kunde, Yvonne Blumel, Grace Ellis (flowergirl), Theresa Blumel, Eleanor Blumel & Harpinder Kaur (05)

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Class of 2007, 10 Year Reunion Smaller and more intimate but no less meaningful; that was the overall feeling at this year’s Class of 2007 10-Year Reunion on 29 April. Thirty Old Scholars attended, travelling from Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other areas in between. It was a night to share Fleur Hopkins & Alexandra Carnegie

Tenash O’Connor & Allyce Leo

Maygen Keyworth & Kate Pollard

Heidi Yu, Fred Ade, Rita Rainnie & Marc Piotrowski Brielle Parris & Angela Gordon (nee McPherson)

Marc Piotrowski, Christien McPherson, Marcus Bazzica, Brendan Koch, Michelle Law & Jalal Thompson Jane Larkin, Michelle Law & Marcus Bazzica

Renae Soppe-Bryan, Kate Wittholz & Dr Matthew Jones

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Kate Wittholz, Tegan Cross & Jane Larkin

Maygen Keyworth, Kate Pollard, Heidi Yu & Jane Larkin

Elle Sweet, Alexandra Carnegie, Brendan Koch, Heidi Yu & Michelle Law

Jalal Thompson, Christien McPherson & Marc Piotrowski

Eloise Watson, Fleur Hopkins, Tenash O’Connor, Allyce Leo & Dr Anja Hohls

Heidi Yu & Michelle Law

Maygen Keyworth, Brooke Poulsen, Tegan Cross & Kate Pollard

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Date Claimers

C h il d r e n o f t h

TWILIGHT FAIR Saturday 5 August

CLASS OF 1997 REUNION Saturday 12 August

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY Wednesday 16 August


BACK TO BINGA Friday 29 September - Sunday 1 October

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