Pride of Workmanship Award recipients Rhiannon Withey, Erin McCarthy and Jaiden Davies.
Pride of Workmanship Award recipients Rhiannon Withey, Erin McCarthy and Jaiden Davies.

Amazing year for Victory College

CHANGES, growth and productivity – these are three elements characterising this amazing year at Victory College, and those which will start the new year, principal Margaret Engeman said.

“As parents, you are privileged to have some of the state’s, if not the country’s, best teachers.”

“Staff as a whole, from all our departments, are integral to the smooth running of this College.

“There are a few staff changes this year with Alison Huth leaving after 10 years to experience a new chapter in her life.

"Through her love and constant dedication to Victory College students over the years and her desire to see them achieve both educationally and personally, she has instilled blessing and positive influence into their lives. Students will always remember her and she will be sadly missed.”

Margaret Calvert will take a year’s maternity leave, and Electra Joyce is moving back to Brisbane to be closer to her family.

“I too am leaving after all this time to enjoy my retirement,” Ms Engeman announced.

She went on to acknowledge the college’s aesthetic changes ahead for the new year.

“Academically Victory College seeks to provide the best not only in staffing but also in facilities and resources. The completion of our marvellous buildings has advanced Victory College well beyond 2010.

“Students are able to access a wide variety of technology that was previously unavailable to them.

“Special thanks must be given to the Parents and Friends Fundraising Committee who have once again excelled in their team effort to provide much equipment for the College.”

The principal said the fight for Dux has proved both exciting and very hard work for students, with competition very close.

Victory College has had the largest number of traineeships this year, and students are enjoying undergoing apprenticeships and their TAFE certificate courses.

The College this year introduced the Japanese language and culture into Primary level.

Ms Engeman said student numbers have increased, as the College grows rapidly towards 400 students.

Representation at sporting meets has increased and Victory College has many students competing at a high standard against others in the town and zone.

This year the college has seen more records broken and new ones set in athletics, swimming and cross country.

Ms Engeman said the student council ran a free-dress day for various charities each term.

“Victory College extends its borders internationally as well as nationally through helping students become aware and become active in lessening the plight of those less fortunate than themselves.

“Many families gave willingly in the annual shoe box appeal filling the boxes with gifts for those children overseas so they too may enjoy Christmas.”

Two students were nominated for RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) and attended their leadership camp. Another student competed and won the Apex Lions Youth of the Year Award and has to compete at the next level later this month.

Victory College will next year celebrate 30 years of educating the young people of the Cooloola region.

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