PROUD MOMENT: Guest presenter Cody Kendall (back right) returned to his old primary school to present Gympie West's Aussies of the Month with their medals and certificates. They are (back from left) Sienna Burns, Romy Whittaker, Aaron Knight, Lochlan Hand, Leila Gadd, (front) Maelee Sorensen, Jack Lowe and Zack Von Blanckensee.
PROUD MOMENT: Guest presenter Cody Kendall (back right) returned to his old primary school to present Gympie West's Aussies of the Month with their medals and certificates. They are (back from left) Sienna Burns, Romy Whittaker, Aaron Knight, Lochlan Hand, Leila Gadd, (front) Maelee Sorensen, Jack Lowe and Zack Von Blanckensee.

Cody heads back to West for very 'special' event

SPECIAL Olympics competitor and past Gympie West State School student Cody Kendall returned to his old primary school to present the Aussie of the Month awards last week.

Students and staff were extremely proud to have Cody present recipients with their certificates and medal.

Cody spoke to the students about his journey to get to the Special Olympics and showed a slide show with photos from the Olympics.

The school community thanks Cody for being an excellent presenter.

Award recipients are:

PREP: Zack Von Blanckensee - Zack is a very caring and considerate classmate. He participates in all activities and enjoys sharing ideas. Zack always gives his best effort and comes to school every day with a keen attitude towards learning. Well done Zack.

Year 1: Jack Lowe - Jack has made a tremendous improvement with his attitude and efforts at school. He has become more independent and responsible as the year has progressed. He walks in the door with a smile and is keen to get started with his day. He is a polite young man, who has a winning attitude. Well done Jack on a super effort.

Year 2: Maelee Sorensen - Maelee is a hardworking, confident and courteous student who always displays a positive attitude to all aspects of school life. She is a kind, respectful student who interacts well with her peers and all staff.

Year 3: Sienna Burns - Sienna never gives up, encourages others and does her very best. She loves school. Her drive and determination to learn is one of her best qualities. If someone is feeling down, Sienna is there to pat them on the back and say "It's okay” and when a teacher gives her a direction she is sure to be one of the first to listen. Sienna is also a keen tutor. She is often seen assisting others with their learning and her assistance and role modelling is invaluable. It has been a pleasure to have Sienna in our class and we look forward to seeing her continue her wonderful efforts.

Year 4: Leila Gadd - Leila is a pleasure to have in 4B. She is attentive and engaged in her learning. Leila is to be commended for her friendly and accepting nature towards her peers. Congratulations Leila.

Year 5: Romy Whittaker - Romy is a student who always gives her absolute best. She is enthusiastic about her learning, going the extra mile to ensure all her academic work is completed accurately and to a very high standard. Romy is a competitive athlete, who does extremely well at West Athletics and Cross Country and has also represented Gympie in Hockey. Romy is involved in extra curricular activities such as Instrumental Music, Drumming and Bush Dancing. She is always polite, respectful and demonstrates impeccable behaviour at all times. Romy is an awesome role model for West students and I am privileged to be her teacher this year.

Year 6: Lochlan Hand - Lochlan is a mature, responsible Year 6 student. He is hardworking, polite and respectful to all students and teachers. Lochlan is a wonderful role model and great school leader.

Year 6: Aaron Knight - for putting in a consistently persistent effort to overcome the stumbling blocks of the learning journey. He goes out of his way to be helpful both in and out of the classroom. Aaron is an exuberant student who applies himself to the best of his capabilities, participates fully in the learning environment and displays a hard-working and resilient manner.

CODY'S SPEECH:

I really loved coming to school and have lots of favourite teachers and made lots of friends. 

I joined the Special Olympics Soccer team in Gympie when I was six.

I found out about it from Mrs Walsh in SEP. 

The first couple of years I barely even played a game - but that was ok, sometimes it just takes me a while to join in to new things.  

I started in C Grade for a few years and started to learn the rules of soccer and how to work with the other people in my team. 

Last year I got better at Soccer and moved up to B Grade. 

There were people there looking for kids to go to the Junior Nationals in 2017.  

I played my best at the competitions and was lucky to be chosen for the Junior Nationals. 

The Junior Nationals is held every four years and I was part of the Queensland Team at the Gold Coast in July. 

I competed against about 200 kids from all over Australia and made lots of new friends. 

I did Soccer as a team event and Athletics as my solo event.  

My team was made up of kids from around Queensland.

We came 4th in the Soccer comp.  

We worked really hard as a team, and had lots of fun. 

In athletics, I got:

2nd for the 4 by 100 meter relays

2nd for 50m sprint

3rd for Shot Put

4th for the 100 meter walk 

I had practised a lot by going to other competitions like the state games in May where I even competed against kids from Papua New Guinea (PNG) 

The Special Olympics athletes oath is:

Let me win,

but if I cannot win

let me be brave in the attempt. 

I am glad that I won my medals, but it doesn't really matter whether you win or lose as long as you have tried your best and have lots of fun. 

My family always supports me and helps me to do the best I can. 

I liked coming to Gympie West because the teachers and friends always encouraged and supported me to do my best at everything. 

Now I go to Gympie Special School but

I know that I am always welcome to come in and talk to the teachers

and that they are always still excited to hear about

what I am trying my best at.  

Thank you to everyone who supports me and thank you to all the people who have tried their best to get their awards today.

Gympie Times


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