Grammar achieves record 10 OP1s

The results are in! A time of great anticipation for thousands of school-leavers with OP (overall position) results released over the weekend and for ten students from Sunshine Coast Grammar School the excitement of achieving an OP1, the pinnacle of academic success was more than overwhelming.

The realisation of hard work and commitment has finally paid off for these students as the journey they once only dreamed of is now about to become a reality, which for many of these young men and women is going on to pursue their passion in medicine, law, performing arts and finance.

However, it is not only these ten OP1 students that have reason to celebrate, with over 20 per cent of students from Sunshine Coast Grammar School achieving an OP1-2 and 42 per cent achieving an OP1-5.

Principal at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Mrs Maria Woods is delighted with the results which are some of the best in the state.

“The results achieved are a reflection of the hard work, commitment and positive attitude these students have displayed towards their studies. We are incredibly proud of our Year 12 cohort and congratulate them on their outstanding achievements with more than 95 per cent of students scoring in the OP1-15 range,” said Mrs Woods.

“Our goal has been to encourage, challenge and nurture students so that they can pursue their dreams beyond school.”

This year’s cohort also achieved record results in the Queensland Core Skills Test and these results provide a fitting end to what has been a stellar year across the board – in the classroom, on the sporting field, out in the community and on stage; achievements that have reflected each student’s individual endeavour and interests.

The schools’ teaching and management staff are just as excited, sharing in and celebrating the students’ success whether they taught them in Grade 1, coached them in the 1st XV or guided them through their final years of schooling.

“Success comes in many forms and as a School it is our goal for every graduating Year 12 student to be working or studying towards a career that not only values their talents, but for which they also have a real passion and purpose,” said Mrs Woods.

“We encourage each and every student to go confidently in the direction of their dreams, to work hard and to realise their full potential in the next phase of their unique journey. Congratulations to the Class of 2018,” said Mrs Woods.

Grammar makes a racquet with new appointment

Sunshine Coast Grammar School is excited to announce the appointment of tennis ace, Clint Fyfe as the new Head Tennis Coach.

Clint has spent the past four years working with Tennis Australia as their Queensland Talent Development Manager and Talent Performance Coach. During his time in these positions, the playing groups he was responsible for became the strongest in the country.

Prior to these roles, Clint owned and operated one of the most successful tennis coaching and tennis centre management companies in Australia.

A High Performance Tennis Coach, Clint won the 2013 prestigious Newcombe Medal for Talent Development Coaching Excellence.  He has also won four Queensland Coaching Excellence Awards and coached numerous state teams.

Clint’s coaching record across the pathway from beginners to performance players is admirable. He is excited by the challenge of working in a school environment as he believes school programs should be a key component of the participation and performance strategy for Australian tennis.

“I strongly believe school-based tennis programs are the optimal way to develop elite players while at the same time maximising wellbeing and educational outcomes,” said Mr Fyfe.

“I look forward to delivering a sustainable comprehensive tennis program and holistic ‘child to champion’ pathway through my position as Head Tennis Coach at Sunshine Coast Grammar School.”

Principal at Sunshine Coast Grammar School Mrs Maria Woods believes this appointment is a great match for the School.

“Clint’s expert knowledge, attitude and skills will be instrumental in building on the strong foundation already established and further develop the Tennis School of Excellence Program at the School,” said Mrs Woods.

Over the past decade Clint has also be responsible for delivering workshops and presentations for coaches at a state and national level including at the Australian Open Grand Slam Coaches Conference, the largest gathering of industry professionals in the Asia Pacific.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to become a part of the community and can’t wait to share my knowledge and passion for tennis while developing a strong team culture.

While Clint’s previous work has taken him across the country, his family currently reside on the Sunshine Coast, so this position will allow him to spend more time closer to home.

Clint is set to commence as Head Tennis Coach at Sunshine Coast Grammar on Thursday, 29 November.

Grammar farewells seniors with traditional walk of honour

Today marked a significant milestone as thousands of school-leavers from across Queensland concluded their schooling journey and farewelled their teachers and peers for the very last time.

For students at Sunshine Coast Grammar School it was a day filled with many emotions as more than 1,500 fellow students, parents, teachers and friends lined the pathways for the traditional ‘Grammar Walk of Honour’ to congratulate and farewell the Class of 2018.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Principal, Mrs Maria Woods, is incredibly proud of the 2018 cohort and wishes them the very best as they continue on their own, unique journey with passion and purpose.

“I would like to congratulate each and every one of our graduates for their outstanding contribution and achievement throughout their time at Grammar and in particular in 2018. We strongly encourage students to stay in touch and keep us informed on all their future successes and achievements,” said Mrs Woods.

Year 5 Market Day focuses on entrepreneurship

If you were given $10, what would you do with it? At Sunshine Coast Grammar School, this is the ultimate entrepreneurial challenge for Year 5 students as part of their business unit where they are challenged to create a market stall and sell their product or service at Market Day on Wednesday, November 21.

From slingshots and lolly stands to games stalls and more, the event will see students use their business skills acquired throughout the unit to bring their market stall to life and sell their products to other students, staff and parents of the School.

Students have had to work in pairs with a budget of $10 each to develop a business plan, coordinate the planning, design and creation of the product including logo design, marketing and promotion ahead of the Market Day tomorrow.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Year 5 Teacher Mrs Liesl Wainscott said that the unit focuses on entrepreneurship and aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience the independence of being a business owner while allowing them to demonstrate their leadership and learn from their peers.

“There is a lot for the students to consider when setting up their small businesses but they have been carefully guided through the process to ensure life-long skills are developed and special memories are created,” said Ms Wainscott.

“We are excited to see what the students have come up with and how they have transferred their knowledge into creating a successful small business.”

Earlier in the term they were inspired by start up and entrepreneur, Naj Elsayed from Acai Flow, on what it takes to start and manage their own business.

All funds raised from the Market Day will go towards the School’s community service program, Grammar Helping Hands.

Grammar scores top netball coach

Sunshine Coast Grammar School is excited to announce the appointment of Lyn Pugh as their Head Netball Coach for 2019.

Lyn brings with her extensive playing and coaching experience and is committed to developing strong skills and enhancing personal development for young athletes.

Currently completing her Netball Australia Advanced Coaching Accreditation under the direction of Queensland Under 19’s Head Coach and mentor Simone Nalatau, Lyn has also been selected as Sunshine Coast Netball Associations Representative Coach for 2019.

Most recently Lyn was the Netball Coordinator at St Andrew’s Anglican College, the Assistant Coach of the Suncoast Lynx Under 19 team which played in the Queensland State Netball League and the Netball Queensland Emerging Talent Program Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Region.

Principal at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Mrs Maria Woods believes that Lyn’s experience and skillset in being able to coordinate players and teams from across a broad range of ages and abilities will be crucial for the role.

“Lyn is an accomplished player who has represented Australia and Queensland in the Indoor Netball arena, while captaining a number of state youth netball teams during her career,” said Mrs Woods.

“We look forward to welcoming Lyn to our team and working with her to continue to build our Netball program”.