Sunshine Beach State High School - Private Members Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.42 pm): One of the pleasures of public life and one of the greatest rewards is to witness the emergence of our next generation of leaders, performers and artists. As local members we enjoy the privilege of a close relationship with the schools in our electorates and can see that emergence firsthand. I had such an experience last week, when I attended the annual Sunshine Beach State High School arts extravaganza for 2013.

I was captivated by the imagination and skill of the students who performed on the night and whose creative art was on display. There were performances from gifted musicians, high-order theatrical performances, the finest of dancing as well as memorable examples drawn from the fields of cinematography, photography and visual arts. Catering for the evening was done by the Sunshine Learning Centre, who also provided students to wait on patrons for the function. More than 100 students contributed to the success of the night by performing on stage, contributing artworks or working behind the scenes in lighting, sound and hospitality.

There are a few from the group that I would like to mention specifically. Year 12 students Indigo Styler and Harrison Cartledge did an excellent job as emcees for the evening’s stage program. Among the student films shown was a documentary on Australian playwright David Williamson which was done by his nephew Jake Lofven, who is a student at Sunshine Beach.

The school choir showed on the night why it is regarded as one of the best in the state. In May this year it was selected as one of only four secondary schools from throughout the state to perform as part of the Choral Fanfare in Brisbane, where they were awarded the highest rating of ‘gold’ for their performance.

The school also has high achievers in the visual arts field. Among them is Guy Lobwein, who, for the second successive year, won the creative generation excellence award in visual art for his line drawing Power Lust, which will be displayed at GoMA during 2014.

Last but by no means least is the school’s Supastarz dance group, which illustrates how the school accommodates expression across-the-board. The group blitzed the state cheerleading championships and then picked up three first places and a third place in the national championships.

For great results we need great teachers. At Sunshine Beach they include head of department Helen Leyden; music teachers David Allan and Vivienne Ellis; art teachers Laura Ellis, Sally Haxton and Kris Morris; FTV teacher Ella Holmes; sound/lighting coordinator and drama teacher Shannon Coe; and dance teacher Greer Stockton, who has been nominated for a national excellence in teaching award.

I would like to thank Principal Leanne Jensen-Steele for the leadership she provides to the school and the invitation to attend the extravaganza. Congratulations to everyone who was involved. The evening was a tribute to the students and their teachers. Their parents were very proud.