Cherbourg Campus co-ordinator Sharon Sippel tries out one of the new hairdressing stations in the salon

October 20, 2020

A new teaching space which aims to give hairdressing students a genuine salon-like experience was officially opened at the Nurunderi TAFE campus at Cherbourg on Tuesday morning.

Campus co-ordinator Sharon Sippel said the new salon offered a larger space for the students, but also more flexibility for TAFE.

Beauty and massage courses could also be offered in the area in future.

The new space includes two basins and two professional hairdressing chairs.

Sharon said she would like to thank Cherbourg Council – and in particular Economic and Community Development Manager Sean Nicholson – who had been very supportive of the project.

QBuild did the actual construction work.

Sharon said the new salon had been a project envisaged by the former campus co-ordinator, Santina Schmocker, who died suddenly in June this year.

She was pleased to have brought the project to fruition.

“It was something that Santina was working towards. Santina was an amazing woman and very passionate about this campus and the students.”

A memorial rose garden for Santina has been created at the entrance to the campus.

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Nurunderi is currently surveying residents in the South and North Burnett to see what courses they would be interested in learning at the Cherbourg campus.

A survey form has been distributed by email and during local events (and can be downloaded, below).

Sharon said initial feedback suggested interest in massage courses and small motor repairs.

She said a “community yarn” for Cherbourg residents had also been held in Nurunderi’s theatre room last week to gather more ideas.

Sharon said the TAFE was interested in providing “community-driven” courses but was also keen to work with local businesses to provide what they needed for their training purposes.

The completed survey form can be mailed to LMB 1, Murgon, Qld, 4605.

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Nurunderi TAFE is also keen to promote a series of free short courses that will be offered at the Murgon PCYC in November and December.

The five-day courses – a mix of accredited and non-accredited units – are fully funded under the Rural Support Training Program but eligibility criteria apply.

Courses scheduled are:

  • November 23 – Provide Responsible Service Of Alcohol
  • November 24 – Food Handling (Hygiene)
  • November 25 – Basic Barista
  • November 30 – Microsoft Office – Word – Beginners Workshop
  • November 30 – Microsoft Office – Word – Intermediate Workshop
  • December 1 – Microsoft Office – Excel – Beginners Workshop
  • December 1 – Microsoft Office – Excel – Intermediate Workshop

For more information, or to apply, phone (07) 4160-4450 or send an email

Hairdressing teacher Kyla Steinhardt with Murgon State High School students who are studying hairdressing at Nurunderi … from left, Marie Gibson (Year 11), Grace Reis (Year 10), Girra Minniecon (Year 10) and Braithen Sander (Year 10), with campus co-ordinator Sharon Sippel

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