Campus co-ordinator Sharon Sippel presented the inaugural Nurunderi Student Of The Year Award to Garth Simpson Jnr who graduated with a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Home and Community Care)

December 11, 2021

The auditorium at TAFE Queensland’s Nurunderi campus in Cherbourg was filled with proud students, their friends and family members on Wednesday for the college’s annual graduation ceremony.

Certificates were presented to Certificate I, II, III and IV students across a range of subjects, including Community Services, Construction Industry and Rural Support Training.

A special guest was Jenni Butler, the Executive Director Studies for the South West region of TAFE Queensland, who invited individual students into the auditorium to receive their certificates.

Campus Co-ordinator Sharon Sippel congratulated the students on their achievements.

“At TAFE, we celebrate successes every day,” Sharon said.

“We have celebrated the units of completion, we have celebrated their work placements, the jobs that they have achieved … we have celebrated engagements and babies; but most of all we celebrate the students and their qualifications that they have worked so hard for throughout the year.

“I am always astounded by their dedication and commitment to further learning.”

One of the many highlights of the year was the joint project to construct Cherbourg’s new Yarning Circle in Wakka Wakka Park. Construction students joined with Cherbourg Council, CRAICCHS and the Cherbourg community to make the project a reality.

Murgon State High School principal Simon Cotton presented certificates to VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) students from his school.

He said the Nurunderi campus was really important and provided a pathway for many of his students.  There were now 33 students from his school enrolled in VETiS courses, and this would get even better.

Mr Cotton said he had discussed with TAFE introducing a course around the arts.

“Arts is such a strong element of this community and a very good living can be made in the arts, as well,” he said.

“I really want to progress that.”

A highlight of the graduation ceremony was the Student Address by Certificate III in Individual Support recipient Garth Simpson Jnr.

Garth spoke about growing up in Cherbourg, the challenges he faced in getting an education and the fact he “did not give up” on himself.

“Education is so important in life,” he said.

Garth stressed that Cherbourg had been built on three key words: respect, sacrifice and resilience (his full speech is below).

After a huge round of applause, Garth was presented with the inaugural Nurunderi Student Of The Year Award.

Nurunderi Campus Co-ordinator Sharon Sippel congratulated the students in an emotional speech
Garth Simpson, pictured with Leearnah, 6, and Jack, 3, delivered the Student Address
Campus Co-ordinator Sharon Sippel, left, and TAFE Queensland Executive Director Studies (South West Region) Jenni Butler with Certificate III graduates Darrie Lea and Tyrone Murray
Suellan Park, Rohan Smith, Emily Tipler, Cameron Bayntun and Zachary Thompson
Lance Gadd, Alex Georgetown, Fred Georgetown, Keanu Purcell and Bailey Tones
Garth Simpson, Shirley Synnott, Troy West, Stacey Charlwood, Whitney Cobbo, Gavin Duncan, Jolene Saltner, Charlotte Steiner and Lavina Tapau
Teacher Toni Jeavons, centre, with Darrie Lea and Killara Cobbo (and KJ)
Certificate III in Barbering graduate Tyrone Murray with Sharon Sippel
Suellen Park, Rohan Smith and Zachary Thompson
Murgon State High School principal Simon Cotton, right. with Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) graduates Jahrlin Dalton, Evander Mickelo and Krystal Rattey
Teacher Kyla Steinhardt presented Certificate II in Salon Assistant graduate Crystal Beecham with a small gift
The proud group of Nurunderi graduates at the TAFE campus in Cherbourg on Wednesday morning

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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