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Kenilworth students
celebrate excellence

by Cameron Outridge


Three students from Kenilworth State Community College are all smiles this week after successful experiences at Griffith University’s Excellence Expo last Saturday. The Excellence Expo, held at the university’s Queensland College of Arts in Brisbane, attracted entries from Independent and State Schools from across southeast Queensland. Students were required to present, both orally and visually, a research project on a topic of their choice.

This year schools were limited to three entries in the expo and Kenilworth students Tamarra Rosman and Annie Olive from year ten, and Grace Atkins from year seven, were awarded a first and two seconds.  From all entries, that included those from year twelve students, Tamarra also won a graphic design award for her presentation. These individual awards led to Kenilworth State Community College winning the Junior High School (Year 8-10) prize for the highest quality and visual impact of entries overall. Kenilworth Principal David Turner says the college is proud of its Educational Enrichment Program, in which students research a topic of interest and then present their findings at a local expo that was held in Kenilworth at the end of semester one.
“The program offers students a learning experience that challenges and extends them, engaging with topics that are quite complex.”

From this local program students are selected to enter the Excellence Expo in Brisbane. Margaret Goeths, who co-ordinates the successful program at Kenilworth, says the topics undertaken reflected a genuine interest in the bigger issues facing our world. She said these issues demanded a more in depth understanding of the topic by students. “Tamarra’s topic entitled ‘Rhyme or Reason’, discussed the history of nursery rhymes and their relevance to today’s political context.”

“Annie examined Australia’s geographical location in Asia and the importance of this region, posing questions about our country’s long-term political and economic alignment with the United States of America. And Gracelooked at the Parelli movement and ethical training of horses and other animals.”

Grace Atkins, Tamarra Rosman and Annie Olive, all smiles after
achieving recognition for their research at Griffith University’s recent
Excellence Expo.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.