You connected two islands through love of sport

Thanks to your support for SU QLD’s Sports Ministry and an invitation from two local schools, sport has helped bridge the gap between students from two island communities.  An 18-minute…

Thanks to your support for SU QLD’s Sports Ministry and an invitation from two local schools, sport has helped bridge the gap between students from two island communities. 

An 18-minute ferry ride from the mainland, Russell and Macleay islands feel surprisingly isolated from the South East Queensland mainland.

Due to expensive transport costs and a lack of services to the islands, the two school communities haven’t had regular opportunities to engage with people from the mainland, or take part in inter-school sports.

Macleay Island school principal Glenda Seawright says it’s vital for both schools’ Year 6 students to socialise outside their immediate community as they prepare to make the daily boat trip to the mainland’s high school when they start Year 7.

“The coming together of the two school communities is cost effective because the children can move for free around the islands, and it gives them a broader social group,” Glenda says.

“The more they can socialise outside of Macleay Island, the better prepared they’ll be for the transition to a bigger learning environment at high school.”

Glenda has received so much positive feedback from students and teachers alike, they’ve already locked in more SU Sports Days for the year.

The SU QLD team ran multiple sports across the two days, including soccer, basketball, netball, and other teamwork-based activities.

SU QLD’s Sports Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Howard, says the visit was about more than just kicking goals.

“Sport brings people together – and in this case it’s bringing young people from Macleay and Russell islands into closer community,” Jeff says.

“We were told at the start of the first day that some of the students had behavioural issues and might have trouble focusing, but once the sport started, every student was  hooked.

“Sport’s ability to communicate fun, acceptance, and mateship is truly incredible.”

For 11-year-old Josh Mohr, who was awarded with a rugby ball for his sportsmanship throughout the day, the reason he loves sport is simple.

“I just love running around. It was heaps of fun and I’d like to thank Jeff for coming over and running the day for us,” Josh says. You can help support Jeff and the Sports Ministry team by emailing jeffh@suqld.org.au or phone 0449 928 405.

Posted: 17/01/2019

Not by might or power

Some boys grow up believing a lie; that to be a man you have to show you’re tough – not to be messed with. They believe their reputation for…

Some boys grow up believing a lie; that to be a man you have to show you’re tough – not to be messed with.

They believe their reputation for this type of ‘toughness’ is the only way. Ultimately, it’s a way of thinking that can lead them on a path of self-destruction.

Thankfully there is another way…

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Posted: 28/11/2018

Think you can’t learn anything new? Simon says, no!

St George State High School chaplain Simon Teunis had worked as a youth worker for years and thought there wasn’t anything left for him to learn in the field….

St George State High School chaplain Simon Teunis had worked as a youth worker for years and thought there wasn’t anything left for him to learn in the field.

His extensive experience included running youth drop-in centres, working in homeless youth shelters, and serving in a variety of youth support coordinator roles.

Simon’s wealth of experience had seen him work with young people from all corners of society.

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Posted: 28/11/2018

You supported Kim’s broken-hearted family

When Natalia was 11-years old, she faced a situation no child should. Her mum, Kim, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Along with her nine siblings, Natalia was left to…

When Natalia was 11-years old, she faced a situation no child should.

Her mum, Kim, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Along with her nine siblings, Natalia was left to journey through her teenage years without a mum… but thankfully there was someone she could count on. (more…)

Posted: 12/10/2018

If art imitates life, Moranbah’s in safe hands

Moranbah school chaplain Desley Kerr knows all too well the impact that domestic violence is having on children. “A single-parent family had been hiding here for years — the…

Moranbah school chaplain Desley Kerr knows all too well the impact that domestic violence is having on children.

“A single-parent family had been hiding here for years — the child never having been to a park or shop or played with friends because of threats to their lives,” she shared.

“I know of people who have spent the night hiding outside in bushes because they didn’t feel safe to go into their own home.  Our children should never be too scared to be home!

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Posted: 17/09/2018

Chappies ask RU OK? on national RU OK? Day

Two north Brisbane chaplains are grabbing the microphone and taking the RU OK? message to Year 6 students at Undurba State School on National RU OK? Day today. R…

Two north Brisbane chaplains are grabbing the microphone and taking the RU OK? message to Year 6 students at Undurba State School on National RU OK? Day today.

R U OK? is a national movement where everyone is encouraged to meaningfully connect with others by asking if they are okay in a bid to support those struggling with life.

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Posted: 13/09/2018

Parenting Corner: Boys, brains, and anxiety

By Steve Biddulph AM Once upon a time people thought men were tough and thick-skinned, while women were tender and sensitive. But research into the development of boys shows…

By Steve Biddulph AM

Once upon a time people thought men were tough and thick-skinned, while women were tender and sensitive. But research into the development of boys shows that it’s males who are the vulnerable sex.

When a boy baby is still in the womb, his body starts making its own testosterone.  This helps him grow his male features, but it also has a remarkable effect on brain growth: it slows it down!

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Posted: 20/08/2018

You’re breaking the cycle for at-risk Queenslanders

The A2B program is held on the land of the Darumbal, Wadja Wadja and Gungulu people. Indigenous students at Woorabinda State School in Central Queensland have been negotiating a…

The A2B program is held on the land of the Darumbal, Wadja Wadja and Gungulu people.

Indigenous students at Woorabinda State School in Central Queensland have been negotiating a “Bro Code” as part of SU QLD’s A2B program, supported by TEAR Australia.

The 16-week A2B program for at-risk youth aims to break negative habits and behavioural cycles by helping young people critically evaluate their experiences in school and in the community.

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Posted: 16/07/2018

A moment of growth you made possible

Many young people don’t have a ‘safe place’ where they can let their guard down and feel accepted without judgment. Remedying this issue is at the heart of SU QLD’s…

Many young people don’t have a ‘safe place’ where they can let their guard down and feel accepted without judgment.

Remedying this issue is at the heart of SU QLD’s camping ministry, which provides a range of fun, safe camps where young people can experience joy and love within a community.

It’s this love that Claire* saw transform her grandson after six days on SU QLD’s Summer UberTweak camp last year.

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Posted: 4/06/2018

Are you up for the SU QLD Games challenge?

With only a few weeks left until the first SU QLD Games, it’s time to get excited! In just over two years, your support for SU QLD’s Sports Ministry has helped…

With only a few weeks left until the first SU QLD Games, it’s time to get excited!

In just over two years, your support for SU QLD’s Sports Ministry has helped unite communities and bring families and work colleagues together, while encouraging young and old alike to engage in competitive sports in a God-honouring way.

Until now, this has been achieved through the half-day Community Cup events, all of which have been completely booked out.  BUT this year, the team are stepping things up with the first SU QLD Games, which will kick off on 30 June at Nudgee College.

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Posted: 4/06/2018

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