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Cooper Murray (Year 11) has rediscovered
a recycling hero he helped first create when he
was in Year 4 at The Rockhampton Grammar
School. Back in Primary School, Cooper
was on local television screens promoting
the importance of recycling. In October,
Rockhampton Regional Council invited Cooper
to celebrate the return of his role, this time
in the form of a cartoon character. After
successfully auditioning for the television
commercial in Year 4, Cooper was filmed
at his neighbour’s house for half a day. “I
demonstrated what type of plastics can be
recycled and that they need to be clean and
free of lids,’’ Cooper said. “Recycling is very
important in today’s world as we are running
out of limited resources, so we need to
recycle more to lessen the amount of limited
resources that need to be mined and used.
It’s also good for the economy, as it provides
jobs and saves the council money.” Cooper
said the cartoon character was a good
representation of himself and he was proud to
be part of the new recycling programme being
implemented around Central Queensland.
Picture: Cooper, in Year 4, left and his new cartoon
identity promoting recycling in Central Queensland.
Campbell’s determination recognised
Year 12 student Campbell Miller-
Waugh (pictured) was a recipient of
a 2016 Pierre de Coubertin award.
The award, named after the founder of
the Modern Olympic Games, promote
the importance of participation in
sport and physical activity.
Campbell, a State and National record
holder for multi-disability swimming,
said he was honoured to be involved
in the highly coveted award.
“I am extremely grateful for the recognition
I have received for my hard work and
positive at titude,” Campbell said.
“I have faced several challenges on
my way here, but each one of them
has only strengthened me to become
the individual I am today.”
Campbell credits this strength and
determination to the people around him.
The award winning literary submission identified
values Campbell believes are an integral
part of the growth of a successful athlete.
“The main message I wanted to deliver was
the importance of having fought well amidst
competition, although not having conquered
or been victorious,’’ Campbell said.
“I drew upon past experiences and values
that I have encountered and how they have
effected my development as an athlete.
“Baron Pierre de Coubertin was passionate
and philosophical about sporting excellence
and was a great ambassador for determination
and commitment not only within the
sporting arena, but in all aspects of life.
“He believed that winning a gold medal
was not the most important thing. It was
the struggle and how you finished is what
he thought was most important.”
Campbell completed Year 12 over two
years following a cycling accident on 7
June 2014 which left the then 15-year-old
paralysed from the mid chest below.
“I was pleased, honoured and humbled to
have been presented with this award not only
as an individual but on behalf of the School,
as I am very sure that there were many other
possible athletes from the Rockhampton
Grammar School that were as capable if not
more, of winning this award,’’ Campbell said.
“From this experience, I have acquired
various qualities which have extended me
physically, inter-personally and emotionally,
all of which have helped me uncover a deeper
potential than what I already knew.”
Campbell attended the award ceremony
hosted by the Queensland Olympic Council.
“I would like to sincerely thank Mr Todd
Wells for providing me with this opportunity
and The Rockhampton Grammar School
community that has been heavily involved in
my academic and sporting progress along
with the entire Caribeae Swimming Club, for
helping me reach a potential I never thought
possible. I can proudly hold up this award on
behalf of all of those around me. Thank you.
“Together we aspire to achieve our highest
level of performance and conduct, this
providing the finest expression of Olympism.”
Cracking the code
Year 9 students Jack
Moran, James Vandeleur
and Calum Gauci (pictured,
left to right) and recently
won CQUniversity’s Concept
to Code competition.
The competition for
schools encourages students
to develop skills in developing
mobile applications and to
learn enabling technologies.
CQUniversity’s Dr Lily Li, Head
of Information Technology
programmes, said the
competition gives students
insight into how the web
functions and requires students
to achieve their personal
best in creating and coding
apps for mobile devices.
Students were given a series
of guided tutorials to the
process of using software and
the general process of using it
to create a mobile app. James
said the key was getting the
functions to work and then
worrying about the cosmetics.
“Two apps with exactly the
same code can look completely
different,’’ James said.
“This unlimited creativity is
what I love about developing
technology and for those
just starting in the field,
programmes such as Scratch
or App Inventor are very easy
to use as they are block based
meaning you just have to drag
and drop pre-written sections
of code in various ways to
get to your ideal outcome.”
Judging criteria encompassed
creativity and merit.
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