2012 - The Year in Review


As the school year comes to a close it gives us great satisfaction to look back at the achievements of our students over the past year. Compiled here are the highlights for Mount Archer State School for 2012.


Australian Mathematics Competition

- Credits – Zahn Rothery, Makayla Hunt, Thomas Douglas, Charlotte Higgins, Felicity Finlayson

UNSW Mathematics Competition

- Distinctions – Alix Sorrensen, Thomas Douglas

- Credit – Elizabeth Morrow, Felicity Finlayson

UNSW English Competition

- Distinctions – Phung Nguyen, Alix Sorrensen

- Credits – Elizabeth Morrow, Linh Nguyen, Ali Steedman

UNSW Writing Competition

- Credits – Alix Sorrensen

UNSW Spelling Competition

- Distinctions - Ali Steedman

- Credits – Tiana Richards, Zane Smith, Daenera Sealey, Daneeka Wass, Linh Nguyen, Cody Sorrensen, Samantha Donovan, Felicity Finlayson

UNSW Science Competition

- High Distinction – Ella Ukkola

- Credits – Elizabeth Morrow, Emily Cooling, Thomas Douglas

UNSW Computer Skills Competition

- Credits – Alix Sorrensen, Liam Petersen, Linh Nguyen, Cody Sorrensen, Felicity Finlayson

Darumbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Awards – Clinton Wagg, Sarah-Kate Butler, Daenera Sealey

Entered two teams of year 7 students in the QAMT Mathematics Team Challenge.

Ten students were selected to participate in the Central Queensland Japanese Speech Contest at CQ University. 

40 Year 6 and 7 students participated in an Extended Learning Program at North Rockhampton State High School.

More than 150 students in different year levels participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Twenty year 5 students participated in Project 600, a virtual learning experience to extend their reading ability.

Two Mount Archer students were awarded bursaries for North Rockhampton High School, Ali Steedman (Academic) and Isabella Gordon (All rounder).


Outstanding success for our choirs at Eisteddfod, involving 188 students

- 1st place Years 1 to 3 choir

- 1st place Years 4 & 5 choir

- 1st place Year 6 & 7 choir

- 1st place Boys Choir

- Awarded the Dot Hamilton Memorial trophy for the highest aggregate points

-Awarded the R. F. Dick Fitzgerald Memorial trophy for highest scoring choir

- Mrs Anne Mitchell recognised as the most outstanding conductor, presented with the Barbara McGeever Trophy

The whole school participated in Music Count Us In by singing “Different People (Stand Together)”.

65 instrumental music students from Years 4 to 7, participated in the Combined Schools Instrumental Music Concert, in the Strings Ensemble and Concert Band.

The Mount Archer SS Concert band was awarded highly commended at the Rockhampton Eisteddfod.

Darumbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Citizenship Award – Taiah-Ann Ardley, Jacob Fifita,

Approximately 100 students represented our school for the march in Rockhampton on ANZAC day.

Mr Ireland and Mr Schwarten’s year 6 class interviewed veterans during the week prior to ANZAC day. They were featured in “School of the Week” segment on WIN News.

A moving ceremony was held at school to commemorate ANZAC day.

Year 3 students had their indigenous art work exhibited during NAIDOC week. Linda McConville and Jack Swan were awarded prizes. 


Rockhampton Schools Team Sports Competition

- Runners up in Junior Softball coached by Mrs Pope

- Premiers in Senior Girls Soccer coached by Mr Swanson

Rockhampton Representatives

- Athletics – Tarnysha Costello

- Rugby League – Geila Oth, Andrew Timms

- Soccer – Sally Richardson, Felicity Finalyson

- Hockey – Rowlande Williams

- Netball – Tarnysha Costello

- Swimming – Molly Burns, Laine Dobbin

- Cross Country – Zahn Rothery

- Athletics – Hau Nguyen, Daikota Kemp

- Cricket – Felicity Finlayson

- Tennis – Isaac Burton

Capricornia Representatives

- Hockey – Kosia Williams, Britney Willie

- Athletics – Caliah Saltner-Hill, Shyanne Morris, Zahn Rothery

- Cross Country – Shyanne Morris

- Cricket – Sharni Hardy

EQ Regional Shield for Netball team – paced 8th

Darumbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sporting Award – Kirralee Costelloe, Kosia Williams, Tarnysha Costelloe, Britney Willie 


Australian hockey player and London Olympics bronze medallist, Matt Gohdes visited the school. Matt, a past Mount Archer student, completed Year 7 in 2002.

Mrs Anne Pope’s year 5 class created two beautiful patchwork quilts and a cushion that were presented to the school for use in our sick room.

Year 7 camp was a gain a great success, extremely educational and a whole lot of fun. Highlights were a visit to Parliament House, the Police Museum and Zorbing. Unsolicited praise for our student’s conduct was received from tour guides at Parliament House and general public at Dreamworld, iceskating and zorbing.

Numerous past Mount Archer State School students were recognised for their achievement at North Rockhampton State High School awards night.

The pre-prep program was introduced in Term 4. 40 students with their parents have participated in this program for the first time at Mount Archer.

Chappy’s Handball Competition was held during lunch breaks. Class champions and year level champions were presented with medallions and trophies.

An Out of School Hours Care program commenced in Term 4. Before and after school and vacation care is now provided by Helping Hands.

The Student Council held discos and crazy dress days to raise money for improvements in our school. They also sponsor a child in a developing country.

The Student Council sold bandana’s to raise money for CanTeen, an Australian organisation for young people living with cancer.

Mount Archer Mo Bros team raised $1625 for Movember, supporting prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

Southern Cross Motorcycle Association offered rides on Harley Davidson motorbikes for a gold coin donation to benefit Spina Bifida. Our school collected $420.  

Daffodil Day on behalf of the Queensland Cancer Fund raised $390

The free dress day to support our Breakfast club raised $629.45.

The P&C Association held a very successful Family Fun Day in September. 


Purchase of 30 Computers for the Blue Lab in the Resource Centre.

Cement pathway from the music room to the Mount Archer Activity Centre completed.

A grant for $25000 was secured to install solar panels on the roof of the Mount Archer Activity Centre.

The school together with the P&C has committed $26 895 to install big fans in the Mount Archer Activity Centre.

The P&C have committed funds to renovate the tuckshop kitchen area.

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Last reviewed 27 March 2020
Last updated 27 March 2020