SOLEMN OCCASION: Allora State School students help observe Remembrance Day.
SOLEMN OCCASION: Allora State School students help observe Remembrance Day. Contributed

Another great year for Allora Sports Club

THE Allora Sports Club held its annual general meeting on Sunday, November 9. The meeting was well attended by sports club members, with a good representation of golfers and bowlers.

In his eighth presentation to members, outgoing president Kev Harrison reported that the past year had been one of the club's best, from a membership, participation, development and financial perspective.

Kev also mentioned that membership of the golf, bowls and social clubs continued to increase in the 2013/14 year, to the point where total membership sits at almost 90. Taken into context, this means that about one in 10 adults in the Allora district is a member of the sports club.

The club held a number of successful sporting events last year, attracting large numbers of players and contributing to the financial well-being of the club. The Dalrymple Seat and Terry Masters days received special mention.

The night bowls competition was again extremely popular last year and it has gained further momentum into this summer. The president expressed his gratitude to Greg Patterson and his team for the work they do in making the night bowls such a success, adding that the financial contribution night bowls makes to the sports club is significant.

The club welcomed a new activity - darts - in the past year. The darts players are a committed group of people who take their sport very seriously. It came as no surprise that in its first year, the Allora Sports Club darts team won the district competition. The darts players have also quickly developed into valuable members of sports club, always volunteering to chip in and help out. Sadly, one of the inaugural darts team members, Angie, passed away during the year. Angie was a great darts player and a lovely person - she is sorely missed by her teammates.

Kev reported that numbers for the weekly golf competitions are quite satisfying and he was confident that they will continue to increase. He congratulated our golf club champions, Matt May (club champion), Rod Simpson (B-grade) and Garth Simpson (C-grade), and also matchplay champion Aaron Simpson.

He also mentioned the hard work of our many volunteers, without whom the golf course would not survive.

The renovation of the club premises has been a major achievement in the past year, with our club now considered a preferred

venue for social functions and other celebrations.

In closing, Kev thanked Jim Anderson for his sterling efforts over the past 10 years as patron of the Allora Sports Club.

The outstanding ongoing contribution of Anderson and fellow loyal volunteer Greg Patterson was recognised at the AGM, with both awarded life membership of the club.

To conclude his last year chairing the sports club committee, Kev wished the incoming committee his best wishes as they continue to build on the past 12 months to ensure that 2014/15 is even more successful.

Elections for the new committee were held with the results as follows: Patron Greg Patterson, President Kev Harrison, Secretary John Ellwood, Treasurer Donna Evans, Provedore Wendy Ellwood.

For information regarding the Allora Sports Club or bookings, contact Wendy Ellwood on 0437 342 870.

Legends luncheon

ALLORA businessman and Wattles Rugby League Football Club vice-president Barry Glass is finalising arrangements for the second annual Allora Local Legends Luncheon in support for the Men of League Foundation.

The Allora Men of League Local Legends Luncheon will be hosted at Allora's Commercial Hotel from 11.30am-2pm on Saturday, November 29. The Men of League Foundation supports members of the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times, providing practical assistance with everything from medical operations, rehabilitation and nursing equipment to welfare support, grants and scholarships.

Southern Downs region elite sporting identities will be present and share some of their special memories of their time on the world stage.

"It's a great opportunity for people to catch up with friends over a meal, relive some past sporting memories and hear the thoughts of those who have or are still doing the Allora and Southern Downs region proud," Barry said.

Admission to the luncheon is $30 per person and includes a sumptuous two-course meal provided by Allora's Railway/Commercial Hotel catering team. The event also includes multi-draw raffle and auctions.

For further details contact Barry Glass on 0407 721 762.

Days for Girls launch

DAYS for Girls Allora was officially launched on Monday, November 10. Twenty happy and enthusiastic ladies attended, bringing armfuls of material, ideas and expertise. Tables were covered with cotton material, flannelette, PUL, ribbon, patterns and templates. Ladies were busy cutting, explaining techniques, swapping ideas and listening to instructions. All left with a collection of materials ready to give their best in producing hygiene kits for girls.

The next gathering will be in early February when finished articles will be collected and new materials distributed. New members are welcome.

Donations of cotton and flannelette material, face washers, small soap or hipster briefs (size 8-14) would be appreciated. From next week, a drop-off box will be located at Allora and District Tyres, Herbert St, Allora.

A total of 230 kits were assembled last week in Brisbane. Most of these will be distributed to the Solomon Island.

For further information or material, contact Rosemary on 0408 973 474 or Cathy on 4666 2441.

School speech night

TWENTY-eight graduands celebrated the end of Year 10 and the beginning of the next chapter of their lives at Tuesday evening's Allora State School annual speech night, in its 51st year.

The graduating Year 10 class of 2014, the 147th year of schooling in Allora, were Callum Blackburne, Alesha Bonsey, John Butler, Amber Christensen, Stacey Christensen, Charles Dennis, Isabella Drennert, Riona Evans, Zane Fitzgerald, Danny Fowles, Aiden Francis, Henry Gartery, Ella Harrison, Sally Higgins, Maddison Jones, Michael Kelk, Kelsey Lester, Sydney Meharg, Thomas Morris, Laura Paine, Codie Prendergast, Jacob Ranger, John Shearing, Laura Thompson, Nicholas Van Der Poel, William Wallace, Dylan Watts and Arien Westerman. They joined the 1457 previous Year 10 students who have over past years graduated from the Allora P-10 State School.

All students were presented with their Year 10 graduation medallions by school chaplain John Briffa, who departs Allora State School at the end of this school year.

The school's Performing Arts Hall was packed to capacity to witness the annual celebrations that highlight the school's academic, community and sporting prowess.

The academic awards were presented by the Honourable Lawrence Springborg, who was also the guest speaker for the evening.

Long-serving retiring Allora State School teacher Sandra Wilson presented the special awards and the Mayor's Medal, with Wattles Rugby League Football Club president Aaron Scheid making the sporting award presentations.

The prestigious dux of the school award was won by Ella Harrison, with the presentation made by Mr Springborg. Sally Higgins enjoyed a glittering night as the recipient of the Mayor's Medal. Sally was also honoured with the Australian Defence Force Long Tan leadership and teamwork award, presented by Chief Petty Officer Glen Murray. The Defence Force award acknowledges a young person who has demonstrated qualities of leadership and teamwork in the school community.

Also excelling in the sporting awards, Sally was named sportsperson of the year and was named as recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin award.

Riona Evans was awarded the diligence (pride of achievement) award, which recognises a student who is consistent and persistent in efforts to achieve.

The Rotary Club of Allora-organised Lex Ellwood Bursary is presented to a student who has demonstrated community awareness, leadership qualities and scholastic achievement, and this year was awarded to school captain Ella Harrison. Ella also received the humanitarian award donated by the Gibson family, an award that acknowledges a student's development of an attitude of tolerance and respect for others. Amber Christensen was so deservedly recognised when presented with the Bob Deacon Trophy for community service after making an outstanding contribution of service to the school and wider community.

The peer award, donated by Barry and Ann Glass in memory of their daughter Karina, a former Allora State School student, was reward for Charlize Wolff, while Aiden Francis was the recipient of the chaplain's award.

Year 10 academic awards are presented to the top students in each subject area.

Ella Harrison and Arien Westerman shared the honours in English and Science. Ella also collected academic awards in Geography and Business, while Arian finished on top in Graphics.

Thomas Morris was the award winner for Manual Arts, and Sally Higgins collected awards for Visual Arts, History, Mathematics and Business Encouragement.

Danny Fowles won the Health and Physical Education honours, Amber Christensen the award for Food Studies and Laura Paine was rewarded with the award in Food Studies Encouragement.

In his annual report, school principal Shaun Kanowski acknowledged 2014 as being a great year. Before congratulating the graduands on completing 10 years of education and extending his best wishes to all for the future, he acknowledged Allora P-10 State School's many achievements academically, to success with sporting and cultural events such as debating and to the everyday process of learning.

"These achievements are a credit to our students, parents, staff and community," he said.

Mr Kanowski also noted that 2014 was special for the school community given it was the 50th anniversary since the first Year 8 class commenced secondary education at Allora.

"I was privileged to be a part of their reunion when they met on October 4 and to marvel at their joy of how our school has changed over the last 50 years," he said.

Parents and Citizens Association president Jeff Lack also presented a very detailed report on the activities of the very progressive group in 2014.

Lest we forget

LAST Tuesday, the Allora State School community commemorated Remembrance Day. This year marked the 96th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year on this day, Australians observe one minute's silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

We are very grateful that members of the Allora RSL were present at our Remembrance Day ceremony.

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