Exuberant Yeronga State High School students

Members of Brisbane Mid-City can feel connected to Yeronga State High School’s extraordinary achievement that has been publicised in The Courier-Mail and the ABC over the past week.

As The Courier-Mail reported last Saturday, Yeronga SHS has turned one of Queensland’s worst OP rates six years ago into one of the best – 100% of its OP-eligible students achieved an OP 1 to 15 last year. Consequently, the school won one of seven Showcase Awards for Excellence at a State Government ceremony last Friday night.

Rotary (first Brisbane North and now Brisbane Mid-City) has been sponsoring Yeronga SHS annually, enabling students from this amazing mix of races, cultures and backgrounds to experience the ECOMAN business simulation program. Judy Xavier and Collin Myers were there this year, at KPMG in the Riparian Plaza, where 21 Yeronga SHS students spent three days competing to run and grow “virtual” companies, and revelling in the genuine business environment that KPMG provides.

Rotarian Judy Xavier of Mid-City Club with students

Rotarian Judy Xavier of Mid-City Club with students

“We can be proud of our club’s part in helping these young people understand how important the spirit of enterprise is to the Australian society,” says Collin. “It’s inspiring to see how hard the teachers and the course facilitators work with the students, given the opportunity by us to do the course.

Judy is there for the whole three days as a course facilitator, using her professional knowledge, integrating with the teachers and helping the teams and the individual students to grasp business concepts and face the sorts of decisions everyone in business has to make all the time.”

The Yeronga SHS ECOMAN is one of 50 such programs being provided by the Queensland Private Enterprise Centre across Queensland this year, engaging close to 1000 Grade 10 and 11 students and their teachers.

More details: Collin Myers - tel: 0419 703 145 or email.

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      Every Friday (except statutory holidays) in the function rooms on Level 4 of The Brisbane Club Tower, 241 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. The best entrance is from Post Office Square (the level above Adelaide Street) through the double glass doors and then right through another set of swing doors to the Brisbane Club lift.

      Arrival is from 12.15 pm with lunch at 12.45 pm. Meetings conclude at 2.00 pm sharp. Visiting Rotarians are extremely welcome.

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