Emotions run wild at awards night

Alex Slack with Gayndah State School P&C All Rounder Award winner Sienna Slattery.

by Julian Lehnert

Gayndah State School erupted into cheers and tears last week as staff honoured top students and farewelled a much-loved colleague at the school’s annual awards night.

The school awarded students from years 4 to 6 with certificates, medals and trophies for over twenty categories including citizenship, sports, academic excellence and languages.

Principal Andrew Goldie also announced the results of the school’s recent student leader election, welcoming the new group of representatives into the role and extending his thanks to the graduating class.

Mr Goldie and his staff then broke into a song-and-dance routine to honour the work of prep teacher Deb Ulcoq who retired from teaching at the end of the year.

Mrs Ulcoq, who has taught in Gayndah since 1986, said that the nearly 40 years she has spent in the North Burnett were the best of her career.

“I’ve worked with the most amazing people over the years here at Gayndah State School – the staff have always been there for me and have become my family,” she said.

“We’ve shared many tears and lots of laughter, and I will miss you all very much,” Mrs Ulcoq added.

Students showed their aptitude for percussion at a drumbeat presentation, presenting parents and staff with a range of rhythms they have learnt over the past year.

Principal Goldie expressed his thanks to parents and staff for their help and patience in 2020.

“We’ve had a successful 2020 and we already have big plans for 2021,” he said.

“Congratulations to everyone on this wonderful night.”