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Makeover for Mary Immaculate staffroom

Mary Immaculate Principal Helen Camden and art teacher Sharon Chemello
celebrate being crowned 2010 Staffroom for Improvement champions
with QTCU CEO Mike Murphy
MARY Immaculate Primary School, Annerley, has won a $30,000 staffroom makeover courtesy of Queensland Teachers’ Credit Union (QTCU).

Following record-breaking voting, the battle to be crowned 2010 Staffroom for Improvement champions was highly contested across Queensland.

With just 127 students and 26 staff, Mary Immaculate School beat 1170 schools from as far north as Thursday Island and south as Stanthorpe to claim victory, drumming up community support to win the ultimate prize.

Principal Helen Camden said it was an emotional day for staff at the school. 

“The staff here work so hard and they really deserve this,” Mrs Camden said.

“We just can’t believe that all the effort we’ve put into this competition has paid off.”

Mrs Camden said while the school might be small in size, it was certainly big in spirit.

“The support from the whole community has been simply amazing,” she said.

“Teachers, parents and students alike worked tirelessly from the beginning to get out there and gather up support, and we never gave up.”

QTCU CEO Mike Murphy said the competition gave students, parents and other members of the community the chance to say ‘thank you’ to teachers across Queensland for the valuable role they played in society.

“I think it’s clear from this year’s outstanding results, it’s been one very big thank you,” he said.

Mr Murphy said this year’s competition had received a record-breaking response from the community with almost 60,000 votes cast.

He said this year the competition had also spread virally to give school communities the chance to voice their support.

“Thousands of people engaged in a Facebook battle to prove why their school deserved to win,” he said. 

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