Donation brings schools closer together

St Joseph's Primary School Murgon

​​St Thomas More HPE teacher Mick Winmill with delighted students and their newly gifted sports equipment at St Joseph's School, Murgon

​IT was a gift that will keep on giving – sports equipment for St Joseph’s School, Murgon, from the generous community at St Thomas More School, Sunshine Beach.

Throughout the year more than 700 students at St Thomas More had collected Coles Sports for Schools shopper dockets.

The vouchers would earn sports equipment for their school.

However, the school community decided to share the precious vouchers and the equipment that came with them with students at St Joseph’s School, Murgon.

One Friday morning St Thomas More HPE teacher Mick Winmill drove three hours to Murgon to deliver the wonderful goods.

St Joseph’s received netballs, bibs, cricket bats, tennis balls, tennis rackets, tennis nets, hoola hoops, bean bags and balls to use on their multipurpose court.

St Joseph’s Assistant Principal for Religious Education Jess Marshall said Mick then kindly donated his time, on his day off, to spend teaching tennis lessons to all students.

Jess said the school of 110 students from Murgon, Wondai, Proston and Cherbourg Indigenous Community, had a truly wonderful day playing tennis and learning new skills.

She said one student came up to her and asked her: “when is the special man coming back?”.

Jess said the Year 3 students also thought Mr Winmill was fantastic exclaiming he was “a superhero because you donated the sporting equipment to our school”.

“The smiles on the students faces seeing all of the equipment and while playing tennis was priceless,” she said.

Mick Winmill later told the school the day was a real highlight in the 30 plus years of teaching.

Jess said both schools, who are in the Marist tradition, were trying to connect more.

“We are hoping in 2019 our students will head to the coast and learn some surfing or sailing skills from the students at Sunshine Beach.

“For many of our students this will be their first encounter with the coast,” she said.

She said the community at St Joey’s, Murgon, wanted to express their deepest gratitude to all involved at St Thomas More, Sunshine Beach.

“Thank you for the equipment, thank you for allowing us to have lessons with Mr Winmill and thank you for the memories.

“It was much appreciated,” she said.

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