Centenary State High School P&C Presents Reggie Dabbs at CPAC Auditorium

Reggie Dabbs, the renowned American preacher and motivational speaker, will be speaking to the students and families of Centenary State High School as part of the iDECIDE Schools Tour. Organised by the Centenary SHS Parents and Citizens Association (P&C), this out-of-school hours presentation will be held on Tuesday, 30 May 2023.

“The Centenary SHS Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) has supported an approach for an out-of-school hours presentation by Reggie Dabbs, performer and youth motivational speaker. This session will be held after school hours for students and families who wish to attend – 3:30pm on Tuesday 30th May, 2023,” Centenary State High School’s social media post reads.

During his visit to Brisbane, Reggie Dabbs will spend five days, from May 29 to June 2, as part of the iDECIDE Schools Tour. 

With a career spanning over two decades, Reggie has consistently inspired students in Australian schools with his unparalleled blend of humour, music, and an awe-inspiring personal journey of resilience. The impact of his presentations is evident as numerous students, year after year, depart from the iDECIDE Tour with a resolute determination to shift their focus from the past and instead embrace the possibilities of transforming their future.

Reggie Dabbs considers himself lucky to be alive, having been born to an unwed teenager. Left with no place to call home, the pregnant teenager found herself taking shelter in a humble chicken coop in Tennessee. When she found out that she was pregnant with her fourth child, she called her 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, to seek help.  

Mrs. Dabbs and her husband, whose children were grown, welcomed the girl into their home, providing care throughout her pregnancy. They then became foster parents to the young Reggie until the fourth grade, when they decided to officially adopt him.  

Starting from his early days playing the saxophone, a skill he initially disliked but grew to love, Reggie has come a long way. Reggie embarked on his public speaking career after college. During a speaking engagement, he was invited to address a high school assembly, marking the beginning of his journey in 1987. 

Reggie Dabbs’ message resonates with students as he addresses important topics with a humorous and relatable style. He emphasises his personal choices of abstaining from smoking, drugs, and alcohol, encouraging students to make similar decisions. Overcoming his own challenges, Reggie has become an in-demand speaker, empowering teenagers to confront and conquer their problems with resilience.

Residing in Ft. Myers, Florida, with his wife Michele and son Dominic, Reggie’s influential speeches empower teenagers globally, inspiring them to face and conquer their challenges with resilience.

Published 28-May-2023

Centenary SHS Girl Representing Australia in Figure Skating Around the World

Photo Credit: ISU Junior Grand Prix/YouTube

It’s a rare sport that Australia doesn’t excel at on the world stage and the nation’s history in Figure Skating has not been stellar. However, since 1952, Australia has had competitors in every Winter Olympics Figure Skating competition apart from four, and 14 out of 18 isn’t bad for the sunburnt country, with Anthony Liu finishing 10th in 2002 and Joanne Carter’s 12th in 1998 being the highlights.

Now, there is a young lady from Centenary State High School tilting at windmills and just like Joanne Carter, she’s competing overseas at a very young age to test herself against the best.

Sienna Kaczmarczyk is 14 years old and currently competing across Europe as the sole Australian representative in some of the biggest junior competitions in the world.

Sienna trains at the prodigious Boondall Figure Skating Club, alongside many other Junior and Adult state champions and national representatives.

Her latest competition was the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Gdansk, Poland.

Her skate in Gdansk was by no means her best but undoubtedly gave her an incredible experience that will help build her international reputation…from Jindalee.

A few weeks earlier, she finished 3rd in Singapore at the SEA Open Trophy.

Centenary State High School’s New Senior Learning Building Nears Completion

The construction of a new Senior Learning Building at the Centenary State High School in Jindalee is almost finished. Soon, this school community will be ready to accept more students as part of the State Government’s 2020 Ready Program.

Situated near the Visual Arts Centre and the tennis courts, the expansion consists of a multi-storey, state of the art technology learning facility with a covered link connecting to the other buildings. This site is going to be an innovative learning space for different subjects of interest to the students.

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Queensland’s 2020 Ready Program

Centenary State High School is one of 61 schools across Queensland to receive part of the $250 million funding to deliver more classrooms and better educational infrastructure for 2020. 

“Our kids are our future and, as a Government, one of the most important things we can do is give Queensland students a world-class education,” Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad stated when the funding was initially announced in 2018. 

“Queensland is a fast-growing State and this investment is about planning for the future.”

New Air Conditioning Units for 2020

In line with the expansion and improvements, Centenary State High School is also one of 300 schools in Queensland to receive funds for air conditioning that will provide for cooler and comfortable classrooms, libraries or staff rooms. The units will be set and ready for the start of the school term in January 2020.

“The majority of Centenary State High School is already air-conditioned thanks to the great work of the P&C and school community. However, there’s still around 14 classrooms that are not. These will be covered as part of our announcement,” Minister for Education MP Grace Grace relayed to concerned parents, teachers and students.