Redcliffe State High School Musicians Excel at QLD Youth Music Awards 2023

Students from Redcliffe State High School showcased their talents, with back to back awards for the String Orchestra and the Chamber Strings at the prestigious Queensland Youth Music Awards 2023.

The school sent 35 students to compete in a field of over 4,000 young participants and the outcome was nothing short of exceptional.

The Redcliffe State High School String Orchestra secured the coveted Gold Award and ranked second in their division. Meanwhile, the Redcliffe State High School Chamber Strings received a well-deserved Silver Award.

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Brylee Taylor, Head of the Creative Industries Department at Redcliffe SHS, expressed immense pride in the students’ achievements. She noted that what sets this win apart is that Redcliffe SHS was the sole state school in QYMA 2023.

Emily Ashton, the school’s dedicated string tutor, received special recognition from the adjudicator for her original composition, “A Well-Watered Garden,” which was expertly performed by the students. This recognition underscores the school’s commitment to nurturing musical talent.

Their mentors lauded the students who, according to them, are no strangers to hard work, dedicating an hour each week to practice. Some students are even part of multiple ensembles, showcasing their remarkable commitment and work ethic.

Redcliffe SHS has highly qualified educators and state-of-the-art facilities, creating a conducive environment for young musicians to thrive. Currently, over 120 students participate in the Instrumental Music Program across various ensembles.

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The school also takes pride in its Music Excellence Program, which equips students with the skills and knowledge required to become seasoned musicians.

Published 16-September-2023

Teagan Micah Takes Next Step with Liverpool in the Women’s Super League

Liverpool FC Women have signed Redcliffe State High School alumna and Australian international goalkeeper Teagan Micah to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2023-24 English Women’s Super League (WSL) season. The 25-year-old will now be tested in one of the top women’s leagues as the Reds’ new shot-stopper.

Teagan Micah at FC Rosengård

Micah joins Liverpool after two successful seasons with FC Rosengård in Sweden. There, she won back-to-back Damallsvenskan titles and the Swedish Women’s Cup. She helped Rosengård to the groups of the 2023 Women’s Champions League with solid goalkeeping in the qualifying rounds.

The keeper has 14 caps for the Matildas including an appearance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Earlier this year, she overcame a serious concussion to return to football in time for the Matildas’ World Cup campaign.

Moving to Liverpool

Teagan Micah
Photo Credit: Instagram/Liverpool FC Women

At Liverpool, Micah will be battling for the No.1 spot as they look to build on their first season back in the WSL following promotion in 2022. The Reds impressed in their opening game last season, beating defending champions Chelsea. However, they finished in 7th place, well out of contention for a European spot.

Liverpool FC is a historic football club – England’s most successful in Europe – but are still building their women’s side to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Ambitions at new club

Micah expressed her excitement at joining Liverpool, citing the club’s history and stature. She also cited the high level of competition in the WSL as a key factor in her decision.

The Australian keeper was clear about her ambitions at Liverpool, saying she hopes to help the club qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League in the coming years.

Liverpool are currently preparing for the 2023-24 campaign, with ongoing pre-season fixtures including the AMOS Women’s French Cup against Paris Saint-Germain on August 28. Their league opener against Arsenal on October 1 will give Micah the chance to come up against Matildas teammates Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord.

Joining the up-and-coming WSL side is the latest impressive step in Micah’s career progression.

Published 23 August 2023

Redcliffe State High School Stars John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia Join NRL Dolphins

John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia — two standout players from Redcliffe State High School — have signed with the NRL Dolphins. This comes after impressive performances in Redcliffe’s Meninga Cup premiership triumph.

John Fineanganofo: Meninga Cup Standout

John Fineanganofo was one of the most influential players in the Meninga Cup last season, helping Redcliffe to the club premiership. The Dolphins academy signed the rookie five-eight or lock forward, who is known as a creative, ball-playing footballer who can easily play on the edge.

Aholoka Toia: Picture of Work Ethic

NRL Schoolboy Signings: Redcliffe State High School Stars John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia Join NRL Dolphins
John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia of Redcliffe State High
Photo Credit: Facebook/Redcliffe State High School Rugby League Supporters

Joining Fineanganofo at the Dolphins is fellow Redcliffe State High pupil Aholoka Toia. The midfielder may not be flashy, but coaches say he puts in a mountain of work. Toia was instrumental in helping Redcliffe win the 2022 Meninga Cup.

Slightly under the radar, Toia is now being rewarded for his tireless work ethic and continued improvement. He is the brother of 2022 Queensland U19 centre Rob Toia, who has signed with the Sydney Roosters.

Redcliffe State High School: An Up-and-Coming program

NRL Schoolboy Signings: Redcliffe State High School Stars John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia Join NRL Dolphins
Photo Credit: Facebook/Redcliffe State High School Rugby League Supporters

The two Dolphin signings highlight the young but growing rugby league program at Redcliffe State High School. Previous graduates include current Dolphins Josh Beehag and Nathan Watts, as well as NRL stars Josh McGuire and Daly Cherry-Evans. The program looks for disciplined, motivated students with a passion for the league.

2023 Dolphins Season

The Dolphins have made their debut in the NRL this season. Led by head coach Wayne Bennett and captain Jesse Bromwich, the Dolphins are chasing a playoff spot at the halfway point of the season. Embracing the challenges of being a new club, they are looking to grow and build a solid foundation for future success.

With the signing of Fineanganofo and Toia, the Redcliffe State program continues to build a pathway for aspiring NRL players. The Redcliffe faithful are eager to see the impact of these two home-grown stars at the highest level.

Published 19 July 2023