Close to 200 teachers braved the last cold morning this winter to hear about the history of their school and the important role it plays in the Greater Springfield education story. Woodcrest State College (formerly known as Springfield State School) opened in 1998 and was the first school built in Greater Springfield. Springfield City Group chairman Maha Sinnathamby AM was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s event and spoke about the importance of education for the city, the region and ultimately the nation.

Mr Sinnathamby said he was proud of what Woodcrest State College had achieved in the last 20 years and emphasised the importance of teachers regarding the city’s continued success.
“The failure of education is the collapse of this nation- such is the importance of your profession,” Mr Sinnathamby said. “Education is the currency of the future. It is the only currency that cannot be stolen and can be cashed anywhere in the world.

“What we are doing in Greater Springfield with regards to education is an exemplar to the rest of the nation and you should all be proud of your role in creating a unique Learning City.”
Woodcrest State College executive principal Pat Murphy said it was important for staff to hear the story of Greater Springfield and their valuable contribution they had made to generations of learners.

“I have heard Maha speak a number of times and have been impressed with his vision and his thoughts on the importance of education,” Mr Murphy said.
“We were just reminiscing this morning about the journey of Greater Springfield and how Woodcrest State College has been instrumental in the development of this place.
“I’m very excited to see how things are developing here each day and proud that we can be a part of the education legacy for future generations.”

Mr Sinnathamby also acknowledged the college’s longstanding administration officer, Janelle Burton, who was instrumental in pioneering for the first school in Greater Springfield.
Ms Burton moved to Springfield in 1996 and said Mr Sinnathamby’s vision for education has always been evident.
“I was the school’s first administration officer and still feel a great sense of pride when our Preppy’s start their education through to when our Year 12’s walk out the door for the last time,” Ms Burton said.

“The campaign to establish a school in Springfield began in 1996 and was personal for me as I had two daughters I drove to Kruger State School each day, which was both time consuming and costly. “Together with a friend, we took on Education Queensland and lobbied for a school, walking every street in Springfield through to Camira with a petition to take to the Minister for Education.

“During the Campaign, Maha gave us lots of encouragement and had a vision for Springfield to be a world-renowned development, heading education, health and technology as his catch cry.
“Maha has and continues to achieve so much and what many thought was impossible- the development of a city. He has shown the doubters that persistence pays off and the residents of Greater Springfield should be extremely proud to live in this magnificent community.”