Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

College's Dragster Quickest; Mary Valley State College Students Show Big Schools How It's Done in CO2 Races

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

College's Dragster Quickest; Mary Valley State College Students Show Big Schools How It's Done in CO2 Races

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THERE'S a positive buzz in the air at Mary Valley State College (Prep to Year 10) and it has been a successful 2016 with some fabulous performances in the technology, cultural, sporting and academic arenas.

Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 were immersed in the technology program which combined the Senior Manual Arts skills with computer-assisted design to create and build a CO2 car.

The students designed and made a scale model of a dragster.

These cars had to meet strict specifications for size and weight.

Students then took the cars home where they were sanded and painted.

Each class raced their cars and their times were recorded.

The fastest cars from each class then raced in a school finals competition.

Six of the college's fastest and best constructed cars were then sent to the Maryborough Technology Challenge.

This event is the Queensland finals for the CO2 Dragster competition.

Year 4 student Charles Greer had the fastest car on the day and managed second place overall.

The top six winners from the state competition had their cars sent to the national finals which were held in Western Australia this year.

At the finals Charles had the fastest car and took out first place with 84.5 points.

Mary Valley State College principal Allison Wright said she was very proud of the students' achievements and was elated at one of her students coming first in the national competition.

"Very few primary school-aged students get the opportunity to engage in specialist subjects on a weekly basis," Ms Wright said.

"Our manual arts specialist, Mr Paul Stevens, is an absolute asset to our college and must be commended for the fabulous work he does with our students from Years 3 to Year 10."

Culturally, in 2016 the college held its first musical in a number of years.

Titled Pirates versus Mermaids, the musical was a wonderful showcase of all things "Team Mary Valley".

Led by teacher and musical director, Belinda Greer, staff and students went above and beyond to bring their love of music to life.

The entire school community contributed in some way, shape or form to the night. …

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