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Over one-thousand students, teachers and staff gathered today in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate a life of unflagging service, humility and faith.

The tribute included the ceremonious planting of a moreton bay fig tree, symbolic of the enduring grace and strength which Her Majesty was known for during her remarkable seventy-year reign.

The event was supported by a $5,500 Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee grant secured by Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien through the former Coalition Government.

Shadow Climate Change and Energy Minister, Ted O’Brien said the event provided a meaningful outlet for the school community to mourn the loss of an extraordinary Monarch.

“The Queen led a remarkable life; a selfless life of service to her country and to her Commonwealth,” Mr O’Brien said. She will be remembered for her enduring strength, kindness and grace.”

“I am delighted to have supported today’s ceremony, which so aptly honoured Her Majesty’s 70 years of duty. She will be honoured until the end of days.”

Suncoast Christian College Principal, Mr Greg Mattiske, said the school had originally planned to host the special outdoor ceremony to mark the Platinum Jubilee milestone of Queen Elizabeth II, but adapted proceedings to provide the school community an opportunity to pay their respects.  

“The date for the Ceremony has been set for some time but it will be all the more poignant due to Queen Elizabeth II’s sudden death last Friday,” Mr Mattiske said. “With her passing, we will pay tribute to her historic reign and devotion to duty, family, faith and service.”

“With over one-thousand students and staff in attendance, the Ceremony will include the laying of floral wreaths in memory of the late Queen and recognition of our new monarch, King Charles III.”

Suncoast Christian College Director of Studies Mrs Lyndall Waters, said the event was of great significance.

“Moreton Bay Figs grow into giant trees of magnificence and steadfast beauty, becoming the crown in the tree canopy,” Mrs Waters reflected. “This is such a fitting tribute for Her Majesty.”

Media Contact: Mr O’Brien: Mitch Bland | 0401 257 064 |

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