Morgan Te Oka
Morgan Te Oka Class of 2008
Life has changed so incredibly since my time at St Andrew’s. The school allowed me to gain a great group of friends and helped me make some wonderful memories. I was quite reluctant and insecure at school, always struggling to ask for help for the fear of looking silly. However, thanks to my great support from teachers and a few good friends I finished school and was luckily enough to be accepted into a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching at Griffith University. Four years later and with a bit of travel under my belt I started my first job at Redcliffe SHS teaching HPE and I.T. From there, I created the Girls Sport and Fitness Academy, which is an excellence program in Touch Football, Netball and Volleyball, and now I am currently part of the Girls Rugby League Academy at Marsden State High School.
My passion is and will always be around instilling confidence and resilience in our young girls. Outside of school, I get to help run a youth camp called Aella for teenage girls around mindset and fitness. My advice for young students at St Andrews would be - if you are a high performer in any area of your schooling life such as sport, music or the arts, you have the ability to be a high performer in all areas of your life. It solely comes down to discipline, gratitude and hard work.
St Andrews never put a limitation on my ambitions. This has allowed me to pursue many of my goals. Thanks to the school environment I became very good at never limiting myself when trying new things. This allowed me to transition from Touch Football into Rugby League, debuting for the East Tigers BHP Premiership Team in 2020 and then moving over to Rugby Sevens and recently Co-Captaining Griffith University at the AON National Rugby Sevens Series 2021. My school and university experience helped me to understand how I learnt best, it made me disciplined towards achieving my goals and helped me to become persistent when I would fail. I believe this set me up to be successful in both my academics and sport.
My favourite teacher has to be Mr Hibbs. He started the first girls Futsal team at St Andrews, always giving up his time, morning and afternoon, to train us. He would organise Futsal competitions and was one of the first teachers to get a girls sporting opportunity going for us in our senior years. It’s teachers like Hibbsy who I still see at QLD All Schools Touch Competition every year still giving up his time, that make me remember how great my time was at St Andrews.