Twin talk gives Granville kids the giggles

GRANVILLE State Primary School students don’t need an eye exam when they see identical teachers. They really are seeing double!

University of Southern Queensland (USQ) graduands Carla and Rachel Frohloff are Prac teaching at the Maryborough school in 2015 – Carla in Year 3 and Rachel in Year 5/6.

After completing four years of university studies last November, the 21-year-old identical twins will graduate with Bachelors of Education majoring in Health and Physical Education in Maryborough on May 16.

“We’re so lucky to get jobs so quickly after finishing our studies,” Carla said.

“So many people say it’s hard to get a teaching job or that you’ll have to move hours away, so it’s great to have jobs so close to home, for now anyway. We don’t know where we’ll be teaching next year yet.”

Born in Hervey Bay, Rachel and Carla attended Kawungan primary and Urangan high schools before enrolling at USQ.

Although the twins now work side by side with the same university degree at Granville State Primary School, the higher education paths they took to get there were varied.

“I went through so many changes with QTAC because I kept changing my mind,” Rachel said.

“We originally chose different degrees but in the end we both went with teaching. Then we both considered secondary teaching but ended up going with primary.

“We also looked at different majors but eventually we both decided to specialise in health and physical education.”

The similarities between the sisters are not lost on their students.

“Most just say ‘Hello Ms Frohloff’ but if its Carla’s student and they know it’s me, they’ll have a little giggle afterwards because they think it’s funny to say it to me as well,” Rachel said.

“One student said ‘You look a lot like the other Ms Frohloff’. I replied ‘Why do you think that?’ and he said ‘Because you’ve got the same body!’

“They’re very curious and often ask questions at weird times. I had one student ask on parade if I shared a house with my sister. The thoughts strike them at random times and they just have to ask.

“Other things they want to know include if we’re twins or just sisters, if we live together and if we share a car.”

Carla said their experiences at USQ Fraser Coast prepared them well for answering such questions from children.

“Being on-campus university students at USQ Fraser Coast in Hervey Bay was good with us doing education,” Carla said.

“We wanted to be teachers so we could experience working with kids on Open Days and through the Smart Steps program, which was aimed at upper primary school students.”

Caption: Random questions from students at Granville State Primary School often amuse identical twin teachers Rachel (left) and Carla Frohloff.

Will Fraser Coast be Australia’s home of fishing?

A PUSH to market Fraser Coast as Australia’s home of fishing took a step forward in February 2015 when University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Associate Professor in Climatology Joachim Ribbe met with Fraser Coast Opportunities acting Tourism Manager Tas Webber.


USQ Associate Professor in Climatology Joachim Ribbe (left) meets with Fraser Coast Opportunities acting Tourism Manager Tas Webber.

Associate Professor Ribbe, PhD research student Daniel Brieva and Griffith University scientists recently identified the seas near Fraser Island as an algae bloom hotspot and fish-feeding magnet.

Caused by the ocean upwelling, the formation of algae blooms play a crucial role in the fishing industry by producing a readily available food source for yellow fin tuna and other marine species.

Mr Webber said Fraser Coast Opportunities already had a recreational fishing strategy in place that proposed to market the region as Australia’s home of fishing.

“The research by Joachim and his fellow scientists gives the credentials for this region to back itself as Australia’s home of fishing,” Mr Webber said.


Deadly day at USQ Fraser Coast

“I HAVE no suggestions for improvements because it was already too deadly! Keep doing a deadly job!”

That was just one of the many positive comments gathered from attendees after Indigenous Connections at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast yesterday.

Deadly is an Aboriginal slang word meaning excellent, very good or cool.

About 40 students from five Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg high schools attended the annual event, which was designed to excite and inspire students about their education and career aspirations.

USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer said yesterday’s Indigenous Connections event in Hervey Bay was very engaging with a good balance of cultural and educational activities.

“The feedback speaks for itself,” Mr Langabeer said.


Zac Hubbert (left) and Bradley Smith from Maryborough’s Aldridge High School at Indigenous Connections.

“It was all positive and teachers talked about the students seeing the value of coming onto campus and being involved with the university.

“They relished the opportunity to talk with Aboriginal Elders and students to get first-hand insights into what they need to do, the decisions they will need to make, and how they can be supported to achieve their career goals.

Mr Langabeer said USQ put on a good display for the schools, showcasing the University’s strong cultural orientation and Indigenous respect.

“There is a strong mutual respect between USQ and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


Enjoying the Deadly Wise quiz are Urangan State High School students (l-r) Tayla Iszlaub, Sam Raveneau and Taliah Geiger, supported by USQ Student Ambassador Mitchell Brunke.

“It was just fantastic. I watched the workshop from beginning to end and some students who were shy at the start were really involved by the end.”

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the annual Indigenous Connections event was a great opportunity for Years 8 to 12 students to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities and academic sessions.

“There were plenty of chances to learn more about tertiary study with a mixed mode of academic and career development sessions available.”





Celebrating their win in the Deadly Wise quiz are Aldridge State High Schools students (l-r) Anita Waterton, Emma Paterson, Teleah Rainbow and Eybonnie Maker with USQ Professor Tracey Bunda (centre).


Featured photo: Aldridge State High School students Bethany Blackman (left) and Paige Hatherell learn about sound and hearing with USQ’s Ruth Newby and Dr Michelle Adamson at Indigenous Connections in Hervey Bay.