Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

We had a small taste of the Clipsal on Friday as the Jesus Racing team ute pulled onto the school grounds in Maitland. The roar of the engine captured attention and students came running to check it out. Obviously it was a replica ute of the one raced, but it was still great to be up close!

Throughout the year I have the privilege of organising Christian Option/ Values presentations to visit our school, and when Jesus Racing became available following their Clipsal races, I didn’t pass the opportunity up. The last time they visited was in March of 2012.

7-12 Seminar

Although all students could check the ute out, view the trophy they won at the Clipsal and get a poster signed by race driver Andrew ‘Fishtail’ Fisher, the seminar was presented to the Year 7-12’s. The Lutheran School Year 7-9’s also joined us in this great presentation. Andrew Fisher is not just a successful race driver, he has also had a successful business career where he has provided strategic advice to hundreds of companies and was also the CEO of a public company. 

These days ‘Fishtail’, as he is known, spends his time between racing cars at up to 299k/hr and communicating to over 20,000 High Schools students and thousands of inmates at jails and detention centres across the country. He has raced V8 Supercars, V8 Utes, Porsche’s, BMW, Lotus’ and is currently racing the most famous car in Australian Motor Sport history, an XYGT in the Touring Car Master series.

Courageous Decisions

He has won lots of races but more importantly he inspires others to take control of their lives and to make courageous decisions in the face of difficulty. During the session he addressed many life choices that young people face today and gave us statistics and facts that follow decisions, and encouraged them to think about their choices rather than making impulse or reflex decisions. He also shared his personal story where he had to make a courageous decision involving his daughters’ life and how he continues to live that out each day.

It was great to be one of the few schools visited in SA, to enjoy an encouraging presentation and checkout the Ute free of charge, as it was fully funded by Life Choice Foundation. I hope students feel empowered to make courageous choices in life.

Kelly Whittaker | School Chaplain

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