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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3427..


Giralang Primary School

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (6.45): I want to bring to the attention of the Assembly an article in this week's Chronicle about a wartime link earning an Anzac award for Giralang Primary School. The article notes:

Giralang Primary School received a 2013 ANZAC Day Schools' Award last week.

A plaque, certificate and cheque were presented to the school as the ACT winner of the 2013 Anzac Day Schools Award. The school won the award for its continued strong relationship with the ACT Rats of Tobruk Association.

The relationship has allowed students to learn more about the significance of Anzac Day and the Rats of Tobruk themselves.

Year 5 and 6 students organised an Anzac Day ceremony which involved the whole school from preschool upwards. Each class made a wreath of poppies and class representatives laid these during the ceremony.

Students also baked Anzac biscuits for their invited guests, including members of the ACT Rats of Tobruk Association and their families, a retired senior Royal Australian Air Force officer, and numerous parents and carers. Giralang Primary School's entry also included evidence of a four week unit of work on World War II. The program allowed students to learn more about the significance of Anzac Day before their commemorative assembly. It also gave students a chance to learn more about the Rats of Tobruk and the significance of their visitors' actions during the war.

Giralang's entry also included colour photographs of the students' creative artworks. This included examination of the significance of the Poppy and 3D dioramas and clay sculpture.

That is a fantastic opportunity for our students in a public school, Giralang Primary School, to have that very significant and long link with the ACT Rats of Tobruk. I honour the gentlemen and all involved in the Rats of Tobruk, particularly the ACT section. I thank the principal and the executive of Giralang Primary School for making a fine connection.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.47 pm.


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