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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (17 September) . .

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Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts) (6.50): I do not often do an adjournment debate but there is a lot of interest in it. I rise tonight to pay tribute to the many teachers, school leaders and support staff who were recently recognised at the ACT public education excellence awards. The public education excellence awards were introduced in 2010 to recognise and celebrate effort and outstanding achievement in public education in the ACT. With a record number of 123 nominations over nine categories, it is evident that there are many educators throughout the ACT that deserve to be recognised and congratulated. I would like to congratulate the winners and put their names on record.

The primary teacher of the year was Robyn Hammond from Hughes Primary School. The secondary teacher of the year was Nor Idris from Lyneham High School. The outstanding school leadership award went to Sue Norton of Fraser Primary School. The teaching/leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education went to Lynn Leon from Kaleen Primary School. The new educator of the year was Matthew Eyles from Calwell High School. The early childhood teacher of the year was Michele Foley. The education support award went to Debbie Carne of Harrison school. The school hero was Brian Johns of Hughes Primary School. The family and community partnership award deservedly went to Charnwood-Dunlop school. Congratulations to all the recipients and the nominees again for being great educators and supporters of our public education system here.

I just want to recognise quickly that these notes were provided to me by Briannah Jeffries who is doing an internship in my office. I think she is really enjoying seeing firsthand the machinations of the ACT Assembly.

Mr George Lemon

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (6.52): I rise this evening to recognise an individual who belongs to an important group of people in our community, namely volunteers, and, more specifically, volunteers within the sporting and charitable works communities. The individual I am referring to is Mr George Lemon. George has made a significant contribution to the Canberra and Queanbeyan sporting communities over the past 22 years. Indeed, his contributions also extend over international areas of charitable works as well, especially in countries like East Timor, the Philippines and South Korea.

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