Page 4019 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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single time I have been out there that education is one of their favourite things to do during the day and they really appreciate the work that goes into the education programs.

I would like to again thank the team at Bimberi for the work that they do every day. I am very much looking forward to joining them soon at their end-of-year celebration, to recognise the achievements of the young people in Bimberi and thank the staff.

Madam Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to update the Assembly today on the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and the 10th Bimberi Headline Indicator Report.

I present the following papers:

Bimberi Headline Indicators Report—November 2022—


Ministerial statement, Wednesday, 30 November 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.55): As the Labor Minister for Youth and Education, I want to take a moment today to acknowledge and give a special shout out to the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre, located at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

This school is part of the ACT Education Directorate’s Flexible Education Program. The Murrumbidgee school provides a high-quality, inquiry led learning aligned with the Australian Curriculum. The programs give these young people the best possible chance of re-engaging with their education. The educators at the Murrumbidgee school are passionate about their work and take great care to provide this education in a trauma-informed way.

Young people have vocational education opportunities and can learn all kinds of new skills, depending on their interests. These can include literacy and numeracy, art, woodwork, music, and horticulture, to name a few. The school also has chickens, with a wonderful chicken coup built by the students and teachers, which Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith and I had the great privilege of opening. I know that this is also a great source of learning and companionship for the students.

To Andrew Kerr-Stephens, flexible education principal; Jo Monteith, deputy principal, flexible education; Sasha Posthuma-Grbic; Janine Inns; Jeff Hunt; Maddie Howard; Sarah Dyball; Darcy Martin; Bronwyn Collins; Brett Hobbins; and Brent Holgate—who make up the Murrumbidgee school team: thank you for all of the important work that you do for the students in your school.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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