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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 March 2010) . . Page.. 1316 ..

Rosary primary school in Watson. Rosary primary school is a fantastic school. We were welcomed at the assembly. We were greeted first by Zac, Nadia, Lara and Eryn, year 6 students, I think, who did a fantastic job on behalf of their school. We were also welcomed by Principal Mrs Maureen Doszpot and Deputy Principal Ms Brenda Foley. We had the opportunity to meet with the chair of the board, Mr John Brennan, the treasurer of the school board, Scott Trotter, as well as Kathy Trotter and a number of other parents and parishioners who were in attendance.

At the open day, students of year 6 Cairo ran the assembly with teacher Beth Toole. What particularly impressed me about Rosary school when we were there was that the year 6 students were running the assembly themselves and they were doing that in a most eloquent manner. I think there was no need for teachers to supervise them. They all knew what they had to do and it was very well done and we felt very welcomed.

We also met with school secretary Yvonne Morris and the janitor, Ross Harcombe, and we were given a tour by Alex and Caile of the school and of some of the new buildings. There was also a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, including the second verse, which I know catches out a lot of people. It does not catch out Alistair or me, I am sure; we always know the second verse of the Australian national anthem going way back.

Mrs Dunne: Boundless plains.

MR SESELJA: Boundless plains to share, indeed.

I would just like to pay tribute to the parents and teachers and students of Rosary school. They are a fantastic example of a wonderful school community. We felt extraordinarily welcomed by them and I was, again, particularly impressed by the way the students conducted themselves. I pay tribute to Ms Maureen Doszpot and all of the teachers and students who do such a fantastic job there.

I also wanted to make mention of the Brindabella Motor Sport Club that I have mentioned in this place before. They have an upcoming rally and in order to promote that they had a media day on the weekend. I, along with others, had the opportunity to go out there and to have a ride in a rally car. And I have got to say it was a scary experience. I had Michael Barrett, who is the 2009 ACT regional rally series champion driver, and we went in his Mitsubishi Evo 8. I do not really know what that is—but it was fast. It looked like a Lancer to me but it was very fast. He said, “Tell me if we are going too fast,” and I think we were going pretty fast. I should have trusted him more than I did because he is an experienced and very capable rally driver. But I have got to say it was a confronting experience but it was also great fun. They really do take those corners very fast.

It was another fantastic event from the Brindabella Motor Sports Club. I think they do a sensational job. They have a particular passion and I think it is important that we look for ways to allow people in our community to pursue their hobbies, to pursue their sports, to pursue their passions. We know that many in our community love rallying, they love motor sports, and the Brindabella Motor Sport Club is one example of that. To Kim and Martin, who welcomed me, who showed me around and made sure I had the proper protective gear, including the helmet, before I got in: thank you.

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