Page 361 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 1 March 1994

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spend not only on this sort of information evening and the information parent-teacher evenings that some of us attend but also attending staff meetings, and marking and preparing work at home. What I perceived last evening, Madam Speaker, was a very professional group of people who were prepared to explain what they were doing, and they were able to justify why they were doing it. It seemed to me that we ought to pay a great compliment to them and to their professionalism.

One of the things that came out of it, Madam Speaker, was something that gave me a great deal of pleasure this very evening, and that was that my youngest child read her very first book. It is a great milestone in life when somebody sits down and reads their first book. Of course she was entirely pleased with herself, and her dad could not be any prouder, let me tell you; so much so that I am prepared to stand up here and comment on it this evening.

Ms Follett: What was the book?

MR MOORE: The book was about tickling a dragon. That was the way of frightening the dragon off. Unfortunately, just at this moment, I cannot remember the title of the book. I was concentrating so much on helping my daughter read through it two or three times. The tickling of the dragon, first of all on the toes, and then the nose and then the tail and so forth, was well worth while. It was one of those great milestones in somebody's life that occur because the teachers help them in just that way. Madam Speaker, I would suggest to you and to each of the members here - those who can read - that it was probably a teacher who helped them.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 9.31 pm

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