Page 4335 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2005

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The deputy Principal, Mr Simon Vaughan, along with other members of staff provide a friendly, caring, supportive and safe environment for the students and their families. They recognise the differences in people and value these differences. They encourage all the students to be the best they can individually be and lead through compassion, understanding and mentoring. The support that Mr Vaughan and other staff have given to our family has had a significant beneficial impact on us.

I would like to commend Kaleen High school and its staff to you as a fantastic example of a government school achieving wonderful outcomes for students, their families and the community. I am not sure whether you have awards for excellent schools or have any way of recognising the wonderful job that this school is doing, but if you did I implore you to recognise Kaleen High for its significant contribution to the students of the school.

That is a lovely letter about a fantastic school and I hope that, by acknowledging it in the Assembly today, that is recognition enough for the efforts that the school goes to in order to meet the needs of the school community.

On the other side

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.52): I rise to advise the Assembly that I had the opportunity last month to see a play On the other side which was produced by the Canberra Youth Centre. The Canberra Youth Centre is the longest established youth theatre in Australia. The play was held on Turkey Hill at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. I went along with Ms MacDonald to have a look at the play. A group of scouts were visiting the reserve at the time and I encouraged them to come and have a look at the play as well.

On the other side is a quite exciting play. It took us around the Turkey Hill reserve and used the area of Turkey Hill, including rocks and other outcrops, as infrastructure within the play program. The Canberra Youth Theatre, the company, has been going since 1972 and has been a great feature of the Canberra arts industry, contributing to Canberra’s cultural climate and development by meeting the needs of the region’s young people in a field of performing arts.

The production On the other side was self-devised and breaks the limits of our perceptions of outdoor theatre performance. I quote from their site:

In a world of small things big things can change everything.

What’s on the other side?

A safe paradise? a white container? or someone who looks like your mother?

As the group went through the play, they took us to different positions on Turkey Hill and described their play. It is described here as:

… a fun and brilliant theatrical adventure where small things can show us how to be great! Where the endangered march on the road to Recovery and where protecting our biodiversity for future generations is FUN, as well as important.

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