Page 239 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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back so that it could be re-auctioned where it got another $1,500 or so. That kind of generosity helped to raise around $40,000 which is fantastic.

I would like quickly to make mention of Rosary primary school. Recently I had the pleasure of attending their official opening and the blessing of the refurbishment of their school facilities. John Brennan, the chair of the Rosary school board, welcomed us there. Of course Ms Moira Najdecki from the Catholic Education Office was there. It was presided over and celebrated by Bishop Pat Power, and I pay tribute to him. Other people who participated included Elizabeth Greig, who is a Rosary parent; William Gibbs, a student; Jeff Yates from the Catholic Education Office; Steven Cetrtek, who was the architect there; Shannon Henry, one of the teachers; and also Maureen Doszpot, the principal.

Maureen Doszpot does a sensational job. Rosary is a wonderful school. I have had the opportunity to visit there a couple of times in recent months and attend their assemblies. I am always impressed by the students, by the parents and by what a really wonderful school community it is. I have put it on the record before, but I would like to thank them again for the opportunity to attend and be part of it. I pay tribute to all of the parents, to all of the teachers and, indeed, to Mrs Doszpot, who does a wonderful job for a wonderful school.

St Mary MacKillop Catholic College

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.23): Today, I had the pleasure of attending the St Mary MacKillop College honours assembly in my capacity as shadow minister for education and I would like to thank the principal, Mr Michael Lee, and his executive staff, Mrs Michelle Marks, Ms Sandra Darley and Mr Paul O’Callaghan, for the fantastic organisation that went into making the honours assembly such a great occasion for quite a few hundred students this morning.

The recipients today included Jordan Pitt, MacKillop 2010 dux. Jordan was also the recipient of the BSSS Indigenous student award of the year for 2010. The award for outstanding achievement in community service went to Monique Wilks, while the 2010 recipient of the Rohan Schultz per ardua ad astra award was Zac Marsh. The recipient of the 2010 Mary MacKillop award for Christian leadership was Monique Wilks, and the Caltex all-rounder awards for 2010 went to Jennifer Tabur and Patrycja Nowak. The 2010 principal’s award went to Alexandra Kellar.

Then we had the presentation of the Penola faculty awards:

The faculty of religious education: religious studies, Heath Cameron and Nelson Mendonca.

The faculty of English: Nelson Mendonca and Brendon Stephens.

The faculty of food and textiles: Grace Searson, Karina Bennett, Robert Tomati and Hannah Hollis.

The faculty of information technology: information technology, Paige Crowley and Brendon Stephens; business administration, Kimberly Budgen; media, John Culhane and Rhianne Wode.

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