Page 339 - Week 01 - Thursday, 17 February 2011

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There was a lot of positive critical reaction to this film. Without giving anything away, it is a brilliant psychological thriller. I certainly commend it to all of our colleagues to go and see. The film has now been picked up by the Dendy Cinema, which is extremely useful from the point of view of promoting the film nationally and perhaps internationally. The film will be shown at the Dendy Cinema on two nights, 6.45 pm sessions both nights, Monday, 21 February and Wednesday, 23 February.

I commend everyone connected with the film for their very significant contribution to helping the Canberra film industry achieve another first. So my congratulations to Brendan Sloane and writer-director Scott Murden.

Covenant College

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.14): It is a pleasure to bring to the Assembly’s attention the community at Covenant College in Tuggeranong. Whilst it is, of course, some distance from my electoral of Ginninderra, I had the pleasure of visiting the school last Thursday, where I participated in a breakfast focusing on leadership. The breakfast was organised by the college’s chaplain, Reverend Greg Brien, and was an opportunity to engage with years 9 and 10 students on the subject of leadership.

Covenant College is a Christian school in Tuggeranong. I know that my colleagues Brendan and Steve have taken a keen interest in the college’s activities. Covenant College was founded in 1991, after many years of planning, beginning in Yarralumla with only one teacher and 25 primary school kids. The school moved to its present site in Gordon in 1993, and the secondary school commenced at the same time.

The college has grown considerably since its foundation, with 145 students now enrolled. Tomorrow, 18 February, will be a special day for Covenant College, as the college community gathers to celebrate 20 years at its annual foundation day. The administration, management and leadership of independent schools is by no means easy. The schools are reliant upon staff, parents, friends and students to carry their share of the load to ensure the ongoing viability and success of the schools.

Unlike public schools, which benefit to a greater extent from the stability, resources and administrative support of a government department, independent schools are self-reliant when it comes to administration and corporate knowledge. However, it is this self-determination, alongside active family involvement, which has helped bring about the ongoing success of the school.

As a small school, Covenant is dependent upon a small number of people to carry the heavy load of running the school. The staff of the college, led by the principal, Don Surtees, and bursar, Tim James, are dedicated to providing a high standard of education to all the students who attend.

The college is governed by the council and the college executive. The council is chaired by Jeff Buckpitt. Other members of the council are the secretary, Richard James, treasurer, Andrew Biggs, Rob Clements, Jo-Anne Elliot, David Houghton and Barry James.

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