Page 993 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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Motion by (Ms Gallagher) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

St Mary MacKillop College

St Anthony’s primary school

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.12): I recently had the opportunity to attend the St Mary MacKillop College’s opening mass which was celebrated at the Tuggeranong basketball stadium. It was an absolute pleasure to be there. It is a growing school, St Mary MacKillop College, and a wonderful school. It is a wonderful part of the Tuggeranong community. It is also my old school. So it was a particular pleasure to be there in attendance, along with a number of other people.

Mr Michael Lee, the school principal, was very welcoming of me and Mr Doszpot, who was also in attendance. I think Mr Michael Lee does a sensational job and is growing the school, which is always a good sign. It is always a good sign when you see schools growing. We know St Mary MacKillop College is growing in a very strong way and is continuing to play a really important role.

I wanted to recognise a few of the people who participated in the mass and also those people who contribute significantly to the school community. The mass was celebrated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, along with a number of other priests, including Father John Armstrong, supported by Deacon Vince Barclay. We had readings from Tim Walshe and a responsorial psalm from Lachlan Monger.

We also had a number of the college captains and leaders leading us in prayer. We had the college leader, performing arts, Tessa Hall; the house captain for Gurabang house, Grace Searson; Lewis Haskew, the Gurabang house captain from the Wanniassa campus; James Lewis, the Meup Meup house captain at Isabella campus; Ayrton Kiraly from the student representative council; James Hollands, the Mindygari house captain, Isabella campus; Sarah Thompson, the Mindygari house captain, Wanniassa campus; Kelsey White and Daniel Bizjak from the student representative council; and Adam Refki, the school captain.

We had in attendance the campus head, Wanniassa, Mr Paul O’Callaghan; Mrs Michelle Marks, the deputy principal, curriculum; and my old science teacher, the assistant principal, pastoral care, Mrs Lois White. We also had the campus head from Isabella campus, Mrs Sandra Darley, my old social science teacher. It was great to see them and many others, including other principals from around the city—people like Angus Tully and Greg Walker. I think Dave Austin was there as well.

So well done to MacKillop Catholic college for what was a great celebration for a fantastic school. It is always a pleasure to be invited to events at St Mary MacKillop College. It is particularly pleasing to go back to my old school. Thank you very much again to Michael Lee for having me and Mr Doszpot. It was a great pleasure for us.

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