Page 2565 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 6 August 2013

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educational innovation. While the entire school was housed in one building, three or four classes worked together in each of the four open units. I congratulated the current school principal, Mr James Barnett, and his enthusiastic teachers and students on the wonderful things that the school is achieving for the community.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending, along with Mrs Giulia Jones, Watson Rosary Primary School’s 50th anniversary celebration mass and the unveiling of a specially commissioned, spectacular mural to celebrate the anniversary. On a bitterly cold day it was great to see so many of the school community, Mrs Moira Najecki from the Catholic Education Office, Canberra school principals and current and former teachers and students all join in celebrating this major anniversary.

The principal of Rosary primary, Mrs Maureen Doszpot, welcomed past Rosary Primary School principals. Six of the 11 previous principals were present, including the foundation Dominican Sisters, Sister June Peck, Sister Mauro Campbell and Sister Kath Maher, Mrs Meg Clarke, Mrs Moira Sutch and Mrs Anne Merner. Five other Dominican sisters who had taught at Rosary were also present. Previous assistant principals also attending were Greg Walker, Verlene Marshall, Vicky van der Sanden and Brenda Foley. Father Kieran Adams celebrated mass and blessed the mural.

The mural, whose designer is Michael Winters, formerly of Canberra but now living in Dubbo, shows pages of history being blown across its 17-metre length and depicts aspects of life at Rosary over the 50 years. The mural was painted on a board in Michael’s studio in Dubbo, transported to Canberra and erected at 6 am yesterday. It was unveiled by the first principals, Sister June Peck and Sister Mauro Campbell, and the first lay teacher, Mrs Marie Shaw.

Congratulations to all the Rosary school community, including the teachers, students and parents, for all the hard work that went into making this anniversary such a memorable event. There is still one more celebratory event, and that is the 50th anniversary ball this Saturday evening. I am sure this will be an exciting event as well and will provide a great opportunity for former students, parents and educators to celebrate, network and pay tribute to the contributions to Rosary Primary School over the past 50 years.

Dr Bourke

Canberra Airport

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.20): Before I get to the substance of my adjournment speech today, I would like to caution Dr Bourke for the implications that he makes in the chamber and the risk of overstepping the mark. This would not be the first time. It was about this month last year that Dr Bourke made a similar implication which Ms Bresnan referred to as particularly disappointing and basically low. So I would caution Dr Bourke to be very careful.

Now, to the substance of today’s adjournment speech, I would like to put on the record my support for the wonderful construction at the new Canberra Airport. The work that has been done from 2009 through to this year has been quite extraordinary and one that I think all Canberrans can be proud of. Of course, for so many visitors to

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