Page 3465 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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world guiding as well as promise and law. They also work to develop their leadership skills and take part in informal and often formal leadership training.

Congratulations this year must go to Caitlyn Hitchins, Alpen district; Rachael Page, Gungahlin district; Jess Freeman, Murrumbidgee district; Sophie Cahill, Murrumbidgee district; Elizabeth Andersen, north Canberra district; Natalie Neshev, north Canberra district; Haley Parker, north Canberra district; Caitlin Weaver, north Canberra district; Skyla Robinson McEvoy, Queanbeyan district; and Kaitlin Luff, Yass district. Congratulations to all of them on achieving the junior BP award this year.

One of the other awards presented on the day was the BP award. This is often completed by guides aged up to 14 years old. A guide has to challenge herself in the same six core areas but at a higher level and complete 18 challenges and continue to develop leadership skills. This year’s recipients of the BP award were: Nicole Georgopoulos, Ginninderra district; Bronte Sheaves, Murrumbidgee district; and Clare Hoadley, Queanbeyan district.

The peak achievement award for young members of the Girl Guides movement is the Queen’s guide award. Senior guides are challenged once again to the six fundamental areas of guiding as well as attending formal state leadership training. Senior guides also develop a new or existing area of interest and choose a focus area to develop even further. Angela Christian-Wilkes from the Gungahlin district and Gabby Matthews from the Queanbeyan district were this year’s recipients of the awards.

I pass on my heartfelt congratulations for all of their achievements this year and hope they continue many more happy years in the guiding movement to come.

Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.05): I rise this evening to speak about the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre. The Hall school museum is located in the village of Hall, close to the ACT-New South Wales border near the Barton Highway. Hall was named after Henry Hall, the owner of the 3,492 acre property called Charnwood, which he was granted in 1833. The village was first gazetted in 1882. The first land in the village was sold in 1886, but development was slow. The Hall school building was constructed in 1910 and opened in 1911, with just 37 students. The school grew slowly and reached a peak enrolment of 189 students in 1981.

The idea of the school museum was first raised at the diamond jubilee of the school in 1961. The original school building was set up with old furniture and memorabilia and visitors were so impressed that they suggested the display should be maintained. In 1980 the use of the building as a museum was officially approved and support from the ACT Schools Authority was received in 1984.

The first honorary curator was Laurie Copping, who had retired in 1981 after 20 years as principal of the school. The museum was officially opened on 19 April 1986 by the then Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen. In 2004 the then Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, dedicated the museum to Laurie Copping as the “Laurie Copping heritage centre”.

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