Page 3684 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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Trinity Christian School

MR WALL (Brindabella) (6.26): On Friday, 16 October I was pleased to attend the official opening of the Trinity Christian School’s trade skills centre. Senator Zed Seselja represented the federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham. Senator Seselja officiated at the opening ceremony of what is a huge boost to the Tuggeranong area and to the students at Trinity Christian School. I also note the attendance of other members representing the electorate of Brindabella here in the ACT Assembly, representing both the government and the opposition.

For the students at Trinity, the trade skills centre represents a launch pad for future training in a designated skills career. The centre at Trinity incorporates a teaching childcare facility, kitchen, play area and amenities as well as equipment. Since the start of this year, students in both years 11 and 12 have been completing a certificate III in early childhood education, with students next year also having the option to complete a certificate II in community services, allowing students to get a good head start in a chosen career path for post school or to gain a valid qualification and open up employment opportunities whilst they choose to continue further study at a tertiary level.

The trade skills centre is an innovative approach not only to students’ development and developing vocational skills but also to meet the desperate demand for quality childcare services within the Tuggeranong valley. The co-location of a fully operational childcare centre that is operated in conjunction with Communities@Work offers students not only the opportunity to gain the theoretical qualification but also the opportunity to put those skills into practice at the co-located childcare facility.

Trinity Christian School provides a unique learning environment for students in Tuggeranong. As their mission statement says, the school has the ultimate aim to help students reach their full potential and to develop spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically through a wide variety of learning experiences. The trade skills centre certainly provides a new level of learning experiences for students at the school. It deserves to be commended by all members.

I commend also the federal Liberal government for ensuring that vocational training needs are met and that the industries in need are getting the appropriately trained and qualified employees that they so rightly deserve. This is fostering a great initiative in my electorate of Tuggeranong. I commend Trinity Christian School and the community as well as the school principal, Andrew Clayton, for seeing this project through and ensuring that this vision has become a reality.

Tidbinbilla extravaganza

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (6.29): The ACT government strongly supports both the environment and encouraging Canberrans to go outdoors and experience our natural environs. Just a short drive from the city is the protected area Tidbinbilla nature reserve, spanning 54.5 square kilometres. I recently represented the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services at the annual Tidbinbilla extravaganza. It was

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