Page 99 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 13 December 2016

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Namadgi School Fete

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (5.26): I am pleased to speak today on the Namadgi School fete and to acknowledge and congratulate the Namadgi School community for organising such a fantastic event. On Friday, 18 November I had the great privilege of attending the Namadgi School fete. Namadgi P-10 school is only a fairly new school which opened in 2011, built by the ACT Labor government, and this was the school’s first ever fete. I am glad to say the event was a huge success.

As a proud Kambah resident it was great to have the opportunity to attend the fete as my first ever community event in my home suburb, and I had the great privilege of drawing the raffle for the fete. Now, this was easily the largest and most impressive school fete I have ever attended, with entertainment, cake stalls, book stores, an impressive range of carnival rides and no fewer than three barbecues.

The event celebrated students’ achievements with activities, an art display, and performances from the school’s dance group, choir and band. This allowed the students to showcase what they have been learning in the school this year, and it was a great opportunity for Namadgi to showcase its innovative and broad curriculum to those in the community, as well as the fantastic facilities built by the government.

The fete is a sign that the Namadgi School is maturing, and it was great to see the active involvement of the wider Kambah community in the event. I would like to congratulate the principal of Namadgi School, Charlie Morrice, Rhodina Ellsion, who was the fundraising and fete committee coordinator, as well as the school P&C association, staff, students and all of the volunteers who were involved. Congratulations to Namadgi School, and I look forward to attending their future community events.

I also want to congratulate the Namadgi School on the graduates of the young doctors program that was recently featured in the Canberra Times. It was great to see the school being involved in such a great program, showcasing cultural activities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities here in the ACT.

60th Anniversary of the Hungarian revolution

Ms Liz Posmyk

MR DOSZPOT (Kurrajong) (5.28): I rise this afternoon on our first sitting of the ninth ACT Legislative Assembly to mark somewhat belatedly the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the 23 October 1956 Hungarian revolution freedom fight. I think it is appropriate as we have listened to the inspiring inaugural speeches of many of our new MLAs. The Hungarian revolution of 1956 was a world event that can give context to why we are here and a chance to reflect on the role and impact of government in democracy and freedom, which many in our community take for granted.

The last week of October in 1956 in Hungary was one of the most dramatic in the second half of the 20th century. The events that unfolded almost exactly 60 years ago

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