Page 2310 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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was a lovely ceremony at the Albert Hall, where the first formal citizenship ceremony took place in February 1949. But what Sheila is most looking forward to is being able to vote as an Australian.

Student photography festival

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (5.14): Over the last month my office had the privilege of hosting a year 12 student from Hawker College on work experience. Lily Kleeman has been a great addition to our team over that time. She is the one who has actually prepared this adjournment speech on something that is very close to her heart, photography.

It was announced that three very talented Hawker College students were selected to represent Australia in the 3rd International High School Student Photography Festival by winning the annual Australian competition. The theme this year was, “What are you proud of about your town?” Their submissions showed off some of the natural beauty that we enjoy here in the ACT. This is not only a great opportunity to show the world the fantastic environment around us, but also the skill of our students to capture it and put it on display.

Sally Witchalls, Alex Williams and Grace McGurgan will be going to a festival which is held in the international town of photography, Higashikawa in Japan. Sally, Alex and Grace will be heading off at the end of June where they will join up with entrants from 13 other countries, all for the love of photography.

Two members of the group attended the previous festival, led by their very passionate and motivated photography teacher Mr Andrew Kay, who encouraged his students to take a leap and attempt to take their photography internationally. They would like to thank him for the work he put in and for believing that they could achieve this unique opportunity. This is an incredible accomplishment and puts on display some of the amazing opportunities that school students have today in the ACT. Well done to these fantastic young women for their initiative and for taking great pride in our wonderful home of Canberra. I, with Lily, wish them the best for their international adventure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.17 pm.

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