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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 3 August 2017) . . Page.. 2510 ..

lives of many families living in south Tuggeranong. Other people attend from Jerrabomberra and rural estates like Burra and Googong and Royalla. It was a while ago, but my kids attended Holy Family Primary School, and now some of my grandchildren are attending the school.

Holy Family has a current enrolment of around 660 students, from kindergarten to year 6, and 110 preschool students, supported by dedicated staff. The school provides a wide-ranging and rich curriculum incorporating literacy, numeracy and information and communications technology. Furthermore, the students are taught life skills such as respect, cooperation and independence. The new block at Holy Family provides students and staff with access to two new classrooms and an amenities block. Up-to-date educational facilities play an important role for students in their learning. These new facilities have incorporated modern education research so that students can maximise their learning.

During the opening I was privileged to meet many supportive and passionate parents, teachers and students who are very excited about the new classroom block. The opening of the new facilities was also a reflection of the strong sense of community, with many engaged parents and community members. The official opening was accompanied, of course, by a delicious morning tea. I am sure the school community would like me to pass on once again their thanks to the commonwealth government and the wider school community—parents and other members of the community—for funding this project. I would like to acknowledge the principal, Ms Anne-Marie Marek, the chair of the school board, Mr Brett Mulvey, as well as the many staff and parents for their ongoing efforts in fostering a great educational environment for the students of Holy Family primary.

Hands Across Canberra

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.17): I rise today to express my gratitude and support for Hands Across Canberra, a foundation that provides a simple, direct, cost-effective, flexible and financially secure opportunity for Canberrans to contribute to our local charities here in the ACT.

Hands Across Canberra achieves this in a number of ways. First, it provides a vehicle for people and businesses to conveniently and actively engage in philanthropic activities to address a wide range of issues in the ACT community. Second, by building a permanent fund and generating increasing resources, Hands Across Canberra has been able to use these tools freely in order to meet Canberra’s current and ever-changing needs. By recognising and improving the capacity of donors and grant recipients, opening up new areas of social investment and exercising coordination and leadership in local philanthropic work, Hands Across Canberra supports and celebrates the community spirit and generosity that is at the heart of the ACT community.

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending Hands Across Canberra’s 2017 grant announcement at Canberra City Care, which operates a number of services for the community in west Belconnen, in my electorate of Ginninderra. This valuable

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