Page 2149 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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I would also like to take this opportunity to again urge all the members of this Assembly to personally engage with our multicultural communities. I encourage each of us to increase our curiosity and compassion so that they can get to know and understand our migrant and refugee communities better than ever before. There is much to learn from those who have roots in cultures that are different to our own and who have a desire to share the best of these as they continue to make significant contributions to our city and this nation.

In conclusion, I once again wish to express my best wishes to the Samoan community in the ACT, including those volunteers who sacrificed many hours of their lives to plan and execute events and serve community members. I look forward to learning from their example of generosity and kindness and being included as part of their community as they grow and continue to bless and help their community members and neighbours in this territory.


MS ORR (Yerrabi) (6.19): I rise to speak about the new public primary school in the north Gungahlin suburb of Taylor. The school is currently under construction and residents are, as you can imagine, quite interested to hear when it will be completed and what it will be like. So I would like to take the time this evening to update the local community.

The school will be a modern school facility that will cater to 176 preschool and 600 primary school students and will open in term 1 of 2019. Planning for the school also allows for accommodation of an additional 150 primary students and the potential for a years 7 to 10 expansion if required to cater for future growth.

The new school will also include a resource centre, canteen, out of school hours care facilities and a great outdoor learning and play area. The school will be the first community facility provided in Taylor, including two playing fields, and the wider community will be able to hire the school hall, oval and meeting rooms for a range of activities and gatherings. There will even be storage facilities for community groups to store their equipment and resources.

Like all ACT public schools, the new school will deliver the Australian curriculum with specific facilities to enrich learning in the arts, music, and science and technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM—to ensure we are equipping students for the best possible future.

The priority enrolment area for the new school includes the suburbs of Moncrieff and Taylor, with Casey included as a shared PEA zone with Gold Creek School. The construction is well underway, and the school will be opened from the start of term 1 2019, but the school needs a name, a logo and a uniform.

Consideration was given to naming the school after Florence Taylor, the person who the suburb of Taylor is named after. However, the name Florence Taylor primary school was considered to be too similar to the existing Taylor Primary School located in Kambah, as well as Florence Taylor Street in Greenway, and there was concern the

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