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90 sec statement - warm welcome to Wahgunyah Primary School to APH

Posted August 13, 2015


CATHY McGOWAN (Indi) (13:33):  It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome to parliament today 24 students and teachers from Wahgunyah Primary School. Wahgunyah is one of the jewels in the crown that is Indi—on the banks of the Murray, across the river from Corowa and up the road from Rutherglen.

The school was first established in 1857. Wahgunyah is also home to the famous Uncle Tobys cereal factory, many famous wineries, a terrific local post office and, most importantly, Craig and Margaret's servo!

The students today told me that they love their school. They love their teachers, they love the sense of community and they love the sports and activities. They tell me that everybody is nice to each other and that it is a very special school because it small enough for them to know and look after each other.

One of the highlights of the school is their commitment to drama and filming. The students tell me that their absolute favourites—for the members of parliament, this can be found on their website—are the top-hitting Naughty Kids At School and the Saga of Ned Kelly. Activities from the school and the theatre that they are doing will be featured on the ABC program called Back Roads being run in October.

Special thanks to teachers Dave Sexton, Rebecca Low and parent Brian Eales, for supporting the students today and to principal, Brendan Hogan, and to all the families who make these trips to Canberra possible. Welcome to the people's house.

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