Beechworth Secondary College SRC hear Parliamentary praise
Posted September 13, 2017
Members of Beechworth Secondary College SRC were present to hear Cathy outline the schools' many accomplishments.
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (13:43): Colleagues, can you join me in welcoming the representatives of Beechworth Secondary College student representative council to parliament?
Honourable members: Hear, hear!
Ms McGOWAN: It's great to have you here. To teachers Storme and Kelly and to Owen, Madelaine, Wajiha, Sarwar, Annika, Madison, Liam, Tayla and Lloyd: I'm so pleased to have you here and acknowledge your leadership in our community. You represent so much of what's good about my electorate of Indi. Colleagues, over lunch these students have told me some of the things they love about their school. They have been involved in a solar challenge in Albury. They've entered a team in the Brave Hearts dragon race. The senior boys' hockey went to the state final. The under-14 footy team, Beechworth Bushrangers, won the local footy competition. Asha Bright from year 7 and Indigo Walker-Stelling from year 9 entered the battle of the bands and made the state final in Melbourne. There were 90 bands in competition. One song performed and written by Asha was judged best original song—a huge achievement for a country school.
Over lunch the students told me that what they love about their school are the teachers and the opportunity to work in their community, to deliver meals on wheels. I am so proud to say that these young people are now involved in lobbying the Victorian government to lower the standard age for probationary licences to 17 so that across the border we can work with New South Wales to make sure our kids can access jobs. Welcome, everybody.