Official Visit to Beaudesert State High School
Thank you, Miss Schmidt, for your very kind welcome.
I acknowledge the Aboriginal custodians who traditionally tended these lands; it is very important that we all understand our Indigenous heritage, it helps us understand who we are now as Queenslanders, as Australians.
Kaye and I are very excited to join you here today on our first visit to Beaudesert since I was sworn in as your Governor in July 2014.
And I am very pleased to see the Governor’s Personal Standard flying at the School this afternoon. That means the Governor is in town – and I can tell you, he is extremely proud and honoured to be here.
I didn’t grow up in Beaudesert, but I did have a very happy childhood in regional Queensland – in Longreach in western Queensland, and then Maryborough, and the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich.
I know some of you may doubt my saying this, but I really believe that, by contrast with your peers in the city, growing up in a regional centre gives you a real advantage – you are imbued with the uplifting spirit of regional Queensland; it will serve you well, I am sure, in your future endeavours.
I look forward to seeing how that wonderful community spirit sustains this School, and the wider Beaudesert region, when I tour both this afternoon.
The other piece of advice I want to give you is simple: give of your very best in all that you do.
That, for me, has been the key to whatever success I have achieved.
This also applies to your friends and family – make sure you thank those who support you. And to your teachers: be nice to them!
I had to, but my parents were also my teachers…
Thank you to the Principal, Mr Smith, and the staff and administration for supporting our visit here.
It is a great pleasure to visit your school, and I wish you all a most successful year.