Official Visit to Jundah State School
Thank you very much for welcoming me to Jundah State School.
Did you know that the first Governor to visit Jundah was Sir Matthew Nathan, back in 1925?
And this school was the very first place he visited when he arrived in town.
Unfortunately, he was late – arriving after 4:30pm, so the students had to stay after class to meet him.
I can’t think that made him very popular!
Jundah State School is just as important to your community today as it was all those years ago.
It’s a special thing to come from the Outback, and to go to school here.
I went to school in Longreach, and the values I learned there still live in my heart today.
You live in the heart of Queensland, and the lessons you learn here at Jundah State School will stay with you long after you leave.
I know the students here at Jundah love reading and I know you all try to read every night at home.
I also know you love writing, and I really enjoyed all the wonderful stories you published in the school newsletter.
The motto of your school – “to strive is to succeed” – is really terrific, because it reminds us that learning is a job that is never finished, and when you are striving, and trying your best to master new skills, that is its own reward.
I know these visits take a lot of work, so I would like to thank your Principal, Chris Volker, your Cluster teacher Jenny Boyne, the teacher aides and the staff here at the school for making me so welcome. And I’d also like to thank the parents who play such an active and important role in the success of this school.
Thank you also to the students for your warm welcome, and I wish you all the best for your studies.