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 at Mount Nebo State School Mount Nebo

Official Visit to Mount Nebo State School

Principal, Mrs Robyn Burke; teachers; staff and students of Mount Nebo State School.

I thank Dakota for his acknowledgement of country. I too acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands, and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders. 

It is wonderful to be with you all this morning.

Learning about the people and places from around our State is one of the honours of being Governor of Queensland – and school visits like this are one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role.

I believe you have prepared a musical performance for today, which I very much look forward to hearing.

This is my first visit to your School, and I must say how lucky you are to be able to learn in such a beautiful, natural environment.

I was interested to hear about your School’s approach to outdoor learning, particularly your Forest School.

Having the opportunity to explore your environment as a part of your learning is a real privilege, and it is something that I do hope you take the time to appreciate. I am sure this experience will serve you well on your learning journey, here at Mount Nebo.

Shortly, I will be reading a book to the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students in the lower level classroom, which features Queensland’s Vice-Regal Dog, Gavel.

Gavel tried doing lots of different things on his journey, before he found the job that suited him at Government House. Those who met Gavel along the way, offered him encouragement for trying his best, even when he did not succeed, and that made him feel much more confident to try again.

I encourage you to always look out for others, and in this way, help to keep your community strong.

Indeed, I am heartened by your own school’s motto of “consideration for others”. This thought is especially important in today’s environment, in confronting the challenges that we all face, together as a community.

Thank you, students, and your teachers for allowing me to visit your beautiful school environment.

I wish you, and your families, safe and happy times ahead.