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 at Sacred Heart Parish School Cunnamulla

Official Visit to Sacred Heart Parish School

Mayor, Cr Beresford; Sacred Heart Parish School Principal, Ms Crawford; Cunnamulla State School Principal, Mr Green; teachers, supporters and students of these two, wonderful School communities.

I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands, and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders.

Thank you for your wonderful rendition of the National Anthem, and congratulations to the students performing at the opening of the ICPA Conference at the Shire Hall today – what a credit these students are to this community.  

When I became Queensland’s 26th Governor in July 2014, I made a special pledge to visit all the communities of Queensland.

I am very glad to say, I have now visited Cunnamulla twice as Governor – the first time was in 2016, when I opened the Industrial Technology Resource Centre at the Cunnamulla State School, and now today!

There are many important aspects of my role as Governor: to represent The Queen in Queensland, to ensure the Constitution is enforced, and to visit and support people in every corner of our State.

Visiting girls and boys at schools is one of my favourite parts of the role.  

I particularly like visiting small, regional schools, like Sacred Heart Parish School and Cunnamulla State School, because I went to small country schools as a child – in Longreach, Maryborough and outside Brisbane.

Small schools provide you with big opportunities. You are all very lucky to be part of such strong, supportive school communities.

I was very interested to learn the Sacred Heart Parish School motto is ‘Become Who You Are’.

I have brought a special book today which I will shortly read in the Prep classroom.

The story is about Gavel, a very special German Shepherd dog, who wanted to work for the Queensland Police Service.

It turns out Gavel wasn’t well suited to life on the front line – he preferred pats, to patrols!

Gavel tried many other jobs, before he found his place greeting guests and wearing a special coat at Government House in Brisbane.

On your journey to ‘becoming who you are’, you might experience some ups and downs, just like Gavel.

But students, you should always try your best, and be kind to those who support you, including your friends, parents and teachers! That is how you succeed.

Thank you for welcoming me into your School communities. I very much look forward to viewing some of your schoolwork at the back of the Hall, and to speaking to many of you during my visit.