Official Visit to Depot Hill State School
Mayor, Cr Tony Williams; Cr Drew Wickerson; Principal, Mrs Elizabeth Jacobson; staff, student leaders, students and all members of the Depot Hill State School community.
I begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands around Rockhampton, the Darumbal people, and I extend my respects and greetings to Elders past, present and emerging.
Graeme and I are delighted to be at Depot Hill State School today.
We greatly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful students, and their families, at this morning’s breakfast.
Just three weeks ago, on the first of November, I was sworn-in as Queensland’s 27th Governor at a special ceremony in Brisbane.
My main role as Governor is to represent Her Majesty The Queen in Queensland.
In fulfilling my important duties, I travel all around our State, visiting small towns like Baralaba and Woorabinda – like I did yesterday – and larger cities like Rockhampton.
What I have learnt from my travels so far, is that you do not have to go to a big school to make a big difference in your community.
You are part of a very special school community here at Depot Hill State School.
And while your School may be smaller compared to some other schools in Rockhampton, I know you have a proud history of providing academic, sporting, social and cultural pursuits for students.
That history goes all the way back to 1920 – more than 100 years, which is a lot older than me, by the way!
I was very pleased to hear the School was able to reschedule its centenary celebrations from September last year to September this year.
To help acknowledge this important milestone, I am very pleased to be burying the centenary time capsule in your grounds this morning.
Apart from history, and celebrating achievements, one of the other things I am most passionate about is encouraging young Queenslanders to read.
I am therefore also looking forward to reading this morning a children’s book, based on three cute, furry animals who live at the Governor’s residence in Brisbane.
I will leave a copy here for every student, so you too can share a love of reading with your friends and family.
Finally, I once again thank your Principal, Mrs Jacobson, and all teachers and students, for making Graeme and me feel so welcome today. We hope you have a wonderful rest of the year, and a very happy and safe Christmas. Thank you.