Visit to Elanora State School
Assistant Regional Director, Department of Education and Training, Mr Darren Scott; Chair of the Elanora State School Council, Ms Katie Cox; Principal, Mr Taylor Hayley and Deputy Principals; staff; members of the P&C; special guests; boys and girls, good morning.
I respectfully acknowledge the people of the Yugambeh language region, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respect to their elders past and present, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples here today.
I am delighted to be visiting beautiful Elanora State School, and thank you all for making me feel so welcome.
I know your community has been through difficult times recently, with the floods affecting many, and the recovery process is still ongoing.
Yet, I also know that this event highlighted the incredible community spirit of people living in this region—proving that we are so much stronger when we come together to support each other.
As senior students, you will soon be moving from the primary school you know so well, to the new world of secondary school.
This change may seem a little daunting, but it is also tremendously exciting.
High school will give you amazing opportunities to develop your unique skills and abilities; it will allow you to make new friends, and to have interesting experiences.
Although I must say, I’m not sure anything could be as exciting as the “Slime Spectacular” that I believe is due to happen here in a few weeks time!
As Elanora State School students, you are well prepared to face the future with courage. Your school mascot of an eagle—the Aboriginal totem for this region—is one you can always keep in mind, as it symbolises bravery and strength, but also the ability to keep a keen eye on opportunities, while remaining focused on what you want to achieve.
But, even as you follow your own interests, you should always listen to and assist others, just as you should always seek guidance when you need it. In that way you are making sure our communities stay strong and connected.
I wish you all the best as you make this transition over the next few years.
And, I must thank your brilliant, dedicated teachers, as well as the family and friends in the school community who have helped prepare you for this change.