Mary MacKillop College - 2 December 2015

Friday 05 February, 2016

Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 17:44 :18 ): As tempting as it is to rebut the member for Waite, I would like to quote Bon Jovi:

We've gotta hold on ready or not. You live for the fight when it's all that you've got.

Deputy Speaker, I wanted to quote—

The Hon. T.R. KENYON: Surely it is against the standing orders to quote Bon Jovi, surely, for the good order of the house.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! I just wish he had sung it.

Members interjecting:

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! I just wish he had sung it because I would have known what he was saying. Member for Hartley.

Mr TARZIA: I wish to speak about a couple of functions I recently attended in and around my electorate. Firstly, the Mary MacKillop College had its awards ceremony last night, which followed a mass before. It was a wonderful evening. I congratulate Mrs Kath McGuigan as well as the school board, parents, teachers and volunteers who make the school such a wonderful community that it is. After an official welcome, we saw many students presented with service and leadership awards from years 8 to 12, academic awards, subject awards, special awards and a principal's address.

I want to take some time to congratulate especially the recipients of the special awards at the college. The Patrick Bourke Challenge Perpetual Trophy for Public Speaking went to Stephanie Sinclair. The Gleeson Outstanding Athlete Award went to Jade Boffo. The Leanne Hall Geography Award went to Charanjit Kaur. The Joanne McFarlane (Golding) Award for Outstanding Service to Liturgy went to Laura Santucci. The Girardi Performing Arts Award went to Melody Abram. The Mary MacKillop College Social Justice Award went to Elyse Gambell. The Sister Mary Harradine Award for Service to School Music went to Brooke Marchetti. The Max Harris Young Writer Award went to Claudia Mazzone. The Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise—and that Rotary Club values community service extremely well, they donated two prizes which were awarded last night by Mark Thompson—Service Above Self College Community and Service Above Self General Community were respectively awarded to Kylie Do and Laura Santucci.

The Mary MacKillop College Old Scholars' Award went to Nicola Sapio, and I congratulate her. The Caltex Best All Rounder Award, obviously awarded to the best all round student, was awarded to Kelsey Cremasco and I congratulate her. The Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards for year 10 was awarded to Vanessa Bianco and for year 12 went to Elyse Gambell, and they were presented by Kath McGuigan. The Principal's Leadership Award was awarded to Stephanie Hoang and Carla Saponari, and I congratulate those students on receiving those awards. The recipient of the Mary MacKillop Award 'In all things Love' was announced at the ceremony and I congratulate that student for receiving that award as well, I believe it was Elyse Gambell.

Kath McGuigan, the principal, gave a fantastic speech at the end of the ceremony. She encouraged us all to be grateful for what we have and for the students to be truly grateful for Mary MacKillop and what she did for the school. I would like to reiterate that gratitude because what they have there is a fantastic community. I also thank the staff, the students, parents and friends who make the school community what it is.

I recently attended the St Joseph's School, Hectorville, blessing and official opening of the new learning spaces. I congratulate the school, the board, the committee, parents and friends, teachers and the broader community at that school for what they have done. If you go to that school you can see some fantastic refurbishment which has occurred. There is well over $1 million in investment in that school. I know that the school community, the students, the teachers and the parents, will benefit for many decades to come because of the foresight at that school and the investment that has occurred. It has only occurred with the work of the school, the committee and the parents working together, being long term in their thinking and very strategic. I congratulate them and I wish them all the very best for their upcoming years at that school as well.