On Thursday 11/5 two of our Year 12 students, Omri and Isabelle, had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Sydney for the NSW Parliament Leadership Program. The morning was spent visiting NSW Parliament, where we, along with leaders from many other NSW schools, were introduced to a number of members of the NSW Legislative Assembly, including the member for Ballina, Tamara Smith. They spoke to us of the electorates they represent, how the parliament works, and the value of democracy. We then had the opportunity to view a sitting of both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council, both of which were debating some interesting changes to legislation.
After lunch we walked over to Government House for an audience with His Excellency, the NSW Governor, General David Hurley and his wife Dame Marie Bashir. We had to be briefed on the appropriate way to address the Governor, by calling him “Your Excellency” and following this with a small bow. Both students bowed with aplomb! After a tour of the resplendent Government House we sat down quietly waiting for the Governor to arrive and address the group. Surprisingly once His Excellency had introduced himself at the front he called on Isabelle to approach the stage, where he gave her a paper bag containing a gift. Isabelle saw inside was a jar of “Isabella” Honey. Can anyone guess why the Governor gave Isabelle a jar of honey?
After the address afternoon tea with the Governor was served on the Terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour, a beautiful spot to end an informative and inspirational day. Our students did us proud!