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Tuesday, 25 June 1996
Page: 2724

Mr TUCKEY(10.42 p.m.) —Mr Speaker, as you are aware, each year I bring two students to Canberra as part of an ongoing scholarship scheme held within the electorate of O'Connor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ansett Australia Airlines for its kind assistance in supporting this scholarship scheme.

This week I have brought the 39th and 40th students to Canberra and I am pleased to say that they are both in the Speaker's gallery tonight. The students are Jessica Carmody, a year 11 student from Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton, and Glen Brayshaw, a year 11 student from Narrogin Agricultural College. Both Jessica and Glen have written short speeches about the area in which they live and/or the school they attend. I wish to read these speeches to the parliament. Jessica writes:

Geraldton is situated on the Batavia Coast, 400km north of Perth. So named after the famous wreck in 1629 of the Dutch east Indian ship Batavia that foundered on a reef on the Abrolhos Islands sixty kilometres west of Geraldton.

Geraldton was settled in the late 1800's where it has become a regional centre and port for diverse industries including wool, wheat, beef, sheep, gold and mineral sands mining, wet line and rock lobster fishing and more recently, tourism. It now has a population of over 24,000.

All this makes the mid-west of which Geraldton is the centre a major contributor to the Australian economy.

Nagle Catholic College was commissioned in 1994, however the history of the college dates back much further. Stella Maris College was founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1891 and in 1926 the Christian Brothers opened St Patrick's College.

In the ensuing 68 years the two boarding schools catered for the education needs of the young men and women of the Geraldton and surrounding areas.

In the late 1980's the religious congregations agreed combining the efforts and resources of the two schools would enable them to better cater for their students. The care taken in planning the co-educational school has now borne fruit in the opening of Nagle Catholic College which is built on the rich history and traditions of its founding schools.

As a past student of Stella Maris and now at Nagle Catholic College I have witnessed the exciting and innovative first years of the amalgamation of the two schools under the guidance of our principal Brother Warwick Bryant. This year the college campus has undergone many changes with the construction of the new technology centre, classrooms, administration and the introduction of the great court, a central plaza within the school which has greatly enhanced the aesthetics and atmosphere of the college.

Our school is a valued and respected part of the Geraldton community. The school motto "for others" reminds us that the challenge of all education is to prepare young men and women for their mission in life to develop their talents and abilities and use them for the good of others. Nagle Catholic College caters for all the needs of its students; academic, social, physical and spiritual. I am proud to be a student of Nagle.

Glen Brayshaw writes:

Narrogin is situated 190 kilometres south east of Perth and has a regional population of some 23,000.

It is the centre for many and varied agricultural industries including wheat, sheep meat, wool, beef and dairy cattle.

Narrogin is also the home of innovative light industry including the construction of purpose built fire trucks for Western Australian Fire Brigade Services.

Narrogin Agricultural College resides in a beautiful setting with a number of small creeks flowing through its 1000 ha area and is in a 500 millimetre rainfall area. This college is a boarding school catering for 125 year 11 and 12 co-ed students. Some students then go onto the Muresk Agricultural University located 100 kms east of Perth.

The school concentrates on agriculture both in class and as practice on the farm. The school has a 2 week rotation between—one week in class, half of a week on farm and half of a week in manual arts.

Class subjects are animal husbandry, crops, pastures, senior English, farm economics as well as metal work, wood work, building construction and mechanics for farm vehicles.

Students rotate around each section of the farm over a season. The sections are pigs, poultry, workshop, sheep, butchery, general farm, cattle and dairy.

Students are trusted to use all types of farm vehicles and machinery, including two state-of-the-art tractors used for the seeding programme.

By the end of the course students can weld, do precision driving, and mechanical repairs.

The school promotes sport in and around the region competing in local leagues. The school also competes in country week, the Blackwood River Marathon, the Quit Cup football, winning in 1995, and in agricultural school carnivals.

The school has 3 classrooms, a library and a 22 terminal computer network system . . .

In house dining is supplemented with the school farm produce . . .

The school participates in the local shows such as the Wagin Woolarama, Dowerin Agricultural Show and Perth Royal Show. The school recently competed with success at the 1996 Sydney Royal Easter Show entering its stud cattle and gaining a 1st; 2nd and 3rd in three different categories.

Mr SPEAKER —The House congratulates our fine young members of the community from Western Australia and it is a delight to see young people like yourselves in the parliament. Thank you.