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Monday, 22 March 2004
Page: 26753

Mr TICEHURST (1:49 PM) —I would like to take this opportunity to commend the quality of teaching values emanating from some primary schools in my electorate of Dobell. Last week I visited Wamberal Public School and Wyong Grove Public School. The visit to Wamberal Public School was prompted by a letter I received from the school captains, Bridget Shepherd and Harry Hoolahan, who requested an Australian flag to display in their school hall. Wyong Grove Public School had also requested an Australian flag for their school. I think it is to be commended that the children of these schools think so much of the Australian flag that they wish to have it displayed so that they can really be involved as Australian citizens. I think this reflects the quality of teaching that they receive at these schools. As well, the behaviour of the students—their polite manners and presentation—is to be commended. I would like to make special mention of Mrs Ann-Maree Kelly of Wyong Grove and Mr Gary Crowther of Wamberal, who are the principals of the schools I attended. It is to be appreciated that these teachers are doing a great job. They are certainly bringing up students to be great Australian citizens, and I would like to wish them all the best.