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Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Page: 10030

Dr McVEIGH (Groom) (13:34): Last Saturday, I drove my 40-year-old Ford LTD out to Pittsworth—and I can assure you she'll go forever!—for the Pittsworth State High School Jubilee to celebrate their 50 years. What a day we had! It was fantastic to see a roll-up of staff and students past and present, of course, and lots of visitors to the school for this jubilee celebration. I've spent a lot of time in Pittsworth in my childhood and my adult years, in and around the town, working and pursuing social activities as well. Whilst I'm not a past student of Pittsworth State High School, I have plenty of mates who are. To see the community come together to celebrate after half a century, releasing a history book and having judo presentations and a jubilee concert, including a performance by the Pittsworth Amateur Theatrical Society, was a sight indeed.

I congratulate principal James O'Neill, P&C president Jeanna Lee and the entire Pittsworth State High School community past and present on a fantastic celebration in what is a magnificent town on the Darling Downs. Students from this school are well recognised throughout the country for their achievements and their advancement over the years. I'm particularly pleased to see so many of them focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths, particularly and most especially in relation to agribusiness, be it the grain industry, the cotton industry or intensive livestock around the area.