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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Page: 2761


Ms SCOTT (Lindsay) (13:37): The Aboriginal word for laughter is kurrambee. Laughter is what you hear when you walk through the school gates of Kurrambee School in Werrington. This remarkable school turned 50 this year. This wonderful school is one of our nations longest standing schools for children with a disability, and they have long been one of the most respected. On Saturday night at the St Marys Rugby League Club we, along with the founding principle of the school, celebrated this remarkable milestone and the work that this fabulous school has done to help so many children and so many families. Graham Nicholls, now 80, the founding principal, remarked that Kurrambee was a lighthouse for special education. I do not think you would find a more dedicated or passionate educator. There are not many events where you turn up and the original founding principal is still there, 50 years later. I would also like to mention Harry Terry, another principal; Alan Cullen, the unstoppable and wonderful principal; Alan Booth; and, of course, the current principal, Lisa Moffat. This is such an excellent school, and I am proud to support such a fabulous community that works so hard with children with a disability. They provide solutions for these children. They give these children the opportunities that they deserve, like every child in Australia.