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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 620

Ms SAFFIN (1:47 PM) —I would like to congratulate Blue Hills College, a school in my electorate of Page, which was chosen recently as the New South Wales state winner in the primary school category of the Anzac Day Schools Awards. You can imagine how excited the students were, particularly the teachers and the principal, about receiving this honour. On the day of the presentation—we had a lovely ceremony—I said to the children: ‘This is really awesome. You’ve not only won this prize whereby you get a commemorative plaque and a cheque for $1,000,’ which I handed over to them, ‘but you were first in the state.’ They knew all that, but it was lovely to see the looks on their faces when they realised it was such a big deal. It was nice to be there. It was also lovely to be there with Vietnam veteran Ken Jolley, Cec Harris from the local RSL, Allan Hodge from the RAAF Association and 41st Battalion Captain Warren Walsh. I would really like to put on the record the good work of teacher Mrs Helen Hill, who helped the children and made sure they got that attention. (Time expired)