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Thursday, 23 August 2001
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Mr RUDD (11:25 AM) —On Sunday, 19 August, I was privileged to be able to attend the 11th Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges music festival hosted at Villanova College, and also the vocal component of that festival hosted at Loreto College. Both colleges are located in my electorate of Griffith. There were some 5,000 student participants from across the state of Queensland. Sixty different schools participated in 200 separate events. This was a remarkable occasion that demonstrated the quality of musical achievement which has been reached across schools belonging to the Queensland Catholic school system.

To host an event like this required an enormous volunteer effort. There were some 400 volunteers involved for the three days during which this festival was held. I would like to pay tribute to those who put in a particular effort. Mr Keith Druery, who was primary principal at Villanova for 25 years, initiated the festival some 11 years ago and is now its PR officer. He is most passionate about the continuation of this event because of the enormous contribution it makes to the musical development of our young people. I would like pay tribute to Darryl Williams, Director of Villanova; Alison Schrauf, the music secretary at the school; Richard Magnus, President of the Music Committee; Sandra Magnus, Secretary of the Music Committee; Ian Bacon, Treasurer of the Music Committee; Nancy Bacon, assistant treasurer; Bruce Bayliss, vice-president of the committee and coordinator of the canteen, and Gayle Bayliss; Chris Ebbage, coordinator of the canteen; Maria O'Connor and Cliona Mulcahy, who jointly coordinated at Loreto College; Anna Jack, who has worked tirelessly at the festival for many years; Trish Ryan, who assisted at the front desk of Villanova College for the entire weekend; Bruce and Christine Mellor, who assisted all these young participants with their warm-ups; Karen O'Shea, who assisted with the running of the canteen; Ray Ninnes, the past president of the committee, who compered and assisted in many areas; and Carmel Drake and Barry Zinglemann, who assisted with a huge amount of behind the scenes work. What is particularly remarkable about the contributions of Karen, Ray, Carmel and Barry is that they no longer have children at the college.

When we look at the results of this festival, we see how well a number of our southside Catholic schools have done. Villanova College itself won some 18 medals: seven gold, seven bronze and four silver. Lourdes Hill College won some seven medals altogether. Loreto College won five medals. Iona College won three medals. Medals were also won by Mount Carmel School, Clairvaux McKillop, St Peters and St Paul and St Martins.

I would like to pay tribute to Villanova College and to Loreto College for hosting this event, not simply because of the success of their respective colleges but because of their longstanding commitment to pulling this event together. The musical development of our young people is an important and central part of the overall academic development of the next generation of Australians. I commend the organisers of this important event.

On Saturday, 18 August, I attended the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Morningside State School. The Morningside State School is an important primary school in my federal electorate of Griffith. I would commend all those who have been associated with its important anniversary celebrations. The anniversary celebrations were coordinated by Debra McQueen. Were it not for Debra's personal efforts on this score, these celebratory activities would not have been as successful as they were.

Former noteworthy students from the school include Matt Foley, the current Queensland Minister for the Arts; Jack Houston, the former state member for Bulimba and former state Leader of the Opposition; and Sharon Humphreys, the Councillor for Morningside. In fact, Sharon is a second generation student at the school. Sharon's mother, Beryl Humphreys nee Dixon, wife of the former federal member for Griffith, Ben Humphreys, was also a student at that school. Others include Shane Lewis, the famous Australian swimmer, and some families who had been attending that school for several generations, such as the Amos family.

The current committee of the P&C which also assisted with these celebrations is headed by president Roy Masters, vice-president Cherry Van Ryt, secretary Sandra Dawson and treasurer Victoria Jensen. Under the leadership of the principal, Pam Singleton, this has been a singularly successful event. The celebrations themselves included a rollcall on Saturday the 18th. We had four students from the original enrolment day of 1926, including the son of the then state member for Bulimba who took the petition to the state parliament to establish the school back in 1926. In the evening we had a dinner for some 250 former students, which I was pleased to address. I commend Morningside State School on their 75th anniversary celebrations and wish them well for the future. (Time expired)