ADJOURNMENT – 30 March 2017
Madam Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise today to commend the Friends, Parents, Students and Staff of Burgmann Anglican School for volunteering so much of their time and effort in organising a wonderful, fun and successful community fair last Friday afternoon. Widely dubbed as one of the most popular events of the Gungahlin community calendar, the fair delivers an enjoyable afternoon of family entertainment and showcases the wonderful community spirit of my electorate of Yerrabi.
The annual community fair is Burgmanns single biggest fundraiser and is organised solely by volunteers, it boasts an estimated 3000 attendees annually and sells over 6,000 raffle tickets before the day of the fair alone!
Over the years the Burgmann Parents and Friends Association have raised funds to enhance and strengthen the education experience for students and teachers alike. Funds raised during previous events have directly contributed to purchasing books for Valley and Forde libraries, leadership training for students, science and maths resources, guest speakers for students and teachers, a long term lease on a 22-seater school bus, school solar panels, shade sails, a new sound system for the Forde campus hall, outdoor seating, musical instruments, renovations to the school cafe, ipads and other enrichment resources.
Let me take a minute to set the scene for you Madam Speaker... jumping castles, pony rides, a petting zoo, reptile shows, an invasion of Daleks, a Nerf battle arena and food stalls. Pretty much all you could ask for and more, wouldn’t you agree?
Over the course of the day many small competitions are held for students which include arts & craft, photography, cake decorating, scarecrow designing, and Lego building. I was honoured to be asked to judge the Lego competition, but have to admit, to date, it was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my professional career! It was truly heart warming to walk among countless imaginative Lego designs that gave particular insight into the dreams and aspirations of our youngest contributors to society! And yes, Madam Speaker, I count batman, superman and R2D2 as genuine aspirations. Designs ranged from samurai dragon wars, replicas of the fair, spacecraft and fully sick race cars all the way to a happy aerial view of a bride walking down the aisle and tea parties with friends, and everything in between!
Burgmann also uses the fair as an opportunity to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation through ‘The World’s Greatest Shave’. This year over 15 students from Middle School and Senior School participated in shaving off their locks to raise money for the foundation, and successfully raised in excess of $5000 between them.
I would like to quickly mention some of the volunteers who helped bring this incredible day together, Michelle Murphy
Wendy Preston, Deb Shannon, Karen Spedding, Beverley Clench, Tracey Jacob, Lyndall Muller, Lisa Weissel, Salena Kulkarni, Ana Hoogewerff, Averil Haidar, Rebecca Sporic, Trish Brodie, Kelly Robbins, Stephen Anthoney, Joel Anderson, Melanie Spencer Leanne McKenzie, I apologise if I left any one out. I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Principle of Burgmann Anglican School, Stephen Bowers, who remains a champion for our community.
Well done Burgmann, and thank you once again to the many volunteers of our community for putting in so much effort and sacrificing so much of your time in order to bring together such a wonderful event. I certainly look forward to attending next year’s fair!
To watch my speech in the Chamber, click here.