On Wednesday 15th June, Cunnamulla P—12 State School was privileged to host His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, AC, Governor of Queensland, and his wife, Mrs Kaye de Jersey. During their recent visit to Cunnamulla, His Excellency performed the duty of officially opening the Industrial Technology Resource Centre (ITRC).
At 11.00am, all staff, students and many community members were seated in the Undercover Area, awaiting the arrival of His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey. The ceremony began with the entrance procession of the Official Party which included His Excellency, Mrs de Jersey, Principal Mrs Campbell, Mayor Lindsay Godfrey, Andrew Brandon (Assistant Regional Director), and School Leaders, Charity Jones and Ellie Ferguson.
Deputy Principal Mrs Shinnie invited His Excellency to address the Assembly before officially opening the ITRC and unveiling a plaque. His Excellency spoke fondly of the memories he had of growing up in regional Queensland locations such as Maryborough and Longreach. He also made mention of the special rapport he feels with schools as his father was a State School Principal.
Following His Excellency, Mrs Karen Campbell addressed the Assembly, speaking about the importance of the ITRC, and of the recent opportunity for students to work with the Quilpie ITD teacher, Mr Roger Volz.
On completion of the Assembly, the Official Party inspected the ITRC and conducted a tour of the school library and the Prep/1 classroom.
His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey visited with Miss Hodson and Year 4/5/6H who were eagerly borrowing from the Library, as well as with Mrs Vos and the Year 8 students who were participating in an English lesson in the Library Annexe. His Excellency spoke with Mrs McLaren and Lexton Pender as the Official Party left the Library to conclude their tour of the school with a visit to the Prep/1 students who were busy completing their rotations in their classroom.
Invited guests, parents, carers and community members were invited to inspect the ITRC after the Official Party, and then enjoyed refreshments in the Common Room.