Hornsby school chil­dren visit Par­lia­ment

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Politics - MATT KEAN Hornsby MP and NSW Min­is­ter for In­no­va­tion & Bet­ter Reg­u­la­tion

I was pleased to host 88 pri­mary stu­dents for a once in a lifetime look at NSW Par­lia­ment re­cently. The stu­dents, who all hold lead­er­ship po­si­tions at 22 Hornsby schools, had a tour of the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly and Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil. Both houses were in ses­sion and the stu­dents were treated to some lively de­bates.

Stu­dents at­tended with Prin­ci­pals, par­ents and teach­ers who all en­joyed the be­hind the scenes look at State pol­i­tics. Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian was able to pop in and spend some time an­swer­ing ques­tions. She was very im­pressed with the cal­i­bre of ques­tions that came from many of the stu­dents. One stu­dent, pos­si­bly a fu­ture politi­cian, tried to con­vince the Premier she needed to ban home­work!

The stu­dents also heard from Rugby League leg­end Brad Fit­tler and Waratah Youth De­vel­op­ment Coach and ex-player Pat McCutcheon who spoke about how to be a good leader. I par­tic­u­larly like what Pat told the kids about de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship skills:

“No-one is ever the best leader. Lead­er­ship is some­thing that’s pro­gres­sive - you’re al­ways learn­ing and al­ways de­vel­op­ing,” Pat said.

It’s an op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late th­ese stu­dents and en­cour­age them to con­tinue to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills. I hope some or all will one day con­sider us­ing those skills to serve our com­mu­nity.

Fund­ing boost for lo­cal schools

Pri­mary stu­dents across Hornsby will be ben­e­fit­ing from over $1 mil­lion be­ing in­vested in teacher ed­u­ca­tion. The Qual­ity Teach­ing, Suc­cess­ful Stu­dents ini­tia­tive en­sures schools have the funds to al­low teach­ers to con­tinue to train and im­prove their skills.

Schools will be able to de­ter­mine how this fund­ing is best spent to address an area of need. Thorn­leigh West Public School will be ben­e­fit­ing from an in­crease to over $100,000 in fund­ing this year, the equiv­a­lent of one ad­di­tional full-time teacher.

Prin­ci­pal Chan­tal Mamo will use the fund­ing to em­ploy five ca­su­als on one day to al­low a whole team of teach­ers to be re­leased from class. This group will work along­side an As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal to fo­cus on qual­ity teach­ing to en­hance stu­dent learn­ing.

Pen­nant Hills and Nor­man­hurst West Public will re­ceive $94,000 each, and Hornsby North and Hornsby South Public Schools over $100,000 each.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Rob Stokes has con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment will be spend­ing $88 mil­lion un­der the ini­tia­tive in 2017, up from $38 mil­lion last year.

The teach­ers of NSW public schools are cre­at­ing the fu­ture and em­pow­er­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple to make the most of their tal­ents. I be­lieve this fund­ing will bet­ter equip schools for their job of teach­ing and pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren in our public schools.

Waratah Youth De­vel­op­ment Coach and ex-player Pat McCutcheon, Rugby League leg­end Brad Fit­tler and the Matt Kean MP at the back, with 88 lo­cal pri­mary stu­dents

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