PM vis­its school


John Key has made his­tory, be­com­ing the first Prime Min­is­ter to visit Alexan­dra’s Dun­stan High School.

The Prime Min­is­ter vis­ited the school dur­ing a visit to Alexan­dra on Thurs­day, as well as vis­it­ing a kinder­garten and high coun­try sta­tion.

Prin­ci­pal Brent Rus­sell said the visit was ‘‘an his­toric day for our school and our community’’.

Key de­liv­ered an in­sight­ful and in­spi­ra­tional talk to the stu­dents and told them to ’’dream big’’ and not to leave ‘‘anything in the tank’’.

He used his back­ground as a plat­form to pass on lessons he had learned from his Aus­trian-born mother who, at 16, left with her aunty and 18-year-old brother to live in the United King­dom dur­ing World War II.

His mother taught him to get qual­i­fi­ca­tions at school, to achieve what he wanted in life.

She also taught him, ‘‘you get out of life what you put into it’’ and ‘‘dream big’’.

‘‘You can sit around and think about all the things that hold you back and make life dif­fi­cult. The ques­tion is are you pre­pared to do the things that can change your own life? It doesn’t mat­ter what your own per­sonal as­pi­ra­tions are, it is just hav­ing them and own­ing them. Give it every­thing you have got and don’t leave anything in the tank. Look back one day and say, ‘I made the most of my life’.’’


Alexan­dra chil­dren Rocky Le­muelu, 4, Fletcher Cordery, 4 and Finn An­der­son, 4, with John Key.

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