I was delighted to attend a fundraising Family Breakfast at Mary MacKillop College earlier this month with the Member for Sturt, Christopher Pyne. This was a great morning that allowed for all the students and families to come together over a warm cup of tea and delicious breakfast to support Kick Start For Kids. Thank you Mary MacKillop College for a great morning, and congratulations to Kick Start For Kids for all the great work you do.
I love to attend the Norwood Payneham & St Peters Citizenship Ceremonies when I can to help welcome our new citizens to the community. Every time I attend these ceremonies I am thrilled by the amount of people who are so proud to become citizens of our great country. I encourage others in the community to attend these ceremonies and help make our new citizens feel welcome.
Reconciliation Week is an important time to reflect upon our nation’s history and to work towards healing for aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. This year’s theme ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’ was celebrated at Vale Park Primary School during their special Reconciliation Assembly. The students made some wonderful artworks about what reconciliation means to them which are scattered throughout the school, and there were also some fantastic performances from the students. Congratulations to all the students at Vale Park Primary for their beautiful work!
I was also delighted to attend St Joseph’s Memorial Pre-School with the Member for Sturt Christopher Pyne, where we presented the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. The students have been learning about Aboriginal culture and now they have two wonderful flags to fly in their school yard.
Following on from our Annual Austerity Night I was able to present a cheque for $917.50 to both Major Peter Anderson at The Salvation Army and to Operation Flinders. This money was raised on the night by generous donations from people in our local community who came along and enjoyed a mug of warm soup. This night supports two very worthy causes that are close to my heart and I appreciate the big turnout we receive every year. Thank you to all of those who attended and helped raise funds and awareness for these two vital organisations.
Following from our Austerity Night, I volunteered some time for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal where I collected donations from the kind constituents in our local community. It was great to stand on The Parade and be approached by so many people giving a donation, it really made me feel blessed to live in such a supporting and kind community. I can’t thank the Salvation Army enough for what they do for those who are less fortunate than us.
After serving as Principal of St Joseph’s Memorial School for almost ten years, Craig Fosdike will be leaving to become the Principal of St Martin de Porres. I was privileged to attend the farewell mass held for Craig at the St Ignatius Church, where many fond memories were shared. I’d like to wish Craig all the best for his new role.