Paringa Park Primary

18 Oct 2018 speech

There are so many talented people in my community, and none more so than at Paringa Park Primary School in North Brighton, as I discovered when I had the privilege of being a guest judge at Paringa's Got Talent on 28 September. Seven weeks of auditions led to four junior primary and four middle primary finalists performing, and they were amazing. I'd like to acknowledge comperes Caitlin and John and contestants Portia, Ava, Ruby, Lachlan, Aadhya, Lyla, Rosie, Olivia, Maddie, Zach, Emma, Madz, Keira, CC
and Aryan and teacher John Osborne for putting on such a great show for the wonderful audience of students, teachers and families who cheered them all on. My co-judges, Principal Leanne Prior and specialist music/arts teacher Stephanie Hammond, and I had a really tough time choosing the winners. Congratulations to junior primary winner Lachlan Diercks and middle primary winner Zach Parish.

It takes a lot of courage to speak in front of people, let alone sing or dance or perform. Paringa's Got Talent beautifully demonstrated Paringa's values of bravery, caring for others, taking on challenges and trusting one another. Students Ella Bruce, Jessica Martin, Olivia Charters and Aryan Alavi also demonstrated how caring and thoughtful the Paringa Park students are when I presented them with the Australian and Aboriginal flags. My visit to Paringa Park Primary School was one of the most special events that I have attended this year. I am so proud to have these wonderful teachers, students and families in my electorate.