On May 30 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Hart, who will be representing the Nicklin Electorate in the Youth Parliament.
Ben is a student at Nambour State College and is looking forward to the experience and reporting back.
I look forward to opening the Youth Parliament on the 27 October
On the 29 July 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the senior and junior school assemblies at Nambour State College to say thank you to the students who volunteered at last month’s Sunshine Coast Show.
I presented each student with a community service award in recognition of their work and for being role models for other to follow.
On behalf of our community, thank you.
Peter Pictured with Men's Shed Members and students Jacob, Cooper and Mitchell
As a big fan of the Men's Shed concept I am pleased to see our Nambour Men's Shed and our Nambour Primary School entering into a project, which I believe will be beneficial to both groups. The Men's Shed have been looking for a new home and as a result of a call out for space we are seeing a great new partnership developing with the School. The Men’s Shed members will be teaching wood work to a small group of students on a weekly basis.
The aim of the project is:
• For boys from single parent families (usually mum only) to work with men who are positive role models to help boost their self-esteem and confidence and learn wood working skills.
• To enhance engagement of the students in school and in learning
• To reduce student absences
• To connect the community by making links from Nambour State School to Nambour Men’s Shed and
• To use the manual arts space more effectively.
I see this project as a win win situation for the school and the Men’s Shed and I commend both the Men’s Shed and the School for getting behind such a great cause.
I had the opportunity to talk about our very own Cooroy State School in Parliament on April 3, 2014. Here is what I had to say:
Last week I had the privilege of visiting Cooroy State School. I congratulated students, parents and staff on the school's efforts in raising over $600 to assist the plight of drought affected farmers and graziers in Queensland. Media coverage of the drought in Central Queensland touched the hearts of many students at our school, with some school families also being directly affected as they struggled with lack of water and having to handfeed their own cattle. The money was raised through a `dress like a farmer day' where staff and students got in the act and dressed up in their best farm gear and brought a gold coin donation to school for drought relief. The response from students and staff was absolutely terrific. Special mention goes to Georgia from year 1 and Jim from year 7, who also had a big, fake, grey beard.
The community involvement of Cooroy State School does not end there. Students also recently held a care and share morning where they entertained over 40 elderly people in our community. The entertainment consisted of song, dance and music followed by a wonderful morning tea. But there is more. Staff and students were involved in Clean Up Australia Day and this year 22 school students from Cooroy State School, their leaders, will attend the Anzac service at Anzac Square here in Brisbane. Our students will also participate in our local Cooroy Anzac Day service ceremony. On behalf of our whole community I say thank you to our new school principal, Mr Des Deighton, for allowing our students to reach out to others in our community so that these students can also learn how good it feels to helps others.
It was a pleasure to meet with the 2014 Youth Parliament Member, Jasraaj Singh. Jasraaj is a year 11 student from Nambour High School and is excited about being selected to represent Nicklin at the upcoming Queensland Youth Parliament. I am looking forward to hearing back from Jasraaj about her Parliamentary experience.