05 March 2020
With parliament sitting across the first four weeks of the school year in 2020 it has been a great pity that I have had to miss many school leadership ceremonies and inductions across the north side. It is a great pity for me because they are probably among my very favourite parts of the job. In the spirit of International Women's Day this Sunday, and celebrating the achievements of our women, I would like to take this opportunity at least to recognise and congratulate some of the very meritorious young women in my electorate of Lilley who have been inducted as school leaders for 2020.
In Aspley State School we have Kate Fraser and Arrabella Leach. In Brighton State School we have Zara Patterson and Naja Kahn. In Boondall State School we have Francine Morris. In Craigslea State School we have Ruby Head, Olive jones and Talia Lanz. In Craigslea State High School we have Mikayla O'Flynn and Lillian Sampson. At Everton Park State School we have Tess Beaumont and Blake De Roode. At Nashville State School we have Francesca McAntee and Emily Butler. At St Anthony's Primary School in Kedron we have Vanessa Infanti and Olivia Loth. At St Kieran's Primary school up in Brighton we have Caitlin Peters. At Virginia State School we have Maleeka Shah and Madeline Eade. At Stafford State School we have Savannah Crispe. At Mary Mackillop College we have Poppy Clements and Maddison Wallis. At Mount Alvernia College we have Jeeva Ajimon and Sara Petroccitto. At Sandgate District State High School we have Amy Kubler and Madeleine Davies. At Geebung State School we have Sasha and Jessica. At Our Lady of the Angels' Catholic Primary School we have Maeve, Brianna, Brooke and Aniya. At Shorncliffe State School we have Emily and Kate. At Wavell State School we have Nadine, Alexia and Chelsea. Congratulations, girls. I am very proud of you all and looking forward to seeing you soon.
I would also like to recognise the trailblazing work of Lesley Hansen in honour of International Women's Day this Sunday morning. Lesley Hansen herself is a mother of three from Wavell Heights and the assistant Scout leader of the Wavell Heights Scout Group. In the 1970s Lesley was asked to be in a Scouts Queensland trial crew to 'see if women could be in scouting'. Lesley played a pivotal role in reshaping Scouts Queensland entirely from a male-dominated group to an organisation that sponsors young boys and young girls to develop confidence, resilience and leadership skills. In 1990 Lesley helped to create the Wavell Heights Scout Group, which still remains active today. Since then she has mentored more than 200 children in Wavell Heights. Lesley, thank you very much for your work in making Scouts a more inclusive and equal place for all of our young people and for all that you have done to mentor our young people across the north side. It is people like you, active citizens on the north side, that make our community so great. I'm very proud to honour you and your work this International Women's Day.