Kim O’KEEFFE (Shepparton) (09:50): I had the pleasure of returning to my former primary school, Shepparton East Primary School, this past week to present school badges to the school leaders for 2023 and the year 6 care teams. I always get so much enjoyment out of attending these presentations, and it is always extra special when you have a personal connection to the school. The children also really enjoy hearing about my time at the school, which I feel was not that long ago but in reality was many years ago. It also gives them the opportunity to think about their future and perhaps some political or community opportunities.
I congratulate the school captains Levi Baldy and Cameron Fossier; vice-captains Stephanie Vedeski and Zane Jemmet; and members of the junior school council Lexi Boswell, Tyler Betson, Georgia Sevolio, Sage Cormic, Ida McDonald, Tyler Jeanette, Emma Savic and Noah McDonnell. I also acknowledge the wonderful work the teachers and staff are doing at the school and the support of the families, as well as our hardworking teachers and staff across the region. I wish them all a wonderful year ahead.