I’ve just had the most amazing time touring schools in the South West of Sydney. Everywhere I’ve been, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and appreciation of the students and teachers – and without hesitation, I can say that I have met some of the most respectful and beautifully behaved children I have ever encountered – anywhere in the world. Then there was the food – we found some pretty special little cafes and delicatessens on our travels too!
We kicked off our tour in Bonnyrigg with Mrs Grasso and her amazing students and finished up in Chipping Norton with Mrs Washington and a very enthusiastic crowd on a rather hot day. On the days in between we visited Harrington Street PS, Miller PS, Sadlier PS, Earlwood PS, St John’s Park PS, Milperra PS, William Stimson PS, Casula PS, Glenfield PS, All Saints’ Greek Orthodox in Belmore, McCallums Hill PS, St Therese Catholic Primary School in Sadlier, Clemton Park PS, Wiley Park PS, St Catherine of Siena in Prestons, All Saints’ Liverpool, St Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School in Greenfield Park, Edensor Park PS, Kemps Creek PS, Good Shepherd at Hoxton Park, Sacred Heart Cabramatta, Liverpool PS, and St Gertrude’s Smithfield. I also visited Blaxcell Street Primary School this week to present Suenna Jong with her special prize for winning the Premier’s Reading Challenge NewsLocal Words and Art Competition for her illustration from Roald Dahl’s The Witches. It was my pleasure to be ‘the prize’ and spend an hour or so with the students in Year 5 and 6.
I have loved touring in the South West – it was a privilege to work with the children and teachers – the emails and cards I’ve received have been absolutely heartwarming. I hope I get to come back again soon.