22 October 2009

Students of Lismore's Kadina High School, who are sitting HSC exams in the midst of an inquest into the 2007 suicide of a student, have received special encouragement in the New South Wales Parliament.

Member for Lismore, Thomas George told the Legislative Assembly he wanted to reassure Kadina High students they have “the support of not only the people of Lismore but also all members of this House.”

He was backed in his comments by Education Minister Verity Firth who was in the Chamber at the time.

“The students, staff and everyone else associated with the school are going through a very trying period, and this must be an especially difficult time for the school's year 12 students,” Mr George said.

Mr George also conveyed his encouragement and best wishes to students of other high schools in the Lismore electorate, including Bonalbo, Woodenbong Central, Kyogle, Nimbin Centra, Murwillumbah, Wollumbin, St John's College (Woodlawn), Trinity Catholic College, Mount St Patrick, Summerland Christian College, Richmond River and Lismore.

“I pay tribute to the young people who have succeeded in getting this far. I stress to them that if they do not get the results they are aiming for it is not the end of the world.”

“As long as they know they have done their best they can set goals and get on in life if they work hard.”

Mr George admitted he wished he had listened to his parents and stayed at school longer himself.

“I convinced my parents that I knew everything and that I should leave school. I am still learning to this day and I now know that I should have taken that opportunity,” Mr George told MPs.

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