On Monday, 17 October, I attended the Viewbank College and Friends of Music gala concert at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre. Hundreds of parents and friends attended this annual event. My congratulations go to the head of music, Mr Andrew van Gemert, and the music staff — passionate teachers who enjoy their work and achieve stunning results. Needless to say, the impressive performances of the students reflect their dedication and application to their music studies. I extend congratulations to principal Judith Craze and to the school community on a great night of entertainment and celebration. Well done to Arthur Cichocki, the 2012 music captain, and Jack Naughton, for their leadership in these roles in 2011.
I also was pleased to host parents, friends and the senior concert band at Queen’s Hall at Parliament House earlier this month.
I know members enjoyed their performance. As a past student of Viewbank College I was humbled to have them here to perform, and the gala was very much a welcome encore.
Viewbank College is the school of choice for many families in my electorate of Ivanhoe. They entrust their children’s academic futures to the college. The teaching staff and school community achieve excellent academic results year after year. I recommit myself to advocating, with the college and the parent community, for secure capital funds to ensure that the quality of the college’s facilities matches the outstanding quality of education the school provides to over 1000 students.