House debates

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Statements by Members

Anderson, Mrs Donna

1:45 pm

Photo of Bert Van ManenBert Van Manen (Forde, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

My electorate has some tremendous leaders in the field of education, and I would like to acknowledge one of those today, Mrs Donna Anderson, who is Head of College at Canterbury College. Mrs Anderson is an excellent example of how our schools need to think outside the basic curriculum to develop pathways where Australia's students can engage and achieve. Through the success of the college's strategic partnerships programs, Mrs Anderson has been chosen to speak at an educator research symposium at the University of Oxford in the UK. The strategic partnerships programs connect students with the real world and also develop personal relationships where staff network and collaborate with universities and businesses. Through this program, Canterbury College has been able to provide more subjects for its students, including robotics in kindergarten, as well as better facilities, including world-class science laboratories, and access to higher education programs though first-year university subjects and on-site training.

Mrs Anderson has gone above and beyond to drive cultural change at Canterbury and offer real-world, out-of-the-box experiences for students to truly discover their talents and passions. She is a true leader in the electorate of Forde, and I commend her hard work and commitment to the students of Canterbury College.