House debates

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Statements by Members

Lalor Electorate: Education

1:51 pm

Photo of Joanne RyanJoanne Ryan (Lalor, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

In Werribee, October reminds us of lots of things—most importantly the spring racing carnival. The equestrian centre in Werribee becomes the quarantine centre for all of our international horses coming to Melbourne for that spring carnival. October is also about year 12s completing school. It is about exams. It is about the completion of assessment tasks and work requirements. It is about a celebration that goes on all year for all the work that has gone into improving those retention rates in our community, to ensure that our kids are getting the best start and the best education going forward. So I want to send out a big shout out to all the students across the electorate of Lalor who are preparing for their exams or finalising their work requirements for the VCAL program. I wish you luck in those VCE exams. I wish your families luck. I want to thank the teachers, the support staff, the school leaders—everybody who puts in to making school such a positive experience in the electorate of Lalor.

We have many, many schools in Lalor, all of them doing a fabulous job. I just cannot wait to see what sort of a job they will be doing by the time we get that student resource standard in every school for every child. When we get to that magical $12,193 per student in every secondary school across the electorate, imagine the retention numbers then.