John Clancy Auditorium at the University of NSW hosted the Annual OLSH Presentation Evening this month and I was very pleased to be able to attend. Items from the school choir and vocal ensemble as well as spirited performances from the school drama and dance companies highlighted the well-rounded and multitalented nature of the school's students. OLSH's commitment to academic excellence was also clear throughout the night with a number of students achieving first place in five courses and one student achieving first place in six largely unrelated subjects – exceptionally impressive.
I would like to particularly acknowledge two students and their achievements – Alana Novak and Jordan Parsonage. Alana was the recipient of my Outstanding Leadership Award and has recently been elected as School Captain for 2013. Her nominating citation read as follows: " Alana is an outstanding leader in our College. She is a great role model to the younger students and represents the college with distinction. Her contributions range from social justice to the sporting arena and performing arts.". Alana is clearly a young woman with a great deal of potential and I wish her well as she enters her final year.
Jordan Parsonage was the fitting recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin Award for 2012. Named in honour of the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron de Coubertin the award recognises a sportsperson who best embodies the Olympic Spirit and ideals of sportsmanship. Jordan represented her school in a range of sports in 2012 including Touch Football, Dance, Netball, Athletics and Cross Country and I congratulate her on this significant achievement.
OLSH Kensington is one of a range of schools that are relatively new to me in my role as Member for Heffron, I must thank College Principal Ms Libby Denny and Fr. Peter Robinson MSC, College Chaplain and Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Kensington, for making me feel so welcome in the school community. In 2012 OLSH Kensington marked its 99th Year and I look forward to building a strong and productive bond with the school community as it moves into its much awaited Centenary year in 2013.