NSW Governor enjoys high tea at Loyola’s Trade Training Centre
|The NSW Governor said she was impressed with the trade training facilities |
|Year 11 Biology students were surprised when Her Excellency joined their lesson |
On Tuesday 24 July, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, visited the Catholic Trade Training Centre (CTTC) at Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt.
The Governor was invited to tour Loyola’s CTTC by teacher Clinton Boreham who knew the students would be inspired by her guidance and advice. Governor Bashir was greeted by Loyola’s principal, Robert Laidler, CTTC assistant principal Tammy Prestage and Catholic Education directors system performance, Sophie Ryan and Paul Menday, before touring the trade training facilities, including the carpentry and automotive workshops, hairdressing salon and commercial kitchen.
The Governor was also invited to observe a Year 11 Biology lesson and ended up teaching the lesson drawing on her own medical background as a doctor; so impressed with students she said she could see herself teaching more classes at Loyola.
‘I am overwhelmed by what I have seen here today, it is just so enlightened,’ said Governor Bashir. ‘I am sure I will be renewed with inspiration and energy after what I have seen here at Loyola and I’ve only had a glimpse of the magic that goes on five days a week.’
Following the tour, the Governor was treated to high tea at Loyola’s ‘La Cova’ café with Year 11 Hospitality students from the CTTC preparing and serving the meal as part of their assessment in entertainment.
‘I am full of pride to see these young people gaining these wonderful, never to be replaced skills,’ said Governor Bashir.
In speaking at length with the inaugural Year 12 CTTC students following the high tea, the Governor spoke about her own education and background in medicine and working with young people to encourage the students to strive in their endeavours.
‘I hope you get pleasure in everything you are learning and that you succeed in everything that you want to do,’ she said. ‘I might be the Governor but I have also worked for many years with young people and what I know is that what you have got here at Loyola is exceptionally precious.’
Year 12 student, Fayad Fayad, said he was really inspired by the Governor’s visit.
‘The Governor has really given me a good perspective,’ said Fayad. ‘It is inspiring to see people from the same background as us go on to be so successful and I feel really humbled by her visit. I hope it was an experience that she won’t forget either.’
|Year 12 student, Fayad Fayad (right) said he found the NSW Governor approachable and inspiring|
|from left: Sophie Ryan, Robert Laidler, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Tammy Prestage and Paul Menday|
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