Member’s Statement-GLENALLEN SCHOOL

Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (09:54:39): It was great to have the Premier out to the Mount Waverley district in April to visit the Glenallen School. Glenallen, under the guidance of principal Michael Cole, caters to students with a wide range of intellectual and physical abilities. Michael toured the Premier and me around the school showing off their great facilities, including the newly upgraded Tim Disken pool. The pool has been named after the Rio 2016 Paralympian gold medallist and alumni of Glenallen. Glenallen received $2 million in the 2016–17 budget and this funding has been used to modernise the pool facilities, change rooms and bathrooms to improve the accessibility for the students. Whilst there we met with the students of the S4 class and we discovered that they were coming to visit us in Parliament to learn about what we do here. So on 23 April the S4 students Ava Donovan, Ayva Crennan, Hamish White, Jack Gibson, Heidi Jones-Staebe and Shilpi Shah, alongside their teacher Deborah, visited Parliament, and we all enjoyed the tour. Glenallen has just turned 40 years old, and to celebrate they held an art exhibition, where I was lucky enough to pick up a beautiful piece created over the past two years by multiple classes with the help of multiple teachers. I want to acknowledge the whole school community, made up of teachers, staff, volunteers, parents and students, who make Glenallen the great school that it is. We are very lucky to have them in our area. I wish them all the best for the next 40 years.