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It was definitely a thrill for two young Macleay Island State School leaders.

Livv Zaster and Thomas Purdy are two school leaders from the school chosen to meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he recently visited nearby Cleveland.

They were invited to the event by Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming a strong supporter of the Naplan assessment program and the school’s recent Naplan results.

Both island schools, Macleay and Russell Island State Schools achieved strong results.

Thomas and Liv were taken to the event by school principal Glenda Seawright on a magnificent day on the Raby Bay waterfront.

Fortunately, the Friendly Bay Islander was there too; and nicely positioned to capture the event.

Prime Ministers and politicians in general gravitate towards children and conversing with them. It was certainly the case for the young Macleay Island school leaders.

To say the students and principal Seawright were a bit ‘chuffed’ at the outcome, was correct. Surrounded by clicking cameras and phones, it was literally like bees around a honeypot.

The young students handed the situation extremely well, making principal Glenda Seawright immensely proud.

She told the Friendly Bay Islander: “It isn’t something that happens often but it was fortunate that the school captains of Macleay Island State School, Thomas Purdy and Livv Zastera, spent the morning with The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Prime Minister of Australia at Raby Bay Harbour.

“The invitation-only event proved to be a memorable experience because of the time spent talking with the Prime Minister.

“Macleay Island State School was publicly acknowledged as a school actively seeking ways to enhance student learning and well being by partnering with parents and families, other education and training institutions, local business and community organisations.

“Livv and Thomas were confident, articulate and proud to be young ambassadors for the community on Macleay Island,” Glenda Seawright concluded.

It isn’t often the Prime Minister comes to visit.

It is something the young students may well remember for the rest of their lives.

• Prime Minister Turnbull shakes the hands of our island students.






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