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Australia: Students wrote to Prime Minister Abbott to visit school, and he did

The students are naturally excited to meet the nation's leader and as 9- and 10-year-olds you can see are nervous yet trying to contain their excitement at the same time with camera crew and minders making their way into the classroom.
EdChron Desk on August 8, 2014 - 5:20 pm in Australia & NZ, EdNews, MAIN, World

 

WORLD / Sydney, AU – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Seaforth Public School after students wrote to him last term.

The students are naturally excited to meet the nation’s leader and as 9- and 10-year-olds you can see are nervous yet trying to contain their excitement at the same time with camera crew and minders making their way into the classroom. Politics aside, it is a heartwarming and encouraging event for the students to experience, having wrote to the Prime Minister in a persuasive writing exercise.

Letter to Prime Minister

The Daily Telegraph AU reported a 10-year-old Sophie Feros’s letter read, “The entire school and I agree that you should visit your friends at Seaforth,” adding that “we are lacking equipment like table tennis tables (and) with your help we can convince Mr Cheng to find the money for them.”

The school obviously were prepared for such an important occasion – PM Abbott arrived with his wife in a chauffeur-driven Holden, and he was met by school captains Kristin Kendrick-Little and Luca Doorbar-Baptist, principal Bernard Cheng and 4K teacher Garry Kydd and he went to the 4K classroom, trailed by TV cameras, reporters, policemen and advisers.

Question & Answer with students

A student asked how he persuades his fellow MPs towards his point of view, Mr Abbott says the best way is to find something that is very important to them and show your proposal will help. “Most people for instance want a richer country. Most people for instance, want a safer country. If you can pitch what you are proposing in terms of helping to make our people and our country better off and safer, that is normally a pretty good place to start,’ the PM said. I don’t want to pretend that it’s easy because our parliament is an adversarial place. The parliament is meant to be an adversarial place, because if everyone just said yes, the proposals won’t be properly scrutinized… ”

He probably lost them at “adversarial” but we say he did a very good job at boosting morale and encouraging the young minds. If there was one lesson these primary school students should take away, it is to “make friends and keep them”.

The Prime Minister’s Twitter account also mentioned his visit:

A terrific morning at Seaforth Public School – I particularly enjoyed the enthusiastic rendition of your school song pic.twitter.com/17sR1d9OBO

For the video of the Q&A session between the students and PM Abbott, see below (video uploaded by a Youtuber Peter Deane):

 

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