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Scott speaks in Parliament about our local P&Cs and the retirement of Kindy Directors Anne Marlay and Suzanne Burdon.

'Those who dedicate their lives to the care, education, growth and happiness of our youngest children are invaluable to our community. My electorate of Indooroopilly has been blessed over many years with two such individuals who have now announced they are retiring. Known to most as Miss B, Suzanne Burdon started working at St Lucia’s St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten in 1976.'

Hansard Thursday 15 October 2015

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (2.30 pm): Those who dedicate their lives to the care, education, growth and happiness of our youngest children are invaluable to our community. My electorate of Indooroopilly has been blessed over many years with two such individuals who have now announced they are retiring. Known to most as Miss B, Suzanne Burdon started working at St Lucia’s St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten in 1976.

An honourable member: That is the year you were born!

Mr EMERSON: Something like that—I wish! As the centre’s founding director, over the last 40 years she has taught two generations of many families. As she told the Westside News, much has changed over that time but the pleasure she gets in guiding her young charges remains. ‘We get a lot of fun and humour from them, and I love to see them blossom and develop in their learning and their social interactions,’ she said. ‘I miss the days of having time to play in the mud, although I am getting old,’ she joked.

Centre committee president Sam Freshney described Miss B as having an infectious, positive nature and an ability to bring out the best in children. I personally remember during the challenging days for my local community after the 2011 flood when two generations of former students rallied to St Thomas and helped in the clean-up of the centre. It was the clearest indication of the affection they felt for both Miss B and the centre she has run over the decades.

Chelmer Station Community Kindergarten is also saying farewell to its director, Anne Marlay. After more than two decades serving and educating children, Anne’s name is synonymous with the Chelmer Station Community Kindergarten. Both centres have been holding events to commemorate, reflect and thank both Suzanne and Anne for their wonderful contribution to their kindergartens and local communities. I join them in thanking both these remarkable women and wish them the best in the years ahead.

Like these kindergartens, there are many fine schools in the Indooroopilly electorate. Six of them featured in the list of the 20 top schools for the NAPLAN results. Dedicated teachers and progressive leadership contribute to producing strong academic results and well-rounded students. The other contributing factor is the hardworking parents who support their students and their schools, especially those who are members of the Parents & Citizens’ Association. P&C members are tireless in their commitment to promoting the growth and achievements of the school and doggedly raise funds to finance additional resources and facilities to enrich student learning opportunities. I would like in particular to commend parents in my electorate such as Derek Brown of Graceville State School; Ray Osborne of Ironside State School; Georges Lefevre of Holy Family Primary School and Megan Dorloff of Fig Tree Pocket State School for their hard work and dedication to their local schools and communities. Many others also contribute to making Indooroopilly such a wonderful electorate to be the member for.