Her Excellency, Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales, visited her childhood school, St Declan’s Catholic Primary School, Penshurst, on the morning of Friday 25 October. Principal Mr Peter Cranney along with staff, students, and parents hosted the Governor with an assembly as well as morning tea and a tour of the school.
St Declan’s Catholic Primary school was founded in 1907 by the Sisters of Charity. Governor Beazley spoke to students about how important Catholic education provided girls like herself with opportunities for learning.
“At that time it was really unusual for girls like me to get an education,” she said.
“GETTING AN EDUCATION AT A SCHOOL LIKE ST DECLAN’S WAS A SPECIAL THING.”
The Governor spent time in class with schoolkids: sharing stories of her experiences at St Declan’s, answering questions, and giving advice to the children- especially the importance of friendship.
“The friends that you will make here will be friends for life,” she said. “Ms Smith -my first class teacher-came to see me at Government House yesterday. Always keep going back to your teachers for advice and help.”
Bishop Terry Brady- also a former student- gave the blessing at assembly and also spoke on the importance of education in formation.
“A great thing that has come out of this school is the ability to serve others. As disciples of Jesus, it’s all about serving,” he said. “And that is a quality here at St. Declans and it is very special. How blessed are we in this community.”