Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — I rise today to acknowledge the wonderful contribution made by Ms Dionne Wright to Merri Creek Primary School over 13 years as principal. Dionne has devoted her many and considerable talents and 37 years of her working life to public school education. We are all enriched by this most commendable commitment. Her role as principal ends on Friday, and I would like to express both the Merri Creek Primary School community’s and my deep gratitude for her work.
Looking at Merri Creek primary today you would find it hard to believe that it was slated for closure by the Kennett government as late as 1996. Dionne has played an immense role in transforming Merri Creek primary into the successful school it is today.
She is regarded as one of the most outstanding principals in the northern metropolitan region and she has put considerable effort into mentoring her colleagues both at Merri Creek and across the government schools sector. She will be deeply missed by students, colleagues, parents and the local community. I am delighted that my work experience student for this week, Eleanor Smith, who is in the house today, went to Merri Creek primary and benefited greatly from Dionne’s leadership.
At the end of term this Friday we will see an appropriate celebration to honour Dionne and thank her for her tireless work. I am delighted that I will be part of the celebrations. I join everyone in wishing Dionne Wright a long, happy and well-earned retirement and wish her success in any new venture she might put her mind to.
Hansard, 26 June 2014