Thank you to all the parents who attended our special assembly on Friday, which was in honour of a special guest, the Governor of Western Australia, her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC. A big congratulations to Maddie in Year 5, who won the competition to introduce the Governor to the school. Below is her speech, which she beautifully read to the assembly. Well done, Maddie!
Good morning. My name is Maddie and I have the pleasure of introducing the Governor of Western Australia. Today we have the honour of being in the presence of her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.
Her Excellency is the thirty second and current Governor of Western Australia. She has been in office since the 20th of October 2014 and is the first woman to hold the position.
The Governor was born in Subiaco. For primary and high school, she went to Wembley Primary School and Churchlands Senior High School.
Her Excellency graduated from the University of WA with a Bachelor of Science, a double major in Mathematics and later a Bachelor in Economics. In 2005, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of WA. In 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Murdoch University.
The Governor was previously a businesswoman and senior public servant. In 2007, she helped Fremantle Ports to win the Australian Business Excellence Medal for the top organisation in Australia.
Her Excellency’s job as Governor of Western Australia requires her to:
- Preside over the Executive Council
- Appoint Ministers, Judges, Magistrates and Justices of the Peace
- Appoint the President of the Legislative Council
- Accept the resignation of Members of the Legislative Council; and
- Issue writs for general elections.
We appreciate the time and effort her Excellency puts into her role as Governor. Please join me in welcoming the Governor, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC to our school. Thank you.