Students Meet Prime Minister Howard

by Ruston Long | Feb 22, 2007

Kingsway Christian College students were given the very special honour of greeting The Hon. John Howard MP, Prime Minister at Lakes City Church on the 22nd February 2007. The 19 students had the thrilling experience of forming a guard of honour as the Prime Minister entered the auditorium.  He stopped and shook their hands, taking time to speak with many of them. Lauren Hack presented him with a beautifully framed Prayer For Our Nation composed by College Chaplain, Debra Kerbey. The Prime Minister stopped as Lauren presented it to him, graciously accepted it and took the time to read the whole prayer thoughtfully. He looked very reflective as he read it and thanked everyone afterwards.

The student leaders couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as they embraced the special opportunity given to them. The Prime Minister asked several of them what their aspirations were and he appeared relaxed as he engaged them in conversation. Isaac Offereins (the tall figure at the back of the photo) replied that he wanted to be a professional basketball player, to which the sports loving Prime Minister smiled and replied, “Well, you have the height for it!”  Lauren Hack replied that she wanted to be an Interior Decorator, but she later said “I was so inspired by meeting the Prime Minister and by his speech that I may choose to go into politics one day!”

Lauren who has attended Kingsway Christian College since Pre-Primary said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my school education. I am surrounded by the most wonderful peers and teachers. When I was asked to present the Prayer For Our Nation to the Prime Minister I was overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation!”

All the students commented on the value of hearing the Prime Minister first hand as he covered some very important issues for Australia, including Health, Immigration and Economic Management.  His timely reminder about how fortunate we are to live in Western Australia was well received by an enthusiastic audience, including Kingsway Student Leaders. The 2007 Year 12 students were briefed on protocols by teacher Mr Stewart Cameron, who commented, “They are an outstanding group of young people of whom we can be very proud.”

Then Principal, Jeanette Giroud said “Our students are truly privileged. It was a wonderful experience for them and that gives me great pleasure.”