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Flexi school puts out welcome mat for Governor


The Governor of South Australia, the Honorable Frances Adamson AC, visited the Edmund Rice Flexi School Davoren Park Campus on Monday July 31 for a tour and to check out what we do as a flexi school.

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I was in shock because the Governor coming to your school is very important! To get ready for her visit we had to have meetings to learn about how to greet her and talk about what we were going to show her.

We wanted her to see the graffiti art that we have done, the Aboriginal art near the front door, the Spirit Awards and how we run Circle. Adam, teacher at Flexi, and Dani, head of Campus, helped us at these meetings to get things ready. My job was to welcome Her Excellency, help show her around and make sure she felt welcome here.

On the morning she was coming I was a bit nervous because I did not know how to greet her. Adam and Dani went through it with me again. Everything was ready at school, and we even had scones for morning tea.

The Governor arrived in a black car with a flag on the front and had a couple of people with her. When she came in the welcome committee greeted her and we had some photos taken.

We took her for a tour around our school. We showed her our ‘principles’, and she was really interested in them. She asked how our ‘principles’ related to our lives outside of school. We showed her the Spirit Awards and she liked how the awards celebrate when we accomplished or achieved something.

We then had Circle, and everyone was involved. Adam ran Circle and I did the Acknowledgement of Country. After my Acknowledgement, Her Excellency did her own Acknowledgement of Country which was in full Kaurna language and was amazing. She explained what she was saying and the actions she used. She explained her role as Governor which included ceremonies, the Constitution, and community. She told us she likes working with the community the best.

We asked her questions about her connection to the Royal Family and if she had been to a flexi school before – we were her first one!

The Governor was friendly, down-to-earth and nice. She loved what we were doing. We loved having her here and we cannot wait to visit her house.

Annie Beres is in Year 10 and is a Kaurna student leader at the school.

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