by Laura Telford
QUEENSLAND Governor Paul de Jersey was in StGeorge last week touring the town and attending the opening of the new Health and Wellbeing Centre at StGeorge State High School.
In his first official visit to St George, Governor Paul de Jersey said he greatly enjoyed visiting rural and regional schools throughout the state as they were the backbone of towns.
"Schools such as this are integral to wonderful communities such as StGeorge and very obviously students are very proud of their school,” he said.
At the opening of the well-being centre, the Governor said the building represented the school's motto.
"The school motto 'together we achieve' really epitomises this facility. It's very impressive,” he said.
Principal Doug Watson said the opening was a mighty step for the school.
"Today marks a significant moment. It is our moral imperative to ensure every child reaches their best,” said Mr Watson.
Mr Watson said while literacy and numeracy were fundamental skills needed to live in society, there was also a "hidden curriculum” that went to the very heart of the building and the school's commitment to deliver vital emotional services directly to students to "maximise student outcomes”.
The building will house guidance officer Annette Woodrow, community education counsellor Joy Weatherall, youth support co-ordinator Sarah Scriven, chaplain Simon Teunis and school-based nurse Angie Gorry, along with teacher aides and student support assistance teams to support every facet of student life.