Today, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk attended St Joseph’s Nudgee College, alongside Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard, Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe, and Councillor for Deagon Ward Jared Cassidy, to help the College celebrate Stella Fella Bow Tie Friday.
The Premier’s visit was planned after Year 12 student Nick Wheeler sent her a letter, requesting her attendance.
“I decided to write to the Premier because I knew that she was very passionate about the issues that we have been raising awareness about over the past week,” he said.
“I am aware that her Government has introduced tough reforms to help prevent domestic violence abuse.”
The Premier arrived at the College, and joined students and staff in the Bodkin Room just in time to watch Queenslanders Cate and Bronte Campbell race in the Olympic Games Final of the 100m freestyle.
All of the special guests later joined the students and staff wearing bow ties for a photo in the Ross Oval grandstand.
In true Nudgee College fashion, the students demonstrated a powerful Nudgee war cry prior to the Premier’s departure.
This is Nudgee College’s fourth year in advocating for women’s rights through the Stella Fella campaign.
The aim of the initiative is to educate men and boys about making better choices, and inviting young men and boys to stand up and say “no” to human trafficking, to exploitation, and to modern slavery.
It is also about encouraging and recognising male role models in the community.
Stella Fella Day was preceded by a special presentation by Leanne Linard at Assembly on Tuesday about respect for women and the impact of discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.