WITH the Coast's 2016 crop of Year 12 students out the door and off to the beach for the end-of-year splash, the pressure is shifting to the Year 11s, but Nicklin MP Peter Wellington has a message for them.
Mr Wellington, a former Noosa District High student, returned to his alma mater to give the deliver the Year 11s their last lesson of the term, telling them not to rush in figuring out what they wanted to do with their lives.
"I wouldn't have believed it if you told me when I was at Noosa District that I would be in Parliament one day. The thought never crossed my mind,” Mr Wellington said.
In fact, the Independent MP with so much influence in the Queensland Parliament left school at the end of Year 10 before heading off to join the police force.
It's obviously worked out for Mr Wellington, but he told the students they should stay in school.
"Education is so important. People with education are empowered and have a voice,” he said.
He also the students take an active interest in their community and to speak up over issues they felt strongly about, preferably in writing, and preferably on actual paper, to people such as himself and the local council.
"Letters from students are often taken more seriously than those written by adults, because, sadly, it is rare that we hear from young people,” he said.
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