The Power of One – Governor Reflects on the Value of Education

Today the Governor joined a long and distinguished list of alumni to deliver the Perth Modernian Oration for 2022, and his remarks signposted his future priorities as well as reflections on the value of education.  The theme for his remarks was ‘The Power of One’, and in this case, he recalled the positive impact that one teacher had on him during his time as a student at Perth Modern School.

The Governor delivers the 2022 Perth Modernian Oration

The Governor spoke candidly to fellow alumni, staff and students that he was not an outstanding student or school leader during his time at ‘Mod’, but that mentors and teachers saw in him ‘leadership potential’.  With that special teacher, he shared a deep compassion for Western Australia’s Aboriginal people and a strong belief in the State’s young leaders.

“I am committed as Governor of WA to advocate in support of better outcomes for our Aboriginal people.  And I am a firm believer in the promise and potential of our young people.”

In a lively Q&A with students, moderated by Head Prefects Avicknash Dayanandan and Emanuel Foundas, there was an exploration of topics including the challenges facing law enforcement, and advice on how to find a mentor in life.

The Governor commended Perth Modern School for its more than a century-long role in developing our future leaders, and reaffirmed his belief in and support for good public education in Western Australia, as part of a wider call to shore up faith in and support for public institutions in our State.

The Governor and Mrs Dawson with Perth Modern School Principal, Mr Mitchell Mackay (left) and Past President, Perth Modernian Society, Mr Peter Farr (right)

Following the Oration, the Governor spoke to students, teachers and school alumni.


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