We could all feel the excitement in the air when the Governor of NSW and Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) alumna, Margaret Beazley, and husband Dennis Wilson turned up at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Carnes Hill.

Governor Beazley – a former St Declan’s Primary School Penshurst, St Joseph’s Girls High School Kogarah, and Mount Saint Joseph Milperra student – had been invited to the school to talk about our democracy.

Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley talking with Holy Spirit Carnes Hill students

Governor of NSW, Margaret Beazley, taking questions from Holy Spirit’s students. Photo: Kitty Beale

Welcomed by Principal of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Carnes Hill, Brother Nicholas, Assistant Principal Leonie Sewell and the school’s Captains, Mia Yenco and Matthew Sanasi, the Governor was given a quick tour of the school before attending a school assembly.

She then met with students from all grades, and was even given a quick karate demonstration by one student before talking with Year 6 students currently studying the topic “Australia becomes a nation” in History.

“The Governor’s visit ties in brilliantly with the section of the unit on State Government,” Brother Harsas said.

Being only the second woman to be named NSW Governor – the first being Dame Marie Bashir – she regaled students with stories of how she got to her position.

“Having a legal background, I had a good basis for my role as Governor because any constitutional law that is passed in NSW I need to sign it and speak to ministers about it,” said Governor Beazley.

Holy Spirit Carnes Hill school captains, Mia Yenco and Matthew Sanasi, present the governor of NSW with flowers and a gift

School Captains, Matthew Sanasi and Mia Yenco, present the Governor of NSW, Margaret Beazley, with flowers and a gift. Photo: Kitty Beale

Students were just as eager to know how her Catholic education had prepared her for the future.

“The Catholic education concept of helping others has helped me get to where I am today,” Governor Beazley said.

“I was taught by all nuns at school and their ethos, their values, were that you never see a need without doing something about it and I think that’s what has stayed with me.”

Brother Nicholas said it was extremely important for students to understand how the Australian Government system works and to realise their role in contributing to such a system.

“I would like to see our students develop into fine, proud, informed Christian citizens who will elect leaders reflective of the values of our Christian and Catholic beliefs so that our society will be fair and just for all,” said Brother Nicholas.