[singlepic id=354 w=320 h=240 float=left] Member for Mulgrave swapped Parliament for the classroom today when he became Principal for a Day at Gordonvale State School prior to Queensland’s eighth annual State Education Week.

Mr Pitt said he had been looking forward to spending the day at Gordonvale State School and getting a first hand look at the ins and outs of running a school.

“I spent the day shadowing Principal Bruce Houghton during his normal school day, meeting teachers, students and parents and getting a real insight into how the school operates,” Mr Pitt said.

“Bruce Houghton and staff at Gordonvale State School are doing a great job and it was an honour to work alongside them for the day.

[singlepic id=353 w=320 h=240 float=left]”I briefly returned to my Parliamentary role during school assembly when I presented a cheque for $50,000 to the school which was highly commended this week in the Healthy Queensland Awards.

“The Bligh Government is committed to responding to the real issues and concerns confronting Queenslanders and this is one way we can get a sense what it is like at the coalface.

“Last year I spent a day working as a construction worker, retail assistant and BSES officer as part of the Walk a Day in My Shoes program and this is another way of working closely with the community.

“As a former student it was interesting to see my old school from a different perspective.”

Mr Pitt said Principal for a Day was part of the Bligh Government’s commitment to working with the community to ensure Queensland children continue to enjoy a first-class education.

“We want to continually improve Queensland’s education system and ensure that our children have the skills and knowledge they need to make the most of their opportunities in learning and life.”

State Education Week runs from 22 – 28 May.