Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Congratulations to former NSW Education's Educational Leader and Hunter Network Director, John Millburn on his retirement. John's 33 year career in public schools across regional, rural and remote NSW spanned classroom teaching (particularly music), leadership as principal, and work as an executive. His career began in Broken Hill and included stints in Armidale, Nyngan, Wallabadah, Paterson, Telarah, Bellbird and Thornton public schools. In John's last school, Thornton Public School, he fostered and encouraged excellent and unique initiatives that inspired a generation of students to thoroughly engage in the military history of our nation, and made their commemorations of the ANZAC service of our local ancestors more meaningful for everyone.

On his retirement, John was presented with a medal for his Service to Teaching. I'm delighted (and relieved) to report John's talents won't be lost. He will continue as a principal mentor, enabling him to share his vast experience and teaching talents with aspiring educationalists. Thank you, John, for your contribution to public education in NSW and for the outstanding leadership and support you've shown to your colleagues, students, families and community during an inspirational career. I wish you every joy and success in "retirement".