Primary school students at Fort Street Public in north Sydney left starstruck after Queen Rania of Jordan paid them a royal visit
Students of a Sydney primary school were starstruck and thrilled to meet Queen of Jordan who took time out of her schedule to visit them.
Queen Rania Al Abdullah, who is visiting Australia with her husband King Abdullah II of Jordan, visited Fort Street Public School in Millers Point on Friday with NSW Premier Mike Baird’s wife, Kerryn.
Queen of Jordan and Mrs Baird were welcomed to Fort Street Public School at Millers Point by Principal Michele Peel-Yates and school captains Nadia Qureashi and Christian Voigt.
Her Majesty is admired around the world for being an advocate for childhood education and her efforts to improve learning opportunities for children around the world.
Queen Rania and Mrs Baird attended the Fort Street Public School assembly before visiting a classroom to watch a teaching demonstration in progress.
Later, the ladies visited a market stall in the school playground hosted by students taking part in the Club Kidpreneur education program aiming to teach students basic business skills.
“Students of Fort Street Public have been treated to a very special visit by one of the world’s most passionate advocates for public education and quality teaching,” Mrs Baird said.
“Students in NSW are fortunate to be educated by quality teachers who will guide them through their schooling years so that they can follow their dreams once they graduate.
“Her Majesty’s visit reinforces how important it is that children have the opportunity to receive an education, so they can grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Some students made gifts of their projects to the Queen while others were jubilant when she bought items from their market stalls. “Those kids who were visited were over the moon and the others who missed out were so forlorn – she didn’t have time to visit them all,” the school’s assistant principal Mr McCarron said.
Students had spent days preparing for the royal visit as part of the school’s student entrepreneurial project. One tech-savvy 11-year-old student had designed and built a robotic puppy which could say “Welcome, Queen Rania”.
Mr McCarron added that Quen Rania “was very friendly and very curious about what they (students) were doing.”