Governor-General Quentin Bryce impressed by progress at Gordonvale's Djarragun College
GOVERNOR-GENERAL Quentin Bryce will arrive at Hope Vale today to continue a brief tour of the Far North to see how local groups are addressing some of the social challenges facing the region's indigenous communities.
Ms Bryce visited Djarragun College yesterday, where she sat in on a combined Year 4 and 5 class to observe the direct instruction teaching method.
The school's senior hospitality students catered a special lunch for Ms Bryce, before she toured the school and watched a cultural dance performance.
Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy chief executive Danielle Toon said teachers were excited about showing Ms Bryce the direct instruction method.
"We're getting some fantastic results," Ms Toon said.
"We have students who are a lot more engaged and we have Grade 10 students on track to get into university after they finish high school."
Ms Bryce will visit a community hub at Hope Vale today before travelling back south to Cooktown to tour the James Cook Museum and meet civic leaders and community groups.
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said Ms Bryce has been "a good friend of Cooktown and Cape York".
Ms Bryce will return to Cairns tomorrow night for a civic reception at the Cairns Hilton hosted by Mayor Bob Manning.
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Impressed: Governor-General Quentin Bryce inspecting Gordonvale's Djarragun College today. Picture: STEWART McLEAN.