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A PROMISE from a notable politician was fulfilled on Friday when Federal Minster for Education, Peter Garrett, visited Lockyer District High School.

The former lead singer for Midnight Oil, now politician, made a pledge to Principal Andrew Pierpoint earlier this year in Canberra to come to the school on Friday.

The low-key visit saw Mr Garrett meet students and teaching staff while walking through the school and inspecting the new federally funded Trade Training Centre which was completed in December last year.

Acting principal, Darren Cook, said it was great to see Mr Garrett take the time to visit the school while acknowledging the ongoing efforts towards recovery from the floods.

“He made contact with our principal in Canberra, when Andrew Pierpoint represented Queensland principals earlier this year, and committed to Andrew that he would come and visit us and have a bit of a look,” he said.

“Minister Garrett came to the school just to have a look at how we are going with regards to the flood program that we've got going at the school.

“He met some of our students, some of our teachers and our chaplains and we spoke generally about how the school was going, what we were doing around flood affected students and families along with the roles the chaplains had played in supporting the families and students at the school.

“It was fantastic, it's just an acknowledgement from Canberra, from the federal government, that there is some ongoing issues around the flood in our community and it was great.”

Minister Garrett's appearance followed a visit the day earlier by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.

The Governor-General went to the Grantham and Murphys Creek State Schools to talk to students and flood victims about how the region is recovering.

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