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VIDEO: Student gets reply letter from PM Tony Abbott

WHILE most Year 8 students are playing on their iPhones or listening to music on their way to school, Hannah Rigby wrote a letter to the Prime Minister.

The Chanel College student was driving with her grandfather Edgar Allen to school last month when he mentioned he was going to meet the PM in Gladstone.

Hannah whipped out her pen and started writing about the most pressing issue in her life at that moment - too much homework.

Her grandfather gave the letter to Tony Abbott and was asked by Ken O'Dowd to read it out to everyone at the function.

"They were in fits of laughter and everyone loved it," Mr Allen said.

In the letter, Hannah wrote that she enjoyed school, but homework interfered with her extra curricular activities.

"I have homework every day and it's just the amount of it," she wrote.

"On Wednesday I have netball, Thursday I have flute and the other three days I do homework for an hour or two."

Year 8 Chanel College student Hannah Rigby was delighted when Prime Minister Tony Abbott replied to her letter about homework.
Year 8 Chanel College student Hannah Rigby was delighted when Prime Minister Tony Abbott replied to her letter about homework. Paul Braven

Much to Hannah's surprise, she got a letter back from Mr Abbott.

"I knew Tony Abbott couldn't change homework, but I did have a feeling he would write back," she said.

"I took it to school to show my friends and the teacher made me read it to the class.

"It's pretty cool."

She wasn't the only one who was excited.

"I've been watching the letterbox every day since it came," Mr Allen laughed.

"It's interesting to point out something minor turned into something major for a young girl."

But there's one thing about Mr Abbott that Hannah was surprised about.

"We couldn't read his writing on the letter," she laughed. "We had to get my grandma to translate it to us."

Year 8 Chanel College student Hannah Rigby was delighted when Prime Minister Tony Abbott replied to her letter about homework.
Year 8 Chanel College student Hannah Rigby was delighted when Prime Minister Tony Abbott replied to her letter about homework. Paul Braven

THE LETTER:

Dear Hannah,

It was good of you to send me a note on your way to school, earlier this week.

I'm sorry you find homework a hurdle - we all do sometimes! - but it's a necessary part of a good education.

Thank you for coming to my event in Gladstone. It was good to meet you and see why your grandfather is proud of you.

Yours, Tony Abbott

Topics:  chanel college, gladstone, politics, prime minister, tony abbott




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