THEY may have been at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the poultry competitions, but five St Stanislaus’ College students also had a lucky chance meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Sixteen Stannies agriculture and primary industries students had taken their prized meat and egg laying chooks to Sydney to compete at the annual show.
Year 11 Stannies student Harry Begg said he Camaeron Regan, Austin Miller, Isaac Schembri and Fletcher Wright had been tasked to hand out Stannies branded cattle ear tags to showgoers.
“We were walking around the cattle, then Camaeron [Regan] spotted him [the prime minister],” he said.
“He was surrounded by all these security guys.
It was a pretty cool experience, it’s not every day you get to meet the prime minister.Harry Begg, St Stanislaus' College agriculture student
“He was about to leave and we went up to his security to ask if we could speak to him.”
Following an OK from Mr Turnbull’s security escort, the five students were able to say a quick hello to the prime minister.
“We gave him one [ear tag] and we asked to have a photo,” Harry said.
“It was a pretty cool experience, it’s not every day you get to meet the prime minister.”
Harry said agricultural teacher Alex Clements, who accompanied them to the show, was surprised they met Mr Turnbull.
“Miss [Clements] was a bit shocked that we actually got to meet him,” he said.
Ms Clements said the group of Stannies students were in the Farm of the Future exhibition when they heard that Mr Turnbull was also at the show.
“The boys had heard that he was in there and they just took off,” she said.
“We were very fortunate … the boys were just pumped [after meeting him].”