PREMIER Barry O'Farrell attended a special assembly at St Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School at Mount Pritchard last week.
Mr O'Farrell said he was delighted to visit St Hurmizd to celebrate the contribution the school made to the education system and the contribution the Assyrian community made to the Sydney, NSW and Australian community.
During the assembly he said the level of education that the Assyrian community possessed and aspired to was second to none.
"That fills me with great pride because you are the future of this community, and the future of our state and the future of Australia," Mr O'Farrell said.
"Whatever your dream, whether you want to be a teacher, a lawyer, a banker, an engineer, it is possible to do so with hard work in this country."
Mr O'Farrell said he hoped to visit more schools in south west Sydney this year.
Fairfield councillor Zaya Toma said he was pleased Mr O'Farrell accepted the invitation to visit the school, which was issued by Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan.
"Education is extremely important to families in Fairfield," Mr Toma said.
"Many families have come here from overseas for a better future and the best way to a better future is through a better education.
"I acknowledge the increased investment by the current NSW Liberal government into education to improve results, including empowering local schools to make local decisions and hiring additional teachers."