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On the 23rd and 24th of August a small group of Student Representative Council members and aspiring leaders traveled to Canberra. The students had an opportunity to explore Parliament House and learnt about the rich history behind Parliament, gaining an insight into how it operates. Whilst there, students witnessed the challenge within the Liberal Party. Due to much of this happening on the day, there was a lot happening within Parliament House.

Students standing in front of Parliament House, Canberra

This trip provided students with an opportunity to tour Parliament House, seeing areas that are not often accessed by the public. One of the tours was led by former student, Jacob Mildren. The group were fortunate enough to attend a lunch hosted by independent member for Indi Cathy McGowan, allowing students to ask questions and learn more about the decisions being made in parliament effect our region. Afterwards students visited  the Canberra War Memorial, taking part in a Last Post Ceremony and commemorating a man who had lost his life in the war 100 years ago.

This was an intriguing experience for the students and the Memorial allowed the School to be represented, laying a wreath at the memorial. On the second day, students toured through ANU (Australian National University) and UC (University of Canberra). This was a beneficial occasion, informing students of new opportunities that many thaught were out of reach being regional students.

A Huge thanks to Dan Burgess for planning the trip and for Sheri Parkhouse and Cassandra Walters in being our wonderful supervisors. Thank you to Jacob Mildren also, for touring us at both Parliament at House and ANU in a very professional manner. Last but not least, a big thank you to Cathy McGowan for presenting this opportunity and for opening up her busy schedule to our school group.

Charlotte Kay
Year 11 Student


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