Year 6 Students Explore Australia’s Parliamentary System

This term, Year 6 students have been diving deep into Civics and Citizenship as part of their Humanities & Social Sciences curriculum. The focus has been on understanding Australia’s journey to Federation and the formation of our nation. Last week, students had the exciting opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom by visiting The Constitution Centre and Parliament House.

The aim of this excursion was to solidify the concepts learned in class regarding Australia’s history, our system of government, and how it operates. At the Constitution Centre, students explored the three levels of government and witnessed parliamentary procedures firsthand, including the ceremonial carrying of the mace into the Legislative Assembly.

Touring Parliament House was an eye-opening experience for the students. They had the chance to step into the chambers, marvel at the historical artwork, and learn about past leaders of our state. Being there on a “sitting day,” they observed members of Parliament in action, engaging in debates that shape our nation’s future. Meeting our local member of Parliament, Lisa O’Malley, was a highlight for many students, who gained insight into the role of a political representative.

Students with Local Member of Parliament Lisa O'Malley

Georgina Bairstow (6.10) appreciated the historical significance of the visit, particularly the artwork and the parliamentary proceedings. She described the experience as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Faye McCormack-Mason (6.8) found the day to be enjoyable, especially the treasure hunt activity and learning about the symbolism behind the British Coat of Arms. Watching parliament question time was another highlight for her.

Emma Law (6.6) was fascinated by the discussions in the lower house and valued the opportunity to interact with their local member of Parliament. Lisa O’Malley’s encouragement left a lasting impression on her, sparking thoughts about future civic engagement.

Ella Voges (6.9) cherished the chance to witness the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council in action from the gallery. She found the treasure hunt around Parliament House to be a fun and engaging way to explore the historic building.

Overall, the excursion to The Constitution Centre and Parliament House provided Year 6 students with a hands-on understanding of Australia’s parliamentary system and the responsibilities of citizenship. It was an enriching experience that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on their civic education.

What A Term! So Many Opportunities – Jennifer Oaten

As I look back on the past nine weeks, I am so grateful for who we are as a community and what we have achieved. Through the dedication of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students, we have established new connections, immersed ourselves in opportunities and worked through challenges.

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