Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention
On Friday September 11, four Year 5 students were selected to attend the Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention. This was an initiative organised by Social Education Victoria (SEV) on behalf of Catholic Education Melbourne, Department of Education and Training and Independent Schools Victoria. Harry Coonan, Peter Orlando, William Richards and Daniel Van den Berg set off to spend the day at Parliament House in the Legislative Assembly chamber, being official parliamentarians for the day.
There were 22 schools invited to attend and the day was about students presenting ideas and discussing the issue — ‘Young peoples’ voices are not heard in Australian politics.’ Daniel was asked to give a two minute opening address about this topic and more specifically focused on ‘ways in which young people can voice their opinions and beliefs.’ The four students worked on this together and after a number of rehearsals and rewrites the speech was ready and exactly two minutes long (quite an achievement with so many ideas to share!).
These students had an amazing experience and had a first-hand opportunity to spend time in the Parliament building and were all budding ministers. They had their say on the issue and were great ambassadors for the College. They were able to sum up their thinking about the issue and demonstrated great insight as young leaders. We are very proud of their achievements.
Thanks to Mr Ray Leetham who applied for this excellent opportunity. There were only five catholic schools selected so we are very pleased we were chosen. We have included Daniel’s opening address for your interest.
The question we are considering today is ‘Are young people’s voices heard in Australian politics’?
I have looked at the issue of ‘ways in which young people can voice their opinions and beliefs’. I firmly believe that young people have some opportunities however our voices are not yet being heard within Australian politics. It is important to empower young people because we will be the future leaders and decision makers of this country.
We can make contact with our local, state and federal members to attempt to make changes although we are not sure if our opinions go further.
At school we can have our say by voting for our school and class captains. The person voted in represents our whole class in making choices and leading the group. We also support our school Lasallian charity through the ‘Mission Action Day — MAD’. We have a say in what the money raised is used for. Our voices definitely make a difference!
Social media is a very powerful voice that can alert millions of people. Within seconds images or words can set off actions leading to online campaigns where people share opinions or sign petitions to send a direct message to the leaders of our country.
YouTube is also a great way for us to communicate our opinions globally. I think about Malala, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and her bravery in fighting for her cause. Her powerful message to young people worldwide was shared via technology.
Rallies that are taking place across the country for asylum seekers and refugees is another way for us to influence decisions and record our vote.
In conclusion, I believe that there are some ways in which young people can voice opinions and beliefs however if we all work together, especially with those who areable to vote, we can make a difference so our voices will be heard in Australian politics.Thank you.
Mrs Anette Phillips
Director of Primary
AFL Clinic Report
On Wednesday 16 September Year 4, 5 and 6 went to Malvern Oval to do an AFL clinic with the Year 11 boys. They split us into four groups — Edwin’s, Mark’s, Austin’s and Leo’s — and there were four stations: one was agility and handballing, we also did marking and specky taking, goal kicking and last but not least we did ‘kick to kick’.
In the goal kicking we did a game where we had to kick the goal from all angles. On the second kick the angle was the hardest of them all and I got a point. On the ‘kick to kick’ I was with James and the best we got were two marks in a row and the best was 27 marks in a row.
We then played a game where you could only kick to each other or handball to each other. In the agility and handballing we got to the goals by only handballing to each other and you had to handball the ball between the two posts.
It was all so much fun and at the end we got a photo with the Premiership Cup. A DLS dad brought the Premiership Cup in!
Year 11 and Year 5 Leadership program
During Term 3 Paul Harrup and several Year 11 boys have worked with the Year 5 class on a leadership program.
In small groups the boys have discussed aspects of leadership, planning a ‘model school environment’, discussed what leadership looks like and promoted equality. This program is interwoven with the primary program on social skills, where the current focus is on respect. The sessions are energetic, have a specific focus and allow input from all stakeholders.
This cross campus program has great benefits for all concerned and the Year 5 boys have made some very positive connections with the Year 11 group. The older boys have learned more about the primary years and what our younger group thinks about life.
We look forward to continuing this program in the future in a similar format as the benefits are being documented as a popular tool in learning in schools across the globe.
Mr Ray Leetham and Mr Paul Harrup
Year 6 Camp at Wilsons Promontory
All of the Year 6 students arrived at school on Wednesday 9 September at normal time.
Everyone had been fully informed on everything and were ready to go. We split the class into a big bus and a smaller bus to go to Wilsons Promontory. We stopped twice for a snack and for our legs to stretch. Before we got to camp we went to Squeaky Beach which was lots of fun.
When we got to camp we had free time and also went for a twilight walk. We had a delicious barbequed dinner which was followed by a game of spotlight and bed time. The next day we halved the class, with half walking up Mount Oberon first and the other canoeing. Mount Oberon had a fantastic view and canoeing was a great adventure. We had an interesting talent show and another game of spotlight. The next day we hit the road again and stopped off to get lollies and then went back to school. It was lots of fun and all of the staff were awesome!