IN a first for the Caboolture region, two Year 12 students from St Columban’s College will attend the 2015 National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra this month.
Kyle Lacey-Janetski and Chloe Williams have been chosen as delegates for the annual event, which educates senior humanities, social sciences and legal studies students about the Australian Constitution and how it guides Australia’s democracy.
The convention, to be held from March 24-26, is open to senior secondary students from state, Catholic and independent schools.
Students seeking election as a national delegate are required to write and deliver a speech at their local convention on the topic of “Australian Federalism: States’ Rights versus National Priorities” or “Recognition in the Constitution for Indigenous Australians” at State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) conventions.
Kyle, a Year 12 student, was a winner of the Sunshine Coast Region delegation while Chloe, also a Year 12 student and college captain, was a winner of the Queensland ATSI Convention at Brisbane’s Parliament House.
Assistant principal for senior phase Kate Ruddy said Kyle and Chloe presented their speeches passionately.
She said as delegates they would meet with politicians, visit Parliament House, participate in discussion groups and make a contribution to a student soapbox session.
“They will also be required to attend a state dinner as representatives of Queensland and St Columban’s College,” Ms Ruddy said.
Chloe, who is the first Indigenous college captain at St Columban’s, said she was excited about the opportunity to represent the college in Canberra.
“I’m keen to meet students and politicians from around Australia and people who are like-minded and as passionate as I am about current issues,” she said.
Kyle said it was a great opportunity to broaden his horizons and would give him the opportunity to visit Australian National University.
“I’d like to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a Law degree there next year,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to participating in the convention, particularly the debates.”
Principal Ann Rebgetz said the convention would be a great experience for both students.
“Experiences like these provide students with a brilliant insight in to the workings of parliament and government, giving them a strategic edge and inspirational opportunities for tertiary study and employment,” she said.