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North Burnett students head to Brisbane

August 26, 2019

NORTH Burnett students are on their way to Brisbane to take part in the 2019 South East Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.


Burnett State College students Sophie Shadford, Dayne Dakin Mi-Mi, Sara Mealand and Kaiden Ratcliff will be heading down for the event at Parliament House on 11 September, with the support of local health and wellbeing organisation IWC.




“IWC is sponsoring the students to attend the convention, which provides an opportunity for them to explore constitutional issues,” said Kathy Ratcliff, a teacher aide at the college.


“This will help them become better informed about the Australian system of government and how the Constitution provides the framework for our democracy.


“This is a great opportunity for our students, and one which will help to shape them as leaders of the future.”


At the convention, students from across Queensland will be able to participate in debates and plebiscites.


“During this event, Queensland’s team of delegates will be selected to attend the next annual National Schools Constitutional Convention in March, which will be held in Canberra,” said Mrs Ratcliff.


IWC, which is Aboriginal community-controlled, also has supported other students at the college in their academic pursuits.

This is just the latest group of students to be offered an opportunity to shine outside of their home towns. The Giunda Girls - Chloe George, Sara Mealand, Emily George and Makaileed Appo - won the Perpetual Shield in the Junior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Challenge in Bundaberg last year.




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