A TEAM from Burnett State College in Gayndah has emerged triumphant from the 2019 South East Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.
Dayne Dakin Mi-Mi, Sara Mealand, Kaiden Ratcliff and Sophie Shadford went to Brisbane on 11 September, accompanied by teacher aide Kathy Ratcliff and with the sponsorship support of local health and wellbeing organisation IWC. Students from across Queensland participated in debates and plebiscites during the event.
“On the day there were 32 schools, 128 students and 21 speeches. Of those 128 students, five were chosen to be Queensland’s Delegates for the annual National Schools Constitutional Convention, to be held in March next year,” said Mrs Ratcliff.
“Our team member Sophie Shadford was named as the fourth of the five delegates to represent Indigenous students at the National Convention. It was the students and only the students who voted for the delegates.”
At the March convention, around 120 students from government, independent and Catholic schools from across Australia will gather.
“These conventions seek to promote understanding and informed discussion among young Australians about the Australian Constitution and system of government, and is managed by National Curriculum Services in Collaboration with the Australian Curriculum Studies Association,” said Mrs Ratcliff.
“It is an opportunity for students to explore constitutional issues, encouraging them to become better informed about the Australian system of government and how the Australian Constitution provides the framework for our democracy.”
The students have been preparing for the Brisbane convention for months, and IWC CEO Ara Harathunian said the whole community could be proud that the hard work and commitment of the young people had paid off.
“We are delighted that our sponsorship sup