10 December 2015
For immediate release
It was a long day for 17 Bass Coast young leaders in the final week of school when they were taken to Parliament House and enjoyed a tour with Brian Paynter, Member for Bass but they all enjoyed it very much.
The grade six students were given the title of Bass Coast Young Leader by Bass Coast Shire Council and nominated by their teachers early in 2015. Part of their award was to visit Parliament House and have lunch with Brian Paynter MLA.
The students were from Inverloch-Kongwak, Wonthaggi North, Wonthaggi, St Joseph’s, San Remo, Newhaven Primary and Newhaven College, Cowes and Bass Valley Primary School.
Parliament House tour guide, Barron, explained how Parliament worked and had the students perform a role-play. Students were made Premier and Leader of the Opposition, Minister for Sport and Shadow Minister for Sport. They were then asked to put their argument forward on whether a large football game should be played in Inverloch or Wonthaggi and why. The students got into character quickly and were pointing out the positives like parking, emergency services, the ground condition and access to the ground.
In 2016 Bass students will get an opportunity to be involved in Parliamentary education sessions and role plays at the Inverloch Community Hub on Wednesday 20 April and Thursday 21 April. The program is free of charge and suitable for Year 5 and 6 students. Bookings are through the community education program at Parliament of Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter MP, Member for Bass:
I have enjoyed hosting Bass Coast Young Leaders in Parliament this year. It is a program I will continue to run.
Having lunch with the students in the Parliamentary gardens was really great.
Many of the students were wearing school captain badges indicating they are all- rounders, engaged in their community and perhaps could be a Member of Parliament one day.
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