Cleveland District State High School students visit Parliament House

TOP EFFORT: Students Grace Rafferty, Suemin Chung, Emily O’Brien, Julina Frame and Montana Moring with Cleveland MP Mark Robinson and teacher Victoria Sadleir.

TOP EFFORT: Students Grace Rafferty, Suemin Chung, Emily O’Brien, Julina Frame and Montana Moring with Cleveland MP Mark Robinson and teacher Victoria Sadleir.

FIVE Cleveland District State High School students got a taste of political life when they visited Parliament House at Brisbane.

Teacher Victoria Sadleir said it was all part of Queensland Parliament’s school program, Legal Studies Youth Parliament, held earlier this month.

The program is run every year to teach Year Eleven and Year Twelve high school students about the legislative process.

Ms Sadleir said all five students deserved to be congratulated for their efforts – these were Julina Frame, Suemin Chung, Montana Moring, Grace Rafferty and Emily O’Brien.

She said the students debated the mock Senior Schooling and Environment Bill, which was progressed through a first and second reading.

“The Speaker of the House, Peter Wellington, formally opened parliament for the day,” Ms Sadleir said.

“He ran the proceedings similarly to a real life sitting of Parliament.”

While competition from other school’s was fierce, student Emily O’Brien was named as Best Parliamentary Performer for her impromptu speaking skills.

The group also met with Redlands MP Matt McEachan and Cleveland MP Mark Robinson while at Parliament House.  

Mr McEachen said he presided over the adjournment debate.

Visit clevdistshs.eq.edu.au.