As I write this newsletter, I am also preparing for Year 3 camp and looking forward to sharing the pleasures of the beautiful Banksia Peninsula with our students. In anticipation, I thank Ms Hunter, Ms Crowe and Maddie McCarrey for their time and commitment to the students over the two days.
Looking back on the week, it has once again been a busy one, with Division Athletics, our House Spelling Competition, excursions and a variety of learning activities, including making tacos for a procedural writing task.
Nine of our athletes have progressed through to the regional level, which will take place in the second week of next term. Congratulations to all those who competed on Monday.
While nerves were evident throughout our House Spelling Competition this year, it was our Preps who demonstrated a fine growth mindset to answer confidently. It is a challenging task to stand up and spell increasingly difficult words in front of an audience. I commend all of our students who represented their House on the day.
A trip to Lakes Entrance to participate in a Parliament of Victoria role-play was well received by our Years 5 and 6 students. We appear to have many enthusiastic, budding politicians amongst our students. Being actively engaged in learning opportunities like these promotes a greater understanding of the processes of parliament.
Oscar Dullard has written a full, frank and entertaining account of his experience.
‘It was like I was walking into Parliament House or at least a room that was designed to look like it. We were actually in Lakes Entrance for a role-play of State Parliament. I was looking forward to this event as we were looking at the levels of government in class and this was a great chance to extend on the knowledge that I had learnt. It was just the Year 5’s and 6’s going so we were able to get more of a go.
The first thing that we did when we went into the room was talk about who represents us and how you win an election. We then looked at seats and parties, since we were at the looking at the Victorian parliament. Labour was the party in charge. One of the things I learnt was that to get a majority you need 45 seats and these seats are people in parliament that are representing you and have been elected by you.
Then we went on to the roles of who does what. So we learnt there is a speaker which is sort of like a teacher on yard duty and their role is to tell the politicians off when they’re getting a little over the top. We then had the Sargent in Arms which is more of a ceremonial type of role. It’s a role that was used back in the early days in Britain because the speaker was like a spy to the royal family and the politicians used to get angry and try to attack them because of their role therefor they implanted the Sargent in Arms who is a body guard for the speaker. Anyway I was the all-important Premier. I put my best Daniel Andrews voice on and stuck out my ears and off I went.
Then we were into it as I was the Premier I was ordered to speak early on so for the rest of the play I was either booing or cheering for or against other politicians. Then at the end we were told to take a side or in political terms cross the floor if we didn’t agree with our party’s policy. The debate was about the use of plastic bags and should they be banned, the Labour Party’s policy was they should be banned but I didn’t agree with that solution so I decided to cross the floor and vote in favour of the Liberal Party’s policy. The votes were now in and if this was real Victoria wouldn’t have any plastic bags left but again that’s if the Upper house decides to vote in favour of the new law.
I reckon that everyone who went to this presentation learnt a lot about how State Parliament works and I certainly did. I never knew about the seating areas and the roles within Parliament House, honestly I thought it was just a bunch of angry people yelling at each other to try and pass a new law.’
At the time of publishing this newsletter, a number of our staff are heading to Sale for an event kindly provided by our School Board. We will celebrate our school with staff from St. Anne’s and Garnsey campuses as we recognise a number of milestones within our School community. Sarah Guinness, Annette Dilks, Sandie Alexander and Carryn Caithness will each be acknowledged for ten years of service to our School. I personally thank them for their wonderful contribution to the Bairnsdale campus.
We have enjoyed the sunshine this week. I hope your weekend is equally enjoyable.