Power to the kids

August 23, 2017

Tooborac Primary School's Ebony, Bill, Lily and Ciarna at Parliament House.

TOOBORAC Primary School students got a taste of life as a politician when they participated in the 2017 Victorian Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention.

Held at Parliament House earlier this month, the event gave more than 100 students from across the state the chance to stand up and be heard in the building where the laws of Victoria are made.

Run like traditional parliament, the issue debated was whether zoos should be a thing of the past.

Students heard from the chief executive of Melbourne Zoo and the chief executive of Four Paws, an international animal welfare organisation.

They then formed working groups and created a speech to present their stance on the issue.

Principal James Tenison-Woods said he was extremely proud of the maturity his students demonstrated.

“All students conducted themselves with maturity beyond their years and were active participants in the debate and working groups,” he said.

“Many of our students were nominated to take lead roles in the working groups by their peers, chair discussions and set protocols for their group’s operation.

“I was very proud to have the organiser of the event commend our students on their active participation and the eloquence of their speeches.”

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