Student Voice Heard in Canberra at Election Youth Forum

The Panel in Canberra

Senior students from our school were given the opportunity to be involved in a a videoconference linkup with Gungahlin College, in Canberra. This was Election Youth Forum was organised by Gungahlin College in conjunction with Electroboard (See Share Shape)and Community CPS Australia  on Friday 31st May 1:20 – 2:45pm.  Seven schools across Australia joined students from the ACT in questioning federal politicians and experts on youth issues in the lead up to the 2013 federal election.  Members from the three major parties were open to questions from students in the theatre audience and schools who join in via the video conference. The forum was  hosted by respected Australian journalist, James Grubel, Senior Political Correspondent from Reuters.  Polycom videoconferencing equipment was used to link students from across Australia. Seven schools were videoconferenced in – a mix of states, a mix of government, International and private schools. A twitter hashtag $gcf2013 gave every student the opportunity to share their voice.

Georgia asks her question

Georgia’s question was chosen to be one of those asked of the panel:-

What will you do to help with the costs for rural students of moving away from home to attend higher education in the city.

Questions ranged from lowering of the voting age, youth suicide, illegal immigrants, legalization of gay marriages, costs for rural students of moving to the city for tertiary education, racism, sexism etc. The twitter feed allowed all students and other interested community members to have a voice.

Keeping an eye on the twitterfall

Well done to our students for their maturity shown and involvement. Thanks also to Mrs Van Englen, Mr Poynton and Mrs Butters for helping collate a list of student questions.

A photo shared on twitter by @youthco_act of Canberra school

Anzac Linkup via Polycom with Lismore PS

On Monday 22nd April, Years 5 and 6 had a special Polycom linkup with Lismore Primary School, another small rural school, over an hour’s drive from us. Both schools had been researching Australia’s involvements in past wars.  Five students spoke about a relative who had been involved in a war. As Lismore students had created a movie of some of their interviews with past war veterans, they shared the movie presentation using the Smart boards. It was wonderful to share what each school had learnt with each other.

One of our students brought along her great Grandfathers army blazer, complete with badges and medals. This was proudly shared with each class together with the accompanying story.

Students have found 11 relatives who we will find on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial when the students go to Canberra later this year.

World War 2 Army Jacket