ARMIDALE LEADERS GET A TASTE FOR POLITICS AT STATE PARLIAMENT

ARMIDALE LEADERS GET A TASTE FOR POLITICS AT STATE PARLIAMENT

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall pictured on the steps of State Parliament yesterday with Duval High School captains Dylan Ramsay, left, and Isabelle Winter.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

STUDENT leaders from Armidale and Duval High Schools got a taste for NSW politics yesterday in Sydney, during a tour of the oldest Parliament in Australia.

School captains Charlotte Russell and Lachlan Jones (Armidale HS) and Isabelle Winter and Dylan Ramsay (Duval HS) were hosted by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall during a Secondary Student Leadership Program, conducted by the NSW Parliamentary Education Branch, which included a visit to Government House.

“This program provides students with the opportunity to meet their elected representatives and to develop their knowledge of constitutional and parliamentary proceedings including the role of the Governor and the workings of the Parliament,” Mr Marshall said.

“Charlotte, Isabelle, Lachlan and Dylan were exceptional ambassadors for their schools and the Armidale community.

“It was a pleasure to have them in Parliament and personally welcome and provide them with a tour of the building, including both Chambers.”

Mr Marshall said the student leaders, together with their colleagues from schools across country NSW, began the day listening to addresses from MPs before quizzing them on the life of a politician.

Later in the day, the leaders were hosted by NSW Governor David Hurley at a reception at Government House.

“All the student leaders were able to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Parliament, including the machinations of the ‘Bear Pit’, and were introduced to some of the constitutional foundations of our State,” Mr Marshall said.

“School leadership is where many national, state and local government representatives are inspired to pursue their careers in community service.

“Being a school leader is an incredible privilege as they are elected by their entire student body and I hope some of students from yesterday continue with their leadership ambitions into the future.

“It was wonderful to meet Charlotte, Isabelle, Lachlan and Dylan and I hope they enjoyed their time visiting the ‘people’s parliament’ and learned a lot.”

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