Bringing Canberra to Holy Rosary Catholic School

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DESPITE the Holy Rosary Catholic School’s grade six trip to Canberra being cancelled because of COVID-19, students still got a taste of Federal Parliament when an elected representative from the national capital visited the school.

Federal Independent Andrew Wilkie shared his parliamentary knowledge with students at the school in Claremont, which sits within his southern Tasmanian electorate of Clark.

The school’s trip to Canberra, which is a rite of passage for many Tasmanian youngsters stepping up from primary to high school, was not possible this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

An excursion to State Parliament was also called off.

Mr Wilkie spent an afternoon fielding questions from students as part of their democracy unit.

Held in the school hall, the Winter session included a role play covering how a Bill is introduced and debated in Federal Parliament before it becomes law.

“I regularly take classes at schools in the electorate and my annual visit to Holy Rosary has become a highlight in my calendar,” Mr Wilkie said.

“The role play is always fun and a really important opportunity for the students to see and learn about the functioning of a parliament.

“Last year and this year, the role playing was particularly important because the Holy Rosary trip to Canberra was cancelled on account of COVID.

“I especially applaud the school staff, who go to some considerable trouble to ensure the event goes off every year without a hitch.”

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