Howrah Primary School students tackle politics

GRADE six students at Howrah Primary School has spent a busy term brushing up on their history of federation and democracy in Australia.

The students attended Parliament House last month where they undertook role playing to understand how a Bill becomes law.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for students to authentically engage with an election of Speaker, members of parliament and sit in the Chamber where current sitting Members sit,” Howrah Primary School teacher Purdie Reason said.

“It allowed them to consider the role of Parliament and its main function to make laws which govern citizens.”

The school was extended an invitation to Government House by the Governor, Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC.

Students received a tour of the state rooms and grounds, had lunch in the ballroom and were given the opportunity to ask the Governor about her role in Parliament.

Former Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings also visited the classroom to speak about her experience in politics.

She spoke about her life prior to politics, her rise to Premier and what it was like to hold the title.

Grade six student Isaac Summers said the message that he took away from her speech was that it was important to make the most of every opportunity.

Howrah Primary School teacher Dave Maddern said the students demonstrated a high level of engagement with their learning.

“They have been very fortunate to have access to Parliament, Government House and also a former Premier in Ms Giddings,” he said.

“This meant they have experienced in a tangible way many aspects of their history and social science learning about federation and democracy.

“The experiences have certainly been a highlight of the grade six year.”

Caption: Oenone Schofield and Elka Becker during the role play at Parliament House.